Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Instagram Giveaway Winners...and Periscope!

Oh my goodness!  We finally decided to be productive and just finished up our newest 
Science Flip Flap book for Our Five Senses!  


And what better way to celebrate some productivity than by giving a couple of them away!!  Now if you don't follow us on Instagram, don't worry because we are going to choose TWO winners from our blog too!  Leave us a comment below and let us know what you like best about the book or give us suggestions to make it better.  We'll choose 2 folks to get this for FREE and we'll send it to you later this week!

For now, we better announce the IG winners!!!

Thanks so much for following our blog, Instagram, Pinterest...and NOW...you can also find us on Periscope!!!

If you haven't discovered this highly addictive form of social media already, then trust me...you want to.  You'll get to see live video broadcasts (called Scopes) from your favorite teacher bloggers.  You even get to comment and interact with the teacher as well as with the teachers who join that particular scope.  If you haven't joined yet, you can download the PERISCOPE app on your phone and then you are all set.  

You can follow us by searching for "kindergartensquared".  We haven't added a button to our blog yet, so sorry there are no direct links just yet!

Oh...and did I mention that you have no time to loose, because once a scope goes live...it's only available to view for 24 HOURS and then POOF...it's gone!  Eeek!  

Have fun!!!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Currently... It's What We're Up To!

What the hey?  Who the what? Could someone please explain to me what happened to June!!! Yesterday we were all friendly and today...gone!!!

I can---not---believe---1 month is already GONE!  Gone, I tell you!

So I am hoping I am getting a little empathy here, because the hubs won't hear of it.

He says I'm whiny.

He says "real people" jobs don't get 8 weeks!

He says he WISHED he got 8 weeks!

Well mister...don't confuse me with the FACTS!!!!  Summer is slipping through my hands...gah!!

Good news though!  I LOVE MY JOB!!!! so it's perfectly fine that I'll be going back in a few short weeks.

But too bad for me because I will have to break up with my bed, my pajamas, my coffee cup, The Chew, my books, the beach, the pool, and ALL my other SUMMER LOVES!!!!

So...here's what I am up to this July!

LISTENING:  Crazy, right?  I know!  Peace and Quiet is pretty unheard of around these parts in the summer!  So I am more than happy to soak up every minute of it when I get the chance!

LOVING:  I honestly am excited, scared to death, star struck, freaking out, elated, prepared, unprepared, hesitant, and ecstatic ALL at the same time!  Page can't make it this year, and I couldn't go last year.  So I won't have my team TPT partner there to soak it all in with me.    I can't wait to meet all of the blogging friends I have made over the years and meet some of my favorite TPT sellers too, but lordy I am nervous about meeting them ALL AT ONCE!  I know it will be a little overwhelming!  And I am feeling like Farley too...will I wear the "right clothes"?  Will I see some people I "know" and will they even recognize me?  Will I get lost in that HUGE hotel?  I have GOT to get outta my head, and just enjoy the ride!!!!

THINKING:  I keep checking off the boxes and just when I think I have most everything done, I think of 10 more things.  But...who cares...because I am just READY to go!  Remember...I'm along for the joy ride! ;)

WANTING:  Seriously...where the heck did June go???? 

NEEDING:  I am SOOOOO excited about my soon-to-be home makeover!  We moved into our new house 10 years ago.  We went with a Tuscan theme, and to be honest...I truly loved it!  The hubs...not so much!  So now we are both ready for a change...technically the hubs has been ready for 10 years!!!  We both decided we liked the whole FARMHOUSE thing that we are seeing here and there.  We especially LOVE some of the design styles we see over at Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour and over at Decor Steals.   This led us both to decide that since we finally agreed on a new style...it was time to get busy.  My formal living room in-house storage unit is ready to be cleared out.  But first..there needs to be some serious painting done around here.  I'm hoping I'll get some FOCUS once I return from Vegas!  Who knows, maybe I'll win BIG on the slots and I can hire folks to get it done for me!!!  

ALL STAR:   I'm not ALWAYS in a perfect mood, but I DO try very hard to find the bright spot in things.  If a kiddo is having a bad day, I look for the one good thing going on and try to build from that.  If a co-worker comes over frustrated that the copier is broken or the office staff won't cooperate, then I tell them they "get the morning off" and we'll hit it again later in the day.  When they come in my room cranky...I try to send them out laughing with a smile on their face.  Now don't get me wrong...sometimes I'M the cranky one, but I really do try hard to lift others up around me.  Life's too short to be finding only lemons all the time...gotta make some lemonade!

So that's it for now.  Off to VEGAS tomorrow!!!!  EEEEEKKKK!

Thanks again to the WONDERFUL Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade for this amazing monthly linky party!  It's always FUN and a great way to find NEW folks to follow!!!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Win a Custom Blog Design!

