Sunday, January 29, 2012

Penguin and Polar Bear Extraordinaire!

Hey there! I almost forgot that I needed to blog about this week's events. It's such a beautiful weekend here in Alabama, especially for January, so John and I have been out running around. Despite our 100th day disater, we had a great week learning all about penguins and polar bears. We read so many great books that were informational and entertaining at the same time, and of course we had to have an activity to go along with all of these. We started the week off reading 2 fact books about penguins so we could make our "Penguins Can, Have, Are" chart. The kids learned a lot and did a great job spelling their words don't you think?? We also read Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester on Monday, and the kids made a Tacky during their art center this week. So cute! Later in the week we made a torn paper penguin and they turned out PRESH! We also made a penguin fact book similar to Kinder by Kim's but, I truly think my favorite thing we made all week was our tissue paper polar bears. We read Little Polar Bear by Hans de Beer and once the kiddos saw me pull out my bear example, they got so excited, AND they did a great job! 

If you need some books for this unit, check these out. They're great!

All of this week's literacy centers came from my Polar Bear Mini Literacy Unit and the math centers came from Jamie Mayas' Penguin math unit. Both of these things can be found in mine and Jamie's tpt store. Take a look!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

100th Day!

Ok....all I can say is wow.... I didn't think this day through very well. I had so many fun ideas planned for my babies on their very first 100th day of school! I mean... this is a big deal right??? Well I had 7 great work stations for us to rotate through during our calendar, math centers and theme time. Almost 2 uninterrupted hours! And guess didn't work AT ALL! Haha. They didn't get to finish anything! No crowns, no fruit loop necklaces, no puzzle...NOTHING! I just had to tell them that it was my fault and I didn't plan for enough time for them to finish. But of course, they are the sweetest babies ever and told me that it was "ok," "people make mistakes," and "we still had fun." They truly are get kids and this was a true learning experience for me. Oh well, I'll just laugh about it and move on with tomorrow.

Don't forget, Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Visit my tpt store and check out my super duper amazing math and literacy unit. If you're as overwhelmed and crunched for time as I am, it's easy just to let someone else do all your planning for you! Haha :)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Penguin Freebie!

Hey Y'all! My kids are gonna make a penguin fact book this week so I thought I'd share the book template with you! Visit my tpt store for this FREE DOWNLOAD

Mittens, Hot Chocolate, and Hibernation...In a 4 Day Week!

Whew! I think the title of this post explains it all... there was lots of busy bodies in Mrs. Holcomb's class. We were out of school on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so when we came back on Tuesday, we hit it hard and got things done. Our theme for the week was Hibernation and Hot Cocoa to go along with our letter of the week...H. I also threw in some Mitten stuff, because Jan Brett is a genius and my kiddos love her books! All of this week's math and literacy centers came from Jamie Mayas and Julie Lee. I honestly don't know what I would do without those 2 sweet girls helping me through my first year. 

OH! And to top off a busy week, it was also a very worrysome week for me and my kiddos because of winter DIBELS testing. Yikes! I must say though, I am so so so so proud of my babies, they did such a wonderful job! There was lots of hugs and standing O's everytime one of them came back with that little yellow score paper in their hand. I love the love that my kiddos share with me and with each other, they're such a great group of kids! Take a look at this week's pics to see all the happenings in room 12! Don't forget to stop by my tpt store. If you haven't talked about Polar Bears, I've got the perfect mini literacy unit for you! Also, Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so check out the HUGE V-Day unit as well! Life is kind of crazy at the moment but I have a few things sketched out to make and maybe even some freebies for ya! Stay tuned and I hope the week ahead is a great one for everybody!

Found this super cute mitten activity on What The Teacher Wants

We read a couple of books about hibernation and made a trifold with hibernation facts about bears, birds, and turtles. The kids loved it and they turned out so cute!

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Last of Snowmen and Snow

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day....and happy Monday off!! WOW! I have had a tremendously busy weekend! My husband and I left after school on Thursday to go to Jasper, Georgia for my best friends wedding. It such a beautiful ceremony and she was a stunning bride. We got back into town laster last night and I am so exhausted!

Anywhoo, let's get to it. Here are some pictures of this weeks theme activities and centers. I must say that I have found one activity that I will do every year during this time. We read the book Snowballs by Lois Elhert, and if you've never read it, you MUST! It's about a family that is saving their "stuff" in a paper sack and waiting on a snow day to build their snow family. They build a man, woman, boy, girl, baby, dog, and their cat, but they use all of the stuff they've collected in their bag to decorate their snow family. Well I decided that I would rummage through my room and grab up all of that stuff that every teacher saves but has no idea what to do with it, and we made our own snow men. THEY ARE SO STINKING CUTE! and the kiddos had absolute control over the design. They are presh! We also made snowmen with a snowflake pattern on their scarf, and some cute little snow globes after we read The Snow Globe Family. We also incorporated our 5 senses into the snow globe activity by writing what our family would see, feel, taste, smell, and hear. 

This was our table full of stuff that they had to choose from

We started off with 2 snowballs and covered them with torn paper. It's hard to explain the illustrations in the book, but this is what they looked like.

Here is our little snow family!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happy Polar Bear-ing!!!

Hey y'all! Just posted a cute mini literacy unit to my tpt store all themed around our favorite furry arctic friends, the polar bear! I needed a few other activities to fill in some empty spots in my lesson plans so I decided to throw polar bears and penguins together! I'm excited and have tons of stuff planned for the kids! Can't wait to show you.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We're Over Half Way There!

No, I'm not talking about the school year, I'm talking about my first DonorsChoose Project!! Today I got a donation that put us over the half way hump! Yay! I can't wait for this project to be funded so my babies can have so much fun creating! Yes, they're creative now, but it's harder and waaaaaaay more time consuming when only 2 people can paint at one time. Don't forget that I LOVE to share my stuff, and a consideration for a donation to my project is greatly appreciated! Thanks for all y'all do to inspire! If you haven't seen the project, click HERE and take a look.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

First Week Of Snow...Well, At Least We Learned About It

Hey there bloggy friends!
This week was week one of our theme "snowmen and snow." I love this time of year because there are "snow" many great books to read, projects to do, and things to learn about...especially since we live in Alabama and don't get to see snow too often. We just skimmed the surface of snow this week because, (a) it was a short week, and (b) it was the first week back from our break so we all had to get readjusted and back into the swing of things. 

We talked about what a New Year's resolution is and made our own, built and labeled a snowman, made a snowman glyph, and started 2 other snowman projects that we won't finish until next week. My kinders can't wait to show you their stuff! Yes, they know we have a classroom blog, and their work is always so much better when I say "okay guys, this might make it onto the blog if you do your BEEEEEESSSSTTTT work!" I know they always try their hardest, that's why everything always goes up! Anywhoooo, take a look at all the fun we've been having this week! Most of the centers came from the ones we all know and love, Julie and Jamie. Hopefully, you'll start to see more of my own centers and ideas pop up on here...I must admit it's quite exhausting being a first year teacher.

This is one center of mine. I've decided that we  REALLLLYYYY needed start working on handwriting after Christmas.

This center is from Jamie Chamblee 

The fraction sheet and the center below are both Jamie Chamblee's as well!

I LOVED some of the resolution my kids came up with... this one says "to read a book"

"be the best daughter"

I had several kids say "relax in the summer" haha! I hope I'm not working them too hard!