Howdy ya’ll!!  Winter break continues here in Nashville…and it’s COLD!!!  BRRR! The kindergarten smorgasboard is frozen.   But they’re saying next week could be in the single digits and wind chills could be below zero.  Ummm that might mean a “cold” day instead of a snow day!  hehe  No…I’m not already hoping for a day off…never!

Today I want to share something that I implemented in my classroom after seeing these at the Tennesee Kindergarten Conference.  I cannot take any credit for this idea at all.  This was the brilliant idea of my buddy Kim Adsit.  I had the chance to not only attend Kim’s sessions at the conference but also have dinner with her.  And let me tell ya, she’s a hoot!!!  She’s a bundle of energy with amazing ideas!  You must visit her blog that she shares with her daughter!  It’s full of amazing ideas and resources!  Thanks for the idea and inspiration Kim!  When I grow up I wanna be Kim Adsit!

So, what’s this idea you ask?

Here it is!  It’s a simple poster for beginning sounds!  This is the version I made after seeing Kim’s presentation.
Now that almost all of my ‘staches have mastered letters and sounds we have shifted our focus from beginning sounds to other skills (WHAT WHAT?  Responding to data and using data to drive instructions?!  Who knew…it’s the craziest things…)  but I don’t want the ‘staches to lose their beginning sound mastery.  Enter the “What Begins Like?” poster.
I use this on Friday as part of our literacy routine.  This is our ticket to centers for Friday.  It’s simple and quick.  We review the sound that we’re practicing.  I write the letter on the poster and we review some words that have that beginning sound.  The ‘staches receive 1 Post It Note and return to their seat.  They DRAW a picture of something that begins with the sound.  This takes 1-2 minutes.  When they finish their drawing, they return to to the carpet and place their drawing on the poster.  Once everyone is finished, we go over the pictures and say the picture and the sound.  
I love the simplicity of this and the meaningful review that it provides.  I also like that all students can be successful.  The review of words before gives them ideas for something to draw if they cannot think of something to draw.  And their drawing is their work.  If they say it’s a snake, it’s a snake! 

I love the variaions in their drawings.  Lots of us drew pictures of our friend “Paydon” and not one of them was the same!!  Love the creativity.  Creativity=engaging=authentic learning!  BAM!  Who says meeting Common Core can’t be fun?!
Sun, Santa, Sad, snow

Thirty and throat for TH.
Thanks again Kim for this idea!  I have posters made for ending sounds and rhyming words also.  I will be breaking these out after we return from break!
And here are my two latest Common Core creations!  How about a give away?  Leave a comment and share your something new you will try in January!!  Please leave your email and I’ll pick two winners for these new creations!

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  • Reply Melissa January 2, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    I am going to try to have scheduled brain breaks for class.

  • Reply Susan Viggiano January 2, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    The beginning sound poster you listed above.

  • Reply Annette S. January 2, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I am starting daily 5 folders on Monday. We already do Leader in Me binders so hopefully this will be a smooth process.

  • Reply MrsS January 3, 2014 at 12:01 am

    That beginning sounds poster is great! I'm going to try morning work with my kiddos.

  • Reply ronnie January 3, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I purchased a “Mini Moments” bundle so I could make better use of transition time. I'm even going to use them as a “warm-up” for my small group instruction.

  • Reply Angela Urso January 3, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Using QR codes in the classroom

  • Reply Coley January 3, 2014 at 12:03 am

    I got the chance to go to the Florida Kindergarten Conference in Dec. and meet Dr. Jean. I have so many new things to try in 2014.

  • Reply Amanda January 3, 2014 at 12:32 am

    I'm planning to try some math centers/rotations. We don't have much time in our math schedule, so I'm hoping this will give me more time for math intervention and differentiated instruction.


  • Reply Terry Yordan January 3, 2014 at 12:43 am

    2014 will be the year of centers and non-fiction. I love you words that begin with poster.
    Now if I only had cute fonts like you used. Can you share where you found them? I will keep my fingers crossed to win.

  • Reply connie January 3, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Totally awesome post! Any chance you'll make the titles as a freebie (me, squeezing hands together, begging!)

    I'd LOVE to win something of yours – thanks for offering the giveaway!

  • Reply Kristin January 3, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Im excited to introduce Daily 5, writers workshop and miss kindergartens transition cards! Go big or go home right? Cheers to 2014 from Paris, France heading back home to Sf, Ca.

  • Reply Kristin January 3, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Forgot the email, its

  • Reply Maria Youngblut January 3, 2014 at 1:15 am

    I am going to use your idea for beginning sounds above. Love it!

  • Reply lorena January 3, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Thank you for sharing such a fun idea! 🙂
    lorepuckett at verizon dot net

  • Reply Leslie Ray January 3, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Love the beginning sounds idea!! Such a quick way to review and see who needs a little more instruction!!

