Sunday, January 18, 2015

Let's Go Shopping and a Freebie

We finished our money unit last week, and keeping with tradition and fun, I set up a store in our classroom for some real life shopping.  Yeah!!!

I start out the unit by exploring the different coins.  We identify and learn about the penny, nickel, and dime.  One of the first things we do is identify the head and tail sides of the coins.  After shaking up their coins, and of course singing a crazy little song, they drop their coins on the table and sort.  Then we draw the coins on the paper, write in the correct amount the coin is worth, and then count.  Grab this little sorting freebie by clicking on the picture.
At the end of the unit it's time to shop!  This is also a great way to encourage and welcome my parents in to engage in their child's learning in the classroom.  It is so much fun and the kids love it.  All of them items in the store were donated by my classroom parents, and we use our classroom money to "buy" a bag full of goodies.

I also created this fun little store organization page for the kids based on the items donated.  They love to keep track of everything they bought, and it is a great way to work on tally marks.
"Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Hebrews 13:5

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Crunch Cereal Freebie

Do your kiddos love eating during a lesson?  Mine do and it keeps them sooooo engaged.  Here is a great little graphing activity you can do in your classroom to celebrate the Christmas season while enjoying a little snack too.  Just find a box of Christmas Crunch cereal, download this little freebie, and you are set. Your kids will be sorting, counting, graphing and completely engaged right before your eyes. 
Click on the pictures above to download this yummy little freebie!

The angels rejoiced singing the savior has been born today.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Great to Be Back

Well..... I haven't actually disappeared, but I did take on a new challenge this fall.  Yeah!  I decided to start coaching Jr. High volleyball, and I loved every minute of it.  I am excited to be back blogging again and have missed sharing my classroom activities with you.   With 3 very busy kiddos of my own at home, I kept very busy.  My girls were undefeated in the post season tournament and we shared a lot of laughs.  I had a blast and look forward to next season.
I also wanted to remind you that the big Cyber Monday sale on TpT is December 1-2 .  Everything in my store will be 28% off.  I bundled my new Trace, Glue and Write Sets for Phonics and Math for even more savings.

If you are working on or are ready for Whole, Half, Parts, and Symmetry check out this great unit.
Have fun shopping! May the SPIRIT of Christmas live in you all!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Sale

It's time!!!!  Time to celebrate all the love, dedication, time, and energy the wonderful teachers around us put in for our kids year after year!!  To say thanks, everything in my store will be 
28% off June 6 & 7.

Click on the image below to find my store.  
I truly appreciate all of the teachers out there and their encouraging words, thoughts, and support. As a big thank you, I have a little freebie for you as well.
Click on the picture below.

"Thank be unto Go for his unspeakable gift." 2 Corinthians 9:15

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Crossword Puzzle Phonics Fun Blends & Digraphs

It's finished!! Yeah!!  Set #2 - Crossword Puzzle Phonics Fun Blends and Digraphs.  My kiddos just love these because they are a fun little challenge.  Each puzzle has two versions:  with and without a word bank.   I love this activity because several kiddos may need the word bank, while others may be ready to try them without.  Teachers can use the version that is just right for each individual learner.  So....if your kiddos need a little extra fun, check them out.

"They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share" 1 Timothy 6:18

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day

My student teacher, Ms. Olson, had some fun activities planned for us today.   Along with Ms. Olson, Fancy Nancy taught us all about being green.  We read Fancy Nancy, Every Day is Earth Day and enjoyed the part about, "Less than mile, bike in style."

Then we went out and littered!  Yes, we littered because it was great for the kids to see what our playground would like if we all just threw our trash on the ground.  No fun!!! YUCK!!!  Who wants to play on a playground that looks like that?

Of course we cleaned it all back up!!!  We know how do take care of our Earth, do you?? :)

"God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him." John 1:3

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

3 Million Strong Sale

The 3 Million Teachers Strong sale on TpT is coming soon!!! Yeah!

This is a great time to pick out those "treasures" you have been waiting for.  You can finish the school year with some new fun ideas and activities!

Check out my some of my new and favorite activity sets.

Bundled Set - It's like getting an entire set for free! 

"I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Animated Actions for Reading Skills - Make it Fun!

So, sometimes getting students to connect with and remember various reading concepts can be difficult at times.  What are characters again?  What did she mean when she said setting?  Events???  Author?? Illustrator??  Really!!  These are new concepts for our little kiddos and they can be a lot to remember.  My kiddos are only 5!

It hit me 4 years ago when I was working with a new student.  She couldn't for the life of her remember who characters were, what events were, etc, but as soon as I did something funny with each one - WAM! - she got it.   It worked!!!  So, I made these "funnies" part of my every day lessons.  I made them real for her.

Title - "what the story is called"
Author - "writes the story"
Illustrator - "colors or paints the pictures"
Characters - "the people or animals we meet in the story"
Setting - "where they go"
Events - "things that happen in the story" (Yes, you have to shake it!)

Click on the picture below to our animated actions for these reading skills in motion.

Try it sometime - make it funny and real!!  I bet they remember.  :)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Crossword Puzzle Fun Freebie

We did it!!!! We learned all 44 sounds in the English language.  Now we are ready to begin our 5 week short vowel review and our 5 week long vowel review.   We will focus on 1 vowel sound a week in phonics and build words centered around that vowel.

My kids love it when I give them a challenge, so why not do it with something that "big" people do - Crossword Puzzles.  This fun set, Crossword Puzzle Phonics Fun Set 1, includes words for all 5 short vowels and all 5 long vowels.  Some of my kiddos are ready to spell the words out all by themselves, but some still need a little help.  Each vowel sound has a crossword puzzle with 5 words and matching picture clues in two different versions: with and without a word bank.    
To find the entire Crossword Puzzle Phonics Fun set, click on the pictures above.

I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a freebie.  To download the Short A and Long A FREEBIE pages, click on the link below!  

"Do to others as you would have them do to you." Luke 6:31