Monday, July 14, 2014


When I started teaching common core math three years ago, I was a little overwhelmed to say the least! So many things were different, and things I had taught forever weren't being taught in kindergarten anymore! The first year was definitely a learning year, but since then, I have fallen in love with teaching math with the common core standards!! {Side note - for anyone who posts the crazy common core math things on facebook, please do me a huge favor and research standards vs. curriculum! ;) }.
I am super lucky to teach with an amazing lady who is genius when it comes to developing math lessons and hands on activities to get our kids excited about math and diving deep into number sense from the beginning. Deeanna {Golden Gang Kindergarten} is a wealth of knowledge and has worked her fanny off the past few years making tons of math resources for us to use. I won't go into detail in this post, but if you're looking for ways to energize your math lessons, check out my math posts along with her blog to see how we make just about everything hands on and ENGAGING!! No paper/pencil teaching here :).
{I borrowed this from her blog!}
In our classrooms, we focus on one number a week. We learn everything about that number...counting on from it, decomposing it, the shape that has that many sides, etc. To go along with our math this year, I was looking for more small group and center activities to really help with our number sense the first semester. We got a new reading series last year, and in the craziness of learning it, my math centers fell off track and I am determined to fix that this year! So, my newest pack was born! Nifty Numbers Part 2 has activities that I can't wait to use with my new group! Here's a little look at what's in it:

Number Mats {These can be differentiated according to what your kids need}
Make The Number {Using number bonds to decompose}

Number Sorts

Number Puzzles {there is also a version with ten frames}

And last, {and my most favorite} I've made these little number guys! I am super excited to use these this year. I plan to make them on Fridays and use them as a little assessment. The kids will use the hands and feet to show me 4 ways to represent the number of the week. Most likely, we'll do the first few weeks together, but I'm hoping by week 3 the kids can show me what they know with relative ease.

I'm really excited to use an alternate form of assessment! While I do use paper/pencil activities, I really prefer the bulk of what we do to be hands on and I think these guys will be the perfect hands on assessment!
Here's an overall peak at what's in the pack

Good news - this pack is discounted through Wednesday night, so be sure to grab it while it's on sale!
Now, I'm off to bed to get my rest for math standards mapping tomorrow. :)
Be sure to follow my Facebook and Instagram...there might be a giveaway tomorrow!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Five for Friday

Hey y'all! Happy Independence Day! I hope everyone is having a great day celebrating and remembering how thankful we are to live in such a great country! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday today to share a little randomness. :)

1. It's been a very long past few weeks, but I finally picked a winner for my giveaway with Tessa...if you see your name below, email me {} and let me know what you'd like from my store and Tessa's :)

2. Last weekend, I went with my sorority sisters from college on our annual girls' trip. We've been going on the trip for 9 years now and it's such a relaxing time to do absolutely nothing {or whatever we want!}. I love these girls and can't wait for our 10 year trip next summer!
3. For those of you who don't know, I grew up on a farm and my granddad still has a produce stand he opens every summer. We are knee deep in watermelons around here right now, and my little one loves being a helper to her PaPa! Of course, we had to have a photo shoot on the watermelons!

4. After what seemed like forever since I've made something, I finally finished my back to school printables pack. I'm so excited about having this pack to help with all those skills we sometimes forget about in the craziness of the beginning of the year. It's full of ways to practice cutting, tracing, gluing, etc. You can get it by itself or bundled with my back to school centers {we only have about a month left before we go back!!}. If you hop over to my facebook page today, I'm giving the bundle away to a lucky winner!

5. To help you save on my new products and many more and to celebrate the 4th, I'm having a sale this weekend. Just click the picture below to check it out!

