Thursday, September 20, 2012

Kindergarten......What's Going On?

Well......I am back to show you what has been going on these first few weeks of school!  We have been super busy and there just does NOT seem to be enough time!  Ya' Know??  We have a new principal, a new adopted curriculum (CSCOPE), and a new schedule.....actually there is NOT much that is NOT new!  It's taken a lot of getting used to...but I think I am finally getting into the groove!  Most of the changes (I have to say) are for the better and I am liking them and so are my kinder as Pete the Cat says, "It's all good!"
We did our rainbow names from Deanna Jump.

Here they are up on my door now.

These are our scrapbook pages.....inspired by Kim Adsit.  I handed these out on Meet The Teacher Night and they brought them with them the first day and shared about themselves.  I loved it!

Our buses with initials from Deanna Jump.
I took birthday pictures of the kids holding the number for their birthdate for my birthday door.
It turned out really cute but I don't have a pic of the finished product, yet.

Well....with our new schedule I don't have time for literacy centers so I am trying out Julie Lee's idea of morning baskets.  I have 4 literacy baskets and 4 different literacy centers (1 in each basket) I rotate the baskets through the tables (1 each morning) and on Friday we shop for our new books for our book boxes and do a quick sight word/alphabet/whatever paper....because we don't have time for that either!  Ha! :)  I am really enjoying the baskets and it's a great warm-up that is FUN for the kids so they hurry up and get all their stuff done so they can get busy "playing"!!   :)

As I briefly mentioned... one of the new things we are doing is Readers Workshop/Daily 5...we have blended and picked and pulled bits from each!  We are doing Kim Adsit's Readers Workshop units and then Daily 5 rotation.  Here is one of my sweeties practicing his stamina in Read to Self. They are doing really well!!!  We started our Daily 5 rotations this week and they are loving it!!

Those were a few more pics of them practicing Read to Self.

This is how I decorated their book boxes.

A few pics of them shopping for books last Friday....getting ready for rotations to start.  You can see the I Pick Good Fit Books signs for them to refer to.
Here are our "A My Name is Alice" kids from Deanna Jump! 

This is my new burlap pencil from ETSY! I could NOT find a monkey but this pencil is super cute and totally matches my color scheme!  

We had our first birthday!  This is my blog find.....Since we are the Amazing Monkeys...  this is their birthday bananna!!!  How cute is that???????? So cute!  I made the tag myself!  I can't remember where the original idea is from but I found the idea from a post on birthdays by First Grade Parade.

They also get a Pixi Stick Balloon!

WOW!  That was a lot!  I'll be back super soon to post on our bear stuff and more snapshots of our NEW schedule!!!!!



  1. This all looks so amazing Heather! It seems that everyone has a lot of new stuff going on!
    I love how positive you are about it all and your activities look great!

  2. Your stuff looks awesome. I love that pencil you found on Etsy. Etsy is one of my best friends!!

  3. Great post and some awesome ideas on how to make preschool more enjoyable for the kids. you can also Refer Preschool In Pune for more ideas