Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Teachers Pay Teachers Sale

If you haven't already heard TpT is having a sale today.  BUT you must use the promo code HEROES to get the full 28%.  I have forgotten once before and won't ever make that mistake again.   If you haven't left feedback on products you have purchased make sure you do.   Each time you leave feedback you receive credit points that can be used towards purchases.


If you are wondering what might be new in my tore just look below.
Sight Word Work Bundle 1 & 2.  Best deal I have it is packed full of all six sets and a great discount too.
sight word work for kindergarten
If you have had your eye on my Monthly NO PREP packs.  Here it is in a bundle
NO PREP packs for kindergarten
Math is Fun bundle give you all three of my math series
Math for kindergarten

I'm currently working on a few posts to tell you about my RCA experience and my trip to Atlanta.  I will say it was AMAZING and the time change from East coast to West coast has made me a little fuzzy as to what day or time it is.  Have a grew t rest of the week.



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

On my Way to RCA

For those of you who don't know what RCA is- it is the Ron Clark Academy.  When I told co-workers where I was headed they had no idea what I was talking about.  I thought everyone knew of Ron Clark or at least had seen the Hallmark movie.   I've read the books, I've seen the movie, and I have heard him speak.  He is funny, super intelligent and I don't think his mind ever stops.  I can't wait to go to the Academy on Friday to be inspired, to see fabulous teaching in action and to learn from one of the best.

Saturday I will be attending the Georgia Blogger Meet-up- I can't wait to meet some of my other blogger friends in real life and to reconnect with others who I've met before.  

Sunday is EdEXPO2015 I will be going with 40 or more other educational bloggers to review the new products for this year.  I'm super excited about being given this opportunity.  I can't wait to find the next best #musthave, #cantteachwithoutit  teacher tool.

 Be sure to follow me on FB and instagram, I'll be posting and sharing all about my adventure.  

Oh and tonight I learned that I have super nina skills when it comes to packing a carry-on 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Lakeshore Castle Blocks

Lakeshore has done it again!.  I was more than thrilled when they asked me to review one of there newest products.  I have a big bucket of old blocks in my room, but the minute I saw these, I knew they wouldn't sit all alone during choice time.  My kids couldn't wait to get their little hands on them.

This set of 60 blocks includes 12 different shaped blocks all made of hardwood.  Each block has a very detailed medieval image on all sides.  The images are perfect for creating magical castles.

 
For the past three weeks, the blocks have been the most popular choice time center.  My girls truly love playing with these blocks.  I think it is the pictures on the blocks that make them so magical.  Together my kids work to use every block when building their castles.  

If you think your class will love these blocks as much as mine do, you can order a set and get 20% off with this coupon.  Just click the image for more details.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Base Ten and Counting On

When I think back to the first few weeks of school and only a handful of my kindergartners could even recognize numbers, I'm just amazed at how far they have come.  Almost all my kids know their numbers 0-20 and many know far beyond 20.  Last week we focussed on KCC.A2 Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).  We were working with base ten rods and cubes.  Our focus was to count on from 10.  Even my kids who are struggling with math could do it.

 To get them ready for this concept, first we explored base ten using my Read, Build & Count Mats.  The students replicated the rods and cubes using their own manipulatives.  This was a center and choice time activity a few weeks ago.
Last week they were ready for the real deal. First they had to choose a card and count.  I sat with each student to make sure they weren't trying to count each individual cube within the rod. 
Next they matched the picture on the card to the picture on their answer sheet.  It was easy for me to scan their page to see if they were counting correctly.  
If you noticed, my cards are printed in black and white.  Although the set I originally created is in color, I knew that if I wanted to just print them in black and white I could.  I've been working on creating centers that are easy on the ink.  My three latest math centers were created to print in color or black and white.  Let's face it, ink isn't cheap.

Next week we will repeat the center again, but I have raised the bar, we will be counting all the way to 30.  I know my kids can do it.  They are becoming rock star mathematicians!!!  This is currently on sale in my TpT store.

It is a short week for us as today was a no school day.  However, these short weeks always still seem long.  Hoping if goes by quickly, we have another 3 day weekend next week.


Friday, February 6, 2015

100th Day of School

I survived the 100th day of school!!!
 It was a huge day for us and really rushed at the end.  We planned way too much, but the kids loved it all and that is what counts.

Here is my teaching partner Laura and I right before we let the kids in.  We didn't look this enthusiastic at the end of the day.  We were DAWG tired.

The kids were greeted with the banner I made.  This year I am laminating it and saving it.  I used some oversized poster board and added some border, stars and letters from the Dollar Store.  I hung some spiral, red, shiny stars from the bottom- I think they came from Walmart.
We had morning centers all about the 100th day, reading, writing and some math.
After recess we took a tour around the school to check out all the class projects.  Here are just some of the fabulous projects created by our K-2 students.

But the real fun began right after lunch. We had hats to decorate, necklaces to string and snacks to be made.
Using the ten frame mat for the snacks and the necklaces worked out so well.  There were no worries of anyone adding too much or too little.  I made the bags ahead of time with labels with each students name on them.

The necklace, my t-shirt pattern and the hats can all be found in my Hooray for the 100th Day of School pack.  I updated this pack earlier today.  If you already own it, be sure to download it for the 2 new hat versions.



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Polar Habitats in Kindegarten

I admit this post is a little tardy to the party, but I really wanted to share with you all the fun we have been having.  I had part of it started a few weeks ago, but well, things like being sick got in the way of me finishing it.  So here it is.  Hopefully you can find something useful  in it or pin it for next year.

