Five for Friday

Happy Friday!  This has been a jam packed week and I am excited to be linking up with one of my favorite weekly linkys Doodle Bug Teaching for my Five for Friday.  Lets get this show on the road...

I couldn't let the week go by without doing one of my favorite Thanksgiving projects.  We read the story Turkey Trouble and then disguised our own turkeys to save them from Thanksgiving Dinner.  I mean who would want to eat a fire breathing dragon anyway?!  I think this turkey is safe. ;)

We have been learning about nouns and I put this packet together last weekend to practice.  The kiddos have loved the pirate theme.  

In ELA our focus has been Celebrate You and Me.  We have been talking about our characteristics and what makes us special.  This week we drew a self portrait and labeled characteristics about ourselves inside and out.  It has been fun to hear their discussions about themselves.  Yesterday, the kiddos got with a partner and we interviewed one another to find out facts about each other.  We have been practicing eye contact, listening while others are talking, and writing their response.  

It's a miracle, but I blogged twice this week.  I don't know about you, but I have found it so hard to keep up with everything this year.  Hopefully as the year continues I'll start to get into my groove.  Better late than never. ;)

Finally, I found these adorable thankful notes from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd and I have enjoyed filling them out for my kiddos.  There is so much to be thankful for this time of year! :)

Well that wraps up my Five for Friday.  I hope you have a wonderful day and weekend.  Thanks for stopping by!


Introducing the Letter of the Week

Hello, and Happy Monday!  I wanted to write a quick post and share with you my letter formation routine that I have come to love.  After the first few weeks of school we start to introduce one letter a week and practice letter formation.  The students have handwriting homework for the week and each day we practice writing the letter and using it within words.

On Mondays we run through the following routine that I have found to be beneficial and my  kinder kiddos love!

This week we are working on the letter Aa.  I begin by having the kids come to the rug and we read the Alpha Tales or Phonics Tales book for the week.  We talk about the words we hear in the story that have the letter of the week and have conversations with our elbow partner.

Afterwards I show them the proper formation of the letter (Uppercase and Lowercase) on their letter homework.

The kids also practice spelling words by writing the sounds they hear for each picture.  This is a chance for me to review who is hearing the beginning/middle/ending sounds of each word.

Afterwards everyone goes to their chairs and they practice writing the letter on sentence strips as I walk around and help.  

Next, students walk around and read the room to find words that start with the letter of the week.  The kiddos love walking around with their slates and writing words.  I overhear them helping each other and brainstorming together.  

We finish our letter discussion by gathering at the rug and sharing the words we found.  We also play a clue game where I have objects that start with the letter and the students try to guess what each object is.  Then we work together spelling the word.  I write it on my easel and the kiddos spell it on their slates.  I always thought if I had kids bring slates to the rug they would be so distracted they wouldn't listen, however it is the exact opposite.  They are so engaged during this time and it is such a great hands on opportunity for them to practice writing and sounding out words.  I also have found the clue game is beneficial for my English Language Learners because they are visually seeing the objects and writing the words.

Thank you for taking the time to read through my letter practice routines.  If you are interested in the handwriting practice you can click on the letter packet below.  

Have a wonderful week! 

November Currently

Happy Sunday!  I'm still in a little bit of denial that it is actually November 1st, but I am excited to be linking up for my favorite monthly post with Farley's Currently

Listening: I am currently loving my lazy Sunday morning.  I'm relaxing on the couch listening to my dog Mario snore next to me and episodes of Parenthood play in the background.  I'm also listening to my wonderful Hubby scrape the wallpaper off of our office walls.  We recently moved to a new house and one of the first projects we have is to paint the office.  I can't wait to see what it looks like. 

Loving: I am loving the extra hour due to fall back.  This morning is going nice and slow and I will take it.  I love lazy morning, I feel as though they are much needed, we work so hard it's nice to veg every once in a while. 

Thinking: Of course while I sit here I can't stop but think about the laundry list of things I should be doing.  We have conferences starting this week so I need to start my notes, I need to plan, I want to finish a TpT product.  It will all get done, right?!

Wanting: I have a serious sweet tooth right now and even though we just had french toast for breakfast I can't help but think about finding something sweet to munch on.  I have a serious problem, haha.  

Needing: Sometime this afternoon I need to venture to the grocery store.  It's not my favorite place so I tend to put it off as long as possible.  

Yummy: I just love Thanksgiving.  The food, hanging out with family, it just feels cozy to me.  My all time favorite dish has got to be my Mom's famous cornbread casserole.  

I hope everyone has a wonderful start to their November.  I have so much to be thankful for and I love this time of year when I can reflect and count my blessings.  

Happy November!