Friday, 7 December 2012

Holiday bulletin board

Here it is... I wrapped the gift boxes ahead of time. The student work is hidden inside and the kids just love opening the boxes to see the work inside.

Holiday bulletin board part 2

Here is a look at the work inside. The writing page is a freebie in my TPT store and turns out so cute! The trees are made with 3 hearts, or you can just have students draw their own... /div>

Monday, 12 November 2012

Dramatic Play Kindergarten Pet Shop

My kinders are having a wonderful time in our classroom pet shop! I have now posted my pet shop package on TPT and it includes a variety of resources to set-up your own class pet shop! Just add the animals :)

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Halloween Kindergarten writing page

Here we are already at the end of October! Halloween on a Wednesday will create a challenging Thursday and Friday for sure. Here is a cute quick page I'm going to use tomorrow to get the kids to write what they are going to be for Halloween. You can grab a copy by clicking on the picture. :) Boo!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Introducing five frames

This week we are having a ball learning all about five frames! I created these game boards to give the students some practice during center time. They take a sports ball five frame card and look at the five frame, then they look at the game board to see if the number on their card is on the spot they need to move to. If there is a match they move ahead, if not, another player takes their turn. They really liked the games! I was thrilled to see them grasp the concept so quickly and enjoy playing the game. I thought it would take a little more time for them to figure out the concept. It looks like it will take much more time for them to work out how to wait for their turn :)
The gameboards are included in my Five Frame file on TPT for only $2.00.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Five Little Turkeys Freebie

Here is a 5 Little Turkeys freebie that can be used for shared reading and/or math. The focus in on reading numbers with pictures, numbers and words. This file also has printable center activities included on the attachments tab. I am linking up with Classroom Freebies, one of my favorite blogs!
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Giveaway at GradeOnederful and Halloween Treats

Barbara at GradeOnederful is hosting a 500 followers celebration giveaway! I've just entered...and found many more supercute blogs to follow! Barbara shares some fantastic ideas on her blog and you should definitely check it out!(Click on the picture) I have started to prepare for Halloween and I'm putting together a little treat bag for each one of my kiddos. Here is a little craft I like to do with paper punches, stamps and peppermints.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Book character pumpkins!

This video has some of the pumpkins that my class created last year! It's hard to pick a favorite, but I really love the Mr. Potato Head! I'm looking forward to all of the character pumpkins again this year!! I have it as "an optional family project" for my kindergarten class.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Owls in the tree

We have updated our tree with owls! We made these adorable owls by taking close-up shots of the students' eyes and sticking them on a painted paper plate...and added feathers of course! It was fun to watch parents try to figure out which owl was their child! It was harder than you might think...

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Beginning Middle End organizer and file

I have tripled my TPT sales this quarter....and that is pretty exciting!! I have recently posted my 5 day file for teaching beginning, middle, and end. The file has a poem that I wrote about the B-M-E concept that you can use as a shared reading to introduce the ideas. The file also includes a video and 5 days worth of lessons and templates to dig in to the concept.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Kindergarten wall tree

I am so lucky to have a truly fabulous partner in my classroom. She is so creative! She designed and put up this amazing tree using brown paper napkins and a mixture of watery glue. I added the birds and the birdhouse :) We are planning to change the tree throughout the year to incorporate student crafts and seasonal items. I will post more pics as we take them!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Kindergarten Water Table Makeover

In my classroom there is a giant built-in water table. I'm fairly certain that the designer of this table was never a teacher. It's huge! It takes up too much precious floor space, and it's too deep! The little ones can't even reach into the middle of the table, so they are constantly soaked. I decided I needed the table to function as another center instead of just wasting space when water is "closed". I came up with a board that my hubby cut to size for me. I painted it green and covered it with plastic to create a dry-erase center. The plastic is vinyl table-cloth covering that I found at a housewares store. It's been a couple of weeks now and the kids and I are loving it. We use it everyday! Aside from writing and drawing, they often create roads and tracks for cars, but it has also been used for creating a zoo layout for our plastic animal collection! So many little time!!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Bulletin borders x 2!

I've been working away at getting my classroom ready for next week. I seem to have quietly developed a border obsession. The simple step of adding a second border so impressed me, that now I can't do a board with only one!
See what I mean? It just seems to give it that extra "pop"! Next I moved on to covering my blackboards with a bright yellow vinyl fabric. Since I was still in a border state-of-mind, I added a border around the outside as well as the inside of the frame. Overkill? Possibly. But it makes me happy:)

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Dress Up Center

My new dress-up center is finally ready to move into my classroom! I had many ideas, but finally decided to modify an old cubby unit from Wal-Mart. It used to look like this.
and now...with some spray paint and lots of hooks ...

