September 2014 - Miss Kindergarten

Fun Fall Giveaway!

My blogging bestie Tara and I are so excited to be teaming up for a Fun Fall Giveaway! We both *love* center time in our classrooms so we are each giving away a set of centers!

Here's a look at what is in my October Centers:
Pumpkin Patch Letter Match
This is a really fun small group game. Students spin the spinner and call out the letter they landed on, then they cover the letter on their board if they have it. 

Emergent Reader
My kiddos LOVE to read these little predictable texts. They get so excited to be able to read books! They are interactive too which makes me that much more engaging! They are practicing reading their sight words and color words.

Candy Corn Match
Practicing matching letters to each beginning sound.

Bobbing for Sight Word Apples
We "bob" for apples by choosing a card from the bowl and writing the sight word on the recording sheet. 

Stirring up Syllables 
{this activity is called Squirrely Syllables in October Games and Centers}
Practicing identifying words by 1, 2, and 3 syllables. They use little bingo daubers to stamp the correct number next to each picture.

Spider Spin & Cover
Spin the spinner then cover the correct beginning sound.

Candy Count
Students roll the candy die and count how many pieces they rolled. Then they trace {or write} the correct number.

 Monster Measurement
{this activity is called Measurement Mania in October Games and Centers}
We are practicing non-standard measurement using monsters!

Ghost with the Most
{this activity is called The Great Pumpkin Race in October Games and Centers}
A fun two-player game to practice identifying more or less.

Gone Batty
A fun two-player game to practice addition to 10.

Sticky Ten Frames
The students pick a ten frame card and figure out how many more are needed to make a ten.

Tara also has 5 super fun literacy centers in her pack!
Apple Picking
 Stretch out the sounds within the CVC word and write the sounds using a dry erase marker. 

 Beginning Sound Apples
Pull a card and determine the beginning sound as /t/, /m/, or /b/. 

Apples and ABC match ups
 Match the capital to its lower case match.'s apple pie! 
A rhyming game. Match the apple with its rhyming pie. 

Apples in the Basket 
Build sight words- the, see, and, we, to, & and.

Enter to win these 2 amazing unit by using the rafflecopter below! Then head on over to Tara's blog for a chance to enter there too!

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October Morning Work for Kindergarten

Each month, I have been working on a set of fun printables to add to our morning routine. These worksheets are a review of skills that have been taught in kindergarten, so that my students are able to complete them independently, while staying engaged! Here's a peek at what is included for October:
 In September, we practiced all of the consonants, so now we are reviewing the vowel sounds. We also are focusing on beginning sounds in words.
 For math, we are reviewing our numbers to 10 with the added challenge of writing in the missing number! We are still working on one-to-one counting with some cute leaf dice, and reviewing patterning.

Week 2, we are working on writing uppercase and lowercase letters, finding the correct upper and lower case letters, and drawing objects that start with the correct beginning sound.
 In math, we will count and color blocks, use our fingers to subitize and review our math vocabulary "alike".
 Week 3! Continuation from week 2 as well as an introduction to sight word practice! We are also reviewing our color words which are now on our word wall, so my students know exactly how to complete this page.
 Week 3 math, reviewing making a five by coloring the empty boxes. Counting dominoes and showing a number using circles.

 Week 4, we will continue our sight word practice by tracing each word, writing it in the sentence and coloring the picture to match the sentence.
Again for math, reviewing making a 5, filling in ten frames, sorting objects that belong in a group and reviewing shapes.


You can find these printables in my TpT store {here}.

I've also created a "growing bundle" if you think you are interested in having a set for each month! Since I don't have them all complete yet, I am adding to the bundle as I go. So far it includes August, September and October! Since it's still growing, it is discounted beyond the bundle discount. If you're interested, grab it {here}.


Phonics and Patterning Fun

The first few weeks of school have been spectacular! I always forget how difficult different the beginning of kindergarten is from the rest of the year, but we are finally getting in the groove and I have the greatest bunch of learners! I wanted to share a couple of fun things we did last week!

