Thursday, August 30, 2012

Testing our Tastebuds


You can get the recording sheet and graphing pieces {some graphics Scrappin Doodles and Lettering Delights} by clicking here {it's a freebie}. Let me know if you're able to use it :). Happy almost Friday!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

In The Swing Of Things

With only 7 days of school under our belts (we were out yesterday for Isaac and of course it was sunny all day and rained when we went back today), I am very impressed at how well my kiddos are adapting to our routines and procedures. They are really doing a great job and we are getting a lot accomplished!


The literacy centers above can all be found in my TpT store: 

I hope your back to school is going well....my only complaint is how swollen my feet are! Any moms out there who teach have any good remedies for keeping the swelling down while being very pregnant and on your toes all day with kindergarten kids??

Friday, August 24, 2012

Names and Numbers {And a Freebie}

What a busy week! We are really getting settled in to our routines and have a had a pretty good past few days. I'm really proud of how well my kids are getting into the school groove!


You can get Deeanna's Common Core Math Pack here and my Nifty Numbers Pack here.

Since my class is having so much fun with Pete the Cat, I thought I would share an emergent reader I made for us to use next week when we read about Pete's different colored shoes. You can get it for free by clicking the picture below. Please let me know if you are able to use it.
Graphics from KPM Doodles and Melonheadz

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Busy, Busy!

We are already busy in kindergarten! Since our attention span isn't the longest, it takes lots to keep us busy these first few weeks. Here's a little bit of what we did today:

Also, if you wanted the Smore gift tag for the parent gift I did at orientation, you can get it here.Oops....I forgot to make it public! The link should take you to the download now :)

So far, we're having a great year! Sorry for the short post...we have our first baby class tonight!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Must Have Monday and Our First Day!

We survived the first day of kindergarten! It seems like every year, I block the first month of school from my memory because I always forget how tiring it is and how the much effort it takes to teach all of our routines and procedures. In a month, it will all be worth it and we'll be in a routine. Just in case you've never taught kindergarten, take time to tell the K teachers at your school how great they are because it is HARD work to get those babies trained!
We didn't get a whole lot accomplished today, but we did manage to rainbow our names, take a tour of some of the important places in our school with our "rocking" school shoes, and take our cute first day pictures.


With our secretaries and principal in the office...we toured the school after reading Pete the Cat
Such a cutie
Hopefully, tomorrow we'll get more accomplished. I'm just happy everyone made it home the right way! With between 900-1000 kids in our school (K-2), it's amazing that everyone gets to the right place.

I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' really quickly to tell about my Teacher Must Haves:





There are tons of other things I love, but I am a little worn out, so it's hard to think tonight!!
Here's to a great second day!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Ex-haus-ted and a Tour!

Is everyone else as tired as I am yet? The sad part for me is that my kids haven't even started yet! I have been meaning to write this blog post all week and when I leave school every night between 7-9, I find myself barely able to stay awake! However, as tiring as it is, back to school is probably my favorite time of year next to Christmas...I love the "newness" of everything! It has taken pretty much all week, but my classroom finally got its finishing touches yesterday, just in time for parent orientation! There are still a few more things I need to do, but here's a look at what it looks like right now {now remember....I am in a small portable with some random colored doors and paneling from who knows what decade with no cabinets or built in shelves, so a lot of things are out in the open}. WARNING:  Lots of pictures!
View from the door...seat sacks courtesy of my Granny {she made all new ones this summer...the others had seen better days after 8 years!}

My small group area/desk/storage area
The door with some pinterest inspired decor...you can get the signs here for free :) There is no preview....just click file then download.

Door to the AC closet...work will hang here {this is orange construction netting, which is great for hanging stuff from!}


Reading Strategy Cards behind my small group table

Part of my teacher area...you can see what it looked like at the end of the year here

My computer area {a former student wore that shirt through his K year then gave it to me at the end of the year....love it!}

All of these supplies were previously in a horrible cabinet...you can see pics here

Up close

Student check in...where they put GO books and snacks in the morning

I am so excited about this pinterest inspired project!! Our kids change the way they go home often, so having clothespins to just move each day will be a lifesaver!


Writing Table...punctuation posters from Rachelle Smith and pinterest inspired Writer's Eye {I'm not sure whose original idea this way}

Birthday Board...each student's picture will be on their birthday month

Bathroom door and backpack hooks
Reading Corner

Word Wall...I am a firm believer in not adding words until they are introduced. I do not put all the words we will learn on the wall at the beginning of the year :)

New Crop Bulletin Board

LOVE Frog Street Friends Alphabet Characters and Songs...These number posters are in my TpT store for free!

Calendar Area


Another area where work will hang and our rules on the door. The rules for good listening are from First Grade Fever {for free!}

I have a little book addiction...you can see our HUGE TV beside the shelf!

Clip Chart...I have used a clip chart all 8 years of my teaching and LOVE it! The kids love getting to move higher and also love the opportunity to move their clip back up even if they've had it moved down

These are the postcards I sent my new kiddos...they are free in my TpT Store


Parent gift for orientation...you can get the tag here

I organize all my paper work into folders for parents, along with our kindergarten handbook. The name plates can be found here.
Hopefully, I'll be back this weekend with some first day plans and what I did for students at Open House. I hope everyone is getting rest at this crazy time of year!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Winner!

We have a winner for the Easi Speak Recorder! Congrats Lisa!! You should receive your recorder soon :).



Sorry for the short post today...I'm busy getting things ready for my room, getting great deals at the TpT sale, and running errands. Don't forget to grab your deals today and tomorrow at the sale! 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Big Sale!



Happy back to school!! To help celebrate going back to school, there's a huge sale going on at Teachers Pay Teachers. Starting tomorrow, you can get 20% off everything in my store, plus 10% off when you use the coupon code Bts12. You can click the picture above to go to my store. If you're interested, here are some things in my store that might help you get in back to school mode (and a lot of them are already $3, so you'll be getting a mega deal!) and you can also stock up on things you'll need throughout the year. Happy shopping!
Nifty Numbers {Activities for Numbers 1-20}Beginning Sound Match It Up!


Super Sight WordsAlphabet Match-It-Up
Let's Go To School {Language Arts and Math Centers}Super Sounds {Graphic Organizers For Beginning Sounds}
Amazing Alphabet

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Easi Speak USB Recorder Giveaway!

I know these super neat recorders have been all over the blogging world lately, but I am super excited to get to offer one to my awesome followers!
<br><i>Fun MP3 recorder in the shape of a microphone invites students to talk!</i><br><br>
Learning Resources graciously offered one of their recorders for me to "test" and then giveaway and let me tell you, it is wonderful! My head is already spinning with ways to use it in my classroom when I get those sweet kiddos in just a little over a week.
I think it would be perfect to practice fluency when I can't always be there, record buddy reading partners, and even to record the kids to let their parents hear them read {I think I'm most excited about using it that way!}. I think it would be so neat to play back different children's recordings to let them hear and compare each other's expression in their reading {which is something we struggle with in K}. The other neat thing is that the microphone plugs into the computer...no extra wires to keep up with! How great is that?


It's super simple to use and not huge, so I think it will be perfect for my "babies." Want to win one of your own? Check out more about the Easi Speak here then come back and enter using the Rafflecopter below. You can see more Learning Resources products herea Rafflecopter giveaway
On a random note, a teacher at my school who teaches first grade needed some alphabet cards with a frog theme, so I made some for her and they turned out pretty cute. I uploaded them to my TpT store for any of you who may have a "leapin" theme. You can get them by clicking on the picture.