Friday, May 31, 2013

June Monthly Goals!

It is time to set some goals and high expectations for June!

Personal:  My personal goal for June is to stay focused and organized until the end of school!  We Can Do It!!  Oh, and I want to spend every possible weekend doing something fun in the sun! :)

Family/Friends:  My family goal is to continue continue talking to my mom every morning in the car.  It is such a great way to start my morning!!  Sometimes we even get some planning done!  Also, I want to be better at staying in contact with my old college roomies!  I miss them tons !

Health:  Continue going to the gym, even when I really dont want to.  My goal is to work out/run 5x a week! I have been slacking lately!

School:  My school goal is to go to a training in everything ELA!  This will help me create a balanced literacy program in my classroom.  I feel strong in Literacy, but a little extra professional development never hurt!  Also, I need to start getting ready for next year!  Get the laminator ready people!!! :)

Blog/TpT:  My goal for TpT is to become a 4.0 seller.  I also want to edit and finish my full year homework activity pack!!  I am almost done, only 4 weeks left!  And a bit of editing and adding in the common core standards!  I also want to get a bigger following of my facebook and my blog !

Can't wait to accomplish these goals!  It feels good to write them down; now I can keep myself accountable!

Budding Blogger

I {heart} Recess blog is hosting a linky party for beginning bloggers, so I decided to link up!  Hopefully some new people will take a look at my blog and become a follower!  This way you can check out what is going on in my classroom and in my TpT Store!  

1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging to document what is going on in my classroom.  I am realizing there is so much to blogging and so many great ideas that can be adapted and put into place in my room!  I love the blogging world and all of the creativity it brings!

2. What is your favorite subject to teach and why?

I am a kindergarten teacher, so I teach it all, but my favorite subject to teach is probably math.  When kids start to get it, you can see the light bulb go off!  It is such a great feeling when a kid grasps a concept and you see the light bulb!!

3. Describe your teaching style.
My teaching style is very structured and loving.  I like an organized classroom, and structured plan.  This way the students know what to expect everyday.  :)

4. Give three interesting facts about you.

1.  I am in my first year of teaching, and am getting great reviews from my peers, administrators and parents!
2.  I am from NY, come from a family of 4 kids and I am a twin!
3.  I love working on my TpT store.  It is a great way to get lost in work for the whole weekend!! :)

5. Do you have a TpT store?
Yes, Of Course!!  My TpT Store!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

We know.. HOW TO.. make Cupcakes!

In writing, we have been working on HOW TO writing.  We have been writing about how to plant a garden, how to get ready for school etc.  The kids have been doing so well and really have been loving writing steps in how to complete a task.  This past week, I was brave, and decided that we should write about HOW TO make cupcakes!!  We turned it into a whole day activity.

  In the morning, we wrote the steps in order to make cupcakes.  We worked as a class to come up with 5 steps to make a cupcake.  Then, we wrote together as a class to complete our writing and pictures.  


 During Math, we measured and mixed our ingredients.  The kids especially liked cracking the eggs!! And it worked perfect because our next math unit is measurement!!


Lastly, we cooked them, let them cool and then frosted them! 
The kids loved to frost their cup cake!  Such a fun day, so much learning,
 and a tasty treat to end the day!

 We also made a cute craft to decorate the hall with!  So cute!!



Friday, May 24, 2013

Birthday S.A.L.E

Well, all week I have been telling my kids that we don't have school on Monday because it's my BIRTHDAY! haha.  Then they get all excited and I have to tell them, no, actually its Memorial Day.  But, wouldn't it be cool if school was closed just becuause it was your birthday!!

Well, in celebration of my birthday, Memorial Day and NO SCHOOL on Monday; I am throwing a sale!  My store is 20% off until Monday!! Go check it out! Katelin's Kreative Kindergarten TpT SALE!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Summer Bucket List

My summer bucket list is short and sweet because I work at a year round school I have 3 weeks to make my summer count!  5 Weeks to go! :)

On my bucket list for the summer is to go shopping for my classroom next year!  I cant wait to start my first full year of teaching!! I am absolutely loving Kindergarten and cant wait to start from the beginning with all new kids! (Even though, I will be missing my current kids) I also just love shopping, because that means new centers and new ways to teach the Common Core in Kindergarten!!

Another thing on my bucket list, is definitely a trip to the beach!! I love the ocean, and soaking up the sun!! :)  I could lay out all day long and not get bored! I love it! 

Summer Sand

A trip back home is definitely going to happen, because it is my sisters bachelorette party!  We are going to have a blast; so that is on my bucket list for sure!!!