So I'm kind of obsessed with #teachersfollowteachers on Instagram. As I was obsessively checking it last week, I stumbled across the cutest homeschooler mom, and this adorable fall poem that focuses on letter sounds. I knew I had to make it for my class.

As I suspected, they ate it right up ;) 

I introduced the game during guided reading in a small group. Every kiddo had multiple opportunities to pick an apple from the basket and figure out the sound the letter made. I have seen SO much improvement in their abilities since the first day of school! So proud of my littles :) After we picked out all the apples, we worked together to identify each letter and put the apples in alphabetical order. So many skills in one little activity!

We had a little time at the end of the day after packing up and my kiddos begged me to play the apple game! #dontmindifwedo

They pulled an apple out of the basket, held it up for their classmates to see, and everyone had to say the sound the letter made. They loved it, I loved it, smiles all around!

I also thought it would be fun to make a set with pumpkins so we can continue using this activity throughout the next few months. If you'd like to use this in your classroom, you can download the file for free in my TpT shop!


During math, we practiced using our manipuatives as tools {not toys ;)} and reviewed patterning. We sat in a circle on the carpet and passed the tub of bears around. Each kiddo picked out a patterning card and created the pattern with the bears. As a class, we "read" the patterns and figured out the name of each pattern.
Then we went to our table seats and applied our patterning knowledge. Each student got 4 patterning cards and recorded the pattern on their paper.
They all did really well with it and were excited to be able to take them home! I think they're tired of me keeping their work to "decorate" our classroom ;)

You can grab this fun little patterning center {here}
{cute clip art from DJ Inkers!}

Oh! One last thing! To celebrate the start of fall, I'm throwing a little sale in my TpT store! Save 20% off all my products Sunday and Monday!


Classroom Pictures {2014}!!!

My favorite time of the year is here, sharing classroom pictures!! One of my all time favorite things about teacher blogs is getting a glimpse into other teachers' classrooms! I love that I can visit so many wonderful classrooms and never even have to change out of my PJs ;) I waited a couple of weeks before taking pictures of my classroom so that the walls weren't totally bare! I am SO excited to share them with you today!

Where the learning happens! I love our meeting place! 
This is where we have our students gather in the morning, and before we start a lesson.
The clothesline hangs across the room to hold various projects. I am obsessed with it! It makes our room like so cheerful! We made those adorable self portraits during the first week of school. You can find the idea {here} and the templates {here}.
This is one of my favorite bulletin boards! {Well actually, I love all the bulletin boards in my room so that's not really fair ;)} It will show off lots of great student work!

This board houses our monthly dictation. Each month, we take a picture with a cute prop, complete a sentence frame and illustrate our drawings. At the end of the year, we put all the pages together into a cute memory book. It's fun to look back and see all the growth that occurred during their kindergarten year! {those extra spaces are for new students! Can you believe we started out the year with only 26 kiddos!?}
 On the first day of school, we read Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten and wrote about how we got ready for kindergarten! Then we took a picture holding our K for kindergarten :)
You can grab the dictation pages for each month {here}.

We also learned all about shapes! You can grab these shape poems {here}. I printed them two to a page so they are a little smaller.

Here's another bulletin board for more student work. I love the color combo on this one!

Our Wonderful Word Wall! We will add lots of words to it all year long!
Here's a look at our small group table.
The board behind it has our 100's chart for calendar, our daily schedule, and our writing posters!

 And here's a look at our adorably beautiful calendar wall {if I do say so myself ;)}
The black and white banner is from the party aisle at Target! It's meant to be used as a chalkboard banner, but I glued bulletin board letters onto it instead. To read more about how we do calendar in our classroom {click here}.
The calendar set is from Creative Teaching Press.
 Grab the "I Lost a Tooth" sign and notes {here}.

As part of our school wide PBIS, we worked together as a class to illustrate the first rule of our school, "Stop, Think and Solve." Each table group worked together to come up with a way to "Stop, Think and Solve" in our classroom. Then they illustrated the picture. They always turn out so cute!
 And finally, I updated our sharp and dull pails with cute little signs and ribbon and I love how they turned out!
Hope you enjoyed the little tour!