Sunday, November 27, 2016

Wishlist Linky... And A FREEBIE!

How many of you have a wishlist a mile long?! If you're anything like me, it's so long you tend to forget what all is on it. That's why I'm excited about this linky. Here's 3 awesome opportunities to cross something off your wishlist and add it to your "things I own" list!

(Click on any of the images to see the referenced items in my store.)

My most wishlisted item is also my most sold item... it's my vowel teams bundle. Each "vowel team" is separated and there are cards, recording sheets, activities to do with each set. Great for small group/intervention practice, early finishers, or one-on-one enrichment.

My second most wishlisted item is actually a FREEBIE! Grab it now... or later. It's a forever freebie.

My third most wishlisted item is one of my favorites. It's my "building blocks" classroom theme... packed full of printables to decorate your LEGO (aka "building blocks") themed classroom.

Just as a reminder, Monday and Tuesday are the TPT "Cyber Monday" sale. It's a great opportunity to clear out your wish list and purchase items at a discount. Happy shopping!

A Giveaway, Resources I Love, and a FREEBIE!!

I'm in Arizona and after a hotter-than-usual "fall" so far, we're finally seeing some cooler weather. That, combined with it being the Christmas season, has me all kinds of excited! So I'm thrilled to be participating in this Cyber Monday blog hop and giveaway... just in time for the TPT Cyber Monday sale!!

My big thing right now is spreading kindness. Our class "Elf on the Shelf" is all about spreading kindness this year. Honestly, with all the craziness going on in the world right now, we could all use a little extra kindness in our lives. So this print-and-go bulletin board set is on sale right now with the TPT Cyber Monday sale. Simply print, cut and adhere to your bulletin board... then you have a super cute board spreading the message of kindness.

Bulletin Board- "Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti"

Another goodie I want to tell you about is my Kindergarten Growing Bundle. It's on sale right now and already packed full of centers and other small group activities. I've been adding to it as I create things for my own room so it is, quite literally, a growing bundle. 

Kindergarten Growing Bundle

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So you want to win the $10 TPT giftcard? Entering is easy. Check it out. After you've entered, be sure to hop on through the other posts below. I'll notify the winner first thing Monday morning... just in time for the TPT Cyber Monday sale!! (Code: CYBER2016)

And now, the giveaway...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And finally, just to stay with the spirit of kindness, I want to share a FREEBIE with you. These labels fit perfectly in the clear adhesive label pockets that were in the Target dollar spot over the summer. I love the pockets and labels. I use them for everything! Enjoy.

Colorful Arrows EDITABLE Lables

And now, some more blog hopping. Thanks for stopping by... and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Such a BRIGHT idea!

Have you seen the finger lights at Dollar Tree? They have become one of my FAVORITE tools for small groups and centers. The kids love 'em too. They're always asking when we can use our finger lights.
I use them mostly for reading centers but also for tracing letters, shapes, numbers, words, etc. They come with a strap around the back so they stay on the kiddos finger like a ring. To be honest, they are kind of hit or miss... in a pack of 4, there's usually 1 that doesn't work. So I always buy more than I think I need. Any leftovers end up in my "Treasure Box". 

They're 4/$1 at Dollar Tree but I found them in bulk on Amazon... they're a little bit cheaper. Check them out here

If you haven't used them already, you need them. Trust me. They are a real game changer!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

ABC Countdown

Finishing up the school year with an ABC Countdown was so much fun. It gave the kids (and myself) something fun to look forward to each of our last days together. Even the parents got excited, too!

I've seen some teachers start with A and end with Z, and vise versa. It was my first time doing it so I wasn't really sure which was better, so I started with A. As it worked out, our last day was "ZIP and ZOOM into summer".

I threw everything together rather quick. It was a last minute "a-ha!" moment for me. I started with a calendar, which I sent to my parents on Dojo and in a flyer.

The rest is pretty much self-explanatory. Below are a few pictures of the days. I started out with beautiful photo collages of each day... and then as they days became more and more hectic, the pictures were fewer and farther between.

All in all, it was a lot of work, but a lot of fun! I just kept reminding myself that this was their first year in school and it should finish on a totally positive note. So even when I was tapped out and didn't want to plan an activity, I didn't give up. Every kiddo should have a fabulous year in Kindergarten! Plus, to be honest, keeping busy with this kept me from getting to emotional about my babes growing up and moving on.

Did you do an ABC Countdown? Will you be doing it this year? I'd love to hear about your experience with it.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Taste The Rainbow!

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and I'm getting stuff ready for our official kindergarten Leprechaun hunt. This will be my first time doing it, but I'm crazy excited! I'll be sure to write all about it when it's done... but until then, here's a little freebie I'm sharing just with you! I made these bag toppers to go on top of bags of skittles. You know... in case a naughty Leprechaun wants to leave a little treat behind! *wink*

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What, if anything, do you do to celebrate St. Patty's Day in your room??

