Guided Math - Chapter 1

I decided to join this Book Study for ONE reason. I am not the best at being consistent during guided math time. I know it is something that I should do every single day to get the best results out of my students, but I am just not that teacher. We are reading Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction. I've linked it to Amazon. You can get the book or the ebook and join us!

So far, I am pleasantly surprised with what I've read. Laney Sammon's has a totally different perspective on why/how we should run our math time. It made me think of the ways that I learned math. I don't remember having a time to discuss skills or what we learned in a small group setting with my teacher. I don't remember having extra time to do anything really. I remember my teachers teaching and then we practiced and if we got, okay. If we didn't, you had extra homework practice. :( Not the way it should be. I know I don't teach like that, but my entire perspective has changed a tad with how I want to be as a math teacher. I shouldn't let a day or lesson go by without having a small chat about what we have learned with my students.

I do think that I include lots of manipulatives and ways for them to explore and find the answers. I do not limit them in the way that I would like them to come to a conclusion. I am also really big on routine when counting/pointing at objects which becomes a good habit for them when they're counting manipulatives. 

My small group instruction is not consistent enough for me. Most of it is what I am teaching and where I am teaching it from. I do not like most of the lessons, so I skip them and just let my students work in their math center. EH!!!! Bad idea. I used to love teaching math and get all into it. This year, I plan to get back to loving math, being super organized for every lesson, and maintaining a balance between whole group, small group, and what they are doing in their math workshops each day. I want to have successful kindergarteners and not just subpart math brains. I want my kiddos to be engaged in every aspect of math whether they are with me, working alone, or working with friends. That is my goal for the new school year and as I read through this book. I feel very confident that I will find a way to make everything work.

Check out what other bloggers are thinking about Chapter 1. You should join us and get the book! Until next time. <3 p="">


Top 10 Summer To Do List

Linking up with Mrs. Jump for 10 things I want to do this summer. I really hope that I can get SOME of these done, but I know how it is EVERY single summer. It seems to fly by before I can ever get started on most of my things that I would like to do... 

First thing is to spend time with my family. Since I moved about 4 and a half hours away from them, I don't see them as much as I would like. I haven't lived in their city for about 11 years now, but I only lived an hour and a half away before. I would see them every weekend. I haven't been home since the first weekend in March. GEEZ.

I have a TON of books on my iPad waiting to be read. My goal is to read at least 6 this summer. If a book is really good, I usually finish it in a day or two. This is with doing absolutely nothing else all day of course.

I live about 45 minutes from the beach now and when I'm home I hope the plan is to spend time reading at the beach. I do not like to "tan" at all, but LOVE the beach.

VEGAS!!!!! I cannot wait to go to Vegas. My principal said yes to paying for I Teach K and I am super pumped to go. My entire family and a lot of my friends have already been to Vegas, but this will be a first for me. YAY!

Travel. Anywhere. As of right now, I only have two trips planned for the summer which is Vegas and New Orleans. I have been to New Orleans so many times that it's really not a big deal to go there anymore. They are having an Oyster Fest next week and I'll be going down there for that. FUN. I do not eat oysters at ALL though.

A new dog. I really want a new dog and maybe I'll have time to find a cute little adorable dog at a Humane Society just for me. I have a Yorkie already and she's been solo for seven years. I think she's overdue for a friend.

Shopping. I need to shop. I may decide to go with Stitch Fix. I signed up a few months ago and haven't decided to get a box yet. I LOVE clothes and love getting new ones. The shopping part is so whomp whomp. IDK. I'm sure I'll get bored in Birmingham this summer and hit up a mall or shopping center.

Have a Jamberry party. I have given out so many samples and am yet to have a party. This should be higher up on my to-do list. Have you tried Jamberry yet? My life is on the verge of becoming so much better because of it. My nails have grown SO much. I am a chronic nail biter and I don't get the urge to nip at them at all. And best of all, now I have cute nails that are getting longer as each day goes by. I'm so excited to finally have "NAILS." If you'd like a sample, leave your email below or head over and check out all the awesome nail wraps here.

Netflix. My netflix has over 10 things in my list. I just started Bates Motel and I'm about episode 4. I need some more good shows to watch. Do you have any suggestions? I finally finished Gossip Girls. I started watching it when it first aired and then college got in the way. I've watched every season of Pretty Little Liars and can't wait for the new season to come on. Give me some suggestions!

Hmmmmmmm.... have some peace this summer. I am not changing schools. I'm not job hunting. I'm not house hunting. My mind can be at peace this summer. PTL!

And for Memorial Day, I'm having a sale and it's a GOOD one. I'll be back tomorrow to post it.


Summer is HERE! Keeping up With Kindergarten & Educents Combined!

School's ALMOST OUT! We have one more week and then summer! My kinders have worked so hard all year that I would hate for them to leave without me setting them up for success. With that thought in mind, I knew my kinders needed a summer packet that went along with the same activities and skills that we've worked super hard on all year long. They worked on sight words and know over 100 which is AWESOME! I couldn't be any prouder. We've song tons of songs to help us along the way. Here are some of my favorites that will glide me through this last week. These are the current requests in our room. 

 I have also teamed up with Educents with some instant downloads for you! It includes printables, centers, games, science investigations, close reads, and much more!  It's a mixture of reading, math, and science to keep the kids working hard through the summer and to get them ready for first grade!

My product included will surely be loved by your students!

YOU are able to differentiate each pack for your students. Each one of my packet's are different. I made sure to only put skills that each child needed to work on. For students still practicing handwriting, I have A to Z handwriting. Be sure to include those. 

Need more practice on addition and subtraction story problems? Got those. What about middle sound identification? Check. I included some fun pages as well, color by code, searching for hidden sight words, and spinner activities. A summer's worth of journal writing prompts are included to help students that still have trouble with writing ideas. These can be used with the picture prompts that are included.The parent letter lets parents know what they need and what is expected from the packet. After our graduation, I give them everything that they need to succeed during the summer. Each packet has a binder clip at the top.

Almost 100 pages to make your own summer packet for your students!

Here's a quick preview of everything else that you will get.

For a limited time it is $14.99 from Educents which is about 70% off!  
14 instant downloads with over 400 pages of materials perfect for your recent kinder graduates (or your struggling first graders or advance preschoolers of course too!)

You can also take a peek at some of the other products included in the bundle at any of the links below!
Have fun teaching everyone!

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