Sunday, August 28, 2011

Chicka Chicka Photo Album

In keeping with our "Chicka Chicka" theme, I took photos of all my students and put them into a photo album.  I'm going to put it in our class library so the children can start learning each other's names.  I put a little monkey on each shoulder for fun!  They haven't seen the album yet because I just finished it.  I expect a lot of giggling!  (I do similar things with other class photos by putting Gingerbread men or other 'cartoon-type' characters in the photo and the children and their families LOVE it!).  If you'd like a copy of the album, please visit my Tpt store!

Ahhhh, it's so nice to have a weekend for some R&R....Twenty four little ones is a bit much for me!  Florida's class size amendment says we aren't supposed to have over 18.  After Labor Day we will get a new teacher and I will go down to 18! (And that will make it our fourth week of school!)  Whoo hoo!!!  When I started teaching in 1978, I taught kindergarten with 27 little ones in a portable and no assistant.  BUT, we weren't teaching them how to read and write, and little ones back then didn't seem to come with so many issues as they do today.  So 18 today is plenty, plenty for me!  I'm just curious, how many students do the rest of you have?  Are you full day or half day kindergarten?  Do you have an assistant? 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cole's Pups has a GREAT crayon posters giveaway!

Cole's Little Pups has some really cute bulletin board ideas.  I especially like the one she has with the crayons and the posters that go along with the book "The Crayon that Talked".  Next week will be our color week and we'll be wearing a different color activity each day and doing some science activities with color.  As soon as I finish my lesson plans for the week, I'll share what we are doing.  But for now, head on over to Cole's Little Pups!

Monday, August 8, 2011

I am so excited!!!  I just received my "Gingerbread Man Loose in the School" book today and am trying to think of how/when to use it in my classroom. We do the gingerbread hunt all over school to introduce the kindergarteners to all the places they might go in the school, but this book is a different take...The gingerbread man thinks the children have left HIM and he goes all over the school looking for him. I could do a Venn Diagram contrasting places we go/he goes in the he feels/how we feel when he gets lost.....Any ideas all you super-bloggers out there? I am certainly feeling my age today and I'm too tired to think. The kiddos start back to school on Wednesday!  BTW, this book was seven dollars more through the local bookstore.  Since I had (just expired this week) Prime shipping with Amazon, I bought it!  I'll add to my collection of Gingerbread Man stories.