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!!