Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Break to London!

Spring Break is normally a stay-at-home and relax break.  Lots of people head to the beach, but I typically will go visit family or just stay at home and get some work done.

This year was completely different.  Andrew and I jetted off to London for Spring Break, and had the best time!  A London vacation was a dream of ours, and it all just fell in place this year.  So fantastic, and I still feel like we were living a dream!

Our first two days were spent exploring the city, and touring London.  Day 3 we took a tour out to Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich.  We visited Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Oxford on Day 4, and on Day 5 we took a train through the channel to Paris!  Our last day was spent in London again...going back to places we missed, and making the best of our last day.  It was a whirlwind of awesome and I can't wait to create a photo book of our trip. :)

{Easter morning service in St. Paul's Catherdral}

{Beautiful flowers in St. James Park}

{Buckingham Palace}

{Leeds Castle}

{Eastern/Western Hemisphere Line in Greenwich Park}


{Windsor Castle-The Queen was home!} 

{Lunch on the first floor of the Eiffle Tower}

{Riding down the Saine River in Paris}

{Just hanging out with Mona Lisa}

{The London Eye}

{Big Ben and the Parliament Building}

{Westminster Abbey}

London, I will forever miss you.  Thank for you distracting me from work, and allowing me a week of relaxation and time with my family.  Thank you for making one of my dreams a reality!

Now, back to the real world.  Six weeks left; let the countdown begin!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Spring Wall Mural (Work in Progress)

We have been working hard decorating our kindergarten hallway! Our fantastic parent volunteers put up the grass and sky last week, when we decorated our spring bulletin boards.  I don't know what we'd do without them!  As the week goes on, we've slowly been adding to the mural...

It's a work in progress, but I'm loving it so far!  The number sense flowers were so incredibly easy, and the kids loved showing off their skills.  The flowers have different numbers in the center and each of the six petals show different ways to represent that number: number word, tally marks, ten frames, base ten, an addition sentence, and a subtraction sentence. (I'll share a better example soon!)

You can't see the sun very well, but the rays have groups of rhyming words on them!

More pictures to come as we continue to add to the wall!  The kids are loving it, and are so proud of their work!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Bulletin Boards

When I was in college, and during my student teaching I had HIGH expectations for bulletin boards.  I was going to be that teacher that had my board decorated for every season; my door was going to be PERFECT and decorated for every lesson.

Ha! Boy was I wrong!?  Where in the world did I think I was going to have all of that time to decorate?  I've still got high intentions, but I am SO THANKFUL for my parent volunteers.  I wouldn't be able to make anything happen without them.  

Take a look at two of our bulletin boards on the kindergarten hall this spring.  They're two of my favorite, I think! Our moms ROCKED IT!

Oh, and here's a sneak peek of our kindergarten mural we're starting.  Again, I'm so thankful for our parents who are helping to take my ideas and turn them in to a reality!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Easter FREEBIE!!

I'm still getting the hang out taking pictures and prepping for blog posts, but I'm slowly getting the hang out it!

In kindergarten, we theme all of the weeks, and try and plan or subject matter accordingly (of course, while still attaching all we do to common core standards).  Next week, we'll be following the Easter theme, and I just cannot wait!

We've been working on showing teen numbers in different way, so I created this tally mark sheet to help us along!  This would be a great assessment, or could be used as a center with this bunny tally mark matching game.

Click the picture to download your freebie!  (Someone help me and tell me how to get a better picture?)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Trapping a Leprechaun!

Monday was the perfect time to create leprechaun traps.  I used the S.T.E.M. lesson template as a way to incorporate as much as I could in to the lesson.  The students brainstormed what would be needed to trap a leprechaun, they got together as a group and decided what materials they needed, and went to town.  They were SO proud, and absolutely loved their hard work:

 {Picture of their traps coming soon}

 Of course, there was evidence of the leprechauns visit when we got to school on Tuesday morning.  (Our evening facilities crew helped me out, and did a FANTASTIC job!) The leprechaun traveled around on a green string, left footprints AND green glitter on the carpet.  They went WILD when they saw it!

 How did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your students? Did the leprechaun visit your classroom?

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