Sunday, October 26, 2014

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (October 27th - 31st)

Please add your link below to join the linky fun!
Link a product from your TpT store that you would
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We would love it if you displayed your product and the linky on your blog and then link back to us. Thanks so much and have fun!
If you're not selling, but looking for bargains, please check out the fabulous discounted products in the linky party below! (Be sure to check back all week as teachers may be adding products throughout the week.)

This week we are featuring our newest product:

It is 50% off!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store!

"Counting On Candy Corn!" is a brand new pack we added to our store just yesterday! 
We are introducing our students to addition, but we have many students who already have some experience and great skills with it! So differentiation is the name of the game, and this pack is full of it!

Our children will love these candy corn kids in costume during math this week!
We have some students working on counting sets and counting on, some counting sets and writing addition equations, and others who are experienced with addition and are ready to problem solve a little more and find missing addends. This pack has modeling, group practice, and assessments for all three of these addition skill levels!

Here are examples of a cooperative group practice card for each of the three skill levels:

Here is an example of an individual assessment:

There are also these adorable candy corn ten frame mats that children can use to create their own number sentences. They will have so much fun using candy corn counters or even real candy corn! Yum!

We have also created a fun Halloween and candy corn-themed addition center as a follow-up activity for more addition practice. Here is one of the matches:

We hope you can use this differentiated addition pack in your classroom too!


(Special secret! We also have four fall items on sale for only $1 today and tomorrow only in honor of a fellow blogger's birthday! Check them out in our store and then head to The Primary Gal's Birthday Bash that includes over 100 additional $1 items from teacher bloggers. Awesome!)

Thanks for stopping by again this week!
Happy Halloween to you!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Favorites Blog Hop!


Thanks for stopping by our blog today! We hope you are having fun hopping through all the great blogs with wonderful ideas and you've found some freebies along the way. :)

This week we have been "Going Batty" in kindergarten. We like to learn about bats during the month of October to accompany our learning of Fall, Spiders, and Halloween.

The first day we start by making a KWL chart to see what background knowledge the children have about bats.

We like to display theme words in our classrooms for the duration of the theme. Here you see bats and spiders theme words together. We will be learning about spiders next week.

We then read a few non-fiction books about bats to help enhance what they already know and also to dispel myths they might have about bats. Children always seem to think that bats are harmful and want to suck your blood. They are surprised when they learn that some bats eat fruit!

We learned, by reading the books above, that bats use echolocation to find their way as well as to find their prey. The children took turns being a bat and using sounds to find the yummy insect they are looking to eat for dinner. Funny! 

After reading, children complete a bat book that contains several facts that we have learned about bats. We have made it interactive so the children have to fill in a missing word in the sentence on each page. Then, we practice reading their facts together so they can show off their skills at home!

Here a child is making a cover for his bat book. The children are given a bat outline and black construction paper. They tear pieces of the construction paper off and glue them onto the bat, covering the whole thing.

After all the construction paper pieces are glued down, the children put a thin layer of glue over top of them. We then let it sit over night so all of the glue can dry. 

The next day, we add wiggly eyes to the bats and Voila! We have a beautiful bat book cover! This can also be a stand alone art project as well. It is very good for fine motor skills. 

The children then completed a journal that showed something that they learned about bats.


The next day we read Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies. The children loved this book. If you haven't read it yet, you have to go and get yourself a copy!

Here is our favorite illustration from the story. We just loved the little bat's face when he put his toes in the ocean. Haha!
Here, they are acting out the illustration!

After reading, children completed a journal where they stated how they were like the bats in the story.


Look who is hanging out in our classrooms!
These are quite possibly the cutest bats out there!

We also made a yummy bat snack. We used Oreos to make the bat body and chocolate and peanut butter chips for the ears and eyes.

Yummy, yummy in my tummy!

Who Loves a Giveaway?!?

We JUST added a new literacy center for CVC spelling practice: Bat Loves to Spell!
Children can practice spelling twenty different CVC words to match pictures by assembling the bat bodies after segmenting the sounds and spelling the words...recording sheets are included too!

If you'd love a set of these for your classroom, enter our Rafflecopter giveaway here.
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The winner will be chosen on October 28th, 2014, when the Fall Favorites Blog Hop is over.
Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by!
We hope you enjoyed hearing all about our batty week!


Now to your next stop:
My Fabulous Class

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (October 20th - October 24th)

Please add your link below to join the linky fun!
Link a product from your TpT store that you would
like to "markdown" until Friday, October 24th.
How much you markdown your product is up to you!
We would love it if you displayed your product and the linky on your blog and then link back to us. Thanks so much and have fun!
If you're not selling, but looking for bargains, please check out the fabulous discounted products in the linky party below! (Be sure to check back all week as teachers may be adding products throughout the week.)

