Thursday, February 4, 2016

100th Day Schenanigans!

We had an awesome day celebrating the 100th day! Check out the fun that we had!


One idea that I've been dying to try for YEARS now are these amazing hats! I prepped them all the day before (big help!) and used leftover border (cleaned out a bit- yay!)

I loved making them with my students and they LOVED wearing them!


I swear, in Kindergarten, 95% of what we do is eat :)


But it's always fun!


We also made fruit loop necklaces, snack mix, counted a TON, and had a fabulous time doing ALL of it!

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Celebrate today: National Programmers' Day

Have you tried out STEM in your classroom? What about Hour of Code? These are both great ways to be able to celebrate today! Below are some great ideas and resources to make today extra fun and engaging for your students!

Flashback to last year! Remember my post about the Oreo Towers? Yes, I did this with 5th grader. But Kindergarteners could still have fun with it. That's the great thing about differentiation and rigor... you challenge them where they are at!


This is one of my newest and most favorite picture books! There is a whole series coming out focusing on STEM important people- men AND women!


Rosie Revere, Engineer

The Hour of Code website is fantastic for students to practice and learn how to code... even when they don't realize that they are doing it! I love that they have some that strike the interest of boys and for girls. Of course my little girl might just pick Minecraft over Frozen.

So, the question is, how do you STEM? I'd love to hear about your ideas or activities-- especially to celebrate today!!


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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What I'm Loving Wednesday: Classroom Collection

I am LOVING several changes that I have made in my room for this new year. Check these quick and easy ideas out!

My most favorite idea is Morning Tubs. These are all over Pinterest right now. This is how I am managing mine:


I have a tub on each table. My students can pick from 6 activities that are in the tub for the week. I promise this isn't as messy as it looks! I have 2 rhyming games, cvc word mats, and math activities. The pipe cleaners have a number on them and comes with a bag of beads. The kids count out the right number of beads.

Each of my 4 tables has a tub. That means these tubs will last for.. yep.. 4 WEEKS! That is a month of morning activity AND NO WORKSHEETS! Y'all, it can't get ANY better than that!!


We had a teacher work day on Monday and I got to have a lot of time to prep. I started off with these games. You can grab it for free by clicking HERE. I copied it onto colored card stock, laminated, and then started the process of cutting and bagging. 

Quick Tip: Number the baggies and EVERY piece of the game. Makes the finding the home of 'that piece' later on so, so much easier!!


I also got to prep for Mary Amoson of Sharing Kindergarten's Space unit. Y'all. Seriously! Y'all. GO BUY IT NOW! It is the absolutely best unit I have ever bought. Insanely comprehensive and I love it!


The unit even has crafts. Oh. My. Goodness. Gravy!


So, what are you loving right now?!





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Friday, January 1, 2016

Drum roll....(with a freebie)

Congratulations to the winner of all these Valentine's day goodies...





I will be contacting you asap to get your goodies in the mail to you! 

For everyone though, I have uploaded a brand new forever freebie! It's perfect for next week to have your students graphing and share how late they stayed up for New Year's Eve! All the pieces are already made for you, you just have to print and cut :)




Enjoy and Happy New Year!



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Monday, December 28, 2015

Showing Some Love for My Birthday!

I am a planner. I say that to tell you I promise I'm NOT pushing through holidays with this. But I am a planner. Plus I really wanted to show some love to my readers for my birthday today! I might just have hit a new decade .

So... looking forward to a holiday that needs some planning at school I thought we could have a little giveaway to enjoy. I will send 1 lucky winner these goodies below. All you have to do is enter (share if you want an extra entry)!




Plus my store is set on sale for today and tomorrow. Go ahead and start shopping for back to school next week. It'll help you gain that goal of being prepared and ready in the new year!!


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Sunday, December 27, 2015

i.love.break


I love being on Christmas vacation. I also love my teaching job. But by December we are ALL worn out and need to have a relaxing week or two at home. My kids and I have loved this past week of baking and relaxing. My husband joins us this next week since his company has a shut-down week. It'll be great to have fun all together!

We had an awesome Christmas with family and am completely  blessed. I do have to share that I am super excited about what my husband got me for Christmas:


I am so in.love. with this fabulous machine! I liked the Cricut that I have but I hated having to buy more cartridges for it.. which is why I only have 2 and 1 I borrowed from my sister-in-law. I'm much more of a computer girl!


My first project was to label the box I'm going to put my vinyl and supplies in. It was practice, simple, and taught me a lot :)


I'm thinking this will be a new pencil jar when I get back to school next week. If you have gotten a Cameo for Christmas- jump in! It is SO much fun!!



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Monday, December 14, 2015

Need an adorable and easy gift?

My coworkers are fantastic!! I love them dearly... *no pun intended* so I wanted them to know how much!! They each L-O-V-E Coke as their daily pick-me-up.. which made these extra cute :)





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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Rudolph? Is that you?

It has been such a fun week so far!! I am really looking forward to the break but man am I loving the fun activities this week. My students have learned SO much so far!


Monday and Tuesday I spent at the Conference for Georgia Kindergarten teachers. There were a ton of fabulous presenters there including Deedee Wills, Deanna Jump, Mary Amoson, and Jayne Gammons.




Then I came back to school and... WOW. 2 days of subs.. in December.. in Kindergarten. Let's just say our elf Elsa delivered a message to us on Thursday:


The lesson was learned and the whole class was so much better today! We had a great time reviewing what they learned about with the sub. I had left parts of this great Reindeer pack by Amanda Richardson:


I found this great book to go with it to help with facts as well:
 


They created the interactive book with the sub and we used it as a jumping point for today's writing:


The facts sorting made their writing SO much easier! Many of my students are great writer's and used it just as a reminder of what they had learned about. I put up several special words for them to help out their writing.

Their pieces turned out fantastically!




Add in an adorable reindeer creativity....


It makes for a great wall outside of our door!!



Tomorrow will be all about creating more adorable activities to practice motor skills *wink* *wink* *nudge*nudge*

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Eeeek!!!!!

Merry Christmas to me from my AMAZING husband!!






I can not WAIT to share everything I learn with you guys this week!! I am SO seriously excited!!!



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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Goody, goody, goody- Christmas Giveaway!!


My good friend Zippy of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah has been hosting an AH-mazing giveaway lately! All those lucky people have been celebrating the first 12 Days of Christmas with some MAJOR goodies!

I am so, so very excited to join in on this great giveaway! It was a ton of fun last year. Check out these awesome goods:






These stores are full of awesome resources! Zippy's clip art is in just about every single product I have ever made. Make sure to start checking out each store and making your list! Check them out here:

1. Jennifer Drake - $5 TpT Store Credit: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/store/jennifer-drake
2. Kindergarten Smorgasboard, LLC - $5 TpT Store Credit: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kindergarten-Smorgasboard
3. Teaching with Grace - $5 TpT Store Credit: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Teaching-With-Grace
4. ZipADeeDooDah Designs - $5 TpT Store Credit: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Zip-a-dee-doo-dah-Designs


To win these fabulous prizes, just enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



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