Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. 
We wish you all a joyous New Year!

Everything in our TpT store is on sale at 20% off for a New Year Sale.  Happy shopping!


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Five for Friday Continued on Satuday

Hi Teacher Friends!  After experiencing five bad weather days in December, we are now on Christmas break.  We were out due to all the sleet and ice.  That really made December school days pass so quickly.  There were things we didn't get to complete because we ran out of time.  We'll just have to save all those ideas for next year. 

We are linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her fun Friday linky party.  I started this post on Friday but have been experiencing a few technical difficulties with the computer.  So here are our five on Saturday. 

#1 Here is our class elf.  The kids decided to name her Tinker.  The kids were so excited each time they entered the classroom.  They couldn't wait to discover her new place to watch over us.  I'm so glad I decided to add this fun little elf to our daily activities.  They kids' reactions were priceless.
#2  One of the activities we completed this past week was to paint gingerbread kids.  We used washable tempera paint and q-tips to paint.  Here are our gingerbread girls.
Here are our gingerbread boys.
#3  We had fun making these sun-catcher trees.  The idea was shared by Maria of Kinder Craze.  She posted the template as a free download on her blog.  Be sure to check out her blog.  She has such great ideas.
 #4  We created Santa Claus and Rudolph handprints for a parent gift.  One of my kindergarten team members found the cute poem online.  We used tempera paint to create Santa and Rudolph.  I found the idea for the Rudolph handprint on Kinder by Kim's site.  www.kinderbykim.com  I found the idea for the Santa handprint on the Little Giraffe's site.   http://www.littlegiraffes.com/
#5  We used scrapbook paper to create this cute Christmas ornament bulletin board.  This idea was shared from First Grade Blue Skies.  She has the template as a free download in her TpT store.  Be sure to check out her blog.  She has great ideas to share.
One more picture.  Our kindergarten completes this countdown to Christmas each year.  The pattern was shared by a kindergarten coworker years ago. 
We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Hi Teacher Friends!  We hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving break. 
We are participating in the big sale at TpT on Dec 2nd & 3rd. 
Be sure to use the promo code CYBER to get all the great discounts. 
We are so thankful for all of you!


Monday, November 11, 2013

Thank You Veterans

To all who have served and are serving our great country, we say THANK YOU.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Hello November!

Hi Teacher Friends!  Well, we survived the past two weeks with Open House, the Book Fair, Red Ribbon Week, our school's second grade pumpkin parade and Halloween.  I am so glad it is November.  :)
Here are a few more pictures from Open House.  Open House was wonderful and the kids were so excited to show their classroom off to their families.
The kids decorated a manila paper cover for their Open House papers.
The kids were tickled pink when they sprinkled glitter on their goofy ghosts.  I helped with the glue and the kids did the glitter all by themselves. 
You wouldn't believe the excitement that this little orange pumpkin made when I brought it to school.  The kids were so-o-o-o excited about it.  They would touch it and look at it throughout the day.
We voted on how to carve the class pumpkin.  I have done this with my classes in the past and this was the first time that the vote resulted in a tie.  So, I got to carve two faces on the pumpkin.
(Sorry about the chart, nothing fancy, but it got the job done.)
Happy Face Jack O'Lantern
Mad Face Jack O'Lantern
We counted the seeds in our pumpkin.  There were 489 seeds (give or take a few).
A bouquet only a teacher could love.  One of my kinderkids presented me with this lovely bouquet of yellow "flowers" from the playground.  We may all stop sneezing once Thanksgiving gets here.  :)
Thanks for getting to the end of this post.  I think this may have been my longest post ever! 
Have a great weekend.  :)


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Open House is WHEN? We better get busy, busy, busy!

Hi Teacher Friends!  The title of this post says it all. We found out on Wednesday of this past week that we are having open house this coming Tuesday for our students and their families.  It was planned to accompany the Book Fair Family Night. 

There has been a flurry of open house themed projects being completed up and down the halls of the elementary!  We are like the little engine that could- we will get it all done before Tuesday's Open House- we will get it all done before Tuesday's Open House.  

I have a wonderful parent volunteer this year.  She stayed late and put up this bulletin board for me after school.  I can't say thank you enough.  This board features our TLC scarecrows.  You can check out Kaye's site for more info on TLC Lessons here www.tlclessons.com

Here is another display we put up for open house. We used TLC's trick-or-treater project.  I turned this into a glyph for us.
The idea for this project was shared by Kim Jordano on her amazing site.  You can check out her site here http://kinderbykim.blogspot.com  We used it to help us practice and review our color words.  This is one of the things the kids will have at their tables for open house night.  The scarecrow is glued onto an envelope with one end cut off to make a pocket.  The kids put their color word leaf cards in the pocket.
I hope to share a few more pictures of our projects for open house next week.  Enjoy your weekend.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Science, Math and Language Arts Fun!

