Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Enjoy this Holiday Addition Booklet Freebie!  

Click {right here} for to download a copy just for you!

Thank you for reading our posts and leaving cheerful comments.  We enJOY reading every one of them!

Amber & LuAnn 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Thank You...I Teach K Indy

Prayers and thoughts for all involved at Sandy Hook! May they find peace somehow, hopefully through love, faith, and support.

THANK YOU for attending our sessions at the "I teach K! Conference" in Indy.  We had a blast!  Look below for the extra goodies that we promised you. 

 Click {Right Here}  for the phonemic awareness activities shared during the "Reading Rocks" session.  

Found this picture on Pinterest.  Isn't Humpty so cute that you could just eat him up!

Hide the 4 sheep around the room.  The students will search for a sheep and tell the teacher what letter is on it.  This would be a great opportunity to use positional words, if a student is having trouble finding his/her sheep.   Click {here}  for a copy of the sheep. 

The students will draw cards with letters on them.  Say the letter and letter sound and then dab the letter around the clock until all of the letters are marked.  Click {right here}  for the ABC CLOCK.  Click {right here}  for the NUMBER CLOCK.
The students will write a color word on the line and draw a colored spider coming down to scare Little Miss Muffet,  Click {right here now} for a copy of the booklet. 
Please e-mail us if you have any more questions or requests.  We would love to hear from you!  Enjoy your holidays!   

Thank you, 
Amber & LuAnn

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I "Deerly" Love This Time of Year!

'Tis the season to make a fact list in "book style"!  I read a non-fiction story about reindeers and we brainstormed things we knew about reindeer.  During academic free-choice a couple of my students made this reindeer book together.  Then when it was shared writing time, each student wrote a fact about reindeers in our book.  The book will stay in the classroom for students to keep reading.  

Miss Neuenschwander's December Bulletin Board...

If I had a reindeer, I would play outdoors with it.  We would play ball and house.

If I had a reindeer, I would feed it carrots.  I would ride on it.
If I had a reindeer, I would ride it to the Super Bowl. 

Mrs. Osterman's December Bulletin Board...

I would be a good reindeer because I can be nice to other reindeer.

I would be a good reindeer because I give toys to kids.

I would be a good reindeer because I would help Santa pull his sled.

I would be a good reindeer because I can help Santa deliver presents!

I would be a good reindeer because I can fly.
As you can see we have not had the lesson yet on the word "I" is ALWAYS capitalized in a sentence.  I just think their kid~writing is so cute & great for kindergarten!!!

Remember...On Dasher, on Dancer, on Master & Visa!  HA HA HA
Amber & LuAnn   

Monday, December 10, 2012

12 in '12

I'm linking up to this fun party over at Miss Kindergarten and a Teeny Tiny Teacher to share my top 12 of 2012!!!  Head over to link up your blog!

12. Favorite movie you watched:
I watched this movie with my dad this weekend.  He had knee surgery and I am home taking care of him.  We  had some good laughs during this movie!  OLDIE but GOODIE!

11. Favorite TV series:

10. Favorite restaurant:
I think this is the only place I eat that I DON'T change something about the item I ordered.  The sad thing is ....this summer  the restaurant in our area closed.  

9. Favorite new thing you tried:
I would have one EVERY morning if I could!  Double Yummy!!!

8. Favorite gift you got:
I will be getting a pair of these from Mall of America this weekend for my birthday.                                               I hope I find a fun pair I like!

7. Favorite thing you pinned:
Our children teach US

6. Favorite blog post:
"Shake of the Day" Post.  Click {here} here to go to it! 
In Wisconsin....when you visit a tavern they have this thing called, Shake of the Day.  You pay a dollar and shake a jar with 6 dice in it once.  If you shake all of the same numbered dice up in the jar you win 1/2 of the pot.  Oh...what fun...especially if you win!  The students get just as much joy shaking a real word they can read!      

5. Best accomplishment:
In November I presented at the SDE I Teach K  Conference in  Indy.  What a great experience with my aMaZInG friend, LuAnn.  I will never forget it!!!  

4. Favorite picture:
Photo: Excited to go Trick-or-Treating!
I love this boy bunches & bunches!

3. Favorite memory:
The day Kelsea Marie graduated from High School.  I am so proud of her!  

2. Goal for 2013:
Quotes about Being Thankful
To say "THANK YOU" more in sweet ways!  

1. One Little Word:

Thanks for reading....Amber

Thursday, December 6, 2012

HaPpY BiRtHdAy to YOU!

Happy Birthday to my Bestie and Blogging Buddy! 
Thanks for your inspiration and sharing your love of learning with others! 
AND....Congrats on your fabulous presentations in Indiana last week!
Your Blogging Bud, LuAnn

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bubble Gum....Bubble Gum

We all have stretched out words in our classroom using a yo-yo, rubber band, slinky, or a fun stretchy toy.  During RtI this week, we are working on S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G OUT WORDS with REAL bubblegum!  From the Pond Blog has a great unit called, "Stretch it OUT like Bubblegum".    
Click {RIGHT HERE}  to go to her blog post about S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G OUT WORDS and where to purchase her unit.    

During my RtI group time, I have 3 students come up to the front of the room and chew their bubblegum until it is soft and stretchy.   When we stretch out the words, the 3 students slowly stretch their bubblegum so it does not break; the rest of the class makes the sounds out loud for each sound in the word, as I write the sounds on the board.  Our lesson could have lasted an hour and I would have not lost their attention.

My RtI group thought this was just the greatest thing ever!  The excitement on their faces during the lesson was priceless, and they cannot wait until it is their turn to stretch out the word with bubble gum.  I also have heard of using silly putty, instead of icky sticky bubble gum!   

Great Resource from Heidi Butkus...
Click {here} to go to Heidi Songs post on How to Teach Children to Write Words Like They Sound, and a Great Gift for Kids to Make! 

Thank you for reading, 

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