Sunday, December 18, 2011

New and AMAZING lid Idea!


I love stamps during my literacy center but they quickly get messy or get lost! SOOO I made FREE stamps for each center! They are simple to make and my students prefer them the Lakeshore ones that I already had!


Step 1: Collect lids! I prefer med size Gatorade or these lids like below
Step 2: Label the top side of the lid. I used my cricut and vinyl to die cut the letters but I could have done the same thing with a sharpie.

Step 3: precut foam letters. (I know you already have some in your classroom) Make sure you glue it on backwards so that when it is stamped it will be correct.



This is the same thing made out of Gatorade lids!

Then I got this cheap tool box at Target for 7 dollars to organize my stamps. The students can pull out the letters they need to stamp their sight words and they know where to put them back. I also die cut the letters for the front of the drawer with my cricut and vinyl!


Run Run as Fast as you can.... I LOOOVEE the Gingerbread Man

The gameboards are from the Dollar Tree! We just took the little pieces and wrote the sight word on the back and then wrote the same sight word on the board. They pull a piece, read the word and place the item in the hole! 


This is the tree version of this game!





Everyone loves this fun science experiment. I started with this Little Debbie Cookie. 



Each Student drew what he looked like before he was in the water and what he looked like after we placed him the water. We predicted what we would thought would happen. 



Candy Graph




I love using free items in my lessons! Each of the student brought in 10 candy wrappers and we sorted by  color too! This is the Tree Map that we created for the hallway!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Candy Candy Candy!!! Free Printable


Our Students love Halloween and Candy! Who does NOT love Candy? I have each student bring in 10 candy labels and we sort them by  letters. I put the pages into sheet protectors so that if I find candy throughout the year I can add them to our class book!

Grab yourself a cover to your class book HERE!~

We also sort the labels by color for a tree map! There is so much fun to have with candy...oops I mean candy labels! :) Happy Halloween Friends!


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Spooky House ABC lid game with FREE Download

This week I got the cutest email from a friend at a nearby school. She had made a new lid game and wanted to share! And with her permission I am sharing it with you!!!!!!

I then took my love of lids and my love of my Cricut and made these cute lids! You can easily just write the letters with a sharpie!

 I made my game lower to upper case match up and I am going to make a word match up for my readers!



For your free copy click HERE for the ABC one or HERE for a blank one you can program yourself!

Enjoy!!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

10 Black Dots

This week our little friends loved the book TEN BLACK DOTS! We also made a class book!



To grab this printable and the cover of our class book click HERE! (I kept the file in Word so you can add your name to the cover)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Thanks to Kinder Kid for my first Award!!!!


Thanks for awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award! I am very excited and honored to have you think of me!!!!!! :)




Now for the rules of this award:

1. Thank the person/people that nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 other blogs that you have discovered!

1. I am a kindergarten teacher in Northern VA and I LOVE it! (no secret here)
2.  I am the proud mom of 3 wonderful boys! We have an 11 year age gap between the older 2 and our little man....we have been missing a huge part of our family and NOW it is complete!
3. I met and married my husband in High school....OK not really but the day AFTER graduation!
4. I am a task starter and SOMETIMES a task finisher...I wish I was better at this.
5. I often take on more than I should. I have a hard time saying NO professionally. I love my job and I want to make it easier for everyone around me!
6. I MAY be addicted to these blogs....I have met some wonderful and amazing teachers here but I think I might need a support group since I am checking my updates in weeee hours of the morning.
7. I would LOOOOOVE to do a blogger world local meet up....anyone interested...maybe a DC weekend...meet up???!!!! 

I have several blogs that I love. I am NOT sure if they have this award or NOT so here we go! I am going to list them here and try to later go and tell them that I am awarding the this award!










http://mrsmorrowskindergarteners.blogspot.com/

http://theverybusykindergarten.blogspot.com/



(this blog was one of the first one I started following!)

http://seusstastic.blogspot.com/


I know this is not 15 but ALL of my other choices ALREADY have the award! Thanks friends and happpppppppy blogging! 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Falling for Letters!

Fall is here! Wow! It is hard to believe that we have now completed 3 weeks of Kindergarten! I am in love with my sweet kindergarten class!  I love to make new games for them too! SO in honor of FALL here is a new game idea for you too!

1. Get bag and leaves (I got both at the Dollar Tree)
2. Write the letters on the fabric leaves and add a few extra FALLs on some of the leaves
3. Put the letters and fall leaves into the bag

4. The students pull the letters out one at a time. They color in the letter they pulled out on their recording sheet. If they get FALL they lose a turn!

Sounds FUN???!!? Grab your copy of the printable recording sheet here!~

EVERYONE IS A WINNNNNNNER!

I had such few comments to my give away that I am making everyone a winner!  If you commented below be sure to send me your address and number of students!

Thanks for following my blog!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Names, Names, Names! and a GIVEAWAY :)

I just completed my first 2 weeks of Kindergarten! What a wonderful time of the year! I love my days with my  little ones but man I am TIRED!  The first 2 weeks we spend lots of time on names! Some of my favorite name activities are:

IF YOUR NAME IS ON THE PLATE!
To play this game the students stand on the edge of the carpet. Then I toss 1 plate at a time in the middle. As we sing "If your name is on the plate pick it up, If your name is on the plate pick it up, If your name is on the plate, if your name is on the plate, if your name is on the plate PICK it up!!!! I continue to toss plates until everyone is holding their names.