So you know we spruced this little 'ol blog up about a month or so ago.  And can we just say that we are in LOVE and so happy with our new look!  And I'll tell you that our designer, Gabby from Gabby's Classrooms, came highly recommended.  We had seen a recent post from Miss Kindergarten showing off her new look, and we were hooked right away.  We actually emailed Gabby that day and got the ball rolling on our blog design.  And can I please just tell you that she was a dream to work with...truly.  And guess what...I'm teaming up with 3 other happy customers to share the makeover LOVE!
I am pretty sure Gabby doesn't sleep...since I noticed emails coming at me time stamped at 2, 3, and 4 am.  Now let me just say, I never READ them at those times...this woman likes to sleep!  But my point is, Gabby is super fast on emailing replies and addressing any input you give her.
Take a look at some of the fabulous goodies she created for us...on top of the beautiful blog layout!

How's this for an adorable button!

 Loving our business cards and am waiting on 500 of these babies to land on my doorstep soon!

 Gabby even made us this cute button on request!

She made us 3 watermarks for our blog post photos.
There really is a 3rd one...but it's white..so there you go! ;)

And last but not least, she even made us a banner for our TPT store.  (Don't even look at the Save on Bundles image...I'm about to revamp that to match the banner!)
So...are you feeling some blog makeover LOVE?  Well, we've got you covered!  

Here's what you'll get in your $75 package!  We are also throwing in 1 add-on (either a FB Cover/Tab OR a TPT Banner/Widget) bringing the total blog value to $80! You can always add on other goodies on your own if you are feeling some love for them too!

Thanks so much to Jackie over at Neat, Sweet, and Hard to Beat for organizing this AMAZING giveaway worth $80!  So enter the rafflecopter below, visit these other great blogs, and start planning your very own BLOG MAKEOVER!  Who knows...you might just be the LUCKY WINNER!

Thanks so much for reading...and GOOD LUCK!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sight Word Practice That's FUN

I've been out of school for 2 1/2 weeks now.  I'm not exactly sure what kinds of things to blog about since most of us like to take a bit of a break from school things...but there's just so much that I MEANT to blog about earlier in the year and just never made it to it.  SOOO...I think I will be sharing some random things that I should have shared sooner, but you can hopefully tuck them away for when you actually give a dang! ;)

One of the easiest and most FUN ways we practice sight words is through movement.  We tap the word out on our shoulder, elbow, and wrist and then slide down our arm as we say the entire word.  But I have to say that their VERY FAVORITE way to practice them is through little chants that we make up.  They love them so much, that I actually think we are going to make cards just for sight word practice and add it to our store.  We have a little FREEBIE that we did a few years back, but I think the kiddos and I have come up with a TON more over the course of the last few years.

You can grab this freebie here!


Here's a little peek at what it looks like in action!

We lovingly named this one TURTLE TIME!
video

The kiddos slowly crawl around while they spell the word (in this case we were working on the sight word ARE).  When they say "A-R-E spells ARE", the little turtles curl up into their shells.  

This is a great way to reach your kinesthetic learners for sure.  And of course we follow it up with some written practice as well.  Here's the Interactive Sight Word Practice Pack we used for the word ARE.  It has 3 leveled mini-readers, an interactive practice sheet, and a flip flap book.

You can grab this pack for $1.00 in our store.  If you would like to try it out first, you can snag our sight word pack for COME for free!

Anyway, hopefully some of these tips will come in handy once the school year kicks back in.  I know some of you guys are just getting started with your year...so maybe this is a post that's right on time for you.  

Monday, June 15, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge in Effect!

Thank goodness for motivated and focused people!  The Peppy Zesty Teacherista, Third in Hollywood, Sparkling in Second, and Teach Create Motivate have come up with a FUN yet motivating summer challenge for all of the TPT Sellers willing to get on board.  (If you're not a seller, but you enjoy shopping on TPT, then this is great for you too.  You'll reap the benefits of product makeovers and more!)

So to begin the challenge, you are supposed to post your stats before the challenge begins. 


 Next up, you face 1 TPT challenge per week.  Week 1 begins with MAKEOVER MADNESS!!!

Yep, that's right.  It's time for us to look in our store with our hand over our eyes, with fingers spread, and cringe at that product (or 2, or a few) that need some SERIOUS help!  Maybe they were 1 of our first products we ever posted...and trust me...we just didn't know any better.  Or maybe it's a top seller that we just haven't taken a look at lately.  

We have several products in mind.  We'll get to working on them soon and show you the changes we made later this week.  So stay tuned and get ready for some serious upgrading!!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Survival

Our motto for the week...
Outwit, Outplay and Outlast!!!
How do you survive the last few days of school?
We use our end of the year fun packs. Check them out if you need a fun way to review standards, engage students, and have fun!!!
It's been a great year. We have learned a ton and cried some while cherishing every relationship built and memory made!!
Enjoy the end of days!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

New Look-Make Over

Happy Monday Friends!!

Woooohoooo!! Kindergarten Squared had an awesome blog MAKEOVER! We feel so much cuter. What do you think?? We love the colors, we love the fonts, we love the cute little flags and the doodle arrows.  Thank you Gabby's Classroom so much for our new look!! I think this new look may inspire some more frequent blog posts!!!

Enjoy your week!! If your blog needs a new look check out our friend Gabby's work. Just click the button below!


Thanks for looking,