Five For Friday: {Linky Party August 21, 2015}

fiveforfriday2_thumb3_thumb2_thumb2I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. For me, this has been my 3rd Friday back at school!! It is hard to believe!!

Divider-1_thumb3_thumb2_thumb2_thumb[2]IMG_1848[1]12 days! Wow! We have been in school for 12 days already!! We started on August 6th. This is my 3rd year teaching kindergarten and I truly forgot how difficult the first 2 weeks with 21 kinder cubs can be! I mean jelly bean, by the time I got home today….


I even have a wonderful paraprofessional, and we both come home totally pooped!

However, even during the 2nd week, we saw how these sweet kiddos were trying to follow procedures and do their best.

I’m even noticing how certain ones are making new friends as they get to know each other.

I’ve just really tried my best this time to take things really S-L-O-W and can see how it is helping us all!

Divider-2_thumb3_thumb2_thumb2_thumb[2]IMG_1846[1]Read alouds and lots of them! That’s been such an important part of these past 12 days! Today, I heard one of my girls read aloud one of the math books I read the other day called, Ten In The Bed. It did my teacher’s heart good to hear her. I knew she couldn’t read, but she remembered that one well enough to “read” it to herself.

Divider-3_thumb3_thumb2_thumb2_thumbIMG_1850[1]This week I was determined to make sure and begin 2 very important things! My literacy centers and my guiding readers time.

Last January I began purchasing Deanna Jump’s and DeeDee Wills’ Guiding Readers Monthly Units.  I absolutely loved them, and I was able to adapt them to fit my needs for my sweet kinder cubs. I saw such awesome results with their critical thinking and their opinion writing, that I knew these were a keeper!  I wanted to start using them as SOON as the new school year began.

In the August/September packet, Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom is one of the focus books.

Here are some examples of what the kiddos did as responses to the story.

IMG_1823[1]I actually got this idea from Deanna’s name unit. Click HERE to find it. Aren’t these coconut trees too cute!!

I have a literacy center called, Art Smart. During that time, the students created the coconut tree. Then, on Friday we helped them put the sticky foam letters on the tree to spell their names. The strip of paper under the trees were done the first full week back during our math time. It’s hard to see, but it is My name is ________. I have _____ letters in my name.

IMG_1830[1]These guiding reader lessons incorporate so many comprehension skills. Here is their first official writing. They were making connections by drawing pictures of the hurt letters and then drawing a picture of a time when they got hurt. My awesome parapro and I went around and dictated sentences. I think they did a great job for their first response writing.

Click HERE to view Deanna and DeeDee’s Guiding Readers Packets. They are worth the money for sure!!

Divider-4_thumb3_thumb2_thumb2_thumb[1]IMG_1849[1]One of our goals for our school this year is to improve our science scores. So everyone has to have a SACRED time to teach science. I LOVE to teach science and social studies. Most of the time I try to integrate science and social studies into my literacy centers and I also have a time to explicitly teach science and social studies. This year I’ve started the 5 senses. I have to say the book shown above is the most awesome read aloud about the 5 senses. I only read a little at a time each day and my dream was to do an activity right after. However, due to continuing teaching routines and what not…

I haven’t gotten to activities

but…….soon and very soon……next week to be exact….

I’m beginning my

Slide1I created the unit this summer and now I’m ready to use in my classroom along with some other surprise activities.

Click HERE to find it!


Divider-5_thumb3_thumb2_thumb7_thumbIMG_1851[1]I ALWAYS want to end my day with a few laughs so what better way than to read Junie B. Jones!

She is my favorite and its the only time of day that I can say stupid and dumb…..


I have to preface those times, “Boys and girls should we ever say those words in class?”, “HEAVENS NO!” and they have to repeat

HEAVENS NO! with me.

In the first book as many of you know, Junie B. hides in the classroom so she doesn’t have to ride the bus on the first afternoon of kindergarten.


even though I have sweet and absolutely precious……not to mention ADORABLE kinders this year,

You better believe that at dismissal…

I made sure that I had every one of my littles with me.

You just never know what their little brains (with BIG ideas) might be thinking!!

And I SURE don’t want to be looking for a kid after school!

Would you??

Have a great week!!

Oh!! And be sure to link up HERE with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five For Friday!! It is ALWAYS a fun read!!

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