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Seuss Week Shenanigans!

Dr. Seuss week is one of my favorite weeks of the year... we celebrate a fabulous author in very non-traditional ways. The sillier, the better! Here's how we did it in Kindergarten Enrichment...

Monday was "1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" day. We read the book, ate colored goldfish (after counting and graphing them) and dressed in primary colors. I even made some Seuss-y shoes to wear all week!

Tuesday was "Cat In The Hat" day. We read the book, dressed in red/white, ate fancy cheesesticks, did a directed drawing, made hand puppets and practiced rhyming.

Wednesday was "Happy Birthday To You" day... we partied and celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday! We dressed up fancy, ate cupcakes, read the book and sang "happy birthday" to our favorite author.

Thursday was "Green Eggs and Ham" day. We read the book, made-then-ate green eggs and ham, made predictions about whether or not we'd like it and then wrote out our conclusion, practiced rhyming and wore green. For the record, all but 2 kiddos LOVED the green eggs & ham... out of all 3 kindergarten classes at our school. I was surprised!

Friday was "The Lorax" day. We wore our jammies, read the book, watched the movie and munched on goodies. I didn't get any pictures... I guess we were too relaxed! Haha. But it was a lot of fun! :-)

And finally, our school had done a door decorating contest to go with the reading theme. This is what I came up with.

Hope Dr. Seuss enjoyed watching us celebrate his awesomness! ;-) I would love to hear how YOU celebrated in your class.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Not-So-Scary Shape Monsters!

This week we did a review of shapes. Most of my kinders knew OF the shapes, but didn't recall which shape was what. So we needed some practice.

I did a little Google magic and came across this fabulous post from House of Baby Piranha and LOVED it! So I spent the night cutting out a million lot of various shapes using my neon Astrobrights paper. (Have I mentioned how much I LOOOOOOVE Astrobrights paper?!?!?!) I wanted the colors to really stand out.

The next day, we reviewed shapes again. I spread out all of my cut-out paper shapes on a table and told the kids they could ask for whatever pieces they wanted... by shape name only. This was tricky for some but before long, they all caught on.

So a million lot of cut-out shapes and a few bottles of glue later... and we now have some gorgeous monsters hanging up in our hallway!

I happen to think our bulletin boards are ADORABLE and am SO happy with how our shape monsters turned out. And I think it made "shape review" extra fun for the kiddos, too! :-)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Classroom Reveal 2015

Eeek! Finally the blog post I've been waiting for... CLASSROOM REVEAL!!! I have to be honest... my classroom is not quite done yet. I have had to rearrange my room several times and am still not entirely sure I have it the way I want it. 

I don't have an actual theme, per-say, but since I am stuck in a box don't have any windows, I was going for as bright and cheerful as possible. Loved the idea of rainbow colors (plus PINK and AQUA, of course!) and a black background to make the colors pop. So that's what I tried to keep as my "theme". But alas, without further adieu, here's my room!

***Disclaimer - due to lack of windows and not-so-great camera phone, pictures do the room no justice. While viewing the pictures, please be sure to imagine BRIGHTER and HAPPIER colors than what you think you are seeing! Thank you.***

First, my hallway... the way it is TODAY, anyway! Thanks to my super fun "shape monsters" activity (more on that another time)...

Let's start with the back of my room. It's my FAVORITE part of the whole room!!! My "reading rainbow", "days in school" and "daily focus" wall...

Moving right along to my "morning meeting" area...

And the dramatic play/art area... we have a bunch of puzzles, blocks, art supplies and, of course, our PUPPET THEATER which we got from a DonorsChoose project!! Since we have a small room, everything is kinda jumbled together. But it's working ok for us so far!

A view from another angle...

These "family trees" are a HUGE favorite in our class. Anytime the kids finish something early, they love getting to sit in front of their tree and look at their family... or chat with a friend about their family. Super cute!

I also just put up this "Shoe Sheriff" area for my kiddos that learn how to tie their shoes! They will get a "Shoe Sheriff" badge displayed on the wall and a certificate to send home for their family to see. Still need to make all of the "badges" for displaying.

And now, "the rest"! ;-)

And here it is today, at the end of the day... chairs all stacked so the floors can be vacuumed!!

Thanks for taking a tour of my classroom with me. I can't wait until it's completely finished... then I'll be so, so, super duper happy! But really, for having no windows, no budget, and no real clue what I'm doing (LOL!), I am quite happy with how it is. I get lots of compliments on how "warm" and "inviting" it is... and the kids love it... and I love it... so I guess that's really all that matters!

This classroom reveal was brought to you by #2getherwearebetter. Thanks, Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd and Lucky Little Learners for hosting!!

Until next time...