Thursday, February 8, 2018

Two Hoots and A Holler

Hoot #1
Several blog posts ago, I discussed about Presley House working to create life size outlines of themselves. The big kids in the house worked so great with the littles, as always, but this ended up to be a very large project. First they drew an outline of each other using chalk on black butcher paper. Then they had to be cut out. Once cut out, the students used shapes to give it a more abstract look. Then we had to cut off the arms and legs so that they would fit through the laminator. Finally, we put them back together and hung them. They give our gym so much character. We love them!





Hoot #2
 Have you ever heard of a game called Tapple??  Well we heard about it last year, and we knew we HAD to have it!  We found it at our local Target.  We use it to help my students who are working on letter recognition.  The students have to push down and name letters and hit the red button before time runs out.  We try to get all the letters pushed down with out time running out.  It comes with a set of cards that students can use to help choose categories for them.  For example, if the category was food, then students playing would have to push a letter down and name a food that begins with that letter before time is up.  This helps with phonemic awareness of hearing beginning sounds of words.  It is so much fun!!  We even get in on the fun sometimes and play with them!!  


This Week's Holler...
This week's holler goes out to our Walls Elementary Family!!  We are so blessed to be a part of this wonderful group of people!!  This past week reminded us how much we love our school family.  What do teachers do on a cold Friday afternoon at dismissal?  Line up in the foyer (out of the cold of course) and cheer for each other as they come in from the buses!  Thanks Amanda A. for starting this!  This just might be a regular Friday afternoon celebration!  We definitely know how to have fun together, laugh together, lift each other up, and pray together!  
We are Walls Elementary!  


Friday, February 2, 2018

Two Hoots and A Holler

Hoot #1 
Our school recently held a Science Fair.  The students worked very hard on their experiments and presentations.  The fifth grade students were so proud of their projects, they wanted to share them with their housemates in kindergarten.  So we had an impromptu house meeting for these wonderful kids to show off their hard work!   Our kinders were so engaged and fascinated by what they were saying! 













Hoot #2
 We recently celebrated our 100th day of school!!  We cannot believe how fast this year has flown by!  We had several activities planned for students to do to celebrate being 100 days smarter!  Check out some of the things we did in our classrooms!

We made a 100 day snack using Kit Kat Bars and powdered donuts.  YUMMY!  
We also made a 100 day trail mix by having students count out 10 items of 10 different snacks (Goldfish, M&Ms, marshmallows, pretzels, cheese balls, Cookie Crisp, Whoppers, Bugles, etc.).  Somehow, I failed to take pictures of the Rockstars making their trail mix!

We made  a 100 day necklace with Froot Loops.  I learned that if you tape the string to a paper plate, the cereal doesn't fall off of the end of the string.  It also allows for them to stand up and move around without worrying about ripping the taped string from the floor or table.  We also made 100 day hats to wear.  The hats have 10 strips of paper with 10 dots on each one.  They LOVED making and wearing their hats!  They didn't want to take them off!!




Theses Jitterbugs we super excited to show off their 100 cup tower! The cups are small drinking cups. I find that these are easier to store. We did several 100 Day centers. These do not take place in isolation. It all happens at the same time.Yes, it is a little chaotic, but it is organized chaos. The students used their check list to hop for one activity to another. This allows them to be responsible for the order of their experience.

Here we are counting 100 items for snack.

On the floor students are making their 100 day hat. We were so busy, I forgot to take pictures of them actually in their hats!!

As you can see, they are very busy and very engaged!

At the yellow table, students drew a picture of what they look like now that they are 100 days smarter!

This Week's Holler...
This week's holler goes out to our students!!! These Jitterbugs and Rockstars are 100 days smarter and it shows! They have become more responsible. They are more willing to take a chance and they are succeeding. We couldn't me more proud!!

