Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Weather Chart Freebie!

I've seen these weather charts all over pinterest and TpT. Nicole from Rowdy is Room 300 has a really cute version HERE.  The bulletin board space in my classroom is  limited, so I decided to make one for myself this year (in a design that would match my classroom).  I love the way it turned out! So simple for the kids and doesn't take up a lot of space.   I can't decide if I will mount it on something magnetic and use magnets to identify the weather and temperature, or attach it to a piece of foam core and use clothespins. This chart prints on a legal size paper (8.5 x 14), so you don't have to piece it together. But, you do have to remember to change your printer settings to "legal"! 

Would you like a copy! Click HERE to download it from my Teachers Pay Teachers shop! While you're at it, "follow me" for more freebies and PreK ideas! 

Linking up to 4th Grade Frolics!

Liebster Award!

Thanks to Katie at EC Autism Class for nominating me for a Liebster Award!
The Liebster Award is for blogs with less than 200 followers in order to promote that blog, show appreciation, and hopefully draw more followers. To accept this nomination, you need to do a few things first. 
1. Link to the person who nominated you. 
2. Answer questions from your nominator. 
3. Share 11 random facts about yourself. 
4. Nominate five or more blogs with less than 200 followers. 
5. Pose questions to your nominees. 
Here are the questions that Katie asked of me!
1. What's your favorite part of your job?
 Joking around with my kids, I love "tricking" them into getting excited about something.
 2. Do you prefer sweet or salty foods? 
Sweet, hands down! 
3. What are 3 of your favorite online shopping websites?
Amazon, Etsy, and Teachers Pay Teachers, I also developed a little bit of a problem with Vistaprint after reading this post by Maria at Kinder-craze!  
 4. What is your pet peeve? 
 People who are in a bad mood at work, no matter what is going on I always try to keep a positive attitude!
5. Who is your favorite author? 
Laura Lippman
 6. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
Calgary, Canada to see my little sister's house and new baby (she's due in a few weeks)
 7. What is something you learned recently?
How to make drop down boxes in Excel and how to demo a tiled shower! Both equally exciting. 
 8. What do you like most about blogging? 
The thrill of of getting a comment - people are actually reading this???? 
 9. Name one school supply you could not live without. 
10. What's your favorite thing about your classroom? 
My personal library, I have 1000s of books on every topic and theme.  Thank you Scholastic!  

  Now I would like to nominate 5 blogs that I've recently begun reading. If you would like to join in, please answer these questions and link back!  What a great way to connect with new bloggers!  
Fun in ECSE
Live, Laugh and Learn in Second Grade 
Dizzy for Kindergarten
The Kindergarten Penn 

Questions for the Nominees
1.  How long have you been blogging? 
2.  What is your favorite grade to teach? 
3.  Do you use a computer or pen and paper to write your plans? 
4. Who is your favorite clip art artist? 
5. Do you have a TpT shop? 
6. What time to you get to school in the morning? 
7. Where did you go to college? 
8. What is your favorite color? 
9. What would your job be if you weren't a teacher? 
10. Why did you start a blog? 

Don't forget to list 11 random facts about you!  Happy Blogging!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Back to School Pins - don't forget to enter my giveaway!

I made it to my classroom today! It feels good to get a little bit of a start, even though I have 36 more days off (don't hate:)!  I'll be posting some pics soon, but in the meantime, I'm linking up with Just Reed with Back to School Pins!  I hope that you find some inspiration, link up and show us the
back-to-school ideas you've been pinning!

Boy Mama Teacher Mama | Magnet Popsicle Sticks
How come I've never done this!  On the to-do-list for this year!  Great idea from Boy Mama Teacher Mama!

Chicka Chicka Boom - Look who's in our room!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - a must have for September! Cute idea from Mrs Goff's PreK Tales!

Love these for discriminating colors - same colors, different shades!  I spent a lot of time at the paint store this week, this is my next project! So cute from The Rigneys!
Kindergarten Smiles: Freebies
A little dot holds a lot! What a great practice activity from Kindergarten Smiles!
Good bye sign - I want to make this to put next to my door!
This would be perfect next to the classroom door!  Love to support Etsy sellers, from Petunia Fitzgerald Creations!
Kindergarten class photo collage of their potential professions.
Could I ever pull something like this off????  I need to give it a try!  So sweet, from Jo's PhotoMojo!

Handprint fish craft- CUTE!
I'm thinking about a "pets" unit for next year, this caught my eye from SMART CLASS!
bats math unit
I was reminded of this today as I sorted my October books, love Cara Carroll's ideas!  Definitely repeating this one this year!
Mrs Jump's class: Throwback Thursday.... Colorful Cats and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
I'm using Pete the Cat this year for the first time!  Love these from Mrs. Jump's Class!

Ice chalk
Simple and fun for school or home, my kids would love this!  Great idea from Reading Confetti   

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ten Things I've Learned From Teaching

I'm linking up with Miss Kindergarten today!

1. When you're working on something on your couch at 1:00 a.m., put it in your bag before falling asleep!  You will forget in the morning!
2. Go to sleep (see #1)
3. Treat each child as you would like your own child to be treated.
4. Stock up during the school supply sales in the summer.
5. Only use Crayola crayons so you don't have to hear this..  "Teacher, this red looks pink!"  "Teacher, this green looks yellow!" "Teachers, this purple looks blue!"
6. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt.
7. Save your tax return so you can continue to eat during the summer.
8. Make time to sing, dance and use lots of glitter!
9. Make each child feel special every single day.
10. Teaching is the only career for me, I can't imagine doing anything else!

