Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1000 Follower Giveaway!!

Wowie-wow-wow!! I cannot believe that I have over 1,000 followers on TpT! Honestly, it kind of snuck up on me. I have to have a big giveaway, because this is kind of a big deal! Friends, you have  no idea how much it means to me that you follow my little store and my shenanigans on the blog and FB. You all rock!!

So here it goes!

The 1st random winner chosen will get to spend $50 in my store!

 The 2nd random winner chosen will get to spend $20 in my store!

And, finally, the 3rd random winner chosen will get to spend $10 in my store!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Jungle Mania!! {and giveaway!!}

Hello friends! The other kinder teachers and I have embarked on the journey of all of us doing a jungle theme. Let me be honest here, I.AM.CHEAP. We're all teachers here and know how it is. My husband teases me about it. So here are some pictures of how I turned my room into it's jungle craziness for under $100 {plus the rug from It was only $279 and I had a weak moment}. 

First of all, I created this:

I wanted everything on my wall to match the theme. So I created all of the posters and then got a little carried away. My printer sure has had a workout!

 For real, you NEED a low temp hot glue gun. I have a high temp one at school that uses the fat glue sticks. I picked the little blue one up for under $3 to keep at home. The low temp one does go slower than my high temp one, but if you get it on your fingers you won't die in agony. Seriously, friends, I have had burns and blisters from the high temp one! 

You totally need crate seats! It only takes MDF board {have Lowe's cut it for you} a drill and zip ties. Then you can staple your fabric to the MDF board. 


Friends, I am in LOVE with this theme! It is totally not a theme I would have picked for myself, but I love it! I can't wait for my new kinders to see it!

Enter below for a chance to win my Jungle Decor pack! 2 lucky winners will be randomly chosen!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Karla - Your email was kicked back to me. Please email me at to claim your prize!

Friday, July 4, 2014

How To Make Chair Pockets!

Hello friends! I posted my chair pockets on my FB page and had lots of questions on how I made them. Well, friends, here is your picture tutorial! 

1st: Choose your material. Keep in mind that sheets might be cheaper than fabric by the yard. A queen size flat sheet will make 18 chair pockets for little people chairs.

2nd: Gather your tools. You'll need your material, scissors, a tape measure and a yard stick. Choose a flat surface to do your work on. My kitchen table worked pretty well. :)

3rd: Patiently measure, mark and cut your material. This part seems to take FOREVER! And, honestly, I have a hard time being precise on everything. Just do your best, fabric is hard to measure and cut. 

4th: Gather your beautifully cut pieces and get out the sewing machine!

Mine is the Wal-Mart day after Thanksgiving special from like 8 years ago. It gets heavy use in the summer and is still going strong. So, while a nice expensive machine would be nice, it's not necessary for this project. 

5th: Sew the short ends to keep them from fraying too bad. 
I turn the knobs so its sews in a zig zag pattern for the whole thing. I think it looks pretty and hope it holds up better than the normal one.

6th: Trifold your material to make your chair pocket.
Lay your piece face down. Lift one end and fold it a third of the way up (about where the scissors are).
Then I took what is above my scissors and folded it back. 
This is the backside of the chair pocket.
When you do this trifold make sure your chair pocket is still at least 12 inches deep.

7th: Pin the edges.

8th: Sew up the sides.

9th: Trim off any that didn't line up.

And TA-DA you have a chair pocket!

I hope that made sense. It was hard for me to explain the trifold.
Good luck with your summer crafitiviites!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

2 for Tuesday!

Hello friends! I'm linking up with The Teaching Tribune for 2 for Tuesday! 

That means I have 2 items 50% off just this Tuesday! 

Here are 2 items that easy to use and will come in handy if you are in the home stretch of the school year.

Here is a packet to get you ready for the end of the year. It is originally $7 but you can snag it for $3.50! This is catered to K-2. 

Academic and Fun Awards:

Memory Book:


End of Year Gift Tags:
I've also included parent volunteer awards, filler activities, and a end of year note to send home with your kiddos. 

The 2nd one is a sentence activity to get your littles engaged while building and reading sentences.
It's orginally $3, but you can snag it for $1.50!

All you have to do is print! You may want to laminate the pocket chart cards to they will last longer. Everything comes in color and black and white to help with printing. 

Go check out The Teaching Tribune to see what else is on sale for 2 for Tuesday!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Superhero Fun

Hello friends! I just wanted to share some fun we have had this week. You might have read about my morning messages on another post. I really like them, so maybe just maybe I talk about them a lot. My kinders have grown tremendously from them, and I usually have a funny story or two from the conversations they generate. 

Usually our morning messages go along with our theme for the week. This week is a crazy week with a field trip and state testing in 3rd-5th. So our schedule is a little cray-cray.
I decided to share some of my favorite books with my kinders in ELA, so I don't have a set theme this week.  I figured it would be the perfect week to do my Superhero Morning Messages. 

Here's a little peek into our morning time and, of course, a funny story to go with it. ;)

 Each morning, I go through our message. It is a prime time to hit specific sight words, or in the very beginning, letters. 
We discuss the message. Sometimes we graph our answers. Sometimes we make a bubble map together. It all depends on the message and the conversations we have from it. Sometimes I let each student that wants to share what they think and we move on. 
Here is an example of our bubble map to go along with the message above.
After our discussion, my students will go to their table to write and draw their response to our message. 
I seriously forgot to take a picture of their journals. Maybe one day I'll remember...

Now, for the story...
Yesterday we discussed what superpower they would want if they were a superhero. I had all kinds of good answers. I had one tell me their power would be "mind division". This student went on to tell me exactly how they would use and how they use it, now, everyday. I LOVE the conversations we have from these messages. Though, sometimes, it's hard to keep a straight face. 

I would love to give a couple away!
The first TWO followers to leave a comment with their email will get it for free!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Springing Into Science Blog Hop {Freebie and Giveaway!}

Hello friends! Welcome to the blog hop! 

How do you integrate Science into your curriculum? Some units are easy to integrate and others are not. Here's a peek at what we've been up to this week and it includes a lot of Science!
My kinders have LOVED learning about life cycles. To correlate with Earth Day this week, we have worked with the life cycle of a plant. 
We've read these books:

Here is one of the anchor charts that we made to help with writing:
I have been using labels for my anchor charts that are like this. I print and laminate them first. Then, I tape them onto my paper. My paper came from the mailing section. It's technically packing paper and comes in a large pack. One pack lasts me for the whole year. And, unlike butcher paper it's already cut to the right size and I don't have crooked anchor charts from my lack of being able to cut in a straight line.  The only problem is it is a little thin. 
By doing this I can prep my anchor charts way ahead of time and check that off of my list!

This was on our focus wall. My students also use this to help with their writing when they are wanting to spell on of those words. 

Most of my activities this week have come from this packet

You can enter in the rafflecopter below for a chance to be one of the 2 luckies to win this packet! is a little freebie from that packet to get you started with writing!

And continue on the hop...
 photo f9b970d4-8830-4e46-a19c-c544fac429cd_zpsce4e1381.jpg