Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year & Currently!! :)

Hello Everyone!!
 
It's that time again....
Farley's Currently Link Up!
I am really looking forward to 2013...2012 really stunk for me & my family! So, I say good riddance 2012 & welcome to 2013!!
Anyway, here's my currently!
 
 
I am truly thankful to each & every one of you that follow my little blog! I wish you all a prosperous New Year!!
Happy 2013 Everyone!!
 
 


Friday, December 28, 2012

Trying to get ahead!

I now that things are going to get a little crazy when we go back to school, so I am trying to take advantage of this time to get myself a little ahead of the game! I finished making these & posted them to my TpT store...
 
I wouldn't hate it if you showed me a little love & pinned it for me!
 
I am working on (& hoping to finish) a Valentine's literacy & math unit...but, I'm not making any promises!! :)
 
Have a great weekend everyone!!


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Here you go...

January Math Journals are all ready to go...
 
 
I'm having trouble getting them pinned for some reason and I'm a little bummed about it.
 
Anyway, they are in my store (click the pic) & I will have them on sale for a little while. If you want to get a jump on January's lesson plans~ go get them! My kids love doing the math journals everyday & it is a great way to get the "math talk" revved up! :)
 
 


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Holly Bloggy Exchange

Merry Christmas!!
 
I hope that everyone has had a WONDERFUL & JOYOUS holiday!
 
Grab button for Holly Bloggy Christmas
 
I was lucky enough to be part of the Holly Bloggy Christmas Exchange hosted by
Button
  The theme this time was "Favorite Things". We were to send our secret partner some of our favorite things...you know, we went all Oprah style on this one! :)
 
Here is a pic of what I sent to my secret partner Lynda from
Curls and a Smile
 
 
 Here's a rundown of my favorites:
1. I LOVE candy! That should explain the Kit Kats, gum,  Starburst, & my HUGE dental bill.
 
2. Ya'll know of my addiction with Scentos markers! Seriously, you really need to use smelly markers with your kiddos! They are instantly engaged!!
 
3. Colorful Bic Crystal Pens~ are you kidding me? What teacher is not obsessed with pens?!
 
4. Colorful, LINED Post-Its~ Come on, who doesn't like colorful Post-Its! :)
 
5. Handy dandy hand sanitizer that clips right to my lanyard so when those little critters sneeze, cough, & snot all over me I can try to combat the germs!! Haha!
 
Here is a pic of what I got from my secret partner,who still remains a secret!
 
 
I don't know who sent it yet, but she (or he) nailed it! I triple heart LOVE Thirty One Gifts & I LOVE monogramming!! Yay! This is actually one of their items that I did NOT have! Way to go secret friend!! :)
 
I can't wait until the next teacher blogger exchange! If you did not participate this time, you should follow their blog so that you can get in on the fun the next time!!
 
Enjoy the rest of your break, friends!!
 


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Keeping it Simple!!

Hi friends!!
I don't know about you, but I just love when I have an easy-peasy center where the kids are independent & engaged and requires very little prep work from me!
 
 
I have been making & using these make, stamp, & write centers for a while and my students love them. They get in the center & know exactly what to do & how to do it. You gotta love that!! Plus, anytime I have letter stamps out there is always high interest! :)
 
I finally put all the pages together & made a little packet. I will be adding to this packet as I make more pages. Currently there are 20 different thematic pages. There are pictures for each vocabulary word, so the students are able to read the sheets without having to have support from me. They love the reading confidence they get with this center!!
 
 
It is ready for you on TpT (click the pic) & it is included in my sale! There is a FREEBIE for you in the preview!
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Finally out of my rut!! Hooray!

I have been in a creative rut lately & have not been creating much. Does this happen to everyone or just me?!
Well, I finally bought some cute clipart & became inspired to create a winter unit! Yay!
Well, I really had no choice because I needed some fresh stuff to use with my cuties when we go back in January.
I promise that all of the activities fall right in line with the Common Core and, more importantly, ALL activities are kindergarten appropriate! They are all activities that I have used in my very own classroom with real life kindergarten kids! Woah!!

