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Over 100 Kindergarten Blogs!!

My list of Kindergarten blogs has reach over 100!
New blogs are popping up so fast that
I can hardly keep up!
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Butterfly Hideaway Camp

Last week I helped run a nature arts and crafts camp to raise money for the butterfly garden at my school. The garden was created in memory of one of my former students, Tess Blackwelder,
who loved butterflies.

We had a great week learning about nature, reading books and doing crafts.
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Many of the crafts that we did came from blogs...

creature playgrounds from Fun Art 4 Kids
tissue paper butterflies from Deep Space Sparkle
yarn flowers from My Kids Make...
snakes form Fun Art 4 Kids
thanks for all your awesome ideas!!

Word Wall Party

This is my word wall after a few weeks of school...after I have done some mini lessons during writing workshop about environmental print and added them to the wall, we have done lots of name activities and the students names have been added and the star (sight) words that have been introduced have been added. Later, during a writing unit about writing special memories, common words that pertain to 5 and 6 year olds will be added. I cut up an alphabet poster to make my word wall. I also included in this post word wall tests that I use as a work station. In my tests I include student's pictures and star words, but made these to go along with the special memories words.

environmental print logos for a word wall:
logos for ww

This environmental print alphabet is made using many of the logos from my word wall. My students keep this alphabet in their writing folders.
environmental print alphabet

writing workshop special memories words
word wall words

example of student names and pictures

bloggin' good ideas

Dear Fellow Bloggers,
I love and have used so many of your ideas and some are filed away for future use. These are my monthly favorites of your posts that I did this year with my kiddos...