Thursday, April 30, 2015

What's On Your Bulletin Board Linky - April

Do you love looking at bulletin boards?  I do!  I love putting up new boards and seeing my Kinders faces light up when they see their hard work up on the walls!  However, I do have a little bit of a problem switching out my boards in a timely manner.  I thought about how I could motivate myself to switch them out more often.  What better way than to start a linky!?!

Each month I will share what's on my bulletin boards and would love for you to share what's on yours!  My plan is to add a new linky on the last day of the month and have the link up available until the end of the next month.

Today I am going to share with you what is currently on my bulletin boards in my classroom.  Well, technically I only have two small square bulletin boards so I use my walls as quasi bulletin boards.

My actual bulletin boards are currently housing spring poems that we completed together.  We made a list of spring words for each letter and students got to choose their favorite words.  They then chose a background color and glued their poems on.  I love the spring colors!

On my scrapbook paper wall, I have a chicks project that we completed.  A few weeks ago we read several books about chicks and made these cute projects.

My plain wall is housing our Earth Day handprint Earths.  We used glitter paint from Lakeshore Learning to make our handprints and land.  I absolutely love how they turned out and will be using more glitter paint in the future!

Would you like to share your bulletin boards?  All you have to do is grab the graphic above and add your link below.  I can't wait to see all of the great projects your students have completed!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - New Crayons

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!  Today I am linking up with Christina from Sugar and Spice for a little Wordless Wednesday fun.

Today was a big day in my classroom.  Before my Kinders came in this morning, I switched out the large crayons that they had been using since the beginning of they year with small ones.  To say they were excited is an understatement!  Students who haven't really been interested in coloring were asking if they could color their skills sheets when they finished their center work.  When we finished our map skills sheet today, we had a few minutes before dismissal.  I asked if they wanted to draw a picture on the back and use their new crayons.  There was a resounding yes!  My Kinders were so proud of their pictures!

Do you use the large or small crayons in your class or a combination of both throughout the year?  I would love to hear what other teachers use!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Checking Work Tip

Have you ever had a moment when you asked yourself "Why didn't I think of that sooner?"  Well, that is exactly what happened to me a few weeks ago.

I love having my Kinders do a Write the Room activity almost every week during literacy centers.  It gets them up and moving around the room while still providing them practice with a needed skill. Some of skills that I have had my Kinders work on are letter identification, identifying beginning, medial, and final sounds, writing CVC/CVCe words, and syllables.

A few weeks ago, I had my students completing a syllable activity as their Write the Room activity.  Students went around to pictures, clapped out the syllables, and colored the matching number of pictures on their skills sheet.  Well, we did a similar activity the prior week, and I had to go around the room to find the answers.  This time I thought there must be a better way.  Of course there was!

My solution was to print off both pages onto one sheet.  I told you it was simple.  lol

Here are the steps that I used to put my two pages on one in case you have never done it.  Please note that my screenshot is using Adobe Acrobat Pro, but I checked on another computer that only had Adobe Reader and it worked exactly the same. 

1.  Pick the pages that you want printed.  {I chose just the two pages from my syllable activity, but you could chose the whole packet if you wanted.}
2.  Click on the "Multiple" button.
3.  Click on the "Pages per sheet:" drop down menu.  You can pick 2, 4, 6, 9, 16, or custom from the menu.  {I chose 2, because my activity was only two pages long.  I would have chosen a larger number if I had needed more pages.}
4.  Finally, you need to chose the orientation.  

Once I had gone through all of those steps, I printed it off and was able to check my Kinders' work with ease!  I hope this tip will help you in some way!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Earth Day Feebie

I know I have been super absent.  I have some posts that I am working on, but I wanted to get this freebie out tonight just in case you wanted it to use it tomorrow for Earth Day (or even save it for next year).

*Click on any of the pictures below for your freebie!

I hope your students enjoy making these crowns!  I hope to be back very soon with a more in depth post.  Thanks for stopping by!

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