Here is what it looks like because I know that you are on the edge of your seat...ha!!

There are a whopping 8 math & 8 literacy activities!!
There is a labeling freebie in the preview for you!
I am including it in the sale that I am currently running so go grab it while it's cheap!
Hurry!!
:)
 
 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Sale!





Hello friends!!
I am linking up with Think, Wonder & Teach for the Winter Sale!
 
 
I hope that everyone has all their Christmas shopping done & that you are all enjoying your winter break!
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Just Can't Believe It...

My baby girl turned the big
 today!! I just cannot believe that she is growing up soooo fast. I want to slow things down, but I guess that ain't happenin'! :)
 
Here's my super girl at her birthday lunch today...
 
Photo: Birthday lunch with the best 12 year old ever!!
 
She HATES having a birthday so close to Christmas, so I am super careful to keep the two occasions separate. I guess everyone with birthdays around Christmas is probably like that, I would be!
 
 
I hope everyone is having a happy Wednesday!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Fun

I just wanted to do a quick little post to let you know that I am oficially on break!! Woo Hoo!!
I hope that the rest of you are finished or will be finishing soon, too...
Anyway, here is a pic of some of my cuties in their reindeer hats. They LOVED prancing around & singing Rudolph ALL DAY with these hats on (Seriously, ALL DAY!!!).
 
 Then, I found these fun little Christmas tree ornaments on Pinterest & thought they would be a nice & easy craft for kinders to make for their mommies...I was right & the bonus is that they turned out super cute!!  
 
For our party treat we made Christmas trees out of ice cream cones, green icing, & tons of candies. They were SOOOOOO quiet while they worked on these. They took it majorly serious!!

Here are a couple of our finished trees before they were devoured!
Cute & Yummy!

Can you say MAJOR sugar high!?!

He was so proud of his tree...he kept referring to it as his masterpiece! So cute...you gotta love kinders!!
 
So now that we have partied it up we will take a 3 week break!! YAY!!
 
 
***I wanted to send out my most sincere sympathies to all those in Connecticut. I am praying for all those lives lost & their families, classmates, & friends. I am so sad to think that these kinds of things can happen anywhere at anytime. I am praying that our country will make some changes so that this can be prevented from EVER happening again!!***

Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday Break Activities

Hello Friends!
 
I am so happy that Friday finally made it here!
 
I have 5 more days to go until I get the much needed 3 WEEK break!
Woot woot!!
 
 
I like for my students to spend good quality time with their families & enjoy their time away from school. They need the time off just as much as we do, right!?
BUT, I also like for them to keep their skills sharp. I do not like to send home a TON of worksheets that are tedious & boring for the kids and their families.
SOOOOO....
 
I came up with this handy, dandy little goody.
 
These are quick little activities that the kiddos can do & have a little fun while their at it. If you want it, you can get it here!
Please consider pinning it for me! :)
 
If you do snag it, please leave me a little feedback! Also, please consider following me here on my blog & at my TpT store if you don't already!!
 
Have a great weekend!!
 


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Math Fun...

I just wanted to upload a few pics of my math centers this week. I have been so bad about posting pics from my classroom this year. Maybe that should be my New Year's Resolution! :)
Here's a little Christmas lights sort, graph, & tally activity. This was the first time that my kids had to tally independently & they did pretty good! They love this center & the added plus is that I let them use markers! It's amazing how little things like that can put the excitement in a center! Ha!

This picture uploaded a little wonky...
They had to cut out the candy canes & put them in order from 11 to 20. Then we turned them into a super cool hat!

This is a count & color center. They had to pick a candy cane card, count the candy canes & color the part of Santa that had the number. Each card was a different color.

My kids LOVE to paint & the added bonus is that they are actually pretty good at it this year! I love kinder paintings!! <3

Another wonky pic upload...
This is a sorting by size center. I wish I had taken the pic after it was colored. They turned out pretty cute!
No, this is not math...don't really know how this got in my upload, but it is a pretty cute interactive writing. I think my next mini-lesson will be on writing with mostly lowercase letters!
 
