September 2013 - Mrs. Jones's Kindergarten

My First Interactive Math Notebook!

Happy weekend! I'm here to share a fun find and a new item that I am super excited about!

So let's all admit upfront that teachers are supply-aholics. Post-its, note pads, markers... I just about had a heart attack when we got a welcome back gift bag from our principal at the start of the school year with a box of beautiful black sharpies AND florescent colored post its!! Teacher LOVE!

Which leads me to this... where have these been all my life?
See through Post-Its? GENIUS people. Genius. I love them. And we are using them and re-using them all over the place. Here I quartered them and we used them to find letter B's on our poem from our A to Z Poetry Notebook.
But these are a million ways I can think of using these! Big Books! Centers! This may be old news to you though. If it is, feel free to pop my bubble and tell me about how you have been using them in super cool ways for the past 10 years. :)

If that was not exciting enough, I have my brand new My *first* Interactive Math Notebook to share... made exclusively for Kinders! I know you have heard about the latest rage in teaching... Interactive Notebooks. I saw quite a few that were SUPER awesome, but a little bitty too difficult for my kinders to start the year.  So, I decided to make one of my own with easy cuts, simple directions, quick to complete, and ready-to-use for teachers.

I decided that this would be a great tool to use as a quick intro or review to start our math lesson. I now have my kids start math at their tables, we complete our Math Notebook entry, then they come to the carpet for our whole group lesson, usually do some practice together on the smartboard, then I send them back to their seats for independent practice on our lesson of the day. Kindergarten teachers KNOW that with the itty bitty attention span and need for movement- breaking things up is key to their focus and involvement!

Here are a few peeks of the daily activities that we have been working on.:

Each entry comes with an "I can" statement that the kids glue at the top of the page. Within each notebook unit, there are enough entries to cover an entire month of school. My first unit, Numbers 1-5 is up and posted. You can check it out here!

FINALLY! Classroom pics + Sneak Peek!

So, yeah. I'm crawling out from under the beginning-of-the-year-kindergarten-teacher-rock. Sorry! I realize its been WEEKS since I last posted but ...MY! The beginning of the year kicks your butt! Other K teachers can relate... I totally knew at the end of the year I was going to be giving up my little readers and writers for some brand new little sweeties that would need to start from the drawing board. But, is anyone else with me... you FORGET (or mental block maybe) how hard starting from scratch is! Phew! I think I may finally feel rested and back to my old self again if I can sleep for about 25 hours straight. That aint happenin' any time soon though, so I drink an extra cup of coffee and forge ahead.

So, I'll start with a few classroom pics for ya'll and some color commentary to tell you what its all about. I am super duper lucky to have a beautifully old classroom. Our school was built back in the 1920's and my classroom was actually once the library of the school. There is lots of beautiful woodwork and cupboards, even a fireplace mantle and 2 pews. It's such a neat little place to teach K in.

This is the view from the doorway. My desk is in the far back corner, and that doorway next to it is a HUGE and I mean HUGE walk in closet. It is full of shelves and storage. I *heart* it!

This is where we do our whole group Writer's and Reader's Workshop lessons. The door actually goes to my colleague's room, and its great for socializing during planning time we really don't use it much. Notice church pew #1, the kids love sitting there to read! (Ignore the empty birthday board... it is done now!)

Book Shelves:

Literacy Centers are in each of the 6 rainbow tubs:

This is the view from the back by my desk, and the large carpet is the morning meeting area and where I do my guided reading groups (on the floor). Church pew #2 is for my little friends that need a little alone time to get their work done :) And the mantle is covered up back there by the work box and math center shelves. 

...And my lovely word wall:

So that's where I spend my day! Now for another peek... *EEK!* guess what we are working on in Kindergarten?

Yup! My first interactive math notebook! I wasn't sure how it was going to fly... but the kids are LOVING it! I hope to have month 1 posted in my TpT store this weekend.

Have a great week peeps!
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