Looking for a quick fun time filler?  My kids love labeling pictures so I created these great fall labeling sheets for them to do this week.  I know they are going to love them!  If you are interested in grabbing them 

Have you seen this book?  It is AMAZING and every kindergarten teacher should have one.  It has explanations and ideas for EVERY kindergarten standard.  It doesn't matter if you are new to kindergarten or have been teaching kindergarten for years like I have, this is definitely a book you should invest in!  A must have!!!!!  To get your copy of Kindergarten Common Core simply click on the link.  If you get this book, I would love to hear your comments on your thoughts and how your using it in your classroom!

WOW it's been a busy day!  I could get a whole lot more done on my school stuff and blog if I had a housekeeper.  Hmmmm, think my husband will go for it?  Nah, who am I kidding.  If we pay for a housekeeper I can't spend so much money on my kindergarten babies and cute clip art!  So, no housekeeper for me!  I have been working on getting my new classroom theme completed.  I have done rainbow colors in my room for quite a few years now and I decided it was time for something new.  I went crazy getting some jungle clip art.  Almost too much.  It was hard to decide what to use.  Due to the size of my jungle theme package, I had to split it up into three items on TPT.  If you are interested in the package that has the Days of the Week, Months of the Year, Word Wall stuff, Incentives etc. click here.  If you are only interested in getting the alphabet using the jungle theme then click here.  Or if you are looking for jungle numbers, click here.  Of course I would love it if you checked out all three.  Sorry for the inconvenience of 3 items.  Hope you all have a great day.  Feel free to leave me comments if there is anything you are looking for that I can help with.  I'd love to hear from you!

A Year of Writing in Kindergarten

Whew, missing in action is putting it mildly.  The last couple of months have been crazy but hopefully I can find time to get back to my blogging life.  For the past two years I have only taught math but starting next year I am going back to teaching all the subjects.  As much as I love math, I am pretty excited about going back to teaching everything.  I have a lot of work to do to prepare for the reading and writing.  The writing is my biggest concern.  I created this journal that I am going to use.  We will be doing writing daily but I am thinking that once a week they will do a writing assignment that they will keep in this journal.  At the end of the year they will be able to take it home and look back at the growth they made throughout the entire year in one book.  I know the children will enjoy looking back through it and I'm pretty sure the parents will love it too.
Wow, I can't believe I'm already creating things for back to school!  At our school the office sends each family that is enrolling for next year, home with a packet of informational "stuff".  This year, we are including a note and calendars of the months of June, July and August.  The calendars are packed full of ideas on things to work on to start preparing their children for kindergarten and the common core standards.  I'm pretty excited about how well they came out.  Sorry it has taken me so long to post them but if you think you would be interested the calendars can be found here and the parent letter can be found here.  I hope you find them useful!

I love this time of year and with all the basketball games going on I felt somewhat obligated to create some basketball fun for my kiddos.  Please visit my TPT store by clicking on the above picture to see this math mini-unit that will appeal to your boys AND girls.  I have covered standards for adding, subtracting, place value, number recognition, graphing and more than/less than.

Teachers need your help!  I'm sure all of you have watched the news, heard from someone else about the horrible tornadoes hitting our country, or even worse; personally know of someone that was affected.  As someone who is from tornado alley, it can be devastating to go through that.  Often times there is little or no warning.  It is way too early in the season for this to be happening!  It's scary!!  Let's help out our fellow teachers.  Click on the heart above to see how you can help!

It has been a CRAZY two weeks!  Last week was Nevada Reading Week so our principal assigned each area of the school a book to focus on for the week.  Our book was Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See by Eric Carle.  We did soooooo many activities but this spinner graph was by far a favorite.  I got the idea from Donna Glynn on her TPT site.  I tweaked it just a little but the general idea was all hers!  Thanks Donna!

This is a St Patrick's Day center I created that we did today!  It wasn't the favorite of the day, that's coming up, but it was a close runner up.  I will try to post the activity sheets for this center this weekend.  In general, it's a counting book to practice number recognition and one on one correspondence.  They LOVE stamps so I knew this was bound to be a winner.  I will post more information on it soon.

I love when I see them checking their work!

Wow, this was a lot of stamps!!!

OK, so this center wasn't a favorite but it was so needed!  They loved it but I think they were surprised how difficult it can be to count in a circular pattern.  These are some counting wheels I created.  My Dr. Seuss-like wheels can be found in my TPT store by clicking here.  These pictured are my St. Patrick's Day Wheels which I hope to get up soon.

They always love the counting grids.  However, I'm not sure what they love more, the grid with different themed pictures each month or the themed counters I use each month.  These are some plastic St. Patrick's Day coins I found.

