Hello Saturday and a nice 3 day weekend.  Who else is in need of an extra day to rest?!  
What a week we’ve had in Room 306!  We’ve worked on Aa, /a/, ten frames, numbers and our big plans.  We have worked on our friendships and celebrated our differences!  And got Mr. Greg caught some germs!  Busy week!    So, it’s time for a peek into the week that was….are ya ready?!
This week we worked on A.  We made alligator hats, we counted ants and ate ants on a log!  
This is the new process we are using to introduce sounds and letters.  The focus is more on the sound rather than the letter.  On day 1 we introduce the sound and the students come up with words for that sound.  Mr. Greg attempts (a very pathetic attempt, obviously) to draw the pictures.  We do not label them on day one.  On day two we introduce the letter as the way to spell the sound.  Then we identify the pictures and the students spell the first sound.  As I write the rest of the word, I spell each letter out loud.
And of course, Mr. Greg has to wear his silly hat!  
We worked on counting to 10 this week and worked with our ten frames a lot.  We made ten frames using our bodies.  We made ten frames using diamonds.  We counted ants.  And we did a lot of roll and color!

This was such a fun idea!  We loved counting our “ants”!  Who doesn’t love painting?!  
Click on the picture to get your free counting ants activity page!
For more on the living ten frame activity, click the picture to see my original post!  
These jewels came from Michael’s and were only $1!  The ‘staches loved counting the “jewels” and “diamonds!”
This week was all about our hopes and dreams!  We read the book “Big Plans” and talked about getting down to business to make our hopes and dreams come true!  
We shared all of our hopes and dreams for kindergarten!  What do we want to learn in Kindergarten?!  A few highlights:
“…how to do a cartwheel…”
“…learn to read….”
“…learn to work…”
They all had some major plans for this year…but one ‘stache has a truly lofty goal!
“…how to ride a pig…”
True story.  So guess what?  I’m working on aligning pig riding to the Common Core!  I foresee a  new common core creation soon!!  
After we shared our big plans, we made a visual to remind us of those plans!  We are “swinging” into our big plans!  

And I even send home a form for parents to share their hopes and dreams.  I am currently working on the display for our hopes and dreams!  Stay tuned!

We read “A Bad Case Of The Stripes” and talked a great deal about being different and being friends!  We spent Friday afternoon working as teams to create these beautiful paintings!  These will be cut out and displayed in the hallway to remind us that we love being different!  

Foodie Fun Friday was tied into our A and ants fun!  We made ants on a log for our snack!  During our morning meeting, I told the ‘staches we were having ants for our snack.  They were hilarious.  “Are they real?”  “Will we really ate them?”  “They’re fake ants!”  “They will bit our teeth!”  “Ants will tickle our bellies!”
When it came time to make our snack I gave them the log (celery) and ant food (cream cheese) and told them to fill the log full of ant food so the ants would come.  When they were all ready, I told them it was time to get the ants.  I reached into a bag and started moving the bag and screaming!!!  HAHAHAHAHAHA  THEY WENT CRAZY!!!!!!!!  I ripped out the bag of ants….and gave them RAISINS!
Can you believe that there is even more fun and excitement in this week?!  Well, there is!
Bear, our therapy dog, made his first visit!  Bear and his owner, Leigh, come to visit us once a week.  Each child gets to read a book to Bear when he visits!  We are so stinkin’ lucky to have this amazing opportunity!  If you want to read more about Bear and how he came to our classroom (PEOPLE, IT INVOLVES A THERAPY LLAMA!!!!!!!!  TRUE STORY!), click on the pictures!  
And here’s the local news story about Bear and our class!
So, remember when a ‘stache said his hope was to learn to ride a pig??  Well, what kind of teacher would Mr. Greg be if we didn’t work that in somehow?!  I tried to get a real pig, but can you believe people are a little leary of kindergarten teachers asking to borrow a pig to ride?!  GEEZ!
So I compromised…
I went next door and got my stuffed pig and rode him into our classroom.  Hello Teacher Of The Year!  The ‘stache who shared this hope was beside himself with excitement!   The whole class was hysterically laughing and cheering!  
But don’t worry…..I don’t give up so easily.  We do have a field trip to the state fair next month…and I will be lobbying for a pig riding experience for Mr. Greg.  And yes, there will be a fun activity to come!  Remember, anything can be aligned to the common core!  hehe
And the quote of the week:
“Mr. Greg, you sound like someone from Wonderland!”
And how was your week?!

