Sunday, August 24, 2014

First days back and my plans!

HEY THERE! Okay, it's almost 7:00 P.M. here in Missouri and I just got that feeling in my stomach...yeah Sundays now mean something again! HA!  Well the first two days of Kindergarten are under my belt!  It's only gets easier from here right? ;)  I didn't snap too many pictures last week, but will try to be much better this week!  

A little work with Brown Bear....

Self portraits?  Yes, please!  {this student work display tutorial is still to come-sorry!}

Alright, now to lesson plans!  I make no promises that I will remember/have time/sanity to keep posting my weekly plans but I will try!  Here were the first two days which are set up completely different than that of the rest of the year!  Click the image below to download!

Now to my plans for this upcoming week!  Please note that there are a few things that will change up as the year progresses!  Also, for math and writing I won't be able to always provide specific plans because my district uses curriculum programs so me sharing would be again obvious copyright! Click the image below to view my plans!  All link and images are hyper-linked for your easy viewing eyes!

Let me know if these are helpful to you!  I want to make sure to dedicate my time to what will best benefit y'all! :)  Have a SUPER week! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mega Bundle Update {and a sale}

Hey there!!!!  I saw everyone posting the "teacher tired" posts and I really didn't get it until I got back into the grind!  I'm very excited about the new year...I just need to get done with all the "behind the scenes" work so we can get down to learning!  Today I wanted to share with you my latest free update to my ENDLESS guided reading mega bundle! 

For those of you that already own the mega bundle you can now download your free update!  If you are having difficulty just send me at email to  If you don't already own the mega bundle I will explain below why now is the best time to snag it!

Alright, now back to the new beginning sounds interactive notebook! This resource can be used during your small group time or a supplement to your letter sound and word work time.  Check out the snap shots below...

Beginning sound letter flaps!  Students will color and cut out the beginning sounds!

Beginning sound letter match-ups!  Students will color the letter sound pictures and glue them onto the correct letters.

Letter sound flaps!

Again, if you own the mega bundle you already own this packet thanks to the endless option!  If you are interested in the interactive notebook you can view below!

Even more exciting is the news that TpT is offering a one day sale to help you grab those last needed packet to rock your year!  My store will be 20% off and you can get an additional 10% off using the code: BOOST at check out!  The TpT discount is for Wednesday only!
Along with the 28% savings my mega bundle is also an additional $10 off! Click below to view!

Alright, it's bed time for me!!!  Have a great Wednesday! :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School Literacy and Math Centers {freebies too}

Hey!!!!!  So, I just got home and refreshed after meet the teacher night!  I was already excited about the new year and now I am even more excited!  I know it is going to be an awesome year :)  I am quickly realizing how hard it it to juggle all of our duties when we don't have the luxury of summer ;)

I took a bit of time before school started to fill my literacy and math center tubs!  I had several requests to know what I would be starting the year out with so here it is....

We all love a little Chicka Chicka Boom Boom for back to school time! For this literacy center students cut out the letters of the alphabet and glue them on their palm tree.  I like to show the students an example of the finished product along with leaving the book in the basket for students to read through!  This literacy center is part of my Literacy Centers Super Pack #1.

Up next is a super "fun" literacy center.  SHH...don't tell the kids they can learn paths of movement while using cars!  That is a double scoop of awesome there!  For this center I printed out the cards on cardstock and laminated for durable use.  My cars are from the Dollar Tree!  This year I am trying something knew {I have went back and forth on this so many times} by laminating the recording sheet.  Students will re-use the sheet to same on paper!  I have placed a dry-erase marker and "eraser" for the each basket.  This activity is part of my August Taking Back Weekends packet!

Another fun and engaging alphabet activity!  For this activity students will match the capital and lowercase letters.  They place the lowercase apple into the capital letter basket.  For this center I have also laminated the recording sheet for repeated use.  This activity is also in my August Taking Back packet!

Below is a look at how I organize my literacy center baskets!

And another shot of how I organize my Daily Five material.  Top row is listening to read, next row down are my literacy center baskets, then writing center baskets, and last are my supply tubs.

