Monday, February 23, 2015

Teachers are Heroes!

Hi Teacher Friends!  We are having an ice and sleet day off from school today.  Everyone stay safe in this winter weather.

In other news, we are participating in the sale at TpT on Wednesday, Feb.25th.  Everything in our store will be discounted 20%.  Be sure to use the promo code HEROES for even more savings.

Happy shopping and thank you teachers for being there for your students.  You are a hero to your students.


Friday, February 6, 2015

Catching Up

Hello Teacher Friends and Hello February!  May I ask, where did January go???
The last couple of weeks have been very busy in kindergarten.  We celebrated teddy bear day, learned all about groundhogs for Groundhog Day and then celebrated the 100th day of school.  It seems as though we have been on the go, go, go!  Here are a few pictures of the special extra activities we completed along with our regular lessons for language arts, math, science, and social studies.  

We created these snowmen to use as decoration at the January meeting of the school board. We used the snowman directions from TLC's Beginning Lessons book.  You can check out Kaye's site for her TLC books at

Each kindergarten class made a poster of snowmen for the school board members. 

We celebrated teddy bear day as we learned about letter Bb.  This is another project from TLC.  We used the bear pattern in TLC's Beginning Lessons book.

January means snowflakes!  We made the snowflake from TLC's Winter book. 

January also means mittens.  We read two different versions of this classic tale and then graphed our favorite version.

We celebrated the 100th day of school this past Wednesday.
This little display is always a hit with the kids.  I found the idea for this door display on Mrs. Fischer's Kinder Themes website. Unfortunately, I have not been able to access her website.
We made these cute hats for the 100th day from Cara Carroll.  She has these on her blog as a free download.  We also made the special snack.  I have seen pictures of these snacks all over the web.  I would like to give credit where credit is due.  If you know the original source, please let me know.  I had the kids put together their own snack and they got such a big kick out of it!

We made these adorable 100 year old portraits of ourselves.  These are from Deanna Jump's unit.  These little projects always get lots of compliments from everyone in the building. You can check out Deanna's site at

Here is a collection of 100th day books.  We didn't get a chance to read all of these but we are trying.  Even after the 100th day passed, the kids still asked me to read from this selection. 

Another fun 100th day activity we did was our 100th day number parade.  We assign each kindergarten student a number to decorate.  Then on the 100th day, we have a parade through the elementary hallways.  We have lots of parents attend and all the classrooms line the halls to watch the kindergarten kids.  After the parade, we put the numbers in the hall for a 100th day number display.  I'll try to get a picture of the display and post it.  I originally found this idea on a terrific kindergarten website called Mrs. Pohlmeyer's Kinderpage.  Sadly, Mrs. Pohlmeyer closed her website.

On Friday morning, the kids used their marker boards to practice writing their numerals counting down from 20 to 1 as I completed lunch count and attendance.  I received this sweet little message from one of my kindergarten girls.  It just made my day!  :)

Thanks for making it all the way to the end of this post.  Have a great, restful weekend.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Back to Work

Hi Teacher Friends!  It is COLD outside.  
We completed our first week back to school after the nice Christmas break.  
We were only able to go outside to recess one day.  So, we did just about every Dr. Jean movement song this week to help get the wiggles out.  My class LOVES Dr. Jean!  I also have been reading lots of great things about GoNoodle for brain breaks and movement songs so I think we will give it a try.

I wanted to share this super sweet little "How To" writing sample from one of my kindergarten boys.  We started learning about how to writing using Unit 3 of Deanna Jump's and Deedee Wills' fabulous writing units.  

"How to Make a Friend.  Be kind."

That says it all.

Have a great week at school.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Teacher Friends!

  Here are a few things we completed during the month of December.
I put a paper plate with washable tempera paint and several q-tips at each of the students' tables.  Painting with q-tips is so easy and there is not a lot of wasted paint at the end of the project.  The only directions I gave to the kids were to use one q-tip per color and get a new q-tip when they needed a new paint color.  The kids painted and decorated a gingerbread man pattern on brown card stock.  The gingerbread man pattern is from The Mailbox magazine.   We used the painted gingerbread men to decorate our class Christmas tree.

(To help save time, I cut out the gingerbread men after the paint dried.)

This next activity was super fun and easy as well.  I put several 1 inch x 9 inch wide strips of construction paper on the floor and all the kids gathered round with their glue sticks. They created a paper chain garland for our class Christmas tree.  This was a simple activity and one of the most fun.  The kids really enjoyed doing this.  We had enough paper chain garland to go around the tree, the classroom door and across the room.

We made Santa puppets from the Teacher's Friend resource book.  This little student added glasses to his Santa.  Those glasses make me smile.

We created the Santa hand prints for a parent gift.  One of my kindergarten co-workers found the cute Santa paper at Hobby Lobby.

In between all the fun activities, we have been completing our regular lessons as well.  This little student wrote about Rudolph one afternoon during Writer's Workshop.

"I bet Rudolph has a shiny nose."

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Teacher Friends!

We are so thankful for all of the teachers who go into their classrooms each school day and make learning fun and meaningful for their students! We are so thankful to have our jobs teaching and we are thankful for our students.  May God continue to bless each and everyone.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.

We will be participating in the TpT sale on December 1st and 2nd.  Everything in our store will be 20% off.  Be sure to use the promo code TPTCYBER for additional savings.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Celebrating Veterans

Hi Teacher Friends!  We were busy this week learning about veterans.  Here is one of the projects we completed to honor veterans.  

This project was an online freebie from Kaye Esponisa's TLC Lessons. You can check out her site here  I added the "Thank You Veterans" wording.

I like how each project is different and the kids really add their own personalities to the projects.

Just five more school days until Thanksgiving break! 
Have a great week at school everyone.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank you, Veterans!

To all the brave men and women of the military services,
thank you for your service!

(Clip art picture from Microsoft)