Friday, January 27, 2012

Snowflakes, Penguins, Groundhogs, and Valentine's Day ~ OH YEAH!

Down, down baby, down by the rollercoaster,
Sweet, sweet baby, I'll never let you go,
Shimmy shimmy cocoa pop, shimmy shimmy rock,
I met a girlfriend, a triscuit, she said a triscuit, a biscuit,
Ice cream, soda pop, vanilla on the top...

I sing this hand clapping chant in my head everyday when I come to school.  Do you know it?  Are you singing it now in your head?  In the morning when I walk by one of my kindergarten team members classroom (Rockstar Teacher Mrs. Ramseier) I see the words down ~ down and I can't help but sing the chant in my head...or outloud.  Here are some pictures of her outside bulletin board...."Snow" Adorable!

Here are some pictures of our I KNOW & I LEARNED charts for all about penguins.  The students really enjoyed playing in the Insta~snow looking for letters to place in alphabetical order on the floor chart. 

Groundhog's Day is coming soon.  I am praying that the groundhog does not see his shadow.  If we are not going to get any more snow...I am ready for spring.  Cindy from For the Love of Kindergarten  Click {here} for freckleteacher's blog site posted recently about "Shadow Writing" and I love the concept.  What a great time to create an activity using shadow writing...Groundhog's Day!  

Click below for a copy of the shadow writing booklet we are using in our classroom.  I am going to attach a pdf and word document for you.  You will probably have to play with the fonts on the word document...but this way you can change it!

 Groundhog Shadow Writing ~ PDF

 Groundhog Shadow Writing ~ Word

Where do you get your inspiration from for creating activities?  One of my students brought in cupcakes for her birthday.  Check out the pictures below.  How cute is this?  My students are going to make paper versions of this cupcake by stamping a saying of their choice on their conversation heart and using fun scissors to cut out the cupcake wrapper.  LuAnn came up with the great idea to use shaving cream and glue for the white frosting to make it 3D looking .  What a "sweet" idea!  She is so smart...she should kiss her Dr. Jean would say.

Please take the time to check out our Valentine unit on Teachers Notebook. 



  1. I love the Shadow Writing! It is such a neat way to let students practice. Thank you, I plan on using this in literacy stations next week.

  2. The shadow writing is awesome....what a wonderful idea!!! Thanks!!

  3. The shadow writing is such a neat idea! thanks for sharing!

  4. Loooove the cupcakes {the real ones AND the paper ones}!!! Great idea!

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  5. I love the shadow writing activity. Thank you!

  6. So excited to use the shadow writing next week!

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  9. Hans snowflakes are so cute! What do you use for writing lessons? My school does not have something school wide for writing and is looking for ideas. Check out my blog for this post at

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  10. Thank you for linking my blog when you posted about Shadow Writing. I like the idea of it being in a little book too. Super cute for Groundhog's Day! I tried to conserve paper and just made mine on one sheet, but the little book is great too. I just posted another one about Valentine's Day and will soon do another on Preisdents.

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