Birthday Celebration for School

Birthday are so special to students! So celebrate in a fun way!
Students decorate a birthday crown. I have everyone do this at the beginning of the year. Then I put them in order by birthday so they are ready to go on the special day.
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Then we create a birthday graph that I display for easy reference throughout the year. If you teach primary, you know how many times you are asked when a student has a birthday (usually on someone else's birthday) because the kiddos don't remember; this graph helps!
On the special day, the child wears the crown and reads the book. We read it chorally as a class and/or partner read....then a black and white copy is taken home by the birthday child to keep. (I have all of the book copied and placed with the crowns.) 
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I also give a Birthday Certificate. ⬅Click to claim free certificates. Please leave feedback.
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Free Birthday Certificates

We also do a fun @GoNoodle Birthday song! 

Before dancing review:
  • How old are you?
  • What's your favorite reptile?
  • What's your favorite food?
  • What's your pet onion's name? (This really makes them laugh!)



Then we do a fun echo poem!
Reminder:Echo poems build short term memory and help ADHD issues! 
Check out Brain Research to Help Learning for more ideas!


This is such a special, fun time in the classroom.  It also provides a great opportunity to observe the students that can repeat, count, and focus!

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Best Videos for Math Skills


 9 Best Math Videos

I love to use videos to practice and teach skills! 
Here are the best videos I use for Math.
1. I Can Write My Numbers-Practice writing numbers in air. Digits 0-9 so you can write any number once you learn the pattern. 
2. Number Rock-I use this at the beginning of the year to practice counting to 20 with the number! It is also a fun way to get some movement when they need to move.
3. Let's Get Fit-Students love to move and exercise to count to 100. Jack Hartman is usually my go to videos. He explains many skills easily. Great Practice.

4. Shapes, Sides, and Vertices-Perfect for 2 D practice with the math words we use to describe the shapes. Yep, Jack Hartman again!
5. Numbers in the Teens-Number sense practice! A must for understanding the number sense. This makes it so easy to understand the difficult concept of teen numbers.
6. Teenage Numbers-Explains the idea of teen numbers! So important for introduction of teen numbers. It is a teaching video not a song.
7. 3D Shapes I Know-Fun 3 D shapes! Catchy tune! Shows real 3D shapes.
8. Shapes for Kids-2D practice movement song. Write the basic shapes in the air, circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and oval.
9. The Shapes Song-Fast song but fun to teach all the shapes. 

Great ideas for other math skills.
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Help with Listening Skills

Children need to develop strategies to effectively and efficiently remember auditory information to learn, especially in kindergarten.  Active listening needs to be taught so learners become responsible for success; it is not a passive experience.

Many times as teachers, we feel that students have difficulties "listening" and we spend so much time telling them to listen!  They may need to be taught how to do this important skill!
How do you teach students to listen?
Blog from Teach Magically about Active Listening

1st-Establish "rules" for active listening!


  • body still (hug body)
  • voice quiet (pointer finger to lips)
  • eyes looking at the speaker (point to eyes)
  • ears listening to what is being said (not what you know about a topic) (cup ears)
  • ignore background noise and movement (use finger like binoculars around eyes)
  • don't interrupt speaker (pointer to lips then move finger out)
  • wait to ask questions (pointer finger up...like "wait a minute" signal)


Be sure to discuss and review what each rule looks like and sounds like. Practice by saying the rule and see if the students can do the motion.  Then do the motion and have the students tell the rule. Be sure to review and practice until it becomes habit!


2nd-Practice active listening

Tell a story and have the students tell it back making sure not to tell any extra information, only the information they heard from you.
 Dog story- I have a special dog.  It is a little, tiny dog.  It is all white with a black spot on its eye.  It loves to dig in the dirt and run around the house.  I give it food and water each day.  I walk my dog on a long leash.

Play Repeat Simon Says.
Play just like "Simon Say" but make the student repeat what you said before doing it. Increase number of directions from 1, then 2, then three, as auditory memory gets better. 


3rd-Practice patience.



Be sure to provide times for students to focus on what they need to do to listen.
Students need to stand and wait some times! Check out how we Calm Down. Then we practice this skill as we wait in line for a turn.  It has to be practiced and discussed to help these skills occur naturally!
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Here we are waiting to write on the board!  
Practicing active listening started with repeating the directions for the activity!
Ss-"Start at the top.  Say the letter and sound. Pass the chalk to the next person."

 We discussed ways to wait and to be patient.

  • Counting to 100
  • Saying the ABC's
  • Using self-talk "I can stand still.  I can wait my turn...)
Then we did the activity and put it all together!

Finally, we reflected on what we did!  Students shared what they did to wait patiently and what they could work on in the future!

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Learner Centered Environment

Do you spend a lot of time decorating your classroom? Do you stress over your theme and classroom environment? Do you spend hours decorating instead of planning lessons? 

I don't and I want to give you permission to step away from Pinterest and do what  is best for students not what looks prettiest!

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I have always wanted to provide the optimal setting for learning and research talks about the best classroom design. Check out the article from MindShift:To Foster Productivity and Creativity in Class, Ditch the Desks! The students use the room as they see fit; there are no assigned desks. Yes, there are areas and work spaces that are used to make rule following easy but the room is ours! We work, move, and share around the room, and we sometimes drift into the hallway! Shhh...don't tell!

