Friday, September 30, 2016

Five for Friday: Baking with the 5 Senses! Yum!

Ahh....I saw some of my kinders doing this during free choice time this week. I love it!

We studied Johnny Appleseed this week and discussed parts of his life. The kids made their own people and added the pot Johnny wore in the story. They added their own names before writing three facts on the apples about Johnny's life.

This was our last week studying apples before we begin pumpkins next week. We took all of the apples we had collected and made apple biscuits! Each kiddo got a Pillsbury biscuit that they made as a crater to hold all of their diced apples. After putting the apples on, we added some brown sugar, cinnamon and a slice of butter to add some flavor. They were yummy! I even had some friends licking their plates! =)

 We began our five senses in Science which tied in nicely with our apple baking. We made our own little anchor chart on our people to add each sense with something that would go along with it.  They came out great!

I finally finished my color pack. I like the kids in my class to always complete my items I create in case I need to tweak them. You will find 10 colors and each one contains: a color sign, word web, word search, color practice with writing, stamping, counting syllables, and much more! Check it out in the link at the bottom. It's on sale =)

We just finished the high frequency word 'see' this week which brought us up to my first differentiated high frequency book. The kids cut out the letters to complete the repetitive sentences while following the directions to make the illustrations. This worked out as a great tool for those that were not baking with me. They enjoyed being able to 'READ' their own books!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Five for Friday: Applemania!

Ha! This is so my class. I always have to say that a question needs an answer even before they start. LOL!

We continued with our apple investigations. We learned all kinds of scientific terms including hypothesis, non standard units, observations, estimations, and using data to help make educated guesses. We measured our apples using links, counted the seeds inside, noted the color, and how well it floated. The kids had a blast!

You can grab all of these activities in my apple unit!

Many of our station activities in the afternoon involved apples. These two were a big hit and I loved being able to hear across the room the phonetic sounds they were making as they tried to sound out their CVC words.

These are more activities from my apple unit. We talked about making words that fit into their shapes as they labeled their parts of the apple. I think they enjoyed making the interactive flip books to show the sequence of growth from a seed to an apple tree too!

We are still in the preliminary stages of writing in my room. I have one or two kids that really get it but most are still making illustrations and labeling. We used chart paper to show what they need to be doing as they write everyday in their journals. 

It has been a struggle to get my little guy to go to school with a smile since he has started his Transitional Kindergarten class. Finally, this week, he went EVERYDAY with a grin and a blow of a kiss. Each day we hear a little bit more about what he is doing too. One day, he started belting out the pledge of allegiance and then his school song. I'm so happy that he loves it! It makes my heart happy!!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Five for Friday: Lights, Apples, & Mornings!

Woohoo! TGIF!

We have been working super hard on our letter and sound identification. In working with our apple unit this week, the kiddos had to match upper with lowercase letters and a picture that corresponds with the sound. It was quite the group effort!

We made our apple anchor chart and I was surprised how much the kids knew about apples already. We have read many fictional and informative texts about the ways apple are grown as well as their cycles. Click the link below to check out my apple pack full of goodies!

We started our very first word family and made the Moffatt girls interactive word book. The kiddos put their books together and then got in small groups to practice reading.

Every single person in our household is in the school year groove now. The mornings have been tough for Jaxon (and me) as he starts his new adventures in Transitional Kindergarten but his teachers have been excellent with us. Kyle tries to help in the morning....can you tell? LOL! The tears have gotten better with each day even if it means taking our blanket in the car on our ride to school. I also have to send a huge thank you to my dad who has volunteered to pick him up daily so that he doesn't have to go to aftercare. They run little errands after school and get him treats which is a bonus! I have been working with my dear friends at our Friday night football games which has been so much fun! So thankful for the wonderful people in our lives =)

Our stations are in full swing now and the kids have gotten into a great routine! I found these huge dice at Five & Below and they have been a hit. They also use our little finger lights as they read their leveled readers. It's the little things that add so much excitement!

Have a great weekend!