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Posts Made By: kdgstar105
Board: Kindergarten 07-08-2017, 03:13 PM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By kdgstar105
I laughed too. I so wish I could figure out...

I laughed too. I so wish I could figure out something that far away. One year we had a snow day ON the 100th day!
Board: Kindergarten 02-09-2017, 07:14 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By kdgstar105
Our parents read nothing and what they do read,...

Our parents read nothing and what they do read, they often don't follow. I teach in a low income district and part of our problem is many of the parents are unable to read (or at least read well.) ...
Board: Kindergarten 10-30-2016, 03:19 AM
Replies: 20
 
Posted By kdgstar105
Like Tiffany, I also currently grade what has...

Like Tiffany, I also currently grade what has been taught for that specific marking period. But like I explained earlier, I am not currently using the 1-4 system, but I know it is coming. My...
Board: Kindergarten 10-27-2016, 07:48 PM
Replies: 20
 
Posted By kdgstar105
We are also in this discussion right now and...

We are also in this discussion right now and there are A LOT of opinions!!!! We are in the process of changing report cards and currently aren't using a 1-4 system, but it is coming whether we like...
Board: Kindergarten 09-10-2016, 12:09 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By kdgstar105
It was very interesting to listen to. My...

It was very interesting to listen to. My thoughts:

I have been teaching kindergarten for 20 years and have always had a calendar/morning circle time. I agree that many kids do not understand the...
Board: Kindergarten 08-27-2016, 10:24 AM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By kdgstar105
Just finished week 1. I only had kids Wed,...

Just finished week 1. I only had kids Wed, Thurs, Friday, but it went OK. It was also stinking hot where I was in Pennsylvania. We don't have central air, but do have window air conditioners. I...
Board: Kindergarten 08-27-2016, 10:08 AM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By kdgstar105
I have 5 student tables, but during the guided...

I have 5 student tables, but during the guided reading block many of the kids are working in centers in other areas of the room. So, I just use one of the student tables. They are rectangle shape...
Board: Kindergarten 08-19-2016, 05:24 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By kdgstar105
8:50 - 9:30 Writing / Journals - I spend about 15...

8:50 - 9:30 Writing / Journals - I spend about 15 minutes modeling writing and then the kids have about 20 minutes to write. Then we have about a 5 minute sharing time.

9:30 - 9:40 - Bathroom...
Board: Kindergarten 08-18-2016, 01:52 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By kdgstar105
I usually start off with alphabet books. My...

I usually start off with alphabet books. My favorites are:

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom / Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 - Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten -...
Board: Kindergarten 08-01-2016, 11:18 AM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By kdgstar105
We do not give any type of formal spelling tests...

We do not give any type of formal spelling tests in kindergarten (yet!). I am constantly doing activities where the kids practice spelling word families and cvc words, but spelling is not graded...
Board: Kindergarten 08-01-2016, 11:13 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By kdgstar105
How do you set up your reading center

How do you set up your reading center in your classroom? I see so many pictures of rooms online where people have bins and bins and bins of books for the kids to select from. They are all organized...
Board: Kindergarten 07-17-2016, 04:02 AM
Replies: 18
 
Posted By kdgstar105
WOW! I truly feel for all of you with that have...

WOW! I truly feel for all of you with that have such big groups. I have taught for 20 years. At the beginning of my career I had around 20/year, but lately I have been averaging 15-16. I know...
Board: Kindergarten 07-17-2016, 03:56 AM
Replies: 23
 
Posted By kdgstar105
My school is also low income. Our former...

My school is also low income. Our former principal got us a free fresh fruits and vegetable grant. Our kids get a fruit or vegetable snack 3 days a week. The goal of the grant is to get the kids...
Board: Kindergarten 08-02-2015, 04:57 AM
Replies: 13
 
Posted By kdgstar105
I wish!!! We have asked about doing it, but are...

I wish!!! We have asked about doing it, but are always turned down. It has to do with funding. State funding is partially based on attendance. We get reimbursed for how many kids are in in the...
Board: Kindergarten 05-22-2015, 01:51 AM
Replies: 19
 
Posted By kdgstar105
6 days left!

6 days left!
Board: Kindergarten 04-27-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 19
 
Posted By kdgstar105
Yes! We still have playtime / free time for...

Yes! We still have playtime / free time for 30-40 minutes each day. I have the following areas: blocks, art, kitchen, puzzles, listening center, table toys and a miscellaneous shelf that I change...
Board: Kindergarten 04-11-2015, 04:52 AM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By kdgstar105
My schedule is the same everyday, but I have had...

My schedule is the same everyday, but I have had years where it hasn't been. I definitely prefer the consistent schedule. I feel the kids do much better and so do I.
Board: Kindergarten 04-06-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By kdgstar105
Thanks for explaining TK to me. Things certainly...

Thanks for explaining TK to me. Things certainly are different in other parts of the country. I am in Pennsylvania. Most schools in my area have a September 1st cut off. So all my kids are 5 by...
Board: Kindergarten 04-06-2015, 02:11 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By kdgstar105
We don't have transitional grades in my school,...

We don't have transitional grades in my school, but I have taught regular K for 19 years. Is this a transition grade between PreK and K or between K and 1st (I've heard of both)? Either way, it...
Board: Kindergarten 04-03-2015, 06:28 AM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By kdgstar105
We do not have a K graduation.

We do not have a K graduation.
Board: Kindergarten 03-19-2015, 11:40 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By kdgstar105
Our goal is to get everyone to at least a level 4...

Our goal is to get everyone to at least a level 4 DRA. Of course many of my kids can read much higher and my low kids often don't get to 4, but it's our goal. If they can't pass at least a 3, then...
Board: Kindergarten 03-04-2015, 06:09 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By kdgstar105
We try to put the siblings with the same teacher...

We try to put the siblings with the same teacher if the parent and teacher had a positive experience. With our "special" families, we take turns dealing with them.
Board: Kindergarten 02-19-2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By kdgstar105
When I was a new teacher my biggest mistake was...

When I was a new teacher my biggest mistake was that I tried too many things my first year. I would try one system and if after a few days it didn't work, I would quickly try something else. I was...
Board: Kindergarten 01-24-2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By kdgstar105
At this point in the year, what drives me crazy...

At this point in the year, what drives me crazy the most is unpacking book bags. We are halfway through the year and I still have kids giving me parent notes/papers/lunch money etc... at the end of...
Board: Kindergarten 12-16-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By kdgstar105
First of all, Congratulations on being named...

First of all, Congratulations on being named teacher of the year at your school!!!!

As for the rest of your post, I totally get what your saying. Kindergarten is a totally different world and...



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