Sunday, June 24, 2012

Math Expressions--HELP!

Does anyone out there use Math Expressions? In kindergarten?

We had our half-day training on Friday, and I walked away with a huge worry! 

If you have an answer to this burning question, PLEASE leave a comment!

My idea for the moment is to buy about 30 of the shoebox-sized sterilite tubs with lids (just in case I ever have a huge class). These would match the tubs I already have my math manipulatives in, and I know everything would fit in one, but are they too big?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Parent Volunteer Thank You Gifts

 I had some really wonderful parent volunteers this year who didn't mind dealing with my crazy kiddos. I saw some really adorable thank you ideas on pinterest, and decided to make my own. 

My original plan was to get those photo coffee mugs where you can take the paper out and write on them, but I couldn't find any! I found these at Walmart for $5, added some yummy Wegmans coffee packs, and wrote up a sweet note, and voila!

They loved them! Simple, quick, easy, and cute! My hubby helped write the thank you note; it turned out great :o) You can grab your editable version at my TpT store for FREE!

Tomorrow's our last day (1/2 day) with kids then we have the afternoon to work in our rooms and a teacher training for our new math program Friday morning. Sooo close to summer vacation, and boy did I earn it this year! :o) Hope you're all surviving the end of the year and this nasty heatwave if you're in NY.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Tabletop Organizers...Help!

Yes, I'm already thinking about next year, and actually I've been thinking about this idea since the fall. I need help finding tabletop organizers for my kids' crayons, scissors, glue stick, pencil, and eraser. 

Here's the problem...

I have these desks:
From the beginning of the year, looks quite different now!

They're nice because you don't have to worry about a mess in the desk, but the issue is where to keep the items you would usually keep inside the desk. As you can see, I keep workbooks and folders in the colored bins by the window. Each table group is assigned a color, and that works great. 

My problem is their crayon boxes! Keeping them on top of their desks means about a million and five more times they get dropped on the floor, explode the contents all over, and need to be picked up than when you keep them inside a desk. This class also had a tendency to fight over the placement of them and grab each others to drive the other kid (and the teacher!) nutso.

So, here's my plan...

I want tabletop organizers that have 4 equal-sized compartments to hold all the typical crayon box contents. Ideally, these organizers would come in various colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple) to correspond with my table colors.

Here's the best options I've seen so far:
fiskars art caddy (only comes in orange as far as I can see)
bar caddy (only in white)
8 compartment wooden caddy

Best option so far, comes in all the colors, but the compartments aren't equal-sized :o(
Does anyone have something that works great and comes in multiple colors? Or just something that works great?


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June Currently

It's time to link up with Farley for the June currently!

the last question is ALL about trips
WISH you could go here
WENT here this year
WANT to go here this summer

Hurry up and join in!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Kindergarten Graduation

Kindergarten graduation will be on Friday! So, of course, we had to make some keepsakes for our families. They turn out so cute every year; I love these little graduation people!

Love the lips!

Check out the glasses and teeth!

These eyes might be slightly too far apart!

Love the cheeks he added!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

By the Sea

By the Sea is our last ELA unit and the best one! This week we read Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story. Then, we did a directed drawing of a humpback whale. I think they turned out pretty darn cute!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Four Groovy Buttons

Ok, how much do you all just love Pete the Cat? My kinders adore him, and the new book is fantastic (Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons)! To go along with the story we first did this activity from Learning with Mrs. Parker. Some of our 4th grade friends came to help us that day; all the kids did such a great job! Even the ones who typically struggle with math concepts were able to do the subtraction word problems; I was so proud!

Then, of course, we needed a fun craft to go along with it. Here's what I came up with, and I'm pretty proud of it. They turned out so cute! (One instance where all pieces were precut; I don't typically do that, but we only had 30 mins to complete the project)