What have you learned from teaching?  Link up or leave a comment! 

Ocean Week In PreK and a Giveaway!

Click HERE to check it out on TpT!
 Ocean Week in PreK - one of my favorite units to teach!  So many fun art projects and lessons you can do, and my kids love the facts about ocean animals. This year I showed my students a few interesting YouTube videos, too.  Do you ever use YouTube in the classroom?

Anyways, I'm finishing this up to post on TpT and would love to give a few copies of this file away. Tons of fun activities - I have, Who Has? Game, Sight Word Bingo, Addition Cut and Paste, Ten Frame and Dice Game, Non-Fiction Big Book, Patterns, Vocabulary Cards, Letter Recognition Game and two Student Readers! I don't always have a lot of non-fiction books to go along with my units, so I started writing my own!  This unit includes a teacher copy in color (I laminate and bind with rings) and a student copy in black and white (I use these in my writing center). 

I'll give away three copies.  Enter below, make sure that you are signed in or leave an email address so I can contact you (Follow Me!)  Good luck, contest ends on Thursday!

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday Freebie - Bus Safety Sight Word Reader!

Yay!  I'm so excited about my response to the giveaway!  Thanks so much for your entries and comments. Unfortunately, I accidently deleted all the comments! I'm blaming my mistake on three things....

     1. I'm new to Blogger
     2. It was 1:00 a.m.
     3. I was simultaneously watching 2 hours of Project Runway! 

Congratulations to the winner, Addison H., but I feel bad that I couldn't pick more! Here's a freebie to start off your weekend, a little bus safety book!  I print this on yellow paper and read with my kids before we take a field trip, but it's also perfect for the first week of school!  If you like it, please take a moment to leave feedback on my TpT page, I really appreciate it!  Have a great weekend!
Grab it HERE!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Throwback Thursday...don't forget to enter my giveaway!

Linking up with Cara Carroll's blog, The First Grade Parade, for Throwback Thursday!  Unfortunately, I don't have any "old" posts to link up, because I'm "new".  Is yesterday's post enough of a "throwback"??? Don't forget to enter my giveaway! 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Yay for a giveaway!

Oh man, I didn't get to go to my classroom to set up my new bins!  Luckily I called and found out my floors were being waxed before I left the house.  I'll try again next week and post some pics of my new organization system.  In the meantime, my first giveway! I'm giving away your choice of four files from my TpT shop.  All you have to do is answer a quick question, "How many more days of summer vacation do you have left?" Make sure that you're signed in (follow me!) or leave an email address so I can contact you.
 Good luck!

SHAPES - flashcards, wall display, big book, worksheets, w

PRE-K Roll and Cover Games - One for every month in the year!
Roll and Cover!

Monster Math - Math Unit/Centers for PreK and Kindergarten
Monster Math!

"I can.." PreK and Kindergarten Handwriting Packet -  HUGE
PreK Handwriting!

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Organizing my Classroom - Free Monthly Labels!

I'm getting organized in my classroom this year!  I purchased 10 large blue bins from The Christmas Tree Shop a few days ago.  I created these labels to brighten them up and help me organize my monthly materials.  I'll post some pics this week, but in the meantime, I'll share them with you!  Click HERE to download the labels from Google Docs! 

Since organizing is my first step to working on my class decor, I'm linking up with KinderAlphabet! Check it out!

Linking up to The Applicious Teacher

Linking up to Miss Kindergarten

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Favorite Pins Friday..umm, Sunday!

Part of my summer routine...pinning ideas for the classroom!  Unlike home improvement projects that require lots of tools and money, I might actually do some of these!  Linking up with 
The First Grade Parade  with my favorite pins of the week!  

Visit Cara Carroll's blog HERE!  I love her style! 
Design Improvised: How to Make Paper Pinwheels - The Easy Way
Love THESE!  I made them for my sister's baby shower!

Checkout this great post on Bulletin Board Ideas!
So cute from Doodle Bugs Teaching!
Love this watch band from Cluck Cluck Sew!
I need to try some of these recipes from Busy Kids = Happy Mom!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday Freebie! What will you learn in PreK?

Click  HERE to download from my TpT page!
Here's a sweet little student reader to help you out for the first week of PreK!  My students love these books!  You can read as a group, identify sight words or letters with a highlighter, read in small groups, color and send home for parents to read!  Whenever I create a student reader, I always format it so it can be run through the copy machine as a packet, stapled twice on the left side, and then cut in half to create two books!  Why did it take me 10 years to figure that out?


Monday, July 8, 2013

Yay for PreK! My first freebie!

I use the summertime to get a head start on the school year because my husband is home to help me with the kids (he's a teacher, too)!  Here's a calendar freebie to give you a head start on the school year!  I created these calendars to use with my PreKers on the first day of each month, to introduce our new calendar.  There are three formats, so you can differentiate for your students.  I'll put it up for FREE on my TpT page this week, so download quickly!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

My First Post!

Goals for this school year! 

 1. Get organized

2. Stay organized

3. Spend less time on my couch at midnight recreating things that I know I've used in the past!  

4. Use this blog to help me connect with other PreK teachers and implement the Common Core standards into my planning!  

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