Saturday, October 20, 2012

Halloween Activities :)

Wow!!! It has been a busy first nine weeks of school!! It doesn't seem like it has been that long since the first day of school, but it is so exciting to see how much our kindergarteners are learning :)

In our classroom, we are using lots of Halloween books, songs, poems, and activities to learn important literacy and math skills. I have created several fun Halloween activities that keep students practicing important skills, but allow them to celebrate Halloween!! Here are a few of my activities on TpT:

Halloween Color by Code- Uppercase Letters: This set includes five Halloween color by code student pages focusing on uppercase letters. To help students "read" the code, there are pages that you can print which show the correct color for each letter.

This file helps young readers and writers build familiarity with vocabulary words related to Halloween. On the first three pages, students cut the word pieces and match them to the pictures.
On the next six pages, students use a word bank to write sentences about Halloween. There are two versions of these worksheets; one uses "plain lines" and the other uses "handwriting lines" to give you options for your use in your classroom. 

Halloween Monkey Shared Reading PowerPoint: My kiddos are LOVING reading this PowerPoint every day!! I hope yours will, too!!
These are just a few of my Halloween activities!! I hope you find something useful for your classroom!! If you would like to see all of my Halloween items on TpT, just click here!!!
Thanks for looking and spooky teaching!!!


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Halloween Handwriting FREEBIE!!

The beginning of October is almost here!!! I know my kiddos always love all of the Halloween books, poems, songs, and fun activities, so I usually start doing Halloween things at the beginning of the month of October. Here is a fun handwriting freebie for your little spookies!!!

Click on the picture to download :)
Thanks for looking and happy teaching!!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

September Common Core Math Question of the Day!!

I can't believe that we have already reached the first of September!! Our school started with inservices on August 16th and students came on August 20th, so we are starting to get into the back-to-school routine :)

This year is our district's first year with the Common Core Standards, so I have been looking for and making lots of new things!! My current favorite project is a set of Monthly Common Core Math Questions of the Day for Kindergarten. For each month, there is one question for each of the standards, so that I can keep introducing, practicing, and reviewing these standards throughout the year. I have made the questions in two formats: one is full-page to print or project, while the other is a "quarter-page" card-size to print and use for review or games. So far, I have made the September and October sets, but I am working on future months now. Click on the pictures below to check them out :)



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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Daily Schedule

I love looking at different ways that people choose to structure their school days. Here is a copy of my daily schedule... I would love to hear about yours :)

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Beginning of the Year Assessment freebie

I just have a couple of minutes for a quick post; I have been working all day getting things ready for next week :)

I needed a beginning of the year assessment to give me information on colors, shapes, letters, sounds, numbers, counting, and name writing, so here it is!! The first page is the recording sheet and the two others are to show to each student (only one copy needed of these two pages!!) I also made an Excel spreadsheet to record the results, if you want it as well!!

Beginning of Year Assessment

Spreadsheet to Record Results

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bucket Seats

Earlier, I posted a few pictures from my classroom. The bucket seats have gotten the most comments :) I apologize for the quality of this picture; I did not take a picture of just the bucket seats when I was in the classroom. I cropped this picture from a larger picture of the computer area. Today is my last day of summer, and I am NOT going into school today :) I will take a better picture and post it soon!!

These bucket seats were a very quick and easy summer project!! I saw the crate seats all over Pinterest and really wanted to make a set. However, I am not very crafty, plus I teach kindergarten: there are LOTS of things that could happen to the fabric on those crate seats!! So, I looked around a little more :) I found these bucket lids on ebay; they were reasonably priced and came in a variety of colors!! I ordered the lids and then went to Lowe's for the buckets. These buckets were around $2 - $3 each. I went to the Dollar Tree and found wall decal stickers to decorate them; one sheet was plenty for each bucket!! I made two space-themed, one sports-themed, and one princess-themed!! I think the kiddos will enjoy them and I know I will like the extra storage!!

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Classroom Tour

I LOVE looking at other classrooms!! I get sooo many great ideas just from looking at pictures on Pinterest or on blogs. I decided other people MIGHT want to look around my little corner of the world :) Here are a few pictures from my kindergarten classroom. I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves (a picture IS worth 1000 words!!) But, if you have any questions, just leave me a comment!!

Thanks for looking and happy teaching!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Back to School Sale :)

Don't forget the TeachersPayTeachers Back to School Sale is Sunday, August 12th and Monday, August 13th!!! My store is 20% off, along with many, many others. PLUS if you use the promo code BTS12, you will get an additional 10% off. This is the time to stock up :)

Thanks for looking and happy shopping!!

Back to School Sale

Who doesn't love a sale?????

Sunday and Monday (August 12th and 13th), Teachers Pay Teachers will be holding a site-wide sale!!! Many sellers will be discounting their items up to 20% off, plus you can use a promo code to get an additional 10% off!! I will have all of my items 20% off, so this is a great time to find lots of back-to-school bargains!!

Here are links to a few of my back-to-school items :)


And a  FREEBIE!!!

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Name Plate FREEBIE

Like every other kindergarten teacher, I am swimming in bulletin board border, letters to parents, post cards to kids, 50 million things to write the kiddos' names on, the list goes on and on....Soooo, I don't have much spare time to write a blog post :)

But, I did make these name plates to use on my tables at the beginning of the year and I thought some of you might like them as well!!

Click here to download the name plates; there is one page with pink and purple polka dots and there is one page with blue and green polka dots, made with backgrounds from Scrappin Doodles.

Thanks for looking and happy teaching!!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Play Dough, Too!!

What kindergartener (and kindergarten teacher) doesn't LOVE Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Play Dough??

Here is a set of Counting Play Dough Mats with a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom theme! Print , laminate, and add a couple of cans of play dough and you have a ready-to-go Math Station!! Students can roll small balls of play dough to fill in the correct area in the tens frame and practice counting; they could also roll the play dough to make the numerals.

Click on any picture to download this FREEBIE!!
Have fun and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom :)

Thanks for looking and happy teaching!!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

I Think I Can.. I Think I Can

It is getting down to crunch time!!! There are so many things to do to get ready for a new year :)

One important thing is thinking about how to communicate learning expectations to young students; it is one thing to post a standard in the classroom, but for non-readers in kindergarten, just a bunch of words doesn't mean a lot!!

I have made these classroom posters to explain each of the Common Core Standards for Kindergarten. I have a set for Language Arts and a set for Math. I tried REALLY hard to illustrate each standard in a way that helps students understand what they are learning. I am excited to use these in my classroom and I hope some of you find them helpful :)

Click on any of the pictures to go to my TpT store to see the reviews and decide if you would like to purchase them for your classroom!!

Math Posters: 


Language Arts Posters:



Thanks for looking and happy teaching!!!

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