Monday, April 7, 2014

Organizing Supplies with Tables {and freebie}

Hello friends! I recently asked on my FB if you all preferred tables or desks. I got several replies and it seemed that we all have a lot of different opinions. LOL 

I have had both desks and tables and I have to say that I love my tables. They stay where they are supposed to and there's nothing for the kiddos to mess in or store papers in. The downside...there's no where for all of their stuff! Here's how I manage their supplies.

You can get these at Wal-Mart. They were either with the silverware or with the clothespins and things you put your dishes in to dry by your sink. They were very inexpensive and I've had mine for several years. My kinders stash their pencils, crayons, scissors, glue and dry erase marker in there. Yes, they do tip over every now and then, but it's not been an issue. 
Instead of taping their name tag on the table, I type out their name tags, print on colored paper and tape to the basket (this basket is turned around to hide the name). 
For me this is easier than pencil boxes. I like community supplies and having tubs in the middle. With this group of kids, it didn't quite work. And with a large class this year, it's hard to make sure the supplies are within reach for everyone at the table.

This has been super helpful with the Easter Bunny visits!

They think the Easter Bunny has their supply baskets confused with real baskets. :)
This has been a great way to promote good behavior and you can get the notes for free in my store!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Has Sprung and Games Are Fun Blog Hop

Hello friends! I'm excited to team up with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you some fun games! 

My little ones LOVE the "I have...Who has?" games. They are great to have in your little bag of tricks for the rare times you have a few extra minutes or for a sub. You can time your game and try to beat your time the next time. When we play, my kinders just sit on the rug as I pass out cards. As each one says their card, I walk around and go ahead and take it up. This way I'm always walking and monitoring (this nips behavior problems in the bud) and I'm available for help as needed.
I have several of these games for different skills. My kinders' favorite is the one for CVC words. The high ones like how easy it is for them to read now and my lower ones can feel successful as we all have fun together. 

You can snag my I Have...Who Has? CVC Words Sample for Short A for free my Google Docs to try out and see how you like playing these games in your classroom. This is for a small group only.

You can click here to check them out in my store. It has all vowels for small group and a game with all of the vowels together to play with your whole class. 

Not only do you get a freebie, but you can enter to win the whole bundle of these games! 

Just use the rafflecopter below to enter and 2 lucky followers will win!

Now hop on over to Stacy's blog to check out her awesomeness!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dr. Seuss...Part 2

Shew, today was a nutty day. But I guess that's par for the course for Read Across America Week!

Here's a little peek at our day:
 We worked on our silly sentences from my Silly Sentences packet. We had fun making our sentences. After we did this whole group, students went back to their desk and worked on their emergent reader with these sentences.
While they were working and as we had time throughout the day, I had them read the sentence sheet to me. This is a great way to check for fluency and sight word knowledge. We use them each week with whichever sentence pack we are working on.

They are loving their morning messages this week! Today we made up silly sentences.
 "My dog can wear a shirt."
 "My cow can wear socks."
 "My horse can pick up a chair."
"My cat can ride a horse!"

Tomorrow will be rhyming with "Hop on Pop"!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dr. Seuss...Part One

Hello friends! It sure has been an exhausting, crazy fun day! We had a snow day yesterday, so today was our first official day of Read Across America Week. 
We of course wore pajamas today. When the kids get a PJ day, so do the teachers (love my principal!). So we have pajama days anytime we can fit them in! 

Here is a cupcake I was lucky enough to get to eat. They were brought for another K class, but I got an extra one. ;) Super adorable!

 My kinders has a less involved snack. The night before I made vanilla pudding with green food coloring. 2 of the big pudding boxes was enough for my class of 21 (and the kidlets towards the end had a little extra). 
We added vanilla wafers to the middle (the real thing was too expensive, lol) and sprinkles just because.

 The same wonderful parent who made the cupcakes also came with her husband dressed up ready to read to all of the kinders. 
She dressed as Olivia and he dressed as Farmer Brown and read the book to go along with it. 
I LOVE how they chose non Seuss characters! 

Of course we made hats! I'm lucky enough to have a die cut machine at school and one of our few large die cuts is this hat. It already had the lines perforated in so it made it easier for them to do their stripes. 

Well, my friends, that is our fun from today. I plan on blogging about the rest of our week each day if I make it! HA! 

What have you done so far this week?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Our Space Week {with Freebie} and Currently

Hello friends! First off...March Currently from Farley

Some of these need an explanation:

Listening: my bulldog, Tank, loves his toys. He especially loves his teddy bear. He drags is all over the house and will lay on it while sucking on its head. It's totally adorable, but sometimes LOUD!

