It’s time for my regular Sunday explosion of scheduling ideas for the upcoming week.  Next week is my first full week of FULL 8 HOUR DAYS with my 22 little monsters.  And please know that I use the term “Little Monsters” in the most affectionate, loving way.  My theme is “Monsters, Inc With Mr. Greg’s Little Monsters!”  Lady Gaga fan?  Check!

Here are some of my scheduled activities for the week.  Please be advised, that due to technical difficulties (shoe throwing, runners, criers, bleeders and other asundry calamities), previously scheduled actives may be cancelled or rescheduled.

Monday:  We are going to read Chrysanthemum and discuss how special our names are.  Then we will play the name game.  The name game is a simple PowerPoint that has a slide for each child’s name.  When the child sees their name, they simply stand up and sit back down.  This is such a fun way to learn to read our names.  After a few rounds of the game, we go back through and spell each child’s name.  And yes, the teacher is included in the slides!

We will also go on a tour of the school to find the missing monster!  The activity is available in my TPT store!  After we tour the school, we return to the classroom to find the pieces of a monster craft waiting for us!  This is also when I introduce the GLUE STICK!  Tylenol?  Yes, please!
The monster craftivity came from Caitilin at Kindergarten Smiles!  Be sure to check out her blog and her store!
Tuesday:  We will read The Crayon Box Talked and discuss how important each one of us is to our classroom.  I like to make a huge, over dramatic display of just how awful a crayon box would be if all the crayons were the same color.  I even have a box of all black crayons that I use to draw a picture.  The kids talk about how colors make the picture better and you need colors to make beautiful art.  Then I talk about how we need each one of us to make a beautiful classroom where we can learn and laugh.  After our discussion, we will make a handrpint wreath for our door.  Paint and hands?  Tylenol?  Yes, please!
Wednesday:  Flippin Numbers! (click the link for the post about the workshop)  This is an activity I learned at a workshop this summer.  Each child will have number cards from 0-9 in front of them.  They will each be wearing their “Magic Math Finger” which for us is a finger puppet that I purchased during my journeys through Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.  As a random number CD plays, it SLOWLY calls out a number.  The children point to the number.  I am using this a pre-assessment to see where we are with numbers.  And it’s fun!  We will also be reading Officer Buckle and Gloria and we get to use the unit I created for the book (which happened to be the first unit I created! )  It’s in my store if you want it.
Thursday:  Dot Stampers and counting to 5.  We will be introducing the bingo stampers to the class.  Each child receives a sheet with boxes 1-5 on it.  We work together as a group to stamp the correct number of dots in each box.  This is also a pre-assessment to see how well we count with one to one correspondence.  We will also be using our letter discovery bottles to find and color letters.  Each pair (Kagan think pair share strategy!) will have a bottle full of rice with letter beads.  As they shake the bottle and see letters, they find them on their sheet and color the letters.  10 pounds of colored rice later, we have a great letter activity!
Friday:  OLYMPIC celebrations!  We will be making the Olympic rings!  We are using card stock (I nee a Donors Choose project just for card stock and ink!) circles that are pre-cut!  (No scissors yet!) and markers.  This is when we introduce markers.  Each group of 5 will have a ring and will color their ring the correct color.  Then we will assemble them into the Olympic rings.  This is going to be a group project to teach teamwork!!  We will also be making our famous school bus cookies!  We use graham crackers, frosting and mini Oreos to make school bus cookies!  A great end to our first week together!
We are also doing a lot of singing and procedures this week.  And much more.  Be sure to watch for pictures of the chaos antics FUN!
And I am linking up with Farley at Oh Boy Fourth Grade!  for her August Currently!

I hear a rumor that something BIG is coming tonight…be sure to keep checking back.

Also, I would love for you to join my linky party about the funniest thing a student has ever said!

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  • Reply KinderKapers August 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Good luck on your first day back!! We still have 3 weeks…I promised myself to enjoy every minute of it. Part of that will be enjoying going in to the school when there are no students and working!

    Try not to feel too bad about your class size…we have 92 Kindergarteners registered and only 3 teachers. Did I say school doesn't start for 3 more weeks….we know what that will mean. I am praying for another teacher…or two. I will be thinking about you tomorrow. Get a good night sleep and don't forget the Tylenol!

    Terri Izatt

  • Reply Lisa R. August 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I hope everything goes great on your first week back! I love that handprint wreath. I have it pinned on Pinterest also! 🙂
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  • Reply Lauren Augustine August 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I love your crayon box that talked activity! I read this book every year and was trying to come up with a new activity to go with it and you just helped me!! Thanks =)

    Miss Augustine's Kindergarten

  • Reply Michele Meyrose August 6, 2012 at 1:22 am

    I found you through Farley's August Currently, and reading your schedule for your first full week sure has me excited to get back into the classroom in a few weeks! Hope it all goes well for you 🙂

  • Reply KrazyKuteKinders August 6, 2012 at 1:41 am

    I found you through the currently linky 🙂 I love your ideas for the first FULL week. I think I may have to steal a few!


  • Reply Mrs. Ryan August 6, 2012 at 2:34 am

    I love your ideas! Makes me anxious to start my plans! 🙂

  • Reply Jessica August 7, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I LOOOOVE all your ideas and will be stealing a few! 😉 And how did you color the rice???? I love the different colors- so pretty. And by the way- your blog looks AMAAAAAZING! =)
    Jessica (Your mid-TN buddy)
    Under the Alphabet Tree

  • Reply Ms.M August 10, 2012 at 4:55 am

    You are too funny. Love that wreath and the rice looks great.


  • Reply Camille September 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Greg, I so loved your wreath, that I made one of my own. Not having your courage, I used ink pads and while I like the look, it is not as cheerful and colorful as your wreath. I posted a photo of my wreath on my blog today and linked back to you as my inspiration. Hope that is okay! Here is the url:
    An Open Door

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