Hello sweet friends. I am totally aware that I have been MIA for what seems like forever, but I promise that I have good and valid reason. Here it is... first year and kindergarten. Enough said, right!? I feel like my body has been going nonstop for the past month and a half. However, I am happy to report that I have survived, and with all of my body parts in tact! Ha! Can I just say that I am LOVIN kindergarten. My kiddos are amazing, darling, and a HOOT to say the least. Here is what we have been up to.
Well first off my very own pride and joy turned 6 years old!!! Oh how time flies by. He is such an amzing kid and I could not have asked for more in a baby boy.
Just like any other kindergarten classroom, we have been focusing our instruction around names and "All About Me" themes. I had my little cherubs star their names for a fun activity. I cut up a large piece of blue construction paper to make it look like a cloud and I simply wrote their name with a sharpie. I handed them the cloud and a packet of stars and off they went to make their names with stars. THEY LOVED THIS!!! My classroom was SILENT for, no kidding, 20 minutes!! Amazing activity to do when you have some down time.
We have also worked on the first 20 days of the Daily 4. This involoved routine, routines, and routines. We built anchor charts about readers, partner reading, word work, and listening.
My little hikers have also started math workshop. My school has jumped on board with Alabama's AMSTI initiative. I do love this program! It is very hands on, discivery based, and student focused. Starting the workshop has been quite a challenge, but I think I have finally found a way that works for me and my sweet friends. A colleague found this terrific site that has tons of common core math activities. Those activities are shown in my pictures.
Along with learning names and learing more about each other. We have focused on colors. I made these color mats for kiddos to practice building the color word, and writing them. The names mat simply allows them to build their friend's name with magnetic letters and write in the spaces below.
Wow!! There is so much more that is going on. I can't wait to get up what we have been working on this week. I look forward to hearing your comments. Until next time!!