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Happy Saturday!  I hope you had an amazing week of teaching and learning!  I hope there were lots of laughs and great moments!
I, of course have to share two stories!  I’m sure your remember my fire drill friend, who we will now call fire drill!  Well, her hilarity continues.  
Story 1:  One day this week Fire Drill and I were having one of those days where she was all over the place and I was all over her.  Well, it became quite clear that she was over Mr. Greg because I called her name for 1,435,098th time that day and she said looked at me, curled her face up and said, “OH MY GAWD!” and sat down.  Yeah..over me.
Story 2:  Some background…the ‘staches told me that Fire Drill almost threw up in the cafeteria (not sure how you almost throw up…but OK…).  As we are sitting on our pink carpet for calendar time, I hear that ominous wretching sound and look at FD.  She has that dreaded bubble that is probably full of something….ya know the look and the bubble.   I tell her to go the bathroom….she returns…
Me:  “Fire Drill, did you get sick?”
FD:  “Maybe”
Me:  “Honey, did you throw up?”
FD: “Maybe.”
Me:  “Honey, did you get sick in your belly and throw up in the toilet?”  (complete with gestures)
FD: ” I SAID MAYBE!” 
Clearly she was done with my questions!
And now on to The Saturday Kindergarten Post!  And once again, when editing pictures for this post, I am amazed at just how much we do in a week.  I wonder if the ‘staches go home on Friday and collapse like Mr. Greg does?  Seriously, my legs and feet hurt so bad by Friday…
This week we wrote our first class book!  “Hands can…” and I was so impressed with their ideas and illustrations! 
Some of our sentences:”Hands can juggle.”  “Hands can dribble.”  “Hands can read a map.”  “Hands can fix cars.”
I can’t wait to see their writing develop and grow!  

We learned /m/ and m this week so of course, we had to make M from marshmallows!

And marshmallows meas, Marshmallow Toes!!!  You should hear how quiet we are in the hallways.  And yes, we earned a golden ticket every day.  That’s right, we’re the best.

When we had a bit of a rough day, Miss Swamp paid a visit.  They definitely don’t want Miss Swamp to return!  But they did a great job with these super cute Miss Swamp portraits.    I love the various hair styles!!!  

M also means “If You Give A Moose A Muffin” and mooses?  moose?  meeses?  
Please note the moose with an identity crisis.  Bottom left.  He thinks he is a koala!
This week was also a lot of numbers and counting fun!
We played Muffin BUMP!  This was a fun and easy way to assess where we stand with numbers and letters.  
click the picture to get you free Muffin BUMP game!
INTERESTING NOTE:    ALMOST ALL OF MY ‘STACHES CAN COUNT TO 39 AND THEN THEY GET STUCK.  IS THIS COMMON?  WHAT’S THE CAUSE?
We made number posters for 1-5 as our math closure.  (sorry didn’t get pics of all 5).  Again I was so impressed with their ability and creativity.  We drew houses, Ninja Turtles, Mr. Greg’s (yes, people, THREE MR. GREGS!  Can you handle such glittery awesomeness?!  The world just isn’t prepared…it would be like Greg-Mageddon!), and jelly beans!  
We also made flashcards to take home to practice numbers!  This was another great assessment piece!  I observed them as they worked to see who could find the number and ten frame we were working on.  My ‘staches rock.  That’s all.
Click the picture to see the blog post for the free ten frames and  numbers for the flashcards!

Our Friday assessment was Q-Tip counting!  We had tons of fun painting with our Q-Tips!
And of course, no Moose and Muffin week is complete without MUFFINS!  We mixed the mix, we baked the muffins and we fed a kindergartner a muffin.  If you give a kindergartner a muffin…they will think you’re the best teacher ever.  True story.  They said so.

We also added our names to our word wall and spent some time learning what we use the word wall for!  So happy to see some words on the word wall!!  

And you know that every week in the land of the mustache must have a silly hat!  
I MUSTACHE you who the best K team is!  Yep, the team that mustaches together rocks!  
Finally…I offered this to my newsletter subscribers but it’s for everyone now!  
And now, you’ve heard the whispers…you’ve seen the pictures on Pinterest…well, it’s finally here!! The.  Most.  Epic.  Mr. Greg Outfit. To. Date.