Ok, that's it for me! Welcome to all my new followers! I am so excited that my little blog is growing. I love the blogging world!
 
Have a great night!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Currently...already?!?

I love to team up with Farley @ Oh Boy 4th Grade for the  monthly Currently! Here is mine...even though I cannot believe that we are already in December!!
 
There you have it! Now head over to Oh Boy 4th Grade & link up!!
Have a Happy December everyone!!  


Sunday, November 25, 2012

I Just Can't Wait!!

My shopping card is LOADED for the TpT sale tomorrow! I am going to buy so much stuff  it is CuH-RaZy!!
I hope that you take advantage of all the great stuff that is going on sale Monday & Tuesday!
I love buying from TpT because I know that it is helping other teachers like me! ;)
Here are the latest additions to my store~ in case your interested!

 
Click the pictures to take you to the SALE!!! YIPPIE!!
 
Happy Shopping to You!!!!
 



Saturday, November 24, 2012

Super Cyber Monday (&Tuesday) Sale!!!

Who's participating in the TpT Cyber Monday & Tuesday sale??
 
This girl!!

 
My shop is on sale for 20% 0ff and you will get the extra 10% that TpT is offering! WOO HOOO!!! I LOVE a good sale!! Don't you!?!
 
I am stocking up my cart so that I can just check out on Monday while I am on my planning time!
 
Do you have anything that you want me to put in my shopping cart...hmmmm?! Leave it in the comments & I will check it out!!
 
Happy Shopping!!
 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Quick Little Post...

Hi Friends!!
 
I have had a lot of people asking for December math journals...and here they are!! Yay!
 
 
I ABSOLUTELY love to use these with my kiddos as a warm up to my math lesson. It gets them thinking & talking math & that makes me a happy teacher! :)
I hope that you love them!!
 
Want to win them? Leave a comment with your email & I will use Rafflecopter to choose a winner tomorrow!!
 
Good Luck!!
 
I would love to have you follow my blog!
You can also follow my TPT store & my Facebook!!
I promise that I'll follow you back!!
 
 


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Back & Needing a Little Help!

Hi Friends!
 
My little guy did not get to have his surgery because he had a little congestion in one of his lungs & the anesthesiologist said that it would not be safe to put him out. Sooooooo we wait....we are going to try to wait until the spring & just monitor the areas monthly to make sure that they aren't growing. Thank you to everyone that was praying/ thinking of us! I will update you when the time comes again! :)
 
Anyway...with all that going on, I have still missed work & now have only 3 days to teach about Thanksgiving. Here is where I need your help. I haven't had time to prepare any sort of fun crafty activity to do with my kids. I'm really getting tired of the "handy turkey" & his poem. Blah.
 
Does anyone have a quick, easy to prepare craft that I can make with my class??? I would really like to send them home with something cute for their family. Any ideas, links, pins, etc, would be GREATLY appreciated!
 
Thank you all for being so sweet & supportive! That is the reason that I got into blogging in the first place!! :)
((hugs))
 


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Yucky News...

Well, my 2 year old has what's called Juvenile Melanoma. It's not considered a cancer, even though it sounds like it. It is a mass of irregular cells that should not be growing on his little 2 year old self. He has two places on his little leg that will require him to have surgery...boo. He will go in on Tuesday for the outpatient procedure & we are hoping that this will be the only time that he will have to have this type of surgery. It always makes me nervous when they have to give anesthesia to put him out. The procedure itself should be quick & easy. He will be stitched up in the 2 areas, but other than that, he should be back to his normal 2 year old self pretty quickly.
Please pray for our little guy! 
 


I will be taking a break from my blog for a few days so that I can make sure my guy is taken care of with all the mommy love I can give him! :) 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I LOVE Teacher Workdays!

I just LOVE a teacher workday in the middle of the week! I was able to get soooo much accomplished today. I am planned all the way through November...Yay! That is an awesome feeling!

I did manage to get my Thanksgiving literacy unit posted today...yippie! There is a free foldable book in the preview for you! I hope you are able to download it because I had a TON of trouble getting it uploaded.

 
Click the pic to check it out!!
 
