Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pre-K Pages Blog: Great Idea
I love the website Pre-K Pages!  There are so many great ideas there and so many free printables!  Today I saw this idea on the Pre-K Pages Blog and I had to share.  This cool game mat is made from ziploc bags and duct tape.  If you go to the link they explain exactly how to make it.  There are so many different ways to use this.  They put dot cards and numeral cards to make a matching game but you could also make a letters/beginning sounds game.  The bags are not taped closed in the back so you can change the cards to make new games.  I love this!!
Sunday, September 18, 2011

Featured on Kinder Kraziness

Laura at Kinder Kraziness has started a new thing where she will feature a new blogger each Sunday.  It is called "Someone New Sunday" and she featured me this week!!  It was such a great idea that she had!  Go over to her blog to see what I said and get the freebie too!!  Thanks Laura!
Saturday, September 10, 2011

Math Stations: Up and Running

My students and I are really enjoying math stations.  I am glad that I decided to try them this year.  I like that the students are working in partners.  I haven't had any arguing yet and it seems to work better than five or six kids in a group.  This week we started working on counting and making sets of numbers 0-5.  Here are some pictures of the math stations we did ( I also added the links to where I got some of these ideas).

These students are building cube towers to match the numbers on the mats. I made these mats a few years back and I use them with all different manipulatives.

Playdough numbers. I got these from Child Care Land (go to almost the bottom of the page, although there are so many great ideas you may want to check them all out).

Roll and Color the Bears.  Mrs. Levin has so many great math printables at pre-k pages!  This student decided to play again and this time wrote the numbers above the bears (I love his teddy bear hat too).

Circle Map for the number 2.  I got these great circle maps from Fran Kramer at Kindergarten Crayons.  She has so many amazing freebies on this page!  Thank you Fran!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Star Students (Name Game)

Each day we pick a "Star Student".  That child gets to wear a crown all day and we focus on the beginning letter of his/her name.  We follow the Four Blocks (Building Blocks for kindergarten) way of introducing letters and names.  We also write a story about that person and then we find the first letter of his/her name in their story.  So if they start with the letter "T" we find all of the "t's" in the story and cover them with highlighter tape.  After we do this we all draw a picture of that student and he/she draws a self-portrait.  We take all of these pictures and make a book for the Star Student to take home.  This year I created a special place to display the Star Student's story and self-portrait.  There is also room for the child to build his/her name with magnetic letters.  The kids really like this so I thought I would share.

The Star Student also gets to take home the Name Bag which includes a book (right now it is Owen because I couldn't find my Chrysanthemum book), a small whiteboard and marker to practice writing his/her name, letters tiles to make name, a name puzzle for that child, name songs to sing and a journal for the family to write down their experience with the bag. 
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