Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Back-to-School Prep!

We actually just started our summer vacation about 3 weeks ago but I like to jump start my back to school prep work in the summer so it's one less thing to do come September.

Here's a look at some of the things I do...

BACK TO SCHOOL FLIP BOOK
There is so much information we like to tell our parents that, instead of 4000 individual papers, we compile them all together in this flip book.  I like to include daily communication (we use a Mailbag/Communication Folder), school hours, information about how snack time/lunchtime works, what "Play-based Kindergarten" is all about, and more!


I have this product available in my TpT store and it's completely ***EDITABLE*** so you can add whatever you'd like!  It comes already filled with my own school information but it's easy to change.  You can find the Back to School Flip Book here.

MAIL BAGS/COMMUNICATION FOLDERS
I've been using these zippered pouches from Dollarama for years as a way for students to take home work, notes, forms, etc. and for parents to communicate back.  I made these ***EDITABLE*** mail bag tags last summer as I've had many requests for various versions.  

Each morning when the students come in they take out their mailbag and place it in the basket (from Ikea). 

TEACHER CALENDAR/PLANNER
I like to write down what my month looks like (staff meeting, parent meetings, birthdays, etc.) so I created this Teacher Calendar/Planner a few years back.  It's set up so you are able to type right onto it!  There's a spot for Notes and also Things To Do.  Best part is...when you purchase this item, you get it updated each school year for FREE!


DAILY SCHEDULE CARDS
I've had many questions about what my daily schedule looks like.  Here's what it looks like from last school year (2018-2019).  
Stay tuned in the next few weeks as I work on the daily schedule for this coming school year!
If you'd like to download it for FREE, click {here}.

Each week during this past school year (2018-2019) I also posted my Week-at-a-Glance plans.  Be sure to check my weekly blog posts and you can download all of them for the entire year to see what we did each week!

I like to post our daily schedule, for the students to refer to during the day, on the white board.  I bought these magnetic photo cards from Dollarama and the schedule cards fit perfectly inside!  If you can't find them, you can also attach a magnet or piece of Velcro to the back.  
One colleague adds these inside a small pocket chart!
Students move a magnetic dot (seen below) on top of each card as the day progresses.  This helps children feel less anxious as they await dismissal.


PARENT/GUARDIAN QUESTIONNAIRE
This form we send home and ask parents to fill out all pertinent information about their child (i.e. pickup, telephone numbers, allergies, etc.).
You can download this for FREE by clicking here.
I've had a lot of requests to make this questionnaire EDITABLE.  
To do so, download the ***editable*** questionnaire for FREE {here} and be sure to download the free font KG Primary Penmanship.

GUESS WHO? - HELPER OF DAY
I have one student helper each day - that person is responsible for taking the attendance down to the office, leading prayers, delivering notes to other classes/office, etc.  That student also gets to choose a peer and sit together in the Dramatic Centre where we have a small table for 2!  It's a special role and students eagerly look forward to being the Helper of the Day.
To reveal the helper, I hide a name card behind the "Guess Who?" sign with only the first letter showing.  All the students who begin with that letter stand up and we guess who it could be as more letters are revealed.
Once the helper name is revealed, we see how many words we can find within the name! 
You can download this ***EDITABLE*** "Guess Who?" sign for FREE by clicking {here}.  
It is a PowerPoint file.
Be sure to download the free font KG Primary Penmanship to edit the names.

I've also had a lot of questions around what a "typical" day/week looks like.  I'll be sure to write a blog post soon highlighting that!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up -> June 17-21...counting down with 1 week to go!

There's only one week left before summer starts!  This week we left out provocations that students helped create (which were previous favourites this year!).

CLOCK PROVOCATION
Students were invited to build a clock using loose parts (rocks, Popsicle sticks).

BUILD A LETTER TREE
The story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a class favourite!  Students loved building their own alphabet tree using loose parts.


STAMPING CVC WORDS
I got this stamping set years ago from Wintergreen Learning.  Students stamp and fill in the missing letter to spell the CVC word.

PLAY DAY
We also had Play Day this past week...here are some fun activities we set up for the K-Gr. 3 students.






STUDENT GIFTS
With the end of the year quickly approaching, Mrs. Petrone (ECE) and I have been busy prepping gifts for our students.
Our Year 2 students are leaving us and heading to Gr. 1 so we always do something special for them.  I took their photo outside on the brick wall and asked them what their favourites are.
I used PowerPoint to turn them into personalized pictures and then put them in frames.

TELLING TIME UNIT
We started our final math unit of the year, Telling Time.  This week we explored the characteristics of a clock using this giant clock I made out of a shower curtain.  

We also took a look at our day and used these cards to add the time so students could refer back to them throughout the day.

How long is 1-minute?  We explored this concept by using these 1-minute challenge cards.  We used a sand timer for 1 minute and tried various activities.

I just posted my NEW Telling Time in Kindergarten Unit on TpT if you'd like to see more.



Here are my weekly plans if you'd like to take a closer look:

You can download the Week-at-a-Glance PDF version {here}.  
If you would like the editable version to modify this for your own class click {here}.  
You will need Power Point to edit.
I used the following fonts if you wish to keep it the same (free to download):


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up -> June 10-14....Our K Growing Celebration and more!

We celebrated our Year 2 (SK) Kindergarten children this week at our Growing Celebration.  Here are a few pictures...








We had a sketch artist named Cartoon Bob draw our students.  He was amazing!

FATHER'S DAY SPICE RUB
We made this spice rub in a jar a few years ago and they were a hit!  This year, we took photos of our students using the Green Screen!

Click {here} if you would like to download the ingredients list to make your own.

BROWN BEAR RETELL
We are focusing on favourite stories, provocations and centres to wrap up our year.  The class loved the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear so we left out a provocation to retell it.

FINE MOTOR - PICK UP BUGS
This pick up bugs set from Wintergreen Learning came with these large tongs which I love as a way for students to work on fine motor skills.

LETTER PRINTING
We invited students to print letters in the sand using correct formation.  I didn't have any Kinetic Sand left (which is my favourite!) so instead I added some water to the regular sand!  Worked well!

SPELLING CVC WORDS - POCKET CHART
The Pocket Chart Centre is always fun so this week I decided to make a challenging activity...students were invited to use the letter cards to spell CVC words.


I just posted this activity in my TpT store if you'd like to check it out.

WHAT I AM GOOD AT....
We focused on what students are good at and what they might be when they grow up this week. 
Since this tied so well with our Growing Celebration, we decided to read some books and focus on the amazing accomplishments of each of our students this year!
 Some of my favourite books are What I Do Best! and Dream You'll Be.
We left out this writing paper encouraging students to draw and write about all that they can do and what they have improved on this year!

Download the writing paper for FREE by clicking below.


Here are my weekly plans if you'd like to take a closer look:

You can download the Week-at-a-Glance PDF version {here}.  
If you would like the editable version to modify this for your own class click {here}.  
You will need Power Point to edit.
I used the following fonts if you wish to keep it the same (free to download):