What We’ve Been Up To…

Okay, so what HAVEN’T we been up to?!  We stay pretty busy in Kindergarten!  So much so that I haven’t been very good about remembering to take any pictures!  Boo for me!  However, I haven’t forgotten how to write with lots of exclamations!!! ;)

A few weeks ago, I saw a DARLING idea on Pencils, Glue, & Tying Shoes {don’tcha just LOVE that name?!?!?}  for teaching the 5 senses.  I absolutely LOVED her anchor chart, so I wanted to introduce our little unit of study with something pretty similar.  Meet Five Senses Frank. 

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It always cracks me up when the kids say they have a sense of “eyes” or a sense of “tongue”.  HA!  I got all of the label printables from Pencils, Glue, & Tying Shoes.  THANK YOU, ANDI!!

Five Senses Frank was also the *perfect* segue for teaching the concept of labeling.  LOVE it when things just work out like that!  I also had my kids make their own little 5 senses friend to practice labeling {labels from Pencils, Glue, & Tying Shoes}.  LOVE IT!

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We’re adding to our little number anchor charts, too.  This week our anchor number is 5, but I forgot to take a picture, so here’s a little sneak peek at 4 :)

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In addition to our 5 senses fun, we’ve been learning about apples, too!  Here are just a few things we’ve been working on…

A little “what comes next” action.  This is a skill we work on EVERY.SINGLE.DAY during calendar, so I was all kinds of happy to see them do so well with this independently!

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We’re also working on extending, creating, and naming patterns.  They love any and everything pattern related…and I lOVE the way they’re finding patterns in little everyday things!

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Sorting is still going strong, too.  We used little apples to sort by color, shape, and size and it was cute to hear the kids talk about *other* ways to sort them, too :)  Makes me smile :)

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Since we do so much with color words throughout the year, I like to start out the year with lots of color word activities.  We have an anchor color every week, but my kids are learning all about all the colors during their literacy stations, too. 

We’ve been reading sentences with color words…

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…and matching color words, too! 

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My kids know to use their “resources” if they can’t read the words.  We’ve got lots of color word anchor charts/posters around the room, so there’s always a place they can look when they get *stuck*.   I’m SO proud of them for being such independent little learners!!! 

If you’re wanting to add a few more apple activities to your stash, click on the pic below for some freebies!!

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**A couple of the activities might need some explaining :)  The apples with words and the Johnny Appleseed cards are used for sight word puzzles.  The Johnny Appleseed cards are used for reference…just cut the apples apart to make puzzles.  The colored apples & boxes are color word puzzles.  Just print out the printable letter tile sheet several times to have enough letters for more than one use.**

I’ll be back soon to share some more Kinder fun!!!  Hope you’re having a great week!

35 comments:

  1. What an amazing freebie! Looks like you are having lots of fun with your sweet Kinders. Thanks Cara!


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  2. What wonderful freebies! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Your classroom has such fun learning going on! I love all the activities!

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

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  3. My boyfriend really wants me to watch a show with him and I had to say "HOLD ON, Cara updated her blog!!" hahahaha! Priorities ;)

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  4. Looks like you are having a great time in Kinder. I taught it for three years and am now doing a 1/2 combo, with 11 of my kinders from last year. Love it!

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  5. Oh my word! I can't believe these are freebies! I can't thank you enough!

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    1. On a side note, has your House Hunters episode aired yet? I hope I didn't miss it!

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  6. Thank you SO much for sharing those amazing freebies! My kinders will love those games and center activities!

    --Caitlin
    thekindergarden.blogspot.com

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  7. Wow! Great freebies! Thanks for sharing!:)

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  8. Thanks for posting! What a lovely resource :)

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  9. Sigh, I just love your stuff. That is all.
    Dynelle
    http://firstgradefunmrsdunn.blogspot.com/

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  10. Thanks for sharing! Love your senses posters. Cracked me up when your kiddos said "sense of eyes, sense of tongue!" sooo sweet. :)

    i{heart}edu

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  11. Wow! That apple pack is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Life with Mrs. L

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  12. What a great freebie! Thank you so much! I love it!


    Ashley
    www.teacherstreasurechest.blogspot.com

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  13. My class just started learning about the apple tree cycle this week! Thanks for the awesome freebie! I love collecting your work!

    Kristine
    Kristine's Book Reviews

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  14. This is amazingly generous. You set the bar very high for the rest of us and we THANK you for it !

    Hope you have a chance to stop by my new blog.

    Cindy
    Granny Goes to School

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  15. Thanks for the apple freebies, Mrs. Carroll! :)

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  16. Thanks for sharing! These will be great for my kinders!
    ~ Amy

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  17. tHIS FREEBIE IS BEYOND AMAZING!!!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! I LOVE YOUR BLOG! ellen.yucht@imagineschools.com

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  18. Your *freebie* is adorable! Thank you so much for sharing with us...you are amazing! =)

    I hope you got the Lips the Fish game I sent you. If you didn't, please let me know and I'll try sending it to you again.

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  20. I'm about to teach the 5 senses and this is great! Thanks for sharing your great find! Thank you too for sharing the apple freebies! We are doing our apple day tomorrow and I can't wait to get to school and add them to our tubs for next week!

    First Grade in Foxwell Forest

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  21. Thanks for the apple freebies! These are great for my week firsties.

    Amanda
    First Grade Garden

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  22. So many cute ideas Cara! YOur class looks so fun and engaging!
    Vicky
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

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  23. Thank you so much for sharing these great freebies.

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  24. Your 5 Senses posters are so cute! Thanks for sharing the apple freebies, what a great find!

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  25. Thank you soooo much for sharing these apple freebies! I can't wait to use them in my classroom! :)

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  26. So excited to see these freebies! My kiddos will love using the skills that we've already learned with all of these apple goodies!

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  27. AAAAHHHH! Thank you so much for the shout-out! You are a ROCK STAR!!!!! I am beyond thrilled.
    Also, I love that you added a 5 to his shirt. You're so clever!
    Thanks again!
    ~Andi

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  28. I love it! So cute!
    Checkout my new blog-
    http://charadesinfirstgrade.blogspot.com/

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  29. awesome!! Thanks!!

    sarah
    shetrick@gmail.com

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  30. Haha... my little ones started out saying they have the sense of "talking". They are just too cute!

    Cora

    FIrstgradeexploration.blogspot.com

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  31. Thank you so so much for the freebies. Just what I needed today!

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  32. Wow- awesome! so generous, thank-you

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  33. awesome idea for number names.......thanx

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