Thursday, November 6, 2014

Happy Full MOON

Happy FULL MOON Thursday! Wow, how were your kiddos today??

I'm starting to think about doing research and collecting data on the number of kids that come to the office for discipline reasons the day before, of, and after a full moon as compared with the rest of the month! I am really thinking there is some truth to what we hear about kiddos (people) being a little more hmmmm, how do we put this nicely???? Well, you just fill in what you think goes there!

Anyway! We are so excited about our new tpt pack. We recently took one of the popular pages from each pre-primer sight word practice pack to create one AWESOME pack with 40 pre-primer words.

Check it out! For the next day you can grab this pack for 50% off! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Roll a Turkey FREEBIE!

Hello November! So glad you finally arrived! And that means turkey time is just around the corner!  

If you need a quick, fun, yet still standards focused activity...then you may just want to hop over to our store and snag this little freebie!  

There are a couple of versions...1 where you roll a single die to draw the turkey. This one is really simple and works on number recognition to 6.  The other version uses 2 dice and the kiddos add them to draw their turkey.

Hope you can use this for morning work, math centers, or maybe even a Thanksgiving party game!  Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Red Ribbon Week Freebie!

Hope everyone is having a great Red Ribbon Week! Sorry for the late post!! Over the years, we have had a hard time making Red Ribbon Week meaningful to our young kiddos without going too far in depth.

Our AWESOME Counselor scheduled some great days! Below are just a few!! The kids love dressing up, but we also want them to know why they are dressing up!
Hats Off  to being Drug Free
Team Up against Drugs
Sock It to Drugs

We looked and looked for an appropriate reader, but couldn't find anything we really liked, so we made our own.

It does not have illustrations because we wanted our kids to help out with this Create--A--Book project.

Click the image below to check out our rhyming non-fiction reader that will help your young kiddos understand Red Ribbon Week and Drug Awareness. It is a FREEBIE!! YAY!!!

This book has the words at the top and allows for your students to help make this story more meaningful by adding the illustrations. 

How do you use this book?
Print a class book.
Read the words to the kids.
Ask what is missing (illustrations).
Cut apart the pages of the book.
Have students add illustrations to the pages that match the words.
If you have more than 12 students, make multiple copies of the last page and have students who did not get to illustrate fill in missing words and illustrations. 
Laminate the book.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Paying it Forward!

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!!! We had a great time with our best friends in Charlotte, NC despite we are OLD!! Home by midnight! We were sad we had to stand and that it was so crowded!! Just say OLD!!!

We are helping our friend, Jamie over at Play to Learn Preschool! She is celebrating her 1 year tpt anniversary by hosting a Pay it Forward Event! Jamie collected items from 30 sellers (including us) and created a bundle. For each bundle she sells, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to charity! She has designated each day of earnings to go to a different charity! Check it out!!

Over $140 worth of product for $30!! What a deal!! Click an image below to grab this great deal!


Let us know what you think!! Have a great week at school!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Skippy the Squirrel

Guess who came to our room today? One of our sweet grandmas brought her rescued squirrel in for a fall visit! 

Skippy was rescued after falling out of his nest as a tiny baby squirrel with no hair and eyes still closed. This is the 6th squirrel they have rescued, and they are becoming quite knowledgeable in the ins and outs of it all! Skippy has made a TON of progress and is growing like a weed. He drinks milk from a dropper, takes naps in his blanket, and gets some exercise in the house.

Once spring arrives, he will be prepped and released back into the wild. They have had lots of success releasing their little patients back into the wild, including having them visit every so often just to check in! How sweet!

This was such a great lesson in caring for nature and bringing the outdoors inside...up close and personal!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Rockin' It in Kindergarten

We've been focusing on rocks and soil for the last 3 weeks or so. Truly, I used to loathe this unit. I didn't really know how to make rocks and dirt interesting or fun. Good news for me though, because k kiddos think rocks, dirt, all pretty cool. So we added the cool soil and rock exploration stations and let them get in there and play!  It's been amazing watching them draw, weigh, compare, measure rocks and have a darn good time doing it.
So we basically set up each study (we did soil first and then rocks) by completing KQLI charts together. We brainstormed things they already knew, questions they had, and left the "learned" part until the end. We also added illustrations to the chart. 

Next we watched short video clips from Brainpop, jr! And United Streaming. We took notes in their science journals (which they LOVE), and we read and illustrated simple emergent readers that gave them some good background knowledge.

Then it was time to explore. The kiddos each brought in 3 different rocks to add to our stations. We set up 6 stations throughout the room. The kids each chose a partner to work with for the week and 2 pairs of partners could work at any 1 station at a time.  They chose which stations they wanted to work in and moved around as they completed a station. They didn't have to complete ALL 6 stations but most of them tried to and did because they LOVED them! Yay!

We loved all the discussions we heard. I think that may be what I love the most. I don't really care so much about WHAT they actually write on the recording sheets, it's more about what they TALK about and DO! The recording sheets help tremendously in keeping them focused on the task and keeping them accountable though! Here are the sheets from one little cutie pies pack!
We wrapped up the unit by revisiting our KQLI charts and recorded all the great discoveries they made. ROCK!
What kinds of things do you do with your kiddos to make rocks and

Friday, October 10, 2014

Teaching Self Control - Super Power

Did you know our kiddos have a SUPER POWER?? Their SUPER POWER can be self control, if we teach it and reinforce it everyday!

How do you teach self control to young kiddos or even older kiddos??  Let's just say BUBBLES and M&Ms (or any other yummy irresistible candy or treat)

Steps to teaching self control...

Teacher Says: Did you know you have a super power???
                        Whisper to your friend, what you think your super power is.

Students: Students whisper to a friend then give various responses for what they think is their super power

Teacher Says: 1-2 (students respond ... eyes on you)

Teacher Says:  Your super power is self control.
                         Whisper to your friend what you think self control means

Teacher Says: 1-2 (students respond... eyes on you)

Students: Students share about their super power with teacher and class

Teacher Says: Self Control is when you try really hard not to do something that you really, really want to do. We are going to practice this with my bubble blowing machine. (You can use bubble blowing machine, bubble gun, or manually blow bubbles with a wand. A bubble gun may be frowned upon in the school setting).

Teacher Says: When I turn on the bubbles, I want you to use self control and not pop the bubbles. It is going to be really, really difficult, but I know you can do it.

Teacher turns on the machine. It may take a few times before teacher can turn on the machine without students popping bubbles. Keep trying while talking about self control each time.

After students master using SELF CONTROL for not popping any bubbles, have them to pop one bubble. This may be even more difficult for students than not popping any bubbles.

You can do something similar with M&Ms. Tell the kiddos they can have 1 M&M now or wait until later and get 5. You will be amazed at the kiddos who can wait and those who can not.

After the fun lesson part with bubble and M&Ms, have kiddos discuss ways they can show self control in the classroom and at home. Then  have them write about it.

The kiddos had a blast with this lesson. My sister in law told me about the idea and our counselor used it in grades pre k to 5th grade!

It was super fun and effective!!! Check out our Counselor's cutie pie son! He has self control!! It is his super power!!

Let us know if you have a great way to teach self control or other character traits!