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January Math Centers

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I am so looking forward to Christmas!! 

I want to fully enjoy it with my family,

so I worked hard to get these January Math Centers finished!

Check it out!


One of the first centers deals with counting on.

Counting on is a great way to prepare for addition!

Each center also includes a wide range of numbers and quantities,

which is great for differentiation.


A different version of counting on, larger numbers included.


How many more to make 10!


3-D shapes!


3-D shapes, including a few real-world examples....


Flat vs. solid is some of the content that is on our math assessment, 

so we definitely have to practice that!


Counting and connecting numerals to scattered arrangements 

of up to 10, and a rectangular array of up to 20.


1 more and 1 less....


Comparing numbers, determining which number

is greater or less. 


Practicing numbers 0-15, and subtilizing.


Click here to learn more about it!

Talk to you guys later!

January Math Centers are great for kindergarten students to practice their numeracy skills!


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December Fun!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

It took a while for December to get here,

and then it seemed as if it ran away!!

Between report card testing and getting sick,

of course I didn't get to do as much as I'd planned to do,

but that always how it goes!

This post is full of the random fun that happened in December!

Enjoy!



I found some fun and awesome ideas for my December sensory tub!

It was really easy peasy, I went into the Christmas section of Wal-Mart,

and found these lovely packs of what I like to call stuffing!

You can find these paper shreds at your local craft store as well.

Even though I bought a ton, I realized that a little goes a long way,

as it expands. 




Of course we had a little visitor from the North Pole!

You can get this awesome tag and letter in a Freebie from

Cara over at The First Grade Parade!



Jingles is his name, and watching children is his game!


This awesome freebie is from Mel D over at Seusstastic!



In honor of Jingles, we made these cute little elves,

from Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies!


We read different versions of The Gingerbread Boy,

and we compared different story elements. 


Of course we had to eat a gingerbread man, to see what

all of the fuss was about!!

We did a survey, courtesy of Vickie from Primary Press,

to see which part we all ate first. 


Next, December rolled right along with The Polar Express.

Since the children drink hot cocoa in the movie,

we all decided that we LOVE marshmallow's in ours,

so we taste tested different ones, to see which ones we like the best!

Thanks again Vickie!


We read the story all through the week, 

to prepare for Polar Express day on Friday.

We talked about the beginning, middle, and end of the story. 

We have been talking about adding details to our drawing,

and I must say, I love this!

It's a picture of the children on the train, looking out of

the window and drinking hot cocoa!

It has steam coming out, marshmallows,  and everything!


We made our story elements train, and this idea is in

the freebie week of KinderLiteracy that Tara West so

generously gave on her Facebook page!



My kiddos earned their tickets to board The Polar Express

(you can get your free ticket here, from The Crafting Chicks!)



Polar Express/Pajama Day arrived, and I must say, 

my principal went all out!

There were scenes from the movie all around the school,

and my favorite, he dressed up at the conductor!!

He played the train sounds through the intercom 

all week as announcements were read. 


Here's one of the Christmas crafts that we did, somehow I forgot to take

pictures of some of the other ones!


For our last week of school, we did Christmas Around the World.

We loved the pack from Caitlin over at Kindergarten Smiles!

We learned about Israel and Hannukah,


Mexico and the Poinsettia,


and China and their Festival of Lights!


Finally, Friday arrived, and it was time for our Christmas Party!!


Whew!! How did your December go? 

Talk to you guys later!







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December Math Centers!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

It's been a rough few weeks for me, as I imagine it's been for us all!!

I finally carved out some time to complete December Math Centers!!!

Wahoo!!!!!! The next three weeks until Christmas vacay is gonna

be seriously crazy, and I plan to be ready with centers, activities, and

books for the entire time!!! I want our minds to always be thinking 

and learning, with some fun thrown in!

It's the only way that we are going to make it!


Okkkkk......back to the math centers!


I tried to make it fun and Christmasy, while covering the 

necessary content. There's a lot of subitizing, and work with quantities, 

because we're about to move to number bonds and addition, 

and we have to be automatic with it!


We have two version of comparing quantities, and connecting

quantities to numerals. Two different recording sheets allows the students

to determine which one is greater, or less.



The next center deals with estimation (subitizing in disguise!)


We have some graphing practice (though I think my students 

like it better with candy!!!).



Some play-doh work (I have to tell them they can't do play-doh everyday!)


Puzzle work (connecting quantities to numerals, more hidden subitizing!)


Elf Hop, Candy Hop (such a great reason to use those themed erasers!)

Great way to practice 1:1 correspondence! First one to the end wins!


And of course, practicing writing numbers (more subitizing!)


