All I Want For Black Friday!! Linky & Giveaway!

I am sooo excited to be joining my blogging friends at The Primary Pack for our "All I want for Black Friday Giveaway and Wishlist linky"!! We are sharing our most wish-listed items in our carts and our stores. We are also having a HUGE Black Friday Giveaway. Seriously, there are some ah-mazing products and your are not going to want to miss it!!

Here is a look at my shopping list! 

1. Write the Room Bundle from A is For Apples: This would be perfect for my ABC station! So interactive and ready to go!

2.  Writing Checklist from One Sharp Bunch: LOVE how these checklists build on eachother!

3. Flyin' to One Hundred from A Teachable Teacher: My little ones need some more practice with their numbers to 100!

4. Daily Math Journals from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten: I love math journals and Deedee! Can't go wrong!

5. Short Vowel Clipart Bundle from Teacher Laura : I'm looking to create some literacy stations with these!

Check out my most wishlisted items from my store, Mrs. Masters Kinder Love!

 1. Math Word Wall: Everything you need to set up a math vocab wall!
 2. American Symbols: All USA! Perfect for a symbols unit or President's Day!
 3.How Does Your Garden Grow? Simple and easy plant observation journal!
4. Morning Work Wonders: Just print and GO!
 5. Math Labels: Exactly what you need to organize your math manipulatives!

Drumroll please.... Check out this HUGE giveaway package you can win by entering below! There is a resource from almost everyone in The Primary Pack, perfect for all primary grades!! Good luck, friends and happy shopping!

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All About Math Workshop

Hi Friends! 

Today, I am going to be sharing all about Math Workshop! I LOVE teaching math and I enjoy finding ways to differentiate learning for my students. Math is probably my favorite subject to teach, and I am constantly reflecting on ways to make our math block more meaningful. My first year teaching I did not use the workshop model for math.  I'm embarrassed to say that for the first few months I used our "curriculum" and had a "math station" as part of our literacy rotations in the morning. I quickly realized that I was doing my students a disservice by teaching so much whole group instruction, and not having enough hands on learning opportunities. I knew something had to change. I did some research and learned about Debbie Dillers' Math Work Stations book. This book was exactly what I needed to help me organize my thoughts about teaching math.

If you are looking to start math workstations in your classroom, I highly recommend this book! It is a super-easy read and provides illustrations and examples to help you create the best version of math stations for your classroom.

What is Math Workshop?
I'll begin by telling you what it's not. Math workshop is not a curriculum. I actually don't use a math curriculum . Curriculums are often just resources. The standards and student data drive my instruction and the resources that we use in the classroom. Math Workshop is a FRAMEWORK that focuses on small group instruction and hands on stations that support mathematical thinking!

What does this look like in the classroom?
Math Workshop, like reading workshop can look different in every classroom.  However, it often consists of a mini lesson, number talk or math talk,  guided math groups, independent or small group work (often done through station rotations) and sharing/reflection.  My math block consists of the following five components:

1. Math Journals (5-7 mins.)                                                       
  Math journals are problem solving notebooks that encourage students to practice problem solving strategies and deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. I use math journals on a daily basis to assess student learning. 

All you need to get started is a notebook, and prompts! You can find different versions of free journal prompts online. These prompts are aligned to the Common Core Standards for kindergarten and were made by DeeDee Wills. You can find them in her Teachers Pay Teachers shop here.  To differentiate, I just run around with my pen and change numbers. Easy peasy AND I can work off those sweets I snuck during lunch :) !

2. Mini Lesson (10-15 mins.)                 
I use the standards and student data to drive the content of the mini lesson. It's crucial that you keep this lesson as "mini" and as interactive as possible.

 You're probably wondering, "how in the world can she teach a whole math lesson in 15 minutes?" 
The answer is easy. 
I don't. 
My lessons focus more on the vocabulary, meaning, strategies and structure of the content. My goal is to make it relevant to all of my students. For example, we were working on counting and writing to 100. The mini lessons in class focused more on the vocabulary (columns vs. rows). The vocabulary was something that all of my students needed instruction on. During that mini lesson, I was able to meet the range of students by using different parts of the hundreds chart. I used an example of numbers 1-20, another with numbers 20-100, and another with numbers 100-120.

3. Station Rotation (15-20 mins. each x 3 = 45-60 mins. total)                           
During this time, students are working in small groups (homogenous) on activities/tasks that reinforce and extend prior classroom instruction and skills. I use a three tier system (yellow, green, blue) to differentiate for three levels of learning (when appropriate) during math stations. Students know their level by looking at the color of their name on the work board. These change throughout the year based on assessments!! If the math station is tiered, there will be a yellow, green and blue folder inside to hold the differentiated materials.

