Thursday, January 21, 2016

Two Hoots and A Holler: 100 Days and Still Learning!

Hoot #1
We finally celebrated the 100th day of school! We managed to squeeze it in right before our "snow day". For our 100th Day Celebration, we allowed our students to rotate through different stations. The following pictures are some of the stations that the students did throughout the day.

The students counted and sorted their snacks! Yes, it was a hot mess, but they loved every minute of it!
 We counted out fruit loops and made a necklace using yarn. We always tape one end to the table.  This helps to keep the cereal from falling off the other end.
 Mason is busy making his 100 Day puzzle.  Kamille is looking at her check list to see what station she wants to go to next.
We built a tower using 100 cups! Great Job!
 We made our 100 Day Class Snack! We did not have enough doughnuts.  Being the "problem solvers" that we are, we came up with another solution! Two Cheeto Puffs make a zero!! The Jitterbugs loved creating it and ate every bite! 

Of course, a celebration isn't complete without a hat!  Our kiddos LOVED making and wearing these fun, adorable 100 day hats! 
We are 100 days smarter...that makes us "smarties"!  Students made their Smartie craft and wrote what they can do now that makes them a "smartie".  

Last but not least, check out this what this little cutie wore on the 100th day!! This was too cute!!!

Hoot #2
We believe that kids learn through play, and learning can be fun!  We hate to see that play is being taken out of a lot of the kindergarten classrooms across the nation.  We still find ways to incorporate free play and structured play into our class.  Our students NEED this!  They are only 5 and 6 years old, for goodness sakes!  Jodi stumbled across an idea on Pinterest where a teacher (sorry, she couldn't find the original pin) used famous structures and buildings around the world for students to recreate at the block center.  What an excellent idea!  We created this book to use in our classroom.  Our students LOVE making these buildings and structures from the book.  Students have to use problem solving skills, math skills, social skills, and geography skills to build these structures.  It peaks their curiosity when they see the picture, and they begin to ask a lot of questions!  Watching students build these buildings and structures is AMAZING!  Their creativity and imagination is allowed to run WILD, and it is absolutely beautiful!  

Click HERE or on the picture below to hop on over to our TPT store to grab a free copy of this book to use in your classroom!

This Week's Holler...
This week's holler goes out to Hilary Gard at Primary Planet! Hilary lives in Indiana and teaches 2nd grade.  Just like Jamie, she is lucky enough to only live 2 minutes from her school!! We absolutely love her text to text connections that she has done with her class.  Jamie already wants some huge eye to put above her writing board! Check out her blog and find out how she uses these huge eyes! She has some wonderful ideas for everything you could imagine!  Click on the image below to hop on over...
Primary Planet!

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