Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cooking up a Great Year!

 We have teamed up with 24 other great teachers to bring y'all some great ideas to help you have a successful year!  We hope you enjoy them!

Our tip to having a great year is to have weekly class meetings.  We sit in a circle and pass around our  class mascot, Quality Quentin.  The student who is holding Quentin talks and everyone else listens.  We start the year singing our Quality Student song so we can discuss what a quality student is.  Then we start our meetings by saying,"My name is... and a quality student...  My kiddos usually say things from the song.  Then as the year progresses, we get into what is happening in the classroom and how we can help each other to be quality students.

You can get the song in our dollar store: Just click the picture to purchase.

I found these great books to use to teach your kiddos about fruits and vegetables.  I love Rah Rah Radishes because it has vibrant photographs of vegetables.  The kids love the fun rhymes and they are introduced to new vegetables, like bok choy and poblano.

Y'all might also want to check out her website for some more of her great books and ideas!

After you have read these books and discussed fruits and vegetables, you could  ask parents to send in samples of the real ones for your kiddos to taste.  You could also have plastic ones for them to sort in grocery bags labeled "fruits" and "vegetables"

We have created this sample for your kiddos to use in a center.  Just click on the picture to download from our store.  There are 8 photographic cards to sort onto a fruit or vegetable bag.  You can have them place the cards on the bags or use the bags as headers and have them place the cards under the bags.  We would greatly appreciate a nice comment when y'all download it.  Thank you so much!

If you like it and want to check out the full pack of 24 cards,teacher guide,sorting bags,color sorting cards, graph,question sheet and answer key for questions, click on this picture:

We hope y'all were able to get some helpful tips for a successful year and we wish y'all all the best this school year!  

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  1. I am sure your students love their special time with Quentin! Have a great new school year!
    Jenn :)
    Crayons & Cuties In Kindergarten

  2. Yes, they do!
    Thanks! I hope you have a great school year as well!

  3. I am "cooking" up new centers for my kids. They will love to move from place to place.

  4. Great! I hope this will be helpful to you! Have a wonderful school year! We hope you will check back here for more center ideas. We have some on math if you want to check

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    1. You're welcome! Thank you for your comments!

  6. So fun! Quentin always steals my heart :) Thanks for the fun freebie!

  7. What a great idea for sorting fruits and veggies. Important skills of sorting and categorizing are taught at the same time as discussing healthy foods!

    Teaching Momster

  8. Many thanks. Love the food books. Sandy