Friday, June 7, 2013

Five for Friday {6.7.13}

TGIF!  We are definitely glad it's Friday, what about you?  

{ONE}
It was SUCH a crazy week for us!  We have 1 more day left (yes, the kiddos come back on Monday for their last day; strange, we know!).  So, we were busy with awards, report cards, celebrations, etc. this week!  To add to that excitement was the fact that it was FIELD DAY this week too!  Field Day is quite impressive at our school.  There are over 20 stations that the kiddos get to participate in for 2 full hours.  I think that's what we like best about it; you see happy kiddos everywhere...being kids....having fun!  We have some really cute pictures to show!  Doesn't this look like fun...



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We both invited a Kindergarden class to our classrooms to see first grade for a "Moving Up" experience.  We wanted them to see that first grade is very similar to KG and to get them excited for their next school year.  It worked out great. 

Our kiddos read to the KG kiddos....


We made a venn diagram comparing and contrasting KG and 1st Grade....


And we read this adorable book; if you haven't read it, it's worth checking out;especially for the first day in the Fall...


{THREE}
We have blogged about a math fact fluency system we created to use in our classroom called Rainbow Math before.  We were so pleased this year with the results.  So many of our kiddos made it all the way through addition facts, several made it through all of the addition and some of the subtraction...and a few even made it through all of addition and all of subtraction (that's A LOT of facts!!!).  This proud kiddo is one of those students.  

{FOUR}
This week we had "theme" days planned to celebrate a great year.  We split up our classes and the kiddos traded rooms so that my kids got to work with Sarah's kids and vice versa.  Here's what 2 of those days looked like in pictures (we will show you our other special days next week)...



{FIVE}
Do you use the Letterland curriculum at your school?  We have a training next week for Letterland as the county that we teach in has adopted the curriculum.  If you do use it; how do you like it?

Have a GREAT weekend!

18 comments:

  1. Your field day sounds like soo much fun. I love that the KGs were able to come up to your class and talk to them. What a great idea to have them transition.

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    1. Yes, it is definitely fun at our school. Field day was so different when we were younger! Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Love the venn diagram comparing 1st and k. I will totally use that next year at the beginning of the year. Moving on to check out your math fact post. Always looking to improve.
    Have a great evening.

    School Is a Happy Place

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    1. Definitely try out the Moving Up Day! The first graders were so proud to "show off" their classroom and reading skills. The KG kiddos seemed so happy to see that 1st grade isn't that different! If you have any questions about Rainbow Math, let us know! Have a great weekend!

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  3. Field day looks like load of fun and you are so right the best part about it is you see kids have fun and just playing (being kids!) I love that you had kindergarten come up and visit to see that it's not so bad in first grade and that you guys did venn diagrams comparing/contrasting k-1! Cute cute cute ideas! Definitely on my list for next year!

    Thanks for re-sharing about your rainbow math for fact fluency-just pinned that post to look at in more detail soon (sounds like a great idea!)

    Amanda
    Learning to the Core

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    1. Hello! We hope you are enjoying your summer! At my previous school, every grade "moved up" one day for a session like we blogged about. I saw how great this was and knew we could do a simplified version. It's very easy and worth the time!

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  4. One more day! Congrats! Your crazy week does look like fun, though... I will have to check out the book you mentioned! :0)

    Have a wonderful weekend-
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

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    1. It's a cute one; great for the first day of school too!

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  5. Your field day looks AMAZING! How fun! I'm sure lots of work, but great memories!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  6. Looks like you had a fun week! Centers day looks like so much fun! I may have to do that for my kiddos. I bet they would love to just try out some things I haven't put out yet this year. Also, I am heading over to read about Rainbow Math now. You got me curious by mentioning it in this post.

    Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!

    Have a great weekend!

    Becky
    Compassionate Teacher

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    1. Yes, definitely try center day. We didn't show pictures but we also did math and science centers with all kinds of fun tools too! Rainbow Math worked out so well for our kiddos. All the students move at their own pace and we were very proud of how well they all did. I think the color system does motivate them! Let us know if you have questions.

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  7. I love the venn diagram and the rainbow math idea! I will definitely purchasing the rainbow math system for my class next year. It's such a great idea!! Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! We hope Rainbow Math works out well in your classroom too! Let us know if you have questions.

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  8. Enjoy your last day on Monday! I love the idea of the kindergartners visiting. We may have to try that next year!

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  9. Thank you! We are pretty excited! Definitely try "move up" day!

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  10. I teach 3rd grade, and I would love to use your rainbow math system for multiplication and division facts. Would you mind telling me more? I love the idea, and I would love to implement it in my classroom this upcoming year! Thank you!!

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  11. Swain Co. NC has used Letterland for about 12 years. We have this pre-k-2. This program is so effective. It works! Written by a teacher in England for special needs kids, this appeals to children who come to school w/ very little background in letters and sounds. No more saying letter y says /w/. At first it's hard to get past using traditional letter names and saying characters instead. The stories are cute; big kid appeal.
    I taught Kdg. for 15 yrs. then moved to 1st grade this year. I find your blog inspiring. Thanks, I wish you were the teachers next door! Maryanne

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