Sunday, December 14, 2014

If all else fails…use Santa...

We can do it!!! Only 4 1/2 more days (yes, I am getting that specific) of jingle bells, snowmen, and telling kids "Yes, our elf really does report back to Santa. No, I don't think Santa would like that very much". 
As this is our last week before Christmas break, my jet setting kinders are wrapping up their holiday tour around the world. I used Rachelle Smith's AMAZING Holidays Around the World unit. You can find it here We have been to Italy, The Netherlands, Israel, and Mexico just in the past week! My students are utterly fascinated by our giant world map, and being able to pick out locations that we have "been" to. It has been such a great way to incorporate social studies, writing, and even math. This is definitely something I plan on building on and adding to throughout the year. 

I wish all of you out there an amazing, fun filled last week with your kiddos! 


Saturday, December 6, 2014

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

He's Back...

This is my absolute favorite time of the year, and my most favorite part of teaching kindergarten. The kids are so excited during the holidays and bringing the Elf on the Shelf always adds that extra kick we need! This year, my class named our elf "Spot". It was either Spot, or Johnny the Zombie Slayer. I may have miscounted when counting up the votes. JTZS just doesn't have that ring to it. My goal this year, was to create a whole themed unit around our classroom elf. Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a spy. So I thought it would be fun to create a unit where the kiddos are the super sleuths and their mission is to find out where Spot is hiding every day. Each day the kids write in their spy journals describing and drawing where our elf hides every day.

The kids absolutely loved it! They even asked me where their "spy gear" was. It's such a great way to add a writing component to something that really hooks the kids as it is. 
My "Catch that Elf" Interactive Journal is differentiated and comes with two types of journals, a "Goodbye elf" letter, and some other themed activities including a sight word game, and ten frame match up. If you have a classroom elf, then this is the pack for you!
You can find it on my Teachers Pay Teachers here

Hope you guys enjoy!!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Lets talk about the 5 senses...

I am beyond excited right now! My very first TPT product is up and ready for you to download for free right here!! You heard it right folks, it's free! My Five Senses Mini Book is a differentiated journal pack for your kiddos to write about the five senses as you teach them.  I have included both a sentence starter page, and one that is blank for each of the senses. Plus they both have space to add details and drawings.

So go straight to Teachers Pay Teachers and download it! Please be sure to share the love, and follow me while you are there. I have some exciting new products in the works, and you don't want to miss out!!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I "mustache" you a question...

I have become slightly obsessed with the mustache motif over the past few months. I have no idea why and where that obsession came from. However, I have felt the need to bring it into my classroom. The first item up on the mustache agenda was doing a Mustache Measuring activity. This past week, we have been learning how to measure using different items. To make things fun, I bought fake little mustaches for all the kiddos and myself of course to wear while we were measuring different length mustaches. The kids had a blast. 

I then happened to run into a fabulous new website called The Night Owl. You guys seriously have to check out this  site. They are a graphic design company based in South Florida who  create adorable things for teachers including tshirts and prints for your classroom. Not only does she sell things, but she also has a teachers lounge where she features teachers who share their tips and secrets for a successful classroom. Check out my darling tshirt I scooped up on their shop
It went along perfect with my week of mustache activities. The kiddos thought it was hilarious. 
If you want to rock a mustache tshirt or check out any of their other amazing products check out their website here

Until next time...Happy Teaching

Monday, May 19, 2014

QR code lovin

I have recently started a love affair with QR codes. I have seen so many of my favorite classroom bloggers use them and I have been itching to try them. So….I did and my kiddos love it!! I started with a pack that I got on TPT from Teaching with Nancy. You can get it here
My kids loved checking their work and scanning their code.
Due to the fact that we have only 15 more days left of school, I wanted to reward my munchkins for all their hard work. They have been so awesome and I wanted to do something special to countdown the last few days of school. I decided to create a countdown board using QR codes. I created a code for the last 15 days of school and each day we scan a new code and it reveals something fun for the class to do or some sort of special treat. For example, for the 13th day, they scanned the code and it said "no homework tonight". Obviously they went nuts! It was such a fun, new way to countdown the days.


My End of Year QR code pack, as well as more QR code packs are currently in the works.  Be on the lookout! For more products that are sure to delight, hop on over to my store

Thursday, April 17, 2014

My first post

Yay!! I am so excited that my blog is up and running! A huge huge thanks to PJ Designs Lab for my adorable set up. I cannot wait to share with you my live for all things kindergarten. Stay tuned for more posts! In the meantime I am off to enjoy my first few hours of my spring break!