Showing posts with label Nursery Rhyme. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nursery Rhyme. Show all posts

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Playdough and Nursery Rhymes! (Freebie)

I feel like I have been neglecting this little blog lately - blame it on the beginning -of-the-school-year-not-enough-hours-in-a-day syndrome! I think I need another 3 day weekend just to help me get caught up on everything! There is just not enough timeto spend  with my husband and kids and still get all my work done too! Speaking of husbands - my sweetie and I celebrated our 14th anniversary yesterday! We went to Olive Garden for dinner and will be going rock climbing on Saturday! Its my first time rock climbing so cross your fingers that I survive intact!

One thing I've been working on is getting my small group rotations established. I am lucky enough to get two tutors for 1/2 hour each afternoon for reading help. I am trying to figure out the best way to utilize them in my room and still keep noise levels within acceptable limits - with 26 kids and 3 adults, it can get noisy fast, even when everyone is on-task! When I figure out the magical solution I will be sure to let you know!

We've been working on short a words this week and I created some playdough "strips" to help keep my kiddos on-task at playdough center. I try to always ensure that the kids know exactly what I expect of them for each center - in this case they stamp out the word family in the playdough before any playing! I'm sharing them tonight just in case you'd like them. I made strips for some common short a, e and i word families:

 Yesterday the techs stopped by my room to give me yet another tease: they installed the projector for my Smartboard! Unfortunately the laptop is not wired and the wireless router is so far down the hall that we can't pick it up, thus I still cannot use my Smartboard for any of my youtube videos, or websites! Yet another work order has to be turned in to see if we can get a router installed on our end of the hall or if they will run wires to each individual classroom!

I did invent a new version of the quiet game today using the Smartboard though - I needed to run across the hall to see if there were any extra snacks since my class was short two cups. We received a grant that provides free fresh fruit or vegetable snacks Wed - Fri. Today's snack was cut up strawberries in a cup. Somehow I ended up with 24 cups for 26 kiddos! I utilized my students' love of writing on the Smartboard to hold them all in place while I tracked down the missing snacks. We played it just like the regular quiet game, but this time they got to write their name on the board when they were "picked" - even my chattiest kids were perfectly still and quiet just for the chance to write on the board lol!

I also finished up my Nursery Rhyme pack today - I started making it when I thought I was going to get to teach K this year, but set it to the side when I was switched to 1st. Well I pulled it back out because I have several sweet n lows who still don't have rhyming down and are having difficulties tracking print. I figured the nursery rhymes would help with both issues so I created a full page, color poster for each rhyme plus a blackline reader for each as well. There are 9 rhymes included, and I just posted it for sale on TPT tonight - I'd love to know what you think of it!

Have a good night everyone, I'll try to post more this weekend!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Nursery Rhymes and Lint (freebie!)

I spent some time yesterday making seating charts and small group lists. Got everything all fancied up for my sub folder. Thought I was finally going to be ahead of the game! First thing this morning? A new student! Go figure right? Luckily she is a sweetie and settled in very nicely - in fact, we were enjoying her so much that when the principal came to tell me they'd made a mistake and she was supposed to go to another classroom I begged to keep her! Isn't it funny how some kiddos can instantly become "yours"? I am now up to 26 kiddos, but for the most part we are pretty well behaved - just working on keeping the volume down (these kids have never learned to whisper apparently) and to leave lint alone.

Yes, lint. Or string. Or whatever they can pull from their socks or from in between the velcro on their shoes. I have never had a class that was so fascinated by this stuff! If there is a little string on the carpet I can count on at least 2 or 3 to become completely distracted by it - wrapping it around their fingers, sucking on it, tossing it in the air and catching it etc. I am about ready to buy a lint roller and run it over them in the morning to ensure they will not lose any strings on the carpet!

This week we are working on graphing! I am introducing lots of new vocabulary from CCSS to enhance our understanding of graphs. Many of my kiddos know how to read a graph, but have no idea of its purpose. We will be working on understanding the purpose of graphs as well as using the correct vocabulary all week. One thing I showed them was the graph I made of their Title I math test scores. I condensed about 3lbs of paper into a 2 page chart/graph and that seemed to sink in - it is much easier to carry around a graph than all that paper and much easier to find the info I need to plan lessons! They were able to tell me that I should spend more time on questions that 13 students got wrong rather than on the ones no one got wrong.

We will also be working with the Roll and Graph games I have created. It is a great way for kiddos to create their own graph and then answer questions about it. My latest creation is a Nursery Rhyme Roll & Graph with the cutest clipart - love it! Nursery rhymes are great right now because I still have a few that haven't mastered rhyming yet plus this class loooooves singing and finger plays! You can find the graph on TPT:

I couldn't find an emergent reader that I liked, so I created one for Little Miss Muffet - I will be working on making a complete set of emergent readers and teacher books for nursery rhymes this week! I'm offering this first one as a freebie - let me know what you think! Also, be on the lookout for a super fun (messy!) science experiement to go along with Little Miss Muffet - that should happen Friday baring unforeseen circumstances! click the picture to grab the reader for free!

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