Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What did you do in kindergarten today?

When you ask,"What did you do in Kindergarten today?" and the answer is "Nothing..."
Here's what they really mean --
Read the morning message together and practiced the words "Dear Class" and "Love, Mrs. Spencer"
Found out the difference between a word and a letter.  Counted letters in a word.
Said the pledge to the flag
Listened to stories/poems -- "I Love my White Shoes" and "Rocking in My School Shoes" and "Mary Wore Her Red Dress" and “Jazzbo and Googy”
Sang and learned motion to several songs
Practiced air writing Pp and Qq and heard a song and story about Peter Puppy and Quarrelsome Queen
Sorted long and short names
Explored math stations and learned 4 ways to show the number 7
Learned about the calendar and named days, months, and seasons
Cut and glued pictures beside their first sound
Practiced saying the rules of the classroom
Practiced 3 ways to read a book
Visited the library and learned the procedure for checking out a book
Found out about different voice levels in the classroom
Colored a picture of Golden Girl and tried to stay in the lines
Used a whiteboard and markers to write
Sang a song about counting to 100
Practiced reading and spelling "red" “the” and “go”in a song
Walked quietly in a line
Carried my own tray, said my number and ate lunch in the lunchroom
Cooperated with a partner to use math manipulatives
Told the teacher which letters and sounds I recognized
Sat in one spot and read a book quietly for 3 minutes
Compared shapes to see how they were alike and different
Went to the gym for PE or art or music or computer lab
This is NOT your mama's kindergarten!!  There is a lot to learn this year, and you will be amazed at all they will accomplish in the next 169 days of school!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Therapeutic Thursday

Blog Hoppin;

   It's Therapeutic Thursday at "Blog Hoppin" -- teacher/bloggers are sharing their favorite ways to relax after a busy/stressful day at school.  And since it is Thursday, I am just back from my weekly therapy -- my  A Capella chorus rehearsal. Nearly every Thursday since I I started teaching  kindergarten about 9 years ago, I have left all thoughts of school and housework behind to concentrate on learning and performing barbershop style music with Carolina Style Chorus. This group of about 55 women gathers together for friendship and beautiful harmony -- and laughter -- as we strive to ring those chords and and prepare for performances and competitions.
  I was so tired this evening after spending the day "herding cats" as my friend said -- 26 little boys and girls can wear this 60-something teacher down! I don't think anything but chorus could have kept me from spending the evening on the couch.  But I know my chorus is expecting me -- and depending on me -- and I will be energized by the end of the evening.  There will be someone behind me rubbing my tired shoulders -- several asking about my week and my class -- someone bring me stickers or prize box toys, and the 4 part harmony that fills my heart. It is my favorite night of the week!
   We love to sing together just for the pure enjoyment, but it's also fun to sing for an audience.  One of our favorites is singing Christmas carols at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

  At the last regional competition, we won first place, so we are busy preparing to go to the International Competition in Colorado in a couple months.  How exciting is that?  Not only will we get to dress up in sparkly clothes and rhinestone earrings and false eyelashes, but we will get to sing on stage for an audience of thousands!  And there will be applause and cheers -- something we don't get much of at school .I love my chorus!!


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Almost Ready!

            I am almost ready for kindergarten to start!! Just a few things left on my to-do list...
  1. Write 26 names on labels for...
  • cubbies, 
  • planners, 
  • poetry notebooks,
  •  desks, 
  • literacy notebooks, 
  • book baskets
  • nametags
  • word work folder
  • journals
  • math journals    
  2. Copy for parent folder
  • introductory letter
  • Donor's Choose permission
  • scavenger hunt
  • permission to post pictures on Internet
  • supply list
  • class schedule
  • parent information sheet
3. Post class list
4. Make schedule
5  Sort all those boxes on the table
6. Cut out and laminate more stuff
7. Set up fish tank and bring fish to school
8  Change book barn display -- put away end of year books
9. Gather books to read for first week of school
10. Make playdough
11. Set up 10 math stations
12. Put names on birthday poster
13. Find "How We go Home" poster
14. Put books in individual book baskets
15. Write rest of lesson plans
16. Make homework folders 
17 Finish powerpoint for "Meet the Teacher" tomorrow night
18. Get "Bucket-filler " book from library and do bulletin board in hall -- if we have time.
19. Make new class helpers chart with polka dot pockets
20 Write names on clothespins for clip chart
21 Write names on sticks for job jar
22. Turn barn around so kids won't play inside
23 Charge batteries for camera
24. Activate ESGI account and enter names on line
25 Label baskets to collect school supplies

       Hmmm -- looks like the "optional" work day on Friday may not be so optional after all... I know I'm forgetting things...
26. Fill bird feeder outside the window!