I am a kindergarten teacher who loves my job! I teach in a Catholic School and enjoy using religion to teach values to my students. I truly believe in hands-on learning and believe that students learn and retain knowledge best when they take an active role in their education. Drawing, writing, cutting, gluing, anything that makes learning real is what I enjoy doing more than anything!
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Woo hoo! It's Friday! We are in countdown mode in my classroom! I think my little ones are just as ready as I am for a break and it will be here in just a few weeks!
My post today is going to be a hodge podge of things; which is exactly how my week has been!
1. We are just finishing up our Farm unit. We still are not quite done, but should be by Monday. Last week, we discussed corn, soybeans, and wheat crops. This week we discussed cows, chickens, and sheep.
2. My son and I had the opportunity to watch 3 little wrens learn to fly this week! They were sitting on our porch ledge and their parents were in the tree coaching them along. The furthest one away was the first to fly and the one closest was the last to take flight. So much fun to watch!
3. We also finished up our butterfly unit this week. I THINK I got this book from TLC lessons..... "The Caterpillar Song" . I love this sooooo much better than cutting and pasting pre-drawn pictures to show the life cycle of a butterfly!
4. My students have been giving me some really, really nice flowers...... Isn't this a pretty potted plant?
The plant below is the one my class gave me last year... I kept it alive over the winter and it now has a gorgeous bloom on it! Hurray!
5. I really, really, really want to start quilting again this summer! I started a quilt 5 years ago and I STILL have not finished it! I am NOT a professional, but there is something about sewing that brings me peace. Here are some pictures of the UNFINISHED pieces. Maybe if I post pictures, it will inspire me to finish them??
And finally, I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and this time BEFORE 6:00 p.m. CST Hurray!
Okay.... we all say this..... "Where did the time go?" But this week, I REALLY, REALLY mean it! First of all, my youngest son (my baby) just graduated from college on Friday. It just seems impossible to think that all my children are grown up and able to fend for themselves. It is a bittersweet journey.... I am sooo proud of my kids - all of them! The years that I had with them at home was the best gift that I could have been given. All the track meets, cross country meets, t-ball games, baseball games, Halloween costumes, proms, Homecomings, Brownie meetings, Boy Scout meetings, family vacations, homework help, college visits..... ALL the time that I gave my children was worth every millisecond and I am thrilled with that fact! But, when your children are grown, you realize that your continued journey through life has changed forever and it is a hard fact that we must let go and appreciate the gift that we were given. So... as my youngest son is beginning his journey, I am saying good-bye to a part of mine......
Also...... Where did the time go with this school year? We have 16 more days of school left and it seems like these little kinders just entered my classroom! As with my children, I am so proud of the accomplishments my kinders have made! They are all reading at some level. They all have a wonderful number sense. They are able to create such beautiful projects and they are trying to get along with one another and be peaceful kids. I am proud of THEIR journey and can hardly believe we are close the journey's end!
This week we are in our Farm unit. I feel that it is so important that children know where their food comes from, so instead of focusing on farm animals and barns, I like to focus on crops and their products. So this week, we talked about corn, soybeans, and wheat. We discussed the parts of the plant and how it is grown and harvested. We talked about the Community helper, the farmer, who works on the farm and the tools that he/she uses. This coming week, we will talk about animals on the farm. I do not discuss the fact that we eat animals. I know that many teachers will disagree with me, but I feel that children will learn soon enough that we eat animals, so I don't make this a part of my unit. Instead, we discuss dairy products, eggs, and wool.
Our butterflies emerged from their chrysalis this week! What fun that
was to watch! Because I think it is important for my kinders to go
home in the summer with some knowledge of the wildlife they will see,
they are making a field guide of Backyard butterflies and Birds these
last few weeks of school. Here are pictures of the real Painted Lady butterflies....
Here are some fun pictures of a few of the butterfly sketches they made for their Field Guide.
Here is the preview to my butterfly and caterpillar unit, but this is something that is easy to set up yourself! Just Google butterfly images and have your students copy them!
Yep, it's that time again - TPT's Teacher Appreciation Sale - Yay! I don't know about you, but I have SOOOO many things sitting in my TPT wishlist and I am looking forward to whittling that list down on Tuesday! The button above was created by Ashley Hughes! LOVE IT!
Everything in my store will be 20% off and with the discount that TPT is giving, that is a 28% discount - wow! Make sure that you use promo code: TAD13 to get the TPT discount!
Some new products that I have been working on lately are my "Four (or Five) Fabulous Math or Literacy Center" packets. They have all been tried out in my classroom and so they are definitely child tested. I have been working really hard to create products that are based on the Common Core Standards for Math and Literacy. Of course, since I teach kindergarten, those are the standards that I use, but many of them can be used for early first grade, too. I have been trying to keep them easy - just print, laminate, and put into a center. We use math tubs in our kindergarten, so I put all pieces inside a tub and they are good to go. I have 4 math tubs because I usually use Monday to do a large group math lesson. Inside each math tub is a new game or activity and a review game. Most of the time, my centers match the science or social studies theme that we are studying; but sometimes I like to throw in a theme just for fun! All packets can be stand alone resources; you do not have to be studying the themes to use them! My newest packet it Five Fabulous Robot Math Centers featuring the cutest robots from Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs.
Also, May is a great time to do something fun; but of course, it needs to be learning with a purpose! Here are 2 resources to do "just for fun" with the educational purpose of working on writing! I received some feedback from someone who purchased my pirate pack and although, she said she loved it, she was disappointed that I did not provide a pattern for creating the pirate. Well.... although I DO understand the frustration of not having a pattern, I prefer giving my kiddos step by step illustrations for creating something and then giving them the opportunity to do it their way. I would LOVE, LOVE feedback from some of you as to whether I should provide tracing patterns in my How to Draw packets......
I just recently revised this resource. I KNOW there are tons of plant resources out there BUT this one is slightly different in the fact that it concentrates mainly on the stems of plants.
Lastly, I have quite a few How to Draw resources in my store. Here are a few of them.....
I am linking up with Learning With Mrs. Leeby... there are tons of wonderful teacher bloggers listed on her blog! Enjoy!