November 2014 - Miss Kindergarten

All About Penguins! {craft and writing freebie}

One of my all time favorite things to teach about during the winter months are penguins. Nothing gets much cuter than a penguin! This book, Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! is such a great, child friendly book that shares tons of penguin facts!
Here's a little blurb that Scholastic shares about the book:
"Award-winning author and artist Bob Barner combines colorful collage images and whimsical verse to make this a funny, bouncy, informative introduction to the world of penguins. The simple text makes this book perfect for the youngest readers, but the array of penguin facts including the "Penguin Parade" with information on all 17 penguin species makes it an ideal choice for older readers as well."

As a little follow up activity, and a way to share all we learned about penguins, I decided to turn my square penguin craft into an All About Penguins book!

This is a super easy craft to make! All the directions are in my free download!

Inside of the penguin's belly are facts that we learned from reading penguin books and watching penguin videos.

These little penguins make an adorable winter craft full of tons of learning! You can grab this craft in my TpT store for free!

I also love using the adorable little penguins in our centers!

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December Resources and Ideas

It absolutely blows my mind that December is right around the corner. How did that even happen!? I'm a teensy bit sad that 2014 is coming to an end, as it was probably the best year of my life! BUT, I have a lot of fun to look forward to, so I'm not too sad ;)

As I was prepping some activities for December, I thought you might be interested in seeing what I use or have used in the past. I realized this will be my 4th December here on this blog! Wow!
{I linked each picture below to where you can find it in my store or on my blog!}

I will start with crafts because those are my favorites, of course ;)

 These candy canes look adorable hanging from the clothesline in our classroom. 

These name trees are always a hit and a great way to review shapes!

 I love, love, love this little santa! He is so adorable and easy to put together!

 I also love creating glyphs with my students. Here's a cute little snowman glyph we made a few years ago.

Morning Work and Printables


Literacy Centers

Math Centers

Word Work and Writing

 December is a short and busy month, but it sure is stuffed with a lot of fun and learning!

Happy Teaching everyone!


Songs in the Classroom!

Why hello there! Long time no speak! I sure meant to share my Songs in the Classroom update with you a few months ago, but a new school year, wedding planning, and moving into a new house just seemed to get in the way! But here we are, so it's all good ;)

Do you use songs in your classroom?? I am OBSESSED. I make up songs all day long! Well I put this little booklet together and hung it on a ring, but I don't even look at it because I have all the songs memorized ;) HA!

I did add little number tabs to each section so that they're easier to find.

I also wanted to show you an easier way to organize these songs {since clearly time is of the essence these days!} You can print off each page, stick them in a page protector and store them all in a 3-ring binder.

Here's a look at each section in the book.
These are songs I use throughout the day, especially during transitions. The best way to grab your students' attention and get them to stop talking is to sing a song. They ALWAYS sing along, so eyes are on you and conversations have stopped. It's miraculous ;)

Section Two is all about Calendar Time. We sing the whole time ;) #favoritetimeoftheday

Section Three has fun songs to help your students practice vowel sounds, learning new words and spelling sight words.

I numbered each page so I can find the songs I need quickly. When we have a few extra minutes before snack we usually sing a word wall song. My kiddos love it!

I also created a whole separate section just for color words. Each color word song comes with visual cards that you can have a student leader point to while you are singing the song.

So the last few weeks, we've been working on word families! I made up this really fun song that I wanted to share with you. First, I asked my students to come up with words in the "at" family and wrote 6 of them on the board. Then we sang our song, to the tune of The Addams Family ;)
Each time we learn a new word family, we will think of 6 words and put them in our song!

Hope you are able to use some of these ideas!

You can find my Songs in the Classroom pack here on TpT!