Five for Friday

It's Friday which means I'm doing my little happy dance and typing a blog post for my favorite link up!

Started my week on a positive note.  One of my little Kinder Cuties handed me this bouquet as he walked into the classroom and said, "Happy Monday".  My heart melted.  So thoughtful and such a great way to start the week.

This week we were working on our colors and for brown day we read Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See?! by Eric Carle.  Afterwards we made a sequencing craft where they colored and then cut out the animals and told the story to their friends.

Our first unit in ELA is all about how letters/sounds make words, words make sentences, and sentences communicate a message.  This week we put letters together to make words.  

My favorite season is here and I couldn't be more excited if I tried.  To kick off the season we did a brainstorm sheet where we compared and contrasted summer and fall.  You can grab this freebie by clicking on the picture.

Thursday's just got a whole lot better now that #TGIT is back!!  I am obsessed with Scandal, in fact I would be lying if I didn't tell you I probably binge watched the show at least 3 times this summer.  Olitz just makes me swoon!  Shonda certainly didn't disappoint last night.  I won't give away any details just in case there are readers who haven't had a chance to watch, but oh my goodness!  It's going to be a good season. :)

Well that wraps up my Five for Friday.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Friday and a great Fall Weekend! :)


Happy Fall Y'all!

Happy Fall!  This little blogger is grinning from ear to ear because it's the first day of my favorite season. 

I just love fall!  
I love the cooler weather,
the crisp air,
I love the color of the leaves. 

I love pumpkins and apple picking.  I love sipping on Pumpkin Spice Lattes and wearing comfy sweaters, leggings, and boots.  I love Halloween and Thanksgiving.  

My list could go on and on...This time of year is just magical to me.

In honor of my favorite season I started to create some fall products to use with my kinder kiddos. 

I created a brainstorm sheet to compare and contrast summer and fall.  You can access this FREEBIE by clicking on the picture below. 

I hope you enjoy it! :) 

You can also access it in my TpT store!

To kick off my favorite season I have also made everything in my store 20% off until Saturday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Five for Friday

Happy Friday Friends! I am excited to have the chance to link up with Doodle Bug's Teaching for one of my favorite linkys.  #realtalk, it's been so hard to get into a routine of blogging with all the craziness of back to school activities.  I am hoping as we continue to settle into a routine I can get back to it.  Here we go...

I know I've mentioned it once or twice before, but this group of kiddos LOVE to use Play-Doh.  They have been having a great time with these play dough mats.  

This week we started our five senses unit.  We introduced the five senses on Monday and then talked about sight, hearing, and smell.  Next week we plan to cover the rest.  I used the cards in the upper right corner as a matching game where they had to find the sense that went with the picture.

For the next two weeks we are celebrating colors.  This week we focused on red, orange, yellow, green, and purple.  Next week we will focus on blue, brown, black, white, and finish with rainbow day.  Each day the kids dress in the color we are focusing on.  When they have down time they can work on letters or puzzles.  This kiddo decided to try the color puzzles.  

In the morning I have a small gathering outside of my door of former students.  It is always a great way to start the day.  I appreciate that they take the time to stop by and say a quick hello to me.  One of my kiddos from last year handed me this flower yesterday and it just made me smile.  I love my job! :)

Personally, we have some very exciting things in the works as of lately.  I can't wait to share all the good news.  For right now I am being patient and thinking positive thoughts.  I stumbled upon this during my nightly scroll through Pinterest and couldn't help but include it because I think it is so true.  

On that note, I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and a great weekend. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Morning Message for the Beginning of the Year

Good Morning and Happy Sunday.  With the start of the school year I have feel like I have neglected my poor little blog so I thought I would start my day with a little blogging and planning.  

I wanted to write a quick post and share what I do for morning message at the beginning of the year.  It is a great way to get to know your students and for the first twenty something days is one way to have your morning messages already planned and ready to go.  With so much already on our plates that is always a great feeling!

Morning Messages can be such a valuable time of the day where you have the opportunity to target a lot of skills at once.  At the beginning of the year I do an interview style morning message where we spotlight one student a day and get to know them. I had seen this idea on Pinterest from Mrs. Cate's Kindergarten and modified it to fit my needs. 

I write these sentence frames on the board each day and then randomly pick a student to come up and sit in the share chair.  Then they tell us about themselves. We take time reading each sentence.  I go over that letters make words, words makes sentences, and sentences communicate a message.  Then we spend some time circling letters we have already learned and practice the sound.  

We always finish with cheering the student's name.  
We say their name!

We spell their name.

We clap their name as we spell each letter!

Finally, we cheer each letter!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and a great start to your week!


PlayDoh Mat Giveaway

It always assumes me to watch my kiddos from year to year and observe what interests them.  This year a hot item in my room is PLAY-DOH.  My kiddos can not get enough.  They want to play with it in the morning, afternoon, and at the end of the day.  

When my district started all day Kindergarten they made a lot of purchases to support the curriculum and one purchase was a set of these Lakeshore PlayDoh Stamps.  I love to use them during literacy and math centers.    

With some free time this weekend I created Play Doh Mats I plan to use with my kiddos this week.  I thought they would be a good addition to use alongside the stamps. 

You can click on any of the pictures to check out my latest packet or you can enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win the pack for free. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a great start to your week.


Five for Friday

It's the first week of September and I'm excited to be writing my Five for Friday to link up with Doodle Bug's Teaching.  September, October, and November are probably my favorite months to teach.  Your kiddos start moving and groovin' with the classroom routines and there are a lot of fun activities to complete. 

Fall is my favorite.  It just makes my heart happy.  I love the colors, pumpkin everything, Halloween, decorating, I could go on and on.  Of course on September 1st I had to go through the drive thru of my favorite Dunkin Donuts and have my first Pumpkin coffee of the season.  To say I am addicted is an understatement.  I can't get enough.  It is sweet enough so I always get it black.  I think they have my order memorized! :)

One of my sweet friends sent this poster to me in a care package and I just squealed with delight.  I love it.  It was the perfect addition to my classroom.  My kiddos loved it too.  We have been going over our classroom rules every day and I really think they are doing a nice job of following them.  I'm really excited for a fun year of learning with this group!

I had to take my sweet Mario back to the vet this week because he started hoping on three legs again.  He has really bad allergies and usually during the end of summer/early spring he will start licking his paws.  This season has been particularly rough and he just won't leave them alone.  He irritated his one paw so bad it got infected, so the doctor wrapped it for me and the poor guy is on an antibiotic and steroids.   

Luckily he's still smiling and enjoying life! :)

We have a four day week this week with kids and teacher meetings today.  Yesterday we finished up the week with reading Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom and creating our own coconut tree with our name hanging out of it.  The kiddos did a really nice job following directions.  This is the first "BIG" project we complete with multiple steps.  As I scanned the room I had a lot of little tongues poking out as they carefully concentrated and cut around the tree.  I was happy with the way they turned out and I'm excited to hang them outside our door.  

We have been focusing on writing one number a day during math.  Yesterday was number four and I was pleasantly pleased with the formation.  I was still recovering from our day before when we concentrated on the number 3. I wasn't sure I was going to make it out of the classroom that day. ;) 

 Well, that wraps up my Five for Friday.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read through our week.  I hope you have a great day and weekend!