This week we are featuring:

It is 50% off!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store...it is one of our bestsellers!

Our students just love this adorable beginning sound center!
Each bat has a letter written on its belly. The children need to give each bat a pair of wings. To do this, children will have to look at the picture on the wings and determine the beginning sound. They will then match the wing with the bat that has the correct letter. Each letter has two pictures included. The vowels have one wing that will represent the short vowel sound and one wing that will represent the long vowel sound. 

The children lay out the bats and the wings so they can easily see the pictures and letters at the same time. We have them "test" or isolate the beginning sound of one picture and then place it beside the body of the bat with the corresponding letter.

Here, a child is beginning to match a few of the wings to the correct bats...

The "Bb" bat is complete!

"Mm" is for monkey and mailbox...great work!

We are "going batty" in our classrooms this week with this center and bunches of other bat-themed books and activities! Excited for a great week!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (October 13th-17th)


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Link a product from your TpT store that you would
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How much you markdown your product is up to you!
We would love it if you displayed your product and the linky on your blog and then link back to us. Thanks so much and have fun!
If you're not selling, but looking for bargains, please check out the fabulous discounted products in the linky party below! (Be sure to check back all week as teachers may be adding products throughout the week.)

This week we are featuring:


It is 50% off!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store!

Included in this fun and engaging pack are three literacy centers and three math centers. These adorable witches are just perfect to help your young learners during centers. 


Rhyming Words

Counting Syllables

Witch Sentences

Matching a Numeral to a Set

Also included (not not pictured) are a non-standard measurement center and a center for visual discrimination to find similarities and differences among pictures of witches.

We hope your children find these centers to be engaging at this time of the year!



Sunday, October 5, 2014

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (October 6th-10th)

Welcome back to Markdown Monday!!


Please add your link below to join the linky fun!
Link a product from your TpT store that you would
like to "markdown" until Friday, October 10th.
How much you markdown your product is up to you!
We would love it if you displayed your product and the linky on your blog and then link back to us. Thanks so much and have fun!
If you're not selling, but looking for bargains, please check out the fabulous discounted products in the linky party below! (Be sure to check back all week as teachers may be adding products throughout the week.)

This week we are featuring:


It is 50% off!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store!

Have you ever read The Deep Blue Sea by Audrey Wood?
We love to read this book during our Colors All Around unit. It is a great book to use for retelling, sequencing, and repetitive reading.

Included in this pack are retelling/sequencing pieces (both color and black/white), several writing response journals, 
and an interactive reproducible book.
You and your students will have a blast retelling this story!

We like to copy the pieces onto colored construction paper, however,
the children do need to color the rainbow for the end of the story:
Here they are retelling the story by adding the pieces in order.
The final product:

Here, one child is coloring the interactive book pieces...

Then, matching words to add picture clues to the book...

Finally, they are tracking print and using picture clues while reading.

We also have a PowerPoint in our store to give the children a visual to help them while they are sequencing. You can check it out here.

We hope you enjoy this story and activity pack on super sale this week!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Introducing The Primary Pack!!


 We are so excited and blessed to have the opportunity to work behind the scenes with the fabulous bloggers of The Primary Pack!  We are collaborating to bring you a rainbow of ideas!  Make sure you follow along to grab a bunch of colorful freebies, as well as enter our giveaway with $300 worth of prizes!
http://theprimarypack.blogspot.com/
Hi! We are Kelly and Kim blogging from Kelly and Kim's Kindergarten Kreations.
We are both kindergarten teachers who love technology, fonts, clipart, and creating new and engaging activities for our kinder kids.

We love working on our classroom organization! Even though at times it is quite a struggle to stay organized, we really do work at it! Here are some of our Sterilite drawers and the toolbox that we have in our classrooms to help us out along the way:

We love our classroom theme: Jungle! We used to change the theme yearly, but have stayed with the Jungle theme now for three years and each year we add a little more and we love it!!


We love watching the children work together in cooperative groups. It just warms our hearts to see them working with each other and helping those that are having trouble grasping a concept. We work in cooperative groups pretty much every day!

Most importantly we love the children!! They are why we do what we do! We love seeing them smile, hearing their giggles, and especially love when they have that ah-ha moment and just "get it". And let's face it, where else can you go to work every day and get hugs and have people say they love you?!

To celebrate our new collaborative adventure, The Primary Pack is hosting a giveaway with tons of fabulous prizes!

Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win!
a Rafflecopter giveaway AND here's our "colorful" freebie!  Just click on the image!

 Hop along to meet our other bright bloggers and to grab a rainbow of freebies!
 
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