Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Witch Legs - Shapes and Patterns

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This was a Pinterest-inspired activity. I model what to do and let the students go for it. They had to cut out all the shapes for themselves and figure out where to place them, not bad for Kinders, eh?

Space Girl/Boy for Writing

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I noticed that my Kinders were having a difficult time tracking words (they are expert memorizers and would simply point at anything on a page and say the sentence) and they also had a hard time putting spaces between words. Here comes Space Boy/Girl! I found a bag of 30 clothespins from the dollar store (unbelievable deal - if you bought them it would cost $12 bucks). The Kinders decorated their spacer and loved it works. They like owning  their own tools for learning. I'm going to have them decorate another spacer to keep at home.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pop ABC Words

Long ago I bought popcorn containers from the $1.00 section at Target ( Target). I finally got around to making the 'popcorn.' Students will take turns picking a card and saying the letter. If they say it correctly, they get to keep the card. The goal is to get as many cards as possible, but if they pull out the 'Pop!' card, they must put all their cards back in and start again. When students know the letter names, they can say the sound too. Click on the picture to get a copy. If you download it, please leave a comment or follow me! ~ It makes me happy! :)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

What's in a Name?

Originally, I was simply happy with my students knowing the letters to their names and how to write it (albeit with all capitals or backwards letters). Now, it's time to write it, right, so I made this trace, stamp, and write it worksheet. I will write their names using a highlighter (a KinderTeachers's favorite marker!), they trace it, stamp it, and write it on their own. Crossing my fingers and testing it out tomorrow at the centers. If you would like a copy, let me know and I'll upload it.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Visual Directions Icons

"Teacher! What do I do?" I'm tired of hearing this after I have given instructions..and it's not like I can say "read the directions" to a kindergartner. Then I saw these Visual Direction Icons from First Grade Factory and it was amazing. My kids can now tell me what to do when I place the icons on the board. I added a few more to suit my classroom needs (glue bottle, mailbox - where they place their classwork, and 2 activities to do when they are done).