I want to thank all of you for following my blog & TpT store. I just love making all of this fun stuff & being able to share it with you! <3
 
Please leave me comments! I LOVE to hear from you!!
 
 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Kinder-Voters!! :)

Today was Election Day 2012 in my class. We have a workday tomorrow, so we held our classroom elections today.
 
First, we all had to register to vote. These little cuties have their voter ID cards all ready to go. I wish I had taken a close-up of these cards because they turned out SUPER cute!!
 
 
Next, we filled out our ballots & casted our votes. (Again, I wish I had taken a close up of the ballots because they were so cute!!)
 
We tallied the results & elected Obama by a vote of 10 to 5!
They really got into this! They were talking about who the best candidate was & why. It was really a great experience for them!



To top it off, we made our "I Voted" hats to let everyone know that we fulfilled our civic duty!

 
It was really fun to see them getting into these activities. They had definite ideas & reasons to vote for their candidate.
After the vote we talked about the fact that no matter who wins the election, whether it was your candidate or not, he will be the President of the United States & that in and of itself deserves our respect.
 
Now, they are all on the edge of their seats to see who really wins tomorrow! I can't wait to get them back on Wednesday to hear their reactions!  I just love it when they get excited about "stuff" they learn in school!
:)
 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Turkey Time & Some Pinteresting Stuff!

I am absolutely blown away that Thanksgiving & Christmas are speeding towards me!
Can someone please slam on the brakes!!?!
I don't know why this year is flying by so fast..it's probably because I have a really good class & things have been rolling pretty smoothly! Now that I have said that, I will probably get some new wackadoodles kids in my class to upset the balance!
 
Anyway...I found some cute stuff on Pinterest...
 
Pinned Image
 
Such a cute Veteran's Day activity! This looks like a Deanna Jump creation.
 
 
Cornucopia Snack Mix
 
How simple are these cuties?!
 
THANKSGIVING
Love this idea! They can write what they are thankful for on the feathers.
 
Ok, that's it for now!
Here is my newest math unit. It is packed with counting and number activities plus a few other goodies. There is a little sorting freebie in the preview for you! It is on sale for a limited time...that just means until I remember to go back & change the price!
 
 
Have a great Sunday!
 
I am hoping that the PANTHERS can win a game for a change!!
C'MON  GEEZ!!!
 
 


Saturday, November 3, 2012

November Currently

I just LOVE to link up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade for the monthly currently.
Here is the November edition! :)
 
Don't forget to set those clocks back for Daylight Savings Time! Yay!!
Have a great Saturday, friends!!
 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!!

Just a quick little post...
I hope everyone had a safe & happy Halloween!
I just whipped up this little journal packet for math in November. Every task can be found in the CCSS...sorry, no patterns here!
I LOVE to use these as a warm-up exercise before I begin my daily math lesson. They are so great to get the kiddos talking math! I hope you like them!!
 
 
I'm gonna give away a packet, or 2, or 3...
The winners will be the ones that guess my favorite Halloween candy.
Good Luck!!
 
 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sick Baby :(

Hello Friends!
 
I am sad to report that my 2 year old little guy has pneumonia. :(
 
I haven't been in school at all this week & I'm not sure when I will be back. I feel sorry for my kinders because they are not getting to do all the Halloween fun stuff that I typically do during this week. I just couldn't bear to put all that on a sub....I knew they were going to be a little haywire with excitement, so I tried to keep the plans as low key as possible for the substitute.
 
I am so excited to teach my class about elections & voting (I hope I get back to school to teach it). I did make an election packet & I think that it breaks it down to a very simple level that my kinders will understand. Here it is in case you missed it...
 
So, tonight I created this to go with the packet. You can click the pic to download it for FREE!
 
 
OK, that's it for now. I am off to give the little guy a breathing treatment...boo.
 
 
 


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday Freebie!

I am gearing up for Halloween week & I made this last minute game to use with small groups. It is great sight word practice and the kids LOVE it! If you download it please leave me a little feeback to let me know what you think!! :)
 
 
Don't forget that today is the last day of my 20% off sale in my TPT store!
 
Have a great Sunday!!