December 2012 - Mrs. Jones's Kindergarten

Playdoh fun

The last few days before break I had a few fun surprises in store for the kids... one of which was this awesome playdoh recipe I found from nurturestore. It was really easy to do, and didn't require cooking on the stovetop (which many recipes do, if you've ever tried it at home). My own kids, and my kindergarteners, loved it!
Here is the recipe:

1 cup of salt (I doubled this recipe for 18 kids and still had a chunk left over)
2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 cups flour
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups boiling water  (I brought in my coffee maker from home, let it run through and used the hot water and it worked out fine)
2 tsp vanilla
Food coloring
Glitter (We did red w/red and green w/gold)

Combine the salt and spices. Add in flour, oil, cream of tartar, water, and vanilla. Mix to form a dough. Add food coloring and glitter (Use gloves at first and knead).

Voilia!  Fun, pretty, and it smells amazing!



Ahh, December. I think December and January are probably my two favorite months to be a kindergarten teacher. Why?  Because that is the time of year where letters and sounds and reading and writing really starts clicking. We are learning what writers do... and are getting really good at remembering our finger spaces and stretching out our words.  :)

 Yesterday in phonics one of my littles, totally by herself, stretched out and wrote the word "valintin" for Valentine!  I was so impressed!
One new literacy center that we will start this Friday will help us along with practicing beginning and ending sounds. I named it "First and Last" (after break we will be focusing on the "middle" :)  I integrated it into the magnetic words center, and the kids even can self-check their own work when they are done. 
              (Teacher friends, click here if this is something you would like to use in your classroom.)

Have a great rest of the week everyone!  I am home with a sick boy today...and am about to do some disinfecting-- wish me luck! :)
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