Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Math Talk!!
Each day we spend time doing an activity called Math Talk.  We talk about what the little ones notice in the picture first.  Sometimes we are even able to change our thinking (synthesize) as we gain more information from our peers.  Many times we are able to infer by looking at the picture clues tying in our comprehension strategies with Math.  
One of our Common Core Standards for kindergarten is to be able to describe objects in the environment using names of shapes and describing their relative positions using terms such as above, below, beside, etc.  I started using our Math Talk pictures to introduce and reinforce math skills last year.  This year after our initial District Common Core Math Assessment, I decided I needed to do something to help the little ones with describing objects in their environment, so I incorporated this standard into our Math Talk discussions.   
We also use our pictures to count by ones, two's, and sometimes we are even lucky enough to find pictures where we could count by 5's or 10's.  I provide them with problems to solve during Math Talk.  Some are easy and where others are more difficult to reach all levels of students.  
Also, each week I post a picture on my classroom facebook page for my little one's families to practice together at home.  I thought maybe you would like to see what one of our pictures look like.  I decided to include 2.  The first one is one I created using clipart and the second one is a picture I found on the internet.  My little cowpokes have been doing this since the first week of school and we do a picture a day, so I don't have to lead much of the discussion.  They are amazingly good at describe where things are now, looking for clues in the pictures and deciding what we count.  Let me know what you think or if there are other things we could do with our Math Talk pictures.  Happy talking! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

"Writing the Room"

My little cowpokes this year love writing the room.  They are so sweet going right outside our doorway to write "my" name or one of their little friends names off our spooky jack-o-lanterns.  I found these super cute little "bat" and "skeleton" glasses at Dollar Tree a couple of weeks ago.  Check out these fabulous little writers!!


 Found this super cute little Frankenstein on Pinterest to go along with our "Frank" Literacy and Math Unit. It was originally posted here.  So glad I found this post.  Don't you think they turned out adorable!?? My little cowpokes painted the tissue paper on wax paper last week during Centers and then we finished them up today! Tell me what you think!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"My Friend Frankie Math and Literacy Unit"
(Common Core Aligned)

I just uploaded a cute little unit to my TPT store all about "Frankie" (Frankenstein).  If you've purchased my little emergent reader about "Frankie" it is included in the larger unit.  Here are just a few highlights!!

 Using descriptive words while reviewing 2D shapes!
 Working on labeling!
 Little emergent reader to work on fluency!
 Letter cards to use for 3 different activities!
 Addition and problem solving!
 2 pictures to reinforce positional words and numbers for math!
Normally this little packet will be $7.00.  On sale for the next 2 days for $5.00!!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

100,000 Facebook Likes Sale!!
Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sell celebrating 100,000 likes on Facebook this weekend! So, I'm also having a sell on my little store for an additional 20%. That's 28% off when you enter the FB100K code everyone!! Happy shopping! 
Check out this huge giveaway over at "2 Brainy Apples"! She's just a few followers away from 1000 on her TPT and also celebrating her 1 year anniversary on TPT.

Several fantastic bloggers and TpT sellers who have donated 4 bundles of products for grades K-8 to win. You can earn several entries a day, so be sure to stop by every day for multiple chances to win! She has the Rafflecopter set to run from today until Sunday, Oct. 20, midnight EST. A winner will be chosen the following Monday. Hope you'll all hop over to her blog to enter!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October Kindergarten Daily Math!!

Well for the past year I've been doing a daily math page with my little kinders. I finally decided maybe I should put the pages together for others who might be interested in using as well. So, last night I finally cleaned up my October Kindergarten Daily Math and posted it on TPT. Check out the thumbnails and let me know if there is anything new you'd like to see in November. I'm getting started on it a little early, so it will be up before November first, lol. You can find the link for the October bundle here!! Oh, I will also  be giving away 2 copies tomorrow night.  Just leave a comment here or on my facebook page.  And, remember to include your email address for me, so if you're one of the lucky winners I can email the file to you!!  Have a great night!!!  

Friday, October 4, 2013

Lewy Body Dementia Fundraiser!!

Check out this amazing fund raiser over at Ashley's blog. She is trying to raise funds for Lewy Body Dementia. She is half way to her goal and the fund raiser ends on Oct. 14th. 

Some very sweet people have graciously donated a fabulous product for the Team Lewy Body bundle.  The bundle is valued at over $163 and for a $25 (minimum) donation, it can be yours! Here's a peek at all of the fabulous goodies offered in Ashley's fundraiser bundle: