Monday, November 24, 2014

My Favorite Turkey Craft


I remember my son did this when he was in kindergarten and I couldn't wait to try it with my class.
This is a parent-pleaser, not only because it's so cute, but because it is made from the foot and hand tracings of their child!


 It's messy, but oh so fun.

Here are the winners from this weekend's giveaway- check your email, ladies!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

48 Hour Giveaway

I thought it would be fun to have a quick, 48 hour giveaway!

I don't know about you, but I am filling my wish list for this upcoming Black Friday and could use some extra TPT cash.

Now you can grab some, too!


$10 gift card

Editable Spelling and Newsletters

Happy Saturday!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Word Family Turkeys!

I love this time of year. We get to create fun art while following through with our learning targets (barf).

The kids really did love this and it's one of those principal-pleasers.  'Looks so cute in the hallway!

We also continued with our new letter and word of the week. Yes, we planned this. . . 

Grab the above literacy sheets from Letter and Word of the Week.

And we have been super busy in math working on number sense and decomposing numbers.

This reinvented Roll and Record is from my new pack!

I leave you with my favorite moment of last week. Gotta love those Silly Hats!

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Our 50th Day!

New letter, word and color of the week.
Don't they all go together so well?
#weplannedthat #iswear

All of the above can be found in this pack.

Grab this color sheet here.

Our 50th day could not have been more fun!!!
I just love the drawings!

Grab your 50th day freebies HERE.

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Back to Kindergarten Reality {50th Day Freebie}

Along with an exciting past week, we had a lot of fun with literacy and math!
Math is filled with grab and count, roll and record, combinations of 5 and more!
Do you think I remembered to take pictures of that fun stuff?
Of course not, I was too busy.
But at closing period for literacy, the kids share their work with everyone, so I was able to snag some great pics!
Check out our letter/word of the week.





I just love our silly hats!
ALL of the above literacy activities are found in this pack:
Tuesday will be our 50th day of school! How about you?
Here are some FREE activities to use that day.
Happy Sunday!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

When They Leave Forever

You know that I prefer cutesy, happy posts any day of the week, but sometimes, a girl needs to vent. I had tons of pictures and cute projects to post today, but today was a day filled with so much reality and sadness, that I know that is the story that needs to be told right now. Our word of the week can wait.:)

Our classroom is so cohesive this year. I don't have any chair-throwers (for the first time ever)  and all of my kids are so sweet and loving to each other, despite their poverty-stricken lives. It is a beautiful thing to be a part of every day. Today, one of my sweetest, smartest, most-loving little girls was picked up at 1:30pm and her mom said that she was never coming back. My little honey was shocked/devastated and Mom was just as sad- apparently they lost their housing and have to go, "back to Chicago." It was very traumatic for her and the other kids. She just left. Forever.

This sort of thing happens every year. It is completely normal for a student to just not show up and never return again. It's always sad. Always. Today was different because it was in the middle of the day. Because it was a shock to the little girl. Because it was a shock to the students and myself.
We lost a member of our family and couldn't do anything about it.

The kids were so sad and some were crying. So, I threw our "enrichment" lesson out the window and sat in the circle with the kids. I assured them that this is sad and it's okay to be sad. I let them talk. I let them cry. And because it's kindergarten, they started talking about when their grandma died and when their pet died and that Mom went to jail last night and that Dad is never coming back. Every child wanted to share, so I let them. My kids all shared a traumatic event (so many parents in jail) that has happened to them recently. It was so hard for me to keep it together. . . but I did.
Because that is my job. To love my kids and be their rock, their stable figure at school. Someone they can trust. 

But my heart broke for all of them. When people talk about our students' low scores or how their parents need to, "get a job," I want to scream. Sit with these darlings. Understand that they are coming from a place that most of us can't imagine. And yet, we expect them to earn the same scores as anyone else in any other school in any other home in any other situation. There is so much good here and I want society to see that good, but sometimes I feel like I'm drowning in a sea of hopelessness.

Tomorrow is another day. . .

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