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Thursday, July 19, 2018

STEM Challenge

STEM! I love doing hands on activities with the students! Always have. Just ask the husband who has made, carried, or bought tons over the years. He’s a keeper! Anyway – I was a little nervous at first when Carson Dellosa sent me their new Stem Challenge cards. The box said Grades 2-5. L I teach kindergarten.  But guess what??? They will be fine for us! They will not be independent cards, but we can still use them! The CCS have upped the rigor for science, so my teaching BFF’s and I have been working through what we need to add and change. These will be great!

There are two different versions – STEM Challenges and STEM Challenges Seasonal. So I opened up the seasonal first. Three tabs in the box – Spring/Summer, Winter, Autumn. I was thrown off when there was nothing behind the Autumn tab. Then I realized that the cards are in FRONT of the tabs. (I may have been sitting outside in the sun too long! LOL) The Challenge box is set up the same with Earth & Space, Life and Physical science tabs.

So many of these activities could be repeated every year with the students. They will get more and more out of them every year. They will build on their skills and knowledge. I don’t think that it would be that horrible if they repeated some of the activities in different years. I don’t think you would get through every card in every year anyway. Pick and choose!
The cards are set up in a very user-friendly manner. The challenge is listed, there are hints, there are visuals for materials. The cards also have a simple explanation to the science behind the challenge and questions to extend their learning.

Yes, the kindergarteners would not be able to read these themselves. Their third grade buddies could though! J Put it under the document camera to show on the board for all to see. I can see setting up the materials around the room and having the students pick up what they need. I could see leaving the materials out after the buddies worked together for the kinders to work through on their own. They would remember what they needed to do, what worked and what didn’t work. I could see having some “experts” from the older grades coming to visit to help during center time with different groups. Let’s use those resources – I mean students- to our advantage!

Wouldn’t it be fun if the whole school were working on the same set of standards at the same time? Then the whole school could try some of the challenges and see how each other did and what they did! Let’s build that community up! You could have a whole STEM day! Maybe every Friday? The possibilities are there people!
Has anyone else had an “aha” moment when they were doing an experiment or activity with a class and finally figure something out? Just me? Really? The more I teach, the more I learn. I can remember the first time it happened was in college. We were learning place value in adding. I knew how to add- I just did it. I never worried about making a group of ten and carrying it over to the next place. I just put the one up there and added. I swear, no one ever told me about the groups of ten! LOL  I have a sneaky feeling there could be some “aha” moments as we do these STEM Challenges!

These STEM Challenges are going to make learning FUN!

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Pocket Chart Fun!

Storage. Organization. Important! Let’s make it pretty too!  These two pieces from carson Dellosa are all of that!

 I love having a schedule chart for the students to see. I have kindergarteners. They like to know when recess, lunch and snack are. OK so do I! LOL The pocket chart does not take up much room. I can put the cards in the pockets, adding a pop of color. I can write on the cards or I can write on the pockets. How clever is that! We know that schedules change, especially as the year progresses with the students. So wipe and redo. Simple! You could use it for other things though too. It has 12 pockets. You could use it for center chart. You could use it to keep track of where everyone is – nurse, bathroom, speech, etc. You could use it for words/vocabulary. You could use it for a pocket chart center – put the poem in order. This one goes pretty much with all decors.  This will also help keep us on that schedule – correct? haha

The file folder is great too! This has 10 pockets. So you can organize the week M-F, copies, send home and grade. You can put the materials for each subject in a pocket. You can put center materials in the pockets. You can put early finisher materials in the pocket. You can use it for mailboxes for your students. The students can turn their work in for each subject. So many possibilities! I may never get to try any of them out though cause my dear daughter who teaches HS math has already been eyeing this one for her classroom. I’m pretty sure I will share with her. J Let’s hope just by using it, we will stay better organized! A goal many of us have!

Check out the cute stuff in the video from Carson Dellosa! We will all sparkle and shine!  Enjoy!

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Super Cute Cutouts!

