Showing posts with label Pinterest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pinterest. Show all posts

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Liebster and Pinterest

I want to send a big THANK YOU to Liz from Crazy for Kindergarten for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award!  

Liebster is German for needless to say that I am very honored to be nominated for this!  Part of the responsibility for receiving this award is to pass it on to five other blogs that have under 200 followers. I have so many so this is a bit difficult but here are my nominees:

Stop by and check out these great blogs....they are full of great ideas!!


I am addicted.  But I think many teachers are so I'm not alone! =)

Last week I pinned this little gem for bathroom passes...
Teaching 4 Real: Classroom Craziness Set Up Day 2.. FREEBIE Included

I love this! You know who is out of the room and they are not carrying something with them into the potty...eeewwww! 


So here is my take on this little project.....

When I put the magnetic tape on the back of my see through plastic plates they ended up looking like "eyes" so I added the mouth and the girl's bow with permanent marker.  My teenage daughter did her best "kindergarten handwriting" to model her name on the girls' pass!! =)  Everything has magnetic tape on it so I'm hoping it will be an easy way for them to mark their name down when they need to use the restroom. 

Little Miss Smarty pants  My beautiful and amazing teenage daughter said they probably won't remember to erase it when they come back to the room.  I think they will because they are kindergartners who love to write and erase with dry erase markers! We'll see I guess!
                                                                                                      Mrs. M

Monday, June 11, 2012

Pinterest Overload

Ah...Pinterest! So many teachers are just loving Pinterest this year! I also know of many that didn't have time to  explore the site during the school year and are now making up for lost time. =)  When I first discovered Pinterest I became obsessed with the decorating ideas and then moved onto the clothing and style pins. I didn't even catch on to the fact that there were EDUCATION pins until much, much later! I have no idea how that even happened..... 

So once I discovered some pins focused on classroom design and activities I was so excited and created my Kindergarten page.  At first this was enough for me but then we had a couple of snow days.

Snow days, fire in the fireplace, hot chocolate and PINTEREST...what more could a teacher ask for?

I went on a pinning frenzy and my Kindergarten board grew and grew. After realizing I needed to organize my pins I made my literacy and math pages.  So, fast forward a couple of months and now I'm on summer vacation. I've really taken a break from all things school related, blog related and even Pinterest related. I've browsed the site but really haven't been searching for ideas at all. 

However, now I'm beginning to think about next year....just a little bit. 

I'd like to use Pinterest for more than a visual scrap book of ideas. I'd like it to be a useful tool in finding ideas that can make my classroom/teaching life more organized, creative and of course effective.   I've been browsing through my pins and am looking for those that will help me get off to a smooth and organized start at the beginning of the school year.  So here are a few of my favorites that I think would be helpful with beginning of the year planning.

This pin is from a wonderful post on  Kindergartenworks to help get your teacher binder off to a very organized start!

I love seeing how others organize their materials in centers!

Great idea for a substitute folder! 
I'm always looking for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities for the beginning of the year.
Back to school means learning first names again. I love this name center activity!
I thought this would be a great activity when starting math stations at the beginning of the school year.

I've also used Pinterest this past school year to pin some of my own items. I'm hoping that using Pinterest for this will help me remember some of my favorite activities instead of "reinventing the wheel" every school year! Here are a couple of my own favorites from this past school year that I'm hoping to use again.

As I continue searching Pinterest for pins that will help my beginning of the year go smoothly I'm on the hunt for some behavior management ideas.  I love the rainbow system shown below but I'm not sure that this is the one I want to use for sure.  So...........the search continues!

Now that I've visited Pinterest again I believe it's time to take a break. It IS summer after all isn't it?? Hopefully you are on summer vacation yourself and enjoying some well deserved downtime!  I am curious though when I see all of the fantastic pins that other bloggers are posting...just how are they organizing and using those pins?  I'd love to hear how Pinterest is working for you....please share!
                                                                                        Mrs. M

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

TBA and ..oh watch out for SNAKES!

