Tuesday, August 21, 2012


I found this on Pinterest. This is a great resource to give to parents.
Great reference for moms and teachers.

Brain Boosters

In Kinderworld, the kiddos definitely need time to MOVE! 


I got this idea from Keep Calm and Teach. Basically, when the kids are starting to drift  say "activity time!", set the timer for one minute and draw an activity. Do the activity until you finish or the timer goes off.

Thank you to 
Keep Calm and Teach for these FREE template labels.    
Go to her blog to download the labels.                                                 

Thursday, August 9, 2012



Besides Gingerbread Man Week, PIRATE WEEK is a kindergarten FAVORITE for sure!!!!!!
If I didn't have a western theme, this would be my next pick!

We spent a week on this unit because there is so many FUN activities!
We had PIRATE DAY and all the kids dressed up as pirates.

We even turned our covered wagon into a pirate ship!

Click here to get FREEBIES
Love these ideas from The Inspired Apple

                            KWL Chart                                         Why do pirates wear an eye patch?

Deanna Jump has a ton of really cute ideas.

This is a picture from my memory book.

                           We practiced reading our sight words with pirate themed sentences:

                   For Writer's Workshop, we took some time to respond to these pirate prompts:

                                                        We wrote AR an OR words.

                                                               We sorted ch and sh words:


Other cute ideas:

We played a lot of learning games on Jake and the Neverland Pirates site.

We read Pirate books on our tag readers.

On the last day, Jack Sparrow came and stole our treasure chest!!!!
He left us a treasure map and clues so we could go on a treasure hunt.
Watch this adorable video of my amazing student teacher reading the clues! 

This is a map of our school. We had 4 clues.

We made telescopes with paper towel rolls and foil.
Toddlers pirate telescope craft

 Clue 1: We had to read a Big Book together to get the first clue.

 Clue 2: We had to solve addition and subtraction problems.

Clue 3: We had to put the days of the week and months of the year in order on the magnetic shed.

Clue 4: We had to read -ar words we learned from that week (-aarrgh words...cute hah!)

 Clue 5: We found the giant red X! The kids had to search the playground for the treasure!

We finally found it. jack Sparrow can't fool us!

Our treasure chest was full of goodies: gold da bloom, pirate pencils and coloring books and
 pirate booty popcorn. 

We made pirate hats and had a pirate party.

Yummy pirate cupcakes!  ARGH!
Pinterest Ideas
                                           Pirate Birthday Party Jello Orange Slice Ships - web

                                                                    Cannon Balls & Jolly Pirate Fish

How to make sand pudding interactive writing

Three step how to writing

Below are the pirate YOUTUBE videos we watch during the week.

Pirate Math

Hiedi's -ar Pirate Song

 Silly Pirate Song (Jack Hartmann)

Portside Pirate
Roll Up the Map - Disney Junior - Jake & the Neverland Pirates

Talk Like a Pirate - Disney Junior - Jake & the Neverland Pirates

No David

I LOVE reading this story the first week of school! 
It is a great way to talk about class rules and expectations.

 Throughout the year, I ask the students, "Is that something David would do?".
I am excited to do this new art and writing project.

Download the freebies david-learns-school-rules freebie packet. The packet includes art templates, and paper that says School Rules as well.

Thank you Fall into first for this FREEBIE!


We also made an anchor chart: Peacebuilder or Peacebreaker

I bought these Peace-maker/Peace-breaker Cards at TPT. Click to buy them.

Common Core

                        Common-Core-MATH-and-ELA-Galore-Kindergarten-Checklist on TPT

Here's an example of how these checklists can help you organize and teach the Common Core:

Word Work

Ideas for WORD WORK during The Daily 5.

Here is great word work freebie!! Its from Julie at Fabulous Firsties.There are so many cute ideas and this will be perfect for word work during the daily 5! 
 Click here to get a free copy at TPT! Thanks Julie!

I want to do this!
I got a hole bunch of these paint colors from Home Depot.
Now I need to make them!

Thank you whattheteacherwants for all these great ideas!

Here's a close-up of some of the labels:
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Use  a menu they can glance at too:
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I love the ideas from Growing Kinders and What The Teacher Wants.
They are AMAZING. Go to their blogs and check it out.

Creating a PASSWORD idea!
Every week, introduce the kids to two new sight words. Put a sign on the outside of the door that looks like this:

                               She made three versions –
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Click here to find her link and FREE downloads.

This one is from What The Teacher Wants
Her idea:
Here's the breakdown. Post a laminated "Today's Password" poster outside of your classroom.  Each day, with a wet erase marker, write a different password on the poster and as your kiddos enter the room, they need to whisper it to you!  Well since they have to be able to write it also, I made a "Password of the Day Book".  After they whisper it to me, they need to go write that word in their book!  

This is the fun part!


Put the chants on popsicle sticks.
Growing Kinders made labels for you

Free Kindergarten sight words <here>.