Thursday, February 28, 2013

Eggcellent Easter Unit & Giveaway

I just finished putting the finishing touches on my new Easter unit: Eggcellent Easter. I wanted to finish this unit early so you would have time to use it before Easter since it is so early this year. Each activity in the unit is aligned to at least one Common Core Standard and the standard number is posted on the activity. There are 34 pages in this unit.

Here are some of the things included in this unit:

Bunny Letter Match game - Kinders match the uppercase letters to the lowercase letters.

Spring Syllable Sort game - Kinders clap the syllalbes in each picture. Then they put the egg card under the correct chick so that the pictures are sorted by syllables.

Roll, Add, & Cover gameboard - This is a gameboard I created in color and laminated to have my kinders use in a math center. They roll 2 dice and add them together. Then they cover the sum with an Easter mini-eraser.

Easter Addition Mat & Recording Sheet - This is another board I created in color to have my kinders practice adding two groups together. Then they will record their addition problems on the recording sheet.

If you would like to purchase this new unit, it is available in my TpT store and TN shop for $3.00 for the until tomorrow night (Friday, March 1st). After that the unit will be $5.00.

TpT store                                    TN shop

To celebrate my newest unit, I am having a giveaway for one copy of my unit. Please enter below through Rafflecopter. I will draw for my winner on Sunday, March 3rd
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Math Monday: March Math Journals

I finally finished my March Math Journals. These are just like the previous months' prompts with each being aligned to at least one Common Core standard. This month, many of the prompts focus on the addition and subtraction standards that my kinders are working hard on. Some of the prompts are related to St. Patty's Day and others are themed around bugs. This pack is $3.00 in my TpT store and TN shop.

TpT store                                     TN shop

Friday, February 22, 2013

Weekend Sale

Just wanted to stop by this morning to let you know that beginning today, I am throwing a weekend sale this weekend in my Tpt store and Teachers Notebook shop. This sale will end on Sunday. You will get 15% off all the items in my store. Happy shopping everyone!

My TpT store                              My TN shop

Sunday, February 17, 2013

School, Sport, Smile Linky

I am linking up with Stephanie at Primary Possbilities for her School, Sport, Smile linky party.
Here are the rules:
Tell us about:
1. a random fact about your SCHOOL.
2. a SPORT or hobby you enjoy watching, playing, or that involve your children.
3. something that makes you SMILE.
1. My school was built in 1984 (they year I was born) and I went through all my elementary school years (kindergarten - fifth grade) in the same school where I am now teaching.
2. I love to watch South Carolina Gamecocks football. It is my favorite thing to do in the fall! I am hoping my little one will be a Gamecocks fan as well.
3. I smile whenever I think about my little miracle growing inside me. I can't wait to see that sweet face in June!
Now I hope you will head over to Primary Possiblities to join in the fun!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Teaching Sight Words (Journeys Units 4 & 5)

Today is a Flex Day for me so I am out of school. YAH! I am heading out to enjoy the day with my mom but I wanted to leave you with something I used this week with my kinders.

For another way to have my kinders practice their sight words from units 4 and 5 of Journeys, I created a sight word bingo using those words. I used these during my small group time this week and it helped some of my kiddos. There are still some who are struggling, but hopefully the more exposure they are given the better they will get at knowing the words.

Head over to my TpT store to download these for free. The set includes the call card for the teacher and 6 different bingo cards. My kinders are loving these games and it is helping them learn those sight words. 

Click on the picture to download. Please leave me some feedback if you download these. Thanks!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Writing Wednesday: Who Do You Love?

Who do you love? Everytime I read my kinders' writing from today I can't help but think about this song! Since this is the week before Valentines Day we have been talking about why Valentines day is important and who we celebrate on Valentines Day.

Today my kinders wrote about who they loved and why. It was interesting to see their reasoning. Here are just a few of their final products:
I love my dad because he is nice to me.
I love my mom because her (she) colors.
I love my mom because she cooks me dinner.

I remade this sheet so that it can be photocopied and have uploaded it as a Google Doc if you would like a copy of it to use tomorrow or next Valentines Day.

