Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall FREEBIE #2 and some HUGE news!!!

Fall FREEBIE #2!
Since I saw such a great response with my 'fall freebie' from yesterday, I
 thought that I would just keep the love coming!
I made this activity a few weeks ago and my kids loved it! I used it this week so my kiddos could get a little extra practice with their ABC's and boy, did it help! 
You can use it one of two ways:
1. Use just the capital letters and have the students put them in alphabetical order or
2. use the capital and lower case letters and have the students pair up matching letters.

Click here to download this FREEBIE!!!
And now, for my big news..... drum roll please........
I'm now OFFICIALLY on Teachers pay Teachers!!!
That's right-- click here to visit my store.  It's nothing spectacular now, but be sure to follow me so that you can get notified of all of the goodies and freebies I post!!!
I hope you enjoy!
If you download today's freebie, let me know what you think!
I always love comments!!!

Saturday, September 29, 2012


 I'm not sure that I've ever made two posts in the same day but I just have something that I have to share with you all...

So, I've been making a few things lately for my classroom. 
I've been so inspired by my fellow blogging buddies that I decided to put my creative thoughts on paper! Here is one little creation I  made for fall. It's nothing too fancy but it will get the job done!

I'm going to put it in my math work station boxes next week. My kids need some practice recognizing and naming their numbers- and some need to be challenged a little more too!
 I made two different copies- one for number 1-5 and one for numbers 6-12 so that you could differentiate for your lower and higher kiddos.
Click the pictures or here to download this for FREE!!!
It's my first one- let me know what you think!
Comments are always welcome! :)

Wonderful writing!!

We recently started leveling out for our reading block.
For the first time, I have the higher level kids.  It's crazy how much some of them already know!
This week I needed to see where they were all at with their writing skills.
I wanted to do a quick assessment where they had to cut out and organize words to make a correct sentence.  They then had to write a sentence on their own. It's just crazy to see that even when we level out 70 kindergartners, each group is still so different! My high group has kids that are just about ready to read, to a child reading on a 4th grade level--WOWZERS!!!
We are going to have some serious differentiating going on!
So, here is a sample of some of my kiddos initial writing samples.
 I love that so many of them were using capital letters and punctuation!!!
That makes me a happy teacher!
(The ants are so small.)

(The ants are little.)

(Ants are eating.)

(The ants are carrying the sandwich to eat it.)

(Ants are red.)

(The ants are hungry.)

(The ants are big.)
Aren't those great???  I think so!
We have some work to do but at least we are off and running!
Lastly, I have to tell you, I love little surprise deliveries--- and this is the best kind to receive::
I mean, seriously, who doesn't love that red and white Scholastic box?? 
It makes me just giddy!!! :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Initial/ Final sounds

Our kindergarten levels out for our reading block.
This year, I have the higher leveled kids. We just started switching a few days ago for this school year, so I'm still trying to figure out exactly where all of my kids are and what they are capable of in terms of reading, writing and initial/ final sounds.

Today we worked on initial and final sounds during our reading block. It was more of a test to see how much the kids already knew. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised that my kids could identify beginning and ending sounds. I did a quick worksheet with beginning and ending sounds of the letter 'P'. I decided to take it a little further. I wanted the kids to generate a list of words that begin with the P sound and ones that ended with a P sound.
Here's the list of the words of the kids came up with that started with the letter 'P'.

Here's the rest of the words that the kids generated that ended with the letter 'P'.
I quickly had the discussion with the kids that although 'grape' sounds like it ends with a 'p' it really ends on an 'e'..... I got a few blank stares!
While the words that have ending sounds of the letter 'p' were a little more difficult for them, they still did rather well. I will take this further tomorrow and have the students draw pictures and write sentences using these words.

When it came to small group time today, I decided to pull students one-on-one to see who really knew beginning sounds.

This is a really cool game by Lakeshore.
These are the pieces and the magnetic board. I love that the pieces are very thick foam. 
They have stood up to many kids over the past few years!
This is what it looks like when the kids find the correct matches for the beginning sounds. 
 Many of kids did really well with it! I even saw a few kids have some 'ah-ha' moments that just gave me chills! And that, is one of the most rewarding parts of being a teacher!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Happy Tuesday y'all!
It's finally fall---and I don't know about many of you but I'm SOOOOO ready for fall time!
Nothing is better than football games, cool nights and fire pits with friends!
I just love this time of the year!
Since it is officially fall, I needed a few new games that were fall themed to get my kiddos in the mood too. So I naturally went to TpT to see if there were some great all finds out there. Not only were there some great all units to buy, I also found some really cute freebies.

