Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

We all have so much to be thankful and grateful for.  We have been blessed beyond measure.

We are thankful for family, jobs, and our students.
We are thankful for all the wonderful teachers across this great country who share ideas to help other teachers.  You have helped us become better teachers and our students have benefited from it.  We are thankful for all the great teacher friends we have made through this blog and TpT.

We are thankful for this great country we live in and all the military service men and women who serve and protect our freedom.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Five Weeks of Kindergarten Completed

Hi Teacher Friends!  We just completed our fifth week of kindergarten.  How can that be?  Things are moving so fast.  I wanted to join the Five for Friday linky with Doodlebugs Teaching, but I only have three pictures for the past two weeks.  Oh so sad!  :(    I haven't been able to snap pictures like I want to.  

Since school began, my classroom has been hot, hot, HOT.  The thermostat on the wall was reading 80 degrees inside one day and 97 degrees outside.  Needless to say, we were all sweating.  This week it has been better but still too warm for me and 22 kinderkids moving around to GoNoodle and Dr. Jean's Phonercise and Letter Pops.
 The principal came into my classroom for something and wanted to know why it was so hot in here.  The other teachers' rooms are all so nice and cool.   Hopefully, they will get my air conditioner fixed.

This picture just makes me smile.  It was time to clean up and my kinderkids were tidying up the class library.  When I got ready to go home that afternoon, this is what I saw.  :)

We celebrated Constitution Day on the 17th and learned about American symbols that week.  This is a picture sort we completed.  I just used pictures I found on the computer by using Google Images.

We celebrated the arrival of Autumn by creating these fall trees from TLC.  This project was great for the kids.  The kids had to tear all the paper to create the trees (great fine motor practice).  I use TLC projects with my class each year.  The kids love creating these.  Here is the link to check out TLC projects.  

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  Bring on the cooler fall weather!


Friday, August 28, 2015

First Week of Kindergarten

Hi Teacher Friends!  This summer has been a busy one here.  I moved classrooms with the help of my sister.  She is such a good sport but after we finished the move, she said "you are NOT moving classrooms again!"  I agree with her.  It was a lot of work but well worth it.  I gained more floor space, a storage closet, and two bathrooms (one for the girls and one for the boys).  I hope to get a few pictures posted of my new room.

We just completed our first week of kindergarten.  I have a great group of little kinders and we are learning procedures and routines with lots of practice, practice, and more practice.
Here are a few things we completed together as a group.

To help my new kindergarten kids remember what to do each morning, we created this anchor chart together.  Hopefully this will help those forgetful kiddos to put their folders in the basket.  :)

We always start off kindergarten with a unit of colors.  The kids' homework assignment is to bring in a picture of a certain color.  We then create Circle Maps for each color.  Here are our maps for yellow, blue, and green.  I finally put on my thinking cap this year and laminated the background paper.  Now I don't have to keep creating the map, I'll be able to use these again next year.  The kids' pictures are just taped on.

We have been learning about school workers and school rules.  We created this chart to help us learn faces and jobs at school.  (The ovals covering our faces were added for the internet to protect privacy.)

We have been practicing reading this poem as we learn color words.  I have seen this poem on several websites.  I was not able to locate the author.  If you know who wrote this great poem, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.

That's all for now.  Have a great weekend!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!  
We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday enjoying family and friends.  
We are so thankful to live in such great country where we have our freedom because of the brave men and women who fought for liberty!

God Bless the USA!


Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

 To honor and remember all who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
We will not forget.

God bless the U.S.A.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hello There!

Hi Teacher Friends!  I see the month of April is half over.
Time sure flies when you are having fun.  :)
We are on our last nine weeks of school and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Here are a few things we have been working on the past few weeks.

First up, our little bunnies made from TLC's PreK Spring book.  Who knew the Easter Bunny had such cute green eyeglasses?

This is my class' contribution to the egg hunt for kindergarten.  All five kindergarten classes participated in the egg hunt together.  Just look at all that candy craziness!

I am so proud of my kiddos' writing.  Each year it just amazes me how kindergartners can write.  We write every day and it pays off at this time of the year.  I also use Deedee Wills' and Deanna Jumps' writing units.  Those units have transformed how I teach writing.  I love those units!   All my kinderkids are writers and are so proud of each thing they write. 
 My dog is fast.  He is big too.  I love my dog.  He is fun.

When I was a baby, I was a little chubby but I was cute. 
(I love kinderkid spelling.  Just look at how this little girl sounded out and spelled the word cute.  She wrote it just like it sounds.  So cute!)

I like the school.  You know why?  Because we have the best principal.
(Our school secretary copied this for our principal.  The little girl who wrote this thought that was just the berries!) 

I like to go to the zoo and see an elephant.

Bunnies are my favorite pets ever because they eat carrots and so do I.

Our Science lessons have been all about living and nonliving.
I like to use hula hoops with the whole class when we do a sorting activity.  I printed out several pictures and placed them in the grab bag.  Each child took a turn choosing a picture and then explaining which group the picture belonged in.

We have finished our Math lessons on subtraction.  I used this Pete the Cat book to introduce the concept of subtraction.  It is an excellent book for this.  I love that the pages include the subtraction number sentence as Pete loses each button.  My class loved the Pete book.  They giggled and giggled at the belly button part.  Belly buttons are sooooo funny to kindergarten kids.

We have moved on to the money chapter in Math.  I made these work mats by using a pig note pad and gluing a page onto construction paper.  My boys and girls were so excited to work with the play money.  The excitement and conversations that were going on while we explored the money were great.

We have been learning about state symbols.  We made these tissue paper bluebonnets.

Well this week brings state testing for our big kids and a field trip for our little kids.  We always take the kinderkids on a field trip on one of the testing days to get our littles out of the building.

I hope you all have a great week.


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.