What Are You Teaching? August 22nd

3 and a half weeks.......that's the magic number. At the end of 3 and a half weeks we are well into our routines and maybe, finally, possibly, done crying.  Maybe....I've got until Friday to test my theory.

Here is what we are going to try this week!
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Here is a break down subject by subject:

Morning Work: This week we are introducing the letters Oo, Pp, Qq, Rr, and Ss. We are also introducing the sight words "the" and "little".  Our morning work focuses on those skills all week long.

Centers: Our centers come from my weekly kindergarten centers Plaidypus Lost (our story for the week) and All Set? You Bet! We have successfully introduced ABC centers, Cut & Glue, the Listening Station, and this week we will try the Writing Station.

Our "break" between centers and reading is a little singing and dancing thanks to HeidiSongs. We will be singing the O,P,Q,R,and S song this week!

Reading: We are plugging along building STAMINA every day. We are up to about 7 or so minutes in each class. That's pretty impressive for kindergarten! I've been really happy with how both of my classes are doing building stamina.

Writing: We are introducing sharing this week. We will discuss sharing with the teacher and sharing with the class. I still focus most of my attention on walking around the room and being the "cheerleader" right now but I will stop in and start visiting soon. This will lead up to daily conferring that will happen in a couple of weeks. All of my mini lessons come from Jessica Meacham's site. I love the way she incorporates literature into every mini lesson. Here are the books I will use this week.


Math: 2D shapes with Guiding Kinders from Jump/Wills. Here is a pic from last year for a little sneak peek.
That is our week! I am ready to go and see how week #3 goes. The first couple of weeks can be challenging but I wouldn't change a thing! Happy teaching friends! 

Managing your Listening Station

There are always those little details that get in your way. You can ignore them or you can find a solution. For me this summer the problem was my listening station and the solution just came to me one afternoon when I should have been setting up my classroom. I got so excited about it I spent the next hour fixing my listening station. I am so glad I did! 
I have a mix of tapes and CD's (the tapes are all slowly but surely dying). I had them all organized but it never fails that I don't have time to put them away properly so they end up a hot mess not long after the year begins. While cleaning out my closet this summer it came to me! If I just tape the CD right in the front of the book I'll never be too lazy to put it away! This may be common knowledge for the average teacher but for me this was life changing.....in a super nerdy,  OCD, organization nut, kind of way. 

Here are my tips: 

Use gallon sized bags to store books that have a tape.

Tape the CD cover right in the front cover! Never lose another cover! 
Large collections? Rubber band them together so they stay TOGETHER.

This has saved me room in my closet and hopefully my sanity down the road. It has already paid off in the first few weeks of school! Thanks for stopping by today!

What Are You Teaching? August 15

A weekly blog post from Learning with Mrs. Langley
Second full week of kindergarten and we are in full swing. Our centers are getting there, our math routine is in place, and we are even getting there in writer's workshop too. Here is a quick glance at my visual plans. 
Lesson plans for half day kindergarten including morning work, centers, writing, and math.

Morning Work: We are to the point where we are sitting down and getting this going as soon as our morning meeting is over. Here is a peek at what this looks like: 
Centers: This week I am introducing our Cut & Glue station and maybe the listening station as well! All of my centers come from this We Are So Proud unit and my All Set? You Bet! Centers for August.  

Reading: Each day we start our reading lessons with the new animated letter sounds videos from HeidiSongs. I LOVE starting our lessons this way because it is a good way to get us up, moving, and learning all at the same time. This week we are working on the songs for F-M. Click HERE for my affiliate link. 

In Daily 5 we will continue to work on building stamina. We are up to about 7 minutes! 

Writer's Workshop: Again all of my mini lessons come from Jessica Meacham's site and I just love her mini lessons. They get me off to such a great start every year (and all year long). This week we are focusing on working with a partner, being a good neighbor, and adding in the date to our writing. They are already loving writing time! 

Math: Guiding Kinders Unit 1 from Deanna Jump and Deedee Wills. This is now my 3rd year (can that be true?) teaching these units and I love them now just as much as I did back then. So engaging and fun! If you want to see my original post when I "discovered" the beauty of these units you can read it HERE. Deanna and Deedee both commented on this blog post so it is my favorite post ever :) 

Wacky Wednesday: We are continuing our unit on families (which we talk about all week, not just Wednesday....but this is the day set aside for special projects). This week we are building our family trees. I am excited and nervous about this project at the same time. I will let you know how it goes!

That's our week! What are you teaching this week? I read a post the other day on IG from a teacher that doesn't go back until after Labor Day....and she was on the beach....I have to tell you I was a little jealous! Enjoy your time if you aren't back yet and if you are back...Happy Teaching!

All About Family

Today was the day! We got to start our very first IB unit and this one is all about FAMILY! I started today by telling my kiddos we were going to talk about something that we all LOVE. They thought about it for a minute and one kid said, "Tacos?"......no not tacos, but I do love those too! 

 Today was super simple but honestly about all we can handle in our 6th day of kindergarten. We still can't sit for very long! We started with an anchor chart about what families HAVE.
Later in the unit we will fill in the "CAN LIVE IN A" when we talk about homes and "ARE" when we talk about cooperation at home (also discussing verbs). We started our books by coloring our covers and drawing a picture of our families. To make sure everyone was included and no one felt like their family was 'different' I really made sure to focus on the fact that all families are different and they should draw a picture of everyone that lives in their house. Including pets!  
This is my family!
Now that we have talked about all of the people that make up our family we have these reference cards on new grammar wall. (well....new to this group)
You know it was a good day if you run right home and blog about it! This was fun today. In half day kinder we rarely get these extra little moments. I work hard to make sure they happen!

Thanks for stopping by today! If you would like to see this unit in my store check it out HERE

Have a great rest of your week! 

What Are you Teaching? August 8

Hello friends! It has been awhile since I've had a planning post but let me tell you...I have been doing a lot of planning today! The beginning of the year can go that way sometimes! I think I just spent 5+ hours in my classroom. I promise I don't do that every week!

Here are our plans as of now. I will let you know how it goes!

Morning Work: It's Week 1! Here is a little peek at what our morning work looks like. The key is that it is consistent so students can complete it independently. This gives me a chance to take attendance, check notes, and get my head straight. 
Centers: This week is all about ABC Centers. I will introduce Cut & Glue, Listening Station, and Write the Room a little later but right now I want to get our procedures down for choosing a center. I make all of our centers super easy with lots of hands on stuff to use to manipulate the alphabet. I will continue to add to this until eventually it becomes our Word Center. 

Writer's Workshop: We are handing out notebooks on Monday! I decided not to wait so long this year. Last year I waited about 2 weeks as I have always done but I am trying a little earlier this year. We will see if that works! All of the mini-lessons I have listed are from Jessica Meacham's site.  

Math: Guiding Kinders. I love starting all over again. We did the first couple of days last week so we are already on day 3. Deanna Jump and Deedee Wills did such a fantastic job on these units and not they are revamping them. I can't wait to see them all when they are finished! 

Wacky Wednesday: We have a weird day on Wednesday because we get out early and we have dubbed it our "Wacky" day. I use this day to teach some of our additional units because with half day kinder, well....there is just never enough time! This month we are talking all about families as part of our IB Who We Are unit. I can't wait to get this started! 

That's that! We had a terrific first couple of days and we already completed our first fun art project for the year. We make these each year and when I say "we" I mean our awesome extension teacher completed these with them. We keep them up in the hallway all year because they are so much fun. I am thankful to my mentor teacher for showing me these so many years ago!

Here are some of the products that help me get my year started! Have a great week!