Thursday, February 27, 2014
Hello all, I hope all of you came through the holidays well and are looking forward to spring! Here in Texas we had 2 ice days and a couple of late starts which is highly unusual for us but I know some of you have missed much more than that! Anyway, this year I have four children who are very advanced in their reading skills. They have mastered cvc words, cvcv/cvvc words and the dolche pre-primer and primer sight words. We are now moving into intial consonant blends and digraphs. This week I started by introducing l, s and r initial blends on a binder ring, I gave each child a set and had a master set for myself. We went through each set before doing anything else. I then took the posters out for several of the l blends and we went over several objects that start with each blend. We then spent some time thinking about other words that start with this blend and recorded them on our critical thinking posters. I then used pocket chart sentences to show how we could use the words properly in a sentence and this also reinforced sight words. Initial Blends Resources and Centers in my TpT store. Enjoy! Christine
Monday, February 17, 2014
We had a great Valentine's Day week here in Pre-K. There were so many fun activities to support our learning objectives. i snapped a few pictures of my kiddos enjoying some love themed centers!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I am so thankful to say that Drew came through his brain surgery like a trooper today! We as teachers who contributed and bought the 2 bundles on TpT raised $700.00 towards the astronomical expenses this family will have to pay. But of course who can put a price on a child's life? Thank you so much from my heart, from the families heart and from Drew's heart for helping in such a wonderful way. I truly hope the bundle was able to bless you in your classroom for your donation. As soon as this month's TpT payment comes through I will present the family with the check from all of you and post a picture for you all. Thank you again!
Monday, February 10, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Tonight I reached 500 followers on TpT! I am super excited so I am throwing a Valentine's Day Giveaway to thank all of you for your support! Enter below as many times as you'd like for a chance to win my Valentine's Math and Literacy unit, Valentine's Print and Go Worksheets and my Dollar Store Valentine's Centers unit! Check them out in my store for more details! The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter on Monday, February 10th! a Rafflecopter giveaway
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
I must say I am a bit starstruck today as I am listenting to my TpT idol Deanna Jump! She is so amazing, she is teaching at the Texas Pre-K Convention in San Marcos! I JUST got a picture with her and she is so sweet!
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Hello All! I truly hope you are enjoying your winter. I know many of you have had several snow days, here in Texas we have had 2 ice days, which is unheard of down here! This week my class started working intentionally on addition and subtraction concepts. While I always try to connect simple addition and subtraction concepts to my numbers lesson it is very informal. I am now planning the majority of my number lesson on addition and subtraction concepts.I know my class is ready to begin these concepts when they can count to 50 forwards and backwards, can pattern easily, can put numbers to 20 in order and can easily sort by color. With all of this in place teaching the basic addition and subtraction strategies should be easy! (Well, we will see!) So, we started this week with 10 frames,you can easily make your own or print out free sets through a google search. Each child then has 10 objects to use to count. I start with addition problems to 5. I instruct the children to "place 1 counter on the ten frame and then add one more, how many do we have now? So, 1+1=2" and so on and so forth. After they can add to 5 easily I move onto addition up to 10 and then 20, giving each child a filled in 10 frame and a blank 10 frame taped together. After practicing these addition concepts a few times we move onto concrete work. Using worksheets that we do TOGETHER (I can't stress this enough, do not let them go on their own yet!)we practice filling in 10 frames, writing addition sentences and figuring out the answer. Below is a picture of one of these worksheets, I give each child the worksheet on a clipboard and I work on a copy with them. Valentine 10 and 20 frame freebie file on TpT, I hope you enjoy teaching your children all about numbers, solidifying concepts and letting up on the actual number will increase a child's ability to think through math problems in the future. Enjoy!