Peek at My Week - Spiders

Hello again for another peek at my week!   This week we are doing a little bit of everything, but our main theme is spiders!  Gearing up for Halloween craziness, and our Fall Festival on Friday, I am definitely going to bed early tonight!

We are hitting our beginning sounds pretty hard for the next couple of weeks with our morning work, in-class activities, and with our centers.  My students are really starting to grasp the idea of isolating that sound.

At the end of the week I am looking forward to doing this crayon resist art with my students that I found on Pinterest.

Spider Web Art Project for Children with Watercolor Resist *Great Halloween idea for kids

If you are interested in downloading my plans in a PDF form, click HERE

Follow this link to view what other teachers are up to week with DeeDee Wills'

Have a wonderful week everyone!!


What Worked Well Wednesday - Creating an effective spelling program

Good morning everyone!

   Today I am blogging over at the Kinder Tribe sharing my best practices for kindergarten spelling in one of our What Worked Well Wednesday linky parties!

Head on over to the Kinder Tribe's page by clicking on the link below, and joining up with our linky!


Pumpkin Peek at My Week with freebies included!

Hi everyone!

    It's that time again for Sunday lesson planning!  It's been in the 90's here the past three days, and the rest of the week looks like it's going to be just as bad : ( Our office is easily ten degrees hotter than the rest of the house for some reason, and  I am just so tired of the heat!  My husband and I decided it wasn't getting any cooler in San Diego, so we splurged a little, and bought a single room AC for the bedroom.  This weather is miserable, but it's a little more bearable when you can get a good nights sleep!  Anywho, I am prepping for a week full of pumpkins with this Peek at My Week!

I lined up my phonological awareness curriculum, Kinder Literacy, science, and art to all match my pumpkiny theme.

I love pumpkin week, and my students get so excited about it!  I love doing pumpkin dissections with them.  Making them reach inside and pick out seeds themselves never gets old.  I love the comments they make, "Are you trying to make me vomit?" Hahahahaha!!! I love bringing in pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, and roasted seeds for them to try.  Now that I think about it, most of my favorite weeks in Kindergarten revolve around food! Hello apples and gingerbread!

To begin our dissection, my students feel the outside of the pumpkin, and we come up with adjectives to describe how it looks and feels.  We cut the top off and use our 5 senses to describe what we see inside.  We scoop out seeds to glue on to our papers, and add yellow string to imitate the pulp.  If you would like a copy of the pages we use for our dissection, click on the picture below, and it will take you to the freebie!

During science time, we talk about the pumpkin life cycle.  We learn pumpkin vocabulary, and even get a chance to plant our own pumpkin seeds, in the hopes that they will one day become a big beautiful pumpkin like the one we dissected!  I use the resource below to reinforce the pumpkin life cycle.  If you would like a copy of it, just click on the link below.


I found this really cool art project on pinterest today, and I can't wait to try it!  I love the idea of mixing black paint into the glue to give it that interesting texture, and I've never used salt to add dimension to any art work, so this should be interesting!

I hope all of you are in areas that are enjoying cool, fall weather!  Put on your riding boots and vests, drink you pumpkin spice latte's, and think of me! : )  Have a wonderful week everyone!


Peek at My Week

I'm linking up today with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten to share a Peek at My Week!

This week is all about bats!  We'll be looking at the text Stellaluna, both in our phonological awareness curriculum from Jen Jones, and in our Kinder Literacy from Tara West.

We have a ton of non-fiction bat texts to read as well, they are such interesting creatures!
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We are still working on letter recognition with our morning work, and focusing on correct letter formation in our Open Court lessons.

Have an awesome week everyone!