Friday, December 30, 2011

And the WINNER is...

Congratulations!!! (I will be emailing the units to you tomorrow, YAY!!)
I do want to give a big thank you to everyone who participated!! I really appreciate your support!! And just for that...I am going to put my TPT store on sale until the first...which means everything is 20% off! That is a super duper good deal if I must say so myself :)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's Resolution

I am joining up with Tammy over at Live, Love, Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten to make my New Years Resolutions! This is something that I definitely need to do because I haven't even began to think about what my resolutions are...so let's see!!
Personal:
1. Drink more water! I don't drink at all during the day which is not a good thing! And drinking a lot of water is supposed to make you more full and not eat as much...so it will benefit all around!
2. Start saving money that will ONLY be used for my mission trip back to Africa.
Teaching:
1. Reorganize my whole class! I want my centers to be reorganized, my files, everything! I need a couple planning days!!
2. Start, and get funded, another Donors Choose project
Blogging:
1. Post on my site at least twice a week
2. Post one, quality, freebie each week
3. Make one unit a month for TPT
My last one is inspired by Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies...
4. Comment more on other peoples blog posts! I love when I get comments so I know others will appreciate it as well!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Winter Freebie

I can't believe this week is going by so quickly!! The Friday before break we were allowed to leave school at 2:30 and even though I wasn't prepped for the week back...I left!! I am not sure what I have ready for Monday centers, so just in case I need something I made a quick and fun ordinal numbers center.  Click below to download it for yourself :)
And once again...tonight/tomorrow is the last day to enter into my giveaway! I am giving away all of my units to one lucky winner! I will choose the winner tomorrow night! Follow my blog and then click here to enter!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Top 3!

Fern Smith is having a Top Three Linky Party where you get to share your top 3 blog posts from 2011..I had no idea what mine even were or how many views they could possibly have, so I was very interested in checking out my stats!! This is what I came up with:
1.  My most viewed post had 5,851 views and it was my first freebie on TPT--a Candy Corn letter/sound game
 
2. My second most popular post in 2011 was my post on my portable file folder words.  This post had 2,302 views!
3. The post that came in third place had 1,840 views and it was my post that said how excited I was to have my first unit on TPT-my November Unit!
 I am a little surprised that some of my more recent posts didn't have more views! I would like to think that my freebies and posts have gotten better since I first started! haha who knows!
Hopefully 2012 will bring me some higher numbers! I need to get to work :)
*Don't forget...2 more days to enter my Giveaway!*

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Holly Bloggy

I got my Holly Bloggy Christmas present in the mail 2 days ago...and I am the WORST at surprises...I just couldn't wait to open it!!! (Thank gosh it didn't come any earlier) I opened it last night, I know it wasn't Christmas yet, but I wasn't going to be home all day today.  Look at how cute my gift was...
I can't wait to bring the frame to my classroom, it is adorable!! LOVE the yellow!! I also got some yummy rainbow sprinkles...probably sounds weird...but I love them!! Thank you to my secret bloggy santa, Jeannie over at Class full of "Special" Kinders!
Also a big thank you to Caitlin over at Ms. Preppy and Sarah over at Kindergarten Korner for putting together this wonderful Holly Bloggy fun! I hope we can do it again next year!! 

P.S. Don't forget to enter into my BIG giveaway!! Just click HERE

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Big Holiday Giveaway!!

I made a goal at the end of November that I would try to have 300 followers by the New Year. The goal seemed a little hard, but I can't give up!  So what better to do, then to welcome some new followers with a BIG giveaway!! I am giving away ALL of my units that are for sale in my TPT store, which includes: 


Because of the holidays, I will be picking a winner on Thursday the 29th...so you have some time!! :)  To enter:

1. Leave a comment letting me know that you follow my blog
2. Blog about my giveaway and leave 2 comments letting me know that you did! (leave a link to your blog in your comment)

This way you have 3 chances to WIN!!

Good luck!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Winter Literacy


I am excited to say...I have a new unit up on TPT :)
It is a Winter Literacy Unit that consists of the following:
-ABC order
-Counting Syllables
-Sorting real words/nonsense words
-Parts of speech (noun, adjective, verb)
-Word blends (with 6 different blends)
-Rhyming words
-Making Words (4 different options)
-Winter words (with writing activity)
-Contractions
-Synonyms
Click HERE to go to my TPT store (you can also download a preview that is bigger than the picture above!)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Salt Dough Ornaments

Yayy!! The ornaments came out perfectly! I ended up leaving them in the oven for the full 6 hours.  Today the kids painted them beautifully! They dry really fast so I ended up painting 2 coats of the varnish on top to make sure they were shiny! I love how they turned out and all the kids are super excited to give them to their parents!

On a different note, looks like our friend Wings got in a little trouble...
 The kids had me hysterically laughing when they came in and saw this in the morning. They couldn't believe that Wings was tied up and they really couldn't believe that their toys come to life also!  Some of the students were worried about Wings so we made sure to leave him with a pair of scissors so he could get out :)
I hope everyone is enjoying their last couple of days! I am just hoping to make it through the craziness of the holiday party tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Almost Winter Break!


How fun are these soldiers lining the Kindergarten hallway?! I love them!! The kids love making them (I usually like their book buddies to help out) and they are actually pretty easy!! But anyways....

