One thing is certain: We love every student that walks into our classrooms each year. A while back we discovered that scrapbooks were being made at a another school up on the hill. We felt that our students also deserved their memories to be preserved in such a special way! So maybe our school didn't have the same resources... Maybe we had other issues to overcome... But we didn't let that stop us. We were on a mission to provide our students with a high quality education (along with as many perks as is possible)!
We typically put together one page per month. Above you can see that Cessy made a page with her student's self portrait and name printing along with a "My First Day Of School" photo. Cindy used her student's Bono painting along and the rules book that they made in class, and a student photo. Coloring and writing samples from the beginning of the school year are always great to use because they demonstrate just much students accomplish in just 9 months.
You can see our Halloween pages above. Cindy used student spider hands, while I used ghost hands. Both of us included photos of the children in their costumes.
Favorite classroom chants and festive family traditions can also be given their own page!
Fall calls for fun science and social studies lessons. So, we gather our projects and turn them into these scrapbook pages. Its a great way to preserve the learning! Parents love to see this (and I'm sure the students will too in 20 years!).
The last three pages down below are the "teacher page" from each of our classes. We take a photo with each individual child. It's one of our favorite pages! And the accompanying poem gets us every time. It turns out to be a favorite with the parents also. On the day of our Kindergarten Celebration (aka. culmination) we invite our families back to our classrooms for cake and we have the scrapbooks waiting for them on the students' desks. Families have an opportunity to sit with their child and look through their school year memories together. It's turned out to be one of our favorite things!
Peace, love, and public education!!!
So yes, we are also sick of the dried up glue sticks, clogged glue bottles, and drippy glue papers. We have even tried the red pusher tops that help prevent the clogged bottles, but we quickly found that our little ones didn't have enough muscle power to press and push the bottles with those red tops. Cindy, Cessy and I have also discovered the learning power of Interactive Journals, and were desperate for a new glue option. Behold: GLUE SPONGES! Turns out glue gallons are supplied by our district and so are sponges. Bling! Bling! The bonus is we get to save some money too!
So here's how it works:
And now with that out of the way,... We are ready to get on with our Interactive Journals made especially for the kindergarten student. Here are some pics:
(Interactive Journal: Composing/Decomposing is available on TPT)
Well, here we are enjoying our summer vay-cay-cay and Cessy whips up her magic with this pacing plan for our new math curriculum: MY MATH. The three of us attended the math trainings last week and we met so many dedicated teachers from our district. We promised them that this pacing plan would become available soon, and here you go! We hope it helps you in your classrooms as much as it has helped us. As we mentioned last week, we have spent the time adjusted the order of topics. We just feel that this order better suits the cognitive development of our student population. We hold off on numbers, for example because we spend a lot of time pre-teaching and setting background knowledge. Just click on the "doc file" below to download.
Here We Come to Save the Day!
We are three energetic kindergarten teachers who want to share our kinder experience with you!