Friday, December 31, 2010


Last year I found this really great site for Center Activities!  Pocketful of Centers has a lot of really cute and engaging activities for our young learners!!  Here are a few of them in action!!

Matching color word to color

Apple Tree Number Match

Apple Tree Number Match in action... :)

I also use a lot of resources from the Florida Reading Research Center.  Check them out if you have not already.  Here is one of our favorite activities....Beginning Sound Wheel Match(I also have a capital/lowercase wheel).  I wrote the answers on the back of the wheels so they are self check too! :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Attack of the Target Dollar Section - Valentines

I should know better then to even go near that part of the store but my buggy just seems to drive itself to that side of the store!!! :) Look at all the goodies I found!!  I love when I find all the good stuff before it is all picked through.  As I went through the bins I quickly tried to think of all the things I could do with each treasure I found...I came up with some but I would love to hear any fantabulous ideas anyone else might have!

2 came in a pack - thinking some sort of partner game??  

Definitely some patterning going to go on here... :) or counting too! :)

I was thinking something with math - I bought enough so I could have 20 - 

I think I may laminate these and either write letters or number/number words on the hearts so the kids could match beginning sound / number - or maybe laminate and cut them apart to make a matching game?

O.K   - this wasn't in the dollar section but I couldn't pass it up - they were only $5!

Maybe storage for an activity?

Who could pass these up??  I had to control myself and only get 4...I sooo wanted to buy all 10!  :)

I think I may get creative and create some games/activities to use with my new toys!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Decorating Trees

We also had some fun decorating some Christmas Trees using Deanna Jump's Christmas Unit.  The children decorated a tree using lights and then they graphed/tallied what color lights they used.    

On Wednesday morning they were excited to come in and not do their typical welcome work!!  They got to color a candy cane if they liked them and decorate a star if they didn't.  I think the tree turned out beautiful.  You can't see it in the picture, but we counted to find out that 21 children like candy canes and 2 do not.  :)

Gingerbread Man Fun

O.K - I told you I would post some pics when I could recover here we go!! :)

Thanks to Deanna Jump, we had a great time creating our Gingerbread Pie Graph and writing about our results.  The children had a much easier time writing about these results than when they wrote about the Turkey pie graph(Do you like turkey?).  Practice makes perfect!! :)  
Which Part of the Gingerbread Man Did You Bite First?


Saturday, December 11, 2010

How Tall are You?

I found some pictures!!  We used our Gingerbread Men to measure how tall we are!  They had a great time.  We took turns standing in front of our gingerbread men and counted the gingerbread men.  We graphed our results and then showed our work on a response sheet.  They had a great time and most were able to show their work.  :)

Daily Five

The Daily Five has saved my life!!!  I love love love it!  I love how easy it makes my planning, I love how much the children are learning and I love how independent it has made hem.  Here are some pics I snapped during the last few weeks (that did make it off my phone before it drowned) of my children hard at work!!

Read to self

Read to self...notice he is using his finger to track!  Woo hoo!  It's the little things isn't it??!!  :)

Andrew always sits in this same place. :)

Read to self in the library.

Joel Working on Writing!  We are finally writing sentences!!!   Yeah!!!

Word Work with Wikki Sticks

Drowning Phone...

I will posting some new pictures of some of the fun stuff we have been doing during our Gingerbread Unit soon - I usually snap my pictures with my phone but I dropped it in the toilet yesterday morning before school so right now I am praying that it will turn on after being submerged in rice for 2 days.  Anyway, all of my most recent pictures are still on my phone so I will post them as soon as I can recover them.  Here is one that I did get before the phone drowned...

Poor Gingerbread man...