WHO STOLE THE COOKIES FROM THE COOKIE JAR!
This is a very popular activity that I have seen all over Blog World. I do it very similar. I wrote the names of my students on the cookies and the put the song part onto sentence strips. We sing this song whole group for a few days and then this is one of the first pocket chart activities for my class!


MATCH MICKEY'S EARS
1. Take a picture of each student
2. Cut the picture into 3 X 5 or cut out and glue to color cardstock
3. Laminate
4. Write the students name on the mickey mouse ears (these are NOT glued on the page)
5. Laminate the Mickey Ears Seperate
6. Using VELCRO or MAGNETS you can make the hats where they are removable
7. Enjoy the fun as your students give their class make MICKEY NAME EARS!


Read on Down to See How YOU can WIN
your very own class set!!!!!

We also did one of the fun Chicka Chicka hand print name activities!!!!!



We read the story A MY NAME is and then the class illustrated their pictures....



You can print you own copy of the is template by clicking on the picture below!!! *** I left the template at school. I will add this one Monday!


Name Tubes: This is a fun name center for the class. I put the letter for each student in the tub. I do make it a little easier by doing green water for boys and red water for girls. Then I make the game board with all of the pictures and names from our class! It is amazing ALL of the STRATEGIES they use to figure out who's name is in each tube!



This is fun bulletin board outside our door....just thought I would share!


Another FUN and CHEAP find... I got this black tub at the Dollar Tree then I die cut Vinyl letters and look how stinkin cute it turned out!!!!




Would you like to WIN your very own class set of Mickey Mouse Ears? How??? It is very simple?

Leave a comment for each item that you do below! Good luck! :)

1. Follow my blog! 1 entry
2 Blog about my giveaway  2 entries
3. Pin one of these pics to your pinterest page!  1 entry

I will pick 2 random winners and a class set of Mickey Mouse ears are YOURS!  Last day to enter is Friday, September 23 by 5 pm. Good Luck and Thanks for visiting my site!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Kindergarten is a SUPER place!

I thought I would share my door to start the school year! I have an amazing family that helps me with the design of my door each year. Their little one that I had is now is 3rd grade! (Where does time go?)



How cute is this???

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Letter Game


SO I made ANOTHER lid game!!! Are you shocked?! Nope me neither! I AM in LOVE with this one! It turned out so cute! I used my Cricut to die cut the cute Palm Trees. Then I found these letters in the dollar spot at Target. They are SOOOO cute but you can use any letters you have or just use cute markers!

Then I placed the same letter on the trees that are on the lids. If you look closely you can see in this picture that the letter D is not matched up yet!  I divided the alphabet into 2 sheets of 12 by 12 paper so that there were not too many letters on one page..


AND I had a sheet of palm trees left over so I made the Chicka Chicka 123!~ How stinkin cute is this...My Friend next door...came into my room...saw this game and sat down and MADE it! I  hope you love it as much as we do! 


 If you do not have cricut...you can CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW FOR YOUR VERY OWN PALM TREE PRINT OUT!


Are you saving lids yet?  I will post more lid games soon! I love FREE resources! 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Three for Thursday.....

My favorite font is NOT a clip art program it is for the Cricut...I loooooove my Mickey Mouse Font! It makes the letter for Kindergarten (no fancy A's here) but they are still a little bit cutsie!

My favorite blog is ....I should say From Kindergarten with Love...MY BLOG! But right now I am in love with 2 ladies



and
 

Little Miss Kindergarten

and I love my Friend Karen's Blog...IT has been a PRIVILEGE to work with her and become friends with her over the last year...She is an amazing dedicated teacher with super ideas...check her out!



 
 
Favorite online resource: This one is tricky....I love you guys so much and the wonderful ideas I get here and ON PINTEREST! I love pinterest right now. I am following some WONDERFUL people that are daily finding some of the cutest new ideas!!!!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Where it ALL goes DOWN!

We are not back in school yet. Our students return on Sept 6.....so my room is NOT done but I am getting close!




I love COLOR! My tables are color tables and the colors coordinate with the carpet squares. So if you sit at the blue table...you sit on one of the blue squares! :)




This is going to be my writing center. I picked up these super cute containers at the Dollar Tree and then I zip tied them to the back of the book case...some cute ribbon and WOW!



I made these blends charts on my Cricut a few years ago and I LOVE them!



This is one of my favorite things to do....the blank spot under the animal is where a CLASS photo goes from the special color day! My kids are GREAT at wearing the color of the week!

I just thought I would show some of my MANY books...These ones are on display and on the top you can see the bottom of my theme books that I use as a teacher.


This is my classroom from the back corner looking towards the door! I hope you enjoyed our little tour and you will continue to BLOG HOPPIN!

I love my new pencil containers! Special Thanks to Peace love Learning for the free printable!

http://peacelovelearning.blogspot.com/2011/08/getting-crafty.html