Link up at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

My goal for this one should be simple...start to get to the gym at least three times a week during the winter and once the weather warms up get running 4 days a week! I honestly should have no excuses for this one as the gym I go to, Lifetime Fitness has a daycare and my husband is in charge of it and Ethan does enjoy being in the jogging stroller when it is nice out. However, I find myself getting very lazy after work about doing either of these two. I will have to make sure to have my clothes in the car and go straight to the gym and when I get home just go running right away. If I sit on the couch I am doomed! I need to stop making excuses and get up in the morning otherwise. I use to be a runaholic (running 7 days a week a minium of 40 minutes a day), but since having Ethan my priorities have changed and I just want SLEEP! The few mornings I have gotten up and worked out before work I feel great and I just need to keep that in mind. I also need to just sign up for some races so I am working towards something. Tomorrow I am running the 5k Commitment Day Run down at Ford Field so this will be a good step forward! Good luck to everybody else!!


 
 



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Getting organized is something I say I am going to do every year and then it just doesn't end up happening. However, maybe this year I can accomplish these two goals.
Goal 1: Organize my books.
I have my books grouped together by theme, but I need to make sure the themes stay together and this is how I plan to do it. It also works out great because my sister just started working at Sherwin Williams so I should be able to get lots of paint sticks!

Southern City Girl

Goal 2: Organize my file cabinet. I have lots of materials saved that are not developmentally appropriate for my little ones (it is from when I taught K) and some things I just know I will not use again. So my goal is to go through each themed file and sort out things to keep and things to not keep. We will see how that goes. I may just need to start taking a file home each week and just quickly go through it.

 
Goal 3: To organize Ethan's toys in the basement. Upstairs I have bins and in his room we have a 9 cube shelf that helps keep his books and ever accumulating toys in order, but downstairs it is chaos! Two of my favorite ideas to create a storage system downstairs are:
 
 
I like the shelving ideas on here. My only worry is Ethan may attempt to climb up it!

 
This site has LOTS of awesome ideas to get organized!
 

If you have some goals to make your life more organized link up here
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Well, we definitely got some snow! We got about 8 inches, which isn't what they were predicting. Ethan and I got out to enjoy it a little yesterday and plan to do the same today. Last night I was able to get on pinterest and started going through some of the things I wanted to create. I had seen this cute Rudolph color game and replicated it here. The link to the original post is in the document. You can also download it from my tpt store here. We are out to go enjoy the snow some more!

Rudolph, Rudolph Color Poem and Emergent Reader
My co-workers have done some really cute art projects that I wanted to share. The kindergarten teacher made elves with Elf Applications. I have seen some similar elves on pinterest, but not with the child's actual face.




Here is a cute hand reindeer.


This is not a very good picture but it is a Santa that the kids snipped the red paper and then put cotton balls on his beard and end of his hat. You can get the coloring sheet here


My kids made their paper ornaments that open and have a picture of the child on the inside.

I have been loving checking out the blog arts and craft ideas for the holiday season! Have a great rest of the week!

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Words cannot express how devastated I was after hearing about the tragedy in CT. It is scary to think of being a teacher in that situation and to be a parent that has lost their child in that way. My heart and prayers go out to all affected.

The last couple of weeks in school the kids have been celebrating the holidays with lots of holiday songs and crafts. Make sure to check out last year's holiday post that has some fun songs and a few activities we did here.

We made tissue paper wreaths out of small paper plates and green and red tissue paper. It is a great fine motor activity for the students. They have to crinkle the tissue paper and then glue it on.

We also made Santa. There was a focus on shapes with this particular Santa. This was a two day project we did last week as we had the kids cut out the triangle and his beard, which was quite a challenge.

We also made reindeer bags last week, which I will get a picture of tomorrow. Many of my little ones have been out sick and so a combination of projects have been going on. We also started making our parents Christmas gift (an ornament) which I will get a picture of tomorrow as well. On Wednesday we have our class party and on Thursday Santa is visiting to read a story and hand out candy canes. It is going to be a fun week! :)
This is something I made a couple weeks ago and have not had the opportunity to post yet. My morning class is still really struggling with colors and this is able to be done independently. You can get it at my tpt store Sort by Color or download from Scribd. Have a fabulous week!


Sort By Color File Folder Game
I have been terrible about taking pictures of what's happening in my room lately! Hopefully, next week I'll be better about it. We started off the holiday season with the theme the gingerbread man and with the afternoon class I also talked about the 5 senses.

Here is the Holiday Sensory bin. The kids love opening and closing the tins and boxes and finding little items.



We talked about the 5 senses and made a Mr. Potato Head. We also practiced building Mr. Potato Head with picture prompts.  

We rolled marbles around to decorate our gingerbread men.




We also sang the 5 senses song and read many variations of the Gingerbread Man. It was a fun couple of weeks and next week we dive into Christmas. We have started a few activities so far. We have started singing Must Be Santa and saying the Santa Poem. I posted the picture prompts we use here. I love checking out all the fun Holiday activities other teachers are doing! It is fun to see! I hope you have a great weekend!