I am so excited for winter break!! I am really planning on just staying home and RELAXING!! Of course I need to get things done around the house, Christmas shop, work on some new units, train for a marathon (not my idea!!)....but, my number one plan is to sit on the couch and catch up on my tivo!! 

For now though, there are 3 more days of school and I still haven't had my students make a gift for their parents.  When I got in the car today I had a text from my sister asking if I watched The Chew.  I hadn't even heard of it..but she went on to tell me how this morning they made salt dough ornaments and they came out super cute and EASY!! So, it was perfect timing.  I texted her back, told her to come over and help, and sure enough...
 I have salt dough ornaments baking in the oven as we speak!! Tomorrow I will bring them to school and let the children paint them.  When they are dry I will paint them with some varnish, tie on a ribbon, and WA-LA! We have our gifts! Super cute! 
How to make them? It's only 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1 cup of warm water. Mix together, roll out, cut your shapes, and then stick them in the oven at 200 degrees for somewhere between 4 and  6 hours...mine are at about 2 hours right now :) Oh, and don't forget to poke the holes in them! I used a pen even though the show recommended a straw!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Winter CVC Game

My students love playing reading games..whether they are reading chapter books already or just starting to sound words out..for some reason it doesn't matter.  Maybe its their competitiveness coming out? Anyways, here is a little CVC winter game that is perfect for your beginning readers! Click below for your free copy!
Enjoy!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

So Lucky!

I am super lucky to have received the Sunshine Award from not one, or two, or three others...BUT from four wonderful, terrific, awesome bloggers!!! I owe a big THANK YOU to Amanda over at Love, Laugh, and Learn, Sarah over at Kindergarten Korner, Dee over at Over the MoonBow, and Ms. Helms over at Work Smart Not Hard Teaching Kindergarten. I am so happy to know that people are enjoying my blog!
To accept this award the rules are:
1. Thank the person who gave the award to you and write a post about it.
2. Answer the questions below
3. Pass the award to 10-12 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs, and let them know you awarded them.

Here's my answers to the questions:
1. Favorite color? definitely yellow!
2. Favorite animal? When I was little I always said a bunny, so I still say a bunny when people ask...but, I really like monkeys the best!
3. Favorite number? 7
4. Favorite drink? diet coke
5. Facebook or Twitter? facebook
6. Your passion? teaching kindergarten :)
7. Giving or getting presents? both!
8. Favorite day? Saturday! 

I am passing this award to:
Kindergarten is a Hoot (I just found her today..you will love her!)
A Cupcake For the Teacher (another new find!)
First Grade Blue Skies (she is soo nice!)
Kinderglynn (helped me out when I first started blogging with a givaway!)
Congrats!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Giveaway!!

Lauryn over at Paste and Pearls is giving away a full math and literacy gingerbread unit.  It is actually my gingerbread math unit combined with Lauryn's gingerbread literacy unit.  The best part is...it is super easy to enter! All you need to do is head on over and become one of her followers..leave a comment..and cross your fingers that you will win!! You can get 2 entries into her giveaway if you also let her know that you follow me!!  :)
 Good luck!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New Behavior Idea for my little kiddos...

So I really have no reason to complain, because I have an awesome and smart class this year, but...they are very chatty! After reading a facebook post from Denise over at Sunny Days, I decided to try something new! I already use the Clip Chart Management System which is working great for majority of the day. Now, I just needed something to control the talking during reading groups/literacy centers.  So, I have been using these clips (given to me by Denise..who got them at the Dollar Store)
as rewards for quiet reading groups.  I have 4 groups (apples, hearts, frogs and butterflies) that rotate to different centers throughout the morning (not always together, but I keep my eye on them).  After morning centers I choose one group to get a clip.  I choose based on who was quiet, who cleaned up, etc.  Once the group gets to 10 clips, they earn a prize! I have tossed around some ideas with them like taking their shoes off for the day, eating lunch with me, etc.  I am not sure which one we will actually use, but this system has been fantastic!!! I overhear them during rotations quieting each other down and reminding each other that they are trying to earn a point. As soon as centers are finished they all hurry to the carpet to find out who is going to earn the clip.  Overall, this has been a great and easy way to control their chatty behavior :)
p.s. check out what our elf is up to now...
 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Our Elf is Here!

My kids were so super excited when I introduced our Elf on the Shelf.  We read the story together and talked about how you cannot touch the elf or he loses his magic! But first you have to give your Elf a name.  My kids brainstormed some crazy names for our Elf and when the voting was done we were left with.....Wings!!! haha Then we talked about how the Elf is a great listener, but Santa does not let him talk to children. Throughout the rest of the day I would overhear students going up to Wings and telling him what they want for Christmas... you know, the little things...an itouch, a nintendo, a new baby brother!!
Every night Wings flies back to the North Pole and reports to Santa.  When he comes back in the morning he is always in a different spot in the classroom...On Thursday he was fishing for some goldfish 
Then, this morning he made our cooking activity for us! We were supposed to be making reindeer cookies in our morning center..but Wings got to it first.


He even squirted some icing onto our feeling picture cards and turned those frowns, upside down!!

So fun!!
I know there are a couple other teachers doing Elf on the Shelf as well. If you are, let me know if you have some good classroom ideas! My teacher bff next door (who just started blogging) has a little Elf of her own named Sparkles! Check out her blog over at Paste and Pearls and become one of her followers!!