Friday, March 10, 2017

$25 Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway!





Who else loves coffee?!?!



I LOVE coffee.  My husband is the architect for a coffee company (big shout out to to my FAVORITES over at Compass Coffee! If you are ever in DC you  should GO, and if not, they ship!!) so he feeds my caffeine habit on the regular.  

But if I'm in Virginia (where, booo there isn't a Compass Coffee shop YET) and I need a quiet space to write a grad school paper, then Starbucks is where you will find me.  

Do you like Starbucks?  Then you should totally enter this giveaway.  

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A $25 Starbucks Gift Card


Giveaway Organized by:



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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Kindergarten Letter of the Week - over it or still loving it?

Letter of the Week.....should we or shouldn't we?


I have been teaching a single letter a week for my entire career.  It is the way we have always done things.  I figured that if students are coming into K without letter knowledge, then throwing all 26 at them would be too much.  Right?


Well, recently we (myself and my team) have been under scrutiny from the reading specialist (who was never a primary teacher) about this practice.


She argues that because most kids come into K with letter identification skills, so we don't need to teach the letters in isolation.


Hmm.  I don't disagree with her on that point.  However, I would like to note that we don't do a whole week of only Bb themed work.  We aren't making Bs out of beans, for example.  Our letter work is more phonemic awareness and handwriting based.


Let me explain...



ABC Notebook



We have a Letter of the Week notebook, which we use a handwriting tool and picture dictionary.  We would put this in their spiral notebook every Thursday.  You can find a link to this resource at the bottom of the page.










ABC Handwriting Pages



For morning work, or on a slow day, we would having our letter of the week as handwriting practice. You can find a link to this resource at the bottom of the page.  









What order do we teach the letters?



We consulted with the Occupational Therapist and created a schedule for teaching the letters.  We started with letters that start with a tall stick like L, F, D, and B.  This helps the students get in the practice of starting at the top.  If you follow Handwriting Without Tears, it is a similar order.  


We also chose to save the vowels for the end, understanding that the vowel sounds are much more difficult for kindergarten students to grasp.  



So, what did we decide??



After hearing about the Letter of the Week a LOT, we chose to only re-word how we talked about it.  I figured, if the words, "Letter of the Week" gave the impression of Bs made out of beans, then we need to flip the script a bit.  


So, now we call it our, "Weekly Handwriting Focus Letter."  Figuring they can't be mad at us for teaching handwriting, right?!  


So far it has worked well.  No more complaints from the reading specialist or the Administration. In the end, because of scheduling demands we have started doing the Notebook as a Literacy Station activity, which works out great!  
 

Click the pictures below to find these ABC resources on my TPT store!  Or you can grab them HERE and HERE.  












So, Kindergarten Teachers tell me...


Do you do a letter of the week?  Comment below with your two cents on this controversial issue! :)



Monday, March 6, 2017

$10 TPT Giveaway!

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I am fairly new to the blogging game, but I am so appreciative of everyone who takes the time to read what I write.


As a big thank you, I am giving away a $10 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card!  The only mandatory entry is a comment on the blog post,  I want to get to know the people that read by blog every day! But there are many other opportunities for extra entries too!


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Thursday, March 2, 2017

My kids are all sick. Now I'm worried....




This winter there have been multiple instances of 4-5 kids from my class being sick with some sort of stomach virus.  This has been true for every grade level in the school.  

Yesterday it hit my house.  


I will spare you the details.  But after 13 years of teaching, and almost 8 years of motherhood, I was not prepared for the grossness.  **shudder**


So today was spent taking care of a sick little one.  I spent all day snuggled up with her, making her feel better.  Totally confident in my ability to stay healthy.  As a veteran Kindergarten teacher, I don't usually get sick.  I figure I'm immune to most everything, right?


Right?!


Well, tonight I'm worried I may be overconfident in my ability to stay healthy.  I'll let you know how it works out....


~Kristen



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Where. Are. My. SNOW DAYS?! My Wednesday Whine.

We haven't had the 100th day of school in February in YEARS. 


Years people.  


This is my daughter, Simone, enjoying one 
of our MANY snow days last year.  **Cry**




Last year we used something like 12 snow days.  The year before also 12ish.  


This year??


Nada.  Zip.  Zero.  Zilch.  


So no snow?


Oh there was some snow.  ON A SATURDAY.  Someone up in the weather regulation department hates us teachers.  


But we built in 13 snow days...?



According to our school system's very difficult to understand minutes vs. days logic we will not be getting these 13 built in days back in June.  


Has someone started a petition?  I hope so.  13 days longer in June is a nightmare for pretty much any teacher anywhere.  


Sure, I am sort of enjoying the balmy February weather.  But I will remind myself of my enjoyment on June 23rd when I am still teaching Kindergarten.  


What are your Wednesday whines?