Needing: Our phone contract was finally up and we were ready to get some decent phones. I, however, am cheap. So when we went to Verizon and I saw the price tags on how much the phones were when renewing...we walked out.Yes, yes, I know, you are stuck with it for 2 years it might as well be a good one. I just couldn't do it. My hubby went searching on line and saw that Best Buy had the iPhone 5c for $50! We went and did that. I'm pretty excited, but am not iAnything savvy. So we shall see how this goes.

???? You have my answer...what do you think the question is? The first person to correctly answer in the comments (with their email) will get my unit that kinda goes along with it. :)

I have tons of pictures to share with you. I had more...but they are on my old phone and for some reason would transfer and are basically gone to me. 
 We made rockets. Their goal was to stay on green all week so their rocket didn't crash and they could make galaxy dough. Seriously the March Spring Craziness has already begun in my room. 
All that you need for galaxy dough. 1/4c salt, 1c flour, Kool-Aid packet and 1/4c water. Mix together and you have fruity smelling play dough. Add in some glitter for the space effect. My kids love this every year. I took pictures of them playing with it, but that's on the old phone. 

 This is an old favorite from a Mailbox book. I love adding their picture to it!

 Their writing this week was out of this world! I don't know where these writing papers came from. If you do, please let me know! They are fantastic!
 We added an alien to this one!

Our Space Morning Messages were a big hit!

Here are some things we did from my space unit: 
Write the room.

 Compound words with recording sheet.

 Emergent Reader

 Thematic Word Wall

 Space Interest Inventory Freebie

Oh and how I love that we can now use YouTube!
This one is my favorite:

This is my Space Playlist
The Storybot ones are awesome!

Here's a sneak peek at next week!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Bright Math Ideas Blog Hop {with freebie!}

Hello friends! I'm joining in with my awesome blogger buddies to bring you the Bright Math Ideas Blog Hop!

Here is my non life-changing idea that may help you with decomposing numbers.

My partner teacher and I were planning our Math out for the next several weeks. We weren't exactly sure what to do for decomposing numbers. Our Math series has nothing, zip, nada on decomposing numbers. So we mapped out what we would want in a worksheet activity and I went a little wild with the creating: 
We felt that it was  important for the students to think in different ways and use different tools to help them along the way. There are 3 different levels for each number (this is the middle one) to help in differentiating (and it's on sale!). 

I love letting my kinders us 2 sided counters to figure out their problems. I have the foam ones noise! If you didn't get any with your wonderful Math series, Really Good Stuff has some and does probably any teacher supply store.
Two-Color Counters

 Now, I have a little freebie for you! You get to try out a decomposing number worksheet at all 3 levels. I'd love to know what you think and if this will help your kinders with decomposing! 
Just click on the picture to get it from Google Docs.

On to the next stop for another fun math idea...

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Tooth Fairy Week {with freebies!}

Hello friends! We are finally ready to work on our Tooth Fairy/Dental Health unit. I'm so excited! I LOVE this one! Here's a little peek at what we are working on this week:

On the first day we are going to read "You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?" and write in our Tooth Fairy booklets. I love this book for telling the "practical hard-working" side of the Tooth Fairy.

Then, on to another favorite, "Moose's Loose Tooth". This would be great for sequencing, however this year I'm using it for comprehension. After we read the book, we are going to graph who has and has not lost a tooth. Then I will reread the book and students will take a comprehension test on it. 

Our last book of the week will be "Tooth Trouble". After reading and discussing that the dentist is not so scary after all, we will write about what the main idea of the story is. Any time we write, we are highly encouraged to use a rubric in grading and checking mechanics. To makes things simple, the rubric on on the paper.

 You can snag this for FREE from my store by clicking here or on the picture. I usually run about 100 of these at a time and use my big binder clip on them. Then, I have them when we do our writing.
On Friday, my little ones will get to bring a stuffed animal to school. We will practice the art of brushing teeth with our construction paper toothbrushes and stuffed animals.
Below is a quick tutorial on how to make those toothbrushes. {This is from one of the awesome teachers on our K team.}

We will be working on a lot of activities from my Tooth Fairy {No Prep Writing} packet.
 AND you can get a little freebie when you click on it in my store and download the preview.
This is the little freebie that you can get when you download the preview. Just click on the picture to get there. :) 
Here are some more activities from this little packet:

Hope you all have an awesome week!!

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