I agree with Farley that 2013 has been somewhat of a slow year so far. I don't know why, but January has felt a lot longer than I thought it would. Maybe I was anticipating being so busy and that's why. Anyways, you can link up at Oh Boy Fourth Grade!

Listening-Ethan loves talking but his vocab is limited to about 6 words. I cannot wait until I can start understanding all that he has to tell me!
Loving that it is the weekend! I hope to try to work on our spare bedroom. We will see how productive I am!
Thinking about some of the homework I have to get done before my two Monday night classes. Ugh!
Needing to start working out again. I went twice this week, which is progress from nothing.
Pet Peeves-This year I have LOTS of kids that are putting their fingers in their nose and mouth. I use to have a couple, but this year I have about 7 or 8! All I can think about are germs! Yuck!

Also, for some Fubulicious Freebies in time for Valentine's Day! :)You can link up here

Catch a Falling Star

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Happy Groundhog's Day!

Happy February! I don't know about you, but I thought January flew by! Here are a few random things we did this week. Make sure to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching.

1. We made snowmen out of paper cups, white paint, yarn, paper circles, raisins and other random materials.

2. We played in the rice table and I forgot how much of mess my little ones can make with the rice. Thank goodness for a broom and dustpan because they love playing with it.

3. This past week we painted with blue paint and after smearing it around some we added salt for a different texture. My morning class just loved doing this!

4. This is a mitten activity done a few weeks ago with the afternoon class. The students laced two white mittens together and then they colored the animals from the mitten and put them inside the mitten. It is great for retelling the story and helped with identifying the animals, as well as, fine motor skills.

5. I wanted to share this activity that one of the kindergarten teachers in my building did. She had the students cut out pictures from Scholastic magazines and sort them into fiction and nonfiction. I thought it was a great idea!

Happy Friday!

I found this a while back, but have not had the opportunity to make it, but on our snow day on Monday I finally got around to it! :) I found the idea on Dr. Jean's site and you can find the post here.
I just used a beanie baby and attached a round magnet that I had from a previous project onto the dog's nose.

This is how the game works. Put magnets on the back of the dog house or put on poster board and laminate. Place all the letters in the dog’s house. (use magnetic letters or attach a paper clip to each card provided). Then using the dog provided attach a magnet to the dog’s nose or to a stuffed animal dog’s nose. Have the students find the letters, numbers, colors or shapes. Students identify and then put it in the dog’s dish. I am looking forward to doing this with my kiddos next week.
Who Let the Dog Out?

When I woke up this morning our district still hadn't called for a snow day and let me tell you I was quite bummed. I got Ethan up and ready and finally after about 30 minutes it was posted on Fox 2 and then about 20 minutes after that the phone call finally came. Better late than never.

Anyways, I don't know about you, but I always find that I spend A LOT of time on literacy activities and many times math activities get forgotten about. It is challenging to fit in a lot when I only have my kiddos for 2.5 hours a day and only one of my students has math as an IEP goal. I want to do so much and never get through it all. Circle time is when I do the most of our math activities: calendar, counting, shapes, colors, etc. I have been trying to incorporate more math into my language center and created these number printing sheets. I also have created some Valentine Math Freeibies to do with my kiddos this coming month.  My afternoon class are ready for printing and it will definitely help them in kindergarten and on the brigance assessment I have to give them coming up at the end of the year. You can purchase the number pages here

Here is a preview of one of the number pages.

Now for some Valetine math freebies. You can get them here If you have a snow day enjoy it and if not I hope you have a great Monday!

My students loved playing the catch a snowflake game and a lot of them still need practice counting out objects or identifying the numerals so I made one similar for more practice. You can get it on my tpt site or from Scribd. I like how I can use it for both my morning class and afternoon class, but just adjust the skill that we are working on. I hope you enjoy it and are staying warm! It is freezing here and I am already longing for spring! Enjoy!
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