Friday, January 31, 2014

5 for Friday

I love Fridays! I'm linking up with Doodlebugs for today's post!

 This week has been a doozy for sure. Wow oh wow! Check it out below:

I used my snow days to finish up a unit for February's Black History Month Study. Love these posters! I have some AWESOME plans to incorporate these into my lessons this week. Love history!

Snow day? Yep, I said those magic words. You probably even heard about my snow day... yeah, the one down in Atlanta that shut down the city! Here's my cozy little house tucked into the snow:

I got my lovely new books in the mail! I love new books... and shopping. But I love the books more ;)

I finally signed my little one up for dance lessons. Can not believe she starts tomorrow! I seriously just spent the last hour or so going to 3 different stores to find what she needs. Yikes! Can't wait :)

It's Friday. That's really enough to get it's own number! Yay, Friday!!!!

Don't forget to check out everyone else's week! Plus, check back tomorrow for an awesome helpful hint!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow Day!!!

I am loving my snow day- fun day! I am (very thankfully) far away from the mess in Atlanta! Here's my snowy little piece of heaven:

Before the 'heavens fell' and covered most of the state, our mail dropped off a lovely package for me!
(Remember that wonderful shopping I did last weekend?)

Happy day!

I love these books! We use them every year in Kindergarten and I really, really need to have my own copies! I'm working at slowly buying all of the books that we use for each unit of study. 

Have you gotten anything fun in the mail lately?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Getting ready for Black History Month

I have a secret love- History. Seriously, love it to the point that I'd love to teach it if I thought I could make my interest in it jump into my students. Since I doubt myself on that... I will content myself to take the enthusiasm of my kindergarteners and introduce some AH-mazing heroes in our country's history.

How am I going to do that? Well, with Black History Month! I'm all ready for teaching my students about amazing artists, musicians, civil rights leaders, and even pilots!

I can not wait to play Louis Armstrong's music for my students and let them experience it and to read one of Kadir's books or to show them video of Mae Jemison on the shuttle!

Because this is not "technically" my standard to teach, I am going to spend about 10 minutes each day of February (20 school days in all) enriching my students with these great new people that they have probably never, ever heard of before!

To do this, I created this great set of posters to use (plus parent letters to send home daily telling parents who we learned about that day):

I even made the posters two sizes: full page and half page!


I plan on using my school's subscription to Pebble Go to learn a little bit more about each person (again, this is only going to be 10-15 minutes) but it will also allow me to add in some other literature that they should definitely hear!

Do you have any favorite activities? I'd love, love to be able to include it into my plans for next week!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

My shopping continued! I love a good deal!

Well.... my shopping for the weekend continued just a TAD bit more. We went to the local Lego store so that my not so little man could pick out his own present from his Grandparents. While I was there I stumbled upon a huge display with that wonderful word on it: CLEARANCE!

Seriously?! I didn't even know they had that at the Lego store! The only thing about most of the items is that the box is a little smushed here or there on the edges. I'm SUPER excited about my score for my class next week:

With the nifty box it's normally $40 but I paid half that! Woo hoo!

If you want to grab a set for your class, here's a cheaper set (with a few more bricks too!):

This awesome find, prompted me to headed to Pinterest. Check out these wonderful ideas I found!

LEGO Unit Study and Lapbook (elementary)    LEGO Lapbook (our study in action)    LEGO Kindergarten Kit (preschool – kindergarten)    LEGO Building Club (co-op class)    Learning Perimeter and Area with LEGO      Find more LEGO Learning fun on my LEGO School pin board

Kindergarten Lego Printables - Oh I love these!!! My little man will be so excited with all of these, that he may not know he's practicing :-)

Preschool Math Lesson : Lego Measurement

use legos to make letters... oooh, even have my kiddos make an ABC book for BUILD and READ! #LegoDuploParty

Educational ideas for using Legos in the preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten classroom.

Lego Math Worksheets | Kindergarten |

Lego game, kids love it, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten game, helps with math!

Kindergarten Lifestyle - Lego Addition math tub

Chalk Talk: A Kindergarten Blog: Math Center Ideas

Do you have Legos in your room? How do you use them?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Shopping Saturday!

One thing I have discovered about Kindergarten is that there is always something new to buy to better your teaching, instruction, and students experience. Here's what's on it's way to my door now!

I love, love this series of books and CAN NOT wait to share them with my kids! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Need a Quick Organization Idea?

Look at this great idea that I came up with this week! It's perfect if you find that your lesson plan binder is just a tad too bulky!

Yep, see how I cleared off my 'desk' just a bit more? I took 2 binder rings, 2 push pins, and Voila! I now have my plans hanging up and it's PERFECT!

See more about my 'desk' situation over at the Cornerstone for Teachers!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Week Highlights

This week has been a blast! We finished studying about Martin Lither King Jr. and had our 100th day celebration! It was so much fun! You can see the highlights of the week above:

- 100 picture turned into a minion!!
- my little guy counted out 100 items
- I taught my students to do word searches
- they did an awesome job!!

What were your favorite moments?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Happy 100th Day!

Happy 100th day from me to you! We had a blast today! I found a lot of great resources to use today. They are scattered all over the crazy internet so... I thought I would put all the goodies right here for you! My kids loved all of these great activities:

We counted our objects that we brought in using counting mats like these:

100th Day of School

We made 100 Day Smarter crowns.. these turned out SO stinkin' cute!

Traditions, laughter and happily ever after ~ blog post - 100th day snack idea

This is my favorite, favorite activity! I love having students create pictures with their 100s!!!

Cute idea for 100th day of school. Turn the 100 into a picture

very cute get die cut 100 and they turn it into something...ANYTHING they want! CUTE

I also grabbed this for a filler activity but we didn't even get to it today!

Morning work?

What is your favorite 100th day activity?