This is my Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss center. I call it a spinner graph.  It is similar to the Brown Bear spinner above.  Thank goodness my kids love to graph as much as I do!

 OK, so this was today's FAVORITE center!  I called it math writing around the room.  I only teach math and I have found I really miss doing some of my favorite reading and writing centers so I came up with this activity to incorporated one of my favorites, writing around the room.  Again, I will post the actual activity this weekend, fingers crossed.  But a way to combine writing and math??  I am a happy camper!!!  (and so were my kids!)

To my surprise I got an email tonight to find that a very kind new friend gave me an award.  Who knew what a great feeling that would bring?  Thanks so much to Sandi at  http://rubberbootsandelfshoes.blogspot.com/ for the award!

So, here are the rules:

When you get this award - you play it forward.

1. Link back to the blogger who gave it to you. 

2. Pass the award onto 15 other lovely bloggers. 

3. Follow the person who sent it to you. 

The majority of my students are doing VERY well at recognizing their shapes and identifying whether they are flat (plane) shapes or 3D shapes.  I decided a fun "reward" for those that already know them and great practice for those still working on it would be this fun activity.  Since my students love to eat and learn, this is one of the many reasons I love them so much, I purchased snacks in the various shapes.  They will place the correct snack in hopefully the correct spot.  Once they are finished and they can tell me what they did and why they can eat their snacks.  I used the following for the snacks:
Cone:  Bugles
Sphere:  Kix Cereal
Cube:  Rectangular prism cheese sticks cut into cube shapes
Cylinder:  Marshmallow
Square:  Mini Saltine Cracker
Circle:  Mini Ritz Cracker
Rectangle:  Mini Club Cracker
Triangle:  Triscuit Thin Crisps
I have 120 kindergartners and since I used primarily mini-sized crackers I only had to buy two boxes of the Triscuits.  A pretty inexpensive, fun activity!
If you want this freebie activity click here.  Let me know what you think and how it goes if you use it.  I would love to hear your comments!

One of my coworkers asked me to make her something for sight words.  This is what I came up with.  It's a fun St. Patrick's Day themed printable that allows them to figure out the three and four word sight words using the code.  I think they are going to love it!  If you would like to try it with your kiddos, click here.

Wow, it seems like it's been forever since I've been on here.  Sorry about that!  I have posted a few new things on my TPT store.  Please check them out if you get a chance by clicking here.  I hope you have a great weekend and hopefully once I get my report cards done I can get back on here and create some more fun stuff for our kiddos!

Oh how I love celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday!  Such fun characters loved by all.    I created this age old game of "Go Fish" after a request made by one of my kindergartners.  She will be so excited when she sees it.  If this is something you'd like for your class, please visit my TPT store here.  If you download it please consider following me and leave me a comment.  I love reading the comments people leave me.  

OK, so I'm sad to say the I have several children that just can't quite get the number writing.  In our district the students are required to not have any reversals so in kindergarten this makes it much more difficult.  I am at the point that we are going to just practice, practice, practice.  Fingers crossed!  If you would like to grab these monthly number writing practice sheets click here.

Go to Heather's site SOON and enter her Giveaway from the Heart!  It ends February 13, so time is running out.  Make sure to check out her great blog while you're there.  She has some GREAT stuff!!!
Thanks Heather!

Thanks so much to Beth for the awesome graphics!  Please visit her site Great Graphics, (she can also be found on etsy) for some excellent graphics and backgrounds.  She is AMAZING!!!

Yes, I'm a little early but I couldn't wait to get this up.  My kids absolutely love spinner games so I figured, "Why not a Cat in the Hat game?"!  We have done several of these but I will probably do it full group just as a reminder and then it will be put in centers.  I can't wait to see their eyes when I get it out.  I'm sure they will love it as much as all our others.  If you're interested in getting this fun activity please visit my TPT store by clicking here.
Here is the Groundhog Day adding and subtracting activity I came up with.  My kindergartners LOVED this.  They seriously thought Punxsutawney Phil himself left us this message.  If you would like a copy of this please click here to go to my TPT store where I have it for free.  If it's something you like and use in your classroom please leave me a comment.  I would love to hear about it.
OK, so I haven't exactly mastered getting things on my blog BUT, I did get my first item on my TPT store.  It's a freebie that I used with my class for Groundhog Day!  They LOVED it and I hope you check it out so maybe your class can love it too.  Yep, next year.  Sorry about that!

I hope to have some more time this weekend to play around with this and figure out how to get items on here.  As soon as I figure all that out, I will make sure to post it!

Enjoy the rest of your week!
I have been looking at other people's blogs for ages now and I decided, "Enough is enough, I can do that!"  So, here goes.  I'm sure I will be starting using baby steps but I am so excited to try.  I hope to be back soon with lots of great ideas to share.
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