Saturday, December 1, 2012

Reindeer Write The Room Freebie

I was going to post this later, but I wanted to add it to the Freebies on the First Linky.  

This is another Write the Room activity for December.  This time students match the color word to the reindeer's nose.


Christmas Write the Room Freebie

I'm linking up with Freebielicious for the First FREEBIES ON THE FIRST!

My kids have really enjoyed the new Write the Room Station.  This coming week I'm adding in Christmas Themed  images and words.

Some of the words ARE harder than they can read, but I encourage them to check the first few sounds.  They are pretty easy, but I plan on making them harder (same initial sound, etc.) as the year progresses.

How I use these:

I have 6 laminated strips of paper on the walls around the room.  Each is numbered 1-6.  Students place the recording sheet onto a clipboard and travel to each posting around the room.  They record the correct word, or mixed up sight word, or rhyming word, etc. that they find there.  Then, they draw a picture of the word in the second box.

I have uploaded both the links for Scribd and Google Docs for you!

Christmas Write the Room
Write the Room Recording


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Write The Room

I've always been really skeptical about Reading and Writing the room.  It's always seemed like a great time for kids to get into trouble doing things that they shouldn't.  I found a way to work in Write the Room that is very structured, and the kids LOVE!


Write the Room 1

Write the Room Recording

Discovery Station-Magnets

Magnet fun!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Raki's Rad Resources: Educational Connect 4 Games

I think I love using board games in the classroom as much as Heidi Raki does!  This is a great idea for using Connect Four to add up numbers.  She even has a recording sheet to download!

Other ways you could use this game would be...

  1. Record the 4 numbers that won.  
    • Put them in order from greatest to least/least to greatest
    • Sort them by odd and even
  2. Upper grades-Record the 4 numbers that won.  
    • Write word form, expanded form, etc.
    • Multiply by 4
    • Write a story problem using the 4 numbers

Raki's Rad Resources: Educational Connect 4 Games: I LOVE to play board games at home, but I also enjoying using them in my classroom. In addition to encouraging cooperation, turn taking and ...

How else could we play this game?

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award


Thanks you so much to Kelly and Kim's Kindergarten Kreations  for nominating me for this award.  

I had to look up the requirements for accepting, and one of them is to tell you 7 random facts about myself!

1.  I have 3 blogs and can't keep up with all of them.  They all show different representations of who I am, and also my life long struggle with balancing the different aspects of my life!  :)

Kinder Journey and website
Two in the Nest
The Great Texas Take-Off

2.  I love to garden and make jam.  Yummy!

3.  I was a theatre major for 3 years before I moved into the education field.

4.  I have 2 little boys, James-4 and Mikey-2.

5.  I am an organization freak!  It's like my brain won't function correctly when things are out of place.

6.  In an attempt to have other things to talk about than our children, my husband and I have started reading aloud to each other before bed every night.  We alternate who chooses the book!

7.  I have a worm bin.  Can't get more random than that!  We compost our kitchen scraps in a worm bin.  Check it out! 

Here are MY nominees:
2nd the Best
1 2 3 Teach With Me
3rd and 4th Combination Classroom
Differentiated Kindergarten
Keen on Kindergarten
Kindergarten Smiles
Love Those Kinders
Mrs. Goff's Kinders
Krazy Fun Teaching
What I Learned in Kindergarten
Kinder Bliss
Ms. Shope's Class
Mrs. Wyatt's Teaching Tales

Thank you so much for nominating me!  I'm honored.  


Here are the requirements for accepting this award:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Include a link to their site.
3. Include the award image on your blog.
4. Include 7 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 15 other blogs for this award.
6. When nominating be sure to include a link to their site.
7. Let bloggers know they have been nominated. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Favorite Back to School Activity!

I'm linking up with Fun in First to share my favorite Back to School activity!

My favorite back to school activity has got to be The Blanket Name Game!  I wish I had a picture, but its super easy!! 

Every year this game has been a huge hit!  I've played it at every grade I have taught, from Kinder to Fourth.  It's super easy and a great way to help kids learn each other's names.

Divide the class into 2 sections.
Place an X or sitting spot on the floor on either side of a blanket
Have a helper hold the other side of the blanket up to block the groups from one another
Hold the blanket between the two groups
Each group randomly selects a friend to sit on the X
Count 1, 2, 3 and drop the blanket
ONLY the friends sitting on the X's may call out the opposite friend's name
You can take score, but I don't.
The kids just have so much fun with the anticipation and recognition!

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