It seems like most kindergartens study polar habitats in January.  In my classroom we did too.  We started off the new year learning all about penguins and will be finishing up this week polar bears. We have read quite a few fabulous books.  I am amazed at all the facts my students can remember.
I bought Penguins, Penguins Everywhere last month  from Scholastic.  I did just find it on their site now for only $1. Not sure if this is a special sale or what, but $1.
I purchased Ice Bear with the audio from Amazon.  My kids loved hearing the bears in the background.

To show my kids how certain animals  survive freezing temperatures due to their blubber, we tried a little experiment.  We used some shortening,  two ziplock bags and duct tape.  To make the blubber bag, I first put shortening into a large ziplock bag.  Next I turned the second ziplock bag inside out and pressed the seal seams together.  To make sure nothing escaped I sealed the edges with duct tape.

Next came the testing it out with the kids.  First they put their hand into a ziplock bag  and then into a bucket ice water.  Then we tried it with cotton balls sealed between two bags.  Their hands were a little warmer, but they could still feel the coolness of the water.  Last they tried the blubber bag.  Most students said they couldn't feel the cold water at all.  


We learned a lot about penguins and how the father is the caregiver of the eggs.  We even practiced waddling about in a huddle with our own eggs.


I also used two fabulous units created by my sweet blogger friend Deanna Jump.  There was so much information packed into these things that it took several weeks to get through both of them 


To show off our knowledge we've been writing this week about polar bears, but I forgot to take photos of their writing.  I'll try to remember tomorrow so I can post them.

Today was our 100th day and this girl is tired, BUT I really wanted to finish this post to share all the fun we have been having.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

EDexpo 2015

In just a few weeks I will be one of 50 Bloggers touring the EDexpo 2015 in Atlanta, GA.  I am super excited to have been chosen for this amazing opportunity.  The expo takes place February 22-24.  We have all been invited there to walk the exhibit floor in search of the latest and greatest products for our classrooms.  Who better to be on the look out for the next "must need" teaching product than a teacher?

While we are there we will be tweeting and blogging all about our experiences.  Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin, Twitter and/or instagram so you can be one of the first to hear all about what I find.  The expo is a great way for school districts and retailers of educational products to learn about and to find new products that can meet their specific needs.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

How to Celebrate the 100th Day of School

In kindergarten celebrating the 100th day of school is kind of a big deal.  I'm lucky that I teach at a K-2 primary school, so the 100th day is a school-wide celebration. Each year I plan several fun activities for my class and this year  will be no different.  Once the students arrive, we will be taking a tour of the school.  All of our classrooms have assigned their students with the task of creating a 100th day project.  It is to be a family project; moms, dads and siblings are encouraged to help with the creation.  I am always amazed at the uniqueness and creativity that goes into many of these projects.

The rest of our day will be spent rotating through 100th day themed centers.

The Listening center:
We wil be listening to The 100th Day of School.

Making a 100th Day snack: 
 I posted a parent request for specific snack items. Using paper bowls to hold the items, students will make their way around the rainbow table.  I'll be using blank ten frame cards for them to place their snack on.  Once they have 10 items from bowl #1 they will place them in their snack bag and move onto bowl #2.  To keep track of each students snack I have prepared small ziptop bags with each students name on a label.  If you want a copy of my Snack Request- just click the picture to download.

Writing Numbers from 1 to 100:
For this station my students will be given a blank 100's chart to complete.  For my friends who I know will not be able to compete this task, I will provide them with a 1-100 number tracing page.

Tally Marks to 100:
We have been working a lot with tally marks the past few weeks.  To celebrate this special day they will be making 100 tally marks.

100th Day Hat:
Each year I tend to change up the hat.  I will be using some variations form the hat in my 100's Day pack.

100's Necklace:
 We will be using fruit loops and dividing them up into groups of ten with place holders for 10, 20, 30…you get the idea.

 Of course I'l be wearing my 100th Day t-shirt too.
There are several iron-on pictures in my 100th Day packet
Our school is also doing a canned food drive.  Each class was challenged to bring in 100 cans. We will be grouping our cans by tens and then counting them.  Last year we had over 800.  I know we will beat that this year for sure.

 Many of the items mentioned above can be found in my Hooray for the 100th Day. Pack.

This weekend I will make the banner that hangs in our doorway and hopefully one that will hang in front of the school.  The school one might need to wait until Monday.  I left the giant paper at school and don't feel like going back.  When is your 100th day and how do you celebrate?  I'm always looking for new ideas.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Valentine's Box Project

Valentines is only a few short weeks away.  Every year I give my class the assignment of creating a Valentines holder at home and brining it to school.  This year we will be doing our celebration on Friday the 13th.  to get the families involved, I send home a letter describing our project, then I have sample available for the parents to see, just in case they need some inspiration.

Below are some of the boxes my former students have created.
Do you want your class to create this fun project at home.  You can download my Letter that explains the project.  The letter is available in English and Spanish.
 Of course teachers need to give Valentine's too.  I've been making these for the past few years.  I used to be an avid scrapbooker, so I was able to put my tools to good use.  I used a scalloped heart punch and a large circle punch.  I taped the pencils to the backside.
By the way, avoid the headache of passing out Valentines.  I no longer give lists with names.  Kindergartners can't read their own handwriting much less all the names of their classmates.  Instead I instruct them to bring 1 valentine for each classmate, with no names on them.  When it is time to pass them out, we line all the boxes up in a row.  Then we make a train, walking past each box as we drop our cards into them.  It is quick and simple.  You can grab this Teacher Valentine for free, just click the photo below.
Can you believe it is almost February?  Where did this month go???
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