Saturday, March 31, 2012

More Hidden Eggs and Classroom Decor!

Wow, this week totally got away from me! I feel like yesterday was Monday! It probably doesn't hurt that I had two presentations in grad school this week so i was SUPER busy! Anyway, I finally have my pictures of my classroom and some more hidden egg pictures! These were SUCH a big hit! I loved that they not only had to find the eggs, but had to answer an academic question inside :)

This one was hidden inside our Lego table. This one took them awhile to find because it is hidden down below the table.

This one was inside our Tattle Monster. The kids were like "He is going to eat my hand if I take it out!!"  They make me laugh :)

This one was in our sticker bucket in the back of the room, an easy find.

This one was found surprisingly pretty fast. I thought this one would take them forever! 

Now for pictures of my classroom... I took these pictures at the end of the day, when my room looks like I had a tornado go through it, and I had grad school at night so I tried to do a quick clean up. It's still a little messy, but much better than it was!

This table is in the back of the room and is where I pull out for small groups. We also use this table for centers and it is always where we do our big activities like making soup on the day we learn about "S". There obviously aren't enough chairs for everyone so they all stand around it.

This is a big view of the room. Our Smartboard up front (it is very old but as long as it works, I am ok with it). Their little tables and the carpets up at the front. Their snack cubbies are off to the side, and the classroom library and bigger carpet are off to the other side. 

This is our behavior management plan. Each boy or girl has a number and a frog with their number on it. They start in the middle lily pad, and if they make a good choice, they move to the left and if they get to purple, they get a sticker on their sticker chart. If they make a wrong choice, they go to orange and yellow and they get a note home on yellow.

There is a lot more to my classroom but like I said, it was kind of a mess. I only took pictures of the parts that are cleaned up :) Maybe next week if I get in the "Spring Cleaning" mood I can take a few more.

Have a good week!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Hidden Easter Eggs Day One!

Today was the first day of our hidden Easter eggs with mysterious problems inside. This was a HUGE hit with the kiddos. They were hidden around the classroom in pretty obvious places today (tomorrow will be harder hee hee!). I made the mistake of sending my boyfriend the pictures of where they were hidden only to get the response "I know they're in kindergarten, but you could've made it a LITTLE harder!"  Hopefully tomorrow they are up for more of a challenge! Here are the pictures of them hidden around the room:
This one in our Sharpened Pencil basket

This one sitting in Brian Broccoli's lap. Brian Broccoli is our stuffed vegetable my little ones get to snuggle with when they are reading in our classroom library.

Now this looks more obvious than it actually is! This "extra crayon box" is hidden under one of our tables for centers until a child needs to borrow an extra crayon. They would only see it if they needed to borrow one.

This one was in our Go-Home folder box for when the students arrive. The first thing they do when they come in is unpack their folder and put it in this box, so needless to say this was the first egg found!

This one was in our container of foam building blocks, also out of the way from where they would typically find it. This one was the last one found :)

Inside the eggs is a problem the students had to answer. It was either a reading problem or a math problem. If they got the answer right, they got a little mini prize :) 

Hope you all enjoyed this, more to come tomorrow along with *hopefully* pictures of my classroom. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Yay! It's Easter Season!

We are finally close enough to Easter to begin hiding our Easter eggs around the classroom! This week I will hide five Easter eggs per day for the children to find when they come in. Inside each egg is a question the students have to answer. If they answer it correctly, they earn a prize!  This all leads to our GIANT Easter egg hunt around the playground and school on the last day before Easter break. It will be so much fun! Pictures to come!

Also, I will (hopefully remember to) take pictures of my classroom and how it is set up to post on my little blog.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Luck of the Irish

This week and last week we have been focusing on St. Patrick's Day. We have had many fun filled activities and have been on the receiving end of some Leprechaun tricks ;) We have been graphing the marshmallows from Lucky Charms and the different colors of Skittles, have made leprechaun traps and glyphs (glyphs from Deanna Jump's unit but changed a little) and will be making green milkshakes with our dads this Friday.