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Monday, March 20, 2017

Kinderfriends...Spring gardening 101..FREE CHICKEN DANCE!

I love SPRING!

DID I MENTION...

I LOVE SPRING!



I am an AVID  Gardener!

LOVE to get my fingers in the dirt.

We call my hubby "FARMER WITHOUT A FARM!"

We are "suburbanites" with a backyard farm. Chickens included!




More on that later.

So...I have instilled my LOVE of gardening into my students!

This year we installed

PALLET  GARDENS!



So easy!  
Lay down wooden pallet.
Fill with potting soil & steer manure.
Plant!

We did seeds.
And more seeds. (Rotate your crops)
Pick your seeds carefully.

We didn't have a lot of room for "vines".. so we did NOT grow pumpkins.

We did grow some BEAUTIFUL SUNFLOWERS in the back.
They need A LOT OF room. They got 10-12 feet TALL!

Grow vegetables that you eat. I wanted to show the kids
ROOTS, STEMS, LEAVES, FLOWERS, etc.
Choose plants that will help with that!

We also made individual planters for the kids to take home.

As we had been studying EARTH DAY...

We RECYCLED 
water bottles as seed planters!
Start with water bottles.
Cut them in half.
Poke a hole in the lid.
Tie a knot in string & thread through the hole.
When lid is ON...string hangs DOWN.
Flip the  TOP of bottle..into the  bottom.
The bottom will hold the water.

Add soil.
And seeds to top.
Fill the bottom with water.
The string acts like a wick...to water itself!



Soon... sprouts!

We took them HOME at OPEN HOUSE!
The kids were SO excited to show off their garden.
Maybe THEY will become MASTER GARDENERS some day!


My friends and I at KINDERFRIENDS
are LOVING SPRING!



We are having a 

SPRING IS IN THE AIR

FREEBIE..yes  FREEBIE

Blog Hop. 

Hop from one blog 
to the other 
to get..FREEBIES! 

In honor of my 
CHICKENS...

Chicken Dance is FREE!


Check out my SPRING activities
ON SALE
March 19-22..  :)

Just go to TPT and search

 #kinderfriends 

Now..
HOP ON OVER TO my friend

Cristina @  The Primary Besties

for some MORE

SPRING IS IN THE AIR

FREEBIES!!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Read to SELF..LET THEM READ!

READ TO SELF...

I think this is my favorite time of the day.
My class is NEVER quiet... NOT even during READ TO SELF.
But the hmmmmmm of firsties reading ...
IT'S THE BEST!

My kiddos each have their own book box..
(Donor's Choose ladies...gotta get going on that!)
I got mine at REALLY GOOD STUFF.
Mine are the older model...LOVE THEM!
But if I was purchasing TODAY...
I would get the book boxes with 
STABILIZERS..
They take up a little more room on the bookshleves..
BUT...They won't fall over when the kiddos put the bigger books (ANTHOLOGY) in it!


My kiddos get 10 books. 
3 are leveled readers from our Journeys Series.
1 is their Journey decodeable that WE ALL have read together!
2 are THEIR CHOICE ( usually picture / theme books that are a stretch for them to read )
and 
4 from my leveled library. 
They can choose any 4 from the numbered tub
 ( I tell them their reading level ).
I must admit...
my library is NOT exactly where I want it to be.
CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS
(as always)

So how do we do READ TO SELF???
We do READ TO SELF every day after lunch.
They come in get out their book box AND
 their Journeys ANTHOLOGY
(which we have read MANY MANY times!)

They are excused by "quiet groups"to 
GO ANY PLACE IN THE CLASSROOM
(not underdesks / tables ...Safety )
where they can read quietly.
Then they..
"TURN YOUR BACK TO ANYONE NEAR YOU!"

Some face the wall...some stretch out..some stay at their desk..or move to someone else's desk!

We say "Everyone...  WHISPER...and  READ!"
And they read! 

I use an online countdown timer
 and when the timer goes off..we are done!

At the beginning of the year our 
STAMINA 
was about 3-5 minutes.

Then we discuss what we liked..what changes we wanted to make..etc...
They now read for 20-25 minutes.

They would read longer, but really...
we do math next & I run out of time!

What do I do during READ to self?
CIRCULATE THE ROOM!
If you want kids to stay on task..they have to SEE you!
I also take a few notes on what I hear, I can sit next to a child & assess, whisper discuss any problems, changes, growth I have noticed!

This is a time to let them 
ENJOY READING!
And they DO!

PLEASE.....don't give up independent reading!
I have heard teachers say...I DON'T HAVE TIME!
You always have time to let them READ!

Here's my cuties in action!







Sunday, March 12, 2017

It's FINALLY Finished! And an Earth Day FREEBIE!

You know that project you
STARTED...
LONG AGO ( I mean really long ago)?
The one that sits there...staring at you 1/2 finished?
The one you think " Yeah..I SHOULD work on that today."
But...SOOOOO many other things to do...
Well, I finished it!
YIPPEE!!
Here is my newest packet!

SUMMER FUN in the SUN


10 centers!
Yes, you heard me right....10!
Here are some preview pages...

 Nouns, Verbs, Adjective  Sort



Contraction Action!



Punctuation Practice


Three (3) HFW  Games!!!





Writing Prompts

Math
Even/Odd Sort
Using Numerals, Place Value Cubes, & Ten Frames




Double Digit Addition & Subtraction

AND.....

Math Fluency Practice / Assessment Cards!

WOWZA!
( No wonder it took so long to complete! ) :)
Check it out at my TPT store:
Click HERE


Thanks for hanging with the LONG POST!
Here is a Earth Day  FREEBIE for YOU!
Leave a comment with your email...
You never know when I might 
send YOU an EXTRA FREEBIE!









Friday, March 10, 2017

IS it SPRING BREAK YET? New Product, FREEBIE, GMA Giggles

Is it here yet?
Please ...tell me YES!
(Technically, 1 more week!)

I am TIRED!
 REALLY! BUSHED!

Assessments, report cards, cleaning, paperwork,etc...
Third quarter done! YIPPEE!!
Though I really DO love this time of the year.
Kiddos are making TREMENDOUS progress!
Sniff...sniff...PROUD TEACHER!

OK...NOW to the Newest Packet in my Store

YOU MUST SAY...
"YOU QUACK ME UP!" 
to be taken to my TPT store!























My kiddos LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
So much fun going on in Room 3!
And NOW for the FREEBIE!

Click HERE

1 more week, 1 more week....
This GMA wants some
GIGGLE  TIME! 






 And so...
HERE  WE  GO! :)