Sunday, August 31, 2014

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (Sept. 1st - Sept. 5th)

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, September 5th.
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!

These posters offer your students great visuals while learning about or reviewing characters, setting, and events., as well as when retelling a story. You have the option of printing the posters as a one page visual or as a poster. We like to post them on our wall near where we hold large group as well as small group for easy reference. 
We have also included a list for general comprehension questions to ask your students while focusing on the various story elements.  
Thanks for visiting! Don't forget to check out more fun products on sale from other teachers in the linky below!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Math Madness Wednesday: Ten Frames!


Everyone is always on the hunt for tips and tricks to help with math. We are linking up with Krista at Teaching Momster today to share how we use our quick, cheap, and super easy ten and twenty frames in our classrooms!

We made some ten and twenty frame workmats that require very little prep...just print, laminate, and cut apart! They're colorful and great to use with your students all year long!

We use them for number sense from 0-5 or 0-10. (You could even cut them to make a set of five frames for early pre-k or struggling students.)

We use them for counting on from 5 when learning that the first row on a ten frame is always 5. Count on with us, "Five.....six, seven." :-)

 We use them to learn addition with two color sets of manipulatives.

 We love to use our double-sided counters to show different ways to make a given number. 4 and 3 make 7, but then children can easily flip their counters on their frame to make 7 with 5 and 2 or 6 and 1, etc. These double-sided counters and ten frames are a key tool when teaching subtraction in our classrooms also!

The children also love to make up their own story problems and number sentences in the math center with other manipulatives!

When we get to teen numbers and addition of bigger numbers, our twenty frames (or double ten frames) come in handy also!

If you're looking for a great set of ten and twenty frames, you can grab them in our store for next to nothing. ;-) Check them out here.

We also have some other seasonal ten frame lessons if you search "ten frames" in our store. Thanks for stopping by!

Hop on over and visit the Teaching Momster to view other amazing  products from your fellow teachers in this fun linky party!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (August 25th - August 29th)


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, August 29th.
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 on sale for only $2.50!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store!

This pack is full of literacy and math activities for the fun alphabet books by Audrey Wood: Alphabet Mystery, Alphabet Adventure, and 
Alphabet Rescue.

Our children LOVE these books and the activities to go along with them in whole group, small groups, and classroom centers. The children love searching the school for 'Little x' who is missing, just like in Alphabet Mystery, and we continue with more fun with the other two books and it makes for a great few days full of alphabet antics in our kindergarten classrooms!

Here are a few of the skills covered and materials included in this pack that coordinate with these books:

Picture to Letter Matching
 

Uppercase to Lowercase Letter Matching
 


Comparing & Contrasting Stories


Counting & Numeral Matching


Counting & Numeral Writing
 

Measurement


Thanks for checking out our Markdown Monday product!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (August 18th - August 22nd)


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, August 22nd. 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 $2.00 off this week! 
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store!

Our "Marvelous Math Talk!" is a great way to introduce and refer back to math vocabulary that your students need when they are learning new concepts! We have a separate math word wall in our classrooms and these terms are grouped by categories with each word/picture on a separate card so we can introduce them a few at a time as they correlate with a lesson or unit.

We have included a variety of words for the following categories:
shapes, solid shapes, position words, patterns, count, math facts,
measurement, tools, sort, ordinal numbers, and place value.

Here are a few categories and some sample words from each:



Our students really use these and they are one of our bestsellers in our store!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cooking Up a Great Year!



We are so excited to be joining up with some amazing bloggers and friends for this Cooking Up a Great Year Blog Hop!! We hope you have find some delicious recipes for the upcoming school year and some fun freebies too!

We are happy to share a very unique and completely "off the top of our heads" cooking activity you can do with your students to go along with everyone's favorite new book, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes.
Who doesn't love this adorable and very laid back blue cat?!

We love to use Pete during our colors unit in our kindergarten classrooms! Our children ask to read and listen to Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes all year long! He helps the children (and teaches) to remember that "it's all good" no matter what we step in or what troubles we encounter from day to day...We just keep on walking and singing our song! 

We have also added in the fun Rockin in My School Shoes and My Four Groovy Buttons Pete books to other units throughout the year! Pete is great for a fun, repetitive story that the children can learn to read on their own eventually! He is a hit in our classrooms!

Here is our delicious idea to go along with I Love My White Shoes.

~Ingredients~
We played around with different ideas here and there are so many other things you could use to substitute what we used. We wanted our snack to look as much like Pete as possible.


 ~Steps 1, 2, 3, & 4~
(to be done before the activity)
1. Add blue food coloring to your sugar cookie dough.
2. Mix together until you get a blue color you are happy with. 
3. Use a cookie cutter to make a cat face.
4. Put the cookies in the oven.

This is the cookie cutter we used, but there are many out there if you like something different.
We thought this one resembled Pete the most. :)


~ Step 5 ~
Cover one graham cracker rectangle generously with blue frosting.
This will be Pete's body!

