Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Learning about MLK

Hey ya'll. I'm enjoying the snow cold day and just looking ahead. I wanted to post some of my MLK stuff. Here is a sample of some TLC Art my students make. If you aren't familiar with her stuff, check it out {here}. It's such a great activity for teaching directions and fine motor skills. I especially love how all of the students' art work looks so similar, but yet...so different! 
My students fill out a was/had/wanted chart and learn all about MLK through non fiction texts. 
We also add a MLK poem to our poetry journal. I just love these illustrations. Kindergarten drawings are my fave!!
You can find most of these items in this unit {here}.
And just because I love ya'll....and my kiddies have been working a lot lately on multi flow maps, here's another freebie for ya! 
Just click on the image to grab it from Google Docs. I hope you enjoy! I'm out again tomorrow for COLD. Whoop Whoop. What do you do to celebrate MLK Day? Please share!

Monday, January 6, 2014

What I'm teaching this month...a look at past posts!

Hey ya'll. We had a snow day today and boy have I loved every minute of it. I may or may not have JUST gotten out of my pajamas (and showered)! ;-) Oopsie. Not to mention, I just got a text saying we are out again tomorrow due to extreme cold. Whoop whoop. I am thanking Jesus right now (and Mother Nature) because this gives me another day to devote to planning. I was just reflecting over some past posts and wanted to share. Here are some things we will be doing during the month of January. Be sure to click the links and visit my "oldies but goodies." Hopefully, you can snag a few ideas...or two!
Read last year's Hibernation post {here}. And check out my Hibernation Station unit on TpT {here}.
You can read more about this unit and what all my students do for Snowmen/Winter {here}.
You can read about this {here}. And make sure you grab my MLK freebie unit {here}. This little unit has had over 45,000 downloads! What?!?! 
Read my 100th day posts {here} and {here}.
This is absolutely one of my favorite units to teach. Can't wait! Check out our penguin posts {here} and {here}.

What do you teach in January? Please share. I hope everyone is staying warm tonight. With the windchill factor, it's -15 outside. Brrrrrr bears!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Professional Goals for 2014 + Hibernation Unit!

Hey friends. Contact the press - I've blogged 2 days in a row! Woot woot. I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' again and discussing my professional goals. You should hop on over and check out the posts and link up as well. Here goes...
I want to be more planned and organized with small group instruction. I'm so bad about not getting everything in that I have planned...or changing my mind on what I want to teach at the last minute? Is anyone else guilty of this? It's especially bad if I feel stressed to complete something for the school or I have a pressing note to write to a parent...I may skip a small group all together. Shew....there, I said it. Eeek! This can NOT continue to happen. My small group time is precious and often, it's when my students learn best and grow in their ability. 
Ya'll - another confession. I hate math. I've always hated math...even as a child. Therefore, I think I hate teaching it. I really want it to be FUN for me so I can make it FUN for my students. I think I do a good job incorporating fun centers into work station time, but as far as the instruction itself...not so much. I've got to make it more appealing to myself so I will enjoy teaching it. I could teach Reading/Language Arts ALL day long!! Math - blah. 
Is "commenter" even a word? I so enjoy the comments I receive. I try to read each one and they make me oh so happy. I want to do better at reading other bloggers' posts and commenting on them. I also want to work on not being so ADHD and finish all the projects I've started. I'm so bad with starting a unit and using what I need for my class, but never finishing it to post and share with others. :( I get distracted. Oh look - a squirrel!! ha You all inspire me so much and blogging really is an outlet for me. I must make more time for it because it's something I enjoy and work on completing my projects. Which brings me to this...I have FINALLY finished my Hibernation unit. I plan on using this next week when I return on Monday (still praying for that snow day). ha This unit is packed full of 16 math and literacy stations and is only $5.00!! 
I'm pretty excited that I finished this and was able to get it posted BEFORE January. ha For this weekend only, this pack will be discounted at 20% off. Click {here} to check it out. 
And all of this brings me to my last goal - stay AHEAD and organized in my plans. I'm pretty decent in planning but then I search pinterest and find something I like better. Dang creative people out there. This leaves me scurrying to plan and change things all together so I can incorporate this grand idea I found online. I must stay organized and stick with what I've written down. No more planning the night before and changing my mind to include something else. So far...I'm planned through January. Now, if I can just stick to this routine. 

What are your goals? First person to leave a comment and email address below will score my Hibernation unit for free! Happy Saturday!