Now, I'm off to get our stuff ready to go see the fireworks tonight!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Something New

Notice some changes??? I'm sooooo excited about my new blog design! Tessa from Tales from a Blog Designer was super easy to work with {especially considering how slow I was at deciding what I wanted, getting back with her, etc} and I would highly recommend her if you're looking to start a blog or give yours a facelift!
You might have also noticed a change in the name of this little ole' blog. I've been wanting to change it forever! When I started blogging, it was on a whim and I honestly didn't put a lot of thought into the name. So, Mrs. Plant's Press is now Primary Press, but it will still be a place for all things kindergarten and primary!
To celebrate my little facelift, Tessa and I are giving away a free product from each of our TpT stores. {You can check out my shop here and Tessa's clipart shop here}. Click over to TpT {make sure you follow us there}, think about what you would want, then come back here to enter. It's super easy...just use the rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I've also got a fun freebie to celebrate all the changes! I'll be using this alphabet chart next year in my small groups at the beginning of the year and thought you might be able to use it as well!

I hope y'all are having a great summer so far!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Moms and Memories

I know Mother's Day has long passed, but since life is a whirlwind at the end of the school year {I know you know what I'm talking about!!}, I didn't get a chance to post about what we did. I adored our gift to our moms this year and the kids loved making it!
Just like last year, we made breakfast in a bag for our moms. I let the kids decorate bags, tie a little poem to it, and the kids filled it with a honey bun, granola bar, water, and a "fancy" napkin. They were so excited to make the bags for their moms! We also included our cards to our moms in the bag. You can grab the card and breakfast in bed poem template here.

The other thing we made for our moms is probably my most favorite thing I've ever made with the kids! I'm not sure where the original idea came from, but this is the pin/source I used for inspiration.
I got some mason jars and spray painted the outside. Then, I painted the kids' hands white and put it on the jar to make a vase {I also sprayed it with clear spray paint to help make it not scratch}. We made some handprint flowers to add to the vase and they could not have turned out cuter!!

In other news, we're working hard on our memory books and getting ready for the end of the year. I don't really do anything too extravagant as far as memory books go, because honestly, things are a little crazy at this point with field days, field trips, AR parties, graduation, etc. Our memory books are super simple and we work on a page or two each day. Then, I'll put them in a 3 prong folder with the same end of the year poem that my first grade teacher gave me and a letter I write to each child. Here are the pages we've done so far.

We still have a way to go and we'll be working on them next week in between field day activities. You can get the memory books in my TpT store.
This is the can click on the picture to grab them! :)

For those of you already out of school, congrats on another year!! We have 7 more days and although I am super excited about playing with my sweet girl all summer, I am sadder than ever to be losing this class! They truly have my heart! They are so much like me it's not even funny...motivated, competitive, and eager to learn. We've had such a great year!
I'm off to the beach for a long thankful for all the men and women who have served our nation!

Monday, May 5, 2014

What's New

We haven't been up to much in kindergarten this past week, other than some testing craziness! We were scheduled to take the Stanford 10 all last week then some pretty bad weather came through and had this area flooding and had us in the bathroom in the middle of the night while some tornadoes came close by! So, we got a little off our testing schedule and are having to make it up this week along with a field trip to Gulf World and a field trip to see a play at the local junior college. Sounds fun, right?
{A little flashlight fun in the middle of the night}

In between, we're working on Mother's Day gifts {click here to see what we did last year}, learning about plants {click here to see what we've done in the past}, and getting ready for first grade!
Here are a few of the packs I'll be using to help finish out the year. {Click on the pictures to see more information}.
We'll start our ocean unit next week and we'll use centers from this pack:
I'm working really hard to get EVERYONE super comfortable with digraphs and blends before 1st grade, so I'll be using this pack in small groups and centers also:
We'll work really hard in math to make sure we're super fluent in our math facts within 5 using this pack {my kids love the games in it!}:
Of course, we'll work on our memory books. I make a DVD slide show for all of my families, so our memory books are pretty simple and something the kids can work on while I'm tying up end of the year testing, cumulative folders, etc.
Last, we've been working really hard on distinguishing long vowel sounds from short vowel sounds in pictures and in words we read, so we'll be using my brand new sorting pack. I'm so sad I don't have any pictures of the kids working with it yet! I can't wait to use it in a variety of ways!
 Sorry I've got no fun pictures today, but the good news is, these packs, along with the rest of my store, are on sale Tuesday and Wednesday! TpT is celebrating teachers during teacher appreciation week and offering a discount code also! Go fill up your cart! I know I am!