Monday, July 28, 2014

Creative Teaching Press Giveaway

Another year passed without any posts during the summer :/ HOW in the world do those fabulous bloggers do it??? Well, my excuse is I had a baby :) A beautifully, perfect baby girl at that!!! Being a mother is the most amazing thing in the whole wide world! She makes every morning worth getting up no matter WHAT!!
Today I had a slight panic attack when I realized there was only a week left of summer...where in the world did it go?? So, I packed up my little sweetness and headed down to the Parent-Teacher Store in town. Nerd confession: I always get soooo excited when I go into that store...I want one of everything! What really caught my eye was all the cute chevron things from Creative Teaching Press!! Holy cuteness!! After browsing their magazine I realized they were having a fabulous giveaway!!!

So what would I spend the $200 on if I win you ask?? Everything Chevron of course!!! Planners, assessment binder, name plates and the list goes on!!! I can't get enough of chevron and you can NEVER have enough!! Fingers crossed that I win! With a new baby to pay for now I surely could use all the help I can get :) 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

My 1st TpT Product!

EEEEEKKK!!! I'm so excited to share my very first TpT product with you all :) I have found a lot of cute posters to hang in my classroom, BUT not many that had all the elements I wanted in one spot. So,  I decided to create my own! I hope you enjoy it and can use it in your classroom as well!!

Click here to get my number posters!!

Don't forget to let me know what you think!!
Thanks so much!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Made it Monday

As I mentioned in my previous post I went to the Alabama Kindergarten Conference in Huntsville, AL. During the conference Cindy Middendorf had awesome ideas relating to the Language Arts Common Core. Today I'm sharing one game Cindy showed us called "Grrrr." Here are the materials you will need: 
  • Markers--> Red, blue and black marker
  • empty jar
  • craft sticks (I prefer the jumbo sized) 
  • List of Fry Words

How to make:
  • Color 30 popsicle tips red--> 26 will have each letter from the alphabet and 4 will say 'Grrr.' 
  • Color about 20 popsicle tips blue --> Choose around 16 Fry Words to write on the sticks and the other 4 will say 'Grrr.' [I would start with this amount and work up to a higher amount towards the middle/end of year]
  • Place both colored sticks in the empty jar and decorate it as desired. 

Finished project. Fierce, right??? Now, the important stuff...
How to play:
  • TTW pull a stick from jar (depending on the child's learning level will help you decide the color to pull) For ex. If the child needs more practice with letters/sounds pull a red stick.
  • THIS IS IMPORTANT: If the child reads the letter/word they KEEP it...if they read it incorrectly they KEEP it. ---> So, either way the child keeps it!! 
  • If you pull a 'Grrr' stick then that child has to give back all of their sticks and start over.
** I love this because this doesn't make our little "Jacks" feel discouraged or not as smart as others. PLUS our smart little "Lindsays" won't always have the most sticks and win.

Hope you love this games as much as me! I thought it was pure genius! Let me know if you have any questions :) 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sunday Steals

I've been doing some school shopping lately hitting up various stores here and there. Some have not been too impressing, but others did not disappoint! I'll share a few steals I found this week :) 

went to our local thrift store and was surprised by the goodies I found. I got a total of 15 books for a whopping $6.45!!! Not just any books, some really good ones!! The Mitten is always a class favorite and I can never have too many copies! Check out the rest of the titles in my picture above. My next awesome bargain was 7 plastic bins for $.39 each! That's $2.73 people! Any teachers knows you can NEVER have too many bins for storage, games, etc. 
Target was my next stop...
I hit up the dollar spot and picked up a few good things. My most expensive purchase in this area was that cute chevron planner for $3. The ocean glitter cut-outs were only $2.73, everything else was $1--> $15.73 so far...keep going you don't want to miss the next thing. 
So, when I was babysitting my sweet nieces (age 2 & 5) the other day she had this awesome toy. I asked my sister-in-law where she got it and immediately went to Target to pick it up. Why you ask??? It's a great thing to put in my dramatic play area that incorporates lots of different skills. The frosting on the cookie is Velcro so you start off with all the pieces of cookie dough together (also Velcro) making one long cylinder. The child uses the knife to cut through the Velcro and VOILA you have a cookie for your pan...ummm hello fine motor skills! Once you cut all the pieces and use the spatula to place on the pan (Velcro too) they can put it in the pretend oven, take them out, then decorate with the different frosting. You could extend this by asking the children to sort the cookies by color, sprinkles, etc. Also, you can make a math activity by asking how many sprinkles are on the cookies. I just loved this well made, wooden toy by Melissa and Doug! Plus it was only $14.99
Last, but not least...I got this little gem! I love peacocks so this adorable wallet on clearance for $2.98 was a MUST HAVE!! 
Target--> Spent $33.70
Thrift Store --> Spent $9.18
Total for the day: $42.88...not too bad!! Hoping for some good deals this week too! 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Kindergarten Conference in Huntsville, AL

Okay, okay I know it's been forever a while since I have posted. My plan to document my class was not too successful. Oh well, there's always next year...right?? I was inspired by one of my best friends to get back in the blogging world (Check out her blog First Grade Fancies) I've already learned so much from her! Best friends much so that another one of my good friends and I decided to travel to Huntsvegas (since we couldn't afford the Vegas conference) for the Kindergarten Conference. 

I was super excited about attending because the ONE and ONLY Jack Hartmann was scheduled to speak sing :) My friend, Laura Beth, and I had a blast. We learned some great new songs, sang-a-long with some of his oldies, and YES we were dancing every motion without missing a beat! I gladly volunteered Laura Beth to help assist him in being the part of a 'rapper' in one of his songs (I'm a great friend, right). Thank goodness she doesn't have a blog, or she just might kill me for posting this. 

