Say My Name & Some Math Fun

Happy Tuesday!  It was a WHRLWIND weekend here for my little family.  Remember my precious *little* sister?!?!  Well…she tied the knot on Saturday and it was AMAZING!!!  But seriously….talk about NO sleep!  Isn’t she lovely?!  And look at my cute lil’ momma!  I love these ladies!!

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And look at my sweet boys!  Cutest little “banner bearers” I ever did see!!!

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I was the matron of honor and I *sang* my speech.  People…I DO NOT sing.  Not even a little.  In Abby’s words, I’m *12 kinds* of tone def!!!  But I had to make it memorable.  I love my sister and wanted to shock the daylights out of her.  Ummm…I guess you could say I succeeded!  HA!!! 

Moving on…

I don’t remember loving teaching math so much when I taught Kindergarten a few years ago, but ohmiword…I’m LOVING it now.  Maybe that’s because I’m starting with the end in mind.  Having taught first, I know where my babies need to go, so I can see the *big* picture.  We’ve been hard at work in Math the last few weeks and I love watching little light bulbs go off…they’re so stinkin’ cute!  Here’s just a little peek at some of the things we’ve been working on…

Here’s our little anchor chart for sorting.  We started working on that skill last week and the kids are really doing an amazing job.  They’re starting to notice different ways to sort EVERYTHING!

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My cute little teammate, Lauren, came up with this little sorting song and the kids love to sing it! 

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Obviously, there are many MORE ways to sort, but this is how we start and it’s what they’re expected to know.  Each day, I play a little game with my kids called, “Guess My Sort”.  I call a few kids to the front and then sort them {hair color, clothes, shoes, etc…}  The kids that are still sitting have to guess how I sorted my friends.  They LOVE it!  Their most favorite, however, is sorting their snacks ;)

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We’ve been working on number identification as well.  That’s a tricky skill, for sure!  Although we’re constantly working to identify all numbers 1-20, we have a different *anchor* number each week and here are our little anchor charts we’ve completed so far!  LOVE to see my kids use these as resources when they’re independently working!!!  Light bulb!!

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Just like everyone else, we’ve also been working on a lot of “all about me” stuff.  One of my favorite books to read during this little unit of study is, “I’m Special, I’m Me!”, by Ann Meeks.

It’s SO stinkin’ cute!  PLEASE tell me you’ve read it?!?!?!?  If not, hurry and pick up a copy!  It’s PRECIOUS and it has a FANTASTIC message!!!  Anyway, after we read this story, I have the kids make a portrait of themselves looking in the mirror. 

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LOVE the way these turned out!  I had them work on tracking print and constructing a sentence for the literacy piece to this project, but if I was teaching first, I would’ve used a writing prompt instead…maybe something like, “I am special because….” or “When I look in the mirror, I see…”…something along those lines. 

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I cut out the little mirror frames from construction paper and used a white crayon to add the detail.  We glued foil to the back to act as the “mirror” and the kids drew their own little faces on the head.  Then I used scrapbook paper for their little bodies…LOVE!

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Part of what makes us special is our names, and ohmiword…if you’ve ever taught with me, you know how much I LOVE teaching names!!!!!  I’ve been adding to my name activities every year and every year I love seeing the kids do these activities more and more!  My kids are already starting to identify their friends names in print and they’re so proud of themselves!

Here’s just a fun little peek at some of our name fun!  Everything we worked on in our literacy stations is now in our “dessert tubs” for extra practice.  They can’t wait to finish their *jobs* so that they can go to dessert and play with their friends names!!

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If you’re interested in adding some name fun to your room, check out my newest unit, “Say My Name!”  This packet is a collection of activities & ideas I’ve been using to reinforce name recognition for the last 11(ish) years.  I even used these activities in first grade & my kids LOVED them!!!!! 

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Click on the picture below to read more about it {if you’re interested!}

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Tune in tomorrow for a fun little behavior management idea & freebie!

28 comments:

  1. I love your sisters dress!!! You all looked very beautiful! : )

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  2. I can NEVER get enough of all of the wonderful posters and whatnots you make to put up in your room. They are all so lovely to look at and such an inspiration for me. Each time I make one for my kiddos now, I think... is this Cara quality?

    Your family pics are, as always, simply gorgeous.
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

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  3. I can't begin to tell you how excited I was when I read you were moving to K! Your anchors charts are so perfect in every way! They're not only cute, they teach too!!!! I put them on my smartboard and trace them so that we can have our own copy! Please keep posting pics!

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  4. I just love the anchor number charts. Do you sell these or do you just make them up each week?

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  5. You and your sister are adorable!! It looks like you're having fun in Kinder!! And your name unit is awesome! How do you do it all!??
    Thugs,
    Kerri B
    Teacherbitsandbobs

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  6. You three girls are gorgeous!! I'm sure it was a beautiful wedding :)

    ❀Jodi
    Fun In First

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  7. This post makes me wish I taught K!! So sweet :) Love your sister's dress BTW- gorgeous!

