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retelling....swap....can you say AMAZZZZING? and a give away?!?!

I have talked about my small share group of 15 teachers in the past and I can not wait to show what these amazing ladies have been up to this time. We had a RETELLLING CHALLENGE where you had to create a retelling center to go with  a book that we would use in kindergarten.  I was so excited because at the same time Scholastic had a dollar sale. I picked up 15 copies of The Day Jimmy's Boa ate the wash and created this:
I provided each teacher with a large boa to retell the story on . My little ones looooove this!

You can win one of these....just follow this blog and leave a comment. I will chose 1 winner (or maybe more) next weekend!

This amazing Jimmy's Boa clipart is from Lauren at The First Grade Diaries and you can go to her store on Etsy here: . She was so nice and her clipart is adorable.

Do you know this story? The Grumpy Morning was another one of the scholastic dollar specials....and my friend Toni created this retelling center for all of us. She found the adorable animals from Scholastic printables and she DREW THE BACKGROUND!!! I know how cute it that?!?!

This retelling center works very similar to the snake with the children placing the animals in order until the get to the farmer's house!

I loooooove this book  Little Pea.....if you do not know this book you should really look into reading it to your students! It is about a little pea who is forced to eat "healthy" but he does not like candy! His parents make him eat 1 piece of candy every day! My friend Brittany made this using felt and iron vinyl! Seriously this picture does not show how stinking cute this really is!  I am also in love with little pea container that all of the pieces store in!

The crayon box that talked is always a great story to share with our little ones . My friend Missy made this for each person and I LOVE the scene that she DREW (yep, you read that right) for the students to complete as they read the story!

I also made everyone in the group Mouse Count out of felt. I love how the iron on vinyl turned out for edge of the jar. I made this on my day off for President's Day....I was actually surprised how quickly I could cut out 150 mice! :)

I have more amazing retelling to share with you later! I can not wait til you see what my crazy teacher friends created. I am pretty sure you will be impressed. I love my share you have a group of teacher that you swap items with?!?! How does it work? I would love to know what other groups are doing!!!


  1. Love the retelling center! I follow your blog!

    1. Thanks Cherie~ I love retelling and doing a swap was a great way to get 15 new ideas! :)

  2. Wow! Great idea! My students need a lot of prompting during retellings. Would love to win! I am a follower!

  3. What a great idea to get together and do swaps. My students would love this! I am a follower & I would love to win. Thank you!

  4. These retelling centers are adorable. I love the idea of each of you working on one and then sharing them with the others. It is amazing how much can be accomplished if we work together. I am a follower and would love to win!

    KinderKids Fun

  5. Oh my goodness! What a super way to get new ideas! LOVE it!!

  6. These are great! I love them alllll! Man, do I wish I was this creative! (And had the time! 37 weeks prego + 3 y/o at home + teaching 2 full days of PK and 2.5 days of kdg = one BUSY woman!)

    *New* follower!


  7. Wow these are great ideas! I do not belong to a swap group, but I will have to see if I can get one organized in my district this summer! Thanks for the great idea and the chance to win!! (And of course I follow your blog :)

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats in KIndergarten

  8. Looks like fun. I would love a copy. Thanks so much.

  9. Follow your blog and love all the stuff you come up with. I work as an aide in a Kindergarten class of 30 kids and would love to have this for one of their centers.]

  10. All them are so cute.I love stuff to go with books.Love your blog!!
    Tracy Clark

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  12. Hi Kelly
    I looove your blog!!! It is very creative, I am a kinder teacher in California!
    I also really like the swap idea!! Can I join? Or maybe even tell me how you started it and maybe we can start one right here!!!

    1. I started with a small group of teachers and they each invited one more teacher (That I did not know)....this is how this group was first we have a core group of teachers that we meet with about once a nine weeks!

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