I ALWAYS marvel at what they create. Really!!! Just look at their beautiful necklaces. And the pride on their faces when they show me their pattern is just priceless. It brings tears to my eyes. They are just SO sweet! (I ran into one kinder students at a birthday party the following Saturday and she was wearing her necklace to the fancy event. Love it!)
Because we understand how finicky the 5 year-old can be, we keep the feast menu rather simple. We ask our students to bring in donations of juice, pies, paper goods, and yummy side dishes. We have 4 kindergarten/tk classrooms and each is assigned a specific item. Our kindergarten recycle fundraising pays for the "turkey" (which is really fried chicken). As you can see, it works out great for this age group!
Happy Thanksgiving from our classroom to yours!
I first set up my cooking station on the kidney table in the back.
I set up seven chairs a couple of feet away form the work area. These designated areas assured safety. I called my workshops groups to the back one at a time. This made things manageable for me and assured that everyone got an opportunity to participate. Our schedule on this minimum day gave us just one hour to pull this off. The first thing I asked each group to do was wash their hands, of course. I then gave them a small amount of dough to knead. They did this as they watched me prepare the group pizza (I made one group pizza for each group; a total of 4 pizzas and an extra one for Cindy). Then I asked for volunteers to help spread the sauce, sprinkle the cheese, and lay on the pepperoni. A good chef always samples his or her ingredients, and the children got a kick out of that!
Everyone LOVED it! Now they want to bake their own pizza everyday for lunch. Some even thought we should open up our own restaurant and name it "Room 2 Pizza Rev." Love it! You know I'm taking this enthusiasm and carrying over to some writing assignment tomorrow. I'll have to figure that out. For today, we simply finished up the lesson with a Charlotte Diamond classic, "I Am A Pizza!" I was great!!!
This is the agenda we used to plan out the workshop.
Some of you may have been wondering what we were doing with all of those egg cartons we were collecting. Watch this video and find out:
We love to empower our students' families!
(Our next parent workshop is scheduled for January)
We love playing this bingo game with our students. They are 10-frame masters!
Whipped up this coloring page for our students... We are in the middle of teen numbers and they need all the help they can get! We are offering it as a freebie on the blog. Hooray! It will soon be available as a seasonal pack on TPT.... Enjoy!
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Dia de los muertos is a holiday celebrated all around the world, but the celebrations in Mexico have gotten the most attention. Cessy had a great Dia de los Muertos celebration in her classroom on Nov. 2. Our colleague and figurine expert, Maria Yniguez, brought the lesson to life with all of this great realia! The children even participated in a construction of a real alter. This memory celebration is about telling stories, eating favorite food, singing, etc. The students created paper plate skull masks and wrapped up the lesson with a taste of yummy pan dulce. Great job!
We give out the assignment sheet and turkey template (see photo above) 2 weeks before it's due. My friend and mentor Raelene turned me on to this project many years ago. It's from The Mailbox Magazine and we STILL use the original template and parent letter! (Hey,...if ain't broke, right?) Part of the assignment is also to get up in front of the class and explain what the costume is and how they put it together. We emphasize "voice" and "projection" for this public speaking component. These little ones blow us away every year. They are amazing! We'll post some pictures of this year's projects once they come in. Our due date in Nov. 12.
Below you will find a sample parent letter for the Turkey Family Project:
Halloween is a day of fun all day long. But we don't sacrifice our sanity for some good 'ol learning. No, instead devise a plan to divide and conquer. That's right! We first identify the CCSS we want to focus on then create an activity to teach it. Simple as that...
This Halloween Rotation gives us the opportunity to mix all of our 4 kindergarten classes. We start off by dispersing our own group of 24 student into the 4 classrooms. For example, we send a group of 6 to each of the classroom (including mine). We are ready to begin the rotation once we all have a group of 24 students from all classrooms. As a management tool, we then assign the "assembled group" a color by giving them a roving necklace of a particular color. For example, my first group was the orange group. Mrs. Barragan's first group was purple. Mrs. Mendoza's first group was red. And Mrs. Truex's first group was green. This way the groups are easier to keep together as they rotate through the different classrooms. The schedule above ensures that we all conclude our session in a timely manner. Easy peasy!
Here We Come to Save the Day!
We are three energetic kindergarten teachers who want to share our kinder experience with you!