Here are a few of the freebies I found- check them out:
The first is fall digital paper! This is great if you are needing just a little something extra to add to something you're making!
Secondly, my sweet kids are still needing a good bit of practice with their capital and lower case ABC matching.  This freebie is a cute one!
Uppercase/Lowercase Letter Match for Fall or Scaredy Squirrel
Next, another great "I have, who has" game.  Pure counting---what everyone one needs practice with!
I have, who has- fall theme numbers 1-20
Next up is a great little list of some fall words.  I'm going to have my high group of kids in my reading block start writing soon and this will perfect to let them use in order to create sentences. I may even cut them apart and give one to each child to include that word in their sentence!
Fall Word List
Here is a great clip art pack to use that is completely free!!!
(I've been using it like crazy for a few new creations!)
Fall Clip Art Pack
This is a ten frame pack (1-10) that has a very cute scarecrow!! I will use it to have my kids get more familar with recognizing ten frames quickly!
Scarecrow Ten Frames
Lastly, here is a pumpkin pie rhyming activity!
Pumpkin Pie Rhyming
    I hope you enjoyed some of these freebies and I hope you are able to use some of them in your own classroom! Be sure to leave them some love if you use them!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Apple wall display!

So here is a final look at our 'apple wall' display!
It's a collaboration between us 3 kindergarten teachers to collectively
 show all of the work from our kiddos!
We added the taste testing that that some kids did with the different colored apples:
After tasting the different apples, they choose which one they liked the most. They then stamped an apple in the color paint corresponding to their favorite one!
We also finished adding their measuring with the apples on the wall:
This weekend I updated my iPhone with the newest operating system. A great new feature that is now on the phone is the ability to take panoramic pictures! I love this feature--so of course, I had to try it out! This is what our whole wall looks like!!!
How cool is that? L-O-V-E IT!!!
We had such a fun filled week learning all about apples!

If you missed post 1 click here to read it and click here to read post 2!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Apples and more apples.... Part 2!

Well, we finally finished our week of apple fun!
Seriously, I've never had a group of kids so into doing apple stuff.
And the best part is that we capped off this week with eating apples...YUMMY!
<If you missed post 1 about apples, click here>
So, here's a rundown of a few more apple activities our class did!
For this game, the student had to try spelling out the CVC words on the apple pies. 
Many of them did very well!
(Click here to find this product!)

Here, they were to put the letters in ABC order. 
They really had to work as a team to get this done correctly!
The kids also worked on matching capital and lower case letters with this game.
(Click here for the freebie.)
In Math, the students had to measure how many apples tall they were.
As I had the student leaning against the wall, all of the other students counted.
(It's funny how many other students I caught measuring themselves--and a few teachers too!)
 I then had them return to the classroom and draw a picture of themselves being measured. The students then filled in the areas to the right---counting how many apples tall they were and then filling in the names of someone taller and shorter than them.

I love how big his feet are--and I was even more proud that this student gave himself a neck!
(The measuring activity can be found here.)
Here, the students had to label different parts of an apple scene.
Then they got to color it.
Later in the day, we did a taste testing of the three different colored apples.
I'm pretty sure the kids thought they were in heaven---an afternoon snack-WHAT?!?  I heard one kid tell his friend "score" when he found out food was involved! (They make me laugh!)
 I lined them up, cut them into pieces, and passed them out all in the
same order- green, red and then yellow.
 After the tasting, I had each kid tell me which one they liked the most. We then stamped a real apple in the color of the apple they liked best! We will hang these up in the hallway under a "which apple we liked best" sign!
On Thursday, the kids got to make apple trees with their hands! It was our first time with paint this year, so we had a SERIOUS talk about what the expectations are with paints!!! They all did so well.
 The side of their hand was pained brown for the trunk.  After washing that off, they came back and used their pointer finger with green paint to make tons of dots all over the page, for leaves. They then used their pinkie with red paint to make the apples! They were all so cute!!!
And last but not least, my kids were most thrilled about making applesauce!
I ran across an easy recipe on Pinterest that called for cooking it in a Crock pot!
I decided to try it with my kiddos!
This is my wonderful para peeling all of the apples for me! LOVE HER!!
All of the ingredients- minus the water!
They helped me add of the ingredients together in the Crock pot then my wonderful para cooked it overnight!
This is all of the ingredients in the crock pot together.
 (I later realized that I was supposed to add the spices and brown sugar at the end-- thankfully it still turned out good!)
Dividing it all out in cups for the kids to try.
Here, a student enjoyed it so much that I could barely get a picture taken before she ate it all!
On Monday I will read this book
and do this activity with it:
(Click here for the freebie!)
I sure hope you enjoyed all of our cool apple activities!!!
I know we did!