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Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Liebster Award

WOO!  I have been nominated for the Liebster Award!  This award is for new bloggers with less than 200 followers and it helps bloggers find new blogsThank you to Wild About Firsties! for this nomination!!

1. How long have you been teaching? 

This is my 9th year teaching

2. Who is your favorite author? 

Mo Williems for my class, personally Howard Zinn

3. What is your favorite subject to teach? 

I love to teach writing, even though it can be stressful at times.

4. Do you have a special talent? 

Hmmm...I'm super organized and I am fluent in Spanish.

5.  What do you do when you are not teaching? 

REST, cycle, watch football and hangout with my hubby and our furry kids.

6. What is your favorite movie? 

10 Things I hate About You

7. How long have you been blogging? 

Since February 2011

8. What are your plans for Christmas this year? 

Rest and relax, fix our roof and spend time with our families

9. What websites do you visit most often? 

Facebook, LOTS of Blogs, UNF and TpT

10. Do you have children of your own? 

Nope - still debating

11. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be? 

Africa

Here are 11 random things about ME!

1. I have 1 brother
2. I do NOT like living in Florida
3. I LOVE to dance!
4. I love celebrating my birthday
5. I started my master's this August
6. I support equality for everyone 
7. I read ALL of the Twilight books...yes, I'm a nerd!
8. I plan to open an animal rescue shelter...someday
9. I enjoy training in Wing Chun (Kung Fu)
10. I "pawsitively" adore my animals (2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 rabbit and fish)
11. I love, love, love cheese!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Kindergarten Common Core

I have spent countless hours on Pinterest, Teachers Pay Teachers, blogs, etc... trying to find lots of resources so that I can implement the Kindergarten Common Core Standards. Alas! I have found everything I need in one book! I just downloaded the sample, and I'm in love. I emailed my team and principal the link to this awesome resource. I'm hoping they will agree to purchase this!  Head on over to their website and check it out!



Saturday, August 4, 2012

Beginning of the year...

Well, I started working in my room on Thursday...it's coming along. I went back yesterday and today...AND NO A/C! AHHHHH, it's too hot in Florida to work in your classroom without a/c. Holy moly!

Here are some Freebies.
Student Info Sheet
2102-2013 Overview

Ready Confetti
I can't remember where I originally got this cute idea :/. I've seen it on some blogs here and there. Here is the poem. It's in word, so you can edit as needed :). 
Bags - Michael's (100 for $2.63 with 20% coupon)
Confetti - Dollar Tree (ballons & stars) 3 packs made 18 bags (about a tablespoon of confetti. Yes, I measured :P) 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dollar Tree

I find TONS of good deals at Dollar Tree but I'll just post a couple :)

I can tie my shoes reward card - I have a Shoe Tying Club
I know my ABC's - just a small reward
Tactile uppercase & lowercase letters
Sentence strips - so many uses!

Target $1 Deals!

Target is my favorite store!
numbers puzzles
birthday cake die cuts - to give to the kiddos on their birthdays
magnetic "S" for Slappe :) - just because!
star die cuts - maybe for "Star of the Week" board
dry erase pockets - for small groups 
magnetic paws - for small groups
smiley face stickers - for writing (thank for you, for such a great idea Kindergarten Korner)

I love Staples!

Here are some deals I've found at Staples these past few weeks! Thanks for the idea Lil' Country Kindergarten!

(Until 7/29)
Tape flags, bright colors $0.25 (limit 4)
Post-it die-cut notes $1.00 (limit 4)
Sharpie  highlighters - 5 pack $0.50 (limit 4)

(last weeks ad)
EXPO spray cleaner $1.00
3 pack pink eraser $0.50
5 pack of Sharpies $1.00
4 pack BIC fine tip dry erase markers $0.50 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Folgers Plastic Coffee Cans

My dad use to work in an office and apparently they went through Folgers coffee, like it was the last cup they were EVER going to drink! Because of this I have acquired 20 Folgers plastic containers. I saw this idea on Pinterest (the pin is gone! :/)


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Holy Common Core Conference!


I just came back from a LONG 4 day Common Core conference in Orlando. Good grief, my head feels like it's going to explode. The standards themselves are fine, nothing that I haven't been doing, but the how they decided to meet with us and go over them was insane! LOTS and LOTS of talking, HOURS and HOURS of sitting. I'm so glad it's over!

a new school year is coming :)

I've been "blog stalking". I still can't get over all of the amazing blogs I see. I want to do a everything on those blogs but I need to keep my focus. I've decided that my theme for this year is going to Monsters (Furry Friends). AHHHHH!!!!

I found a great deal at Michael's when school started this past year, Furry Friends by Trends. All these items were 70%-90% off!
phrases bulletin board set
welcome banner
birthday bulletin board set
bulletin board border
for the hallway to display their work
All of this, for less than $7 :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

shirts I made...

I am getting tired of wearing the same school shirts. 
I decided to make my own :)
Just because...it does :)

Say No To Drugs/Halloween Week






cube trains in order...


  

Marshmallow Measuring

I got this awesome measuring idea from Kelli Bollman Marshmallow Measurement (FREE). I then decided to measure the kiddos with the big marshmallows. We talked about adding more or taking away, counting by 10's, then 1's. Of course, after all was said and done, they ate the marshmallows! We had so much fun :)




Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Reading Drawers!

So, I've been reading all about Reading boxes for students. I've been racking my brain what could I use that would last for more than one year...so here is my idea! Each student has a drawer with their name and books just for them!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Easter Activities

Sight Word Egg Hunt
Mini easter eggs from the Dollar Store
Sight words (with numbers) from our Reading series
I stuck the eggs to the wall by opening them and using a thumbtack :)

 


Roll, Hop and Write
Roll a pair of the dice. Count the dots. Write the number you roll in the correct column. Repeat until board is filled.
(inspired by http://heathersfirstgradeheart.blogspot.com/)

Easter Sentence Writing
rabbit, chick, egg and flowers
Easter Sentence Writing

Rhyming Eggs
Mini easter eggs from the Dollar Store

 

Reviewing numbers to 20

I've been searching for a worksheet like this, so finally, I decided to make one!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Worksheets

Shamrock Sight Word Hunt
At one of reading stations, I had clip boards and this word hunt worksheet. I numbered the shamrocks 1-19 (we just finished numbers 11-19 in Math and currently we happen to have 19 words.) It helped the students keep track of the words they found and which ones are missing. They really enjoyed this activity! (shamrocks were printed on green paper and laminated)

Hunting for words!


 Shamrock CVC words
At another reading station, I had 3 sets of letter stamps and pads. The shamrocks where copied on green paper and laminated. (2 sets) I put them in basket, face down. Students took turns choosing a card and stamping the letters in the correct order to make the word.


select a c-v-c card
stamping the letters in order

Shamrock Addition
At a Math station, I had this worksheet and a bucket of foam dice. The students take 2 dice, roll them, add the dots together and color the shamrock (any green color) with the correct number. When a  student "won" they rolled the dice with their classmate and helped them "win" too!
counting the dots
roll, count and color

...inspired by Nicole Ricca, visit her blog at Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten