Friday, June 28, 2013

Freebie For Your Friday! And...Bloglovin Giveaway!!!

Happy Friday!  I have a freebie for you today!  It is just a little Brown Bear, Brown Bear fun that I whipped up.  Again....I am thinking of the beginning of the year and the process of teaching literacy centers/stations so it is super simple...but gets them in the habit of recording on a recording sheet.  The kiddos will pull out a card, find the matching animal on their recording sheet, color the animal, and trace the color word.

Click HERE to download and enjoy!

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We will choose 3 winners to receive any 2 items of their choice from our TPT store!!!
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Flipbooks - Half Price

“Flip Out Alphabet Version” is a series of flipbooks that students create for every letter of the alphabet.  Each flipbook has four pictures for the focus letter and common kindergarten sight words.  I use these books as part of my station rotation.  

The students color, trace, write the word in the boxes and cut the strips.  The students stack the strips by matching the stars.  The strips can be in any order.  At the station, I include a stapler and the students staple on the star.  They read their book to their station partner and put it in their book boxes. These books are great for practicing handwriting, letter and sight word recognition. They are on sale for half price until Saturday at noon.  Click on the photos to check them out!  Look for a freebie coming soon:)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Flash Sale! $2.00 (yep!)

Sometimes I think all I teach for WEEKS are rules and procedures.  Last year, I made this activity with my kinders and it was great!  For the first week of school, during our morning meeting, we added two or three positive and negative behaviors to our chart.  Then, throughout the year, we would review.  With the chart, we read No David and David Goes to School by David Shannon.   My kinders made the boy and illustrated a negative, then, the positive behavior that corresponded.  They loved it!  It's on TPT for $2.00 until Wednesday at noon. Click on the photo to go to our store.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Time To Get Busy!

Well I have been busy getting my summer on!  I went to North Carolina to Pinehurst because my hubby had to speak at an EMS conference.  Beautiful place!!  Neatest little village to shop in, too!  But.....sooooo far from Texas! Then we made our annual trek to Seaside, Fl for a week of relaxation at it's best!!  Wonderful!!!! Now it's time to get busy making things for my classroom, blogging, cleaning out closets, cabinets, organizing....etc!  Basically what all teachers do during the summer!
I saw this post on Pinterest and it inspired me to make something for my classroom.
"Seashell Sight Words" (from Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten: Down by the Sea Centers)

Introducing.....Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Letter Cards and Picture Fun!!
(Because that is the first theme we do in my classroom along with all things name and back to school!) Ha!
Uppercase Cards
Lowercase "black-eyed P"

And...cute coconuts for beginning sounds! The clipart is from Graphics From The Pond!  Soooo cute!

I envision using this week one...when I am introducing the idea to my kinders about stations.
There are sooo many ways to use this:
-One table can be pulling out a card and writing the uppercase letters in their sand tray (see inspirational photo up above).
-One table can be pulling out a card and writing the lowercase letters in their sand tray.
-One table can be pulling out a card and writing the letter that makes the beginning sound for the picture on their coconut in their sand tray.

Later....put these in a station.
They can match uppercase and lowercase letters, match beginning sound to the letter, put the letters in abc order, or put the letters in abc order and put the correct coconut underneath!  So much fun!
Click HERE to go check it out!

I also remade my clip chart for my classroom!  I wanted one of those that gives my little "monkeys" (I have a beach monkey theme in my room) a chance to move up if they are having an exceptional day!

So I created this little chart!  It has all the levels and colors the traditional clip charts have...with cute monkey clip art and cute sayings to go along with it!  LOVE!
Click HERE to check it out
I hope y'all all are having a wonderful summer!!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

"Just Calendars" for Smartboard

 "Just Calendars" for Smart Boards have been posted to TPT.  There is a calendar and day of the week page for each month.  Check it by clicking on the image.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

School's Out! Summer Plans!

The last day of school was yesterday!  Like most of you, I'm always thinking about next year and the improvements I can make.  So, while blog hopping, I saw a book study on Live, Love, Laugh.  Just what I need!
I also pre-ordered Pete's new book!
On a personal note, my daughter is studying for a month in South Africa with a group from her college.  She sent me this beautiful photo this morning from Cape Town.  I think I need to add South Africa to my "bucket list"!