Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Amazingly LOOOONG Picture Post

Well, I told you I would post pictures, so HERE THEY ARE!!!!  (You will soon find out, I am addicted to pictures.  I am a very VISUAL person.  I need to see pictures.)

Here are two of my boys making paper chains!!!!  A/B patterns

I have taught my kid-os that if they want the picture to go on my blog, I can't see their face.  So now when we take pictures they are constantly ducking their heads, even if I don't want them too. 

Here are some shots of our Christmas centers.  This is at the listening center.  We get to share the laptop to work on Christmas Lists, letters, and play on Christmas websites.

We also have 2 Ipads in our classroom.  I use one during small group, and they use the other during center time.  We downloaded some fun Christmas activities to work on.

This is our library center.  They have a selection on Christmas books they read.  When they get done reading, they have to write the title of the book, and draw a picture about it in the reading log. 

He was SOOOO excited because he has this book at his house!!

This is our see it, build it, write it, draw it activity.  They pick a picture, use the blocks to build the word, than they get to write the word, and draw a picture of it.

I introduced this into our library center today.  They were so excited.  I dumped in 3 tubs of letter sound sorts.  They reach in and sort it according to the beginning sound.

At the writing table they get to do a "special" write the room.  I got a pad that says Santa's List on it.  They get a sheet of paper, and they walk around and practice writing each others first and last names.  They are making Santa's good list for him.

Here they get to look in the toy catalogs to find toys they want.  Than they write it down on a letter to Santa. 

These is our Christmas Words List.  They pick a word, write the prompt, "I see the____" They fill in the blank, and draw a picture of what they see. 

Here they practice writing.  They get a card, write a special message in it.  They write Love, and their name.  Than on the outside they write who it is for. 

These is our Christmas word match game.  Next week I will take the matches, and I will put it in a sheet protector.  They will practice writing the words.  Eventually they will try writing them without the words to copy. 

This is our homemade card station.  It is also part of the writing center.  They get to use stickers, stamps, paper, markers, and glitter glue to decorate a card for someone special.  Than they write a special message in it. 

Finished product

Our special writing table Christmas pencils. 

Our Smart Board center.  They get to play Christmas games, and activities. 

We LOVE Leapfrog stuff!!

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays the WONDERFUL and MAGNIFICENT Ms. Kaity comes in to work with us!!!!  WE LOVE HER!!!!

Building snowmen on Starfall

These were our counting books.  This week we learned about the teen numbers.  They did really good with them!!!! 

We made a counting book where we wrote the number, the word, and drew that amount of things.

They turned out pretty good.

So, Jingle decorated our classroom.

We hung our chains.

Our tree, decorated with the kids ornaments.

Special snowman lights in the writing center.

We love our advent calendar, THANK YOU AIDAN AND ELIZABETH!!!!

There's Jingle, caught him hanging from a wire of our smartboard.

This was the CUTEST BOOK EVER!!!!

Our wonderful REINDEER!!!!

Girl Reindeer.

We filled out these worksheets that I made.  This one said that a dog would be better because it can be fast. 

Boy reindeer with glasses. 

This one says a cat would be better because it can run.  I loved the picture with the jingle bells around its waist.

During small group this is what I use to practice tracking, blending, sight words and so on. 

I was blog hopping one day and stumbled on this magnificent little find.  I now keep a notebook.  In the notebook the first page says letter recognition, followed by; initial sound fluency, rhyming, blending, ending sound fluency, and middle sound fluency.  I wrote my kids names on a post-it note.  We started off with the first page.  When they master that I moved them to the next page, and each time they master the skill I move them up.  I LOVE small group now.  I used to hate it, but with this system I feel so much better.  I feel like we are actually getting things accomplished.  Sometimes I work one on one, and sometimes I call a group of kid-os back that need the same lesson. 

We also practice our sight words every day!!  We put all of our skills to use on Tuesday when our Care Tutor comes, and she has them read our small take home reader with them.  On Wednesday they read another take home reader with me, and we highlight sight words, and important words.  On Thursday we read our last set of readers. 

These are our word family Christmas trees.  They loved making them.

Again, I taught them to hide behind their work if they wanted the pic on the Internet....haha..


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