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):


Sunday, June 09, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up -> June 3-7...The Final Countdown!

With only a few weeks left of school, the final countdown has begun!
This month we are revisiting some of our favourite provocations and centres from during the year.

SHAPE PICTURES
Our students love to use the iPad to document their work and this provocation, using pattern blocks to create pictures, was a hit earlier in the year.

LETTER TRACING APP
I discovered this letter tracing app last year when I needed an activity for my Fine Motor group.
The app is called "ABCs Kids Alphabet Handwriting" and it's a free download.


NUMBER PUZZLES
These wooden number puzzles are from Wintergreen Learning.  Our students love to put the numbers in order!

ROLL~SAY~KEEP
This is one of our favourite games!  I use it with both whole group and small group lessons.  This week we left it out as a provocation.  
Here's how to play:
- set up the game:  place one sight word in each box
- roll the number die
- read the word and keep it!
- replace it with another word and keep on playing

*Best thing is, you can use this template with lots of other things too!  We have played with magnetic letters, numbers, number cards, vocabulary, etc.*

Click on the picture below to download this FREEBIE!

GO RAPTORS!!!
With the Toronto Raptors in the finals, it's basketball fever at our school!

We have been practicing quite a bit this past week as it's our Growing Celebration this coming Tuesday.  I'll be sure to post lots of pictures this week on Instagram!

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 02, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up -> May 27-31...math fun!

This week was packed with lots of concert practices (we have our upcoming Growing Celebration in just over a week!) as well as our first field trip of the year to the farm.

Here's a look at some of the activities we did this week...we reviewed many math skills including coins, number sense and weight!

Roll and Stack Money Game
Since we are learning all about Canadian coins, we left out this provocation for students - roll the money die and build a tower using coins.
You can find the money die HERE and download the coin posters for free HERE.

Capture 4
We also played Capture 4 on the Bright Links board - students roll the same money die as above and cover up the matching coin.  When they get 4 in a row (up, down, diagonally) they win!

How Many Bugs Can You Count?
Using tweezers, students picked up bugs and counted them in a variety of ways - we left out 10-frames, number cards, a number chart 1-30 and sorting trays.

Exploring Weight
We learned about weight, and how to use a balance, a few months back but we like to revisit math concepts throughout the year so we set up this provocation.  Using the comparing cards, students chose objects to see which was heavier and which was lighter.
You can find this in my NEW Measurement in Kindergarten Pack on TpT.

Spell the Sight Word
With our "Sight Word" group, we had them choose a card and use these letter tiles to spell it.
You can download these sight word cards for FREE off my blog post from a few weeks back!

Hail Mary - Rosary Craft
During the month of May we learned about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and we practiced reciting the Hail Mary daily.  We also discussed what the rosary was and how we use it to pray.  We made our own rosary by crunching up balls of tissue paper.  This lovely idea came from the RECE in the classroom next door, Mrs. Lamacchia.

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):


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up -> May 20-24

This week we continued to learn about Canadian coins.  

Canadian Coins - Going Shopping
After reading this book, Going Shopping, we discussed how we use money to pay for items. 
We set up a play "store" on a table and had students choose an item to buy, look at the price tag and choose a coin(s) to pay for it.
Students then completed their own Going Shopping booklets where they had to cut and paste the corresponding coin.

Canadian Coins - Roll and Say
We played a game where students rolled the money dice and had to describe the coin they rolled 
(i.e. quarter and 25 cents)

You can find these activities (and so much more!) in my Canadian Coins in Kindergarten pack on TpT.



Magnetic Maze
We invited students to use Plasticine to create a maze.  With the magnetic wands, they could make their marble travel through the maze. 

Math Game
Students used a variety of math manipulatives to create their own math game.  We even added a timer to this provocation!

Stamping Sight Words
Using these alphabet stampers, students read and stamped sight words.

Exploring Capacity at the Sand Table
On this shelf near the sand table, students explored capacity.  They filled bottles and buckets of different sizes using measuring cups, spoons, etc.

Flower Shop Dramatic Play
Now that spring is here, and we are continuing with our Planting Inquiry, we set up a Flower Shop in our Dramatic Play Centre.

You can find this in my Flower Shop Dramatic Play pack on TpT.

Bingo Daubing Letters
In our fine motor group this week, we had students use bingo daubers to carefully daub the letters of the alphabet on this large poster.

Cartoon Bob Sketches
We will be celebrating our Year 2 students at our Growing Celebration in a few weeks.  We had Cartoon Bob come in to sketch the children, which we will display on the walls of the gym for our celebration.


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):