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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Arctic Freeze Number Order and Skip Counting Puzzles

I saw this adorable clipart from Scrappin Doodles and just HAD to make a set of puzzles! Check them out by clicking on the image below. :)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Somebody pushed a button on my kiddos- the fast forward, full volume button. Phew! I am not a napper... until now. zzzzz....
Huh? Wha? Oh, yeah. I was blogging, wasn't I?
Thanks for sticking with me, friends. I appreciate your positive attitude and kind words even if I'm not the most consistent blogger in the blogosphere. I appreciate you very much. In fact, I thought I'd say, "Thank you" with a little freebie. Enjoy!
Click on the picture for your freebie!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Who Can (Skip) Count the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?

Bake up some fun in your skip counting work station with this activity! Kiddos choose a card and count the cookies in the jar by 10s, place the jars in the correct order using the number line or match the number cards to the correct cookie jar, and write their answers on the recording sheet. Be sure to place a chef's hat and apron at the center for your little bakers!
Click on the picture for the link! :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gingerbread Cookie Word Sort with Recording Sheet

Here's a great addition to your word work station! Kiddos choose a gingerbread cookie, read the word, and place it on the corresponding vowel cookie sheet. Once all of the cookies have been sorted, the words can be recorded on the matching sheet. Include a chef's hat, oven mitt, and spatula in the station and kids will run, run as fast as they can to this center! (Couldn't resist.)
Click on the picture for the link! :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Watercolor Procedures Freebie

Whew! What a whirwind week! I love my new friends, my co-workers, my job... I love it all! We will be introducing watercolors next week (and we have no sink in the room!!!). I'm hoping this little poster will make things go a little more smoothly. It's a little visual to help my kiddos remember how to use watercolors. Click on the picture for the poster if you like it. As always, if you do like it, please leave me a comment to let me know. Happy first week!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Show and Tell- Love it or Loathe It!



Lots of Early Childhood classrooms are moving away from Show and Tell. It takes too long, it's hard to get kids to pay attention, it's hard to get kids to talk about their items, I could be doing something else like banging my head against a wall! Okay, maybe not that last one... out loud... :D

With the recent connections being made between the development of Oral Communication skills and Reading and Writing success, I encourage you to give Show and Tell a second chance. Check out this article for some tips and information on how Show and Tell can help you help your students.

We have a Class Mascot, Rover the Roving Dog. He goes home with a student each Friday and spends the weekend with the family. On Monday, we read about Rover's adventures from his journal. I like doing this over the weekend

1) because it gives parents time to help complete the journal and

2) it gives me the whole week to wash Rover before he goes home with another friend!

Rover's Adventure Journal is a Composition Book with a label stuck on it. I have a sample page filled out in the front for parents who may be struck with a case of Writer's Block. It's super simple:

Rover went home with ___. We ____. We also ____. My favorite part about staying with ___ was when we ___. We ate ___ for dinner.  I really liked getting to visit ____'s home. I wonder who I will visit next?

On the inside cover of the Journal, I stick a copy of the parent note explaining the expectations and procedures printed on label paper. It explains to parents of the purpose of the activity, the instructions/expectations, and reminds parents to encourage/assist their little one in taking care of Rover by keeping him clean and in a safe place (away from pets, younger siblings, and messes).  

Here's what mine looks like if you need a jumping off point:

The pack includes a sample Journal Cover, Parent Explanation Letter, Sample Journal Entry and  a Checklist to keep in the travel bag to be sure all items are returned.

Note: This product is being sold 'As Is'. I may have time to make additional Journal Packs for a certain theme next summer if this is something y'all would like. Thank you for your understanding.

A handy tip: plan out when you will begin your Show and Tell/ Traveling Mascot program by dividing the number of students you have by the number of weeks to ensure each child has an equal number of turns. For a class of 24, this usually works out to beginning the program in October. I usually roll mine out during our Pets theme.

Another handy tip: Buy multiple Rovers (or whatever your Mascot ends up being) in case one meets a tragic end in the middle of the year. ;)

You may want to have the kiddos bring in a free choice item the first month to get those "I need to bring in a toy from home!" crazies done and over with :D , or something to go with a certain theme or letter, or give yourself a break for the first month of school! You've got enough going on in the beginning of the year. One thing I've learned: You don't have to start EVERYTHING on the very first day!

Here's a song we sing as we gather on the carpet for Show and Tell:

(Tune: Are You Sleeping)
Let's get ready. Let's get ready.
Time to share! Time to share!
I'll see you at the carpet. I'll see you at the carpet.
Meet me there. Meet me there.

If you would like to do Show and Tell every day:

I assign 4 or 5 kiddos a Show and Tell day so that we each have a chance to share during the week. It goes really quickly. We have Show and Tell questions to ask (I model this a LOT in the beginning so the students are able to be independent with their questioning skills pretty quickly). We ask 3 questions per child so the turns don't take too long.

