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?

Monday, March 09, 2015

Doing {Something} Right

This past week has been a stressful one.  It was week one of conference week(s), so I was in and out of meetings all week long.  I really do enjoy conferencing with the parents, because it gives me a face to face opportunity to talk about their children--to rave about how they've grown over the year so far, but BOY is it tiring!

Add in Dr. Seuss dress up day, special snacks, AND additional school-wide training meetings, and you've got yourself a pretty crazy week.  (And that doesn't even count the crazy that's NOT happening at school!)

I know EXACTLY why I'm a teacher: for the kids...they're safety, academic growth, and upbringing is my priority.  I will do everything I can to help them learn and grow and feel confident in themselves!  I've found though, especially as a first year teacher, it's super easy to get wrapped up in the paperwork and deadlines of my job.  It's easy to compare what I'm doing to what other teachers are doing.

"Oh, I wished I had thought of that."
"How do they get their kids to do that so quietly?"

All of those thoughts were literally erased from my brain during one of my conferences on Thursday.  One of my parents shared the sweetest story with me, and it was all I could do to not cry right there in the middle of our conference!  I was reminded of the positive impact I am having on my students, and my heart was so full!

Thinking about all of the "stuff" does stress me out, but I'm determined to not let it get me down.  I just think about stories like the one above, and think of my students who have grown SO MUCH in my classroom, and am so thankful that even with all of the mistakes I've made, at least I'm doing {something} right!

Friday, March 06, 2015

Entomologists in Training

I want to write a more detailed post over the weekend, but I just couldn't help but share this teaser photo!  We've been learning all about bugs for bug week, and we've had so much fun!  I just so happen to know an entomologist, and found a fantastic entomologist in training packet a few weeks ago that go perfectly together.  The kids have had so much fun with it :)

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