Sunday, September 14, 2014

Peek at My Week (9/15) and Reader's Workshop

Alleluia! I'm actually getting these plans on here on time this week! I'm linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten to share a Peek at My Week!

You can get a copy of my lesson plans here!

So this week, I thought I would share with you a little bit about my reader's workshop! During this time, I do my read-aloud, mini-lesson, me time and we time.

I generally do my read-aloud first. This time comes right after we come in from recess and my kiddos have gotten all their wiggles out and are ready to listen. My mini-lesson usually goes hand in hand with my read-aloud. 

For example, this week, we are reading The Little Red Hen! I don't always do a close read, some weeks we do a different read-aloud each day. I try not to allow my read-aloud to last longer than 10 minutes as to keep the kiddos engaged and paying attention.

My mini lessons are used to teach reading procedures, skills, and strategies. The picture below includes anchor charts that my students helped me make for procedures during me time and we time. My mini-lessons are either integrated into my read-aloud or are an extra 5 minutes. I make them small and short so they are attainable for my kiddos!

Me Time
Me time is my students' independent reading time. Right now, this time is only 8 minutes long. By the end of the year, we build up to 20 minutes. During this time my students read alone from their book boxes.

Their book boxes include: an ABC tracing book, a song book, and 10 just right books. They keep these just right books for a week and then book shop on Mondays.

My kiddos have their own spot for me time. I find the more spread out they are, the better of a reader they are! I make it clear very early how important it is to focus on your reading.

We Time
We time is my students partner/group reading time. Right now, they sit at their tables with known books and read with each other. Sometimes kids read alone, with a partner, or the whole table will join in. This time is about 10 minutes.

This is a picture of two of my little sweeties reading the Itsy Bitsy Spider. They were adorable! 

During me time and we time, I confer individually with students, and pull one guided reading group. I find individual conferring much more effective in moving students forward than having all guided reading groups. I know that is not how everyone does it, but it works for me!

I also do shared reading and literacy stations, but this is done separate from reader's workshop. I'll show you our work during that time of the day another time!

Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Peek at My Week (9/8)

Hey all! Happy Hump Day!

I had my lesson plans done on Sunday but have just not had the time to put them on here and link up! WHOOPS :)

I am linking up with Mrs. Will's Kindergarten for a Peek at my Week! Here are my lesson plans for this week.

Have a great rest of the week! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Peek at My Week and Our Morning Routine

I don't know about you all, but after 4 weeks I FINALLY feel like I'm back in the swing of things. Obviously I'm not on time with my plans (2 days late...whoops!), but at least I have them haha!

I'm linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten for a Peek at my Week!

Here are my lesson plans for this week. We didn't have school Monday and had a late start day Wednesday, so the kids are all kinds of crazy this week!

I am finishing up with our basic routines/procedural stuff this week and am excited to be diving into more detailed curriculum next week!!

I thought that I would share with you what we do for our morning routine each day in kindergarten!

My kiddos each have their own hook to hang their backpack on. We are also still lucky enough to have a short rest time in the afternoon, and the kiddos are allowed to bring a small blanket if they want to that they keep in a white bucket under their backpack (dollar store find!).

They also place their lunchboxes in our red bucket. Since I do not take my students to lunch, having all the lunchboxes in one place makes the transition way easier for my lunch helper!

Then, they show me their folder for notes/papers/money, and put it in their mailbox. 

Next, they make their lunch choice. This is a craft stick with the child's name on it. They place it in the appropriate cup (lunch from home or lunch at school). Then if they buy lunch, they take their stick with them that has their pin number on it! You can get these labels for free here!

Last, they usually have one piece of morning work to finish. This week, we are working on DeeDee Wills' Community Helpers Read, Trace, Glue, and Draw. I have ALL of her RTG&D packs and use them for morning work all year long!

Community Helpers: Read, Trace, Glue, and Draw

This saves me from having to give directions everyday of what to do. It also helps my kiddos with their handwriting, cutting, gluing, and illustrations. It's also cute to see as the year goes on how they are able to start reading the sentences on their own!

I generally sit with one table each morning (if I can) and talk them through letter formation!

The kids work until they hear my morning song. It's super cute if you need a culturally responsive song :)

It's called Global Wonders and teaches the kiddos how to say hello and goodbye in a bunch of different languages. We practice different ones each day!

I'll be sharing about the other parts of our day in posts soon!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Peek at my Week Short and Sweet! (8/25)

I'm linking up with Mrs. Wills for a Peek at My Week! Here are my plans :) I'll have some pictures of our latest work coming soon.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teacher Week: Classroom Reveal!

I'm linking up again with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week to show you my classroom!

Unfortunately, I did not get any classroom pictures before my classroom was "lived in" for almost two weeks. OH WELL!

I was lucky enough to get to move into the BIG kindergarten classroom this year! WOO! So although I'm in a new room, I had a good idea how I wanted to set it up from teaching kindergarten last year!

Here are some pictures of the whole room:

I use the "less is more" ideal when preparing my classroom. I feel like some classrooms have SO many posters, resources, decorations, etc. that I can't imagine how the kiddos concentrate! Why put up a resource before a kiddo knows how to use it? I hope my classroom is a happy medium of welcoming and non-distracting!

My computers

My meeting area

My teacher desk for me!

Art supplies/missing color drawers

View of some student tables

Front view of the library! Love my hungry caterpillar!!

Side view of the student library

This is my writing center! It also shows an example of my students things. We don't have desks or storage of any kind, so their journals/books and such are kept here. They each have a book box. Then in the blue bin are their: calendar journals, math journals, poetry journals, writing folders, and math books.

Science center, puzzles, listening center, and my safe spot!

Student mailboxes

Character education board!

Home center!

Student frames and hooks!

Math and word work centers

Art center

Alphabet, word wall, and reading resource wall!

Blocks/building materials

Math resource wall

Phew! That's my room :) Please feel free to comment if you have any questions about how I did anything!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Teacher Week, Peek at My Week and TPT Sale!

Whew! That title is a mouthful, but at the beginning of school, I have to cram in as much as possible in my limited time!

I'll start with my first post for Teacher Week 2014!


Today, the question is Who? So I will be telling you a little bit more about myself :)

My name is Sarah and I teach kindergarten in St. Louis, MO! This is my second year teaching kindergarten, but my fourth year teaching overall! I have also taught first grade and second grade. I love my little kinder babies and awesome school!

I have a wonderful family! They support me in everything that I do and put up with all my teaching craziness. This is my mom and I in Nashville last spring break!

I also have some amazing friends. Best of all, most of them are teachers! So I have tons of people in my life to bounce ideas off of. And I can't forget my wonderful kinder team! I don't know what I would do without these ladies :)

In my free time, I foster dogs! My latest baby just got adopted this weekend. Look at that face!!

And last, 10 things about me!

And here is a little peek at my week! I'm linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten! I have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off, so I am going to work to try to have some pictures from the first week soon!

Last....there is going to be a special TPT boost sale on August 20th! You can get products in my store for 28% off! Who doesn't love bonus savings???

Thanks Karen for the cute button!

Stop by my store to check out all the savings!

Stop in tomorrow for pics of my classroom!!

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