Monday, September 14, 2015

Interactive Math Notebook Love

Have you seen this great new resource? I love the Interactive Notebooks from Carson-Dellosa. They sent it to me to try out with my classroom and my students love it!!

This resource is great for sure. Its separated into different concepts/topics of math and has clear ideas outlined to go with each resource: lessons, application, etc.

Check out these great pieces of work:

My students did a GREAT job of cutting, sorting, and gluing their 2-D shapes. They loved it and are thoroughly engaged the entire time! My student's being engaged and learning something from each lesson is invaluable!

Check out this fantastic resource:

They even offer an interactive notebook training video:

Review Disclaimer: I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

A Peek at my Week

This week (even though it's a short week) is going to be a ton of fun! Check out my plans below:

We are going to be learning how to choose good fit books in reading, exploring rhyming words, ALMOST finishing up our letter boot camp, and checking out position words. Hopefully by the end of this week I will have 2-D/3-D shapes and 5 senses assessed. We are going to have a great time.

This week is one of my favorites because we get to do all of our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities. They are some of my favorites!! Here are some of my favorite ideas to use with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom:

Watching the story is an absolute must. The kids love it!!I have the DVD but it's also on Book Flix.

These sheets from Mailbox are great for listening, following directions, and letter identification.

This puzzle is a favorite for my kids. They have already played with it this year and L-O-V-E it!

I'm excited to use these this week too. I've missed being able to use some of the items that I created when I taught K before. There are response sheets, letter matching, play dough mats. It's great!! (Plus I'm making it 20% of this week just for y'all!!)

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Friday, September 4, 2015

In the mail goodness!!

I really, really love getting things in the mail!! It's definitely one of my favorite things in life!! I was really excited today when I came home to find this:

I love, love being a Carson Dellosa Ambassador!! The pocket chart is made specifically for this so it'll be perfect! Plus I have the perfect spot for it in my classroom :) EEK!!

The cards for the standards come all put together. It took me maybe 3 minutes to sort them out in their different areas.

Look how easy they are to read! Love this! I can't wait to use them in my room!!

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Delicious Math for 3-D shapes

My kids had the BEST time in math today! Seriously y'all, 2 days in a row with math and food. They are in HOG HEAVEN right now.. Totally a southern phrase right?

We have been working on our 3-D shape knowledge and they have been doing fantastic. Yesterday we built 3-d shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks. Today we graphed them.

They did such an amazing job!! I am super proud of my kiddos for accepting the challenges I give them with enthusiasm. They gave it their all!

 I will tell you the secret to making this a success is to prep it all before so that the kids ALL have their own bag that have the EXACT same number of objects. Then you can do it all together. Their first couple of graphing activities I do together like this. After about 3-4, I transition into the grab and graph activities.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Snap shot of our day!

The best part of being a blogger and reading blogs is (in my opinion) to see what other kids are working on and to show what mine are doing! I love showing everyone my 'Peek at My Week' yesterday. But here is an actual peek into my classroom from today!

I added a new center to our literacy rotation: GeoBoard Letters. Oh my goodness! My kids were in L-O-V-E with them!!

I have been problem solving a couple of different 'issues' in my centers. One was the fact that my other radio was used for about 4 different things through out the day. Now I have just 1 stereo for listening centers AND it comes with 'helper stickers'. Green means go and red means stop. Plus I ordered a Belkin Rockstar Splitter to make life easier too. Now I can have all of my kids listening... and not the whole room :) Grab your own Rockstar here.

I am ready to meet with my first groups tomorrow!! Woot!

We worked on labeling today. This is one of my sweetest little girls. She was brave and sounded out a word all by herself (and it wasn't one of my modeled words!)!

Guided reading table is ready! I'm going to be walking you through my Guided Reading area tomorrow. I can't wait to show you my changes!!

Oh this picture was darker than I thought :(  But If you look closely, we have been working on using our reading strategies. Since I tend to project a lot of our books, I moved them right above our screen to help my students remember them.

See my cute little chevron basket (totally a sewing basket from JoAnn's). All of my sight words are laminated, cut out, and put in ABC order in that cute little box!!

What did your kiddos do today? I'd love to see!

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Peek at My Week: Reader's Workshop, 5 Senses, and Goldilocks!!

This week is going to be SO MUCH STINKIN' FUN!! For real y'all! I'm going to be having so, so much with my pumpkins this week!

We have some big plans going on:

Reading/Core Reading: Introducing reader's workshop! How do we read to self, how do we buddy read, how do we read the pictures in a book, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears (retelling, puppets, and sequencing!)

Writing: Sounding out words and writing in our writer's notebooks

Phonics: Letters (H, B, K, F, Q); Sight words ( purple, my, to, brown)

Math: 3-D shapes- sorting 3-D vs. 2-D shapes, sorting 3-D food shapes, building 3-D shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks

Science: 5 Senses- Sorting by touch with texture bags, experiencing all 5 senses with popcorn, mystery guessing bags

I am very, very excited!! My kids are going to have SO much fun learning this week!

This week is going to be a ton of fun to share with all of you! Watch out for pictures galore of these great activities!!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Whew! Get it ready!

That whole phrase of "Ain't no teacher tired like back to school tired?". Yep, I hear you friends! Trust me, we all know the feeling. This was my desk the other day:

My student teacher from last year and I are trading pictures of our tables each day. She teaches Pre-K now. I like to think my pictures (from a veteran teacher) help her to feel a bit better about how hers looks. My table gets put back together before I leave for the day. I think if my table looked like this when I left... I'd cry in the mornings!

But I am SUPER excited because I've been training my kids really, really well for the past 2 weeks. This week I started working on adding in literacy centers and math centers. I L-O-V-E that my students are getting the hang of them! Here are some quick snap shots:

Stamping out sight words :)

 Star Fall!! I love having the kids do the letters for literacy and numbers for math :)

 Write the room. This one took a bit of practice first.

Handwriting practice with zig-zags, waves, and lines.

Matching shapes and number formation.

 Number puzzles

Missing number pieces.

Colorful numbers and shapes

A snap shot of all :) They are loving them!!

I am so excited to keep going with them AND to add guided reading starting next week!!

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