Well, I wasn’t going to make a new door décor but then Carson Dellosa sent me some treats! There are so many cute cutouts! I have a polka dot theme in my classroom, so the confetti and the fans are perfect for that! I have seen all the cute door ideas on Instagram and decided to use my cricut maker and the cutouts! I went with the saying “You’ll always have a SPOT in my heart!” Then I’m going to add the names of my kinders to the spots and decorate the door. I like both the confetti ones and the fans might do a combination of both. The left over ones I think I will use to label spots in the room for centers. Now, my biggest issue will be putting the background paper on the door. Anyone have any easy solutions for that? Or is it just cause I'm so clumsy and awkward? I was thinking of trying a plastic tablecloth. Not sure. Can't take stuff of of that without ripping it. I'll keep you posted! 

             There are so many ideas for the cutouts! 

The glitter ones are so cool! Who doesn’t love glitter! The stars are so shiny too!

             Here are some of my ideas for them:
·         Writing names on them for welcome bulletin boards.
·         Writing names on them for hallway/classroom displays- I think the balloons would be great for this hot glue a clothespin on the back of the balloon, then hot glue pushpins on the back of the clothes pin. Label the balloon with the name of the student. Use the clothespin to display their work. CUTE!
·         Labeling areas in the room.
·         Labeling materials/book bins
·         Making a schedule chart for the day use an arrow to point to each part as you go through it.
·         Use an arrow or a star to point to the CCS of the lesson.
·         Making a behavior chart for each student
·         Making a reward system chart
·         Making a learning chart of their growth academically or physically
·         Using for graphs
·         Using for games numbers, sight words, letters, etc.
·         Making cvc or cvce words letter on each piece.
·         Sending home as reward notes.
·         Use as headers for word walls.
The possibilities are endless! What ideas have I missed? Let me know!

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Kindergarten Detectives

OMG! What fun is this book InvestigatingKindergarten! So, there is a story to read to the child with a problem to figure out at the end. Then there are skill pages that review CCS and clues to help solve the mystery! There are top secret files. There are clues on pages. There are questions to answer. There is also an answer key for those adults who like to look ahead and read the last page of the novel before finishing the book! Oh, wait- that’s me! LOL Any one else??
Back to this book… each top secret file has learning goals. It tells where the evidence can be found and gives clues. The activities are grouped in the secret files by topics – Langauge Arts: Letters and Sounds; Math: Numbers, Counting, Adding,& Subtracting; LA: Grammar, Sight Words & Vocab; Math: Greater/Less, Measurement & Shapes. There is a Detective Notebook to keep track of all the DATA. The kids will love making sure they are filling in all the clues!  This would be such a fun, awesome way to practice skills over the summer with your child. It certainly gives a purpose for practicing. Doing a page or two a day will also help build stamina and perseverance to get to the answer. It will keep those skills fresh over the summer. Taking care of that summer slide!
Here is my thought! What if we did it in class? I know every child couldn’t do each page. But what if you did it whole class. Read the story to them. Then special student of the day does the page of the day. The rest of the class can practice the skill on white boards. Or the special student could do the page “in place of” a center must do. Or just because. Then as a group put the clues in the notebook and work through the answers together at the end. How much fun would that be?? I think the kids would have a blast trying to figure it out. They would be thrilled as special student to be detective of the day! They could have the magnifying glass on their table!
I really like this one Carson Dellosa!
I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Language Arts Interactive Notebooks from CD

The Interactive Notebook Language Arts K from Carson Dellosa is so much fun! The more hands on, the better! This is a great resource to keep those little ones busy and learning. They won’t even know they are learning – best part!

There are great tips about setting up interactive notebooks, record keeping and organization. We have seen many different ideas on the web. Do what feels right for you! You don’t have to do a notebook. You can just use the resources. You can go big or you can go small. Start where you feel comfortable and move from there.

