Monday, December 19, 2011

Award Time!

Thank you to Mrs. Sprague at Kindergarten Fever and Miss Kelly at 2 care 2 teach 4 kids for nominating me for this newbie blogger award.

This award is for newbies, and it's goal is to spotlight up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers.  If awarded, you must:
♥ copy and paste the award on your blog
♥ thank the giver and link back to them
♥ reveal YOUR top five picks and leave a comment letting them know
♥ hope your followers will share the love with them :)
Here are my five newbie picks. Enjoy!!
This award has been great!  It gave me an opportunity to get out there and check out some new blogs!  I just found tons of new ideas to cram into the next 2 days before break.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Adorable Santa Paintings

My kinders had so much fun painting Santa during art this week!  1st we wrote letters to Santa, and then we painted!  We did the paintings step by step with me modeling one color at a time.  We cut skin colored ovals for his face and glued them in the middle of the green paper.  Next, we used pencil to draw eyes, noses, mouths.  We did everything very slowly.  We painted the white parts first and added the red last.  We mixed a tiny bit of red with our white to make the cheeks!  I love how different each one is.
Merry Holidays!!!!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree Freebie!

I am always looking for some fun ideas for a class book, so I made this little Christmas Tree.  I had my students use the circles (ornaments) on the tree to write the letters in their first names.  They could use sharpie and then color over it with crayons.  I told them to use any colors they wanted.  Most chose green for their trees, but I have to say I love the purple and black one!
Merry Holidays!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

November Math Station Freebie-Gobble Gobble Good!!!

Here is some gobble, gobble, fun for your kids.... It is a November math station.  Get set to spin and graph!  Print out the spinner, laminate it, make copies of the graphing sheet, and you are all set!  My kinders love graphing! 

                                         Click here for the GOBBLE GOBBLE FUN
                                 Please leave some comments if you like this download.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

November Calendar Freebie....

Click here for your freebie!!!I can not believe November is practically knocking on the door!  Once I make it through our Halloween Fun tomorrow, I will be taking down my October calendar and replacing it with November!  Here are some free Thanksgiving themed calendar numbers to fancy up your calendar.  If you like this freebie...leave a comment, and follow my blog :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Black Cat Writing Freebie

Click Here For Black Cat PrintableI LOVE reading Splat books!  The new Halloween one is adorable.   We made these fun black cat puppets, and did some writing together.  I am attaching the writing page for free!  

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cute and Easy Conference Folders

Yipee!  My conferences are already over!!  Two long days, and now I am done.  For those of you that have conferences coming up in the next week or two, here is an easy folder idea.  I like to put all their recent assessments, and some work/writing samples in this folder to show at conferences.  I send home some of the pages with parents in the folder. 

Directions: We took a large sheet of black construction paper and folded it (for the folder.)  Each student got a half sheet of orange paper.  I modeled how to draw and oval that takes up most of the paper.  They did a great job with this!  Glue on your oval (jack-o-lantern) body, add some pre-cut shapes to create a face, and you are all set!  

Students sat in circle with their folders and we had a pass out papers party.  I passed out (sorted) all of their assessments and work samples in no time at all.  They put their papers in the folders for me! 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fancy Halloween Letter Blocks

You can't really see all of the purple glitter on the the tops and sides.  So shimmery!

Here are the plain blocks, before the decorating process.  

My six year old and I had fun working on our latest project... glittery Halloween blocks.  It was a family project.  Husband cut the wood down for me, daughter painted my blocks black, and I did the decorating!  Fun times.  I am happy with the result!  Now we have to decide which ones to keep at home, and which ones I get to bring to my classroom.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Spooky October Sticker Chart Freebie

I love positive reinforcement!!!  My students keep a sticker chart in their school boxes.  At the end of each day, if they have kept all of their cards, they get a sticker on their chart.  After they earn 10 stickers they earn a prize.  I have a little prize box full of October trinkets.  Pencils, stickers, erasers, bubbles, dollar store treasures!!!  Here is the October card we are using next.  Click here for sticker chart.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fall Class Book Freebie!!!

Here is my apple tree page for a class book!  This fun freebie will be perfect for fall.  I plan on having each student choose a number out of my basket.  Example: student chooses number 6.  They will draw six apples on their tree, any color of their choice.  This student will also fill in the number six and the color word to match their drawing.  You could also use paint dot markers, or tissue paper to make the apples.  I will bind all of these into a fun fall class book!  apple tree freebie

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fall is Here!!!

As much as I hate to see summer go.... I have to say the warm colors of fall, and the crisp cool air is quite refreshing!!  I am always telling my husband I want to live near the ocean, but I don't think I could give up the seasons in the midwest.  I love fall trees!  Last week we took our son and daughter to the apple orchard.  Today I am going to attempt apple cobbler.  Next week my class is having apple week!  I am so thankful for the wonderful blog ideas I am collecting!  We made these fall sky with trees for art this week.  My students love to watercolor!  Thank you to  artsy_T's photostream for the photo idea!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Warm Fall Colors and Art

I decided it was time to break out the messy paint this week.  My class is pretty good so I figured it was about time!  We sponge painted warm colors on one page and cool colors on the other page.  When the paint dried we put a frame over the art work.  We had three different frames to choose from: an apple, a tree, and a star.  They turned out really cute!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Happy Birthday Fun!

