Friday, 22 March 2013

Lego Centers in Kindergarten

What a wonderful week of working with Lego!

We had so much happening! Designing minifigures, making minifigure masks, building all sorts of creations and even using Lego at our math centres.

Here is a picture of students using a Lego page to create patterns.

I made up picture cards for students to use as a template for creating numbers!  They really enjoyed this activity. I also created these Lego picture cards for the alphabet and we used these in our morning literacy centers.

This picture shows our measuring with Lego page.  At this center students measured a variety of common classroom items with Lego and recorded their findings on the page.

Here is the estimating page.  I laminated these to be used with dry erase markers. Students estimate how many pieces of Lego might fit into the shape, and then they fill the shape with Lego and find out how close they were.  This also went over very well!  I think I finally have the majority of my class realizing that an estimate does not need to match the actual number :)

All of these centers and photo cards can be purchased in my TPT Store!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Learning Story Documentation in Full Day Kindergarten

I have recently finished a template that I am using to write learning stories for my students. Learning stories are a form of observation/documentation that are written to the student in the form of a story about the learning experience.  This template is a fillable form, with a place write a story to the students.  The best part about the template is that it includes all of our Ontario Curriculum expectations in the form of a clickable list.  I am selling the template on TPT here:

I was so thrilled to read feedback that someone wrote after they purchased the template...

"Danielle, This is a fantastic product! I love that I can create a "learning story" for each student in my Kindergarten. Wonderful for evaluating with an ECE partner, and for sharing with parents. Great that it relates directly to our Ontario curriculum. This will be a real asset for report card writing. Thank you for making this available!"

Wow...what a nice comment to read!!

That just made my day :)

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Kindergarten Moon Party

It was a party week! My class has recently been learning about space and the moon, and was thrilled to learn about Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield this past week. We decided we needed a party to celebrate all of our exciting spacey learning! There was a full moon on a Tuesday-so we went for it! We had a song and dance prepared to show our parents and the kids all came ready for bed in their PJs! I will have to get some more photos to post - but here is a shot of the room before the excitement began.

Not a great photo - but you can kind of see the big felt planets hanging by the windows.

 I made some chocolate star suckers for the students to enjoy after their performance.  
Rockets that the students made hung from the ceiling...  
We also had a couple of awesome space bulletin boards too...  
 Here is a close-up of that craft. I used a picture of each student with a Cricut astronaut (Everyday Paper Dolls Cartridge). The astronaut is inside a styrofoam bowl covered up with a clear plate - to look like a UFO. The students decorated their spaceship with craft gems and sparkles to simulate lights, and added an alien for a spacey touch! They loved making these, and you can hardly look at them without smiling. So cute! They had to write a sentence about what they wonder about space to accompany their spaceship craft. This one says I wonder what the moon looks like. Love it!!

Saturday, 16 February 2013

New "must-have" supply

I have a new addiction! While at my local Staples store, I stumbled upon the Arc Customizable Notebook System. I'm in love! I was looking for something that would give me the flexibility of a notebook, but that I could also use to store documents, like a binder. This is perfect! It's easy to write on because you can fold it over like a spiral notebook! The papers stay in very well (I was worried they might fall out). They also sell a punch so you can punch anything to add to your notebook. (Of course I had to have it). The best feature is these "rings"... they are discs that are available in different sizes. You can increase the size of your notebook by adding bigger rings at any time. I have now started using the rings to create class books! This is soooo easy to do. Whenever I have a set of student pages that I would like to use in a book, I punch them, add cardstock for covers, and pop in the rings. When the students have all had a chance to enjoy the book (maybe a month) I can add their work to individual portfoilos - or send it home, and then re-use the rings for the next class book. A set of rings is priced around $1 and can be used again and again!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Graphing with magnets!

Here is my new data center! I used one of those big oil pans from Walmart (in the automotive section for about $10) and mounted it to the back of a shelf with 3M removable Command adhesive. Inside each ball there is a magnet! I cut a small slit in the ball and dropped in a small powerful magnet. Students are loving moving the ball with their name into the appropriate column according to the question. This has been so much fun for everyone!

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Valentine center

Our valentine writing center is open! While at the center, students can use a variety of art and craft materials to create valentines. There are also many different writing utensils and some words posted on the wall that students may want to use when writing their cards. I provided a variety of heart shaped boxes and tins that students can use as well. So far they are all enjoying spreading the love!

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Measurement in kindergarten

This is a pic of the bulletin board we created last week. We read the book "Actual Size" by Steve Jenkins which led us into a discussion about how long some animals really are. The kids had a blast painting!