Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lesson Plan Template

Always First Grade posted about her lesson plan template.  She would like to try something new!  I thought I would share mine also!  The template is from the Kindergarten teacher that I did my student teaching with.  I really liked it so I have used it since I started!  It is divided into 2 pages by morning and afternoon.  What do you use?

Lesson Template Morning 

Lesson Template Afternoon 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mother's Day Silhouettes

Every year for Mother's Day it has been our tradition to make a silhouette of each student to give to his/her mother.  A couple of years ago, a teacher on my team came up with an easy way to do them!  No more using the projector and having the student sit still while you trace around his/her head! 

Now all we do, is have the student stand in front of a wall/easel/Promethean board, and quickly snap his/her profile with a digital camera!  Check it to make sure it looks good, then print it, cut it on black paper and mount on a white piece of paper!  So simple!

We also have the students make something to go along with the silhouette since it is mostly teacher created.  The moms LOVE them!  I can't imagine not doing them!  I'm not from the area that I teach in, but my mom still has my Kindergarten silhouette!

Have you checked out Andrea's post at Stepping Into First Grade?  She has a really cute flower craft to make for mom!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Weekly Newsletter

Ms. S from The Brand New Pencil is hosting a newsletter linky party so I thought I would join too!  

I send home my newsletter every Tuesday.  Our school has what we call "Communication Envelopes" that go home each Tuesday with information from the school and community.  In my newsletter I include what we are learning for the week, any important reminders for parents, and any special activities that are happening.  

I also send home my monthly class calendar, homework calendar and family project at the beginning of each month.  My team and I take turns creating the monthly homework calendars.  You can find the calenders and family projects on our school webpage.  My class calendar is under my name (Mrs. Giese).

Giveaway from Learning with Mrs. Parker

Learning with Mrs. Parker teamed up with Hadar from Outfitted and Inspired and is having a giveaway in honor of having 200 followers!!!  Head on over and check it out!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Welcome to my blog!

I have been following so many great teacher blogs since Christmas break and now I am excited to jump into the blogging world with my very own blog!  I am very excited in this new endeavor and I'm sorry if it takes me a little while to get going.  I love teaching kindergarten and can't wait to share some ideas with you!