This year I decided to put together a birthday book bag.  All those special bonus books I get from Scholastic will help fill my bag.  Each student gets to choose a book from the bag on their birthday.  I have already given away 3!  I also put a special birthday label inside the book, reminding them of whom the book was from.  These items are for sale at my Teacher's Notebook Store.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Graphing Fun


We have been working on graphs in math.  There are so many different graphing ideas.  We had fun making our girls and boys graph for our door.  How did I get so overloaded with so many girls this year :)
We also made a favorite popsicle graph.  Instead of gluing this graph on a poster, we laid it out on the rug for the students to read.  They loved it!  What a perfect visual for them.  They each got to walk over to the rug and place their choice in the correct column.  Now I will put all of these pages into a class book and place it in our library to read.  The only thing that would have made it better would have been me passing out popsicles.  Maybe next time I will plan ahead.  I am attaching my popsicle page as a freebie for you to enjoy! CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW THE GRAPH PHOTO.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fun Jungle Theme Schedule Cards

Check out these fun jungle schedule cards for a pocket chart.  Any jungle theme classroom needs a jungle schedule too! I even included some blank ones for your own specific needs.  These are for sale in my store.  Check them out...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Class Books

We just reached our 20th day (I can't believe it!!!)  I have worked with my kinders to create a few class books.  We had color week last week, so we read Mary Wore a Red Dress.  Old, but still perfect for K kids!  We sang for each student.  Each kid drew a picture to match our song.  Fun Times!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Kindergarten Family Portraits- Too Cute!

Everyone loves to see a Kinder Kid create a picture.  We were learning about families in Social Studies.  I had my students create little portraits of their families.  They had to tell me how many people there were, and I passed out an oval shape for each family member.  The results were too cute!  I love when they draw teeth on all of their people.  

Monday, August 29, 2011

Class Book Take Home Tote from Vistaprint

I ordered this "free" tote from this summer.  It was one of my free items after I paid some shipping.  It will be perfect for sending home some class books we have made.  So far we have managed to put together three.  How many letters in my name,  How do I get to school, and Kindergarten and the purple crayon.  I will start sending these home this week!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

1 2 3 Numbers are EASY for me!!! is what your students are going to tell you after playing number games using these colorful number cards.  This is a great freebie to use in your classroom!  Please have fun in your classroom, but do not resell these number cards! 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

My First Week of School...

We just completed our first week (3 days) of kindergarten!  My new students are really sweet.  I had 3-4 days to completely moving into my new classroom, unpack, set up, organize, decorate, label... you know all the work that goes into the first week.  Here are a couple pics of my fun safari gear.  My favorite is the palm/chicka chicka tree that my husband helped me make.  The leaves are made out of felt.  We took a left over piece of drain supplies out of the garage and painted it brown.  Now I need to add some colorful letters.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

First Day in New Room

I have been very busy moving into my new classroom this week.  They just opened the door this afternoon.  It is fun setting up a brand new room, but a bit challenging too.  Here are a couple of things I made to add to my safari gear!  The cute crates are just like the ones everyone is blogging about.  I purchased this little table for my library area and just couldn't leave it plain.  I took out my new cricut and now it looks like kindergarten.  I also added a little zebra flair on the side!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Zero the Hero

Who is he......

Zero the Hero is a special superhero.  He only comes on days ending in ZERO.  He came on our 10th day.  We did not get to see him because he came during recess.  Luckily our “hidden” camera caught a couple pictures of him. 

On our 10th day he brought cookies!

On our 20th day he brought supplies to make bracelets with 10 beads.

On our 30th day we got to write 30 on a plate and use GLITTER! 

He kept coming all the way through our 100th day of school.   

This year I would like to make a better "puppet" we shall see if I find the time. :)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Caterpillar Numbers

Many of you probably do this already, but I just loved our daily number caterpillar last year.  I had to die cut 100 circles and have them laminated.  I did numbers 1-9 in light blue and each time I got to a ten, the circle was brown.  This made it really easy to count by 10's too.  One of our calendar jobs was to add a circle to the caterpillar.  At the beginning of the year I showed them how far it would grow across our classroom and they didn't believe me.  By the time we got to 100, they were amazed!  When we got to only 20 days left of school, we started counting backwards and removing the last 20 circles. 
This isn't the best picture, but it was the best I could do.

Friday, July 22, 2011

My School Banner

I love the banner idea from Babbling Abby!  I made one in my safari theme.  I also added iron on letters to spell out my school name.  I purchased white iron on patches and cut them into circles, then ironed the zebra print letter onto those so they would stand out a little more.  Kind of difficult to see in the picture, but it looks pretty good for a DIY project with a 6 year old helping out :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I was the Winner of the Altoid Contest!!!!

Hooray!  I was the winner of Color Me Happy in Kindergarten's contest!  Check out her great blog and read the fun ideas on what to do with empty Altoid containers.  I can't wait to head to Target with my  $10 gift card!  I need to come up with a fun contest too!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dressed up Target baskets

I needed to organize all of my class books.  I bought a bunch of baskets from Target in the $ section.  I added a little ribbon to dress them up a bit.  I will hang a label on each one when I go back to school.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Reading Corner Bench

So I like to get crafty in July.  I am going to use a safari theme in my classroom this year.  I made this fun bench to go in my reading corner.  The best part was, my husband did not have to do any of the work.  The wood was from Lowes and already the correct size.  The cement blocks just needed some black paint, and then zebra stripes.  I also have some black crates to cover and use as the storage/stools, as soon as I get my husband to cut some wood.