Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Fun!


It's here! It's here! It's finally Spring break time for us! Six entire days off. I don't think I have had this much time off in the Spring since I began teaching. We always have too many snow days.  Today our elf Zippy showed up for a visit!   This time he got into the bag of jelly beans that I had for the class. At Christmas when he got into Mrs. M's chocolate the class thought it was funny. Now that he got into THEIR jelly beans they didn't think it was so funny. They were so excited to see him but then kept discussing "bad Zippy" throughout the day. So cute!!

Since it is so close to Easter I just wanted to share a few last minute photos and work samples focused on this holiday. We had an Easter Egg hunt for the kids today and they loved their candy and treats. What they really had fun watching was the STAFF egg hunt!! The kids gathered around a large grassy area outside and watched the teacher's scramble for eggs as they cheered us on. I managed to grab an egg with a free "blue jeans day" pass in it! Last year I got REALLY lucky and got a $25 certificate for classroom supplies. No such luck this year but it was still fun!
They loved the super reader bunny glasses I put in the reading center!


We made a quick bunny word chart together. First the kids copied the words in their word rings and then added pictures. Later we wrote a class story using some of the words from the list.  My wonderful student teacher Ms. W found some cute bunny clip art of rabbit balancing an egg on his nose. She made these into blank books for the class and they went to town writing their own bunny stories! They turned out great! Below I'm sharing two examples from students with various levels of writing skills.
"One day I saw a bunny. It was a Easter Bunny. He saw me. I said 'Here is an egg. He said thank you.'   I gave him the egg. He ran with the egg. I searched for my eggs the next morning."
"Next Easter maybe I will catch him."
"The Easter Bunny dropped the egg.  Oh no! How can he fix it?  During a writing conference with this student we edited his punctuation and spacing.
"He used tools."
My student teacher Ms. W has been with us now for five days! The kids are bonding with her and she's catching on quickly to our routines!  She has been observing and is beginning to take over transitions during the day. I've retreated with my "stuff" from my desk to a table that I'm planning on using as my hiding spot as she begins to take on responsibilities.  Now we all know that Kindergarten teachers rarely have time to actually SIT at their desk during the day, but it is nice to have a place to pile organize our plans and materials.  At the end of the day today I got my desk all re-arranged and organized for Ms. W! 

My desk has not been this clean the entire year. Sad but true. 
I've moved my own projects I plan on working on to a strategic spot that I can observe from.  I am looking forward to next week as she begins to implement some of our whole group reading activities. So exciting for all of us!
This is a little more realistic with my piles, etc! 
      

                                                                               

7 comments:

  1. Just found your darling blog and became your newest follower!! Love your Easter things...especially those bunny sunglasses!
    Robynn
    BusyBees

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    1. Thank you! So glad you are following! They do love the bunny glasses =)

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  2. SO cute! The glasses are precious and I love their stories.
    Erica

    Sprinkles to Kindergarten

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    1. The glasses look adorable on them! Target $1 section...can't beat that =)

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  3. Hello there!
    I love the fact that your teachers get to scramble for eggs!!!! Hilarious and fun! I love that the Elf on the Shelf came out too....way to get more out of him than just at Christmas. I have Mr. Harry, a puppet in my class that gets into all kinds of things too. The kids love that!
    Thanks for following my blog! I am your newest follower!
    seabear's kindergarten

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    1. So glad you stopped by! The kids did really enjoy watching the teachers run for the eggs. It was cute how they cheered their teachers on =)

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