Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Well Kept Secret... shhh!

Most teachers have a well kept secret, or so they think they do. Many have that one great resource that is a no-fail for great ideas and they swear that no one else knows about it (even if the website hosts thousands of people!). I would have to say that this sight is one of my favorite "secrets" and I'm so excited to share it with you!!!

Have you heard of Have Fun Teaching? If not, click here now!!
Have Fun Teaching

I love, love, love this site and use it so much!! My favorite thing of all is the videos for each letter of the alphabet, sight words, and numbers. But there is so much more on this amazing site: worksheets, coloring pages, flashcards, and the list goes on and on!! I hope you check out this site and add it into your bag of tricks :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

What's so special about the 101st day of school? (Freebie included!)

Everyone celebrates the 100th day of school, right? Well, lower grades do anyways! At our school, we also do the 101st day of school. It's so much fun to have activities about 101 dalmations! We had a blast! I do not claim any of these ideas as my own! I got all of these great ideas from a fellow team teacher who was kind enough to share them with me :) She has been a huge blessing this year!

We had several centers during about an hour block of time. The big hit was Origami dogs! The students used the directions on the manila paper. If you want to make your own, it's fairly easy. First, trace an attribute block (square). Then, cut it out and fold it in half to create a triangle. After that, fold down the two opposite tips to create ears. Finally, draw a face and decorate!

I also used a foldable (love those!!) to show the students step by step how to draw a dog. After that, they could try and free hand the dogs on a larger sheet of paper.

Last, but not least, I had to include a writing prompt. This one simply says," If I had 101 Dalmations, I would...." If you would like it (in all of it's D'Nelian greatness) just check it out right here! (My link will take you right to the Google Document!)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

100 Days Smarter!

Last Thursday we celebrated the 100th Day of School. Since our district started way sooner than many others, I thought that some people out there might could use some ideas for this year. It's always a ton of fun to get one or two new ideas!

We started out our day with reading Miss Bindergarten's Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten (of course). I love all of these books! I even had a sheet from the Mailbox. My students drew and wrote about what 100 items they would bring. Most of my boys wanted to bring cars and the girls wanted to bring the balloons! I loved seeing all of their answers!

Our grade level does a lot of holiday rotations (Fall, Winter/Christmas, 100 days, etc.). It's a lot of fun for the students to go to the different rooms and have a different teacher while doing their activities. In my room the students got to do this:

That's right! We made Fruit Loop necklaces. All of the students had a blast! They had to count out 100 pieces of cereal. Some of them sorted the colors and some made patterns. They did such a great job.

In other classrooms, they created 100 day headbands (sentence strip hats), 100 day cookies, built with 100 legos, and stamped 100 stamps. They were so excited by the time they came back to me!

Here are some other great ideas that we did in our room and that I saw in the other rooms:

-Predict where you will end up in 100 steps, draw it, walk it, and draw it again. I got a great picture of my kids doing this! They were so excited because 100 steps took us right to the playground!!

-Draw what you'd look like at 100.

-Count 100 objects.

-Make 100 Day Trail Mix.

-Write about what you would do with 100 ______. (I did this more the next day on the 101st day of school!)

I would love to hear any great ideas that you all do so I can file them away for next year! Please leave a comment or send me a quick e-mail.

Why 'with Grace'?

Hello to all! I am so excited about this new venture of blogging! My first blog 'The Classic Crafter' was originally started as a blog to share crafts that I was making. However, I tend to spend more time and attention on my teaching and instruction than on my crafting. My husband can attest to that since I am hardly ever in my craft room! So my 'craft' blog turned more towards teaching and the activities that I am doing with my kindergarteners. Because of the change, the name 'The Classic Crafter' no longer fit.

I made the decision to do a teaching blog and I truly felt led by God to do so. I don't know if it will be a success and reach many or if it will only reach one person. However it turns out, I will do my best to follow His lead. Which is originally where the title came from. I have been blessed with the opportunity to teach and I am excited to share any and all ideas that I come up with, find, or use. It's so exciting to be able to share great strategies to help so many learners out there! I will be slowly moving from my first blog to this one over the next month. I hope that you will join in the fun! I am so excited and can't hardly wait to share some great new ideas that I have found lately!
Have a blessed day,
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