I also want to continue to work and grow my TpT store.  I am working hard to get it up and running, I still have a long way to go, but thus far I consider it a success!  :)  Katelin's Kreative Kindergarten TpT Store

My goal is to spend as much time with friends and family as possible.  I want to be busy everyday and loving life!  (ps. sometimes being busy will be laying at the pool! haha)

Link up with Miss Kindergarten, and make your 2013 Summer Bucket List! 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Fly Swatter Game

With it being spring, and all of the bugs coming out in North Carolina, I decided to play the fly swatter game.  I played the game during morning meeting as a warm up to the day.  The kids loved it because it was something different!  They hardly realized they were learning!! :)  I played the game a couple different ways.

One day we played the game with silent e words.  We are working hard to learn our long vowels!  This is just another way we can practice reading long vowel, silent e words!

Another way that we played the game was putting addition problems up on the board and I would call out numbers.  The students would have to quickly do the addition question 
and find the answer to match the one I called out!  So fun!

Another way we played the game was with our blend words.  These are tricky words that we are working on during our phonics time at the end of the day! This one also includes those silent e words! 
 When we played this flyswatter game, we put up some sight words that are on the primer sight word list.  We are stretching out kindergarten students to learn fifty sight words; my personal goal is to have all of my students well above fifty sight words!  :)  First Grade, here we come!

In addition to the sight word fly swatter game, we have started to read sight word early emergent readers.  I have created 19 sight word books that align to the common core goal of knowing common words in the English language.  Here is a link to my sight word books!  Sight Word Books Common Core Aligned

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Tooth Fairy must be coming soon!

Well, it must just be that time of the year!  A TON of my kids are loosing their teeth!!  They must be growing up and ready for first grade!  Just wanted to share a cute picture!  If you look closely, there are alot of gaps in those teeth!  How cute! :)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Reflecting after Teacher Appreciation Week :)

Teacher Appreciation Week was fantastic last week!  My students were fantastic!!  I got beautiful notes, gifts, flowers and treats.  I am thankful for the fantastic parents and students that are in my class.  I am also thankful that I am doing what I love.  I love my students, school and profession!  It makes it so easy to go to work everyday to a job where the students love you, the teachers, coaches and administration supports you, and the parents communicate and work with you!

Part of Teacher Appreciation week in my classroom, was creating cards for other teachers!  I wanted my students to write little notes to their specials teachers and anyone else they come into contact with in the school and thank them for all they do and everything they have taught them.  The cards turned out great!  And the kids really loved to make them! :)

Another great part of teacher appreciation week was the Annual Book Sale by the Wake County Public library.  I went to NC State fairgrounds, to a huge warehouse where fantastic volunteers organized, sorted and displayed thousands of books.  Teachers were able to go to the sale before the public and search through a TON of books and take them for their classroom library for FREE.  Yes, I said FREE!!! It was fantastic; I got 3 huge boxes of free books for my classroom library, and a box of books for the preK classroom!  It was absolutely fantastic!!! :)

Here are some cute pictures from the week!

 These are the Teacher Appreciation cards that we sent to the specialists in our school!  
 Some of the beautiful gifts that my students brought in!

 Oh yea!!! FREE Books!!! 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  I hope everyone's week is full of special memories and days filled with the joy of smiles and thank you's!  Every teacher who devotes their lives to this profession deserves a week to say Thank You!  Enjoy it, do something fun for yourselves :)

My way of giving to teachers is putting my TpT store on SALE!  My store is 20% off until Wednesday!  Come fast and enjoy my products at 20% off! :)

Fun Friday & Mustaches!

On Friday, during dismissal one of my students pulled some fake mustaches out of their backpack.  A couple students tried them on!  So fun! Just wanted to share!!! :)

Releasing the Responsibility

So its the end of the year, and the pressure for students to reach expectations is increased.  With the end of the year coming, students can feel it and are ready for summer!  So during our latest training a portion of it focused on 'releasing the responsibility'.  Some teachers are releasing passing out papers, or getting ready for centers.  One of the responsibilities I have released is quieting down students before math centers.  Now, your probably thinking...well that sounds ridiculous..your room must be as loud as the cafeteria.  But in fact it isn't.  I found one student who enjoys leading others, he likes to be in control.  I have allowed him to use the management strategy "if you can hear my voice, touch your nose" etc.  He is fantastic at it, this allows me to get ready for math centers!  I love it!

I have also created 11 jobs for my classroom.  Each student has a job/responsibility at the end of the day.  The kids enjoy the responsibility and are very serious about completing their end of the day job.  If you want to take a look at the posters I created, they are called 11 *nEw* Classroom Jobs.

Are you releasing any responsibility this quarter?  If so, what?

 "If you can hear my voice touch your nose"
 "If you can hear my voice touch your head"