    Kimberly
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    The Learning Tree

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  8. Oh my goodness your boys are the cutest in their suits! Your sister looked beautiful! Must have been a wonderful day!

    I love all the activities that you did in class! They looked so fun! Your sorting anchor chart is my favorite! You are such a cute artist!

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

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  9. First let me say congrats on the wonderful family celebration of love! Many you sister have a lifetime of happiness. Second, your family is darling!

    Now for the teaching stuff:

    1) Great sorting anchor chart.
    2) I can't wait to read your book suggestion and share it with my teacher-in-training students.
    3) Your anchor numbers are terrific!
    4) Love the self-portraits

    Fabulous post (:

    Cindy
    Granny Goes to School

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  10. Gorgeous family pics!!!! I bet your heart burst with pride for the banner bearers!!!

    You have a Reagan!!!!!!!!! :) looks like you are settling in very nicely in your new digs!!!

    Love ya girl!!!

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  11. I love the ideas but my sister loves your mom dress - she is curious as to where she got it? Her son is getting married in April and this is the type of dress she has been looking for.
    Can you please let me know.

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  12. I love your mom's dress too! I am the MOB this summer...can't believe it!! You looked soooo cute Cara! Did your sister use coral as an accent color-thought your shoes were coral?? Karley is using royal blue and coral. Lots to do before summer. We will be in Austin Texas in February for softball. Almost close to you again! Would love to catch up! Miss you. Oh and LOVE the name stuff and achor charts. TOOO CUTE!

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  13. I looove your boys' shoes! They look ridiculously cool. ;) I also love the frames on your self portraits...so fancy! Your room is looking fabulous.

    Amy
    http://whathappensinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

    PS - good genes in your family...beautiful ladies!congrats to your sis!

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  14. I love that book :) Cute activities!!!

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  15. So fun! I love white accessory to the frames.

    Laurie
    Chickadee Jubilee

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  16. You are one of the most inspiring teachers I've ever "met." You saved me last year as I was student teaching and continue to remind me why I love teaching (as I finish out a semester of general education classes before graduating- ugh!). Thank you for sharing your passion! :)

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  17. I'll be making those number anchor charts tomorrow! :) I'll probably be purchasing the name unit too. Love that you teach K now!

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  18. To steal one of your famous words... Ohmiword! You are so amazing! You have so many great ideas. Your anchor charts are so fun. I love your number anchor charts and I can totally use that with my firsties. Your portraits are adorable and I NEED to go get that book. As a silly side note, I've been reading your blog for SO long now, that I sometimes use two of your sayings: "ohmiword" and "stinkin cute" without even thinking about it. Ha! How funny is that. I'm sure I'm not the only one who uses "Cara-isms" in their daily speech from reading your blog for so long. Thanks for sharing your great ideas! Glad the wedding was fun...wish we could hear your song! :)
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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  19. I am loving all of the math charts! How big are the *anchor* numbers? I know what I'll be up to this weekend.

    By the way - The boys look adorable in their checkerboard vans...too sweet!!!

    ❤Tanya
    Ms. Solano's Kindergarten

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  20. Such cute ideas!

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    :)
    Tamera
    MyHeartBelongsinFirst
    Kaizactan2001@yahoo.com

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  21. Your artistic talent and creativity blow me away with every blog post! I can't get enought of all the charts you make...so inspiring.

    And by the way, LOVE the boys shoes in the wedding picture...too stinkin' cute!

    Lindsay
    For the Love of First Grade

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  22. LOVE those mirrors! So cute ;)
    Your sister is such a pretty bride!

    ✿Valerie
    All Students Can SHINE
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  23. Your anchor charts BLOW ME AWAY...I am not kidding when I say that I would be bribing you all of the time to make my anchor charts if you were on my team...pedicure, Starbucks, Panera. =)

    The self portraits in the mirrors are precious! I love them...beyond stinkin' cute. =)

    Come join my Bloggy Blessings give away when you get the chance...you are a blessing to me! =)


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  24. Love the family photo....and all of your ideas for the classroom!!!

    Michelle

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  25. What I great site! This is my first time visiting. I loved how you put so much information into your number shapes. Just a question - I really like the picture of the children in groups. Are those stickers? Graphics? Where could I find those?

    You do great work!

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  26. I love the numbers! PINNED for when I am back in K!

    I love your dress...my sis is getting married in March (black & pink) & I sent yalls pic to her. :) I also wish I could hear your speech song!!! My sis is over the top & I would love to do something like that for her! Sooo....when you're not so busy, put it on youtube & send me the link. Please. With a cherry on top. Maybe???? Pooey. Gnats. Well, I tried. Thanks for all your inspiration..in the classroom & life!!!

    Just in case.... lorikimball1@aim.com :)

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  27. Just hopped over here from Growing Kinders....LOVE the anchor chart! I love using music too...so thanks for the song!

    Terri Izatt
    KinderKapers

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  28. You are so talented!! Do you draw and make all your own anchor charts? I try but my people aren't so cute :(

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