Now to a look at my math centers!   Below is a look at my math centers!  I have 8 tubs that I use.  You can click below to grab these freebie math center labels!

Alrighty, let's get started ...

TUB #1

How about some adorable FREEBIE play dough shape mats?  Confessions of a homeschooler offer these play dough mats for free!  They are perfect for those little ones at the start of the year...making a play dough snake is surprisingly not a standard, but an important life skill!  Grab the freebie HERE!

TUB #2
The next few centers are hands-on and work closely with fine motor skills...a much needed practice skill for back to school.  For this center students use the clothes pin/tongs to place the "seeds" on each apple.  Just like with my literacy centers I have placed my math blackline masters into a sheet protector for repeated use.  This math center is part of my August Taking Back Weekends packet.

TUB #3
Another fine motor practice center!  Students again use clothespins or tongs to place the correct number of apples onto the apple tree.  Another August packet center! :)

TUB #4

More path of movement practice with cars?  Yes, please!  Students will practice the correct path of movements for numbers 0-10 using cars.  They will follow up with the hands-on activities by tracing the numbers with their dry-erase markers.  Find this too in my august packet!

TUB #5

This center requires students to build upon their one to one counting skills along with number writing!  For this blackline master I printed on cardstock and then cut out the pieces for students to manipulate!  Can you believe it ANOTHER center from my August packet!

TUB #6

A quick, easy, and cheap math center!  Continuing with fine motor skills students use clothes pins to "transport" fuzzy poms from the bucket to the muffin pan!  All materials seen below are from Dollar Tree!

TUB #7

Keeping with the apple this center!  I mean the realistic apples are not necessary but they are so much fun!  I also snagged them at the Dollar Tree!  Find this math center along with an endless list of hands-on math centers in my Math Centers Super Packet #3!

TUB #8

Another darlin freebie from Confessions of a Homeschooler!  Students work with pattern blocks to build patterns!  Such a fun and guided math center...perfect for the start of the year!  Grab the free HERE.

And a final few of my math tubs!

I hope you discovered a few ideas you can whip up for your math tubs!  I will be sharing my updated math tubs/literacy centers as I change them throughout the year!  Enjoy your week...and have a super-duper back to school!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Take Back Your Weekends: August/September {a giveaway}

Hi there!  As I sat down to write this post my husband popped his head in and said, "Hey, it's your last night of freedom!"  How rude! LOL!  I think he is excited for me to get back to work so he doesn't see me sleeping in everyday! :)  Today I wanted to pop in and share with you a few of my favorite activities that are in my August/September Teachers Taking Back Their Weekends packet.  I know I will be more than happy to get my weekends back!

This has been by far my favorite packet to create!  I'll show you in the pictures below.  Each activity mentioned is IN the packet!

Above are adorable certificates that I will be handing out to my kiddos on the first day of Kindergarten!  In the packet you can also choose "my first week." 

We all know that in Kindergarten we will be spending quite a bit of time reviewing or often times introducing students on what it means to "do their jobs."  This adorable easy reader also has matching color sheets!

In Kindergarten we learn about our Abc's and 123's but first we learn how to use our school supplies!  Below are a few cutting practice pages.

Cutting and gluing....

We even spend some time talking about how we color within the lines.  For each of these supply practice pages I list a "look what I can do" statement at the bottom of the page for parents.  I think it is so crucial, especially at the beginning of the year, to introduce parents into the skills we are learning and why!

We always spend a week before jumping into the alphabet learning all about strokes!  I have some excited plans for teaching strokes which I will share soon!

You will also snag this adorable first day poem for your kiddos!

Below is a quick look at all of the math and literacy centers found in the August packet as well!  I will explain them in detail in an upcoming post!  You can see a snap shot of each....

Again, ALL of the above mentioned activities can be found in my August taking back weekends packet!  You can view the packet below as well as the bundle you can find the packet in too!  Also,  keep scrolling to enter for a chance to WIN the packet!  I will choose three winners later Sunday evening so be quick!

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