Friday, June 26, 2015

Math Strategies You Can COUNT On!

I'm super excited to be teaming up today with The Kindergarten Smorgasboard, Teacher Laura, and Bonnie Kathryn Kinders & Beyond! We're giving you some great math strategies and fun learning activities for numeracy, counting, and more!

Confession time ... Math is just not my favorite subject to teach. It wasn't my favorite to learn about when I was in school either! With that being said, I try to make math as fun as possible in my classroom so hopefully my kiddos will find a love for math and make a connection with it! Check out some games and activities I use in my classroom to help students practice their counting skills and one-to-one correspondence while also having fun!!

Puzzle Pieces & Way to Show Numbers
I love this activity because it allows students to practice their fine motor and puzzle skills while working on an important math concept!

Grab a puzzle from the dollar store and put it together! I broke mine up into sections of 4, but you can use as many pieces as you want for each number (just depends on your students and how many ways you want to show the numbers).

On the back of the puzzle pieces, write a number and different ways to show that number. Since this puzzle broke up into 6 sections, I decided to use numbers 5-10. I also kept all the ways to show numbers the same (numeral, tallies, dots, and ten frame).
I color coded my pieces so that the students can self check. As they get better at this activity (or to challenge higher level learners), you can make a new set and write everything in one color.

Store the pieces in a container and let the students start matching! You can mix together several puzzles or keep them all separate.

After students are successful with ways to show numbers puzzles, have them show it on paper! We use these printables of mine to show numbers in different ways, and then they glue it into their math notebook.
Ways to make numbers using printables

We also use these posters when we're working on this concept!
I enlarged a blank page from my poster pack, laminated it first, then taped the two pages together to make it a big, dry erase poster! I have the students model different ways to show numbers on this one. I hang up the color posters in my math station area so students can refer back to each number, if needed!
Ways to make numbers using printables and modeling with postersWays to make numbers using printables and modeling with posters

Counting on a Pie Chart
This activity helps students practice their one-to-one correspondence! It's also super easy to make! I grabbed a template from here. Then I put it into PowerPoint so I could enlarge it, printed it, and traced it to make the lines darker! This way I can make as many as I want with different amounts of spaces.

You can draw pictures or make it simple and just use stickers!

Write the numbers on clothespins. I color coded mine so students could self check when they finish. I just made a small dot on the back of the matching color.

 I also laminated mine to make it stronger.
(You could also print on cardstock so it won't be as flimsy.)
Counting with Food!
I love food, and I know my students do too! I try to bring food into activities whenever I can because it's always a big hit (and then we can snack on the leftovers!)

Just grab a muffin tin or counting mats plus any small food item and you have an activity ready to go!

Get a muffin tin and liners. Write numbers on the liners and put them into the tin. Grab a small food item and have the kiddos start counting! Another great way to practice one-to-one correspondence.

When we work with food, I always tell my students that once I check their work, they can eat it!

We love using seasonal sorting/counting mats to practice our counting, too!
(And eating the yummy leftovers!!)

Want some more math strategies you can COUNT on?!
Check out the posts from my blogging buddies over on their blogs!!


The Kindergarten Smorgasboard

Summer Stock Up!

Happy Summer everyone!!! I'll be honest...I'm really not even thinking about next school year and I'm just trying to enjoy my summer! But, I have joined The Primary Gal for her fabulous Summer Stock Up because I just can't help it! I'm going to tell you about my favorite sight word practice pages and you can even grab a sample over on my Facebook page you can get exclusive sampler pages down below!

One of the things I love about Kindergarten is teaching the kiddos how to read! Sight words are always a big part of my classroom... but sometimes I find it hard to fit in sight word work during our busy mornings! I know, I know...we're technically always working on sight word practice when we're reading and writing, but when it comes to introducing new words each week and getting time to work with those words, I feel like I'm coming up short sometimes!

That is how the idea for my Read-Trace-Write-Glue sight word sentences came about! I needed something that would focus on our weekly sight words that we could use [quickly] each week. These pages are GREAT for quick morning work. We usually do 2 or 3 of them every week! As the students are working, I'll walk around and ask them to read the sentence to me. It's a quick and easy way to practice our new words (and review old words). It also gives me a snapshot of who's getting it (and who might need more practice)!

Another thing I love about these pages is that they are an easy way to remind students about using picture clues when reading. Don't know the last word in the sentence? Use the picture on the page to help!

Oh wait, there's another thing I love about these pages....Handwriting practice!!! There's never enough time to practice letter formation and handwriting anymore. I love being able to sneak it in whenever I can! These pages are a great way to do just that!

Check out the way we're leaving finger spaces between our words!!! Every little bit of writing practice helps!

These sentences were such a hit in my classroom that I wanted more! (Because 100 sight word sentences just isn't enough!) Spring and Summer sentences were created this past year!
(Fall, Winter, and more Dolch sight words are coming soon!)
With all of these sentences flying around, I decided to bundle them up and offer them in a growing bundle (which means that you can buy it now at a lower price because the price will increase each time a new set is added).

Since the Summer Stock Up event is over, I'd still like to offer you this exclusive sampler. You'll only find it here on my blog!
Click HERE to get it!

Don't forget to check out all the great products and ideas you can learn about through the Summer Stock Up! Click on the image below to find more!

Remember to head over to Facebook to grab a FREEBIE sample of my Read-Trace-Write-Glue Sight Word Sentences!! Just click on the "Summer Stock Up" tab!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tell All Tuesday: Summer Snapshot!

I missed last Tuesday since I was driving all day, but I'm happy to be linking up today for Tell all Tuesday with My Day in K and Teach Talk Inspire!!

Last summer my hubby and I celebrated our 1st anniversary by going to a nearby beach (Indian Rocks Beach) for a long weekend. We're heading back in just a couple weeks, and I can't wait to see more of this!!!

 And do more of this!!
{See my previous post for some summer reading recommendations!}

Sadie is excited to go back to the beach too!
(Even though she's not allowed on the beach, she still loves a good vacation!)

Hope you're enjoying your summer!!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer Reading!

So excited for summer, and so excited for all of the books I'll be reading!!! I'm a huge bookworm! I read a lot during the school year, but summer is my time to read even more!

Thanks for having this great linky Lucky to be in First!!!

Here's what I'll be reading this summer:
These are just a few of the books I plan on reading! I have a goal to read 65 books this year and I'm behind right now...this is my time to get ahead!!

The Heir by Kiera Cass
The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Never Never by Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
Burning Kingdoms by Lauren DeStefano
Here's some of my favorites that you should read!

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Altered by Jennifer Rush
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Are you on Goodreads? If you aren't, you should be!! I keep track of all the books I've read, want to read, and own. (Like I said, I'm a bookworm!!!)