Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Friday Freebie, Flash Giveaway and a Spring Sale!

*UPDATED WITH WINNER INFO!

Happy Friday Saturday!  I just can't seem to post on Friday lately.  Anyways, are you ready for some fun stuff?


Here is your Friday freebie!  If you like this I Spy activity, make sure you check out the complete Dolch Sight Word set and the Letters/Letter Sound set!

And now for the Spring Sale!  20% off everything in my store this weekend... including these new digital paper sets I just finished and am in LOVE with.  I bundled them together so you can get all 96 backgrounds for a grand total of 50% off!


Lastly, let's talk about my flash giveaway!  :)  I may be MIA for the next few weeks (schools are starting to post positions, so it will be a job-hunting for me!), and I wanted to leave you with some goodies before I go!  All you have to do is leave a blog post comment with your email address and a teacher job tip.  Or just wish me good luck.  But tips would be much appreciated!  :)


Update: Congratulations Terri!  I will be emailing you shortly!

Tomorrow morning ONE lucky winner will receive my new digital paper pack bundle and their choice of Easter Letters/Letter Sounds or Sight Word I Spy pack!  Good luck everyone and have a wonderful blessed Easter weekend!  And don't forget to check out the great Friday freebies at TBA!

Freebie Fridays

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Celebrate!

Teaching Blog Addict - Ultimate Freebie

Let's talk about some fun stuff going on!  Teaching Blog Addict is turning TWO YEARS OLD and I'm joining in the celebration with some great freebies!  Be sure you check back on April 5th for when the event launches!  :)

Speaking of fun important stuff, have you switched to Blog Lovin' yet?  Easiest thing ever!  Put it in your To Do list since Google Reader is going away!  I signed up and switched all the blogs I'm following over and it was super fast and easy peasy.  Did I mention you can also organize your blog by groups?  So excited!  So go sign up and migrate all your blogs over now!  And if you're not following my blog yet, do it by clicking here:


For now I still have to option to join the site via Google Friend Connect (which automatically adds it your Google Reader List), but just know that Google Reader is going away this summer so switch over fast!  I will soon be taking away the Google Friend Connect option on my site.

In other news, do you have Spring Fever?  My class and I certainly do!  So I am teaming up with 8 other amazing bloggers to help you get through this "spring fever" with a fabulous giveaway.  The giveaway runs through midnight on Saturday, March 31st.


Check out these amazing prizes you could win:




{Click on the products to check them out on TpT or the names to check out the blogs.}

Insect Math & Literacy Unit {Brand new product - not posted to TpT yet!} by Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten
Spring Fever Worksheet Bundle by Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindgergarten
Fairy Tale Unit by Kickin' It In Kindergarten
Primer Sight Word Readers by Lovely Literacy & More
Ocean Animals Unit by Keepin' It Kool In Kinderland
Common Core Math Vocabulary Posters by Kinder Krazy
Springtime Math Activities by Love, Live, and Teach
Dino-Families & Syllable Sense by Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten
Butterflies Flutter 'N Write the Room by Fun in Pre-K - 1

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That's all friends!  I'll see you tomorrow with a fun Easter freebie AND a flash giveaway!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Gone Buggy for Signs of Spring {with some Friday Freebies!}

Happy Friday friends!  I hope your mornings started off better than mine.  I had nightmares all night about going on vacation with my husband!  (It's not what you think!  He's a great guy to vacation with!)  I dreamed we went to a beautiful island and stayed at a nice hotel, but once you got there you were trapped.  And every night one of those raptor dinosaur things ate a different person.  Then it went all James Bond style while we tried to escape to the airport.  It was funny it retrospect, but man last night was ROUGH!  Then I woke up late and was so out of it that I put body wash in my hair instead of shampoo.  Yikes!  All I can say is don't eat pizza and watch Jurassic Park immediately before bed time.  Very poor choice!  :)


Anyways, here's what we've been getting up to lately!  We've been learning about insects and signs of spring and going a little crazy.  :)  Read on for a picture palooza and some fun Friday freebies!  (I'm also trying something new with posting my pictures, let me know how you like it!)


