Thursday, November 28, 2013

Super Sweet Sales (Early Bird & Cyber Monday!)

Hi friends!  Just wanted to give you a heads up on some great sales coming up.  For all my Early Bird friends, there's a TON of sellers participating in this (including me!)

Here's some sweet new stuff I created for Christmas!

Take a peek inside...

And I just finished up some new (and editable) Roll Say Keep games for Christmas and Winter!  These include practice for letters/sounds, CVC words and sight words!

Don't forget to swing by on Monday and Tuesday for the BIG one- TPT is giving an additional 10% off all purchases.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What in the World Have We Been Up To: Week 13 of Thankfulness

I can't believe I'm back and posting somewhat regularly!  (We'll see for how long...)

Totally missed my Bloggiversary AND my birthday though.  Sorry guys!  BUT I can promise a good long post with some fun ideas and freebies ahead.  :)

Here's what we've been up to in Kinder Krazy Week Before Thanksgiving Land...

Turkey Hand Prints and Picture Frame Gifts

Aren't these adorable?!  And they were super easy to make.  I picked up the unfinished wooden frames at Michael's for only $1 (I also saw Walmart has some).  The buttons were ridiculously expensive though.  Why are buttons so expensive?!?!

Pilgrim Craftivity

I can't believe how many craftivities we completed this week!  I go back and forth with these things.  On the one hand I'd rather we be making something authentic, like a class book.  On the other hand I need cute things for our hallway.  Hence these paper plate pilgrim cutie pies (which followed after an illustrative mini-lesson on eyes).  Here's a close-up:

Mayflower Suitcase Craftivity

This activity was so awesome!  :)  We had a great time learning all about the Pilgrims and their Mayflower voyage.  Most of the kids felt like they would bring their own toilet, as you can see below...

How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey Craftivity

This was another fun craftivity!  The graphic organizer was great for getting the kids to get their thoughts and sentences in order.  I just cracked up at the differences between most of the boys and girls... Almost all the girls will go shopping for their turkey.  The boys?  They'll go hunting!  :)

Let's shift gears a bit and move on to our favorite time of the day... Math Stations!  On the day of our Thanksgiving party I actually had a little cutie ask me when we were going to do math because apparently parties and crafts are "boring."  :)

Roll & Build a Turkey (FREEBIE!)

This game was a blast!  Definitely a great way to get my little ones moving... and best of all it's free!  (Click on the picture to be directed to the download).

Turkey Feathers Addition Facts to 10 (FREEBIE!)

This fun game from Julie at Make, Take & Teach was PERFECT for practicing addition facts- click on the picture to grab the download!

Pilgrims on Parade Number Order

How Big Is Your Dinner Measuring Activity

And last but not least... some literacy stations!  I was really bad at taking pictures during our Daily 5 block last week.  Actually I'm pretty bad at it all the time since I'm busy with guided reading and my littles are so independent.  But I did get some great pictures of our FAVORITE word work station ever... the sensory bin!

Turkey Lurkey Match & Record Rhyming Activity

Since we don't have a real sensory table I make do with a clear plastic container, but it works.  The kids loved it!  It was filled with corn, fake cherries and of course the rhyming turkeys.  And have I ever told you how awesome Marsha's products are?  They are so easy to differentiate- it's great!  Each group had a different recording sheet suited to their needs.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I am SO thankful for all of you followers and friends.  I truly appreciate all your advice and encouragement and hope to be back soon with some belated Bloggiversary goodies.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

What in the World Have We Been Doing?: Week 12 with 5 Senses

Happy Sunday!  I hope you're all having a good, relaxing weekend... (with Thanksgiving just around the corner, yeah right!)

Last week was seriously the BEST week ever.  We were grooving, that's for sure!  Here's some fun stuff we got up to...
Five Fat Turkeys Poem

This poem was AWESOME because we returned to it for a writing mini-lesson on periods (notice how the period goes at the end of the sentence, not at the end of every line).  

Five Senses Books

Every day we learned about a new sense and took a sense-specific walk.  On our Touching Walk we brought back in one object and wrote to describe it.  (I LOVE how this little girl put periods at the end of her sentences and not at the end of each line.  Yay!)

5 Senses Science: Writing to Describe Popcorn (Freebie!)

5 Senses and Science: Mystery Scent Bottles

I love, love, love this activity!  The kiddos had to use their sense of smell to predict what was inside each container.  The containers are from Oriental Trading and they are perfect- they even have little holes on the top for smelling!  The cubes inside are scented wax cubes from Walmart.

But I think my favorite part of this week was math work stations.  They just went so smoothly and all the kiddos were so engaged!  

Building Symmetrical Pattern Block Pictures

The kiddos absolutely adored this station.  They built the best symmetrical pictures!

And then of course I was blown away by this little one- a 3D symmetrical piece!  It's amazing what kids can do when we just let them have at it.  :)

Turkey Roll, Count & Write

Thanksgiving Count & Clip It

My Book of AB Patterns (Freebie from Kindergarten Crayons!)

Cornucopia Concentration

I just added this game to my Thanksgiving stations!  We are really working hard on teen number recognition and "counting on" from a given number (such as 10), and this game was perfect for both.  If you already purchased my pack you can get this game by re-downloading it!

Don't forget about these great books...

And that's all folks!  Hope you have a great Thanksgiving coming up!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

What in the World Have We Been Up To? Week 11 with Elections

Where did the weekend go?  How can it seriously almost be Thanksgiving?  (And our JK/K Info Night... and our belated Grandparent's Day Celebration... EEK!)

So naturally I should be spending my time blogging about all the awesome fun we're having.  :)  Here's some of what we got up to last week learning about elections!

We spent a lot of time learning about what elections are and why they are fair.  We also talked a little bit about the President and what we think they should do...

If I Am the President Flag Writing Craftivity

Too cute!  I think this next one is my favorite... (shhh!)

We also voted on our favorite snack and tallied/graphed the results, but I forgot to snag a picture!  Darn.

Turkeys started creeping in to our math stations... Click on the pictures to be taken to the awesome products!

Feast Flip Five Addition Game

Turkey Hunt Number Recognition Game

Roll a Turkey Shape Game (FREEBIE in the preview!)

Ballot Bingo Game (Editable FREEBIE!)

Here's some great books we read...

Now I'm off to plan for our Five Senses this week!  Hope you're all having a great start to November!

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