Thursday, December 3, 2015

Two Hoots and A Holler: December begins...

Hoot #1
This week we have started two really big things...TESTING and CHRISTMAS! I bet that you've never seen those two words in the same sentence!! Well, it's true.  This week the window opened to start testing our students' reading levels.  Our district uses Fountas & Pinnell to determine each child's reading level.

I always get a little excited during this time of the year. Yes, each report card period we see growth, but there is something about the mid-year mark that causes me to reflect and see how much they have really grown since they entered my door for the first time!
Jodi and I also use ESGI to asses our students. If you do not know what this is, let me tell ya, it's the best assessment tool that I have ever seen and used! It has saved us tons of time! We can now get our report cards done pretty quickly! ESGI has all of the tests that you need for the entire year. Want to know more about it? Just click on the link on our blog to learn more and to receive a discount on the product! 
Hoot #2
We have also started all things Christmas! Santa's workshop would not be complete without his toy soldiers!
 Here we are creating our toy soldiers! Yes they are huge! That is one of the things that I love about them! They are basically the size of each child, give or take a few inches!
Be prepared to see many more holiday treats in the upcoming weeks!

This Week's Holler...
This week's goes out to Kim Adsit!! We have looked up to Kim for years, long before we dared to dream of blogging and TPTing!! Kim is now a retired kinder teacher.  When she is not presenting nationally, she is donating her time to her daughter's class.  Kim is still impressing little minds as well as educatiors around the globe!! She saves teacher LOADS of money by not only showing items that can be bought at dollar stores, but also shows educators ways to use those item in the classroom!  We are totally excited about her Christmas more/less activity! It looks like we will be going to Target after we eat a little turkey!! Check out her blog!
We had seen Kim present several times throughout the years, but we had the honor of talking to her as we walked to our rooms during a bloggers meet-up! We had recently talked in front of the group to introduce ourselves.  She said she loved our accents!! Now we are so blessed to call her friend! God bless your sweet heart Kim!

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