Apr 23, 2014

Arbor Day Booklet and Extended Days Finished!!!

Today was our last day of extended day.  Our school day was extended by 1 hour for the last 11 days.  The kids did a fabulous job with these last 11 days with staying in class until 4:30.  I think we are all ready though of getting back to a regular routine and dismissal at 3:30.
We have been working on Earth Day this week and have a school wide celebration on Friday celebrating Arbor Day.  SueBeth put together an Arbor Day booklet that we just uploaded to TPT:  Plant A Tree For Arbor Day.  
Our school is beginning to prepare for our upcoming Leadership Day.  My leadership team, indoor beautification team, worked hard on making some gumball machines that will be used as table decorations.  We are 99.9% completed and I will take pictures to share.  This coordinates with our Bubble Gum Rubric that corresponds with the Marzano Framework of using a rubric.  I use it with my kindergarten students and it works wonderful. 

Apr 18, 2014

WOW!!! What a week!!! KRA Training, Math Training, and SLO Evaluation

We had school 4 days last week due to having Friday off.  Well, I had 3 meetings and was sick one day, so I did not see my kids all week.  Plus this week our extended days from missing too many snow days continued, so the kids had a sub all 4 days and went to school an extra hour each day!   Overall, it sounds like they did great.  So ready to be back to my classroom on Monday.

Two of my days off were to learn how to give the KRA (Kindergarten Readiness Assessment) to all kindergarten students in the fall in the state of Ohio. 
On Monday, I attended a math training.  I love the math common core, so it was a lot of fun sharing ideas between different grade levels of how to make some things common between our K-5 buildings.  Excited about these activities that we have planned for next year.  
Tens and Ones Fun Center:  We have been working hard on measurement, but we are still reviewing compose/decompose.  I ordered a magnetic base ten set from Learning Resources and purchased some smaller cookie sheets from Dollar Tree for my students to use in a center to compose/decompose numbers.  I made some cards Numbers That Stick Together with numbers in a sequence and thought they could say/write the number that would come next and build the number, too.  Working hard on number sense these next 6 weeks of school!!
Off to enjoy the rest of my vacation day, but check back this weekend on some writing samples that I will be sharing to show how we are reporting our SLO items.

Apr 6, 2014

Spring Break Over, One More SLO, and Make Up Hours Begin

Spring break was totally amazing.  My husband and I decided to fly to Sanibel Island in Florida for the week.  We spent our time at the beach and pool areas.  It was soooo relaxing.
I am almost ready for our first week back.  Our district missed too many days this year due to snow, so starting Tuesday we are adding an hour on to each day for the next 11 days.  I am planning a lot of hands on science activities and math activities during this extra time.  
Well, I am done with my reading and math SLO's for this year.  My writing one will be given this week.  I am hoping to do it either Tuesday or Wednesday.  I can't wait to see the progress they have made with their writing.
This week we will begin our plant unit along with our measurement unit.  I will be posting some fun measurement activities to meet the kindergarten common core strand of measurement.  The activities will be coming from our measurement packet:
Let's Measure It!  A Kindergarten Measurement Unit 

Mar 29, 2014

Leadership Data Binder Night Was Awesome and TPT Sale Begins

Our school is a Leader In Me School.  We just wrapped up Leadership Data Binder night.  This was a night that the students were able to come back with their parents to share their Data Binders with them.  The students were so excited for this to happen!  The parents were just as excited to see the progress.  My job was just to walk around and smile as each child took on the leadership roles that we have talked about each day with our 7 habits.
I did upload a video from our special night on my class's Facebook page.  Here is a link to our page: Mrs. Drerup's Kindergarten TEAM.
It was a great ending to the start of spring break.  We are headed to Sanibel Island to take in some relaxation and of course some sun/beach time!!

These smiles definitely made my evening!!!

One of my goals this year was to stay on top of my Data Binders and not get behind...well I finally did it.  I will post pictures of our Data Binders.  I also had the kids share their collection on Daily Journals since the first day of school and this was a HUGE show of growth since the first day of school.

Woo-Hoo It's Spring Break...so we are having a TPT sale to help celebrate.  Head on over to our TPT store to grab some great spring products.

Let's Measure It:  Meets the common core math standards with lots of hands on activities.  One sale  for only $7.20

April Math Journal:  Ready To Go Daily Math Journals to help your students review various math standards.  On sale for only $1.60

May Math Journal:  Ready To Go Daily Math Journals to help your students review various math standards.  Throw it in the copier, staple, and it is ready for the next 20 days.  On sale for only $1.60.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Art Project and Activities:  I will have to say this unit students just love.  Included in this packet are directions for a Home/School Writing Connection on a Caterpillar bag.  Lots of fun items.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Literacy Activities:  This packet is filled with lots of fun activities for you to use with this great book. 

Mar 22, 2014

SLO Time and Michigan Leader In Me Symposium

This past week might have been one of the busiest weeks of my teaching career!!  We are getting ready for our final preparation for our SLO's next week.  I think I might of had 10 meetings last week, grade cards went home Wednesday, and I attended a Leader In Me Symposium in Michigan on Thursday and Friday.

My Symposium was truly amazing and definitely gave us tons of great ideas for our school's upcoming Leadership Day on May 13.  

This coming week is our Leadership Data Binder Night on Thursday.  The students are so excited to bring back their parents to share their Leadership Data Binders with them.  I got some amazing ideas in Michigan on how to present some of this Data Binder stuff to make it totally kid friendly so that they kids are interpreting the data and understanding how to help each student in our classroom reach our designated goals.  

This weekend I need to make sure that my Leadership Data Binders are all caught up, so watch for pictures coming up on Data Binders.  I made it a goal this year that I was going to stay CAUGHT UP with these every month and I am THRILLED to say this is one goal that I have achieved this year.  I just need to make sure that I have stamped my "celebrate you have reached your goal" stamp on anything they have mastered!!

This is our last week prior to our spring break vacation, so looking forward to a fast week filled with lots of fun activities!