Thursday, February 23, 2012


We had a great time learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln this week!  We made these lift the flap Abraham Lincoln's with the writing on the inside!

You can get this project and her George Washington at A Cupcake for the Teacher (We will write tomorrow).

These are the three corner hats that we made and wore to help us remember that George Washington was our First President!

I have seen these hats at many sites.  I originally saw this in a Mailbox magazine.

Today we wrote about George Washington and then completed this art project.  I saw this idea from The First Grade Parade.

I LOVE Fran from Kindergarten Crayons!  She created these wonderful books for the students along with a teacher copy!  I purchased both of them!  You can check them out here!

This Venn Diagram is from Deanna's America Math and Literacy Fun pack.  (Sorry the it is curling just a bit in this picture)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

100 Days!!

Well, we finally made it to 100 days of school!  Hooray!!  
Here are some snapshots of our special day!
This banner may be hard to see.  This is what greeted us at the door.  I got this a few years back from Really Good Stuff.  
DK, Kindergarten and a First Grade Class worked together to create this mural.  Each child is assigned a square with a number to decorate.  They are 7X7 squares.  If you would like a copy of the letter I send home, please leave a comment with your email and I will be happy to pass it along!
We made these AWESOME hats!  They placed 10 stickers on 10 strips of paper and attached to the headband.  I got this idea and the printable from Mrs. Morrow's Kindergarten.  She so kindly emailed me the label for the headbands!
Number Hunt!  I placed random numbers on post it notes around the room.  They had a blast finding the numbers and highlighting them on their 100's chart!

This is a small 100's chart.  I colored 5-6 different ones and then cut them out into puzzles.  They sorted the pieces by color and then put together each puzzle.
I had seen these counting mats on several blogs.  They had fun making 10 groups of 10!  Here we have jelly beans and then below are dog treats!

We also made 100 Gumballs!  The idea and printable is from Little Scholars.

Finally, we made these necklaces fromOriental Trading.

We had a blast, but now I am exhausted!  Now, we will spend the rest of the month focusing on Presidents Day, USA symbols and Dental Health!

Monday, February 13, 2012

More Valentine Fun!

Here are a few more Valentine Activities that we have been doing!  First here is a Valentine CVC match.  I found this at Kelly's Kindergarten.

Here is a short writing activity.  They completed the form and glued to a heart that they painted.  These were compiled into a classbook.  Each child's page will be placed in their Kindergarten Scrapbooks at the end of the year.   I got this freebie from Mrs. Shehan's Full Day Kindergarten Site.  Her site is FULL of free printables for each month!

Finally, here are the glow stick valentines that I will be passing out tomorrow! You can grab the free printable from The Teacher Wife.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

LONG Post-Valentine's Day, Groundhogs Day, and Winter!

Ok, this will be a long post!  I have so much to post for our happenings for the last week or so!  We have busy and I do not see it getting quieter anytime soon with Valentine's Day, 100th Day, President's Day and Dental Health Month!!  Whew!
So, anyways, first off, here is a glance at some of our current Stations!
This first photo is of our current pocket chart station.  It is from Deanna Jump's Valentine Unit!  I just love her units!

This is a puzzle station:

For write around the room, we are going a Heart Hunt!  I have had this for awhile and cannot remember where I got it from.  If you know, please leave me a comment so that I give proper credit!  The sheet indicates where to find the hearts.  The hearts have CVC pictures on them.  They then write the CVC word on the sheet.

Groundhog's Day!  I got some awesome freebies from First Grade Blue Skies!  The prediction sheet and headbands were a big hit!  We completed most of the sheet the day before.  
First we completed a class graph using the an awesome freebie!  I almost did not want to post this because I cannot locate where the graph pictures are from.  Can anyone help me out?
Only one student and I predicted that the groundhog with see his shadow.  Everyone else thought he wouldn't.  I guess they are all looking forward to spring!  They then used the information to complete the prediction sheet.  We had too many Spring choices, so we filled it to the top at 12.
I used the same headband groundhog for the top of our graph, but the picture did not come out that nice.  Here is the bottom:

We attached the groundhog prediction sheet to our heart shaped groundhogs that we made.  The idea came from an old Mailbox magazine.

Here is A Snowy Day writing project that we did.  I placed their faces on each one and they came out so cute!
We also completed this winter weather writing/craft from A Cupcake for the Teacher:

Some other valentine activities that we completed this week include:
I purchased this from First Grade Blue Skies!  They came out so cute!

Valentine Patterns

Thursday, February 2, 2012

I've Been Tagged!

Hi there!  I was tagged by Stephanie from Kinder Kiddo! So, here is how it works.  First I post the rules:

So here are the rules:

1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

12 Fun Facts:
1.  I live on a farm!
2.  My husband and father-in-law just finished remodeling our it!
3.  Before the remodel I had NEVER had a dishwasher...gasp!
4.  I love to camp with my family.
5.  I have a 25 minute drive to work each day.
6.  My favorite Radio station is K LOVE.
7.  I dislike exercise.  I have tried over and over to get into a routine, but....
8.  I am an only child.
9.  I love to teach, but am very shy when it comes to presenting in front of adults.
10.  My favorite part of the school day right now is Writer's Workshop.  I am so proud of their successes!
11.  My mother-in-law was working in the same hospital that I was born at.  She actually weighed me and handed me to my dad after I was that time she was also pregnant.  My husband was born five months later!  
12.  I have never tried shrimp...just can't do it!

12 questions to go on:
1.  What is your favorite store?  Target
2.  Do you have a class pet? No.  I used to have a hamster and turtles.
3.  Do you prefer Dollar Tree or Dollar General?  Wow, it depends.  There is a Dollar General right here in town and I visit at least twice a week.  It is a treat when I get to the Dollar Tree!
4.  How many pets at home do you have?  Well, we live on a farm.  So we have many barn cats and cattle.
5.  Do you have kids of your own?  I have an awesome son and daughter.  They are in first and second grade.
6.  How do you deal with help helicopter parents see your side of life?  I encourage them to help their child be independent by giving their child space.  It can be a difficult process!
7.  How do you involve absent parents in school activities?  I do contact parents to discuss concerns and celebrate successes.  I also like to provide resources to them to help at home.
8.  What is your favorite sport?  Basketball
9.  What is your favorite team of #8's sport?  I do not follow sports really...I just like to play and watch my kids play.
10.  What is the piece of jewelry you wear most often?  My wedding ring.
11.  Do you like curtains or blinds?  Curtains-rather clean them than blinds.
12.  What can brighten your day when nothing else can?  A hug...from anyone!

12 questions for you!
1.  What is your favorite vacation spot?
2.  What is your favorite holiday?
3.  What do you drive?
4.  How far is your drive to work?
5.  Do you have any children?
6.  What do you do for morning work/arrival activities?
7.  What math program do you use?
8.  How long have you been teaching?
9.  What is your favorite breakfast food?
10.  What kind of music do you listen to?
11.  What is your favorite part of the school day?
12.  What is your favorite tv show?

TAAAAAG you're it:

1.                              Kindergals!

2.                              Golden Gang Kindergarten


                                                              Mrs. Huff


6.                                   The bubblegum Tree

I have so much to share from some of our recent winter projects and then today's Groundhog Happenings!  I will hopefully be able to post tomorrow!