Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fine Motor Morning Work Bins!!







Most of my kindergarten students come into school without knowing how to use scissors.  I've come to expect it, and always teach lessons on cutting in September.  

This year I was pretty surprised to see that many of my kids couldn't hold a pencil.  Or lacked the finger grip strength to control the pencil to make legible letters.  

I knew I needed to do something.  

I have already changed my morning routine by adding the new power point sign in (check it out HERE!).  We used to do pencil and paper morning work, but that wasn't engaging for my kiddos.  I did some research and found some fine motor stations to use every day in the morning!  


Here are the 5 stations I have made (so far!).  Click each picture to find a link to where I purchased each material.   I am not affiliated with any of these retailers, just passing on where I found them!


Pop Beads






These pop beads bring me back to my childhood.  They take a lot of dexterity to pop them together and then pull them apart!  My students try to make the longest chain they can, or they make bracelets.  



Fancy Scissors







The bright paper takes this fancy scissors station from meh to WOW.  And the smaller the paper gets, the more precision they need to cut!  


Fun Shaped Hole Punches







This set of hole punches is awesome.  They have to use a strong grip to punch the hearts, stars, etc.  The bright paper makes it super fun.  You can even save the shapes for later!



Nuts and Bolts







These nuts and bolts are so simple, but they love them!  They work to twist the nut onto the bolt. My students like to see how many nuts they can twist on and then take them all off!  So easy.  



Squeeze Tweezers







These squeeze tweezers are SOOOOO worth the price  They pinch the tweezers to pick up and drop the puff balls into the cups.  They work to fill the cups as quickly as they can.  






I store my stations in these snap and lock bins.  I ordered them from amazon, but they sell them all over.  I like that they stack and don't take up too much space!  



This year I have a number of students who need a routine to be comfortable in the classroom.  So instead of allowing my students to choose an activity, I rotate them between my 5 tables daily.  We are on week 2 and my students love it.  I can already see their grip strength improving!



I have plans to add more stations (pipe cleaners and pony beads, scissors and straws, therapy putty, etc.) --- but $$ is an issue so I'll be holding off for a while.




Sunday, October 23, 2016

$25 TPT Gift Card Giveaway!!!



Pretty much every teacher I know has a wish list filled with gems on TPT.  You are waiting for a sale, or for payday, before you buy those awesome items.  Well, you may be able to buy some of those resources sooner than later!!

I'm working with a great group of teachers to offer a TPT gift card giveaway!  It is super easy to enter, go check it out HERE!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  

 Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card


 Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy  


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Monday, October 17, 2016

Fall is here!!


It is finally cooler here in Virginia.

The leaves are changing colors.  I've pulled out my sweaters and found all my scarves.  So good.

I love teaching about fall.  Apples, pumpkins, leaves, squirrels .... it is all so fun.

I also love incorporating Fall themes into Reading and Writing.  Right now we are working on recognizing and writing our names.  So these Fall Name Poems are a perfect tie in with all things Autumn.




I love to read them whole group and substitute each student's name in the blanks.  By the time I've read it 24 times they all know the words!  After they finish we add it to their poetry folder so they can read it later!

Click any picture below to check them out!  Or click HERE.









Enjoy!




Thursday, October 13, 2016

200th Follower Freebie






My TPT store has reached 200 Followers!


To celebrate  I am offering a freebie!


CLICK HERE to grab this freebie!


Hope you enjoy!





Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Back to School: All About Me QR Code Videos with Seesaw!






Every year we make our All About Me posters.  They are a great hallway decoration before Back To School Night.  This year I added a few elements of technology to jazz them up.

Students first use a pre-cut circle to make their face.  We gently encourage our friends to choose a skin color that matches our own - it doesn't always work.  HA.  They make their eyes, nose, mouth, etc.  You get to see right away who hasn't had opportunities to draw and color.  We are going to be working on fine motor A LOT this year.

Students decorate a t-shirt, like this one, with things they love.  I modeled drawing the things that make me happy like flowers, elephants, and books.  I saw a lot of flowers, elephants and books on their t-shirts.  Oh well!

My assistant and I glued the t-shirts and faces onto large paper so that students can add hair and arms and backgrounds.





While they are working I take them out in the hallway to take a video using Seesaw.  If you haven't heard of Seesaw, it is my favorite app of all time.














My parents LOVED seeing the videos.  Often I would have comments on seesaw within minutes of posting the videos.


A new, and awesome feature of Seesaw is the QR code generator.  Click on any entry (picture, video, etc.) and you can make it into a QR code.  I glued the QR code onto their posters and voila! So easy.






If you haven't already signed up for Seesaw, you really need to.  It will change your life.


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