Monday, February 28, 2011

Fox in Socks

Today was silly sock day.  We read this book to go with our theme of the day.
Have you ever read this book out loud? 
It is really hard to do actually.  It is full of tongue twisters!  My kinders thought it was silly!
I was a little sad that more of my students didn't wear silly socks today.  Those who did were super cute. One student glued wiggly eyes all over her socks. Her mom is so creative. I also had a student wear socks around her waist! Two of them were sock puppets and the other two were her mom's smelly socks! I didn't smell them but I hope she just was being silly!

I love Target's dollar spot! 

We colored silly socks and then made a graph with our socks of who wore silly socks and who did not wear silly socks.

We also traced our feet and measured them with cubes.  I had the students also measure 3 other friends' feet. 

The measuring of feet was a little more difficult for them than I thought it would be.  I finally let them help each other trace their feet.  It was a good lesson to introduce measurement and allow each student to do some investigation with measurement. 

Tomorrow is Cat in the Hat day! 
The students are to wear red, black, and white! 

not forgotten!

I have been super busy the past couple of weeks.  I have not forgotten my little blog.  I have been taking a lot of pictures and thinking that I will blog about each thing, but I have not made time!  So quick summary of what has been going on in Ms. Brown's class....
We did Mrs. Jump's Penguin unit. My kinders LOVED learning about Penguins!  You should buy the unit for next year.  Lots of great ideas and a great unit that covers so many different subject areas.
We did a science experiment with blubber.  It was really cool to see how the Penguins stay warm.

I made this little guy the same height as an Emperor Penguin.  They are the tallest Penguins.  We each stood beside the Penguin to compare our height with the Penguin.   

Valentine's Day was fun.  We enjoyed fun crafts and graphing with candy!  They love when we get to do "fun" math.

I also pulled a tooth!!!!  It had been loose for weeks!  She finally got enough courage to let me pull it.  I felt honored! 

We had Parent Involvement Night.  Families were invited to come back to school for a fun learning night with their child.  We made ice cream in a bag.  It really was a successful night.  I also thought that it was great because the parents helped their child make the ice cream.  I was able to chat with families and students.  It is fun to see them after school!

Last week we studied the letter Vv.  I brought my violin to school and played a couple of songs.  Everyone was very impressed!  I played in middle school and two years of high school.  I usually pull it out once a year to play for my Kindergarten students.  Every time I play it I am surprised that I can really remember any thing about it because I feel like it was so long ago. the week I have been waiting on all year! 
Dr. Seuss' Birthday

I have lots of fun things planned this week. 
My goal is to blog about each day!
Enjoy celebrating!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

the fever!

Friday was the premiere of Never Say Never. For those of you who have maybe been under a rock for the past several months, it is Justin Bieber's movie.
So in honor of the premier I thought that it would be perfect to have Justin Bieber day in my classroom.  I have blogged before about my classes' feelings about JB.  So I knew their excitement level would be at an all time high!!!  I told them to wear their JB attire or his favorite color which is purple! 
They came with their shirts, jackets, and necklaces!  I even have one boy who has a shirt (and it is definitely a girl's).   The other weekend a student had a Justin Bieber themed birthday party, and for her birthday she received a cardboard stand up of Justin Bieber.  I had asked her mom if we could borrow him for the day. 
They were freaking out when they saw him!  They couldn't believe it.  They were constantly walking up to him, looking at him, and touching him.
As we continued our normal as we could...I moved Justin because they loved that Justin was watching them work!
While we were taking our phonics test, I had a student tell me that Justin made him smarter. 

My sister came in at lunch and brought her guitar and Justin Bieber stickers for everyone!  They love Miss Amy, and so it was such a great day for them!

I did buy myself a shirt for this special day.  When my students saw it they FREAKED out!  It was sooo funny to see their faces. 
I got to see the movie Saturday afternoon with another Kindergarten teacher.  We really enjoyed the movie.  We both had students from our classes there at the movies too.  That was exciting to see them and enjoy the movie together. 
So the fever is taking over! 

Do you have the fever????

Sunday, February 13, 2011

hip hip hooray!!!

I think the 100th day of school was every thing I expected it to be and more.  My students had a blast.  They worked together and helped each other in groups all day!  I loved walking around and listening to all their little conversations.  Every time I do something or plan something I always want it to work out perfectly...because that is how I see it in my head!  Well, I think one thing I have learned this year being a 1st year teacher is that most everything I do is trial and error!  My assistant might still be hating me from Thursday, but I told her that it is trial and error! 
We got everything done I had planned which I was pretty excited about because I had a lot planned!  I found a lot of great ideas on different blogs.  So glad our 100th day of school was after a lot of other school systems!
 Oriental Trading had these cute crowns that I had the students color as their morning work.  They LOVED coloring with markers.  They knew it was a special treat!

We counted by 10s, put the numbers in order, glued the numbers to our ice cream scoops, and then put the ice cream scoops in order! 
This is why she hated me that day!  I had the students count out 100 fruit loops then put them on a necklace.  It did take a long time!  I really had no clue because I had seen the idea on several different websites and on blogs.  No one mentioned how long it would take!  It was a little messy too but the kids thought it was awesome!  One student told me that the 100th day of school was the best day and better then all the other days because he got to make a fruit loop necklace. 
I think all of them had the fruit loops eaten by the end of the day!  It was too tempting!

