Sunday, March 9, 2014

Directed Drawing in Kindergarten Bridges to Writing


Welcome the the Bright Ideas Blog Hop!! Is your head spinning with great ideas? If you are new to my blog, I am a Kindergarten Intervention Specialist. I am a cross-categorical teacher, but I work primarily with students who have one or more learning disabilities in language arts, written expression or math. I also work with children who have social emotional and behavioral needs. My students are an amazing group of learners!!

For the last four days we have been researching the Emperor Penguin. I am going to try to compile all of the links, videos, games, and common core activities we used for a future post because it was FANTASTIC! The kids had a blast and learned so much! We are currently writing our own E-book that is nearly complete. The kids REALLY enjoyed creating it. I loved watching them work cooperatively together through the process. I will share the "how to's" for that next week.

I like to do directed drawing (aka guided drawing) with my students. I feel like this is an excellent activity for listening and following directions, fine motor and spacial awareness through a multi-sensory activity. We used our penguin art as illustrations in an e-book we are currently writing together. Below is the basic process I used for my lesson:

Step 1 For our emperor penguins I began by demonstrating the complete drawing and describing each line.
Step 2 I drew the penguin a 2nd time with the group. The children drew lightly with a pencil so they could erase if needed. We completed each step of the penguin together as a large group.
Step 3 The children traced their line drawings with a black crayon and added any other detail they wanted. Some children drew baby penguins, others eggs etc.
Step 4 The children painted their drawing with water color paints.
The entire process with clean up took us 30 minutes and the final artwork was unique and amazing!!

Below is a VERY rough draft I just drew up for the step by step to the penguin.

And look what I found in the hallways at school...more unique directed drawing! FaBuLoUs!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope this idea is useful in your classroom!! And now you are off to the amazing April from"A Modern Teacher" to hear some great tips about using Start Cards. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Easiest Kindergarten Math Game EVER!!

Today the kiddo's had a blast playing the easiest math game EVER!! Seriously....if you have unifix cubes it is basically zero prep.

Got these?

Today we played a game practicing "greater than" and "less than" and practiced tally marks as well. Ahead of time I took plastic circles, but poker chips would be perfect. I wrote "greater than" on one side and "less than" on the other. That was the prep, E*A*S*Y   P*E*A*S*Y!!
The children picked a buddy and took one handful of cubes. They built their cubes into a tower. Then they took turns flipping the discs and recording it on a piece of paper. The kids negotiated who would record and flip...taking turns etc. Some kids played 6 rounds of this game....seriously they loved it.

Looking for a good book with a social message?
A few weeks ago I started a Friendship Group on Fridays. I have a few students who need to work on some specific social skills. I wanted it to be fun but also allow for discussion on feelings. We read a book with a topic or trait we need to discuss. and then play a game or do a cooperative activity together.The first week we read My Mouth Is a Volcano. After reading the book we mixed up a batch of salt dough and made our own volcano together. This week we read....
This book is really funny, has a bit of fairytale humor and a message too. I also found this version on You Tube if you can't get your hands on a copy of the book.

I love good books don't you??

Saturday, January 25, 2014

February Freebies All Around

I have been doing some updates to my blogs and trying to get them 'linked' together. I think I have finally achieved success. You can now visit my clip art blog Oodles of Doodles by clicking on the 'clip art' tab above. Today I am giving away some simple blackline weather clip art.  Try using the link above to grab a copy.

I have posted my February Calendar Numbers on my FB page. Click on the 'Fan Freebie" button to download your free copy. Joy of Kindergarten on Facebook

I have a new Kindergarten Math Journal for February. It is free right now on TPT so grab a copy quick.

There is a color and b/w version of every page. 

I made this last year but it really is timeless. I'm posting it again in case you never got it.
This one is on google docs and you can access it with this link:

Stay Warm!!!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Introducing January Math Journals for Kindergarten

Home for a snow day and sharing my most recent creation. I have created a simple math journal packet that I will be implementing with my students. Many of my students struggle with writing numbers and letters using correct formation and size. I want them to be able to demonstrate what they know with increased independence. I love seeing all the unique math journals kindergarten teachers are using in their classrooms. I searched and searched for a math journal template that would be appropriate for my students. (Remember, my goal is independence.) I found some great stuff but it was either too hard, required too much teacher direction, or it was jut not appealing. So, I made my own to exactly address the skills my kiddo's need to work on.