Hi Teacher Friends!  We hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall season.  Love this time of the year.  If you are on fall break, we hope you are enjoying the time off.
Here are a few pictures of what we've been up to in kindergarten.  We have been learning about matter in science.  We focused on how heat can change things.  I used April from Chalk Talk's great pictures and headings to create this chart with my students.  Be sure to check out April's great site. http://larremoreteachertips.blogspot.com
We completed a fun experiment.  I got ice from the cafeteria.  Each child had their own cup and ice cubes.  We watched and observed as the ice melted in the sun, in the shade, and in the classroom.  The kids really enjoyed this simple activity.
We have been working so hard on our numbers.  This is our number line to help us with all things 1-5.  The kids had such a great time with this.  I had them take their shoes off and we hopped, walked, and jumped to practice our numbers.  I just used bulletin board paper folded in half to create the number line.  I used tape and just typed up the numbers on the computer for this.  I laminated it for durability.  (The blue tape on the carpet is used whenever we line up-it is not part of this lesson.)
I found the idea for the number line on two great sites: April's Chalk Talk site and on Deeanna's Golden Gang Kindergarten site.  Be sure to take a look at their sites.  They share so many neat ideas that help make lessons fun! 
We have been learning about nouns and the next two pictures show a couple of anchor charts we created together in class.  I got the great ideas from Deeanna Golden's site.  She shared her noun lessons on her site.  I loved her idea of having students locate nouns in the classroom.  She took pictures of her students with the nouns they found around the classroom.  You can check out her great site here.  http://goldengangkindergarten.blogspot.com .
We used Kaye Espinosa's TLC book to create these cute scarecrows for fall.  We added a sentence to the top of the picture.  (I snapped these pictures while we were waiting on the projects to dry.)  Our sight word sentence was "I can see a scarecrow."  The kids had to write and fill in the blanks for I, can, see, & a. You can check out Kaye's site at www.tlclessons.com .
Have a great week at school ! :)
Be sure to check out the sale on TpT.  Use the promo code FB100K to get all the great savings!


Saturday, October 12, 2013


Hi Teacher Friends! 
We are participating in the sale at TpT.  Everything in our store is on sale plus be sure to use the code FB100K at checkout for even more savings. 
Happy shopping and have a great weekend!


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Happy Fall!

Fall is our new class favorite!

We created these cute fall trees from TLC's Fall Book.  We love TLC projects and we love fall!
You can find out more about TLC Lessons from Kaye at her site www.tlclessons.com.


Saturday, September 21, 2013


Hi Teacher Friends!  Here's what we've been up to lately in kindergarten.
We use Saxon Phonics and Saxon Math at my school.  We usually get the refill kits before school begins, however this year we did not.  This picture shows the phonics boxes and some of the math boxes.
After some great help from a parent volunteer, my Saxon tubs are ready for another year in kindergarten. 
The first few weeks of kindergarten mean a visit from the gingerbread man.  Making a gingerbread man and going on a gingerbread hunt helps us cover several state objectives in Math and Social Studies.  We couldn't do this every year without the help of the great cafeteria ladies.  They play along each year for us.
We learned about and celebrated the U.S. Constitution this past week.  The kids completed this fun page from  The Teachers' Helper magazine.
We completed a directed drawing lesson to make the U.S. flag.
Here is a class favorite.  My kinderkids can't get enough of Harold and his purple crayon.  They love that little guy.
Each day, the helper for the day completes a few calendar jobs including this weather report.  This past Friday was day 19 of kindergarten and on day 19 we had rain!  The kids were so excited.  They all gathered around the day's helper and watched as she changed the sunny clipart to this rainy clipart.  Their reaction was precious!
Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

We Will Never Forget

We Will Never Forget

May God continue to bless the USA.


Friday, August 30, 2013

Five for Friday!

Hi Teacher Friends!  Well, week one of kindergarten is complete.  We are linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday Linky.  Here are five random photos from my week.
 1.  A sampling of all our welcome to kindergarten read alouds.
2.  Circles, circles, everywhere. Do-A-Dot markers are so-o-o-o much fun!
 3.  A very easy, quick snack.  One of my kinderkids said "This is the best snack ever!"
It's the simple things.  :)  Lemonade for yellow day and circle crackers.
 4.  My kinderkids are working on their first emergent reader for our book boxes. 
Here is the link for this freebie if you would like it for your students.
5. Mother Gooney Bird is a class favorite already.  You can find the song on Dr. Jean's cd
"Dr. Jean & Friends".  www.drjean.org
The puppet is from Katie & Company.
Have a great three day weekend.  No alarm clocks or school bells for three whole days!  :)