Why did you pick this item for Show and Tell?
What makes this item so special to you?
Is it new or have you had it for a while?
Was this a gift?
Who gave it to you?
Do you share it with anyone? If so, who?
Does it have a name?
What do you do with it?
How do you play it?
What is your favorite part?
Where do you keep it?

Always, always, always remember to thank each person for sharing their item!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

My First Award!

Krazy Kindergarten Teacher nominated *ME* for an award! I am crazy Krazy flattered! Thank you!
 The award comes with the request that you list 7 random facts about yourself. Here goes:

1. My first job was at Walt Disney World. I sold those H.U.G.E. turkey legs, then frozen yogurt outside the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room, then played a Tour Guide, Bandit, and Gangster at The Great Movie Ride. Yes, it is a ride. ;)

2. I am an only child and I'm not spoiled rotten... well, maybe just a little.

3. I am a Florida Gators fan, but went to college in Jacksonville.

4. I am drowning in my online Master's degree courses! Seriously, there has got to be a light at the end of this tunnel!

5. I am married to Mr. Right for Me who is a Sailor in the U.S. Navy and I am SO proud of him I could pop!

6. We have a furry son, Murphy. We got him at the Humane Society. He just walked right up to us and sat down. He is the cutest combination of Dachshund and Cocker Spaniel. And he snores.


7. I  *L.O. V. E.* what I do (even if that means having to prove myself all over again EVERY time we move). I couldn't imagine not teaching young children and spend WAY too much of my own money doing it. Thanks to amazing teachers like you!

The last step in the awards process is to nominate 15 other Bloggers and let them know what a great job they are doing! Here goes:

1. Kindergarten Kindergarten

2. Growing Kinders

3. Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

4. Mrs. Jump's Class

5. Can Do Kinders

6. Kindergarten Crayons

7. Kindergarten Rocks!

8. Kindergarten Works

9. Kinderpond

10. Kreative in Kinder

11. Lil' Country Kindergarten

12. Little Miss Kindergarten

13. Little Kinder Warriors

14. What the Teacher Wants

15. First Grade Fundamentals

Thanks again, Krazy Kindergarten Teacher!



Friday, June 22, 2012

Shapes Math Station Freebie!

While cruisin' Pinterest, I saw the idea for this activity here:
http://topteacher.com.au/maths/roll-shape and decided to tweak it to make it fit for me- and you, hopefully!

I thought this would be G.R.E.A.T. for those first few weeks of school while you are teaching, teaching, teaching procedures. Use crayons before teaching the 'click trick' for markers, if you like. 
OR try these:

I love this activity for getting kids to work together in those early days, get some fine motor work in, and get started on those shapes! This can be used all year long or brought back for those who need the reminder.

The flow goes along with Frog Street Press' Sing and Read Shapes Series and I made the tracing lines gray as a wink and a nod to Handwriting Without Tears (dots are not seen as lines). I love using the Sing & Read Shapes Songs, Books, and Posters to teach shapes to my little ones.


I hope you like them as much as I do!


Click on the pic!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Transportation Number Order and Skip Counting Puzzles

I made a set of puzzles for your number order and skip counting math stations. Click on the picture below to hop over and check them out!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Under the Sea Ocean Number Order and Skip Counting Puzzles

Looking for a skip counting math station? How about a number order math station? This packet takes care of both! 10 puzzles with super cute graphics.  Hop on over to check them out!
Click on the picture for the link!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Rainbow Roll n Spell

I saw this idea on Pinterest from the cutest little first grade blog.
Click on pic to link up and follow!

While you're there, be sure to become a follower and check out her other Roll and Spell versions. They're fantastic!
I tweaked the rainbow version for my itty- bitties to use with sight words by adding visual/picture cues. I left it open for you, though, so you can use it for sight words, spelling words, or something new! (If you have a different idea, please share it!) :) Here it is:
Click on link to grab this freebie!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

New Skip Counting and Number Order Puzzles for March

Hi Everyone,

I'm still here, plugging away. Moving to a new house, job searching, and starting my Master's have pushed their way to the top of my priority list lately. I have made some new puzzles for March.

One set is for Dr. Seuss' birthday.
Click on Pic for link

The other set is for St. Patrick's Day.
Click on Pic for link

Both sets are F-R-E-E on my TPT site. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Famous Black Americans Skip Counting Puzzles Freebie!

Here's a set of puzzles WITH short biography cards to spark discussion and provide background knowledge on the amazing accomplishments of several famous Black Americans. I tried to be sure to show that no matter who you are or what you do, you can change the world.
I hope you can use them!
Click on the picture to download

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

President's Day Number Puzzles Freebie!

I just posted another set of Skip Counting and Number Order Puzzles to my TPT page. This is another freebie for you! This set, along with my other sets, contains 10 different puzzles for ordering numbers
1-20 and skip counting by 2, 5, and 10. Hop on over and check them out. :)
Click on the picture to grab this freebie!