Wednesday, November 5, 2014

S.T.E.M. in Kinder

I feel like I just might *maybe* be getting the swing of this school year?! Finally, 50 days in...BTW where is the time going this year?
I've never had a year go so fast.  
 I digress...
I really, honestly think that I just might have the sweetest bunch of kinder babies ever! Seriously, y'all! They are caring and thoughtful!
So I've been working really hard on making my stations memorable, fun, and integrating S.T.E.M. into their literacy stations.
 
So here is what we've done this week...

In our Science/Engineering Literacy Station we are designing a tepee.  Seriously! This station has been a favorite station amongst the group! I just put the materials out that I thought they could design and engineer with and let them at it!  Of course it was beside my life size tepee for an example to since their actual schema of what a tepee is made of is limited...BTW if you need an engaging, purposeful and extremely fun center for Thanksgiving for your lil' kindergarten students...this has hands down been the easiest and most self directed center I've ever had...
 You can see their little tepees! Presh, I tell ya! They are so proud of them!  They also drew their blueprints in their science journal but somehow I forgot to take a picture of those...#busynewmama!

We've also been introducing some new technology into our lil' kindergarten classroom.
Here are the two newest ones we've used...
Dance Dance Revolution for the PC...
this is all my own opinion and I'm not being compensated in anyway for this...

I tried to get a picture of the pad and the screen...you don't need an actual SmartBoard to use this, just a projector for your PC.  I just happen to project my projector onto the SmartBoard. #needbiggerwalls
Anyhoo...you actually create the games with this software.  So for the game my kiddos are playing I wanted them to work on beginning sounds.  I uploaded the letters I wanted them to work on and the clipart with the beginning sounds and it creates an interactive center that they L.O.V.E!  They get to move and get their energy out and they actually stay in their station!  I'm working on a game for this dance pad for them to practice sight words!

I may be a little behind but there is a listening device called the Playaway...the books are already loaded to it and you just plug in a set of head phones!  What?  Easiest listening center EVER! Hands down!  Our sweet librarian recently bought several of them! My kiddos think they are the coolest thing ever!
 
 And my own sweet boy goes to this wonderful S.T.E.M. campus...now he is all about designing and working on science.
Here is what he did after school today!

Have a great night!
Brandy

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Trick or Treat...Freebie!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Print-and-Go-HomeworkMorning-Work-FREEBIE-1520691
Happy Halloween...Here is a little treat for you! I have put up a new free print and go homework or morning work printable!  Click Here to Get it!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Print-and-Go-HomeworkMorning-Work-FREEBIE-1520691

If you like this freebie...check out the full November edition here!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/November-NO-PREP-Kindergarten-Homework-or-Morning-Work-1527905


Have a great week!
Brandy K.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hello..is anyone there?

Hello all!  I know it's been a l.o.n.g. time since I posted...but I've been oh so busy!

So...did I tell y'all I'm teaching kindergarten at a S.T.E.M campus this year? It is so fun...and I'm learning SOOOOOO much! Seriously! Everyday those kiddos surprise me with what they're retaining!

Day 1: we ACTUALLY did a real, honest to goodness science journal entry!  

Day 2: Glitter Germs Science Exploration...



I seriously LOVE this quote..."Do You Speak Science?"...I smile each and every time I see this in my room! 

Y'all this is hands down the best book for introducing your young readers to the theory of S.T.E.M...if you haven't seen it you need to get your hands on it!


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Veterans-Day-Emergent-Reader-1504561



I also made a cute little Veteran's Day Emergent Reader that is perfect your young kindergarten readers...It introduces your kindergarten readers to the five branches of the military...if you're interested in it you can find it here!
I have so much awesome stuff coming to share with y'all for S.T.E.M.  Check back this weekend to see it all!

Sweet Dreams!
Brandy K.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Back to School FREEBIE

I can't believe that August is already here and that I start back to work on TUESDAY! AHH! Where did the time go? Did I mention that I haven't even set foot inside my classroom yet?? Yep. That's right! The school is under construction and we aren't allowed to go in yet...but hopefully soon! Which is ok, because the kiddos don't start for another two weeks...
So I've busied myself by creating two new projects...

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kindergarten-Simple-Scientific-Method-Anchor-ChartsPosters-1382399
 I made this precious little FREEBIE!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Day-of-School-Picture-Frame-FREEBIE-1382813
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Day-of-School-Picture-Frame-FREEBIE-1382813

Friday, August 1, 2014

Back to School Sale...

So it's back to school time! My lil' man's clothes & supplies are bought...I had the little sweet princess at the beginning of July...so we are set to have an awesome year! As for my classroom, well I'm changing school districts and moving to a school so much closer to home! I am beyond excited! So I decided to do my classroom in a "burlap & birdie" theme! Y'all it is so cute & it goes with turquoise and chicken wire! So very shabby chic! Check out this TpT set from KidsRCute...
I.LOVE.IT! She even made it editable! 

So I know that I will be reading a Pete the Cat book for back to school and I created this little emergent reader to work on tracking/color words/sight words and fine motor & coloring skills... (click here if you're interested) to keep my little kinders engaged the first week of school...
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/My-Color-Shoes-Emergent-Reader-1356178
Check back next week...I'm working on some burlap shabby chic center signs and an emergent reader to compliment David Goes to School...gotta love a little boy who LOVES trouble! Oh yeah...TpT is having a sale and EVERYTHING.IN.MY.STORE is 20 percent off plus the additional discount TpT gives ya!
Are you ready for Back to School?
 Have a great summer!
Brandy

Thursday, June 5, 2014

End of Year Student Gifts...

So today was my little man's last day of kindergarten!  Bitter sweet!  We are now on SUMMER VACATION people! 

So this post is VERY short...

I didn't have much time to prepare an end of year gift for his class so this is what I made...
Here is the tag if you're interested...



Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday in the Sun...

Good Sunday Morning Y'all!

Today is supposed to be a sunny, gorgeous day...and it's our LAST.WEEK.OF.SCHOOL for the year!  
If you're anything like me than you'll spend a few weeks relaxing, but then quickly fill your days with getting ready for back to school errands/shopping/preparing!

So I just wanted to quickly post my FAVORITE kindergarten Back To School math FREEBIES on TpT! 

To go and grab these just click on the picture and it will link you to the teacher's TpT store! 

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/School-Labels-Freebies-209058

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Brown-Bear-Counting-Sets-Independent-Practice-for-Kindergarten-276698

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Roll-it-to-the-Top-FREE-math-game-for-understanding-addition-303062

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fall-Patterns-Pack-FREE-142546

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Positional-Words-Back-Pack-Hunt-FREE-139451
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ten-Frame-Addition-Activity-FREEBIE-641205
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great end of the year...and remember, these teachers would LOVE and APPRECIATE it if you leave positive feedback on their FREEBIES!

See ya later!
Brandy