Author Archives: Kristen Poindexter
I decided to simplify my Parent Pack this year. I usually do a more complicated fold over pack:
This year I decided to do this instead:
I don’t have a template for you. :) All I did was open up PowerPoint and create some text boxes with my information. I staggered them, keeping the bottom sheet at its original 8 1/2 x 11 size and then just cutting off the extra of the rest. For the blue and orange sheets at the top, I was able to get 2 or 3 copies on one page because they were smaller boxes of text. I just played around with it until something worked for me. You can see the green sheet is blank–that was a miscalculation on my part! I forgot to create a page to fit that space, so I put in a place for parents to take notes during my presentation-most of them used it, so it turned out to be pretty handy! :)
I created this Interactive number line to use this summer and we’ve already added the numbers 1-5 to it. The kiddos love it because they can check it to find out different ways numbers are represented. We use these cards when we are representing numbers with the items in our Math Tubs as well. :)
You may remember that I showed these awesome tubs I found in the Target Dollar Spot this summer:
We have been using them each day to help us represent numbers in different ways.
First, we use each of the materials (unifix cubes, homemade Rekenrek’s, two-sided counters, dice, pattern blocks, and 1 inch tiles) to show the number we are learning about. On this day, we were representing the number 5 in different ways. I do not show them how to represent the numbers, I just tell them to use a manipulative to show me the number and this is what they came up with. :)
I put the tubs on the floor between groups of 4 children and they use the materials that are in their tub. We store these on the floor under our Promethean Board.
At the beginning of each school year, I let my students explore all the manipulatives that we will be using throughout the year. This helps get their excitement for the manipulatives out of their systems so that when it is time to use them, we can get right to work. :) Here are some pictures of the manipulatives we used along with some of the creative ways my sweet kiddos used them:
Don’t forget to join us tonight for a great tweet chat practice with Deb Chitwood. Deb is an expert in the area of Montessori! I can’t wait to learn more about Montessori–I’ve been getting back to more Montessori type activities in my classroom recently. Use the #teacherfriends to find us on Twitter (or use TweetDeck for an easier time). Here are the questions that will help lead the chat today!
I started the new school year 2 weeks ago and its one of the best starts I’ve had in the last 5 years! We have been able to learn routines and procedures much faster than in the past few years.
We got out our Literacy Work Station tubs the 2nd week of school and my sweet kiddos have handled them SO well!
Here’s a look at what’s currently in the tubs:
Can you tell we are working on the alphabet? I put a variety of activities out so that my different levels of learners can go at their own pace.
If you haven’t heard, TPT is having a Back to School sale! The fun starts on August 3rd and runs through August 4th. I’ve put my entire store on sale…it would be a great time to grab my Interactive Number Line and my Stamp a Letter, Word, or Number!!
Don’t forget to use the code BTS15 to save 28%!!
And don’t forget to join us on Tuesday for a Back to School chat with Scott Wiley! Use the #teacherfriends tag to “see” us on Twitter!! :) Lots of great prizes will be given away. :)
I did my second Periscope today about using your iPad as a document camera. My ELMO (visual presenter) died a few years ago and I wanted to use something to replace it that didn’t have cords attached to it and that was so easy the kiddos could use it too!
I started looking for solutions and found a stand made out of lightweight PVC pipe. I showed the directions to my husband and by the next afternoon, I (along with 10 other people) had new iPad stands. :) He started taking custom orders for other teachers in my school and in my township.
Here is the link to my Periscope explaining how I use it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZwrXQ0yp2s
Sorry about the wobbly camera! It was hard to put the iPad in with one hand and without dropping it! :)
I will tell you that I had my husband make me a new center pole for the stand this summer because the camera angle wasn’t wide enough to fit an entire 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper under it. If you decide to build it, I would extend the center pole that gives the iPad height by 4-6 inches. That has helped a lot already!
Here is the link to the directions we used to build the stand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqZNyMFz63E
Its SUPER EASY to build and cost us under $15 to build. :)