If you download this sheet, I would appreciate getting some "love" from you! :)

Monday, February 11, 2013

A-Z of Teacher Me

A: App - Pinterest...I am addicted and love using it on my phone just as much as on the computer.
B: Book Character - Clifford. There is a book for every occasion and my kinders always love them.
C: Clip Art - KPM Doodles & Scrappin Doodles
D: Dollar Spot Find - I love everything I find in the Dollar Spot but my most recent purchase that I love is the heart dice to play Valentine games with my kinders. (It is a good thing the closest Target is an hour away!)
E: Essential To Start Day - A shower...I have to have one every morning to get my day started off right.
F: Font - Smiley Monster has been my favorite lately.
G: Game - I love Sudoku!
H: Holiday - Christmas...I have always loved Christmas and the older I get the more I look forward to it. It is such a happy time of year. 
I: Ice Cream - Strawberry Cheesecake - This was my childhood favorite and I still love it although it can be difficult to find.
J: Jewelry Piece - My watch and wedding set - I am lost without them!
K: Kid-ism - "I need some hanitizer..."
L: Location To Travel - The Smokey Mountains of North Carolina & Tennessee...I love visiting and it is close enough to drive in a matter of hours. 
M: Management Technique - clip chart - This is my first year using one and it is working well in my classroom. The kids love that they can move up and work harder to get their clothespins back to positive colors.
N: Nail Polish - I am usually a Watermelon pink girl or french manicure.
O: Open House Idea - I always take a picture of my students the first day of school and then have them make a frame for their parents for open house.
P: Pinterest Find - Using a paint chip as a tens frames...genius!!
Using paint chip samples as a ten-frame-genius!!
Q: Quote - "A person's a person no matter how small." -Dr. Seuss
R: Read-Aloud - Anything by Robert Munsch...he is so funny!
S: School Supply - Crayola markers - I always treat myself to at least one new box each school year. They are the best writing markers. 
T: TPT/TN Product - There are so many great products out there but here is the one I just purchased from Rowdy in Room 300. It is her Kindergarten Comprehension pack TWO! It is such a great practice pack for my kinders.
U: Un-Official Hobby - making crafts inspired by Pinterest
V: Video Brain Break - Just Dance for Kids video clips from YouTube
W: Way To Spend A Day Off - relaxing with a great book at home or shopping with a friend
X: X-tra Special Blogs You - There are so many, but here are a couple of my absolute favorites:
Growing KindersKindergarten Crayons     Kreative in Kinder 
Live Love Laugh   
Y: Yummy Dessert - chocolate sinful!
Z: Zoo Animal - manatee...I know this isn't really a zoo animal but it is my favorite animal and they do have them at some zoos in Florida. 

Now head on over to The Polished Teacher to read the other fun link-ups!

Friday, February 8, 2013

We Are 100 Days Smarter!

Monday was our 100th day of school and boy was it BUSY!! 

There are so many good educational things to do on the 100th day and I can never fit them all in so this year I am doing some 100th day things all week. 

Drawing how they think they will look when they are 100 years old:
Making their 100 Fruit Loop necklaces (The tens frames make it so much easier!!):
100th day sentence mix-up:

The kiddos had to cut the words apart and put them back in the correct order for the sentence.

Some of my kinders showing off their Fruit Loop necklaces and 100th day hats:

I hope you enjoyed seeing our 100th day activities! Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Kindergarten Homework Pack

This is my pack of activity sheets for homework. Each activity sheet is in an individual file and covers at least 2 skills. I have the Common Core standards addressed on each sheet listed in a box at the top of the page. You can also use these just as review sheets for morning work or some other time during your day since they have nothing about homework listed on them. Right now there are 11 sheets included in the pack but I am working hard to add more. If you purchase now, you will be able to download the entire pack once it is complete for no extra charge.

This pack will be available for $5.00 in both of my stores but it is on sale until Saturday (2/9) for half price - $2.50!
TpT store                                 TN shop

Thanks so much for supporting me! I love hearing from you so if you have any suggestions please let me know.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Teaching Sight Words (Journeys Units 4 & 5)

My kinders have been practicing these sight words for months but many of them are still not fluently reading them and finding them in books so I made a concentration game for my assistant to use in small groups as extra practice. My kinders love playing these kinds of games and they don't even realize they are learning through the game.

I am sure many of you teach these same sight words even if you don't use the Journeys reading series so this may be something you can use too.

If you download this game, please leave me some feedback. If you have another suggestions for ways to practice sight words with my kinders, I would love to hear them too!

Friday, February 1, 2013

It's a Super Sunday Sale!

Just wanted to let you know that I will be participating in the TpT Super Sunday Sale this weekend. You can get 28% off of all my products so go ahead and start filling your shopping carts. I think you will be getting some great deals there this weekend. Head on over to my store by clicking here:

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