Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thankful for You {A Giveaway and a Freebie}

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!!

When I started this little blog almost 4 years ago, I never dreamed of how it would change my world, both professionally and personally. Not only has my teaching become better, I have made connections and friendships with some of the most awesome educators from all over the country. To say I appreciate all blogging and TpT has done for my little family would be an understatement for sure!
To thank you, I thought a little giveaway would be fun! Who doesn't need a little extra money at Christmas time?
 I'm giving away a $100 Amazon gift card, and entering is easy! Just use the rafflecopter below. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
As as additional thank you, I added this little freebie to my TpT store last night. I love any time I can incorporate fine motor into my literacy centers, and these clip cards are the perfect way! Click the picture below to grab them. I hope you enjoy them!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

November in Pictures

As much as I wanted to be a good blogger this month, the reality is, that November is super busy for me, and it just didn't happen.
This sweet girl turned 3 last week!! Y'all, 3 has been hard for me! It seems like she was just born!
At school, we have been busy with all things Thanksgiving. We pretty much celebrate the whole month of November! We start by reading and learning about the Pilgrims' voyage on the Mayflower.

After talking about the Mayflower voyage, the kids thought about what they would take on a trip if they could only take one thing. It was a hard decision! {This recording page is from Deanna Jump's Thanksgiving pack}

 We also read about what Pilgrim life was like when they got to America, and we compare our life today with life back then. {You can get these labels at Chalk Talk}.
As part of our learning about Pilgrim life, we make our own butter. The kids always love this, and it's super easy. Just pour some heavy whipping cream in a mason jar and let the kids take turns shaking it. In about 10 minutes, you've got butter!

We tasted our butter, then graphed whether we liked it or not. After each child gave their opinion, I let the kids tell me what they noticed about our data, and wrote what they said. Then, we made a bar graph to represent our picture graph. You can grab the graphs here as a freebie. :)

We also read The Littlest Pilgrim, and talked about Mini's character traits. This is such a sweet story, and I love these cute little Mini crafts {these are from the so sweet Cara Carroll}.

After learning about the Pilgrims journey to America, we learned about the Native Americans who helped them during their first year. For homework, my kids decided on a Native American name for themselves, then we made these cute Native Americans.

This week, we've learned all about turkeys. My kids have learned so much!

We read Turkey Surprise, and decided what we would tell people to eat for Thanksgiving if we were turkeys.

We also read Run, Turkey, Run and brainstormed places a turkey could run to not get eaten. They were so funny!

Another story we read was A Turkey for Thanksgiving. If you don't have this story, you need it! It's precious, and great for practicing retelling. {This activity is part of my Thanksgiving Sequencing pack}.
 Of course during this month, we've been talking a lot about what we're thankful for. We made these turkeys {that I think I got from The Mailbox oh so long ago} and added what we were most thankful for.

Last, we made these sweet turkey handprints as a gift to our families. These are such a precious reminder of their kindergarten Thanksgiving. You can grab a copy of it here.

Whew - that was a lot of pictures! I love this time of year, and I can't believe it's almost December!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Five for Friday {Saturday Style}

We've had so much going on lately, I thought it would be fun to link up with Kacey for a little Five for Friday.

We had so much fun on Halloween last week! My little one decided she wanted to be an alligator, so an alligator she was!

We pulled out our Thanksgiving centers this week, and my kids are rocking them. These are just a few of the skills we are working on. You can see more here.

This was our second week working on the number ten, and slowly, my kids are starting to remember those combinations of ten. We will work on the number 10 {mostly using theme related lessons and games} for the next two weeks, and hopefully they'll have it by then! These little guys are from my Numbers 1-10 pack. :)

November is one of those months that I looooove teaching! There's so many fun things to do, and I love talking with kids about what they're thankful for. I've been making these turkeys since my student teaching, and they always turn out so cute! You can see more Thanksgiving ideas here.

These aren't the clearest pictures, but my friend Deeanna and I are super excited that we're going to be presenting for SDE at the Alabama Kindergarten Teachers Conference, and at the Florida Kindergarten Teachers Conference. I'm extremely nervous, but I can't wait to share ideas and get to meet many of you!

Happy Weekend!