Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Slug Bug....I mean Tag!

Thank you Stephanie, from Kinder Kiddo, for tagging me!  Stephanie drives a VW bug like I do so I feel like I was slug bugged instead of tagged!  tee hee!
So here are the rules:
1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you’ve tagged them!
 12 "fun" facts:
1.  I have lived in 4 states (Montana, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota)
2.  I've been to Mexico 3 times (can't wait to go back)
3.  We are going on a family trip to Disney World in February
4.  Snakes, spiders and mice petrify me (so do school board members...haha!)
5.  I'm not related to anyone famous...major bummer.
6.  I get bored easily.
7.  Love, love, love to shop but hate to spend money.
8.   I recently (in the last 2 years) lost 30 lbs and have kept it off!  Woo hoo!
9.  I don't collect anything (unless you count books on my nook...got a good collection started there!)
10.  I would wear flip flops year round if I could (yep, even in cold weather)
Oh man....I can't think of anymore!!!

12 questions to go anwer:
1.  What is your favorite store?  I'm more of an Amazon.com shopper
2.  Do you have a class pet? Used to have a bunny but had to let her go live on a farm at the beginning of this year....long story)
3.  Do you prefer Dollar Tree or Dollar General?  Can we call it a tie??
4.  How many pets at home do you have? 1
5.  Do you have kids of your own?   yes
6.  How do you deal with help helicopter parents see your side of life?  Impossible!  I just keep showing their kids they don't need helicopter parents.  Keep telling them "you are smart enough and strong enough to handle this on your own!"
7.  How do you involve absent parents in school activities?  Sometimes the only thing you can control is what happens in your classroom.
8.  What is your favorite sport?  soccer
9.  What is your favorite team of #8's sport?  My daughter's team (yep, I'm a soccer mom)
10.  What is the piece of jewelry you wear most often? My wedding ring...can't wear necklaces because they clink against my class mic all day and bugs the heck out of me
11.  Do you like curtains or blinds?  Curtains...blinds are a pain to clean
12.  What can brighten your day when nothing else can?   My daughters

Ok....I just spent 20 minutes checking all the blogs on my blog roll and everyone has been tagged already!!!   guess I was the last one to show up to the party!  ha!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

100th Day...Hip Hip Hooray...It's Over!

Here's our day in a "nut" shell (actually yesterday was the 100th day but I came home from all the chaos fun and fell asleep....exhausting!)

*As a "home" project the kids made 100th Day Posters.  Here's my daughters.  We used band aids to make tally marks.

*We made 100 Day Masks

*We made 100 Gallon hats and drew 10 things in each of the 10 sections.

We sorted beads (10 beads in each section) and made necklaces.

*We finished out Zero the Hero book and ate our 100 day treat that Zero the Hero brought us.

*We searched our room for numbers and colored our hundreds chart to find the surprise picture.

It was an long exciting day and I was thilled relieved when our schedule returned to "normal" today.
If you're interested in the mask, hat or hundred chart art click here.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Going to the Chapel.....a little QU love!

We had our QU wedding on Thursday. 
What can we say...they met, they fell in love, they lived happily ever after!

Our parent volunteers did a great job setting up the chapel!

Our principal officially wed the happy "couple."

The kinder guests all dressed as a letter from the alphabet (the adorable letter "A" is my daughter!)

Lots of kinders brought presents for the occassion!  QU were very thankful for all the quarters, quilts, queens and quaker oats.  They also loved the reminders the students brought them from their "single" days.  Q appreciated the Q-tips and U really liked the uno cards, underwear and umbrellas!

The reception was catered by "Kinder Moms."  (There were even 3 cupcakes left over for the hard working teachers!!!!!  Bonus!) 

The guests also enjoyed the dance following the reception.  The Chicken Dance and Hokey Pokey were enjoyed by all!

Friday, January 20, 2012

One more Dr. Seuss Post....TPT Unit and Freebie


I just posted a Dr. Seuss Reading & Math Unit to my TPT store.  I completely got ahead of myself and skipped to March.  Haven't even started my February unit yet.  Oh well, it's a short month, right? 

Click the picture above to check out my unit and click the picture below for a free Dr. Seuss writing prompt paper.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Writing: An "AH-HA!" Moment

I really want to call it a "DUH" moment but "AH-HA!" sounds more positive.   So, my moment came in about October but I just shared it with my coworkers today (I think I was worried I was the only teacher who hadn't thought of this yet.)  They were as excited as I was about my Ah-ha and suggested I share the idea in my blog. (Best co-workers in the WORLD!  Hi Tina!!  Jill, if you check my blog and see this I'll do your recess duty for you....ha!  She never checks it!)  Ok, way off track.

So here's my big revelation:  SENTENCES HAVE PATTERNS.    Duh.  We all know that, right?  You write a word and then you leave a space.  Then you write another word and leave another space.  I showed my kinders how to leave a space between words by using a Space Man, I gave my kinders their own special "Space Man", I reminded my kinders to use their Space Man, I BEGGED my kinders to use their Space Man....so why, why, why, why, why where they still not using spaces consistently???  WHY?

