Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Handwriting! Mechanics! Creativity! Oh My!

I am tired!  Are you tired?

With 6,000 things pulling at you at this time of the year, it is nice to have something simple!

On most mornings, my class completes these as their morning work.  They. Are. Simple!  
I don't know about you, but I need simple right now.

Even though they are simple, I love how the students make them their own.

 Each morning we have an opportunity to reinforce concepts around print!  Clearly, this was Santa in his younger years... before the weight gain and white hair.
 We reinforce making our tall letters tall and our short letters short.
 We talk about punctuation!  This elf looks like I feel.
 I love this little elf's face!
 And we talk about making sure our illustrations include a setting.
Read, Trace, Glue, Draw products were one of the first things I created for TpT and I still love using them.  My class does not need any help reading the sentences and it provides a predictable activity that is meaningful.

You can find just about every theme of Read, Trace, Glue, Draw units HERE.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

How-To Writing in Kindergarten

I have written this post 10 times (in my head).   I have carried these writing samples around for weeks in my bag.  I have been without a scanner (so that is my excuse for not posting these earlier).  Better late than never... right?

My class was knee-deep in "How-to" writing in November.

This is a tough switch to go from writing narratives to writing procedural texts.  Here are a couple of samples I wanted to share.

I love the little apple slicer illustration she used.

We had talked about how you need to zoom in so the reader will be able to see your instructions clearly.
Naturally.... you eat them... love it!

This sample was from another student a few weeks later.  She was really focusing on "telling more."  I am proud of what she came up with.

I don't concern myself too much with handwriting.  We can focus on that during other parts of our instructional day. However, we do talk about making it neat so the reader can understand your message.  I think she did a great job.  We will get those capital letters out of the middle of her sentences with time.  Right now, I just want to say,  "Well! Done!"

If you are looking for help with your writing instruction, Deanna Jump and I have created detailed writer's workshop lessons.  They will help you with day-to-day instruction for those just starting out or you can use them to supplement your own writing curriculum.  

You can see the complete year HERE.

ESGI: Sleigh Full of Prizes ~ Day 11

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Monday, December 8, 2014

California PK1 Conference! Blogger Fiesta!

Have you heard about the Annual California PK1 Conference?  Well, it's an outstanding 3-day event designed by teachers for teachers specializing in early childhood education.  If you teach TK, Pre-K, K, 1st Grade, or Homeschool and live in the California area, this is definitely an event you don't want to miss. This year's conference is scheduled to take place in Santa Clara, California (just outside of San Francisco).  The festivities kick off on Friday, January 16th with a Pre-Conference Institute and lasts through Sunday, January 18th.  Oodles of professional development workshops ranging from behavior management and the importance of play to integrating the Common Core Standards will be offered throughout the weekend.      

But, wait!!  There's more.  Some of your FAVORITE bloggers are going to be taking part in this amazing conference.  Just look at this fun line-up of blogger presenters that will be at this year's PK1 Conference  . . .





Don't go yet . . . we have even more for you.  Guess what else is happening?? We are thrilled to announce that the PK1 Conference will be hosting it's very first Blogger Fiesta.  At this fun evening event, you can meet and chat with your favorite bloggers during a yummy Mexican meal.  Each attendee will receive dinner, a Blogger CD (filled with $60 of free products), and a raffle ticket to enter to win oodles of other fabulous prizes!  To purchase your $35 Blogger Fiesta ticket, click HERE.

Are you excited yet?  Let's up the ante a bit.  How about a chance to win a FREE conference registration?  Well, it's your lucky day!  The generous folks at CKA have given us one FREE conference registration to give away to our followers. Enter to win via the painless Rafflecopter below.  But, hurry!!!  This giveaway closes Friday evening and our BIG winner will be announced on Saturday, December 13th.  

To learn more about PK1 and/or to check out the conference sessions in detail, CLICK HERE!  Thanks for taking the time to visit us today.  We hope to see you at this year's PK1 Conference :)

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