Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Teaching Colors

When I found out I was teaching Kinder, the first thing I did was scour YouTube for Kinder-themed videos. Below are some of my favorite color videos (my students love them too). Every morning, I let the Helper of the Day pick a song or two to sing.Warning: the tunes are catchy and will stick in your head!

Click the link to see all my KinderVideos (on Pinterest, of course) that I found on Youtube. 

 Songs are by Frog Street and videos by BeebleBrox01.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Born to Learn

This is a great  (5 minute) video detailing why "play" is an important part of children's development. It made me think about how I can incorporate more play time with  my kinders (all the while teaching those standards) and how problem-solving and creativity can be fostered in my classroom. Thank you to Look at My Happy Rainbow! for sharing it.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Teachers Taking Care of Teachers

I have decided to 'adopt' a classroom affected by the tornadoes. I can't imagine losing some of my materials and supplies I bought, let alone losing everything.

If you would like to help out a teacher affected by the tornadoes (it can be letters of encouragement, anything you created, any tangible materials you can part with when you spring clean your classroom), I know it would mean so much to them, knowing that other teachers care.

Click on the heart to link up with other teachers!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sight Word Booklet

 I finally got around to making a Sight Word/Word Family Booklet. The original idea came from Sue from The Very Busy Kindergarten. Click on the link to see her great booklet, she also does an excellent job explaining how to make them.  

I finally got around to making one (yep..Sue doesn't lie when she says it's A LOT of work, but I think it's worth it). I changed it a bit, in that I used regular index cards and a binding machine to save $ (instead of buying a spiral index pack which is expensive). I had 3 of my students cut and glue the cards in their notebooks to see how it would go, but..it didn't work out too well, so Ill be making them. Not happy about it, but like I said: I think it will be great for the kids. 

The sight words are based on McGraw-Hill Treasures Kindergarten Sight Words and I added a few from the top 25 Fry and Dolch Word List, along with easy to read sentences. Students will trace the word, put dots under each word, and highlight the sight word in the sentence. The eyeballs in the corner reminds them they must know the word  by sight.  On the opposite end of the booklet, is where the word families will be, It's exactly like Sue's

If you would like a copy of the Sight Word cards for the booklet, let me know and Ill be happy to send it to you. I plan on making another booklet for students who are ready for Booklet 2. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

So Cool...

Thank you to Mrs. Krull from Of Primary Importance for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. It's always wonderful to be acknowledge by a fellow teacher blogger. Check out her cute blog with wonderful ideas.

Now for the rules:
1. Link back to the blogger who gave it to you (check!).
2. Pass the award on to other bloggers (see below).
3. Follow the person who sent it to you (check!). 

3. Hoppy Kindergarten (I love froggies too!)