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This week in math we’ve been learning about recognizing numbers 1-5 and counting quantities. To connect to the song “Five Little Monkeys”, one of the songs we sing during our morning routines, we cut and glued monkeys with numbers on them to the correct number of counters.

As we continue to get to know our friends in the classroom we took pictures of ourselves and shared the pictures with special colored t-shirts. Students let their artist skills shine and were encouraged to color the t-shirts anyway they chose.

For reading we’ve been reading books about going to school and making friends. We read the story, “Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindegarten” and as a class we created an anchor chart that compared and contrasted how we got ready for kindergarten.

During our literacy workshop block students are learning how to choose activities that they would like to work on while building up their academic skills. Some activities include identifying capital and lowercase letters, learning to read color words, and highlighting target letters.


Hello everyone! It has definitely been a long time since I’ve posted. With the pandemic hitting it has been a time of stress and confusion but I feel good about this year.

Our school has reopened with a plan on how to keep myself and other students safe with a strategy called “cohorting”. It is where your class stays within their group the whole day and does not do school-wide activities in person. Staying in our separate “cohorts” is a way to stop the increase of community spread. Students are asked to wear their masks when inside the school except for when they are eating.

In my all-star classroom students have individual desks each with their own individual supplies. All classroom activities and supplies have to be in individual bins and only one student can use the item at a time. When something is used it gets put in the “sanitation station” where the items are cleaned to be put back in the classroom so it’s safe for someone else to use.

Our first days of school went by quite smoothly! Much of the days were spent singing songs and learning the classroom procedures and routines. Students got to enjoy extension centers where they learned problem solving skills and explore what we have to offer in the classroom.

We also learned how to use our individual materials by creating an anchor chart, writing a list of things we can and can’t do with crayons. Students provided the answers for the anchor chart and together we developed a guideline on how to safely and properly use the crayons.

Then students practiced their coloring skills by coloring a soccer ball that had clear lines and spaces for them to color inside. Their goal was to color inside the lines and have as little white-space as possible.

To celebrate the first week of kindergarten we read books that talked about going to school for the first time such as “Miss Bindergarten Get’s Ready for Kindergarten” and the book “Kindergarten Rocks!”. Then students talked about how they felt on the first day of school and created a first day of school pennant. They picked an emoji that they felt matched their emotion for that day. They colored the emoji and glued it onto the pennant. They also practiced writing their name on top instead of writing the feeling. When students finished they were able to take their individual book bags and practice reading leveled reading books.

To help students learn the alphabet we are learning special characters called “Alphafriends” from the Journey’s reading curriculum. Each Alphafriend has a hand motion that goes along with each of the characters. We also learned how to write the letters by writing in our “rainbow write” journal.


Last week as we continued to get to know each other in our All-Stars community we learned the song Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar.  Then we played the game who stole the cookies from the cookie jar where students sat in a circle and put their hands behind their back.  I gave one student a pretend cookie and then they passed the cookie around behind their back.  Then students took turns guessing who they thought had the cookie by staying the name.

Students then drew their own picture of themselves playing the game adding details to their picture of the classroom.  We took each picture and formed it into a class book of each student in class.  You can find the activity here.


My new school, Fremont International Academy, has 30 minutes of daily Spanish instruction which is co-taught by myself and our Spanish instructor.  As we’ve been singing familiar songs in English to start out the year; we’ve been learning the same songs in Spanish.  We learned the song Five Little Monkeys in Spanish called, Cinco Monitos.

We then did a cut and paste activity that guided students in matching quantities with the visual number.  Students cut monkeys with numbers on them onto the correct numbers of dots.  Students practiced saying the numbers both in English and in Spanish.


As we finish up with our first week of school we spent some time getting to know the members of our All-Star community.  We also danced to some songs such as ‘5 Little Monkeys‘.  Then we took pictures of ourselves and glued them to pictures of t-shirts that we colored and designed ourselves.  The activity can be found here.


Well it has been a long journey fellow readers but the Bowen’s have moved from Kenai, Alaska back to their home state of Michigan.  Of course I am still teaching kindergarten so the All-Stars legacy continues to live on!

I have moved to a school that has reopened after 3 years of being closed.  It is an international baccalaureate elementary school.  It is super exciting as we are learning how to be global citizens, inquirers, and all classes will have 30 minutes of Spanish instructions everyday.  I only had a week and a half but I able to set up the new room on time!

The first day of school parents got to come at the end of the half day and join the students in a scavenger hunt looking for important places in the classroom.

 

For the second day of school students got to have their first experience at exploration centers.  In exploration centers students get to move freely throughout the room and choose activities that they investigate different learning skills.  In extension centers students can choose from the classroom library, art center, math manipulative tubs, block center, writing center, science center, community center, and computers.

For art center students work on first day of kindergarten headbands.  Writing center had students tracing lines and drawing pictures on whiteboards with dry erase markers.  In the science center students did a sorting science tools folder game.  In the community center students sorted pictures into their correct beginning sound on a pocket chart.  Finally at the blocks center, students put together puzzles foam letter puzzles and got to build with wooden blocks.

For a read aloud today we read the story, The Night Before Kindergarten and made It’s the First Day of School, I feel… art activity.  This activity can be found here.


As we finish up our first week of school, our kindergarten & 1st grade friends spent some time getting to know each other using math.  Kindergarten wrote their names, cut them apart, and glued them back together.  Kindergarten counted the letters in their name and shared it with the rest of the class.

In 1st grade we’ve been learning about addition strategies so the 1st graders used what they’ve learned to share about themselves to the rest of the class.  The activity can be found over at First Grade Smiles.


Welcome back my All-Stars followers!  I realize it’s been a longtime since I’ve done a regular blog-post.  I’ve been super busy with workshops, family, and summer projects.  However I return with a commitment to bring you more updates and ideas.

Let’s first start out with the biggest update; I have been moved back into a multi-age kindergarten / 1st grade classroom.  Still located in the city of Kenai, Alaska.  It has definitely been challenging; but I love the change in dynamics and am excited about a few changes to my classroom that I’ve made this year.

This week is our first week in back to school and like usual we are talking about school expectations, rules, and classroom procedures.  Our first days we’ve been reading some of my favorite back to school books like No David by David Shannon.  Then students made No David puppets to retell the story during free choice centers time.

 

We’ve been also singing some of our favorite songs that we’ve remembered from preschool and dancing to them using the website http://www.gonoodle.com.  Today we sang and danced to 5 Little Monkeys.

We read the story Curious George: Goes to School, created a craft using t-shirt template ideas from this website and taking individual pictures.  They turned out very cute!


We’ve been at it again over here at The Kindergarten All-Stars!  As we’re gearing up to go back to school, I’ve developed my apples mini unit for purchase over at Teachers Pay Teachers.  I’ve used this unit for years but now it’s ready for you to use it in your classrooms!

In this bundle students will explore various science skills & topics such as; investigating, labeling, life cycle, and vocabulary.  Language Arts and math curriculum are integrated into the activities.  The activities are aligned to Kindergarten Common Core standards.  The packet includes 25 pages of print & go workpages, a emergent reading book, a writing prompt, and 2 art projects.  I cannot wait to use this unit again in my classroom and show you more pictures!  If you’re as excited as I am to use this unit, you can purchase it by clicking on the picture below.

 


We are gearing up for back to school here at Kindergarten All-Stars!  I thought it would be a good time to create a digital version of one of my favorite back to school activities!  Students create a cut & paste bus craft, then make their own version of the song with a phoneme substitution from the first letter in their name!

We hope you enjoy this product and spread the word to others.  There will definitely be more products available as the school year gets closer to starting.



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