Thursday, March 15, 2018

Morning Meeting

It's Spring Break for me!!

I have been a busy bee the last month preparing for the Texas Kindergarten Conference.  It was oodles of fun and I LOVED all of the awesome, dedicated kindergarten teachers I met.  I presented about guided reading, writers workshop, STEAM, and morning meetings.  I thought I would share some of my morning meeting freebies and information with you!


I begin each day by wearing my greetings apron at the door.  I simply attach three different greetings to it and the kiddos choose how they want to say hello to me upon entering the classroom.  The cards are from Resendez Rocks' TPT shop.

I even wore this apron in Ukraine to teach English last summer.

Once the bell rings for the announcements to begin, my cuties join me at the carpet and we listen to announcements, then begin our morning meeting.

We start by choosing a cool cat helper.  I simply flip a paw to the next student.

That student helps with everything for the day.  Their first task is to flick the greetings spinner.  This was a make and take item during my presentation.  The spinner tells us how we will greet each other.  Here is the link to grab the greetings so you can make your own spinner!

Some of the ways we greet each other include a Hollywood hello, in which we use a karaoke microphone to say hello.

This fun microphone is on Amazon.

We also give a pat on the back with a fluff stuffed gardening glove - another make and take item from my presentation.

Another fun hello is learning a foreign way to say hello.

These are from Lakeshore, but I made a smaller set that you can grab for free in my TPT store.  Just click the pic below.

After we greet each other we go over the schedule for the day...

...then we welcome back anyone who was absent the previous school day with our mascot - Coder Cat.  (Our school name is Coder and our school colors are orange and black, so I found this cutie kitten to be our mascot.)

Coder Cat says "You've been gone.  You've been missed.  Where would you like your Coder Cat kiss?"  Then the returning child points to their arm, nose, etc. where they would like a welcome back kiss.

Once we finish welcoming returning students, then we begin our morning message.  We fill in missing sounds, find wight words, chunks, reversed letters, and capital letters that should be lower case. 

Here is a video or our morning message.

Once we complete our message, then we stand on our Sit Spot paws and "close our eyes and visualize a _______" in which I state something they can be that relates to our learning.  This tells my cuties how to transition to our Promethean board to wiggle with Go Noodle so we can have a brain break before beginning Daily Five.

I use my Rocky the Raccoon puppet to help my littles remember to close their eyes and visualize since this is one of our comprehension strategies from my Beanie Baby Strategies product.  Once we are at the Promethean, I use my magic wand to everyone back into children so we can dance.  They love it!

That's about it!  Lots of learning for the first 15 minutes of the day and a lot community building!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Happy New Year! A fabulous FREEBIE for you!

Happy 2018!  I hope your year has kicked off to a great start!  


My little cuties and I have already celebrated 2 fun-filled days of learning in 2018 with a New Year's theme.

With only 2 days of school this week (Thursday and Friday) I didn't introduce any new content.  We just reviewed skills and concepts from our first semester.

In math our review skill was counting backwards from 20.  We read The Night Before New Year's.

This book talks about staying up late and celebrating the New Year.  Then we watched the You Tube clip of the ball drop in New York City.  This showed my cuties that people countdown to celebrate.

I was surprised at how intrigued they were with this small clip!  This showed my cuties the ball drop and allowed me to show them how to make their own ball drop craft to practice counting down from 20.  Here is a clip of one of my little's ball drop.

These were so simple to make.  I gave each kiddo a small paper plate, sparkly stickers, and a bingo dauber to create the ball.  The countdown strip is just a strip of squares.  Easy peasy!

We also reviewed our sight words from the first semester.  One game we played was Sight Word Jenga.  I found tiny Jenga games at Dollar tree.  I divided each tiny set into 3 games, with 15 blocks each.  I did this with 3 of the tiny sets, giving me 9 Jenga games for my 18 kids to lay in pairs.  Each set of 15 blocks had words written on the side.  I showed my kiddos how to build their Jenga tower and play.  The only difference from the regular version is that the student had to read the word before pulling the block.

We also practiced sight words by writing them on balloons.