The paper plate ladybugs were my favorite, they turned out so cute and look great hanging out by the windows in our classroom!


Just click on the picture to be taken to your inch worm hunt measuring freebie!  :)  We had a blast with this activity after reading Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni.  Note that I actually colored the worms in on the recording sheets for the kiddos (because it'd be really hard to carry around crayons and a clipboard!), but you can also use the worms just as a regular measuring activity.  Also, many thanks to Karen at PreKinders for the free pattern block mats and the sensory table inspiration!  The color by # butterfly sheet is from Making Learning Fun.



I was so bummed about forgetting my pretty flowers for Flutter N' Write the Room!  So I had to improvise with construction paper.  Still worked.  :)


Again, click on the picture to be directed to your sensory tub freebie!  :)


Many of the activities above (the Sound Stamp, Handwriting Racers, Ladybug/Bee Math Mats and Bee Bump Math Game) are from my upcoming spring unit, which I hope to finish this weekend.  I will let you know as soon as it's posted!

My Butterflies Flutter N' Write the Room activity is ready and rolling, however.  Check it out by clicking on the picture below!  (Guess what I just learned how to do... make collages using Picasa!  YAY!  Now I'm going to have to go back and do this for all my products!)


Lastly, here's a look at some of the great books we've been reading:



That's all friends!  Don't forget to check out everyone else's great freebies and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Freebie Fridays


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Giveaway Good News!

Hi friends!

The giveaway is over and the winner is...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations Martha!

But I've got some MORE good news for you.  One of my bloggy besties is having an AMAZING and very generous 400 Follower Giveaway!  Check it out by clicking on the picture below!


And hurry and enter Heather's great Spring Blessings giveaway for a chance to win a Target AND TPT gift card!


Last but not least, my friend Sara at Teaching Munchkins is celebrating her bloggy birthday!  Check out all her great stuff by clicking here!

See everyone tomorrow (hopefully!) with some Friday freebies!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Picture Palooza of Animal Homes & Life Cycles

Happy Wednesday everyone and congratulations on making it halfway!  I have been meaning to post this for awhile, but it has been crazy busy.  Today though I had a GREAT day.  Seriously, today was the best Wednesday ever.  My kiddos were great (and hilarious... I just love overhearing their conversations!  Today my favorite was when one of my kids told her group, "Last night my armpit farted."  The rest of the kids were all so astonished and wanted to know how!)  and I got done with half my Bracken tests (on which everyone so far has made great growth), so I'm feeling pretty motivated and awesome.  :)

These last two weeks have flown by, so be prepared for a lot of pictures!  We've been learning about animal homes and then life cycles.  Back in September we learned about animals around the world; so this time the theme was more "close to home."  We studied animals and their homes underground, by water, and in the forest; we also learned about the life cycle of a frog, butterfly, chick and plant.  Here we go (hang in there for freebies in store!)

Art:

Fork Painting Hedgehog

Tear Art Paper Plate Turtles

Painting with Nature Brushes

Do you know how hard it is to find twigs when everything is buried under a foot of snow?  It's IMPOSSIBLE!  So I had to attach the bush/pine needles to pencils instead.  Still worked great though!

TP Roll Chicks

Coffee Filter Butterflies

These were great!  The kiddos used watercolors to paint a coffee filter.  After dry, I folded them accordion style and stuck a clothespin the in the middle.  Cute!


Paper Plate/Egg Carton Frogs

Aren't these so cute?!  The kiddos painted a paper plate and two egg carton cups green.  After dry, we folded the plate in half and glued a tongue in between, attached the eyes and added eye stickers.  

