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I am a first grade teacher who has rediscovered a love for firsties this year. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and even second over the past 16 years. I have been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and have been blessed with 2 very active boys.

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A Day in Pre-K


A day in Pre-K is fast moving, action packed and fun! In the state of Florida we have FREE VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) in both private and public schools.  I teach in a public school and have a morning session and an afternoon session; each lasting 3 hours.


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To start our day we make the mile hike (ok, maybe an exaggeration) out to our portable.  It is amazing how these little people have grown in just 3 short months and thrive on routine.  We start our day with our morning circle time. It is always fun to see what the  weekly calendar pieces will be for the month and my pre-k friends are growing in confidence as they lead the calendar time.


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After we have danced, sang and introduced a skill or 2, we head to small group for more specific instruction.  I am very blessed to have a full time para in the room with me so we are able to reach each child during this hour.  She is my right hand and can't imagine my day without her.

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We have worked hard and its time to move, jump and play.  Most days this means playground time.  Sometimes, it means music and movement in the classroom with some GoNoodle fun! Our afternoon group always asks, "Can we do points?" They might be a LITTLE competitive! (Yes, the letter P is missing because it is part of an Interactive Alphabet Activity.)


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Back in the room we go for a water break and story time.  Story time is time to share a thematic book, teach a literary skill and work on our poem of the week.  We definitely have our favorite books and characters and love hearing new stories.


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Their favorite part of the day has arrived!  Its center time.  Students choose from a variety of activities that have been planned to enrich the theme of study we are working on as well as student interests!


Its time to wrap up our day and yes, I get to do all this again with my afternoon group!

Its now time to head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching to see what everyone else is up to...

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Nutrition Week at a Glance - Five for Friday


For the week after Halloween, there sure were a lot of wiggly worms this week.
Perhaps its the sugar overload? 
I wonder who had a piece of candy or two for breakfast!!
This was the perfect time to work in a little nutrition unit with my friends!
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I introduced the 5 food groups through this fun song sung to the tune of BINGO.  We sang it every day and on Friday added it to our poetry notebooks.  We then highlight our letter of the week (You could target any skill.) and add an illustration. I take this opportunity to talk about drawing pictures with shapes for those who struggle with drawing and get frustrated.
It is part of my November Poetry with Rebus Pictures.  You can read more about the Value of Poetry Notebooks HERE.
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We continued to pattern this week in math so we pulled in our fruit manipulatives from Lakeshore Learning and then found this pattern FREEBIE from Ms. Jodi's Pre-K on TpT to go with it! We then took it a step further and worked on identifying the pattern unit.  This was HARD for my pre-k friends so I created the white box as a visual so they could see how to isolate and identify the pattern unit.   

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This was a little late in coming, but I LOVE our grocery shop!  I moved the word wall in the dramatic play center and am liking that I can add thematic words and carry reading and writing over into  this center.  They can make grocery lists and shop all in one center.  The adorable center signs are from Play to Learn's Grocery Store Pack.


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Healthy Helpings by Learning Resources was the PERFECT game to play during centers.  It gave the kids a great visual for what a balanced meal looks like as well as extra practice in categorizing food by food group.  The social skills of sharing, taking turns and congratulating the winner were a HUGE bonus!


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We finished the week with teacher directed turkey drawings at the art center.  I am not sure this counts a part of nutrition week, but I figured turkey is a protein!  I know I mentioned it earlier in the post, but so many of my friends struggle to draw independently and always ask me to do it for them. I am working on fostering independence and confidence, so many years ago I started breaking down pictures into shapes for them.  In our turkey drawings, we worked on straight and curved lines, circles, ovals and a triangle.
There is so much going on at this time of the year.  I love a peek into others' classrooms too so I am linking up with Five for Friday over at Doodle Bugs Teaching. Head on over and check it out too!
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