She's in the red with chains and cowboy boots :)
Jack showing us his hip hop skills.
If you EVER have the opportunity to hear Jack Hartmann speak I can guarantee you that you will NOT leave disappointed (and no, he's not paying me to say this). 

In addition to Jack, we also heard Michael Shoulders and Cindy Middendorf. Both were amazing! 
Did you know that 78% of males make D's & F's???? Or how about that 95% of males are ADHD??? As educators it is our job to make sure our children stay interested in reading throughout their school years.  Michael gave us a lot of good books to introduce to our boys to help them stay interested which included books on bugs, machinery, cars, and YES flatulation!! Cindy shared great games and activities with us incorporating the Language Arts Common Core.

The only proper way to end this post is with this picture...
Laura Beth, Jack, and I. Jealous much ;) 
WOW!!! What a great day!! 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

A New School Year

Well, the new school year is in full swing! I must say I have such a sweet bunch again this year. I feel like I am always blessed with the children that are just right for me. I can't wait to learn more about each one of them as the school year goes on. Below, I have finally posted my final set-up of my classroom this year. I LOVE it and the kids do too :)

Catch the Wave to Kindergarten!!!

As you enter my room.

Whole group area. LOVE my Smartboard :)

Hope you like it as much as I do :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Summer...over?? WHAT??

Where in the world did the time go?? I can't believe it's been over a month since I last blogged! Can you tell I have been busy, busy, busy?? Well, just to update: I moved classrooms! I was NOT expecting to move this year, so I had to get my tail in gear and pack all my things in my old room...and then I played the waiting game for a week until the previous teacher finished moving out. Needless to say, I am ALMOST finished with my new room. I am really excited because I have so much more room, a loft, and my Smart Board was just installed :) I feel like I hit the teacher jackpot!! I will post a few pictures of the hurricane I walked into...

YES, those are chalkboards!
My sweet hubby is always willing to help!


Now, when I am completely finished I will post pictures so you can smile with me :)

Saturday, June 30, 2012

DIY Projects: Peacock C

Since summer is in full swing and I will not dare step foot in the 100+ degree weather I have had plenty of time to do things I love...CRAFTS!
My husband and I purchased our first home 2 weeks before Christmas and in the middle of my first year teacher (were we nuts or what??) so I've really been able to decorate the rooms in more detail lately. One fun thing to know about me is I LOVE peacocks! Their colors are so beautiful and I've always wanted to incorporate my love for them in our bedroom. I started by finding one piece I really loved and decorated my whole bedroom around that piece. I recently created a project to place in my room. Check it out!

Materials needed:
-Hot glue gun
-Yarn (use the color of your choice)
-Cardboard letter (I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby)
-Peacock feather (again you can use something different here)

1. I began wrapping the yarn around my 'C' cardboard letter. [This is a very tedious step. You may want to stop and hot glue every so often to assure the yarn will stay in place]
2. Once the yarn is wrapped completely around your letter you can begin adding your embellishments. I chose to use a peacock feather. I simply glued it in place on the side. Below is my end result. Cute or what??

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pete the Cat!

I LOVE me some Pete the Cat!! The author, Eric Litwin, came to the Hoover Library yesterday and I just had to go. Despite being the only adult without kids there (come on I did this for my class) it was so much fun! I can't wait for my students to read his messages inside the books. Pete the Cat is ALWAYS a hit with my classes, so I highly recommend you getting the series! He has 3 books now, but Pete the Cat Saves Christmas is coming out Septemeber 25th YAY!!

All my valued treasures :)                                Eric Litwin!!
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

MidSouth Reading & Writing Institute

Well, the 2012 MidSouth conference did NOT disappoint!! It was absolutely fabulous! On Day 1 we had the honor of meeting the children's author, Jerry Pallotta. He spoke to us about about how he became an author...and would you believe it was because a teacher once told him how important it was to read to his children nightly??? After reading so many great children's book he decided to write his own, and WOW am I glad! I got his books "How Will I Get to School" and "Dory Story," both are must haves!

Jerry and I :)

On Day 2 we had the pleasure of hearing Peter Johnston ALL day!! He is such an inspiration to education! He reminded me how teachers have such a huge impact in children. He asked a question that really had me thinking "What do you want the students to take with them at the end of the year?" Fellow teachers and I said we wanted them to be confident, independent, problem solvers, and much more. I decided I wanted to rephrase this question to my upcoming parents this year! I really want to know where they want their children, and I will fulfill that to the best of my ability! If ever you get a chance to hear Peter Johnston take it!! He won't disappoint and will leave you simply inspired.

Petter Johnston and I

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sweet Summertime

Hello all! I have been enjoying every moment of my summer!! It's amazing the things you can get, yard work, doctor appointments. It's been great! On top of that I started a little part time job for the summer working as a reception at my hairstylist's salon. If anyone knows me you will know I needed to do sonethig because I can't sit at the home...I'd go crazy! I'll post a new picture of my new "do" that I'm so in love with. It wasn't long enough to give it to locks of love again, but I sure needed the healthy cut!

Next week I will be attending the Mid-South Reading & Writing Institute. I'm excited to see Peter Johnston! If you are a teacher and haven't read his book, Choice Words, it's a MUST!! After the conference my mind is going to get back in the "school zone" and I'm going to get organized :) Is it crazy that I'm excited about that??

I'll keep you posted on the conference!


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Diving into a new adventure!

As a teacher I am constantly thinking of new things to do in my classroom. Summer time means I can begin creating new things for my upcoming class (already so excited to meet them) Since last year was my first year, my main goal was to survive...while teaching my precious 20 students of course :) So my goal for the summer was to create a blog! I'm so excited to start this new adventure!

Happy Summer :)