Kinder League is all about SUNFLOWERS this time of year!! Grab the freebie down below and let this beautiful flower inspire your math lessons! Use real sunflowers seeds to help reinforce your addition lessons. Cindy has actually glued the sunflowers seeds onto the worksheet for a fun bulletin board for Open House!
SUNFLOWER ACTIVITIES is a fun cross-curriculum packet that is available on Teachers-Pay-Teachers.
SUNFLOWER SEED ADDITION FREEBIE:
The Entire Sunflower Packet is available on tpt.
Our 5 kindergarten/Tk classes take one field trip each school year. We have been going to Underwood Family Farms for the past 10 years. It's a wonderful farm that grows the most delicious strawberries! This year the strawberries were especially sweet. Yum!! The trip begins with a visit to the farmer's classroom to learn about fruits and vegetables. This is followed by a tractor ride to the strawberry fields for some strawberry picking. Each person is given a plastic container to fill and take home (this includes teachers and parent volunteers!).
Picking fruit is hard work so lunch comes next. We eat at one of the reserved picnic areas. We wrap up our trip with a visit to the animal pens and play areas. It always surprises me to learn the number of students are have never been up close to animals before. The traffic out to Moorpark was pretty bad this year. Traffic during field trips is always nerve wracking for teachers. You wish you could just slip your ear buds in and close your eyes,.... if only for the ride home.
Thank you Underwood Family Farms for another successful field trip!
Want to know how to get parents involved in your teaching? Show parents how you teach in class and explain the theories behind your approaches. This can be done during parent workshops. Parent workshops are a big deal at our school. We call them PTPs (Parent Teacher Partnership). Every grade level holds four workshops per year. Our Kindergarten workshop schedule is as follows:
Workshop #1: Alphabetic Principal- October
Workshop #2: Mathematics in Kinder- February
Workshop #3: Writing in Kinder- March
Workshop #4: Learn About 1st Grade! (given by the first grade teachers)
We recently held our math parent workshop. Here are some highlights from the Powerpoint we presented:
We urge you to give parent workshops a try!
They are a sure way to empower your parents to get involved.
Running past some Los Angeles landmarks... Super cool!
We all crossed the finish line at different times and in different conditions. Me, I was suffering from a dead leg and chills and went straight to the first aid tent. Because of the strict security measures, we all met up with our families at different locations and missed our opportunity for a group picture. I would say this made for an anti-climatic finish.
Our wonderful colleagues threw us a Runner's Party when we returned to work.
We finally got a chance to take our group picture (medal and all)!
We did it! We ran the Los Angeles Marathon and crossed the finish line!!!!
See you next year...
I love to do this science lesson as a unit opener to our Weather Unit. I begin by asking students to bring in a plastic bag. It is important that the bag not have any holes. I don't tell the students how we will use the bags. All they know is that we will be using it in science.
Yes, it would be easier for me to bring in a bag for everyone ahead of time. But I believe in giving the students ownership of their learning. By asking them to bring in their own bag I am fostering responsibility and memory skills. Some students even think about others and bring in an extra bag. It never surprises when I see which students do this. It's very endearing.
I begin the lesson by asking the students: How can I catch some wind and bring it into the classroom? The conversation quickly turns into predictions about what would happen if we all captured some wind and brought it indoors. By this time they are all convinced that we will create a hurricane in class! They believe that papers, books, and classroom supplies will go flying everywhere! It's hilarious. Together we plan and discuss the best ways to catch the wind using the plastic bags. We even plan on closing all of the doors behind us quickly so the wind does not escape! I have gotten these types of predictions/reactions every single year for the past 20 years. And I get a kick out of it every year!
In the photo above, students are listening to some ground rules. To ensure that students don't get overly excited and started running into one another screaming at the top of their lungs, I set some important boundaries.
Once it looks like most students have full bags, I ring the bell, gather the group, and quickly return them to class. Once inside the classroom, I dramatically close all doors and windows. The students are besides themselves! It's great! Then, at the count to 3 we all open up our bags! Of course, nothing happens and they are SO surprised. Some are even disappointed. We then discuss why our experiment did not work. I do not give them the answer. Instead, I guide their discovery to: We did not catch wind. We only caught air.
We finish up our science experiment with a group write in our science journals.
I can't get enough of Cindy's Lorax scrapbook page. It's soooooo cute!!!
As you may, or may not know, student scrapbooks are a big deal for us. Search past scrapbook blog posts on our page to get an idea of what they look like in our classrooms and how we pull them off during the busy school year. One big tip is to work on them as the school year unfolds. Needless to say, scrapbooks are not something you can pull off the last weeks of school. You need to collect school memories throughout. And this Lorax is a perfect school memory for the March page!
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We want to use this blog post to point out the importance of graphing lessons in kindergarten. Please don't downplay these lessons simply because your students are 5! Graphing activities allow you to get more bang for your buck when it comes to your teaching.
In this first step, students need to sort their candy hearts by color. They need to prepare their sorting mat and handle the hearts. This step is not to be overlooked. Hands-on activities are huge for the 5 year-old child. Remember, experiences like these are a precursor to the abstract lessons of first grade.
Many of our hands-on sorting & graphing activities can be found in our own Mega Sorting Pack. We used manips that are fun, seasonal, and simple to find. These lessons can be followed with similar homework/center activities, which are included because we are big on immediate reinforcement of our lessons. Have fun!
We can't believe it's already time to begin prepping for mid-year report cards. Whoa! The school year always seems to fly by... We are happy to share with you the assessments that our Kindergarten/TK grade level will use to compile mid-year report cards. We make a copy of this assessment and share the specifics with parents during conferences. We hope you will find this resource useful and would love to get your feedback!
Good luck to you! And, power to the teacher!
Here We Come to Save the Day!
We are three energetic kindergarten teachers who want to share our kinder experience with you!