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Friday, November 29, 2013

It's Black Friday!

Do you get out in the Black Friday madness or do you stay indoors where it's warm and calm?  Well, I'm crazy, I'm out and about with my girls on Black Friday and I think it's loads of fun, but in case you're staying indoors today and shopping online you can hop on over to my store and take a peek at what I've got on sale today!  I've put all my December Units on sale.  Click the picture below to go to my store.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thanksgiving Stuff!

Whew…I love this time of year, but it gets so busy I just can't keep my head from spinning!  But, this is the time of year I really start to see my kinders grow academically and I love it!  Plus, there are so many fun learning opportunities that are just that; FUN & LEARNING at the same time.  Here's what we've been up to the past couple of weeks.  All of these activities can be found in either my Happy Thanksgiving Unit, my Turkey Time Literacy pack, or my Turkey Time Math pack plus tons of other great centers not shown.  :)

Ordering numbers to 12...
 I love my centers that integrate math and literacy…boom!
 Sorting word family words...
 Building sight words with letter feathers…FUN!
 I put this on Instagram, but in case you aren't an Instagrammer…this is one of the funnest centers for math…they are so engaged every time we do it….
Set the timer and hit go…stuff your turkey as fast as you can…
Students count and record how much "stuffing" they put in their turkey for Thanksgiving Day

For this game, I made up 10 headbands with feathers that had pictures on the feathers.  I randomly pass them out each day to 10 friends…the students in the group completing the activity walk around the room searching for the feathers that their friends are wearing on their head.  Then, they write the beginning sound.  Now, how fun is that…the whole class is involved!

Beginning Sound Spin & Write

Beginning and Ending Sounds…this was a little tricky for my kids right now, but I definitely could hear them trying...

This is great for common core…each child gets a mini tub of red and yellow counters…Then, they complete their Gobble, Gobble Counting Book making combinations of different numbers on each page.  This is in Turkey Time Math Centers.

We did Deanna Jump's Long Legged Turkey which you can find HERE.
I must say they did really good at sounding out their food word.  :) 

Can't wait for Turkey Day!  So much to be thankful for!  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Blog Hoppin' Linky Party

Have you visited Blog Hoppin this week?  We are having a Linky Party all week long to share some great things going on in our classrooms!  And, you can link up too!
Plus, Friday there's a BIG giveaway that you don't want to miss!

Go check out today's Linky Party at Blog Hoppin Here or click the image above.
The theme today is Activities like...

If you have a great activity you'd like to share, please link up with us.  It can be a new post or a link to an older post.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Five for Friday--First Timer! Plus, Some Halloween Ideas

Well, after *however long* Kacey over at Doodlebugs has been hosting Five for Friday, I have finally made myself link up!  

I'm tired girls (maybe even a guy or 2)!  And, my husband is dragging taking me to the Alabama game tomorrow which means no rest for this girl…I do love me some Alabama football; however, I am not thrilled about freezing my buns off for several hours!  With that said, I don't have a lot of pictures this week.  

I totally missed posting about some of the fun things we do in our classroom Halloween day and the day after so I'm putting those things first.

I inherited this fun idea from a co-worker of mine (who is now an angel in Heaven) and I think of her every time we do it.  First, grab a pot like the one you see below and fill with candies.
 Next, crinkle some black butcher paper so it covers the candies.
 Then, make up some letter, word, or picture cards to throw on top of the black paper.
I used die-cut pumpkins to make it more seasonal, but you could use anything.  And, I made a variety of pumpkins.  Okay, the fun part…Turn all the lights off so it's dark and gather together at the rug.  Tell your kiddos that you're about to make a magical brew and you need their help.  *Before beginning show them the "empty" pot…remember the black paper is covering the candies.  Quickly flash the pot before them…don't give them too much time to inspect the pot or they might notice the paper.  Give every student a card.  They must tell you what is on their card correctly before throwing it in the pot.  After every student has added their magical ingredient (the cards) have them stand up. 
You will sing this in a scraggly voice while stirring up the cards: Stirring, and stirring, and stirring my brew.  Stirring, and stirring, and stirring my brew. (whisper the words) Tip toe, tip toe as you inch closer together in the circle.  Repeat once…then on the last tip toe, yell BOO! 
When you yell boo, you will quickly flip the black paper over so the candies are on top and the cards are under the black paper.  Ta-da!  Magic!  The cards turned magically into candy….I'm telling you it might be the funnest thing we do all year.  My kids go crazy over this every year!  They absolutely love it so much!  

The day after Halloween we make this candy graph and these cute little candy crafts.
We've been working on adjectives a lot and learning about poems.  Aren't they cute?

I have a TON of Halloween books that I absolutely love…The Three Bear's Halloween is just  too cute!  After reading the book, each student gets a piece of candy corn.  We talk about how it has 3 colors and 3 parts, just like stories do…a beginning, middle, and an end.
We retell each part of the story using our candy corn and eating the appropriate part.  I do the writing on our chart while they are retelling and munching.

We practice 1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Indians and make this little cutie!

And, last but not least, we make these every year.  They make our room look very festive and the parents love them when they come to our program each year!
You can find this craft HERE with all the patterns and directions.  :)

Happy Friday friends!!

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