Wednesday, June 24

Baby Shower update...

I didn't do a great job of getting pictures because I was enjoying the shower too much.  Everything went smoothly and we had a great time!  Here are some pics of the decorations...
the cupcake table,

 the diaper cakes (they didn't have the animal label on the ribbon yet) I was so excited about how they were turning out!
I used a giraffe swimming pool to hold her gifts.  The head kept deflating so we added a 'bag of grass' to make it look like it was eating.  Always improvising!
The giraffe was so hungry, lol!

 The sign in table with the late night diaper funnies and prize bags,

silverware bow ties,

and all the tables were decorated with a diaper cake, stuffed animals, and books.

We had so much fun! 

Friday, May 29

Friday Night Fun

What are you doing on this Friday night?  I am getting things ready for my daughter-in-law's shower!  I can't post pictures just yet because she might see them.  They decided to go with a safari/jungle theme and I was so excited because that is the theme in my kinder room!  Is makes decorating so much fun and so easy!  I can't wait to post pictures next week.  Her shower is Sunday.

Monday, December 1

Cyber Monday Sale!

Enjoy your online shopping day!  I am going shopping, are you?

Saturday, November 8

Happy Saturday and a Freebie!

Do you send family projects home for your students and their families to complete? Students love sharing what they are doing in their classroom, and sometimes it is hard for them to remember when they get home.  I like to send books home that we have created together as a class.  Students can share their picture and their classmates pictures and talk about the activity with their parents.  I also like to send home books that we read in the classroom with an activity or two.   My students really enjoyed this book,
Click on the book to purchase through Amazon

and they love to make lists, so I created a packet that they could take home and share with their parents.
You can get it for free at my store.  I hope you and your students enjoy it!
click on the pic to get it at my store

How do I package this and send it home?  I place my papers in a folder; putting the directions and sign out sheet in the middle and the handouts in a pocket.  
 I then place the folder and the book in a bag. 
 The bags are labeled with a number so I can recycle and use for a different book next month.  I have a pocket chart with my kinders pictures and the correlating number beside their picture.  What do you do in your classroom to create a positive relationship with parents?

Tuesday, May 6

A Sale for You!

Teachers work so hard and we spend a lot of our money in our own classrooms.  You are appreciated, so now is your time to save!  Head over to Tpt and save on your purchases today and tomorrow!  I have a lot of items on my wish list and I am headed over to start shopping.  You can too---here is the code!

click on the image above to go to my store!

Sunday, April 27

Student Achievments

Are you a cheerleader for your students?  Do you have a special wall the lets them 'shout out' their accomplishments?  Do you have little celebrations for skills that are met?  I would love to hear how you celebrate with your students.

My students and I cheer when skills are met in our classroom.  It only takes a few seconds, but the feeling the student has and the memory from this short time will last a very long time.  The students in my classroom who master these skills are considered 'experts' and the other students go to them if they need help.  For example, if a shoe needs to be tied, I could easily do it--but the rewards are much greater when a child helps this student.  The same goes for the computer expert--the only child who seems to know more than me about computers--which isn't that hard to do!  Or maybe the word speller because they know all they sight words or they can really listen well to the sounds of each word.  This doesn't mean they don't come to me for help anymore, but during the 3rd and 4th quarter it does help to free up a little time so I can listen to students read or help them stretch words apart when writing.  But, you know what?  My students also volunteer to be the listener of a story if another child didn't get their reading homework completed the night before.  They are so eager to help each other out!

I decided to make an expert wall and I used my zoo/jungle theme.  I have a picture of an animal cracker box that I created stapled to the bulletin board (next time I will staple to a snack bag).  

All the animal cookies would be stored inside the baggie and would be easier to transport home!

I am able to give them this as a treasure from our time together in kindergarten!  Love it!!

Each time a student masters a particular skill, I give them a construction paper animal cracker to put in their animal box.

I have this product listed in my TpT store if you would like to purchase it---and it is editable!  Let me know what you think about it!

Thursday, March 27

Update on our 100th Day of School

I really need to get in the habit of writing again, but life is so busy!
My kinders were so excited about the 100th day activity we did and LOVED seeing what they will look like when get 'old'.  We brainstormed about things we would do when we are 100 years old. Then the students wrote about what they would do and it was hilarious, I thought I would share a few.  Pardon the pictures, I took them on my phone and the lighting was not kind!

Gaven said, "I will do whatever I want like McDonald's and then after I'll get what I want."

Datan said, "I will go hunting for bears."
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