Hi everyone! I was reading a post on the awesome Facebook group Primary French Immersion Teachers this morning asking about how people teach letter names and sounds to their kindergarten students. I started to share some things that I do, and when my answer turned into a novel, I decided I should just write a blog post about it! :) As mentioned in a previous post, I assess my students using ESGI Software. It is quick and easy (max 2 mins per student), and no, they are not paying me to say that, haha! I did a quick assessment during the first week of school to see if my students already knew their letters. And... nope! No one did. A few knew a bunch in English, which is lovely, but not overly helpful. One or two knew most of them, but most knew less than half. But that is no problem! As a kindergarten teacher, it's my job to teach them that! And honestly, it is even easier when you don't have a handful of kids who already know them all, because then everyone can start at ...
Hi! Today marks an exciting time for us - we have officially been writing for a month! As mentioned in a previous post, I use Deedee Wills and Deanna Jump's Writer's Workshop units . I take a sample of their writing on the second day of school, but start our first real lesson on the first Monday of the year. I wanted to share with you some of the (in my opinion) AMAZING progress that my little writers have made over the past month! Please note, we do Writer's Workshop Every. Day. No matter what, we write! And I never tell them what to write during this time. All of these stories were their own choice. Very early on, we made a chart to look at if we need an idea, and I haven't had a single child tell me they didn't know what to write since then. Our writing time consists of some of my favourite minutes of the whole day, and my students' as well. My class is SO excited about writing this year, and I really believe that it is because we do it every day. And I c...
Happy Sunday! Tomorrow, we will be celebrating our first student birthday of the year. Thinking about it this morning, I realized that I didn't have anything ready! I always give my students a little surprise on their birthdays, and we sing to the special birthday student. In previous years, I gave them all one of those neat pencils with four different colours of lead (rainbow pencils, I think they are called?) and a certificate. However, I first got them from a little dollar store that is now out of business, and last year from Target. Neither store is available to me now (still brokenhearted about Target's departure from Canada, *sniff*), so this year I had to think of something new. I meant to do it over the summer, but somehow forgot! One emergency trip to Dollarama later, and my birthday gifts are ready! :) I bought these glow necklaces - two for a dollar is a pretty good deal! I have 16 students, so I bought eight packages. You could also use pencils or c...
Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where you post five random things from today or this past week and on your blog. Then, you come back and link your blog post up at the bottom of this post in the linky tool.  Hi guys! I can't believe that I haven't posted in over two weeks! I also can't believe that it is October. Ummm, what?! Where did September go??? I love October. We have settled into our routines (for the most part haha), it is no longer 30 degrees and HUMID at school, and of course - Halloween and Thanksgiving! I feel like loving holidays just comes with the job description :) Anyways, since it is Friday and I haven't posted in so long, I figured it would be fun to do a little Five for Friday tonight! My brain is a little fried right now, but I do have some big, meaty posts coming soon. Until then, here are five things from our week! We painted today! I try to paint with them at least once a week. It usually ends up being on a Friday,...