This Monthly Monday Made It is more geared to my home! I love crafting and I finally am able to put a few of the things I made over the summer on display! I made this wreath last year and it was super easy. Use a wire hanger, shape it into a circle, and string different size ornaments on to the wire!

This is a place to keep my cards. Just a piece of wood from Hobby Lobby and I painted it and added ribbon.


Lastly, I got this shadow box from IKEA. I love IKEA! The best place to get this and that! Anyway, I added red paper to the back and added bells that my mom had in her basement. Then, I used my cricut and cut out the words jingle bells!



Something I did made for my little ones was some interactive books. It is great for early finishers! I posted about this previously and you can see how I did it here:
The kids really seem to enjoy them!


Make sure to link up at fourth grade frolics for some other fun ideas!!!




I am joining in on Freebies on the first of the month on Freebielicious

 


Holiday Counting


Enjoy and check out all the other great freebies posted!



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As I was putting up my holiday decorations I came across some of my creations from when I was younger. Here is something that is cute and relatively inexpensive.

Using a wire hanger form it into a diamond shape. Then using nylons cover the diamond wire hanger. Then using construction paper make eye, anters, and a nose. Now you can hang it up!


Tomorrow I have conferences. It is nice to finally get an opportunity to talk to some of the parents, but it also makes for a long day! Well, wish me luck.



Many of my students flip through the books quickly and are done in like 5 seconds. To slow them down and actually look at the pictures I made a few interactive books. This was inspired from my co-worker, Diana. She said she had made some of these when she taught an AI room and so I thought this would be a great activity for my students as well.
Here's how I did it:
1.) Scan the pictures from the book.
2.) Print the pictures on cardstock and laminate.
3.) Cut out the pictures
4.) Put velcro on the back of the picture and on the picture in the book.
5.) When I give this to the students I am going to have the students pull off the the pictures and put them in in a basket.
I will try to get a picture this week of my students doing this. I used board books are the pages are durable. :) I will let you know how my little ones do with it.





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We try to make my little ones as independent about putting on their coats and  backpacks, but something we are running into now with hats, mittens, and other winter accessories. So I made this picture prompt to show the students what goes on first. I am sure this will help to prompt them through the process.



The last few weeks I have been terrible about taking pictures, but here are a few I have taken.

Clipping on turkey feathers. With the afternoon class I had them roll a color and then find that clothespin and attach it.


A turkey handprint and poem for our parents/guardians.

Food Sensory bin. Leaves are also in there, but they are not visible. I had the kids sort the food by color and identify the food that they found.


Snip paper turkeys.
 

Tissue paper corn husk.Another way to make this a bit more challenging is to have the children crinkle the tissue paper into little balls. It's great for fine motor practice.



 Turkey hats

Happy Turkey Day!

After a fun and exhausting weekend I did end up making these two songs. We had Friends Giving, which is when we try to get some of our college friends that live in the area together again. Fortunately each year (this is our 3rd annual one) we get a few more friends to join us. It was a lot of fun and great to catch up with everyone! Then, today was just trying to get laundry done, reclean the house, and get ready for Thanksgiving (we host this as well). Lots of fun!
Anyways, I have been putting off making these since the summer and as I was cleaning up some of my teaching stuff in the basement when I came across them.  I made up the songs so I can put them on a posterboard for my little ones. February will be here before I know it and I will forget about it if I don't do it right away.
You can download them from Scribd or my tpt store. I made the transportation song two ways. One for you to just sing and another way that's a little more interactive.

Transportation Song

Wheels on the Train



Enjoy and Yay for a short week!

I did a little quick Christmas shopping. Ethan was with me so we had to keep moving to keep him content. He doesn't enjoy shopping like me.
At Target I bought some pencils for the holidays and some more ornaments. I have some from last year. I use them for sorting and counting out. All in the $1 section.

 
At Lakeshore I bought some of these for my little ones and I bought a set for Ethan. They were on sale! :)

 
I bought this game. Since my kids skills are so varied this year I though this would be a great game! It was also on sale for $15.

 
I may have to head back next week for some more Lakeshore materials for the classroom. They have some great deals right now you'll have to check out. :) Happy Sunday!
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This past week we talked about colors. Unfortunately, it was a super crazy week at work and home so I didn't get the opportunity to take many pictures. The owls are from last week.


We read Dog's Colorful Day and bingo stamped the story. I got this idea from A Special Kind of Class. She has a lot of great ideas of activities to do with this book.
 We also fingerpainted in plastic bags. The kids squished the paint around and mixed colors after reading Mouse Paint. It was a lot of fun for the kids and good sensory experience! :)
 
We also found color items in the Color Sensory Bottles I had made this past summer and yesterday we painted with marshmallows to make circles and lots of colors (another great fine motor activity). Next week we start Thanksgiving, which is right around the corner! Crazy how fast the time goes! Well, have a fun weekend!
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