February 2015 - Miss Kindergarten

Love is in the AIR! {iPad giveaway}

Hey there friends!  I am so excited to join Maria from Kinder-Craze and a group of wonderful bloggers to host a 16 GB iPad Air 2 giveaway!  I just recently started incorporating an iPad in our kindergarten classroom in the last year and it has been wonderful so far! If you have been thinking about getting an iPad for your class, now is your chance! You can find more info on how to enter below!

A couple of months ago, I attended an iPad training lead by the amazing Sue Holt from A Digital Kindergarten. I mean, it was SO good! I have never been more inspired by a professional development training. I could NOT wait to get the apps she suggested downloaded on my iPad and in my kiddos' hands!

I wanted to share with you Sue's top 4 favorite apps
{which incidentally are now my favorites apps too ;)}

Teach Me {Kindergarten}
Teach Me Kindergarten is great because it not only offers practice, but also provides support when needed! Just thinking about all those times that my students are working on a skill incorrectly and I'm not there to provide guidance and support makes me twitch a little ;) It's nice to know that they can learn using this app and be successful!

It covers a wide range of phonics, sight words, and math skills. I was able to create a separate log in for each of my students so they all have their own specific account. They also earn stickers for their work which is so motivating and exciting!

I *love* this app because it is digital pocket charts! It can be used whole group to practice a skill {I am still learning how to project my iPad up onto my screen!} or you can have your students use it in literacy/math centers. Just look how fun this is!

We have been using Word Wizard to practice spelling our sight words. You can program which words you want your students to practice, or you can use the lists provided with the app. You can also change the settings so that when the kids touch the tiles, it says the name of the letter instead of the sound which is how I like to teach sight words. This is such a great app!

 iTrace {handwriting for kids}
This app is great for our handwriting practice. You can have your students use a stylus, or just use their fingers. It also won't let them continue unless they form the letter correctly which is just wonderful. No point in practicing letter formation incorrectly!
 It also allows you to choose your letter styles, depending on what you teach your students. Perfect!

I may not be an iPad pro yet, but I sure feel like I'm taking steps in the right direction! Plus, my students are SO good with the iPad, they usually teach me a thing or two ;) So if you need an iPad, or these apps, I have great news for you! You can enter to win it all below!
Enter to win a 16GB iPad Air!
Along with winning the iPad Air you can also enter to win an iTunes gift card from me so that you can try out all these fun apps too!

You can enter directly below to win a $15 iTunes gift card!  This giveaway will run alongside the iPad giveaway and will end on Saturday at midnight!

Why stop there???  Now you can jump to the other awesome giveaways and sign up for additional Amazon and iTunes gift cards, a document camera, portable speakers, and more!


Penguin Poetry!

We have been enjoying our poetry units each month. Having a month to focus on just ONE poem is so awesome! It gives us time to really dig deep, learn the poem and focus on rhyming words, fluency, and even incorporating our learning into science! Thursday mornings are becoming one of my favorite times of the week!

In December we worked on S is for Snowman so in January we focused on Little Penguin!
My teammate found the words to the poem online and I just typed them up and added a cute little penguin clip art ;) We printed it at 17"x22" so that it was a large poster size. Throughout the first week, we took turns being the leader and pointed to the poem as the rest of the class recited it. I'm not sure if this poem was meant to be to the tune of Little Teapot but that's how we chanted it. Really helped us remember. My favorite part about teaching my students poetry is listening to them recite the poem to themselves throughout the day :)

The next week, we got our own poem page and talked about all the sight words we could find. My students LOVE pointing out sight words they know in books, charts and other posters around our room. And I just love seeing all the lightbulbs go off! We used a yellow crayon to find the sight words we learned so far.

The last two weeks, we used what we learned about penguins and make our little penguin book.
First, we filled out our can/have/are chart.

And worked together to label the penguin.
Then we put together our little penguin books. You can find these for free in my store {here}!

Little Penguin was so fun to learn! I am so excited for our February poetry!