Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HOMEWORK Tracker Incentive, and a Freebie Template

I used this template for a few years to help me keep track of who had done their homework, and as a reward incentive when they completed it. Of course, one of the stipulations was that THEY had to do their own work and not a sibling or parent.

One way I used this was I glued a page in their homework folder. Every morning, the children turned in their folders in the basket by the door as they came into the room. As I checked their folder, if the work was done, I used a colored marker or Sharpie to initial one block. When the word HOMEWORK was completed, the student got a treat. (A lot of times it was a gumball or piece of bubble gum that they could chew after school.) When the entire sheet was initialed, I glued on a second sheet.

Click on the picture below to get your template you can save and print.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Checklist #3 - Welcome Home

Thanks to The Chirping Moms, here's a handy checklist your child can follow once they get home from school. You can click the image for a larger size you can print off.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Weekly Graphing Idea - Shoes

I kept a list of all the graphing models I used on a weekly basis. I'll be posting one every Friday this school year, in case you're running a blank for an idea.

This week: What kind of shoes are you wearing today?

Who is wearing sandals, sneakers, boots, etc?
Base your selection choices on what the children have on.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"Who Let the A Out?" Alphabet Song

Here is a little chant/song I used to review letter names and sounds. It's sung to the tune of "Who Let the Dogs Out?"

Who let the A out?
/a/, /a/, /a/-/a/
Who let the B out?
/b/, /b/, /b/-/b/
Who let the C out?
/c/, /c/, /c/-/c/

And so forth until you end with Z. We did this, or something similar, every day. Then, later on in the year when they began sounding out words, if they got stuck on a letter, all I had to do was say, "Who let the R out?" and they immediately remembered the sound!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Checklist #2 - Good Morning

Thanks to The Chirping Moms, here's a great little checklist your child can use to help them get ready each morning before school, and not forget something during that busy rush. You can click on the image for a larger size you can print out.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Weekly Graphing Idea - How Do You Get to School?

This year, every Friday I'll be posting a weekly graphing idea you can use in your classroom during math. You can implement this in several ways, including having the children place stickers on a chart, put a post-it note on a board, or cut and paste a picture they've drawn on a display. Anything to make it quick, easy, and teachable!

This week, the graphing question is:

How do you get to school?

Ride the bus
Ride in a car
Walk to school
Ride my bike

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

August Play Calendar

From Kids Activities Blog.
Click picture for a full size you can print out.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Checklist #1 - Bedtime


Thanks to The Chirping Moms, here's a neat little checklist to get your child prepared for the next school day. You can click the image for a larger version you can print off.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Patterning With Kinesthetic Movement

Another way to work on learning patterning is by repetition using movement.

Put your kids in a circle, either sitting or standing. Give them a pattern to repeat. Ex: AB

You start off by saying A, then hand the ball to the child next to you, who says B. They hand it over to the next child, who repeats A, and so on until you've gone all the way around the circle.

You can start over by making the ball go in the opposite direction, which challenges the child's mind to figure out what their letter is going to be.

Later on, you can increase the complexity of this lesson by giving another pattern, such as AAB and so forth once the class is ready to learn it.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Patterning With Nature

My kiddos had fun doing this. We combined science with math with patterning.

We went outside and scrounged for natural items: flowers, twigs, rocks, leaves, grass, etc. Some even found some bird feathers.

Then we went inside and glued them to sentence strips, labeling the patterns like you see above.

We re-did this little trick as we got into more complicated patterning, and when we extended our patterns, by using different colored fall leaves as our differences.