 It is important that students work with other students at or close to  their instructional level. This encourages students to ask questions, justify their thinking, collaborate and learn from each other.
I organize my stations by using 3 of the three drawer Sterilite containers. All of the supplies for the station go in the drawer. Students take the supplies out and take it to the coordinating spot in the classroom. 

 I currently have 9 math stations. Students complete three math stations a day. Two will be hands on math stations from the drawers and the other is Dream Box, a personalized learning program that is completed on the iPad. 

4. Guided Math Groups (15-20 mins. group/45-60 mins. total)
As my students are working in their math stations, I pull small groups up to my table to work on targeted skills. All those things that I used to do during a whole group lesson happen during this time. The difference is that I'm now working with a small group at the same level. This allows me to differentiate the learning to meet the needs of that group. 

I like to think of math groups just like I think about reading groups. Students have an independent level and an instructional level.  I like to warm my students up with some kind of fluency activity that is at their independent level. Next, we jump right into our learning target and get busy with the content that is at their instructional level. We use manipulatives like base ten blocks, counters, number lines, white boards, etc. 

Seriously, you can't go wrong if you make it hands on. Sometimes I'll use a recording sheet/worksheet but not all of the time. There has to be a balance between teaching and assessing during this time too! I learn so much about my students by listening in while they problem solve.   

5. Reflection (5 mins.)                                                      
Reflection is a time that we discuss all things math workshop. We talk about things that are working well, and areas that need more practice. It's also a great opportunity for students to share new discoveries, and ask questions. Reflection is one of the most important parts of our math block, but the area that I struggle with the most. We are often strapped for time and reflection is usually the first thing I cross off my list. My goal is to make a conscious effort in making this time a priority in our math block.  I've seen positive results when we use it regularly. 

Of course we know that awesome instruction comes from thoroughly planning your lessons and analyzing student data. Here are a couple of forms I use to keep myself organized for math groups! You can grab them for FREE in my teachers pay teachers store! :) 

Have a fabulous week friends! 

Book Talk Tuesday! 3 Bears ABC

Happy Tuesday! 
I am linking up with Mrs. Jump's Class today for her Book Talk Linky!

 Last week I received a book as a gift from one of my students that I just had to share!  
The Three Bears ABC by Grace Maccarone and illustrated by Hollie Hibbert!
Have you read this book?! It is just darling! 
The book tells the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears with the letters seamlessly entwined! I was pleasantly surprised with how easy the story flowed! My kids LOVED hearing a classic tale and I LOVED the reinforcement of the alphabet! 

The Three Bears ABC

The Three Bears ABC

The Three Bears ABC 

The illustrations are current, vibrant and eye catching!
I hope you love this book as much as I did! 
Have a fabulous week! :)

Five For Friday 10/17

Holy October!!
 My goodness the month of October kicks my hiney each and every year. Parent-Teacher Conferences (for my 47 kinders!), Read-a-thon, Reading Improvement Plans.....and the list goes on and on! I'm sure many of you are feeling the same way. I am very much looking forward to things slowing down soon! I am excited to link up with Doddle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday Linky, as its been quite awhile since I last linked up!

As I mentioned earlier, during the month of October our school holds a Read-a-thon as our fall fundraiser! We have guest readers come in once a week for the month! Our superintendent made a visit to our room, as well as some of the local college football players! The kids were super excited to hear a story from these guests and learn about the ways that reading has impacted their lives! We are so grateful that they took time out of their days to come and read to us!

My little darlings are pushing along in reading groups!! They love getting a monster friend to help them remember to point to each word! :) 

This group needs a lot of letter work! We are working on ordering our ABC's. I started the kids with the first 4 letters and mixed them up. They had to put them in order using resources in the classroom . After completing the task, I added another letter, mixed them up, and the students had to do it again. Students had to check their work and make changes if they needed to. I offered different levels of support based on their needs. Such a simple task with lots of letter practice!

**This little one is checking her work and just realized that something is not quite right! :)

I am so excited to be a part of this amazing collaborative blog The Primary Pack! The teachers on here are superb and I feel so lucky that I can collaborate with them! My first solo post is coming up on the 27th! Let me tell you, these ladies have set the bar high! Hopefully I can keep up!
 Have you checked it out yet?!

