Humpty Dumpty

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We’ve started in our Nursery Rhyme Books!

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We sang the poem, found sight words and rhyming words as we read it together.

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Then we wrote the sight words from the poem, as we chanted and spelled the sight words.

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Next they had the chance to cut and past the letters to make the words.  

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Next week, I want to do a couple of the egg experiments from this pack with the kids.  

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Click on the image to see more at TpT.

 

Science Notebooks

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We’ve started our science note booking!

We started with the idea that scientists make observations and ask questions.

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I used their questions page to make a class book.

Some questions where, “Why do rainbows have so many colors?  Why is the sky so close?  Why are pancakes flat?”

Our first page in our notebooks is our calendar.

We use these to practice writing numbers, but also to help organize our units.

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We will add a self portrait each month.  It documents our growth over time.  The kids are always amazed to compare their first self portrait to their final one.  We usually add details related to our themes, so each child added our kindergarten garden beds into their portrait.  We talked about our beds and all that we would be growing this year.

IMG_1884Then there is their hand, just because it is nice for families to have, but it also documents growth.

IMG_1883We introduced our 5 senses with a song (I had to modify this one after I had already printed it.. couldn’t get the tune.)

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 Then we started our coconut unit making observations and asking questions.  After we passed around our coconuts, every student came up with a different question.  I wrote each child’s question and they illustrated their page for their notebook.

 

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The next day we focused in on one question. 

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As you can see, most of the class suspects that coconuts do have seeds inside.

We haven’t tested yet, to see if they do, but that is coming later.

Today, we used our sense of touch to describe how coconuts feel.

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The coconut pages can be found in my chicka, chicka unit, if you are interested. Click on the image below to view it.  I haven’t gotten my other science stuff organized yet, I am making it up as we go right now.  

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Updated Pack: Apples

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I’m getting ready for a new year, going through old materials, updating and adding to them.  Our units keep changing in kindergarten, but this was a fun one.  I love finding ways to integrate science into our themes, that always seems to be the spark that engages all the kids in learning.

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Here are a few sample pages from the pack.  Click on the images to learn more!

 

Dd is for Daisy

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I have this amazing and super creative co-teacher in kindergarten.  She get’s all the credit for this idea.  I saw it hanging outside her door and had to copy.  

Cutting and pasting requires a lot of front loading in kindergarten, especially this early in the school year.  I demonstrated on the document camera how to cut 10 petals, glue and paste them on the black square.  We discussed how each one would turn out different and that is what would make them all beautiful.  

I warned them that I wouldn’t help them cut it, they had to do it themselves.  

They did a really good job! 

Hey Diddle Diddle!

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Working on new units for nursery rhymes!

hey diddle diddle previewHere are a few sample pages from the unit! 

It will last about 1 to 2 weeks, but incorporates science, literacy, graphing, and writing activities for your kids.  

Click on the images to see more!

 

Chicka, Chicka

chickaOur Chicka trees are made and hung!  

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We also made our first class book.IMG_1825We’ve been working on writing our names with a capital at the beginning and lowercase letters.

IMG_1826 We are still learning, but getting better already!IMG_1829These pages can be found in theChicka, Chicka Mini Unit below:

Click on the image to see more!

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Happy Learning!

 

We’re #1!

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My school has been identified as one of the top 5 schools for the valley of the sun!  We are the #1 elementary!

We just found out the great news!  Go Cherokee!

Click on this link from our local paper:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2014/08/06/top-performing-valley-district-schools/13678475/

First Graph!

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The first 2 days of school have been a whirlwind of activity!

The kids have been so great!  I love the beginning of school.  I’m exhausted, but so happy.

Making sure we get our kids home safely each day is always such a worry at first.

Things  that had to be prepared to make sure this happened:

1. edit welcome letters and personal information forms

2. mail forms to parents before the first day

3. collect information, create name tags for each class with dismissal information, and pin tags to students on the first day

Wow, I am surprised actually that it only came to 3 things on the list… it was a good week of preparation!

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We also have a crazy half day schedule these first 3 days of school, with 1/3 of our class staying for diagnostic testing and the rest going home at 1:00.

Organizing that schedule, notifying parents, labeling kids with proper dismissal information, preparing testing materials… Wasn’t sure it was humanly possible to get it all done.  Fortunately,  I work with a wonderful team of teachers.  We all took a deep breath, rolled up our sleeves, and made it happen!

Now we have Back-2-School night on Monday!  Yikes!