Sunday, October 23, 2016

What’s New?

Linda: Time is running out before the presidential election and since I’m leaving for a 4-day quilting retreat in the morning, I wanted to let you know about our newest product, Running For President!  

This One-and-Done product contains the instructions for the project, 6 choices for the recording sheet, an emergent reader, and a ballot for your class to vote for either Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton.  
If you are not familiar with these one-and-done projects, they allow you to read one book one day, do one project, and you’re done!  In our regular KinderLit books we work on one page a day so a book may take you 5 - 10 days.  Perfect for a thematic unit but sometimes you just want a quick project and that’s where our One-and-Done products come in! Click here to visit the category in our store. 

Currently we have 15 projects based on pieces of literature and sell them individually or in a Growing Bundle.  This bundle will grow and the price will go up as new projects are added. So if you were to buy it now you will get the new, additional projects for free!

If you have already purchased our Growing Bundle of these projects, be sure to visit your purchases page in your TpT account to upload the new version with Running For President included in it. 

As much as I enjoyed teaching, since retiring I have found a new love in my life - quilting!  I’ve been actively quilting for the past 5 years and am so proud of my first entry in a competition, Barnegat Bay Sunset, which won a 3rd place ribbon!  
How do you relax when you aren't teaching?  

Just wanted to share something with you that’s more personal and not just KinderLit.  Keep coming back for more personal stories about Lisa and me!  

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Legos, Letters, and Halloween

Legos, Letters, and Lots of Fun!

Lisa: After a long day of work recently, my students needed a break.  During the last hour of the day I put on the ABC Song by Funtastic TV on YouTube.  We danced and sang to the song before creating letters with our Legos.
We had so much fun and the children felt so proud of their creations!  Can you tell what letters these students made?

Another idea! 
Lisa just sent me this information about Lego cards that she printed off and set out as a Lego center for reading stations.  She found them at Wildflower Ramblings and are free! There’s a set for upper case letters and a second set for lower case.  Too cute! Click on this photo to go right to them:

October Fun!
Linda: Looking for some fun Halloween projects?  Be sure to check these out by clicking on the cover!  

Halloween Link-Up Party
Link up 3 of your favorite Halloween products below and be sure to tell others to come link up!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Writing Those Pesky Numerals!

So many of our students enter our kindergarten program with no previous school experience.  Writing numerals can be very difficult for their little fingers so we spend one day each week working on a numeral at our math stations for 10 weeks.  Here’s what we do.
Whole Group
We use Math Their Way’s method for teaching numeral writing with purple and green strokes.  Here’s a sample of 4: 
Purple is always written first and then the green line is written.  We made these large posters for 0 - 9 and use them in whole group to show how to write the numeral. The children practice with air-writing and then writing on each other’s backs.  
The first time we set up these stations, we go over each one carefully making sure the children know how to form the numerals, use the materials, and what to do when they are finished. After that, we do not have to take the time to go over the directions for each one. These are quick stations that take only about 5 minutes each and it's fun listening to them say, "Purple-green" as they work!  
1. White Boards
This is one of their favorites!  The children write the numeral across their boards with dry erase markers.  Erasers can be pieces of erasers, old socks, gloves or t-shirts, cheap washcloths, small pieces of felt, or purchased erasers for small white boards.
                                2. Salt Trays
Salt is a relatively cheap material to use and is easy to color, if desired.  You can put the salt in a plastic baggie, add a few drops of food coloring, seal the bag, and mix well. Old baking trays with a small edge are perfect and can be found at yard sales or donated by parents.  It only takes about a cup of salt to cover the bottom - don’t put too much in!  After the children write the numerals, they slide the tray back and forth on the table to make the numerals disappear to start again!  Make sure they understand not to lift the trays or salt will be all over the place!

                                   3. Windows
These “window” boards are from Math Their Way and use the “purple-green” sample above each space for the students to write in.  They use a piece of copy paper or newsprint to write as many lines of the numeral as they can.  These can be made at home or you can purchase them here at Math Their Way.
                              4. Play Dough Mats

Another favorite!  We purchased ready-made mats but you can also create your own with clipart.  The students make a snake from the play dough and place it on the numeral.  From these two photos you can see the difference in the ability levels of our children!  Need a free recipe for homemade play dough that lasts for months?  Click here!

5. Number Writing Cards

These number writing cards are also from Math Their Way and can be written on with Vis-รก-Vis pens or dry erase markers.  We put them in vinyl sheet protectors and have used the same set over and over for years.  Click here if you are interested in purchasing them from Math Their Way - maybe your PTA will buy them for you!
Have fun with these numeral writing stations!

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is one of our favorite books for October.  Recently we added a new One-and-Done project, My Wild Thing, to our store based on this book.  Every student can create his/her own wild thing! 
In the past if you have purchased our Growing Bundle of all our One-and-Done projects, be sure to go to My Purchases in your account to get the updated version that includes My Wild Thing.  

You can get all 14 One-and-Done projects for 20% off if you were to purchase them separately.  And every time we add a new project, you get to download it for free!

Happy Teaching!