Sunday, April 24, 2016

Five for Sunday?

I know I know...late to the party...per usual.  This weekend was B. U. S. Y.  And last night, I was just too worn out.  But now it's Sunday afternoon, my babies are sleeping, I'm watching friends and enjoying a is good y'all.   I'm using this time to catch up on some things including filling you in on my past week!  :)

I have to say, I'm seriously in love with paint nights!  I did my second one Friday night with friends for work and it was so much fun!  I'm NOT an artist by any means but it's so therapeutic for me!  My kindergarten team has talked about doing one together and I'm so excited!  

This past week was VERY interesting in terms of visitors to my classroom.  I had both a frog and toad visit my room as Show and Tell finds.  They would both very well behaved visitors however...both died shortly after going back home.  I think my room is cursed.  

Since this past week was kindergarten testing week, so I did my best to make it fun!  We did an author study of Eric Carle and did an activity with each book we read - so fun!

We started with A House for Hermit Crab.  We didn't have a physical activity for this book but we had a great conversation.  We compared hermit crab growing up, making friends, and not being scared to move into a new shell - to how we have grown in kindergarten, made new friends and are now not as scared to go to first grade!  

After we read Little Cloud, we painted with fluffy paint!  Just mix foam shaving cream with white glue then paint away!  We then wrote what our clouds looked liked.  My kiddos were so creative!!!  Plus they had fun!

I love reading Walter the Baker to my students!  It's not as well known as some of the other Eric Carle books so it's fun to share that experience with my students!  We read the story of how Walter made the first pretzel - then we made homemade pretzels!  I have not perfected the pretzel twist but they still tasted DELICIOUS!  My kiddos enjoyed them too!

The best day had to be when we read Pancakes, Pancakes!  I then made homemade pancakes for my students - not from a box!  My kids were IMPRESSED!  Some comments I heard...

"Ms. Bohnert, you make better pancakes then my mom."

"You are the best cooker ever!"

"You should cook for the president!"

"You should be on chopped!"


The last book we read was The Grouchy Ladybug!  I don't have a picture of our project because honestly it's not done!  We are working on making ladybugs and writing what makes us grouchy - some of their answers are so cute and I can't wait to share!

Since it's Sunday and I'm posting late...I figured I would give you a peek into what's coming up this week!  My BeachBody team is hosting a FREE Clean Eating Group this week and I'm super excited for the theme - Grilling and a 6 Pack!  We will be providing tips and recipes for GRILLING delicious and clean meals as well as workouts to get those ABS in shape!  If you would like to join, simply email me!  I kindly ask that you aren't already working with a Beach Body coach!  :)

Also coming up this week is our last kindergarten field trip.  We are taking the kiddos to the local university where we will get to tour the football stadium, watch and jazz ensemble, enjoying a picnic and play at the rec center.  I am so excited to be able to play with my kids all day!!!  If only Ryan was helping chaperone.....

That's my Five for Friday Sunday!  Have a great week y'all!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Let Them Be Little

You know those moments as a teacher when you want to pull your hair out?  Not because of the kids.  Not because of their parents.  Not even because of administration or that long list of 'extras' we do in our classroom every day that seem unrelated to our job as a teacher.  
No.  I'm talking about those moments, when you feel so much pressure as a teacher for your students to perform.  I'm talking end of the year testing.  That moment when you hold your breath and have that quiet moment of panic.  "Will they remember everything I've taught them?"  "Have I done all I could?"  "Was it enough?"  
Yes.  Of course you've taught them.  You've done formative assessments, summative assessments, common assessments, small group instruction, whole group instruction, RTI, and tutoring.  You've put in the work and in your brain you know it, but your teacher heart still worries.  And often, that pressure you've put on yourself, changes your teaching.  That's when you feel the worst.  When you've been pushing and worrying and working and hoping and praying for your students to achieve and in reality you've forgotten the number one thing you SHOULD be doing to make your students successful.  
Make a connection.
Make it fun. Make it hands on.  Make it memorable.  Let them know they are loved.  Let them know you are proud of them.  Let them make mistakes and then tell them that's ok.  Tell them to do their best.  Tell them they are smart and sweet.  Smile.  Laugh.  Be silly.
We're getting close to the end of the year.  Yes, they are crazy.  Yes, they are loud.  Yes, you probably want to scream. Just remember they are little.  Let them be little.  

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Five for Friday: Turtle Time!

Linking up this Saturday to give you a peek into my week!

Sunday started with my Autism Awareness 5K.  I had a blast!  I haven't run since the fall so I was really proud of myself and my time!  My girlfriends and I loved supporting this wonderful cause and the opportunity for some girl talk!  I also won the top giveaway - Cardinal's tickets!  I was so excited!!!!

I know I posted about this last Five for Friday...but I'm going to do it again!  Bloodline is the best!  And a new season is starting May 27th!  The countdown is on!  If you haven't watched it yet, do it now!  It's on Netflix!  Sooooo good!

Our week was BUSY!  Kindergarten music concerts were this week!  My class performed one night and my daughter's class performed another.  It was so fun seeing all of the kiddos perform their little hearts out!   They have worked so hard preparing and practicing!  

I love this time of year!  The world is full of little science lessons for my kiddos.  We planted flowers this week and they are so excited to begin watching them grow!  To demonstrate how roots suck up water and carry it up the stem and into the leaves, we did a little experiment with celery this week.  I colored some water and set some celery stalks in it over night.  My kids loved to see the change!  I am excited for their excitement in learning!

This coming week, we will be starting our Turtle Animal study.  

To kick off our unit, a friend of mine that works for the Missouri Conversation Department brought in two turtles for my class to observe.  

She brought in a Musk Turtle.

And a Common Snapping Turtle.

The students were AMAZED and I heard "This is the best day ever!" about 50 times!  LOL.  After we observed the turtles and asked questions we completed this observation form from First Grade Blue Skies.  It was great to see their thinking!

This form is part of a free pack in her store!  Here's the link to download!  Don't forget to leave her some love!  She did a great job!