October 2021

October is here!  That means everything fall and, of course, Thanksgiving!
This coming week we will be preparing for Thanksgiving by creating a craft and card, as well as reading some beautiful stories.  If you teach in a Catholic school like I do, this time of year is lovely for heading outside and observing the seasonal changes - we stop and thank God for everything!

October 4-8, 2021
We are going to be brainstorming all the things we can thank God for and creating our own fall wreath that we can take home for Thanksgiving.

You can find this activity (and so many more fun lessons perfect for October!) in my 

I received this beautiful flower arrangement from Fiorissimi Floral Designs.  The students love drawing and painting the fall flowers!

We also set up our Farmers Market at the Dramatic Centre! We added plastic vegetables and made pie pieces from felt.  YUM!




We will be continuing with sorting in math this week.
I love using these attribute apples.  They are perfect for students to describe how to sort in so many ways!
You can find these on Amazon if you are interested!

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October 11-15, 2021
I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Thanksgiving weekend!  What's coming up this week?
A few students have been having apples as their snack and saving the seeds.  We have a small jar with a dozen apple seeds in our classroom - we may just be planting them this coming week!  So, of course, I planned for a great poem to introduce all about apples and set up a virtual field trip to an apple orchard for Friday!

On our field trip we will be learning about all the different foods that we can make using apples, working on a STEM challenge, playing a search-and-find game, listening to stories and so much more!
You can check out my Apple Orchard Virtual Field Trip by clicking the picture below.  You can use this not only if you are teaching remote but also in person - I will be projecting mine on my Interactive Whiteboard.

We are also starting subitizing this week and next.  If you take a look at our long range plans, we added number sense in every month.  That's because our school, as a whole, believes that a strong sense of number is key to learning anything in math so we always go back to teaching basic number skills.
Subitizing is being able to instantly recognize how many there are in a group.  Say you roll a die - what number did you roll?  Did you have to stop and count the dots?  Well, with subitizing you are able to instantly know how many dots you got on each roll.  And it goes so much further than that...

I have been working on this new math pack for the past few months.  There are so many fun subitizing games you can play with your students so they become familiar with numbers in many ways.
I just posted this pack earlier today and we will be using it for the next 2 weeks.  It comes complete with a 2-week lesson plan guide also!  I'll post specifically about subitizing in kindergarten soon!


We are starting to introduce a few provocations around our room since our students are now becoming more comfortable with exploring the different centres and are getting better at cleaning up after themselves!  Here are a few for the week:


Last week I introduced these Alphabet Crowns.  I don't know about your students, but my class LOVES anything to do with making a crown!  To help them with making these (it's still early in the year and some children are working on cutting skills), I actually pre-cut them and just left the middle dashed line for students to cut and tape the band to the crown.  Super easy!  Since we are already working on letter Ee, I left letters A-D at the Writing Centre if students would like to make them.


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September 2021 - BACK TO SCHOOL!

It's the first month of school!  That means new students, new routines, new everything!  I love this time of year....yes, it may be the most stressful but it's also a time of fresh beginnings.  We start the year slowly, thinking about how to set up our classroom so that students are able to independently navigate and explore.  This year, Covid restrictions are still in place, so students will be sitting, once again, in "Friendship Pods".  Here's a peek into our room!











What does my timetable look like this year?
Keep in mind that it still may change (early in the year to finalize everything) but this is how we planned out our week.

Do I have long range plans for Kindergarten?
YES!  And they are a FREE download!


How do I schedule our week?
I'm keeping it the same as last year since that worked so well given the many restrictions.
READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE (this is the post from last September but it's the same for this year).
If you are looking to download the same materials I use, check out these resources:

Monday - WEEKLY POEM/JOURNAL
We start the week learning a new poem!  We sing/chant it, find letters/sight words and more!
I compiled a huge pack of poems for the whole year (they are either well known and I have permission to use them or I wrote them myself).

Students draw/write in a blank notebook.  They can draw anything but I like doing this activity on Monday because we discuss what we did over the weekend with our family.

