Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Spreading the Apple Love!




So it's apple week and, seriously, we are having so much fun!  Today we read this fabulous book Apples from Scholastic.  It had such good information that was right on my kindergartners' level.  We discussed how apples grow, the different types of apples, and the different apple parts.  



My kiddos really enjoyed the book! One of my favorite things is when they ask if it's going to be in my library! Makes my teacher heart happy!!!


To go with the book, we made a sweet little label the apple craft!  



The discussions we had while doing this craft had me rolling.  All student led - We compared the skin of an apple to our skin.  The two skins are the same, because both can be different colors.  The two skins are different, because you can eat an apple's skin but you really shouldn't eat people's skin.  Crack me up!  Straight from the mouths of babes! 

To end our day we did a little apple taste testing.  They were so excited!  I bet I heard, "Is it time to eat the apples yet?" a MILLION times!  We did the traditional red, yellow and green apple tasting.  We will be doing a little painting and writing about our favorite apple tomorrow!  In the meantime, we worked to fill out a little taste testing questionnaire!






I love how this guy just couldn't decide!!

This questionnaire is actually my little FREEBIE today for my week of apple themed freebies!  It was super easy to use and the kids loved it!  Grab it my clicking the picture below!



Check back tomorrow for a differentiated comparing numbers apple FREEBIE!


XOXO,

Racheal

Monday, September 29, 2014

Apple Week is MY FAVORITE!!! So how about some FREEBIES?!

I've decided that since Apple Week is my ABSOLUTE favorite week to teach, I am going to post an apple themed FREEBIE everyday until Friday when I giveaway my new apple themed letter and word work set.  We started using this set today in small group and my kiddos were eating it up!  




I've already started adding more activities to the set - I just can't stop! - so the price will be going up!  Now is the perfect time to grab it!  Check back on Friday for a fun giveaway! 



Today's freebie is one we used today!  We are currently working on an object's position relative to another object so I made this quick and easy activity to practice this skill!  The kids enjoyed it, especially when they got a fun apple shaped stamp!  



Click the picture below to grab this FREEBIE!



Check back everyday this week for a different FREEBIE!  Enjoy!

XOXO,

Racheal

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Apple Pickin' Peek at My Week!

It's Sunday!  That means a little peek at my upcoming week!  


Before I do....I have to tell you about my weekend and give you a little princess themed FREEBIE!

I took my daughter to Disney Princess' and Heroes on Ice this weekend.  What a blast!!!! We had so much fun!  Even I was jumping up and down with excitement!!!






Afterward we went to the American Girl store where I got some goodies for Madi - a new puppy!


And then onto Charming Charlie's where we picked up some goodies for Mommy!


Since it's a bit of a long drive from the bootheel to St. Louis for a four year old, I made a book to keep Madi busy.  She did SO WELL!  I was a super proud mommy listening to her practice the words she's learned and the strategies I've taught her!  You can grab the book as a FREEBIE by clicking on the picture below.  Perfect for a little princess!


Now onto my plans!  We are talking APPLES!  Seriously, we are getting into some of my favorite weeks to teach y'all!  So fun!  Here are my plans!  Just click on the link below to be taken to my plans.  From there, click on the pictures to be taken to the product!



I have a lot of different projects planned over the next two weeks - including apple taste testing, making applesauce, Johnny Appleseed, and a field trip to the apple orchard!  So fun!


To get in the apple mood, I created a little set of apple themed letter and word work activities for my kiddos and I to work on during whole group and small group times.  So fun!

We will spell the word apple using a fun little song, then sort the picture cards under the correct beginning letter.


We will sort long vowels.


And we will spell CVC words!



I also have a memory match game and BINGO cards, just no pictures!  :)

To grab your copy, click the link below!  It's 20% off until Wednesday morning!


I'll be checking back in later this week after the rest of my conferences to talk about how I use my guided reading groups to differentiate my literacy centers!  Talk soon!   :)


XOXO,

Racheal


Friday, September 26, 2014

Five for Friday - End of September

Well I made it...barely....there seems to be a back to school bug lingering and I sent a few of my kiddos home sick this week.  We've all been a little extra cranky and tired, but it's Friday, we had fun and we are celebrating all the learning that happened this week!  



This week, we finished up our farm unit!  We read Rosie's Walk and made a map of where she went.


We read Growing Up On the Farm and compared the life of farm kids and city kids (they did this all by themselves!)


We also did some tractor painting and writing.  We used our footprints (I love painting and getting messy!) and did some guided painting.  Some kiddos listened to the guidance and little more than others!  :)  We then used our new sight word 'look' to practice writing a sentence.  We've been really working on the exclamation point and what it means when you see it, so it fun to use for this sentence!





We also began small guided reading groups this week!!!!!  This is my favorite part of the day so I was super excited!!!  While only a few of my groups are in books, we were able to play dice games and other activities to practice letters, sounds, and words.  The kiddos were excited to play!




This week I wanted to be able to hit as many skills as I can in one activity - the most bang for my buck so to speak - since we are so busy with conferences and have an extra day off school next week.  We were working on the word 'look' and really needed practice with the word 'can'.  Plus, in science we are talking about position words and an objects position relative to another object.  So....we made a class book!  I took pictures in a variety of locations around the playground and in the classroom.  I then had each student write the beginning of the sentence, "Look!  I can go ________".  The kid's were SUPER impressed with their book and themselves and now we have fun emergent reader the kids have some ownership in on the shelf in our library!





Learning sight words is HARD WORK.  To understand what letters are, that letters make a sound, that letters can be put together in different ways to make words, and that words can be arranged to make sentences is so difficult for some kiddos.  I like to give my kids as many opportunities as possible to work on building words and sentences.  As you saw in my post from last weekend, we are really working on that in my classroom.  Something we did this week as a fun and active way to practice building words is a word race.  I brought a sensory table outside that was filled with beans, walnuts and acorns and hid magnetic letters in it.  We are blessed with an outdoor classroom so we have tables and a whiteboard available outside to use.  I hung up particular sight words on the white board (each with the same number of letters) and two kiddos had to race to the sensory table and find the letters that they needed - one letter at at time.  The first to build their word won!  It was so much fun!!!!  And what a good opportunity to practice coping with losing!  :)



We have had a countdown going on for the past two weeks at my household and tomorrow, the day we've been waiting for has arrived!!!!!  I am taking my daughter Madilynn to see Disney's Princess' and Heroes on Ice!  I don't know who is more excited!  We even went and bought new shirts for the mommy/daughter date!!!  Pictures to come!  


I hope you have an enjoyable weekend with some much deserved rest!  I know I'm going to!  Cheers!

XOXO,

Racheal