Sunday, October 19, 2014

My Favorite, Pumpkin Week!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going!

It seems like Fall just got here, and it's speeding

like a bullet train!!



I'm here to share with you what we did this week for Pumpkin Week!

Students were out on Monday, Columbus Day,

and once they came back to school on Tuesday, I realized that I'd 

scheduled Pumpkin Week on a short week!!! 

What in the world was I thinking!!

So, we didn't get to everything like we usually do,

but we did a LOT of stuff!!

We started off by taking a survey of who liked and didn't like pumpkin.

I created the survey.....


...and we used the recording page from Rhonda Baldacchino's pumpkin unit. 


I bought a pumpkin, and we used adjectives to describe our pumpkin.


Then, we discussed the pumpkin life cycle,

which can be found in Deanna Jump's Pumpkin Patch unit


Next, came our pumpkin investigation.

We counted the lines on our pumpkin...


...measured the circumference of our pumpkin...


and we learned if our pumpkin would sink or float!


While the kiddos were recording their results......


....I was recording our results as well on a large version of the recording sheet.



The most exciting part was when we cut the pumpkin open!!


We talked about what it looked like on the outside,

and wrote down our observations.

After we cut it open, we wrote down our observations.


For our taste portion of the week, I baked pumpkin muffins!!

I don't have a secret recipe, this is what I use....


...it's fabulous, and it gets the job done!!


I had planned for us to read/watch Spookley the Square Pumpkin,

but they watched it in counseling instead (go figure). 

That's ok, because we were definitely doing our Spookley craft!



Oh, by the way, here are some pumpkin freebies, hope you can use them!!

Just click on any picture to download!






Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bright Ideas: Organizing All Of That Stuff!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going on a Saturday morning?

It's been a crazy week, and I had a ton of fun, but I must say,

I'm so very glad that it's the weekend!



I'm back with the...


Today, I want to talk about organization!

After moving back into our school after a two-year absence,

and we all got shuffled around to new classrooms.

My current room is in the original kindergarten wing, and you guessed it,

it has the smallest classrooms in the school!!

I've been trying to find a way to keep up with my growing stack of centers 

and materials, but it's a mess!!  These are the size of all of the cabinets under the counter...


.....now let me show you the inside!!


Yup, I told you, it's a mess!!

A few years ago, I came up with the bright idea (or not so bright idea)

to put everything in these humongous ziplock bags, since the bags would be

large enough to hold the center materials, including the recording sheets. 


Go ahead, keep scrolling so you can get a good laugh!


Um-hmmmm.....I hear you laughing.....keep scrolling...

I even tried to label them.


I'm sure that you can only imagine how things can get 'lost' in a bag that big!

I'm in the process of trying to convert to using what I call back to school crates,

and hanging file folders, etc.

The picture below is my playing around with it, to see how I liked it.



I think that instead of having individual activities,

I'm going to have months. 

For example, I'm going to have October through December in one crate,

and have about 3-4 folders for each month.

This way, I can fit every center and recording sheet inside!!

If there is enough room, I may even begin to pull different materials

such as thematic books to place in the file as well.

Can you imagine how easy this would make my life?

Now I've got to go ahead and get started on my January - March crate,

so I can be organized!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

What I Did Right and a Freebie

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

It's Thursday, that's right, it's Thursday!!!!


I'm back for another edition of...



Now yesterday, I was talking about how short weeks ended up being

longer weeks, but today rocked!!!

Students were out for Columbus Day, but we had a PD day.

We watched this awesome video that featured our state superintendent,

Dr. Tommy Bice.

Let me be the first one to tell you, he awesome!!

I think that he's a rebel, in a good way. He fights for the kids in this state,

and he wants teachers to do the same thing, by any means necessary,

and he actually gave us permission to break the rules!!

We also have a new principal this year, and he is great at letting us

do our thang, which is phenomenal!


This week has been our pumpkin week, and I decided that for Thursday and Friday,

I was just going to drop our programs, teach to the standards, and do it using pumpkins.

Now, I know a lot of you do this, and a lot of you want to do this.


Today was the best day of the entire school year!!

Everyone still learned, they had fun, and we did reading, math and science!!

I'm so glad to have a principal who will allow this,

and let me tell you, I plan to do more of it!!

Come back on Sunday to see everything we did for Pumpkin week!


Oh, we've also been working on our counting books in math,

it includes numbers 0-10. 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ka-Boom! Here We Come To Save The Day!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

We're smack dab in the middle of the teaching week,

and let me tell you, students didn't come to school on Monday, 

and we all know that short weeks are the longest week EVAH!!!!!


Anywho, today is the day that I've been waiting for since this summer,

I get to share with you the launch of an awesome, new, collaborative blog.....


Primary Powers


To celebrate all of this awesomeness, the awesome bloggers

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

What I Did Right This Week

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

Well, today I had to visit Apple, 

because I have a iPhone 5s that had a battery problem! 

Two nights ago, it went off by itself, and wouldn't come back on for two hours!!!!! 

So I made a genius bar appointment, and of course I was out of warranty

by 20 freakin days!!!! 20 people, 20!!!!

So, the lady was like, let me see if I can find a nice manager, they might 

say it's ok to get you another one. 

Of course, the nice ones were with customers, but I told her 

that I was willing to wait patiently until one was available!!

Sure enough, the nice manager, said we could switch it out for another one!

God bless you sir, whoever you are!!

So we're rocking and rolling again!!


Anyways, we're back for another installment of...




I shared this picture of one of my kiddos work.


Here is a view of more of the worksheet, the shapes that he was copying are on the side.


In our data driven world, it seems as if we are only allowed to assess kiddos one way.

If they aren't proficient in one way, then it's a bad grade for them.

As I've told you before, I have a student that I think is somewhere on the spectrum.

Now, it's very hard for him to do the traditional work,

but he is truly brilliant.

On the worksheet above, he was supposed to color and then cut out the shapes,

and then put then in the appropriate categories.

Obviously we were going over rectangles and although he didn't do

it "correctly", I still counted it as right, because he obviously knew the shape 

that we were discussing, and he knew that this is what I wanted on the paper.

He didn't draw circles, squares, or triangles on the paper, only rectangles. 


So, I think that one of the things that I did right this week was to allow a child

to learn and respond in a way that makes sense to him!

He was so happy, and that made me the happiest teacher that day!!

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