Dec 31, 2012

Happy New Year and TPT Sale Begins With New Winter Products

SueBeth and I go back to school, January 3, this coming Thursday.  Even though it is only for 2 days, I wanted to make sure that I had some new stuff ready to go for the following "FULL WEEK".  So this meant that we pooled our minds together and came up with some more fun winter units for my kinders to use.  

Here are just some of the new things we have added to our TPT store with a WINTRY Twist...
This is our new Counting and Cardinality Unit with numbers 0-20 with a Winter Theme.  Worksheets come with each of the centers shown in the above picture.  Differentiation activities are included for each center. 

This is our Off and Running with Numbers 0-20.  Students will use one blocks/base ten blocks, dominoes, and ten frames to count numbers 0-20.  Each of these centers comes with a worksheet along with ideas on how to differentiate in your classroom.  Can't wait to use this in the next few days!

Here are some additional Winter and/or January Items on our TPT store.  Just click on each link to take you directly to that particular unit.
Off and Running with Numbers 0-20 on sale right now for $4.00
Fun In The Snow Word Wall Words and Word List on sale right now for $1.20
January Journal Topic for Kindergarten Level Guided Writing on sale for $1.60
January Math Journal on sale for $1.60
Counting on Cocoa:  Sequencing and Writing Numbers on sale for $2.00
Snowflake Measurement on sale for $0.80.

Thanks for all of your support for the 2012 year.  It has been a wonderful year and we have "met" so many new bloggers and have established many new friends.



Dec 28, 2012

Free January Behavior Chart

Went into school today to run some new units that SueBeth and I have been working on for next week.  I will be hitting counting and cardinality really hard the month of January with numbers 0-20.  New units should be up and posted real soon!

While I was at school, I ran my January Behavior Chart for next week. You can grab it below or if you would like to grab it off of TPT, we have posted on that site, too.  Click the following words for the direct link for your free TPT January Behavior Chart:  

January Behavior Chart

Dec 24, 2012

Christmas Cleaning and Easy Plate Gifts My Daughter Created

Since I have Christmas at our house on Christmas Day, I have been spending some time each day since Saturday of cleaning our basement.  I have thrown school things away, found many things that I "forgot" that I had, and have organized many things.  

My husband was blessed with the stomach flu and the kids are helping me clean while putting together a 1500 piece puzzle in the basement.  
Jordan, my creative bug, researched some things on Pinterest the other day and made some last minute Christmas gifts.  Here are her creations:
Jordan's boyfriend's brother goes to TCU, so she made this for his mother.

Yep we live in Ohio, so this present is for my nephew's girlfriend who loves Ohio State!!
I told her that I see some great volunteer Christmas presents for next year and some Dollar Tree Christmas plates for the kids to decorate next year for Santa.  VERY EASY!!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Dec 18, 2012

So Many Fun December Activities

I think I am ready to sit down and relax because we have been in fast speed since Thanksgiving!!

My kids have been so busy in kindergarten the last few weeks that I think I have enough activities for December that we could finish the school year off.  Our last day is this Friday, so we have a few more to go.  Here are some pictures of some fun things we have been working on the last couple of weeks. 

We are having a blast with our Elf On The Shelf activities.  On this particular day, he left us some candy canes.

Students always write in their Elf Booklets using positional words of where the elf was for the day and/or what he left us.  They are getting really good on spelling the words he, was, on, in, above, etc. 

This is the start of our reindeer project of where we made reindeer food to sprinkle on the lawn on Christmas Eve.

Students chose their bag that they wanted to fill their reindeer food with and placed it inside the reindeer holder.

Another student working hard on her Elf On The Shelf booklet.

New problem solving techniques that I am using for my daily math journals.  I took a math workshop 2 weeks ago on some awesome problem solving techniques to use with various grades!!
Fun math centers that we have been using to help us with counting and cardinality using the numbers 0-20.

More fun math centers with counting and cardinality.

Gave students the choice of working independently or with a partner.  They love working with their friends.  Some students chose to work independently, but had a phone a friend if they needed one.

SueBeth and I did a sharpen the saw activity with the kids.  We iced and decorated cookies for the City Mission. 

We both were so impressed because none of the kids asked if they got to eat any of the cookies.  Every cookie we made was "given" to the families that "needed" these cookies for their dessert at the City Mission.  What a great lesson!! 

Students working on a new syllable center.

Students checking with one another on how many syllables a particular word has on their center.

This student chose to work independently on his syllable center.  He is counting out the syllables.

 Three more days of fun activities.  More pictures to share with you and our December writings!!

Dec 16, 2012

Silence For Sandy Hook

Silence For Sandy Hook

Dec 4, 2012

Pen Pal Letters Done and Elf On The Shelf Is A Blast

Diana Cole from Cole's Little Pups and I have paired our kids up for pen pals.  Both of our schools are Leader In Me Schools.  So, the kids have so much in common with those 7 habits.  
We wrote one set of letters already about what we like to eat for Thanksgiving.  Today my class wrote about Christmas coming and what they wanted for Christmas.  We have skyped a couple of times, so the kids got to "meet" their pen pals last month, too.  They love to skype and enjoy sharing common language with their new Kentucky friends!

Oh my gosh, my kids are loving the Elf On The Shelf.  Yes, I have got to take pictures for you all to see what we have been doing.  The kids love looking each morning of where "Elfabet" is going to be and what he has left for us to read from the North Pole.  SueBeth and I created a packet on TPT called Elf On The Shelf Activities and Crafties that my kids have really enjoyed so far.  We have started our Where Is Elf On The Shelf which helps us with writing and also helps us with positional words in math.  We created little Back From The North Pole notes that Elfabet has with him each morning.  The kids love reading these notes from the North Pole.  So, we are integrating writing, reading, and math skills with this fun Christmas project.  This is the first year that I have done Elf On The Shelf, and I definitely will be doing it next year!!