Sunday, November 23, 2014

Break TIME!! Christmas Around the World

Woohoo! Time for some family time and yummy food!! I love Thanksgiving! It is my favorite holiday! Speaking of holidays...

Cristy just loaded on TPT a fabulous Christmas Around the World pack! It is so cute and awesome! It has informational texts, emergent readers, graphic organizers, flip books, flap books and more!! Click below and check it out if you are looking for a great way to keep students engaged and working on those standards before Christmas/Winter Break! Grab it right now for 1/2 price!

We would love to give this unit away to a friend or two who leaves us some feedback! Let us know what you think!

Hope you have a Happy Turkey BREAK!!  Yay!! We started our break off decorating our new twinkle Christmas tree! It is awesome! The lights twinkle to the music!! We can control it remotely from our phone! Love it!! We will head down south to Valdosta tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving (4 wheelers, skeet shooting, fishing, lots of eating and laughing with the fam).

Cristy started her break off heading down south to her son, Sam's Super Bowl football game! Guess what?? Sam's team is now the 10U Select Champions!! Go Sam!!! He is cutie pie #84! Love that guys and love her other cutie too!! I may be biased though because I did teach both of them when they were in kindergarten! Wow how time flies! Sam is in 5th grade and Joshua is in 2nd!!!

We hope you and your family have a very happy Turkey Day!!

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