August 2013 - Mrs. Jones's Kindergarten

A to Z Poetry Notebook

Like most kindergarten teachers, we begin our year teaching about letters, their sounds, and how they are put together to make words. In past years I connected each letter to our poem of the week, that was kept in our poetry composition books and used for one of our early literacy centers. It always needed something more, and one of my missions this summer was to think of more meaningful ways to incorporate poetry into our letter study.

Volia! Poetry A to Z was born.  In this pack, you will find 26 whimsical, original poems, that each focus on a letter of the alphabet. After a poem is introduced, students will be able to work on tasks related to the poem in their Poetry Notebook (or Binder). These will be perfectly perfect for center time. Each task sheet to go along with the poem has similar elements, so students can read and work and write in (semi-beginning of the year kinder)-independence.
The Poetry Notebooks of my past life were always kept right in each kinder's book box, and these will too.

Poems are also in full color for you to enlarge and/or laminate for introducing it whole group. I'm going to laminate these copies as we learn them, add them to a ring clip, and put them into a reading center with some fun pointers.

Want a binder version? That works too and is included:

I hope you love this as much as I do! You can find it here!

Triple F! My randoms for the week!

Here are my 5 random photos and ramblings for the week:

1. I've had a couple of emails recently about sharing what I send home to students before the first day. I DO send home a note to parents introducing myself, as well as a little note to each new child. I DO hand write the notes to each little sweetie, just because, well, nobody writes letters anymore and its important to do. Here is my letter from this year (on the sweetest stationary that one of my lovely parents got for me last year):

2. ABC Hopscotch anyone?  My littles had fun with this outside today. The LMNOP part did trip our sweet daughter up though, and after a few passes she ended up just running through singing "lmnopppp". Way to make it work Reese!

3. Um... can I just say... 
Where have you been all my life?  Honestly, I NEVER HEARD such a thing as teachers having their own laminator until I began my online blogging life. A laminator? Like you have your own? WHY? ... and then... Hmm... How much are they? And after my first pass through, I seriously fell in love. It's so thick and shiny and sturdy! And while we have a lovely staff member that laminates for us at school, she only does it 2 days a week and sometimes, well, there are times when you just need something laminated NOW.  I can't wait to park this bad boy next to my desk. I need to name her. Any suggestions? 
(Sneak peek alert at my new product going up tomorrow!) 

4. Went to a tent sale the other day with my parents and spotted this. Picking it up today and am super excited! Where is it going? I don't know. I think our hallway. Or our bedroom. Or the living room? We will make room. 

5. I also got an email the other day from a lovely teacher who asked if she could find all my anchor charts and ideas in one place. Are you on Pinterest, I ask? You know, the black hole that sucks you in for hours? I pin all of my posts here, so you can scroll through and find what you need. See you there!
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