  • Reply Dana Dupree January 3, 2014 at 1:33 am

    I love this idea. I am so going to try this!
    Thanks for all the great ideas.

  • Reply maeberry January 3, 2014 at 1:58 am

    I will be making one of these! This is a great idea! Thanks for all your fabulous ideas!

  • Reply Susan Mischler January 3, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Love this and the versatility of it.

  • Reply Kelly January 3, 2014 at 2:43 am

    I am going to give this beginning sound post it note poster a try! LOVE it! Hope you do well in the cold! I am in Wisconsin and it could be -20 with the wind chill Monday, boo!!! 🙁

  • Reply Greg Smedley January 3, 2014 at 3:17 am

    The fonts are from Lettering I love all of their fonts and alphabets!!

  • Reply Greg Smedley January 3, 2014 at 3:17 am


  • Reply Greg Smedley January 3, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Where did you get the mini moments?! I wanna check them out!

  • Reply Luv My Kinders January 3, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Love the units! I am going to be using task cards for review during our many transitions. Thanks for the chance to possibly win!


  • Reply Kristine January 3, 2014 at 3:49 am

    it is FrEeZiNg isn't it?!??! your cute little tush better stay inside and continue making adorbs stuff for all use slackers, ha ha! for 2014 i am gonna CONSISTENTLY do my math journals with my students! I have slacked and need to get it going!!!

  • Reply Sherry Andrighetto January 3, 2014 at 6:25 am

    I follow your blog daily and love it BTW! My goal for this new year is to incorporate STEM instruction weekly. It is something I am passionate about and excited to start challenging my kinders 🙂
    Kindergarten Milestones

  • Reply Sherry Andrighetto January 3, 2014 at 6:27 am

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  • Reply Sherry Andrighetto January 3, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Here is my email:

  • Reply Kim Tran January 3, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Cute beginning sound idea. I'm gonna try it. I'm also gonna modify it to have students make different ways of making a number. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Jennifer Cailor January 3, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I'm going to try to use transition time better to keep my students engaged.

  • Reply rebecca faust January 3, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I am going to consistently go outside and/or do movement activities to make sure that the children are crossing the mid-line! I have to help their brain “highways” develop fully. Actual temp last night was -4 in Michigan!!!

  • Reply jeanieb January 3, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Happy New Year!! I am going to make some of these poster boards and try out the beginning sound one right away. Always looking for different morning engagement ideas. Thank you!

  • Reply jeanieb January 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    oops, email is

  • Reply jeanieb January 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Since I finally figured out how to publish I am going to take a moment to tell you “Thank you!” for the many ideas, freebies, and conversations (on your end–ha! ha!) I have followed you since July 2012. I am an “old” first grade teacher who moved into K two and a half years ago and it is a world of difference than first grade. I couldn't have done it without you. I feel like I have a friend and you have no idea who I am :). Thanks very much!!!!! Maybe I'll get to Vegas this summer since I just live in northern NV.

  • Reply Kinderaffe January 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Great idea. Thanks. And I will give it a try for math as well. Brilliant. My new thing this year is teaching my class how to play solitaire. We are starting with the game “Garbage.” Hope it works!

    Happy New Year!

  • Reply ldemello January 4, 2014 at 1:05 am

    i'm going to try the beginning sounds poster :o)

  • Reply Kenya Stacey January 4, 2014 at 1:46 am

    I am going to try to start a penguin research project. Wish me well!!!

  • Reply Nessa January 4, 2014 at 2:36 am

    For the new year I am going to be trying a making words group thingy. Each kid will get 5 or 6 letters and then we have to make words and move the letters around. I like your poster idea-I might have to give that a try.

  • Reply Debora Weaver January 4, 2014 at 3:24 am

    I would love to try the poster you spoke of above. It sounds really great for reviews. Thanks

  • Reply Michelle Taylor January 4, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I was hoping to revamp my “morning work” time. Some students have twenty minutes while others have five minutes to unpack before announcements. I think this poster idea above would be something great to use…quick enough for those with just a few minutes but a good addition to those who have longer. Thank you for the idea!

  • Reply Ms.M January 4, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    OH! That is bloody brilliant! I am so doing this with my ELL students. Thanks for the inspiration my friend.

  • Reply Emily January 5, 2014 at 4:41 am

    I am going to implement at least two author studies per month. I love your site and the information you share.
    Thanks so much! Emily

  • Reply hafsah January 5, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Your word worm sight word incentive program to try and get my parents more involved with helping at home AND the woof woof QR mega pack! I should post a pic of my word worm hallway display! It is soooo nice.

  • Reply cspencer0711 January 6, 2014 at 2:43 am

    I like the beginning sound poster. I think it would be good review for all my students.

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