Saturday, August 25, 2012

"If Your Name is on a Plate"

It has been a really busy 2 weeks for me!  I started school on Aug. 13th and I feel like I haven't sat down since!  Our school has changed to a TAP school this year, we have a new reading program and we went from full day kindergarten to half day kindergarten!!  It has been a whirlwind of changes!  I haven't had time to post anything lately but I would like to share a simple game that I like to do at the beginning of the year to have the children learn each others' names.  I use plain white paper plates and write one student's name on each plate.  Then, we all stand in a circle and I sing a song while I place 3-4 plates on the floor in the middle of the circle.  When I am done singing whoever has their plate on the floor picks it up (it also lets me see who can recognize their own name) goes back to their spot in the circle and holds the plate so that everyone can see the name.  Then I point to the children holding their plates and they have to say their names.  I continue until everyone has had a turn.  This is the song that I sing while putting the plates on the floor:

If your name is on a plate, pick it up.
If your name is on a plate, pick it up.
If your name is on the plate, then you're really doing great!
If your name is on a plate, pick it up.
Sunday, August 12, 2012

School Starts Today!

Well, not really today but tomorrow!  I cannot believe it is already time to start school again!  Every year we sing a special song on the first day of school.  It goes like this ( I think the tune is The Farmer in the Dell):

School starts today!
Hooray, hooray, hooray!
We get to go to school today!
Hooray, hooray, hooray!

The kids love this song and it is a simple, fun song that they can quickly remember and we sing it all day!  We print it out and have the students draw a picture of something they like about school under the words to the song.  They take it home to share with their families and they have a memory of their first day of school. If you would like a copy of the words click HERE.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Smartboard Blog Hop

Margaret, over at Kinder Journey, is hosting a blog hop about smartboard resources that you use in your classroom.  Click on this image to go over to her blog and link up! 

For this blog hop she says to pick your top 3 sites.  I have so many favorites that it is hard to do!  I already posted some of my favorites in my last but here are 3 more that I love to use:

1. Starfall - I know that everyone already knows this one but I do love it and the kids love it!

2. ABC Mouse -if you register as a teacher it is free.

3. Johnnie's Math Page - I love, love , love this one!

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