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I was lucky to recieve this shirt from www.teachershirts.com to share with you all.  I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to wear this shirt to school?????????  
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People, the first full week of kindergarten was exhausting.  My legs and feet hurt so bad!!!  My body was not in kindergarten shape after the summer!  But we are now off and running and things are in full swing!

We had a busy week of monsters…names…colors…pencils…and cookies…and one pee on the wall incident!   Check out the week that was in the Kindergarten Smorgasboard!

We read the book Who Will Be My Teacher This Year? And the kids described me!  This was so fun!  The book was hilarious and the kids laughed at every page!  I love that my ‘staches think I’m tall, fast and have nice clothes!!  I guess my snazzy outfits have set the bar high for my clothes!  And fast????  I have no idea where that came from!   I highly recommend this book and this activity! 
This week was all about learning to read and write our names!  The bean names were our big name celebration on Friday!  I just love how these turn out!  The ‘staches had a blast working on these!  I display these in the classroom until January when we do another name project to display!  
We read the story Chrysanthemum and talked about how special names are.  We then graphed how long each of our names were!  
We made a circle map of our names…we’ve been writing our names…we made our names out of stickers!  
We did some simple and fun color assessments this week!  We sorted by colors and read color words after reading Brown Bear Brown Bear!  You can get a free Brown Bear coloring sheet by clicking on the picture!

We worked on learning letters this week!  Our favorite and most noisy letter activity was our letter discovery bottles!  They shook the bottles and read the letter.  Then they colored the letter on their paper!  Did I mention noisy?!  Yeah…noisy.  
We read First Day Jitters and talked about feelings on the first day!  I was excited to hear the words “proud” and “grumpy” as two of our feelings!!!!  

And yes…friends have “shiny teeth!””  I love the way these ‘staches think!  
And of course we had to do some craftivities!  We went on our monster hunt to tour the school and ended up finding the monster in our room!!  They did a great job with the scissors and glue sponges!!!  Yes…glue sponges are still a raging success!!!!!!!  

Loving these pencils!!!!  
And of course we celebrated our first Foodie Fun Friday!!!!   We made school bus cookies!
Here’s how we make them:
Graham crackers, white or vanilla icing, mini oreos, yellow food coloring.
I give each child a bowl of icing and put in a few drops of yellow food coloring.  They mix the icing.  Next they cover the graham crackers with icing.  Finally they put the wheels (mini Oreos) on the bus!  
And then we eat!!!!!  

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  • Reply Sarah Winchell August 31, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Hi Greg,
    I blogging with you over at the OC Blog with Charity. I just stopped by to say, “Hello”.
    I'm glad to be in such great company.
    All the best and a new follower!
    Sarah
    Teaching Resources for the Classroom

  • Reply MrsS August 31, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I absolutely love how much YOU love what you do! Thanks for sharing your good, your bad, your ugly, and your absolutely hilarious!
    -Andrea
    alwayskindergarten@gmail.com

  • Reply shulsey August 31, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    LOVE the silly hats. I know the kids love it too. I would love to start those next week. How often do they make hats..per week…each day a new sound…? Hope to hear from you so I can get started! THANKS!

  • Reply April Kreitzer Wolfe August 31, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    You have motivated me to incorporate lots of hat in my class this year! I am loving them and so are the kiddos. I love seeing what your class does each week. My son is heading to kindergarten next year. Any chance you want to move to Cape Coral? 🙂

    April
    Wolfelicious

  • Reply Lesson Plans and Lollipops September 1, 2013 at 2:00 am

    I love the story about Bear!!! Our new principal sent notices to the staff telling us we couldn't bring dogs into the building. They were friendly dogs and they only came once or twice a year or on the weekends with their owner. Oh well, pig riding isn't what it's cracked up to be. Real pigs can bite. Sorry I'm the bearer of bad news. My funny story for the week: I picked my son up from the after school program and a little girl looked at me and said “You look like a teacher that works here.” Lol, you can't resist a smile with that one.

  • Reply Plants seeds of knowledge...for our future! September 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Great job, Greg! Love how you are building those relationships with your students! I love that you found the stuffed pig! Super excited for your fair experience!
    http://Www.seedsofnoledge.blogspot.com

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