We have been working on picture identification with my little ones and sorting items into the appropriate category. My morning class this year has needed LOTS of extra support and reinforcement on everything. We are still working on colors, shapes, and picture identification. I am trying to look for new and fun ways for them to learn all these skills, but right now it is becoming increasingly discouraging as one day they know a couple colors and the next day they know none. I don't want to just drill the colors, shapes and pictures into them because then they are unable to apply any of it to a new activity. Hopefully with some persistence on my part and just continuing to work on the same skills they will finally remember them by the end of the year! Even if they know just a couple it will be an accomplishment for them and make me feel reassured that I was doing the necessary things to make them successful. Well, I need to go take care of my Ethan. I love the weekends even more now because I get to see my little boy all day long!
Our OT is awesome and she came up with this fun activity to help students' fine motor development. You get some blue construction paper and draw a pond shape. I strongly recommend covering the table really well because this can be messy! You pour some corn syrup on to the construction paper and kids use their middle finger and index finger to skate through the corn syrup and spread it around the pond. Once they have covered the pond the students can add some glitter and we have a picture of skaters that they also add. It is fun for the kids and also helps to strengthen their fingers. It may take a day or two to dry.
I also made some counting awards that I am going to give to each of the students after I assess them.
Counting Awards
We used shaving cream to create a blizzard and then once the road the was covered by our hands we ran cars through it. We are going to let it dry so you can see the car tracks.

We also have been counting out plastic snowflake counters onto snowflakes.

Many of my students have limited expressive and receptive language skills so boardmaker is completely necessary for them to communicate me and for me to communicate with them. Some of the pictures that I use and wish I had used when I taught Kindergarten as well are sit on your dot or sit criss-cross applesauce, ears listening, eyes on me, and quiet voice. Boardmaker is great for those pictures, but I also like to have actual pictures of items so that it is not quite as abstract for my students and has more meaning behind it. I  use specific pictures to show the students when it is time to get their mail from the mailboxes or go to their locker. It is much more concrete for them having the actual picture than just the boardmaker picture. I also want to take a picture of how I want the block center to look or the kitchen area to look when cleaned so the students know exactly what is expected of them. I got that idea from a conference attended and I intend on doing it this year just need to find the time.
Thanks to Kristin Young over at Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten. I was quite excited to get the Versatile Blogger Award from her.
The rules:
1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award to 12 new deserving bloggers.

I am going to try to fill out the 7 things about myself before my son wakes up from his nap! So here it goes:
1.) I love teaching! I have known I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in Kindergarten and in all that time I never changed my mind.
2.) I love running and at one point was definitely addicted to it! However, in the last couple of years I have learned to enjoy it for relaxation and not just staying in shape. I no longer wear a watch and it is definitely a freeing experience because you have to listen very carefully to your body and since then I have become much more in tune with my body overall.
3.) I am new mom! I have son Ethan who is 3 months this coming Tuesday! I love being able to spend every living second with him. I am learning to juggle motherhood and the day to day life challenges. It is much more difficult when you are on a 3 hour schedule and just trying to balance work, being a mom and a wife.
4.) My favorite actress is Audrey Hepburn. She was so talented and had a fabulous fashion style! She also did a lot of work with UNICEF which was amazing!
5.) I am attempting to cook more this year so as to eat healthier and more affordable. Many of the recipes I am trying are coming from pinterest. Some are successful, some not so much.
6.) I love traveling and wish I had the opportunity to do more of it!
7.) I love watching American Pickers, Pawn Stars, New Girl, Glee, and Boardwalk Empire. An assortment of shows there but they are all ones that I make sure to watch or at least catch on DVR.

12 blogs that you should check out are:
Shannon at The Fallible Mommy Blog
Deeanna at Golden Gang Kindergarten
Jody at Camp Kindergarten
Nicole at Daily Autism Freebie
Angelia at Extra Special Teaching
Jessi at Getting Messy with Ms Jessi
Sandy at Moments of Mommyhood
Angela at Just Love Teaching
Jessica at Under the Alphabet Tree
Melissa at Today in First Grade
Tiffani at Time 4 Kindergarten
Liesl at Wild World of Kindergarten
Break is coming to an end and I am beginning to get anxious to leave Ethan at daycare! However, I am looking forward to seeing my students and how much they have grown. While on break though I have had the opportunity to make a few things. I know January will go by very quickly as December flew by so I am trying to get a little bit ahead!

How Many Hearts1

Where's the Heart

Ab Snowflake Patterns

Ab Heart Patterns
Here's a game that I updated using KPM Doodles and an AB snowflake pattern worksheet. Enjoy! :)
Where's the Marshmallow 1

Ab Snowflake Patterns
Well, I ordered two different sets of graphics from KPM Doodles. She has some great stuff. I just quickly created a mittens numerical order activity for my students. I plan on making some more activities this week for winter and Valentine's Day! Enjoy! :)

Mitten Numbers
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