Saturday, April 27, 2013

F is for Fire Safety!

Last Wednesday, one of my co-worker's husband came to visit my classroom.  He is a fireman and he brought his uniform and fire gear to share with my kinders.  I wish I had pictures to share with you but I forgot to ask one of the aides for her pictures because they turned out so stinkin' cute!  I was too busy holding back one of the kids who wanted to take all of his wrenches (she has a things for tools), and I was holding another student's hand because he was scared of our visitor (the truth is he is really scared of all men except for his dad).

When the fireman's presentation was over he asked my students if they had any questions.  The students didn't have any (they are autistic and down syndrome kiddos) so all of the adults started to ask basic questions-- what do you do when you have fire in the house, etc.  Then my little gal (the one who is obsessed with tools) wanted to talk to the fireman.

This was her conversation with him...
Girl:  (waving her hand in the air rapidly) Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me!!!
Fireman: Yes? Do you have a question?
Girl: KISS ME!!! Come here! (using hand gestures telling him to get closer to her)

Hahaha, it was so adorable how the little 6 year old was asking for a kiss from a fireman!  Too bad not every girl can ask a fireman for a kiss.

Since we had the fireman visit us and 2 drills (fire and lockdown drill) this past week, I created a booklet for the kinders reviewing the letter F.  Using Do-A-Dot markers, the students could practice learning the new fire safety vocabulary words while dabbing the letter F.

Click on the pictures or the respective stores to check it out!
TN   TpT

Also if you download the preview file, you can get a freebie from the booklet. :)
I hope you can check my Do-A-Dot booklet out! Have a great weekend! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Techie Tip Tuesday- Free Apps

I want to share with you a new website that I discovered recently over the weekend!

It's called Smart Apps For Kids.  It is a great site if you are looking for student iPad/iPhone apps.  I signed up for their email subscriptions to get their daily emails and they share FREE and reduced apps plus their reviews.  These apps are priced free or reduced because usually they are apps that are newer and they are trying to bring awareness.

Here is a screenshot of the freebie deal that is only for today!
Have your heard of StoryToys?  Today ONLY, they have 8 StoryToys apps (reduced from $4.99) that are FREE!  Today is International World Book day and they are celebrating by having all of these apps for free.  StoryToys uses classic fairytales, such as Snow White, Red Riding Hood, etc., and create interactive activities along with the story. These apps are both good for iPhone and iPad.

So why wait? Download now before the prices goes up!

Also, if you haven't already heard from the blogging world, 16 McGraw Hill apps in the iTunes Store are FREE!  I don't know how long they are free for but my students love the math apps.  There are grammar and math apps for varying levels.  Go check them all out, you won't be disappointed!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kindergarten Common Core File Folder Organization Freebie

Do you teach Kindergarten? Looking for new ways to organize your Common Core materials?  Ashley from Thats So Second Grade wrote a great post on organizing the Common Core standards for her second grade class.  Click here to read her post.

So over spring break I created my own version but for Kindergarten.  Since I know I am still trying to memorize all of the "codes" for the Common Core standards, I thought this was a great idea to organize all of my CCSS material.  You can put in your specific activities and worksheets for each standard so you know EXACTLY what you are teaching when accessing student understanding.  On each folder I have the whole standard printed out as a guide.  Also I color coordinated each subsection for Math and English Language Arts.

These labels are only for Kindergarten.  In the file are labels for file folders, labels for folders, and tabs for each Common Core sub section. Directions on how to do this is attached in the file.  Click the pictures or the respective teacher stores below to get the freebies:
Math: TpT   TN

This is a great weekend project or after school project! It just takes about 1.5 hours to print, stick, and stack the labels!  Grab this freebie and impress your colleagues on your new super fabulous organized Common Core materials!