Talk to you guys later!

December math centers is great for math workshop/centers in your classroom! It focuses on those early math skills that our students need to develop. Your students will be able to practice subtilizing, 1:1 correspondence, estimation, comparing numbers and more!


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Awesome Purple Pencil Sharpener!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

A few years ago I had the privilege of coming across this 

pencil sharpener created by Classroom Friendly Supplies.

I just couldn't believe how awesome it was!!!


This week they are launching a brand new color, Popular Purple,

which just happens to be the color that everyone asked for!



I was lucky enough to be asked to review the newest color, and I must 

say, when I took it out of the box I was excited about

how bright the color was!!!

Isn't it so pretty!?!?!?!



So, after that, I had to take it for a test drive!

Once you pop out the front part, it's time to get started sharpening!

I love that it retracts as it sharpens, that's how you know it's ready!


My bestie walked in, and just had to know what was so special about it,

so I let her give it a whirl!  She was pretty impressed!


Look at the point on this pencil! You never get this from any other

pencil sharpener that I know of!


I'm in love with it!

Head on over to Classroom Friendly Supplies to order yours!
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Data Notebooks Vol. 1 (A Blog Series)


Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

Today I want to begin a discussion about a topic that I have worked

hard on for the past few years, with varying degrees of success.

I think that I've finally hit the jackpot this year,

and I would like to share with you what I do in my classroom.



Today will be a very brief introduction into what a data notebook is, 

and why teachers use them.


First, let me share my experience and 

introduction to data notebooks with you.

A few years ago, my school voted to become a Leader in Me School,

and I was chosen to be on the initial Lighthouse Team,

which guides and facilitates the school's transition. 


A part of this is each student having a data/leadership notebook,

which includes student data in every area that you can think of,

whether it be academic, social, behavioral, etc. 

This allows students to keep track of everything that concerns them,

and helps them to set goals for themselves.

(There's more to it, but we'll get into that in the next blog post!)



This is the first year that I'm not on the Lighthouse Team,

and they decided that data notebooks needed to be up and running

by the end of August.

Yeah, umhmm.....it will never happen. For 2nd grade that might

be ok, but it will never happen in Kindergarten....

and if you're wondering, nope, it didn't happen in my classroom.

However, I did have a piece of data included, which I'll get to a bit later.



Our data notebooks are in white binders, which also contain

a lot of other stuff as well. Since I have a circus themed classroom,

I have a CIRCUS binder. I've also had a STAR binder, and a DOTS binder.

It doesn't matter what you call it, whether it be data notebook,

leadership binder/portfolio, there's no right or wrong way. 


Inside is the student agenda, which happens to be a 7 Habits agenda,

(but that doesn't matter either).


Behind that I have a take home folder, 

with the two sides designated for something. 

It really helps with organization.


My one piece of data that I begin the first day of school is 

the behavior chart. This matches our school-wide clip chart.

For the month of August, I already print it with the colors,

or I color them myself, so that the parents 

understand what the colors mean. 

The students are responsible for coloring in their color for the day.


Now, let me say, this takes some work at the beginning of the school year. 

First, they have to take it out of the sheet protector

(and put it back in when they get finished!).

We do it whole group, I have everyone point to the number that

we're coloring, and I walk around to make sure that everyone

is on the right number. I also project it on the board

and circle the number. 

It's also a great way to teach/review number recognition.

If a student is absent, when they return, they will

place an 'X' over the date. 

This way, we do behavior and attendance on one chart.


Data/Leadership Notebooks for the Primary Classroom are a great tool for keeping track of students' progress. It provides accountability for student learning, goal setting and more!

By September, they are responsible for coloring the 

mini behavior chart on the side. Are there mistakes still? Yes.

There are some who still will color the wrong number, 

or some who will color it the wrong color on purpose. 

By coloring their the mini chart on the side, and their

own behavior daily, it helps them to take ownership over

their own behavior. They also begin to see how their week

is shaping up in regards to fun Friday and treasure box. 



By the end of September, I have trained them and their parents to 

 understand that the chart is to stay in their binder,

it is what I use to determine who earned fun Friday and treasure box

Once the month is over, I keep it in their student files in case I need it

for parent conferences, etc. 


Once everyone is trained on what to do, then we can move on

to the next step, which I'll cover in the next blog post in the series. 

If you haven't begun data notebooks, but would like to,

this is a great place to start.

For more information on the data notebook pack,

please click here or on any of the pictures in this post. 


So you've gotten data notebooks started, now what?

Check out the second post in this series here.

Talk to you later!

Having trouble deciding where to begin with data notebooks? Here are some easy to follow first steps to getting them started in your classroom!


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