~ Step 6 ~
Assemble Pete's legs by using 4 pretzel sticks and 2 large marshmallows. We pulled the marshmallows apart to get 4 shoes and then pushed the pretzel stick through the marshmallow.

~ Last Steps ~
Assemble Pete and put on the finishing touches. 
We used fruit slices and chocolate chips for Pete's eyes and a piece of marshmallow for his nose. Then we used colored frosting to represent the things that Pete stepped in along the way. 
red frosting = strawberries
blue frosting = blueberries
chocolate frosting = mud

Oh my goodness!! Just look at how adorable he is!! 
He looks good enough to eat!

This food craft ends up being pretty large so we like for the children to work in pairs and share the work of assembling the cat and then they share while eating as well. 

~ Alternate Version of the Snack ~
Since the above snack is bigger than what we would normally give our children for snack, we also make another snack that turns out to be smaller. He is put together just like the one above for the exception of the head. This time we used just a small store bought sugar cookie which is significantly smaller than the cookie cutter. In this version his eyes and ears are cut up pineapple pieces. The only other difference is this one used only one marshmallow for the feet, cut into 4 pieces. Still yummy!!

~ Healthy Alternative ~
We also thought that some of you might only want to do Pete's face instead of his whole body, so we came up with a healthy version of this snack as well. Here we used a rice cake covered with grape jelly, orange slices and raisins for the eyes, blue tortilla chips for the ears, and a pineapple piece for the nose. 

~ Other Snack Ideas You Might Like ~
We found some other fun snacks on the web while we were thinking about Pete and wanted to share them with you in case you would like to check them out. Click on the snack name and it will take you to the site.


~ Freebie ~
Our children LOVED this Pete the Cat craftivity and now we are sharing it with YOU!
Children can color and cut our their own Pete the Cat and his white shoes and change him to tell about what color shoes he would have, what he might step in, and so on.
When assembled, this is what the craftivity will look like. Of course it will have lots of beautiful color when your children are done with it!

You can get your free copy of the pattern here.
We hope your children love their own Pete as much as ours did!




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tech Tuesday...with a Giveaway!


Rhyme to Read is a great emergent reading app created by Sara Hines and Lynn Klaiman! Have you heard of it? The interactive reading app includes 20 leveled books for new readers that support students while they read increasingly difficult texts that embed a wide variety of decoding skills, word families, and high frequency words.



Rhyme to Read is awesome for early childhood reading classrooms because...

...it is colorful and engaging!
...it integrates technology!
...it is research-based!
...it is repetitive!
...it supports visual and auditory learning!
...it builds on prior reading skills!



Check out our review of Rhyme to Read here

So guess what?!? These awesome authors are sponsoring a giveaway! You can win the Rhyme to Read app! Enter our giveaway below and hopefully you'll be able to use it in your classroom this year!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (August 11th - August 15th)

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, August 15th. 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 $4 off!! 
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store!

We love this classroom decor so much that we both have it as our classroom theme. We love the cute graphics from Scrappin' Doodles, they are just so happy and child friendly. A big bonus for everyone, is that this pack is editable. Included in this pack is:
Classroom Rules
Helper Chart and Animals
Classroom Birthday Chart
Where Are We? Chart
Growth Chart
Attendance Match-Ups
Attitude Board
Student Folder Cover
Teacher Binder Cover and Spine
Desk Nameplates
Word Wall Letters
Hundreds Chart
Accomplishment Scene and Animals
Cubby Tags
Locker Tags
Crayon Jar Labels
Small Group Cards
Name Wall Cards
Pencil Box Labels
Mailbox Labels
Lunch Selection Cards
Computer Tags
Writing Folder Labels
Mini-Tags
Jungle Animal Behavior System
Classroom Behavior Clipchart
Jungle Stoplight
Bulletin Board Title and Border
First Week Award
Postcards
Bookmarks

You can read all about this fun jungle decor in a previous blog post here


Saturday, August 9, 2014

You Oughta Know! August Blog Hop

You Oughta Know about...... Walmart's supply registry for teachers! 
Do you already know about this?! Wow!!

We were so excited when we heard about this and wanted to share it with all of you. It is an easy way to store a wishlist of items you need in the classroom. You can add your beginning of the year supply list too! Walmart has even made it easy to share your registry with parents. 
Great job, Walmart!!

Step 1: Create your class.


Step 2: Make your list!


As you add items to your list they start to show up on the left hand side of the screen:


Step 3: You can enter emails of the people you wish to share your list with. 


Step 4: They even offer you the link to share with anyone you want so share with!

When we found this great teacher tool on Walmart's website, we thought that teachers oughta know about this! We are always making "giving trees" or "wishlists" for parents to take an index card and hope they send back the item, but this way they can find the exact item(s) you are looking for! (You might even get a few parents who like to send in more than one of those items!)

We hope you visit Walmart's Teacher Registry at http://www.walmart.com/classrooms and find this new tool to be convenient and helpful during back-to-school season and throughout the school year as well!



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