I've spent the last few days packing up October and putting out November. Well, in my classroom anyway. My house is still on October time until this weekend. That's ok, gives me more time to sneak Tootsie Rolls out of the bowl of candy I bought for my no-show trick-or-treaters.
First I changed out my seasonal books. I recently moved this book rack to the front of our gathering space (a.k.a. rug). It was previously home to my Zoobooks collection, but this is a much better use. I try to do a little book talk about a book or two each day to get the kids interested in them. Then I sit back and watch them fly off the shelf! I rock the book talk.
Then I swapped the October calendar center for November. I'm always amazed at how much my kids don't know about using a calendar! I know for sure they spend most of preschool, k and 1 working the calendar. Usually by 2nd, it's not a daily focus anymore but I've found that although they can tell you basic things about the calendar, like days of the week, which comes next, ordering the months of the year, etc, they can not actually use the calendar. They can't really tell you what the date will be 2 weeks from now, or what the date was 8 days ago. So I created these calendar center task cards that are really, really helping. Each month has 20 task cards specific to the month. I also included correct calendar months for the next three years and by popular request an answer sheet and KEY! I usually demonstrate the first time by showing them how to actually touch the calendar, count the days, notice the patterns, etc. It's a fun center too because it's seasonal and timely.
In our math rotations I switched out Boo Bump for Gobble Bump. Cracks me up that they get so excited when the new Bump comes out even though it's the SAME EXACT game in different colors and graphics. Hey, whatever works! I recently snagged these pencil pouches at Dollar Tree. I use them to keep 10 of one color pop-cube so that they kids can just grab one pouch and have what they need for the game. I was using baggies, but they rip and don't always zip. This is much better.
Even though it's just barely November, I'm already listening to Christmas music on Pandora and watching all the cheeseball Christmas movies on Hallmark Channel! I know it's early, even for me - but now that I've started, I can't stop. You kinda can't really be a grouch with the holiday spirit surrounding you, so how can that be a bad thing, right?
Free Gobble Bump Addition
Free Gobble Bump Multiplication
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