I am a blog stalker! I love browsing blogs and classroom websites for new ideas.  Now with Pinterest and Teaching Blog Addict I can find all sorts of amazing ideas to put my own twist on.  I love to browse the blogs on Teaching Blog Addict and find just the right one to help spark some idea for me and my own classroom. If your reading this there is a good chance you have already discovered this sight...but if not check it out.  
 Now since I love sharing I wanted to post about an amazing Kindergarten teacher friend of mine who is sharing her latest project with me. Mrs. B was my very first student teacher and when it was her turn to FINALLY  be teaching full time in my classroom the class had become very interested in ponds and pond life. One of my students graciously offered to bring in his new tadpole kit so we could observe this transformation  in my room. We were very excited and named our young tadpole "Surfy."

This was a great unit for a student teacher to be involved many endless possibilities for projects!  However, as Surfy grew and grew it became more of a chore to clean his little habitat. I also forgot to mention that both Mrs. B and I are just a little squeamish when it comes to slimy creatures.  Well it was her unit after all so I of course let her have the fun of cleaning the habitat. (We get along great now despite this!)

 One day as Mrs. B was taking care of Surfy I decided to try to help out. On this particular day Surfy decided to make a huge leap right for Mrs. B's face! We were both a little shaken and laughing hysterically at the same time. We decided that it was time for Surfy to go home with my student. forward a few years and imagine my surprise when she announces her class would be studying SNAKES! Besides researching books and videos I know her kiddos are on a hunt for that perfect snake skin to observe in her science center. I can't wait to see that one! In the meantime here are some samples from her class:

They began by writing their facts about snakes. As a class they sorted the cards into things that are true and not true about snakes.
Snakes created in the art center.
Each student also made a snake puppet in the art center. They began by writing a sentence about their snake and then a "first, next, last" story page. The above sample snake is Rainy and he likes to build and drive an R.V.
 This is "Dee." Dee drives a wrecker and is eating tires.  I love the yellow hard hat on Dee!
During a large group activity they made a list of  __ake words and used the words in sentences. Together they created a class story out of this.

I hope you enjoyed a peek into Mrs. B's room and her snake project samples! You can see more pictures and details of this and other projects her class has completed on her website
Thank you for stopping by my blog! Have a great week!
                                                                                                                 Mrs. M

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Pinning Addict!

I must admit when I first started Pinterest I didn't think too much of it. That is until I started seeing all of the great education ideas! Now I am an addicted pinner! It did cross my mind that maybe it wasn't totally okay to be pinning some of these great ideas without permission. Then I read this article and now am looking at pinning in a different light.  However, that being said I would be absolutely THRILLED if I saw some of my own ideas on Pinterest!! Feel free to Pin and to follow on  Pinterest .

Now onto sharing ideas! I love to get my morning off to a great start with my Kindergarteners. Many Kindergarten classrooms do some sort of "morning message." One of my favorite takes on this activity is "The Daily News." I've done this in my room since my first year of teaching! At the beginning of the year I pull sticks out of a cup to choose those that will get to share their news for the day because EVERYONE wants to share their exciting news.  We do a shared writing activity with it and look for letters and popcorn words. Now that we are into the second semester the kids take turns writing their own news. The above says "My brother can now roll a ball. I got new shoes. & I was sick, I had strep."
On days that we have something different going on like an assembly or a schedule change I will have the "newscasters" write the news on their own while the rest of the class moves on to another activity. Later the news will be put in our chart/big book center and the kids can edit the news or look for popcorn words and letters we are working on.
"I had a scary dream. I went to California. & My cousin is sick." Later as a class we usually go through the news and discuss any editing that took place. We will also talk about the popcorn words and letters that were "buttered" with their yellow marker.
The above shows one of their first attempts at editing on their own in a center without any assistance!  Later that morning we reviewed the edits together. Thank you for visiting my blog! Have a great rest of your weekend!
                                                                                                           Mrs. M
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