Monday, December 30, 2013

Skip Counting-Work Station

One way we settle into our day is through work stations-- they are called work stations because there is usually some type of accountable work to do--we have an important job! I love starting the day this way as it keeps kids active and engaged from the start. They love having a new activity each day and it is a great way to supplement literacy and math, preview concepts and reinforce trickier areas. I have some new winter workstations in process-- but they have not been kid approved yet! In the meantime, try this skip counting activity! I love using pocket charts for workstations so that kids can spread out and organize. All you need to do is cut out the penguins and copy the recording sheet! If your kids finish early have them try a challenge--scramble up all the penguins and try counting backwards without looking at their recording sheet. This tends to be trickier for my kiddos! Follow my tpt store or blog (also have bloglovin') for updates on easy to set-up workstations to start your new year! 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Winter Math Fun!

I hope you all are having a nice, relaxing break. I don't know about you but it was very needed! My kiddos were beyond excited the week leading up to the big day...there was lots of energy to be had! To me, the best thing about the holidays is spending time with family. Luckily, my sister and brother in law were able to fly in from Dallas for a few days! It is so nice to have them back home in NH. Thank you to those who have followed my little blog... I appreciate each and every comment and "follow" and love the collaborative part of teaching. Although I do a lot of blogging for families I was ready for something new... connecting with other bloggers and teachers was the first step-- I am in awe of the educators who shared their ideas while balancing their profession and family-- making it seem so seamless.  Wow! I still have a long way to go in the world of blogging but this has been a great start and I appreciate your support! I am excited to share that I figured out how to share a file so you can see what you're getting... being a visual person I tend to go towards resources that I can see first. Click on the image to get a "free" preview of this packet. Would love any feedback. Enjoy!  

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Spreading some holiday cheer!

Over the past few years our class has created Christmas ornaments to raise money for a local community outreach. Here are some quick, fun ways to get your kiddos involved in spreading holiday cheer. You are probably familiar with using acrylic paint to create a marbleized look inside the ornament. 
These came out beautiful but took some time to dry. 
Another year we used cut up squares of seasonal tissue paper (about 1 in. each) and used "Modge-podge" to adhere them to the ball. We found that plastic ornament balls were a lifesaver (if you can find them)... much less breakage and worry! Wish I had a picture of the final product... guess I got too busy in the fun of creating...there is always next time. 

Looking for a less messy, quick option? Just add some tinsel, plastic berries, or ting to create a whimsical look and tie off with some festive ribbon.