Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GT Frames About Kindergarten

We did our last frames that we are going to do this year. I asked them to write about Kindergarten. What is the Big Idea of Kinder? What is the perspective of a Kindergartener? What questions do you still have and what are the Rules-what is always true about Kinder? The consensus seems to be that Kinder is to get ready for 1st Grade!

Now this one took me a minute to figure out. You see, I eat in the Teacher's Lounge almost every day. One of my students will take my lunch in for me and I always joke that the lounge is where teachers go to destress. I always say "don't look at the hot tub, kids aren't supposed to know it's in there"! :) They almost believed me for a while.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Good Reads!

I know people may be looking for titles to read this summer. I wanted to share two that I have read recently and thoroughly enjoyed. They are both considered in the YA genre.:

I thought this was a really well-written, meaningful story. It reminds me in a lot of ways of Fault in the Stars. I listened to it on audio, but I'm sure it's in the actual book as well-if you read it I recommend you read the author's note too. She explains the origin of the story and shares some really disturbing statistics.

I love the premise of this book! A girl is raised to complete the revenge plan her mother has had in place. She is raised with one and only one purpose-to seduce the son of the man who broke her mother's heart. However, as the plan is set in motion the machinations unfold in unexpected ways. I have sworn off watching movies when I have already read the book, however I would make an exception for this one--would make a great movie!

If anyone has any good titles  for me, I am always open to suggestions! :) 

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Memory Books

We do an awards ceremony at the end of the year where the kiddos receive their certificates, trophies for things like perfect attendance and token items I get for them like personalized pencils. I always try to make something for them as a remembrance. Let me preface this by saying that I am not a very crafty person. This year I decided to get the little blank books that Lakeshore sells and write a book entitled "What I Will Remember About....". I take a lot of pictures throughout the year, however I have 26 students to do and didn't have enough for each page so I'm drawing the rest. I am still working on getting them done and part of me thinks my illustrations are a bit cheesy, however it's kind of neat even for me to look back and reflect on the year. (Normally I refrain from using pics of students on my blog, however this is a child of a staff member and I have permission :).

I am not much of an artist, but they are certainly used to my lack of drawing ability from all our anchor charts throughout the year! I hope they like them.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Dads Rock Celebration

Well we celebrated our moms and the kiddos thought it was only fair to also have a morning to celebrate dads! Again I was so impressed by our turnout-about 23 families were represented. We made books that talked about their dads-if they knew about what they were like when they were little or their favorite things about them today.It was interesting from a sociological perspective that with the dads they mentioned how they love money more than they talked about that with the moms and also more about their work and sleeping! Some of them were funny like: "my Dad was smart when he was little" or "my Dad is a bit of a smart-aleck". Here's an example from one:

My Dad's favorite animal is a lion.

My Dad, when he was a baby, he would look up at the stars and then he is asleep.

My Dad's favorite food is carrots.

Of course, we had food:

And the kids did self-portraits:

And they filled out how their dads were like superheroes!

Overall I think it was a really nice morning. I think the Dads were glad they came and endured our little chairs for a while! :)

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Good-Bye Kindergarten

Now I had it in my head that we'd do this activity a little closer to the very end of the school year (we actually only have 12 days left with the kiddos!). However, we are doing EOY's all this week and I wanted something light and fun for them to do after their morning of testing.

I read them the book: 

I asked them to look around our classroom and write about what they would miss. Most of them wanted to write "good-bye" instead of "good night" but it was interesting to see what they value most in the classroom. Our kitchen center, blocks and puppets I think were most popular and they are right-they will not probably have those in 1st Grade. :(

Our buddies are stuffed animals they can read with and take turns taking home.

I think it's so funny that they wrote conduct chart because we are required to post one but I NEVER use it! :)

I don't know what the first one is, but the 2nd one is puzzles. Then puppets and my stool. I recieved a stool as a gift one year and I let my assistant for the day sit on it.

Rocking chair the last one makes me a little sad. I'm sure they will still have fun next year.

Little panda song-too cute!

And buckets-we do bucket fillers. :)

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