Hand Print Flowers


I love how these turned out!  They are now adorning our "Have a Hoppy Spring" bulletin board along with the frogs.  :)


Literacy:

Animal Homes Shared Writing/Anchor Chart

ABC Turtle Beginning Sound Game

We played this great game from Julie at Make, Take and Teach!  If you don't know her, she is fabulous.  This game was also a FREEBIE, which you can grab by clicking here.

Frog Leap & Write the Room

My kiddos LOVED this activity.  I bought the headbands at Target and the lily pads at Dollar Tree and laminated them so my kiddos could go on a variety of letter hunts throughout the week (circles/no circles, capital/lowercase, tails/no tails).  

If you like this, you can check out my cute new product: Pond Pals Leap N' Write the Room!  Check it out at my store by clicking on the picture below.


Math:

Introduction to Measurement

This week I spent a lot of time gradually introducing my kiddos to measurement.  We talked about different ways to measure things (with eyes, cubes, a tape measure) and why we would want to measure (when we want to find how exactly how tall/long/short something is).  We started to explore the relationship between length and height.  First I had the kiddos build "trees" with cubes, then we figured out how tall they were.  After a few days of visually building and comparing height, we chopped down the trees and saw that they were just as long as they were tall.

Frogs on a Log

I had this fun number recognition practice going on while introducing measurement in small group.  The kiddos turned over a log, then had to put the number of frogs on their log(s).  It was also great fine motor and one-to-one correspondence practice!

Caterpillar Body Stamp Book

Making Learning Fun has a fun free printable of this book with number words; grab it by clicking here.

Science/Sensory

Woodland Homes Sensory Table

Science was actually my favorite place in the room this week!  There was just so much cool stuff going on.  This was a great sensory table for some free exploration and it was great to watch the kiddos try and use the materials to build animal homes.  Here's what's in the table...


The jasmine potpourri was GREAT for a calming effect.  The brown paper shreds were great for filling out the table, and the moss filler added a nice effect (it was just so darn expensive!)  And yes, that brown stuff you saw in the table was PLAY-DOH.  :)  I also added some acorns, wood chips and twigs.

Frogs in the Bog Sensory Table

This was such an awesome table!  My kiddos loved the water art deco beads.  I grabbed mine from Hobby Lobby, but Dollar Tree sells the clear ones.  They sorted the frogs by color, then recorded their findings...


If you don't have frog counters or if you just want this super cute recording sheet, check out the activity in detail with my FIRST FREEBIE: Frogs in the Bog Sensory Table!


Animal Track Detectives

The kiddos examined different pictures of real-life animal tracks with magnifying glasses, then picked their favorite one and drew a picture of which animal they thought made it.

Animal Home Sort

Yay for fine motor/glue stick/scissor practice and science rolled into one!  :)  The kiddos cut and colored different animals, then glued them into which environment they live in (forest, underground, or in/near water).

Life Cycle Sequencing Pages

My kiddos worked on a variety of life cycle sequencing sheets, which I grabbed for FREE from Sparklebox- click here to see all their great life cycle activities!

Manipulatives

Animal Habitat Lacing Cards

These are great!  The kids have to find the animal card, match it to its' habitat, then lace them together.  I got these on clearance at Mardel a few months ago and I'm so glad I did!

Check out some (okay, a lot) of the GREAT books we've been reading:




And now for my last freebie: a new song for helping your kiddos remember animal homes and habitats.


Lastly, don't forget to enter my giveaway, which I have extended to run until NEXT WEDNESDAY (because everyone needs good news on a Wednesday!)  Good luck!  :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Looking Ahead on a Manic Monday: Easter Cookie Lacing Cards Freebie!

Hello friends and happy Monday!  If you were like me, you just did not want to get out of bed this morning.  (However, if you're also like me you had to get up early to make some last minute copies at school...)  For those of my friends who are more prepared, however, I whipped up these Easter Cookie Lacing Cards over the weekend!


Enjoy!  Don't forget to hop on over and check out...

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
I hope everyone has a good week!  Don't forget to enter my Fabulous First 100 Follower Giveaway (click on the picture below!)