Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thanks!

I want to thank everyone for their interest.  My Halloween giveaway is officially complete. I can hardly believe that I have over 100 followers already!  Keep an eye on my blog to learn more about my kindergarten kapers and to watch for freebies.
Cordially,
Mrs. B.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Giveaway Innovations

I just want to thank everyone for their interest - and of course MMMB for sending her followers. Being a complete newbie, I of course had a minor glitch, but now my followers button is up and working.  That didn't stop some true problem solvers who added me to favorites or otherwise creatively worked around my lack of a button.  True kindergarten spirit!

I just wanted to share a little Monkey Business - Mrs. M. is using the monster number cards for a write the room math center.  A clever adaptation. I know my kiddos were carrying around the monster word mats to match with the popcorn words around our room. They also loved the eyeballs, and one little girl decided to cover the numbers on the monsters' tummies to have friends guess the number (we play a number sequence  guessing game quite frequently). Please share any other innovations you create; I'd love to know how folks are using the centers.

Happy Halloween!
Mrs. B.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Giveaway

I don't know about other kindergarten classrooms, but I try to keep Halloween pretty low key.  We have been having a great time with some of my favorite Halloween stories: Room on the Broom, Big Pumpkin, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, The Vanishing Pumpkin, and Too Many Pumpkins. I have been doing some research about anchored vocabulary instruction, and these seasonal books are filled with wonderful words like shrieked, vanished, and rapscallion which make interesting words for lessons. It makes me smile when children point out the recurrence of words that we have targeted.  Next week we will be using pirate books for our literacy work; it seemed fitting for Halloween week. On Halloween day we will be watching Spookley the Square Pumpkin.  If you are not familiar with that book/movie, you should be sure to give it a look.  It has a strong character education focus, and the kiddos really enjoy it. I show it every year for Halloween. I would like to hear what you do in your classroom at this time of year.

I don't want you to think we have no fun at all. I created a set of Halloween activities to fill our math and literacy centers.  A brief preview is posted above. My class is enjoying them, so I decided to have a last minute give-away to launch my blog. If you would like to have a copy to use in your classroom, just follow my blog.  Leave a comment which includes your email address, and I will make sure you get a copy! This offer is open until Halloween.

Enjoy the last few days of October!
Mrs. B.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Greetings!

Hello, and welcome to my brand new adventure...my very own teacher blog!  I have been following so many fabulous bloggers, and I have found so many great ideas to share in my classroom. I have been trying my hand at creating some teaching tools, and my friend Mrs. Miner gave me the nudge I needed to try my hand at creating my own blog. Now I can share some of what I create with a whole community of educators.

I want to thank Sarah.  Sarah is an art teacher in Tokyo.  She is also a Google certified teacher; I didn't even know there was such a thing until I met Sarah. She was my strand leader at the Summer Technology Institute, and she introduced me to PLNs (Professional Learning Networks).  This blog was also an extension of my classroom plan from the Institute. I have been exploring sites online which could help me connect with other educators.  I've been tweaking my PLN as I go along, but one thing I know is that the primary bloggers I follow have been a staple of my PLN.  I have added many of them to my Google Reader.  For technology immigrants like me, if you don't use Google Reader, check it out.  It is a great aggregate for sites you want to follow.  It collects them in one spot, making it easy to grab a glance, read a post, or click a link. See Sarah, a technology tip!