January 2013 - Mrs. Jones's Kindergarten

If I had a million dollars...

Ok, well maybe that's out of the question... but how about we settle for a hundred?

I am using this activity next week in honor of our upcoming 100th day of school celebration. You can download it from google docs here.  I love listening and reading the kids $100 dreams... a pony, a trip to Disney world.... It does seem like an awful lot of money when you are five!  My sad reality is it's one trip to BJs. Oh, well... a girl can dream about instead spending it on a nice new pair of boots, right?

We have lots of fun in store... 100 year old portraits, 100th day placemats for our 100th day snack, crafts and games... it's also special because it means we are PAST the half way mark of kindergarten! What? Really! Have a great week everyone :)

Eyes, eyes, everywhere

So, if you remember my post from the other day about our reading superpowers, one of the things we are really focusing in on is pointing under our words. This is super important for our little friends to do since it helps them attend to the print. It's so easy to skim happily along with a nice, predictable book, singing,
I can see the big hen.
I can see the big cow.
I can see the big pig.
I can see the big mouse OOPS!  Wait... its a little tiny mouse. Huh? 

If we are pointing under our words, we notice when the text changes.
I can see the l-i-t-little(!) mouse. Yipee!

So, all can be right and good... if we just make it a habit to point under our words. 


Remembering. My reading groups have been in la-la land lately when we are taking turns reading the pages in a story and its not their turn. There is so much action going on, its hard not to check out the goings on of the other centers around the room, right?

Enter the wiggly-magic-eye-pointers.

We ALL want to use our wiggly-eye-wands. So we ALL are looking at the words, not only during our turn, but our friends' turns too! Yay!

 These seem to be working fabulously. (So fabulously, one even made their way into one of my little friend's pockets this afternoon.... maybe I shall be making some to send home with their reading group books? :)

Have a great long weekend everyone!

*Side note* Teachers-- if you want to make these for your classroom, make sure you use a glue gun to glue the wiggly eyes on the popsicle stick. My first attempt I used white elmer's glue and they all popped right off.  Round 2 I used a glue gun and those suckers are staying put! :)*

Reading Super Powers

It sure feels like we are superheroes in kindergarten... learning to read is a pretty cool thing! We made this anchor chart to show off all of our amazing *reading superpowers*! 


Penguins and things

Guess what we are learning about this week....
Although we are only on day 3, we now know all about how mom and dad penguins take care of their eggs (or not in the case of the mother emperor penguin), what the babies feathers looks like, and, of course, the most disgusting and thrilling part... all about regurgitation. Yipee! :)  *Updated* We completed our schema chart at the end of the week... we went back and checked our schema (and put a green check on it if it was correct schema, and an X if it was incorrect schema), then we added everything new that we learned.

...And here is our bulletin board BEFORE, 
and AFTER with lots of penguin facts!

In other news... I have been working on a new little goodie for our sight word literacy center rotation... sight word construction! 
The kids will read the word, make the word with magnets, trace it, use it in a sentence by tracing the sentence, and then either copy the sentence with their own printing, or write their own sentence with the sight word. They then have to read their sentence to a buddy at their table before they can erase it and go to their next word. 

I love this because I can differentiate based on their levels. What the kids love is 1. Magnets  2. Dry Erase  3. Magnets and 4. Dry Erase.  I swear the combination of those 2 things = super engagement, excitement, and excellence! (Okay just threw the last one in there for alliteration purposes.)

Teachers, I'd love for you to try out a sample here via google docs. 
Or, if you are interested in the whole Pre-Primer and Primer word pack, you can find it here.

Have a great week!  I know I will be settling in for a nice long report card writing weekend!

Popcorn Words

We are reading them. We are writing them. We are rolling them. Building them. Spelling them. Playing games with them. Anything and everything we can do to learn our popcorn words!

Popcorn words are another name for our sight words. We call them popcorn words because they are supposed to "POP" into your head when you see them! 

Here is a literacy center we are having fun with this week......pick a piece of popcorn, read it, and write it! 

To prep this, all you need to do is cut construction paper into pieces. Write a sight word on each piece, crumple it up, and when you are finished, put them all into a popcorn container.
(I grabbed these containers at the Target Dollar Spot!)
Use a different color for each popcorn container *in case* your kiddos were to get them mixed up. ;) 
Print the recording sheet, and voila! Fun and engaging center to practice sight words.
You can download the recording sheet here from google docs! 

Have a great weekend, everyone! 

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