Syllables were another review skill this week.  We used party blowers to blow out the number of syllables in words.

All of these skills and goodies were used in our New Year's Dance Party!!

In writing, we read Squirrel's New Year's Resolutions and created a bubble map of resolutions.

Then we created party people with their new year's resolutions.

"I can be nice to everybody."
This is one of my ESL students!!

"I can be nice to my mom and Mrs. (misis) Roe."

As you can see, we have done a whole lot of celebrating and now it's your turn!  Here is my updated January QR stories for FREE forever!!  Snag it today or tomorrow or next year as my gift to you!
Have an amazing year!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Pete the Cat Classroom

Welcome to my Pete the Cat Classroom! I have had a bee classroom for almost ten years and was thinking about changing when Oriental Trading contacted me about writing a back to school post!  I chose many Pete the cat themed materials and can't wait to showcase them for you!

Here is my classroom library!  I had this precious library front built this summer for my new Pete theme.

This precious Pete is from Oriental Trading! My awesome mother in law made me the little pillows beneath Pete.  She's the best!

I organize my library by topic.  Each group of books has a coordinating label on the front of the tub that matches the back of each book in that tub.  These labels are from Krazee for Kindergarten's TPT shop. These books are perfect for "read the pictures" in Daily Five.

I also have emergent readers in organized in tubs by DRA level.  This helps my littles choose books that they can "read the words" in Daily Five.

The back of my library leads to my whole group area.  I attached felt to the back of my library shelves for story retelling with felt pieces.

My calendar is from Oriental Trading! I got these awesome Sit Spots at I Teach K this summer, where I presented about guided reading.

The back of my whole group area easel hold this pocket chart.  These are our MEOW pockets.  Meow stands for My Extraordinary Organized Work.  This is our unfinished work.  

Next to our MEOW pockets is the dramatic play area.  I change this out once a month to be a different science theme.

Some of our cozy spots stay behind the whole group easel.  These are our scoop rockers and laundry basket seats.

This is our STEM building area.

Next to it is this long white board where we build our focus walls for science and math, as well as our iMovie alphabet wall.  I created a little Pete bunting to go above this wall.

iMovie Alphabet is where we place our QR codes that link to a movie we create for each letter of the alphabet.  Students scan these during Daily Five for one of our Listen to Reading choices.

Our little clip chart

Here is my small group area.

This shelf holds many of my reading group manipulatives, my assessments tubs and my sub tub, as well as our PAWS folders - Positive and Wonderful Students!

I found this cutie cart at Lowe's years ago.  It holds all of my teaching materials for each day of the week.

This little blue cart from Mardel's hold my reading groups emergent readers' as well as my math groups' materials. On top is my teacher toolbox.

I got this awesome easel through Donors Choose a few years ago.  Currently it's holding a donations sign for meet the teacher, but during the year it's used for math and reading groups.

These little stools are form IKEA.  They hold transition games for my littles to play while they wait for me to join them for their small group.

This is the view from my table.

Here is my Pete the Cat Word Wall.  These came from Oriental Trading!

We love our Promethean Board and iPad cart!  We are blessed to have ten iPads in this awesome charging cart.  Under the Promethean Board are two bean bag chairs for cozy spots.

Our art station is right past the Promethean.  The top of the station holds our Listening to Reading Leap Frog Pads.

Here are our Creative Activities Tubs (CAT) that hold differentiated games for kiddos to play when they finish their work as a transition activity.  

This is where Work on Writing activities will go for Daily Five.

The sink area holds our robots that we use during our maker spaces.  They're put away right now.

Here are my Beanie Baby Reading Strategies posters.  In the frames are the 8 thinking maps.

More cozy spots!  I got these stability ball chairs through Donors Choose.

Wobble stools are also cozy spots...

tray tables too!

Cubbies and book boxes

This shelf is for math stations materials and writer's workshop paper.

This little cart holds Word Work materials for Daily Five.  All of the cute little posters are FREE here.

If you want any of my Pete creations, here is a folder with all of it for FREE!

I hope you have an awesome year!!


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