I have included a color and black/white version of each page. In the top section the students will trace each number. I used a dotted font for the numbers. They will then color today, tomorrow, and yesterday.
In the middle section the children will trace and write the day of the week sentence. They will write the name of the day beginning with a capital letter then lower case. 
The bottom section is where they will represent the date using tally marks and the 10 frames. I may tweak this a bit for February but this is what I am trying for January.
I like how many different skills are practiced on one page. This will nicely supplement the work we do with our math curriculum, and it will provide daily practice in the areas my students need help.
This product is currently free in my TPT store, so feel free to try it out. 

Stay Warm!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Free Snowman Calendar Numbers, January Kindergarten Homework & RTI for Behavior

WOW, I cannot believe how long it has been since I wrote a post! The last few months have been beyond crazy at our house. Mr. Hubs had a major medical situation which has settled down for the most part now but kept us running to doctors, specialists, and testing procedures for a few months. I was able to work through most of the days  but free time for blogging and creating was lost in the wind. We also grew from a house of 5 to a house of 8  when my daughter moved back home with her two little boys. Busy! Busy! Busy!

A Few Thoughts About RTI for Behavior
I have spent a lot of time researching how to effectively use the RTI process for students with behavioral needs. I think RTI is effective for subject areas such as Language Arts, Writing and Math. However, when it comes to behavioral concerns it becomes more vague. I think the key is to prioritize the behavioral needs. What is the one thing you would like to focus on first? Write a measurable goal for a specific time of day. Targeting the entire day and collecting useful measurable data is next to impossible. Make sure that your goal is measurable. For example, you can't really measure listening but you can measure a student's ability to carry out a verbal directive. I will be posting more about this soon with some examples of measurable goals. I will also post the data sheet I use to collect measurable data.

I Made Something New! Can You Believe it!?!
I did a little drawing yesterday and started a set of February clip art. Here is a little preview of one of the files.

I also actually made a new set of calendar numbers using my snowman clip art. You can practice patterning as well using the frames ABBC pattern. It is free in my TPT store.

This is the clip art set I used to create the calendar numbers. It is currently 30% off in my TPT store.

My monthly January homework packet is also available in my TPT store. It includes 4 weeks of Kindergarten homework.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Calendar Numbers Freebie

Well have you ever gone to set up the monthly calendar and you don't have all of the numbers?

Where do they go?

I usually use the same set for August and September....they were cute little kid faces that I bought a long time ago....but not this year because somehow I lost two of them, lol. I also 'lost' my camera (but actually I am hoping I left it in my classroom). We set up the 3 main bulletin boards and took pictures but now I cant find the camera. We (my daughter and I) were there a long time and we were pretty 'pooped' when we left so hopefully it is there!
I think I will go there tonight or tomorrow to get it so I can share the pics. Everything looks so bright and fun with new backgrounds and borders!!
So back to the calendar numbers....I gave up searching for the numbers and decided to just make new ones. I used the new digital colored crayons that I drew and they turned out great. There is also a page of blank labels (sorry not editable) that you can use.
I put this one up through my FB page.
To grab your free set, click on the Fan Freebie tab. It will take you to the site to download your free set. I will likely make a new set for each month as some of my numbers are REALLY old!!
I'm still not counting down, but if I were it would be 10 days....

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Binder Covers Freebies, Washi Tape and Ribbon

Well my back to school pile continues to grow, but guess who is procrastinating going back to set up? I bought a few more things yesterday at Walmart...these cute borders were only $.97...that's a good deal!!

About 2 weeks ago I covered this composition notebook with Washi tape. It was my first project using the tape. I was surprised with how thin it is. You can easily reposition it if you make a mistake. I guess I should have somehow made the area I was going to cover white first because you can see the cover through the tape. I added a ribbon loop for a pen. The paper clips are just scraps of ribbon tied on
Then on my trip to Walmart yesterday I treated myself to a new fun clipboard. I gave it a little bit of extra cute this morning.....cuz that's how I roll.  :)

VERY inexpensive and fun!! You can find cute ribbon for less that $1 a roll! Fran Kramer from Kindergarten Crayons had very cute and clever washi tape teacher gifts on her blog. You can see her cute gift ideas here.... Kindegarten Crayons:Do-you-know-about-washi-tape?

I had a request for some extra items for the Monster Classroom Set. I'm sorry I don't have time to add all of the elements requested, but I did make 2 editable folder or binder covers. You will need to open this file in PowerPoint and then 'insert text box'. Add names using your favorite fonts and print.
You can grab a free copy on Google docs (link under the image).

I have a Monster Classroom Set for decorating and creating labels available o TPT. All of the labels in the entire set are now editable. It is 80 pages and only $4.  Editable Monster Classroom Set Here is a little preview:
Have a great day!!!


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