Our house remodel is coming along quite nicely! We go through spurts of working on it and then taking a week and a half break because we're so busy. The flooring is done in all the main areas and just needs to go down in the bedrooms. I am loooving how the dark floors look! We are also making our big order of baseboard trim, casing, etc. so we can finish it all off! I still need to stain the top of my coffee table and add
 a few more decorative elements but I'm loving how it's all turning out! :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
I hope you have a fabulous week!

Introducing The Primary Pack!!

 I am so excited and blessed to have the opportunity to work behind the scenes with the fabulous bloggers of The Primary Pack!  We are collaborating to bring you a rainbow of ideas!  Make sure you follow along to grab a bunch of colorful freebies, as well as enter our giveaway with $300 worth of prizes!
I'm Amber blogging from Mrs. Masters Kinder Love!
 I am an Ohio teacher who adores coffee, pink, and all things kinder! I grew up in an eensy weensy farm town before heading to Columbus, where I earned my Bachelors and Masters degrees from THE Ohio State University (GO BUCKS!). I currently teach kindergarten in Central Ohio!
***Be sure to grab my FREEBIE at the very end of this post! :)

Teaching truly is my passion and kindergarten has my whole heart! There is nothing better than having the opportunity to be a student's first teacher and their first experience with school! People say I spend way too much time "working" but seriously take a look below.....I love working! Aren't they the cutest?!!

My husband and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary in August. We dated for 7 years before we got married!
FUN FACT: We met at FFA Camp (yes that stands for Future Farmers of America) when I was fifteen, and we've been together ever since!
Here we are on our wedding day! Love him so much!! 

To celebrate our new collaborative adventure, The Primary Pack is hosting a giveaway with tons of fabulous prizes!!!

Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win!
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Book Talk Tuesday

Hi there! 
Is it really only Tuesday? Oh dear. I'm exhausted. My two classes are worlds apart this year which is resulting in just a tiny bit of stress :) They really are a bunch of sweeties though and I am so grateful to be their teacher! Today, I am linking up with Deanna Jump at Mrs. Jump's class for Book Talk Tuesday Linky!

This week we have been talking about bullies. Awhile back I shared about the story Llama Llama and the Bully Goat. I love this story and you can read about it here. The story I am sharing with you today is Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Bullies.
Howard B. Wigglebottom Author Howard Binkow

Howard is bullied by the Snorton Twins. He tries different strategies like ignoring, avoiding, and making jokes to solve the problem, but non of them seem to work. Finally, Howard gets the courage to tell the teacher.  She makes Howard feel safe and the stops the bullying! 
This book along with Llama Llama and the Bully Goat, have been awesome, age-appropriate books to explore the topic of bullying with my little ones. They can relate to the stories so well since they both take place at school. We are currently talking about ways to keep bullies out of our classroom. We've also decided to use the saying, "Be Brave, Be Bold, A Teacher Must Be Told!"
Also, there is an interactive version online! You can find that here
Have a fabulous week! :) 

Five For Friday! Yes, I'm still alive!

Hello my long lost blogging friends!
 It's been a couple weeks since my last post! Back to school has been busy, busy, busy!
 School is definitely settling in, yet I don't seem to be any less busy (insert long sigh here). With that being said, I have some amazing kids this year and am really enjoying my time with them!  Today I am  linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday linky party!

Where shall I begin?!

Let's start with my classroom! I've been in school for a little over a month and haven't got around to posting classroom pics until now.
****Warning, there are a TON of pics in this post. So sorry!

Literacy stations are moving along quite nicely! My students are almost completely independent (woohoo!)!
Here's a couple of pics of what we've been up to this past week.

I have been sooo impressed with my kids during Writing Workshop! Last year we started using Lucy Calkin's Pathways to the Common Core writing program. The program is great and my kids have really taken ownership of their work and they LOVE when it's time for Writing Workshop!
Here they are in action!

"We are having a party. I am having fun!"

"My family is outside".

My dear friend Nicole just had her first baby! I went for a visit last Friday night! She is way too precious :)

For those of you who have been following my blog, you know that we have been in the middle of some pretty big renovations! We've been working on our kitchen and floors throughout the house. My husband seriously is the best. He works so hard and puts up with my "rare" unpleasantness about the mess!

Needless to say, I am sooo excited about our progress! AND I've actually helped quite a bit with the floor. :)

It's still in progress....we still need to put up baseboard trim and finish some other small little projects but I have a working kitchen and it's PRETTY too! :)

That's all for today!
I hope you all have an amazing weekend!