This book covers the basics in kindergarten. Starts with the alphabet, goes to vowels, word families and sight words. It has parts of speech and sentence writing. It has literature and Informational text features. One of the best parts, to me, is it has reproducibles included. That means if I can’t find exactly what I want, I can make it. I can make it without starting from scratch! The template is there and I add what I want. The students will already know what to do with the page also, because they will have already seen something like it on another topic. Life is good when they know what to do!

We are coming up on the end of school in about 30 days!!! I can’t even believe that! It’s always hard to keep them occupied. These are the type of resources I like to look back on at the end of the year and see if there are any we didn’t do yet. They always work as a great review and they keep them busy!

I love the idea of notebooks because at the end of the year, they go home. Parents may take a little more time to look through a whole book and see what their child did. Sometimes when I send one paper home, I wonder if anyone looks at it. I also like sending home the notebook, because parents can see how much we covered over the year. They can see the progress of cutting, pasting and coloring over the year. I like looking at the too! It does amaze you how it changes!

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Treats from Carson Dellosa

Treats from Carspn Dellosa

I must say- I LOVE getting a package in the mail. Especially when it’s from Carson Dellosa. The latest package I received from CD had some really great items in it! Reward Tags, Cut Outs and a File Folder Storage! Oh, my! Click on the links to see them! 

Nature Explorers Reward Tags Mini Cut-Outs Product ImageFrogs, Lizards & Snails Cut-Outs Product ImageFile Folder Storage: Gold Stars Pocket Chart Product Image

I am loving using the tags in my classroom. We call them “Brag Tags” but “Reward Tags” works too! How nice that they are done already! No prepping needed! I like to have the students keep them on a necklace. So, technically, I would need to punch a hole. Easy Peasy! They are colorful, sturdy and cute! The sayings on them a great for growth mindset, rewarding behavior and encouragement.  49 is a good quantity too. That will last a little bit of time with a classroom.

The cut outs are sooooo cute!!! We learn about reptiles and amphibians. These will be great. So many ideas to do with them. There are enough to make them an alphabet line or numbers to order. You could do rhyming words. You could use them as writing prompts. They could have the names of the students on them. They could mark writing about reptiles and amphibians. They could be used to make partners with students. So many fun activities you could do with them!

Organization! One of my favorite things to do! This file folder storage is perfect for that. It’s so fun with the gold stars on it! I could use it to store the materials for each day of the week – five pockets! Or for guided reading groups or guided math groups. Or for take to meetings, file, copy, laminate, and read. You could use it for missing work pages for the week – maybe more for older students.  Tons of ways to use it. What if you had five of them? You could make it student mailboxes. Or to hold their unfinished work, or their writing, or their reading or their math. You get the picture.  The best part to me is that on the front of the pockets is a clear, plastic label holder. Label EVERYTHING! There are two grommets to hang it from also. So command hooks or large push pins. Depends on where you are going to put it.

Thank you Carson Dellosa! You have great projects! 

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Kindergarten Skills

Kindergarten Skills

We all know they need them.  We all know there are tons of skills needed. We all know the kids need to practice. Making a recommendations to a parent to help them practice can be hard.  Carson Dellosa has some help with that. They have a book – 100  Kindergarten Skills. You guessed it- it covers 100 skills.

It is divided into math and language arts. Yup – 50 of each. It has a nice progression of skills also. Math goes from counting  and writing 1,2 and 2 all the way through 30. There is adding, subtracting and shapes. The Language Arts starts with identifying the alphabet and moves to nouns, verbs, sentences, letter sounds – beginning and ending sounds, short vowels, rhyming and color words. There is an answer key included also.

I think this would be great for parents to work with their child over the summer. I see this going in two different ways. I see parents using this before kindergarten to help prepare them. I also see this as a good way for parents to help with summer slide. I would love for parents to do a math and a language arts page every day of the summer. Wouldn’t that be awesome? Turn off the phones and use the pages to spark some discussion and some hands on fun! This will be a great recommendation to parents.

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

100 Kindergarten Skills Workbook Product Image