Easter Monsters Love To Race Last summer when the Debbie Diller book study was the place to be, Oceans of First Grade Fun's, Yoland made this great game for working with 10s and 1s called Race to 50. I loved the game, but knew that it would be a bit difficult for my kindergarten students starting out. So I contacted Yolanda to see if she might be willing to allow me to revamp her game and offer it up to all of you as a freebie for your own students as she so ... VIEW POST
A Shout Out To Oceans of First Grade Fun and . . . a FREEBIE!!
Look What I Got!!!
Seriously? An award for me? You can imagine how shocked I am to open my comments and find that I have been nominated by both 3teacherchicks and kinderzoo for the Liebster Award!Thanks Ladies. You made my day!What it's all about...The Liebster Award is awarded to blogs with less than 200 followers. The award is passed along from blogger to blogger and highlights up and coming blogs. Liebe is the word for love in Germany, which is where the award originated. ... VIEW POST
What’s in your sand table and . . .A FREEBIE!
I often wonder if I'm the only kindergarten classroom left that still has a housekeeping/dramatic play center AND a sand table. The Early Childhood teacher in me just knows that my students still need that sense of play and fun. So, of course, I spent the better part of yesterday dying rice in prepartion for a favorite game of 'Searching for Leprechaun's Gold.'First of all, I assume you all know how to dye rice and macaroni but in case you don't, let me just tell you, it IS the ... VIEW POST
Lucky CVC/CVCC/CCVC Freebie
Everyone's a little Irish around St. Patrick's Day. So everyone should share in the luck o' the Irish. Here's a lucky freebie for you. My little kinder leprechauns LOVE to write the room. I'm not sure whether it's the walking around, the writing or the process of seeking for these little shamrocks. In anycase, it's a favorite activity in my classroom.Of course, I've tiered it for all of you. The first recording sheet is for Shamrock's 1-8 which cover CVC ... VIEW POST
How to make a floor sized number line and a freebie!!!
When we teachers think of differentiating, quite often we automatically think of tiering by readiness. My own struggles with differentiating are always remembering that we differentiate in response to a learners mutliple intelligence and interests as well. In kindergarten, that usually means lots kinesthetic activities. A floor sized number line has been one of my best tools for meeting the needs of students who need to MOVE. I use it for playing number squeeze (I'm not ... VIEW POST
How flexible are you . . .
How Flexible Are You . . .Flexible groupings are probably one of the easiest ways to begin intiating differentiated instructional strategies in a classroom. The question is, what does it look like, how do you organize it and how does it work. I don't think it looks the same in any two classrooms. As with anything, it has to work for you.In my class, there are pocket charts (I love, love, love those little $1.00 Target pocket charts), laminated magnetic cards ... VIEW POST