Saturday, April 11, 2015

Testing! Testing! Testing! and a Freebie

Good Morning from Chicago!

I don't live in Chicago, but I'm visiting my sister and picking up my youngest who has been spending her spring break in Chicago.

I found a little extra time this morning before we head out to brunch to cross off something that has been on my to-do list for awhile now.  I have been wanting to make a table to keep track of which common core standards my students have mastered in Math.  (I know, I know, this should have been done at the beginning of the year.  But I have this little problem called procrastination.)  Up until now I have been keeping track of where my students are with a file folder, their names and some velcro.  (I will share this idea later, after I get home and can take a picture of the file folder.)

Anyways, I thought that another teacher might be able to use this.  I made a table that lists the common core standard at the top and has a box under it for each student for you to write the date the student takes the pre test and the date the student passes the post test.

Here is the link for it on Google Drive:

Thank you for visiting my little blog this morning.  Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Five for Friday in March

Happy Friday!!!

I have linked up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the Five for Friday Weekly Linky Party.

I returned to school from the IL ASCD PreK - Kindergarten Conference inspired and ready to teach.

I haven't used my making word folders in awhile.  I pulled them out this week and my kinders love using them.  I had them make words that were in the phonics reader I was having them read that day.  Click here to find the freebie to make these in my store.

This is one of my little ones amazing me with his decomposing skills in math.  I have to give each one of my students a pretest to see if he/she knows the next objective I'm going to be teaching.  This little guy already knew how to decompose numbers before I even formally taught it.  I love moments like this.

This is a cheating picture and is really from last week.  It is so cute, that I could resist sharing it.  My students dressed up like that silly cat last week to celebrate Right to Read Week. They were so adorable, that I couldn't resist sharing this picture.

Today was our annual Spring Fling Dance.  For the little guys, the dance takes place during the morning.  It was a western theme, so I had my little ones make "cowboy hats".  I used this freebie for a cowboy hat pattern.  Click here to find the product on TpT.  They were adorable!!!!

Last, but not least, what does any teacher spend her Friday night doing??  Cutting out lamination of course.  I bought a very cool CD full of great center ideas from Greg at The Kindergarten Smorgasboard at the conference.  So of course I need them for next week.

Bye for now.  I'm off to find some scissors.  

Thank you for visiting my little blog,

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Back From Chicago!

So, don't faint, but I'm actually blogging today.  I just returned home from presenting at the IL ASCD PreKindergarten & Kindergarten Conference.  During my presentation, I mentioned my blog.  I did warn the attendees that I haven't blogged in a very long time.  So instead of being totally embarrassed by my "not blogging", I thought I would blog about my presentation.

My presentation was about centers that I use in my classroom.  Some of the center ideas I have as freebies in my TPT store.  I'm going to list all of them here to make it a little easier for the nice teachers who attended my session.

My #10 idea is a measurement center.  Click here for a link to a worksheet for the students to record the number of snap cubes or colored tiles the object is.

My #17 idea is for a Making Words folder.  Click here to get the freebie file in my TPT store so you can make this.

My #20 idea is for making a door graph.  Click here for the freebie file to make the My Favorite Color door graph.  Click here to get the freebie to make a My Favorite Kind of Apple graph.

My #22 idea is for sorting erasers.  Click here to get the recording sheet.

My #30 idea is for making a lunch bag book.  Click here to get the directions for making one of these.

I hope this helps all of the wonderful and patient teachers who attended my session.  Thank you for all of your support.