Tuesday, October 30, 2012

... and Brains ...

I am always thinking of new and exciting ideas to keep the interest level high in the classroom.  A new gimmick or technique keeps the students engaged in their learning.  The classroom is continuously evolving. 

As I was driving to school one day, I heard the jock on the radio talking about a Brain Buffet.  It got my wheels turning, and I thought it might be a fun name for our literacy and/or math work stations.  I mean, we have a variety (buffet) of learning centers that are great for our brains!

Well ... I googled "Brain Buffet" and found that it is the name of a bizarre video game in which you are a zombie searching for brains to consume!  Not what I wanted for our classroom...

So I thought a little more and came up with this idea!!!



So now we have our Brain Building Buffet time each morning!  The kids love the name and the centers!

Build Your Brain,

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Snakes...

We have been working hard on stretching our sounds and blending our CVC words.  I had an idea to create a 3D snake to help the kids blend.  So I scoured the internet looking for a stuffed snake that I could easily make.  And I found it ... a snake made out of a tie!



Here is my version!!  The kids really enjoy blending words with it.  They simply place the magnetic letters on the snake (they stick to the metal washers on the inside of the snake!)  Then the students move their finger along the snake as they stretch the sounds of each letter.  What fun!

I posted the directions in my TpT store.  Head over there and print them up!

Happy Crafting,
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mooooo!

We had an exciting visit last week from the CA Mobile Dairy Classroom! Most (if not all) of the students in my class had never seen a live cow before, so it was a great experience for them.

Since we are just beginning to learn about the 5 food groups, I did a little pre-teaching of the Dairy group. 


We read The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons and did a class pictograph of our favorite dairy product.  No surprise that ICE CREAM was the winner!

And then the cow came!!!



Actually the cow AND a calf came!!!  Clara and Oreo!!!

We learned all about dairy cows and back in the classroom we worked on labeling some of the parts of a dairy cow.


I added the cow labeling sheet as a FREEBIE for you!

Enjoy,
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ten - Eleven - Twelve

10-11-12...  You might think that I am counting (I teach Kinder after all), but I am actually just writing the date today. Pretty cool.

   10-11-12...  The day that I wrote the first post on my new blog!

   Come back soon and check out all the adventures going on in Kindergarten Room 13!



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