Then, one day we are writing sentences and had just talked about patterns (and don't ALL Kinders LOVE patterns??  Uh...yeah.)  So, I said, "Isn't it fun how every sentence has a pattern:  word, space, word, space, word, space."  And as soon as I said that about 21 little lightbulbs went off inside my kinders heads. (I have 24 Kinders....just being realistic....)  Seriously, their eyes literally lit up and so did mineDuh Ah-ha....that's how you explain it!

Now a lot of you are thinking "Oh my, girlfriend, you just now got that?"   Yep, I did...and I'm so glad I did because now I'm only down to begging reminding 3 of my kinders to use their Space Man....and that is SO much better than 24!  Yeah!

You can't see me...but I'm doing a happy dance!

Word, Space, Word, Space, Word, Space, Word, Space

Now...If I can just get them to use periods.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Dr. Seuss Freebie (to accompany posters freebie from yesterday)

Yesterday I created some fun Dr. Seuss quote posters but wasn't sure what to do with them.  So my ah ha moment came today.  I created the page above to use with the posters.  I'm going to put the posters in protected sleeves and use them as a sight word search.  Everytime they find the sight word in one of the quotes they make a tally mark next to the word.  I jumped ahead a little on my word work packs (haven't even done February yet) but these Dr. Seuss graphics were so cute I couldn't help it! 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thinking About Theodore....a Little Dr. Seuss on my Mind

I bought these adorable Dr. Seuss cliparts from Scrappindoodles with the intent to create some Feb/March word work.  Instead I started fiddling around with some of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes.  There are so many I love!  I made these with absolutely no purpose in mind....maybe I'll think of something....maybe I won't.  Either way, it was a nice theraputic afternoon of vegging and laundry.  Guess I'll have to work on word work another day!  : )  

SO SORRY EVERYONE...but Scrappindoodles was asked to stop selling their Dr. Seuss clipart because of copyright infringement.  Scrappin Doodles was also told to tell anyone who purchased the graphics to stop selling and/or giving away any products that contain the clipart.  I am a HUGE rule follower plus I adore Scrappin Doodles clipart and do not want to get them in any more trouble! So, sadly I removed the poster.  : (

Thanks for understanding!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

100th Day....8 days away! (Freebie Alert!)

Our 100th day is getting close so I looked through my 100th day file today to decide what to bring to planning tomorrow with my wonderful co-workers!  Here's run down of what I "usually" do:

*Hundred day necklace:  I have them sort beads by color into groups of 10 and then put them on a string in those groups (good visual for 10 groups of 10= 100)
*Hundred Gallon hat:  Looks like a cowboy hat but it's divided into 10 sections.  The kids draw 10 things in each section (anything they want).  Another visual for 10 groups of 10= 100
*Writing:  If I had $100 I would.....
*100 Day Art:  This is the freebie (click on pic above for download).  Check it out...it's a lot of fun!

Last year I took them to the gym and we did 100 jumping jacks, tried to spin a hoola hoop 100 times (HILARIOUS!), and tried to keep 100 balloons in the air for 100 seconds.  Wore them out....loved it!

Saturday, January 7, 2012


This time of year my kiddos get "tired" of the same old classroom managment attention getters and transitional poems, etc that we've been using all year.  The first few months of school when I said "Spring a leak!"  I'd have a classroom full of kindergarteners sounding like leaking tires "SSHHH......"  They were so loud and proud that they knew how to get the class quiet quickly.  Now, it's a sad little leak I hear "sshh..."   It was new, it was fun, and now they're done!  

At the same time they need these oldies but goodies they learned on days 1-10 to keep things simple and consistent.  The poster above shows 3 of my consistent transition songs/poems that I could not get through my week without.  Click on the pic for a printable version.  

Another one of  my favorite quick chants for getting kids quiet for the hallway is: 

Big old ________ round and fat. 
(put arms in big circle to mimic a fat belly)
Ready for the hall, just like that.
 (We clap our hands on the words "just like" and then slap our hands on our legs for the word "that.")

The blank part above changes every month (you could use anything but here's what I use):
Sept/Aug:  apple
Oct:   pumpkin
Nov.  turkey
Dec.:  santa or snowman
Jan.:  snowman or penguin
Feb.:  heart or valentine
March:  leprechaun
April:   rain cloud
May:   We usually learn about the planets this month so I use a different planet name each time.

If you have any favorite transional songs or poems, get quiet quickly chants, or a management technique you could not get through your week without I would love to hear them!!  I am probably more ready for "new" than they are!!  : )

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Car and a FREEBIE to Celebrate!

My wonderful husband surprised me this week with a late Christmas present (complete with payments! ha ha!)  Isn't it cute??  It's my first brand new car EVER and I am so excited!  It put me in the mood for a "groovy" themed freebie.  Click on pic above to get a Peace themed Read the Room activity.

