February 22nd Saturday Kindergarten Post

Happy Saturday!  Yesterday was the Mister’s birthday so we celebrated last night with dinner and drinks!  We went to a local favorite (Puckett’s Boat House) which was the most complicated dining experience EVER!  A few weeks ago we went to the original Puckett’s  for “restaurant week” which the place was participating in and they were closed for a special event.  You can’t be part of restaurant week and be closed.  They gave us a gift card so we were going last night for dinner.  After checking their website TWICE we were all good.  No events were listed…they were open.  LIES!  All lies!  It was a $12 cover to get in…plus you had to buy your dinner…plus you had to have reservations.  Seriously…these people…so we went to the sister location.  Um, 45 minute wait.  But the kicker was that there were 7 tables open in the dining room.  They were reserved.  And guess what?  When we left??  4 of those tables were still empty.  Seriously the most complicated restaurant experience ever.  And we won’t be going back.  Anyways, we had a blast!  The food was delicious!  And the mister had a great birthday!
We’re celebrating again tonight with more dinner and drinks at a less complicated establishment! For his birthday I got him the entire Mama’s Family T.V. series on DVD and an iPhone 5s!  He puts up with ME so he deserves that and so much more.
Alrighty, here is what you really came to see.  It’s the Saturday Kindergarten Post!!  It was quite a week for sure!  Monday off…Wednesday I was out to present a professional learning day on centers…but despite a short week, we sure accomplished a lot!!  But not everything we wanted to…so next week is going to be a catch up/transition week for us!  Stay tuned!
This week we focused on making 10 in math.  We made an anchor chart and worked on some independent practice.  We also made living ten frames and used those to determine how many more we needed to make 10!  At first we struggled with this concept but as the week went on, it started to click!  And really, who doesn’t like learning with aliens in underwear?!
This week we also worked on subtraction and addition word problems.  Man, the ‘staches rocked these!  We did some whole group practice with our white boards (white boards=instant engagement!) and then we did independent practice.  So how did we do??  100% mastery!!  They were even reading the problems themselves!!!!  I was a happy happy teacher!  And really, who doesn’t love some pirates for math?!
We have been hard at work on our writing!  Thanks to Deanna Jump and DeeDee Wills Writing Throughout The Year units, my ‘staches writing has improved 1 million percent.  Seriously.  
Story 1 is about having a barbecue.
Story 2 is about spider girl and a girlfriend.  Yes, girlfriend.
Story 3 is epic.  It’s about him watching Frozen and dad turning it off.  
If you’re in the market for some writing instruction, check out this unit!!!
We also learned about presidents this week.  George and Abe were this week.  Monday will be President Obama.  We learned a lot about both presidents…you know, George Lincoln!  Truth!
Sadly, we did not get to make our Abe Lincoln because I am having some technical issues with the MacStache.  For some reason, when I print to my laser printer, it takes FOREVER.  Printing the pieces for George took an hour.  UGH!  I am trying to figure it out!
Thanks to one of my blogging BFF (Ya know, BBFF) Katie at Teacher To The Core for these amazing craftivities!
We wrapped our 2 weeks of Olympic viewership by graphing our favorite Olympic event.  You think you do a good job of teaching young minds and then no one votes for Curling.  Epic fail, little ‘staches!!   I am sad that the Olympics are coming to and end!  It’s been so much fun ending our day with the Olympics!  
This week we worked on the U sound.  We did our circle maps and our begins like chart!  I love this chart for a quick Friday review!  It’s simple, it’s engaging and it solidifies that sounds for the ‘staches!
Umbrella, upside down, up and underwear.  Of course, underwear!
And of course, no week is complete without a silly hat!  How about an upside down umbrella hat?!  
Thanks to Simply Kinder for the hats!
Friday means Mad Science Friday and Foodie Fun Friday!  We learned about healthy teeth with a super fun science experiment!  We soaked hard boiled eggs over night in soda, juice (Crystal Light Fruit Punch) and coffee.  We left one in water to see how water doesn’t hurt our teeth.  We predicted what might happen to our teeth.  We predicted they might get dirty, change colors, get sticky, shrink or get nasty.    And we left them to soak.
Friday we removed the teeth from the cups and were amazed!  Our teeth were nasty.  They turned brown and red.  We talked about how things can hurt our teeth and ways to care for them.  We discussed brushing and flossing.  And then we brushed our teeth.  We discovered that brushing got them clean but not back to perfect white!  We also discovered something surprising about the Crystal Light…it makes eggs disintegrate….hmmmm maybe re-think all of that Crystal Light in the pantry.
We recorded our results on our recording sheet! 

And finally, we wrapped up our week with Foodie Fun Friday!  We celebrated our 16th president with a log cabin snack made from bananas!
Each student needs 2 bananas.  Peel the bananas.  Cut them in half.
Slick the bananas in half length wise.
Stack them to build a little structure (just like with Lincoln Logs!)
Drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Add a graham cracker roof!
BAM!  Log Cabin snack!
And that was our week!!!!

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