Its been one of those weeks! With only 2 weeks left of school to go, I am starting to feel happy and sad all at once. My first group of Kinders ever - nearly big Year 1 kids. My own daughter, nearly finished Kinder! Its been a massive year of firsts for me!
1. I got my Christmas shop on with this awesome delivery of Scentsy! And some of it may have been for me too!
2. The kids decorated the tree BY THEMSELVES with no help except the star. Its the best tree I have ever had :)
3. Yuck but done
4. I have my very first class elf, named Elfie. The kids are lapping it up. Here he is on his first day -
And later in the week.
After we planted the TicTacs in the garden, we brainstormed what might grow and then the kids drew and labeled their ideas.
5. My week finished with the little man graduating from preschool. I cannot believe he is ready for Kindergarten. hugs your babies tight - they grow way too fast.
I wanted to give you a little peek at my newest creation. Its not something that most of my Kinders need at this time of year (although a few would benefit) but I made it mainly for next year :)
My little Miss M is nearly finished Kindergarten but still asked me if she could be the tester. I think she was worried I would give her job away!
The idea of the game is to match upper case with lower case. In the pack, there are 2 levels of difficulty. Let me show you.
Here are the upper case milks. You use these for both games.
These are the set 1 cards. All cookies have lower case letters in a very easy to read font.
Simply match the upper case and lower case. You can choose any combination of letters that you like so you can tailor it to your students and what they are learning.
These cookies are the level 2 set. Each letter has 6 lower case letters to match to the upper case. The added difficulty is that each letter is a different font so that your students can learn to identify letters even though they appear differently.
Again, you just choose the letters you would like to focus on to tailor to your needs.
The last part is for consolidating learning or could be used as an assessment task. There are a range of different recording sheets where students need to write the matching lower case to the upper case displayed. I have even included a blank version for you to write your own upper case in so it can be matched to your students.
I am loving her neat writing!
So there it is! I have it on sale in my TPT store right now! Click any pic to go and grab it
I have found this one of the hardest things to get under my belt as a teacher. I know we are expected to just 'learn' a lot of things on the job but this is one I continually struggle with.
I have tried lots of things and have tossed a lot out, never to be repeated again!
But I stumbled onto some great ideas, courtesy of a colleague and I finally feel like we have found a groove in guided reading.
I usually get to read with all groups twice in the week. I get my support teacher to help me with orientations to the text on a Monday for all groups but I have done 5 different orientations by myself in 35 minutes before (I know, what a machine lol)
I grab the group and I read the book. I take out the tricky bits. I am trying to make it an experience in which they can engage with the text, rather than struggle through every hard, unknown word. I often stop just before the end of the book to get some predictions going.
Then we read together. I encourage the following with fingers and we say the words out loud. Often I stop and listen for words and if the group struggles or substitutes the word, we go back and read it over again.
After the group read through, the kids sit back to back. They read the book out loud to themselves, at their own pace. This gives me a chance to listen to the kids individually. This is now the 3rd (or more if they are quick) reading of the book so most kids are feeling comfortable with the sentence patterns or tricky words. It also gives those more introverted kids a chance to read out loud without feeling threatened. I am definitely putting whisper phones on my to do list after reports are finished!
I have been introducing "reading aids" and those are very loose inverted commas, for some groups to encourage the 1 to 1 correspondence as well as to build engagement in reading. Who wouldn't be engaged reading by finger lights or with a dinosaur head pointing at the words?
I am pretty excited to be joining in the Elf on the Shelf bandwagon this year. My Elf is currently winging his way to Australia and I cant wait!
I have seen so many great ideas on the internet and thought it might be fun to gather them all in one place so I can benefit from your awesome ideas it is easier for us all to find them :)
Link up with a post containing your elf ideas, elf packs or elf freebies!.
I will start with mine. I have made a cute elf introduction letter fir you to use in the classroom. It has a few different versions including color, B&W and with and without writing so you can choose what you like.
Click either picture to go and grab this FOREVER FREEBIE at my TPT store.