Fuzz Bugs Fever

10/26/2014 / 2 comments
Our current Kindergarten obsession (for the past month!) is Fuzz Bugs!

This game is on ABCya.com and it is adorable, and educational.
First you sort the bugs by color. But first you have to catch them! They are darting back and forth along the bottom of the screen.

This is REALLY hard for kids at first, but the more they play, the better they get!

Once you catch a bug, you drop it in the matching jar.

Then you count the bugs in each jar by clicking on each bug.
Then they have to click the jar with the most and the least.

Next up, drag the jar with the least, then the next smallest amount and so on...
 Now it is time to click the bug on the right and then the bug on the left.
Lastly, you click the biggest Fuzz Bug and then the smallest.

After that, the game restarts with all new colors!

I love all the skills this game focuses on: sorting by color, counting, greater than, less than, left right recognition and small versus big!

I have noticed that the kids who play this the most are having a lot easier time navigating the computer now! It is a great way to boost those fine motor skills, while having fun!

Is there an online game or app that your students are smitten with? Let me know in the comments below!
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Role Model of the Day Freebie

10/18/2014 / Leave a Comment

We are always working on improving ourselves in Kindergarten. Here is how we are achieving this goal.

We have a behavior card system in class - everyone starts on green each day, yellow for a warning, orange for a time out (one minute at recess) and pink for a visit to the office.

In order to be the Role Model you have to keep your card on green the day before, by following our three rules:

#1 - Be Respectful           #2 - Be Kind               #3 - Be Safe

Having those 3 simple rules has really improved our classroom behavior. Anytime anyone is off task, I remind them of the rule they are breaking and they are up to switch their cards.

Card changes are never permanent either, if you completely turn your behavior around it goes right back to green!

A few weeks into the school year we started having a Role Model of the Day! I waited until we had our behavior system in check to implement this new daily routine.

This sign hangs right above the behavior card chart. Everyday during morning meeting, I write a new name up there. It is laminated to make it easy to change up each day.

I alternate by girl and boy to keep it fair. After I name the Role Model, the class raises their hands and shares out why they think that person was chosen.  And of course, we applaud our role model! 

It is wonderful to see how each student lights up, not only when they are chosen, but once they hear what their peers have to say about them! 

If you would like to use this sign in your classroom, just click here, or click the picture above for this freebie!

How do you manage behavior in your classroom? Let me know in the comments below!
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Counting Song Craze

10/12/2014 / 2 comments

We are in a counting craze in our Kindergarten class lately! Here are our top five favorite counting songs:

# 5  Numbers in the Teens (They Start with a 1)

# 4  Number Words Rap!

# 3  Count to 20!!!!

# 2  I Can Count to 100

# 1 Counting Super Hero

They are really helping to improve my students ability to count, and recognize numbers! The only downside is that I walk around singing them all day everyday!

The upside is that my kids walk around singing them all day too, especially #1. They are all obsessed with the counting super hero!

What songs are your students smitten with? Let me know in the comments below!
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