Back to School Fun

Welcome to my classroom!  This was my bulletin board from last year.  I was so crazy busy in the fall last year, I just couldn't find the time to blog.  I was in love with the Boho Birds, so I created my bulletin board around a bird theme.  Perfect with my last name too!  I'm not in love with it though.  It was created around 4:30 the day before school started.  I left to go home at 6:00 pm that night.  Ughhh!  Each birdie had a student's name written on it.

I like this year's better because it incorporates the kids work!  Name rockets are of course an idea I got from Pinterest.  Here is the pin.  I have done this activity on the first day for two years now.  It is the perfect kindergarten BTS project.  Everybody can be successful.  It reviews letters and names.  You get a cute art project out of it.

We added glitter on day two!  OMGoodness...  Am I crazy for letting kids use glitter on the second day of school?  My sweeties this year did it independently and did a great job!  Woo hoo!

I must say, I do love glitter!  The kids liked making name rockets.    We also made our rainbow name clouds during the first week.  Good name writing practice.

The kiddos write their names 4-5 times using different colors.  It was sweet to have them up in the room for BTS night.  Names are such a powerful learning theme in kindergarten.

We have also been talking about friendship in class.  We have read some good books.  Yesterday, the kids helped me brainstorm about how good friends behave.  I was so proud of their ideas!  Such sweeties and absolutely spot on.  ( Check marks on the chart show a second mention of the same idea.)

Monday they will complete a writing prompt on the same theme:

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This is another reason we have been having fun this year.  I made a sweet BTS set of printables that are making my life a little easier.  Homework?  No problem!  Need a quick activity to practice letters, sounds, counting, and numbers?  No problem!  Even though I don't use lots of worksheets in my classroom, having these "just in case" during those first few weeks of school makes me feel so much more on top of everything.  Hope they help you this year too!  Just click on the image below to go get it in my TpT store.

Hope your school year is off to a great start!  Shine like a star!

Happy Teaching!

Apple Tree Art!

Just a quick post about our cutie patootie apple tree art that topped our September calendars this year.  Oh my goodness I am sooooooo glad apples are in season!  My sweet little class did a great job on this very first art project of the year.

Another cute one.  You can see the kids cut out the tree tops all by themselves.  We used corks to stamp on the apples.  They had fun!

This one above was made by my youngest student.  She did a great job!  I just love little kid art:)

I am a fan of painting with corks!  It's easy and fun for the kids.  They felt really successful with this little art project.

If you want the calendars we used for your classroom, you can find them on TpT.  Just click on the image below to get yours:

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Happy Teaching!