In our groups we made a giant pizza with 100 toppings.  I had already cut out all the toppings.  We sorted the toppings, counted, and added up to see that we had 100 in all. 

I also hid 100 Hersey kisses around the room.  On the bottom of each kiss was a number.  I let the students find them throughout the day and then put them on our hundreds chart.  I had to make sure that they knew not to eat them or sneak one in their pocket because we could not eat them till we found ALL 100!  It was not until the very end of the day that we found them all. 

I had sent home the weekend before this paper as a parent involvement.  I told them to fill the numbers with 100 of anything they wanted.  I had some creative ones come in.  I enjoyed watching them share with the class and praise one another's work!

It was a fun day had by all!  Now let the count DOWN begin!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

fitting it all in

I didn't leave school till 6:00 tonight!  It was a long and very busy day!  We are getting really excited about all the upcoming events in our room!  There is slight bouncing off the included!  I have so much I want to do and so many special events happening at once!  We are finishing up our Penguin unit, celebrating the 100th day of school, and trying to fit Valentine's day into all of the fun too. 

This is what my room looked like this afternoon.....
I was also COVERED!!!  I hope our little craft turns out...I am a little worried....

I found this Valentine craft in my Family Fun magazine.  Here is the link.  This week we are also talking about the letter Yy.  So I felt that this Yarn valentine fit in well!
Here is a little glimpse into what tomorrow is going to be like!

That is right...finally...the 100th day!!!!! 
I am super excited about everything I have planned!
Check back to see the fun that we had!!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Meet the Teacher...Miss Brown!

I love reading other teacher's blogs.  I love to read the stories and check out the super cute ideas of other teachers.  Mrs. Carroll at The First Grade Parade has started a blog link party!  I decided to join for the fun of it! 

This is me!  Laura or LB or Ra. 
I am a 24 year old from North Carolina.  I am a first year teacher and loving every day.  I am teaching Kindergarten in the same school system where I grew up.  I have the sweetest group of Kindergartners who love to learn and have so much enthusiasm for school.  I love teaching Kindergarten.  I feel like it is a perfect fit for me!
I graduated from Appalachian State University!  While in college I joined the sorority Sigma Alpha Omega. 

 I loved going to football games, dancing at formals, and spending time with new friends.
I now live back at home with my parents.  I have a twin sister and an older sister. 

I love Jesus!  I feel that my classroom is part of my mission field.  I hope and pray that my students can see Jesus in me every day.  
I am involved in my church with teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, and leading a youth girls' Bible study.
I love the beach, summer, shopping, being lazy on Saturdays, and spending time with friends.
I want to get my masters but I am having a hard time deciding what area to get it in!
Now for the Q & A

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a teacher?

A: This is a hard question for me because I have always wanted to be a teacher, and I love it.  I guess if I could be anything I would want, it would be a photographer!  I took a class in college, and I loved it!

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I like doing arts and craft things.  I like to scrapbook and paint and make little crafty things. 
Table I decorated for a church fundraiser!  I painted the cat myself!

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: I have always wanted to be a teacher!  I can remember playing school with my sisters and dressing up like my teachers.  I would even put on high heels and play teacher.  I had the same jean jumper as my teacher in 5th grade.  She played a large role in my wanting to be a teacher!

Q: What are your guilty pleasures?

A: Brownies, cake, and just junk food in general!  The Bachelor and Bachelorette! Singing Taylor Swift songs as loud as I can!!!  Chick flicks!  Fun nail polish colors!

Q: What is your biggest fear?!

A: Snakes and mice!

Q: When you’re on vacation, where do you like to go?

A: As long as there is sand, water, sun, and warm weather I will be a happy girl.  I love the beach.  I am dreaming of going on a cruise.  I want to go somewhere tropical!  I am going to New York in May for the first time with my sisters, and I am pretty excited about it!

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

A: Always to just be myself and know that God is always going to take care of me.

Q: What do you value most in others?

A: Being honest and true.  I also value when someone says he is going to do something he actually does it!

Q: If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass down to your kids, what would it be?

A: I am a "doer."  I like to get things done and finished.  I guess I want my kids to have determination.  I also think I am a very thoughtful person.  I like to do stuff for people and make people feel special and loved.  I hope my kids show love to their family, friends, and even strangers without expecting anything in return.

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world….living or dead…who would it be?

A: Taylor Swift, Karen Kingsbury, and my Grandfather.

Now tell us one random thing about yourself:
When I was 11 the band Hanson became my favorite band.  I loved those boys and remember jamming out to their cassettes with my sisters.  I loved going to the grocery store with my mom so I could read the teen bop magazines about the boys.  Many people don't know that they are still around, but they are, and they are still great!  You should check out their music!!!  I have seen them 3 times in concert.  One of my best friends from high school is family friends with the Hanson family, and all of my friends including my twin sister have met them...except for me!  I hope to meet them next time they are in concert in Charlotte! 

  Hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little bit more! 

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