It was a long day...complete with 1 very upset kicking and screaming kindergartener.  This was THE perfect way to end my day!  Plus, tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!!!  : )

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

This Says It All.....

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered.
Forgive Them Anyway
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motive.
Be Kind Anyway
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
Be Successful Anyway
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be Honest and Frank Anyway
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight.
Build Anyway
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
Be Happy Anyway
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.
Be Good Anyway
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give the World the Best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis it is between you and God!
It was never between you and them…Anyway!

My mother-in-law shared this with me recently and I love it.  No idea who the author is so if anyone knows please let me know!

Thank you Janine (see comment) for letting me know the author of this fabulous quote is Mother Theresa.   Makes the quote even more inspirational!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Report Card Procrastination

Should be working on report cards.  Don't want to.

Soooo...instead I am writing sight words on feet.  We walk the feet and say the words as we walk.  Helps promote fluency of the words as the kids do NOT want to have to stop.  I put a few velcro pieces on the back (2-3 pieces depending on the size of your feet...hee hee.) Of course make sure you use the scratchy velcro not the fluffy velcro. I love kindergarten teachers because you know exactly what I mean when I say that!  My husband would crinkle his nose and me and look perplexed. 

I used to tape these to the floor but they still slipped and the "Cleaning Powers that Be" said "no, no."  

I also used to have some fun slippers I let the kids put on while they did this activity but I have a new "issue" with stinky feet smell.  Ugh!  So, no more slippers.

Ok, sigh, back to report cards.

Monday, January 2, 2012

b and d Confusion

Don't have a whole lot to share tonight (pic above is from Really Good Stuff....in case you haen't seen it, it is a poster they sell.)  Back to school tomorrow so that's on my mind.  A little denial going on actually.   Here's a quick feebie...nothing hard to make but thought I'd share.  I love it when I see my kinders put their thumbs up to "make their beds" and check their b's and d's.

You can use this worksheet in lots of ways.  Pick which letter you want your students to find and have them use daubers to mark them,  fun markers to circle them, trace under the letters until you find the letter and then loop the letter without picking up your pencil (anyone remember that from VOWAC?s  It's good way to practice visual tracking), use see through colored chips to cover the letter, etc.

That's it for tonight.  Back to work tomorrow..... sob yeah.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Breaking the Rules for a Good Reason!

I know, I know, I know....I already posted once today but I just got so excited when I saw that Mrs. Egley From Mrs. Egley's Kindergarten nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Thank you!   What a nice way to start the New Year!

So, the rules of the award are:
1.  Thank the person who nominated you with a link back to them.
2. Tell 7 things about yourself (see below)
3. Pass this on to 15 newly discovered blogs and let them know they've received an award!  (Well that part was easy because I am really new at this so every blog I follow is "newly discovered" to me!)

Here are my 15 nominations (it was hard to only pick 15!)

7 Things about me (this is the hard part....I like to share my teaching stuff but sharing about myself is weird for me....who would want to know about little old me??  But I am a rule follower so here I go...)
1.  Only 2 of my friends know I blog...not sure why I don't share that...maybe it's because it would be sharing part of me and, again, that's hard for me!
2.  I like Sci Fi (not Horror) but things like Ghost Whisperer and Once Upon a Time (I think it's a reality break for me)
3.  I teach Faith Formation (Sunday School) classes for kindergarten at my church
4.  I love, love, love to read (again...reality break)
5.  I started dating my hubby in high school.  He's my one and only!
6.  I have 2 beautiful daughters who like to fight and are becoming drama queens (will I survive the teenage years?  They are only 5 & 8!!)
7.  I wish I was more organized! 

Sale and a fun idea!

I found this FUN idea on pinterest where someone took a collage frame, some adorable craft paper and made a message board for their house (theirs was labeled Sunday, Monday, etc.)  They used dry erase makers to write things to do each day, etc.  So of course my mind starts thinking...how can I use that in my classroom?  The one in the pic above I made for my  Holly Bloggy partner Rachelle from What the Teacher Wants.  I had 3 "thoughts" about how to use it in a classroom: 

1. Helper chart (like above) so that you can write the student's name on each frame and then quickly erase and change.  I used pics of her classroom and pics that corrsponded with the "job" b/c our little ones are so visual.    (click here and here and here to see these.)

2. Listing classroom rules (click here and here to see)

3. Word Work Choices (click here and here to see)

Rachelle has a food themed classroom which I why I used the food backgrounds for hers.

(Sorry about the 2 files for each but I had to save these each in 2 files b/c some where landscape and some were portrait.)

I couldn't decide which one to make for Rachelle so I made her cards for all 3 ideas but only took a pic of it as a helper chart.   Now I'm working on making one for myself (although that's not as much fun as making for others.)  Anyone have any other ideas on how to use this idea in a classroom? 

Oh yeah...and I'm having a sale at my TPT store!  20% off until January 4th! 

Happy New Year Everyone!