 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Two Hoots and A Holler

Hoot #1
Our students are loving all of our winter centers!  They cheer when it is time to do centers/workstations.  Even though they have a choice to do "center tubs" or "free choice", many choose to keep doing the center tubs!  Our kids actually choose to do WORK and LEARN....how AWESOME is that?!?!!  Check out some of their favorite centers...
This is a math center created by Greg Smedley at Kindergarten Smorgasboard. 

This is a freebie from TPT.  We tried to find who made this wonderful product, but we were unable to find it.  If you know, then please let us know so we can give proper credit. 
Hoot #2
We had a house meeting at the beginning of the month.  Our houses grew!  We added 3 more 5th grade classes and 3 more kinder classes to participate in the house systems.  They got to pop balloons to determine which house they would belong to, and our students cheered them along the way.  We can't wait to see how expanding the houses to contain 10 classes total will impact these students!  
 
This Week's Holler...
This week's holler goes out to Ladybug's Teacher Files!! This place is awesome.  It has everything you need to get organized. We could spend a lot of time and money in this little place.  We may be a little behind, but I will be reading up on how to use Google to make our "To Do Lists" for our lives!!! Happy reading!
http://www.ladybugsteacherfiles.com/

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Two Hoots and A Holler

Hoot #1 
Well here in Mississippi the weather is so unpredictable!  One day, in the middle of winter, it is 62 and the next it is snowing!  That is exactly what happened last Friday.  Now it is Thursday, and we are still out of school for a snow day!  Before the snow days hit, my class wrote an opinion piece in their journals.  They wrote whether or not they thought it would snow and wrote why.  We discussed different ways we could help the snow get to us, such as snow dancing, sleeping with a spoon under your pillow, wearing pajamas inside out and backwards, and putting ice cubes in the toilet.  Well these kiddos must have done the best snow dance ever because the snow and ice came to Mississppi and stayed!  I can't wait to get back to school to read all about what they did on their snow days!


Hoot #2 
We are so thrilled that our students have been so excited about learning since their return from Christmas break!  Some kind of magic happens over Christmas break, and the students start off the new year more mature and more eager to learn!  We began using our adapted version of  "Calendar Binders" for morning work.  The students LOVE IT!  I don't think they even realize they are doing work, they are just excited to use a dry erase marker and have their own eraser!  It is so quiet in the mornings while they work...you could literally hear a pin drop!  They are so engaged in what they are doing!  



This Week's Holler...
This week we want to give a HUGE holler to our co-worker and former kinder colleague, Danielle Abner!  She is now teaching first grade at our school, and she has been named our school's Teacher of the Year!  We are so proud of her!  She works so hard and is so dedicated to her students.  She is deserving of this award.  We are honored to have her representing our school, and we just want her to know that we think that she rocks, and we are so blessed to have her in our school family!  Congrats Danielle!  
 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Two Hoots and A Holler

Hoot #1
We had our Christmas party in kinder before we went on our break.  We had a day filled with hot chocolate, pizza, presents, laughter, and fun!  We loved seeing our students so happy!  Seeing students just as excited about giving as they are about receiving makes our hearts so happy!  They are the reason why we do what we do!  









 
Hoot #2
Now that we are back into the swing of things, we are all reaching our goals for the end of the year!! I do not know about you guys but we are willing to do everything that it takes to get these children excited about reading! 
 One of my Christmas presents was this cool microphone! What can I say, my mom knew exactly what I would love!
Isn't it pretty???


I couldn't wait to get this into the students' hands! It was the first thing that we talked about when we came back. The students were totally excited. I told them that they could read their sight words to me by using the microphone. The students were totally excited. Today we tested our students on sight words. We do this every other Thursday using our ESGI assessment (If you do not have this...YOU WANT THIS!!! It saves us a ton of time). They loved every minute of today as they read their sight words!! There is so much more this can do. I can't wait to figure it all out!

This Week's Holler...
This week we are hollering at Kristen at A Teeny Tiny Teacher!
We are in love with her listen and learn phonics pack! It is just what our students need to meet their year end goals! Thanks Kristen for sharing your great ideas!! Go check her out! 
A Teeny Tiny Teacher