Tuesday - PRINTING BOOK
I teach the letters in order and have students work on fine motor skills by printing.



The SK students cut/paste pictures of things that begin with each letter and write the word beside by stretching and sounding it out.
If you would like to use these supplementary pictures, these alphabet strip cards can be found in my Alphabet Folding Books pack.



Wednesday - WRITER'S WORKSHOP
I start lesson #1 the second week of school and simply follow the weekly lessons from my I Can Write packs.
Here's an example of one of the first writing pieces we do.  I build a Writing Wall with the students from the first month of school and post our work.


Thursday - POETRY JOURNAL
We review the weekly poem (see Monday) and have fun saying/chanting it in different voices.  I place these cards in a tin can and have students choose one.  They LOVE this!

Then they work on a poetry journal (there are 3 differentiated activities per poem and over 50 poems included).




Friday - CHILD OF THE DAY
We choose a child to be the special "Child of the Day" where classmates ask questions to learn more about this person.  Students can draw a picture of this friend in a blank notebook.

September 6-10, 2021
We introduced a variety of centres around the room, sat and spoke with students to get to know them, spent lots of time outdoors (seems to be our favourite!) and learned to sing/chant the Alphabet Song Book (which we will be doing each morning!).

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September 13-17, 2021
We are getting to know one another!  This is a great song/chant to help students identify their name.


We will also be playing a lot of number games - our focus this week is on number sense (counting and 1:1 correspondence).  You can find a lot of games and hands-on activities in my Number Sense in Kindergarten pack on TpT.  Our favourite games so far are "Bears in a Cave" and "5 Little Monkeys".



We celebrated "Dot Day" by making our mark using watercolour paint on a small paper plate!  Such an easy activity to set up and so much fun.  Students loved this!





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September 20-24, 2021
This week we are continuing with our morning literacy routines (very slowly!).  You can see more in my week at a glance below.

If you teach in a Catholic school, you may want to check out my September Religion pack.
We read the story Words are Not For Hurting and talked about kind versus hurtful words.


We will also be continuing with number sense games.  Here are some pictures of the fun games we learned!
You can find these all in my Number Sense in Kindergarten pack on TpT.

I Can Show 5!
We used pentominoes to show students different ways that 5 can be represented and then they tried it using Unifix cubes!

5 Busy Beavers
This is a fun book to read - introduce a 5-frame and have your students learn to add/take away a dot to show increase/decrease of the number.

Show Me The Number!
We played this using numeral cards and these number mats.  Choose a number and count out that many.


Since there will be a fire drill coming up in the next week or so, we will be reading books about that and practising.  We are also noticing that some students are working on sharing and turn taking.  There are a few stories I've pulled out that we will read together as a class.

For our weekly writing program this week we talked all about our special names!  We read The Change Your Name Store and practiced printing our names three times.  Students each got a name tag with their first name on the front and last name on the back.  We will keep these at our Writing Centre.
All of our weekly writing activities are from my I Can Write! pack on TpT.

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September 27-October 1, 2021
We have a busy week coming up - Terry Fox walk and Orange Shirt Day (which is the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation).  Check out my plans below to see how we are honouring each day.

Our Terry Fox walk will be on Wednesday morning.  I explain a bit about who Terry was and why we walk in his honour each year.  There is a lot you can use from this story and I just love this song (with adorable graphics!).


We will be reading the story Phyllis' Orange Shirt and decorating an orange shirt to represent the fact that every child matters. 


You can download this shirt template I made for FREE by clicking below.  Just photocopy on orange construction paper (or have students colour it orange).


We are also starting to learn more about sorting! We already sort every day - when we clean up our materials!
You can follow along with my weekly math plans as everything is from my Sorting in Kindergarten pack on TpT.

Here are my weekly plans if you'd like to download!


Many of you had asked for a BLANK version of my weekly plans.  I use PowerPoint to make these each week.
You can click below to download your copy and edit it for your classroom. 
Be sure to also download the FREE FONT (KG Primary Penmanship).