Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hi ho, Hi ho, it's back to school we go...

We screened and met our new kinders last week.  Next week, we'll have parent night and some 1/2 days and then we are off and running full time!  I must admit, I'm a little more excited than usual about the year.  I've spent alot of time over the summer, painting and sprucing up our school and my room.  I've also spent alot time preparing materials for the upcoming year.  My school is going to be a "Leader in Me" school and I'm thrilled about all the possibilities.  I'll take some pictures around school and share those with you soon.  It's incredible what has happened in a short amount of time.

I also only have 17 kiddos on my roster!  WOWZERS!  Can you imagine all I will be able to accomplish?  That's only 170 fingers versus the usual 200-220!

One thing I'm going to "pilot" this year is the Math Tool Box.  For reading, I follow the Daily 5 format. Last year, I went to some PD on the importance of math facts/fluency. So I'm going to set my math up like reading even more than ever.  I've devised a math tool box for each child.  Every day, they will get their math tool box and practice math facts and fluency.  I'm going to give the independent time (Math to Self - working on a catchy name because this needs help!) and then we'll do partner math.  Just like with Read to Self, there will be lots of discussion and modeling of the things we do/don't do during this time.  I will also do a stamina chart that I will share soon.  Here's a peek at some of the tools that will be included:

I will continue to add so stay tuned...

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Friday, August 1, 2014

I Spy - Back to School Freebie

I Spy "Back to School" Freebie

The name of this game is I SPY! It can be played during Word Work, Morning Work or Literacy Centers. My class absolutely loves this activity! After all, who doesn’t love a good game of I SPY! Hunted sight words are located at the top of the page. Students search or “spy” sight words in the grid. When a sight word is “spied”, students color the whole square containing the word. After all words have been found, students will see a word that tells them how you feel about them being at school on the first day. That’s another great part – self checking but answer sheet included. 
Thank you so much for checking out this activity. If your students like this, please check out my I SPY mega pack and you'll be set for the year. Graphics by Scrappin’ Doodles. Enjoy the hunt! 

Freebie and I Spy Bundle - 5 products!

And here is another great resource for the beginning of the year...All About Me Unit -97 pages!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I got PRANKED!!!

I'm back.  Took a break from blogging - had a busy end of the year and summer.  At school, I can be known a bit for my pranks - just like to keep things interesting.  On the last day of school, I was out-pranked.  Out-pranked by the sweet, innocent, quiet teacher across the hall.  WHO KNEW she had it in her??  I've always said it was the quiet ones you have to watch out for and this time that was certainly the case.   It just was too good not to share - if you are ever in search of harmless prank, here you go!

Holy Moly!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is right around the corner.  I always have my kids make a book and paint a pot for Mother's Day.  The book will melt any Mom's heart.  I LOVE the clip art in this pack - the Mom's are s cute!  I found them at Lettering Delights.

You can purchase the pack at Teachers Notebook or Teachers Pay Teachers

Try a Freebie here...Google Docs Freebie

Monday, April 21, 2014

"Create A Sentence" Headband Packet and Freebie

Students will use picture clues, beginning and end punctuation, and sounding out words to help create a sentence. Have students do this on a sentence strip (colored ones are REALLY cool). Once they do this correctly, they add the correct topper on their sentence strip and this makes a headband! The topper says "I am a sentence king/queen". My class LOVED this activity and I am sure yours will too. This makes a super literacy station.

Friday, April 18, 2014


I'm still having to remind students lots about putting an uppercase letter at the beginning of a sentence and a punctuation mark at the end.  So...when students were doing their phonics dictation sentence, I challenged them by saying, if everyone in the class remembers to do both of these, we're take our shoes off and walk around sockfooted for the morning.  It took about 2 weeks but GUESS WHAT?  A picture is worth a thousand words...

Of course, we had some safety rules, no running or sliding.  But the kids LOVED it.  It just reminded me that you don't have to have costly awards.  The wackier, the better!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Farm Math and Literacy AND Freebies

Finally finished a this packet but I wanted to make sure it was packed with things you could use right now.  Below, is a preview and some freebies.  Enjoy.

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