Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Snow Days!!

Oh boy it was tough getting back into the swing of things after a weekend off and two snow days. I'm not sure if it was harder on the kiddos or myself! However, we made it and after our Valentine party tomorrow, yes tomorrow, we should be able to get back to our "normal" routine. Oh wait, we have President's Day off next week! Well normal may have to wait for a few days. In the meantime here are some pics of what we have been up to in our writing center.

 I love a good "theme" in a Kindergarten classroom! Now that the "holidaze" are over and we've covered just about any snow and winter activity out there, it is time to move on to something new. DINOSAURS it is!!  Hope you find something that interests you. I know we are having fun!
                                                                                                       

I LOVE thematic "stickies" that you can get from craft stores. I put the dino stickies in the writing center and let the kids create their own stories based on their stickie pictures.
A writing sample from one of the books pictured above. The top sample is "Dinosaurs all around."

The Writing Center

My students are using word rings this year. Each child has spiral note cards where they can write their own thematic words. During our writing workshop time they often use the rings to look up words they know they've written before. Although this student used his "kindergarten spelling" they are also able to copy words from our thematic word charts. 

Dinosaurs in the block area...a must have for a dino unit! Tomorrow the kids will begin writing stories to go with the structures they create in this center. I can't wait to see what they come up with!

2 comments:

  1. I love the word ring idea and I'm pinning it to remember to get some for my class. I envision them using them to record words as well as story ideas they think of during the day since we work on writing personal narratives for most of the year. Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. I like the idea of using them for recording story ideas! Right now I have them do that in their regular journal but I think the word ring might be an easier place for them to record their ideas and actually go back to them. Thanks for the idea!

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