Friday, January 19, 2018

100th Day of School Printable - FREE




Our 100th day of school is coming up.  I love celebrating this day with my students.  It is a huge milestone to reach.

One of our math goals is to count to 100 by the end of the year.  We count to 100 every. single. day. of kindergarten.  It makes celebrating the 100th day even more special!

In my class we do a 100th day fashion show where the kids dress up in things that represent 100.  You can see some of the 100th day of School shirts here.

We have a little dance party after our fashion show and then we calm down with a simple coloring page.  My kids love coloring this in.  You can click here to get it for free!

Happy 100 Days!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Ms. Frizzle Dress

As a teacher, I love dressing up in costumes for school.  One of my favorite costumes to rock in my kindergarten room is my Ms. Frizzle dress!  This costume is perfect for a book character day, Halloween, Read Across America week, an author study, or any fun science themed day. 

This is the perfect Ms. Frizzle costume to wear for book character day or special events at school.  I definitely channel my inner Frizz from the Magic School Bus when I am wearing this.  My kindergarten kids love this dress!


You can find this exact Ms. Frizzle Dress here!  It does come with a fluffy layer underneath it that was a little itchy to me.  I just cut it out and that removed the unwanted "poof" and the itchiness.

This is the perfect Ms. Frizzle costume to wear for book character day or special events at school.  I definitely channel my inner Frizz from the Magic School Bus when I am wearing this.  My kindergarten kids love this dress!


The costume wouldn't be complete without one of the favorite characters, Liz.  I added this little lizard to the dress with just a couple of safety pins.  She made it through a whole day of teaching and I barely felt her on my shoulder!

This is the perfect Ms. Frizzle costume to wear for book character day or special events at school.  I definitely channel my inner Frizz from the Magic School Bus when I am wearing this.  My kindergarten kids love this dress!

You can make a fun science day out of it with this Magic School Bus Chemistry Lab Kit or you can just enjoy reading one of the many Magic School Bus books.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Flashlight Friday

Flashlight Friday is a great and simple way to engage the readers in your classroom.  I use this with my kindergarten students and they absolutely love this special activity during reading time!


Flashlight Friday made it to my kinder room this year!

Why?  Students need to read every day.  Reading should be fun.  Flashlights are always fun.  So it is simple..... Reading + Flashlights = FUN

It really is that easy.  We did this week one!  #kindersCAN

Flashlight Friday is a great and simple way to engage the readers in your classroom.  I use this with my kindergarten students and they absolutely love this special activity during reading time!


All you need:
-Flashlights <-- I use these ones and they have held up great so far!  They come with batteries and are the perfect size for my kinders!
-Books
-Eager Readers

I introduced Read to Self to my students.  We had practiced building our stamina, reading the pictures, staying in one spot, and reading the whole time. We practiced this during our first week of school.  On Friday, we learned the rules for flashlights!

Simple rules:
Shine the flashlight on your book!
Turn the flashlight off when you are done!

My kinders read wherever they wanted!  Some were in the Antsy Pants house, some tossed their rest towel over a table to build a fort, others were in scoop rockers, and some were just lounging on the floor.

Flashlight Friday is a great and simple way to engage the readers in your classroom.  I use this with my kindergarten students and they absolutely love this special activity during reading time!


"That was super awesome!" -Little Kinder

"Flashlight Friday is my favorite part of the day - even more 'favoriter' than recess" -Another Kinder

I can't wait to continue this tradition for the rest of the year!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Technology Gadgets for the Classroom

I am super excited to have 3 new tech items for my kindergarten classroom this year.  I received all three items this summer and had plenty of time to "play" with them before bringing them into my classroom.  Below you will find out the 3 items that will transform my classroom this year and how I plan on using them!

Technology is one of my favorite things to use in the classroom!  These three gadgets are great for school.  Check out some wireless tech tools and how an echo dot can be used in the classroom!  Number one is a must have for me!

1.  Amazon Echo Dot

  • This might be my favorite purchase.  I am so excited to introduce my students to Alexa.  I can't wait to use the Dot to play music, look up the weather, check math facts, spell sight words, and more!  I can hear it now: "Alexa, does 3+3=6?"!  So many possibilities!

2.  Wireless Mouse

  • Another exciting purchase for me!  I can't stand sitting at my computer or standing at the board when teaching, however, it is often necessary to navigate the screen, slides, websites, etc.  This wireless mouse will allow my students to be in front of the class & I can navigate from the back.  Students need to be the center of everything, I love how this will allow so much flexibility when teaching!

3.  Wireless Doorbell

  • School should be fun!  Wireless doorbells add a little fun into the day.  I can't wait to use this as an attention grabber and for transitions.  It will even add some extra excitement when our mystery readers arrive & ring the doorbell!  I purchased a doorbell with 2 different clickers, that way I can have one and my assistant can have one.  There are sooo many awesome tones as well - holidays, birthdays, songs, nursery rhymes, calming chimes, rings, etc.  I love the options!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

How to Start Flexible Seating

Flexible Seating is a phrase that has been buzzing around the education world for quite some time now.  I LOVE seeing so many teachers getting their toes wet with this.  It has been a game-changer in my classroom over the past two years and I want to help you get started!  Here is my advice for starting flexible seating off at the beginning of the year!

Flexible seating has made a big impact on my kindergarten classroom environment over the past two years.  Check out these tips and ideas for getting started with flexible seating in your classroom!
  • Make a plan - flexible seating does not mean you have to get rid of all of your traditional seating  - it just means that students have options of where they sit.  What do you want flexible seating to look like in your classroom?  It looks different from classroom to classroom, start with what might work in your room.
  • Get rid of the idea of a seating chart - true flexible seating does not have a seating chart, no more assigned seats *only do this if you are going 100% flexible seating at all times*
  • Look at what you already have - do you have good tables and desks?  If so, figure out if you can lower some (by taking off legs) or if you can raise some (extending legs or with bed risers).  Do you have a counter or shelf that could be used as a standing desk?  Do you already have clipboards or whiteboards?  Start with what you have!
  • Ask for donations - you will be amazed at how generous people are!  You may get old bean bag chairs, couches, pillows, carpet squares, and more.  You can even start on Donors Choose and make a project there.  Don't try to buy it all yourself, trust me!
  • Get rid of some seating and add in your new seating. You can go all out or start with just one type of seating.  I introduced Wobble Chairs in my classroom and that was it at first.  The kids could work at that special table during the day when they were doing independent or center work.  This was a great way for me to see how flexible seating could work in my classroom and a great way for me to see how the kids would do with seating options that were not so traditional.
  • Introduce the seating to your students.  Model how you use that option.  Model how you don't use the option.  Have a student model the incorrect way and the correct way.  Allow that option to be available to students.  Put this in your lesson plans for the first week of school.  Teach it to your students!
  • Make sure the rules are clear (whatever rules you decide).  The two rules that I highly encourage are "Teachers have the right to move you at any time"  and "Pick a spot that works best for you".
  • Have fun!  Teaching is supposed to be fun - enjoy it, embrace it, and love it!  
Wondering what seating will be best for you?  Check out 18+ Flexible Seating Ideas for Your Classroom!

Let me know if you have any questions.

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