Saturday, April 20, 2013

Fun with Happy Jack and a give-away!

This time of the year is the BEST!  The weather is beautiful, the flowers are blooming and so are my little learners!  Have you started seeing the amazing progress of you kindergarten readers???  I'm so proud of all they have accomplished!
This week we focused on the fairytale, Jack and the Beanstalk.  The kids had so much fun reading, writing, listening and responding to this old favorite!
Here are a few of my little darlings working on the little book Happy Jack.  I love to see them so engaged!
Happy Jack Little Book is available HERE at Tpt!

Here are some great videos to watch with your kindercrew if you are reading Jack and the Beanstalk.  The first one is my FAVORITE-  it's so interactive, the kids really "jam-out" to it!  
*Be careful when viewing YouTube videos in class, I usually let the commercial go on before letting it project full screen!*

This year, my deliberate practice has been finding similarities and differences.  In our district we have one deliberate practice item to focus on throughout our year for professional development.  I have seen such a difference in the way my kinders process, apply and extend new information and skills!  We have all been working on talking about similarities and differences for several months now.  I am so happy to see that they have turned their "talking about it" to "writing about it"!  YAY!  Look at them go!

Character Compare is available here at TpT!

I would LOVE to share one of my TpT products with a few of you!  I am giving away one download of the Happy Jack little book AND one download of the Comparing Characters activity.  Leave a comment below with your email, the download you'd like AND your FAVORITE fairytale to teach.  If your favorite fairytale matches mine, you'll get your choice of download.  Here's a hint, it's definitely been re-made by Disney.  I can't wait to hear from you!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Super Fun Freebie!

This game will change your life, seriously...  The Game of 6 is the best way to practice number writing to 100.

I can not take credit for this one.  I learned of it at a math training several years ago and have yet to remember the name of the presenter.  What was great about the training is that the teachers learned how to play the game by playing it.  Even grown-ups are engaged and focused while playing this game.  Take a look at  my little learners doing such a GREAT job playing this game!  The link for the freebie is below.

Click here to get a copy of the game!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Hello kindergarten families!  School starts back up tomorrow.  I am SO excited to get started on our new spring-themed learning activities.

Find our new calendar here.  We've got a BUSY week coming up!

Parents, please come take a look at our "Books with Bijou" page.  Click on the link to access our guided readers at home.  Bijou loves books and Bijou wants our kinder-crew reading everyday!

The real Bijou loves to hear about the
learning in our kindergarten classroom