I always played school and wanted to be a teacher! Once it happened, I realized my desk was a storage place for almost everything. It was much easier to stack things on top of the desk especially as the day went on and "crazy" happened. 

So I do not have a desk. Can you find my desk in the picture????  I didn't "ditch the desk" but it morphed!

Soon to be Listening Center in front!

Here is:
OUR CAVE!

A light up box under the desk!  The top of the desk has become the writing center. The students stand to write. Now I never have a problem of students falling out of their chairs.

SO my classroom philosophy of classroom design:

1. Make special areas for students to work.

small seating area near the writing center

The large blank wall will eventually include out Kidwriting Crowns along with our writing descriptors and check lists. Students need to be able to move and decide the best possible seating for their learning.
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small carpeted area to hang out and work
2. Keep things neutral and let the lessons spark the interest.
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Reading tables

All those blank cupboards will develop as the class grows and becomes a family. Classroom art work and student led displays will make it like our homes.

3. Supplies and materials emerge as the community in our classroom emerges.
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Fine Motor and Word Work


It has only has puzzles and Potato Heads on the shelf right now!  Eventually, materials will replace and switch with these as the year progresses. Do not place things out until the students understand how to use each thing. Direct, explicit instruction has to happen for use of material along with curriculum

Check out the other interesting areas in our room!
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Pretend Center

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Soon to be Science & Art

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Classroom Library

Another article I found helpful was 3 Quick Tips for a Beautiful, Brain-Friendly Classroom. Hope it helps!
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Five Fabulous Rhyming Videos

Rhyming is such an important skill for language and literacy development. It is a step in phonological awareness which helps with reading skills. If we are not moving, we lay to build body strength.
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Lay to build body strength.

Rhyming Books

You can check out rhyming books I love to read and students LOVE to hear!


Rhyming Games


I also have many games to make rhyming fun! Check them out at Rhyming Practice!

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Rhyming Videos

Here are the best videos/video stories that I use to help develop this important phonological awareness skill. I try to do 1 before guided reading groups start or for brain breaks.

Down By the Bay- This traditional children's song can also be adapted into a class book for lots of fun.

1, 2 Buckle My Shoe-This counting song dates back to the late 18th century. Perfect for Math Time.

Ants in Your Pants- Perfect song to get the wiggles out!

Make a Rhyme Make A Move- Rap type movement video.

Exercise, Rhyme, and Freeze- Add movement and inhibitory control that also helps with behavior management  and listening skills.


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Play Games to Learn


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Learning letters and sounds needs a lot of time to go to long term memory! So play some games and just keep practicing! Yes, you can play games in school!  Call them educational games if you need to explain yourself.

Review the letters and sounds to help make this information solid by playing Bubble Gum Fun! Check out fun Videos for Letters and Sounds for videos  that make learning letters and sounds engaging! This one simple game works on blending, segmenting, phonemic awareness, letter names, and letter sounds...so many phonological awareness skills.
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How do you play?

Chose a letter card  and tell the  picture(cat).  Say the beginning sound /k/. Then find the letter to color that matched the sound on the bubble gum boards.  If it was on the board, the letter name was said, "c." Be sure to emphasize the difference between a letter name and the sound it makes! If all bubble gum circles are colored, yell, "Bubble Gum!"
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How to stretch?

After marking the letter....if the word had 4 or less sounds, stretch the word to work on phonemic awareness, the best indicator of reading success. Be sure to blend the words back together.
Segment cat- /k/  /a/  /t/           Segment vest- /v/  /e/  /s/  /t/

Check out Segmenting to learn more about this important skill!
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You could also add rhyming by having each child say a rhyming word to match the card chosen. Check out 5 Fabulous Rhyming Videos for more rhyming fun.
Say: cat...then they say hat, rat, fat, bat and even encourage "silly" words!


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Goals Galore!

Setting goals and working towards them helps show growth  in the classroom. It is also a skill for future learning.

Procedures for Goal Setting


1st-Read Goals Setting Books

Start with a  few books about reaching dreams and setting goals! Check out Giraffes Can't Dance...all about not letting other discourage you from your dreams! Check out 5 Goal Setting Read Alouds.

2nd-Discuss Goals

The students then talked about their goal for kindergarten and filled out a football goal sheet. Yes, watch as they color and get instant information about hand grip and pencil control!

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3rd-Display Goals

Place goal sheets where they can be viewed as a reminder or be sure to have them where students can reference them.
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4th-Keep Track of Goals

Now each time the students meet a goal, they sign the class goal sheet! It keeps the goals visible and in the students' minds!  It is so cool to see the names added as the weeks progress.



I also have a comprehensive goal sheet in each Learner's Journal.  The students color or circle when they meet a goal. They are so excited to look in their journals and talk with each other about what they know!

They can also record on a learning journal app like @Seesaw. (free for teachers) Click on any picture to find edible goal sheets! on Seesaw.







5th-Set New Goals

Setting new goals keeps learning moving in a cycle. The new goals are then discussed and displayed...the cycle repeats.
Goal Setting Football Theme Goals





Here are some Goal Setting resources:
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