Hello All, This first year teaching Kindergarten has been amazing! I love it more and more each day. This month we are studying the ocean. We are using each day to study a different creature that the children want to learn about. We start by watching a youtube video and completing a KWL (know, want to know, learned) chart and a Can, have are chart. Once we record our information in our science notebook we draw, paint, create each creature. Today we had fun making an egg carton jellyfish. This was so simple yet fun. It took some fine motor skills and a few supplies but the kids were having so much fun swimming their jellyfish throughout the room, they even took a little time to "sting" each other. Not maliciously of course! It was great fun, I hope you find time to make some of your own!
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Hello All, Today we had so much fun with our sight word from my freebie Snowflake Slap. First I laid out all of the snowflakes on the carpet. If the child could read me the word they could keep the card and crumple it into a snowball. Once all of the words were read and squished I told the class we could have a snowball fight! It was such great fun that we took our "snowballs" into another kinder classroom and attacked them. As the kids threw the sight word snowballs we made more snowballs and threw them into the crowd from leftover paper. It was great fun! Once we settled back into our classroom we placed all of the snowballs into a bucket and each child pulled a word. If they could read it they recorded it on the left side of the worksheet below, if they couldn't read the word they recorded it on the right. The ones most did not know were pretty consistent so I know which ones we need the most work on. So hop on over the TpT to grab your free copy of Snowflake Slap and have yourself your very own snowball fight!
I have also added several worksheets to my Dyslexia Worksheet Packet.
I am having great results with it at home and in the classroom. Seeing less and less reversals overall! If you own it go redownload it to get the extra pages, if not grab it while it is only $2.00! (48 worksheets!)
Till next time,
Monday, January 19, 2015
Hello All, I have just made my Dollar Store Centers free in my TpT store. I have found the dollar store to be an invaluable resource for classroom centers. If your local dollar stores are as great as mine you will have no problem finding the basic tools needed to use these center ideas. Do you like to have your students use bags or make mailboxes? This year I have a parent donating tin mailboxes with the children's names on them. I think they will be super cute! In years past I have done love notes where the parents write their kiddos a little note at the door for me to read them each morning leading up to Valentines day. I also have enjoyed having parents "sneak" me a teddy bear and a card to greet their child the morning of Valentines day and then having a teddy bear picnic. Since I have moved to Kindergarten at the same school I can't very well steal the Pre-Kindergarten activities so I am looking for some new favorites to make traditions out of in Kindergarten. What are your favorites? Do you have any activities that have been successes or failures? I would love to hear from you. Enjoy the freebie, use the link below to download!
Dollar Store Centers for Valentines Day
Dollar Store Centers for Valentines Day
Monday, January 12, 2015
As a Mom of 2 dyslexic kiddos I know it can be heartbreaking to watch them struggle to read and learn. It has been especially difficult with my 2nd son who is 7. He is repeating Kindergarten so that he can go through Dyslexia therapy without missing new concepts at school. He has already given up on reading, hates it and cries over every word. To say he is a severe dyslexic is an understatement. So a few weeks ago we had a talk about how to make reading easier, he loves to color, cut, glue etc. With that in mind I made a few worksheets after searching for some to buy and coming up empty. We did one worksheet a night for the last month and he was happy to do them. Little did he know he was truly learning how to see b,d,p and q without reversals. I think using large type with a very simple font also helped. I know there are specific fonts out there that SLP's feel are best but I wanted to use a different one to see if it truly made a difference. I personally think the simpler the font the better. Since my Collin liked these so much I have made them into a TpT packet of worksheets. As I come up with more for him I will add them to the packet. My hope is that these simple practice sheets will give him more confidence in reading. Also, they are great practice for any Pre-k/K kiddo, even ones without dyslexia. Collin especially liked finding the "b" on the coloring page below. He also really likes tape as your can see from the cutting page. He said these were his 2 favorites out of the pack. I won't post all of the pics but I always take one to send to Grandma so she can tell him how proud she is of him for doing his "homework."
So,we as parents and teachers will still need to support these kiddos with patience, kindness and love. Encourage them to read even though it is hard, do our best to foster a love for reading and be there to help when it is too hard. Hopefully fun, simple exercises like these can help build confidence in these kids that need it the most. As always this is a work in progress and I would value any suggestions you may all have about this packet. I have a few more ideas for this weekend and hopefully more to come. I hope these can help your kiddos as much as I feel they are helping mine.
Till next time,Christine
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Hello All, I am so excited to share with you that I have just started a new blog just for Kindergarten. I often talk about Kindergarten here at The Crazy Pre-k Classroom and now Kindergarten will have it's own home over at The Krafty Kindergarten Teacher I will continue posting on both blogs and keep my TpT sore under the same name so there is no confusion. Be on the lookout for freebies, giveaways and new resources. I hope you will join me in this new endeavor! Thanks, Christine