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Inquiry design challenges

I am so happy to finally post my inquiry design challenges file. I have worked really hard on adding read aloud titles to the inquiry projects. It's available on TPT for $5.00 and that's a steal considering there are enough inquiry design challenges for an entire school year! The ideas are easy to use to challenge primary students to be creative thinkers and problem-solvers. It's such a thrill watching the students engaged in these challenges - and no two projects ever seem to turn out the same!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

New teacher chairs!

I was once again "pinspired"! I saw some super-cute recovered office chairs on Pinterest and had to give it a try. I did a matching for me and one for my teaching partner. It was easy and I'm loving the result!

Monday, 13 August 2012

invisble writing activity

This is a super cute activity that I have done in the past. I print these frames and the kids write their name on them but don't draw anything! They think it's hilarious. They write on a page behind the frame all the invisible things that are in their invisible artwork. The sky is the limit! Some of them really let loose and are so creative! I use Shel Silverstein's "Invisible Boy" poem for the intro to this lesson, and it's always a hit! Invisible Boy "And here we see the invisible boy In his lovely invisible house, Feeding a piece of invisible cheese To a little invisible mouse. Oh, what a beautiful picture to see! Will you draw an invisible picture for me?”

Monday, 6 August 2012

Back at it...and a writing process visual

I'm back in the game! Planning back to school and wrapping my head around another school year after taking a relaxing break! I'm heading back to full-day kindergarten (JK/SK) in September and I'm really looking forward to it. Also looking forward to someday not having to move my classroom at the end of every school year :) I thought I would share an idea that I modified from Pinterest a while back.... I loved the idea of using seeds/flowers as a visual for the writing process. I found some posters on Pinterest but I decided to make them a little more noticeable by making them 3D (I also changed the wording to suit my needs). It was a huge hit with the class...and their writing process work was fantastic!
It was simple to make and I was really impressed with the final product. The pots were from a dollar store and I cut them in half with scissors. Then I just added an empty seed packet and some artificial flowers, all taped to the insides of the pots. The picture didn't quite catch the whole display. The first sign is for "IDEAS" with a seed packet in the pot. On day one of our introduction to the writing process, students jotted down "seed ideas" on simple graphic organizers to start our process. Day two we selected one of our ideas to "plant" and created rough drafts; writing about our chosen idea. Day three went surprisingly well considering it was our first time with peer-editing. We had talked a lot about how to add details to improve our writing. In groups, students read their work then peer editors wrote simple suggestions on recipe cards that their friends could add to their work (this was very cute!) The final draft was created on day four as our writing "bloomed". Students wrote their good copy on special paper using suggestions from their peers and checked their work with a partner before handing it in. Finally, we celebrated our writing by presenting it to the class. This week-long process was a huge success with my SK/1 class...but I waited until Spring to try it out. I could not have pulled it off in the fall :)

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Pigeon Party!

My class has been loving Mo Willems' pigeon books, so last week we decided to have a "Pigeon Party". Here is a picture of the cake I made. The day was a blast! We made pigeon hats and had lunch- which was a pigeon favorite - hot dogs! (followed by our pigeon cake:) The students really enjoyed learning to draw the pigeon and then writing their own pigeon stories. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our amazing progress with reading and writing.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Anyone have a simple octopus costume idea?

For our year-end assembly each class has to present one song. We have chosen Octopus Garden (Ringo Starr). The kids love it! Now I just need to figure out a way to make 19 octopus outfits (with not spending too much!) I can sew...but would prefer to keep that to a minimum. Anyone have any ideas? I've already checked Pinterest...and google images - but haven't seen anything that I can pull off yet. Thanks for any advice!

Sunday, 20 May 2012

iPad storage

I just discovered a perfect solution for my iPad storage dilemma! It's a dish drainer. The iPads fit perfectly in their cases, and I have easy access when I need to plug them in to the powerbar to recharge. I can also easily leave the headphones plugged in and hang them over the end of the rack and they won't become a tangled mess.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

iPads in the classroom!

I am thrilled that I was able to get four iPads donated for my class! We have been having so much fun with them. One of the first things we tried was the Sock Puppet app. The students had to complete a procedural writing piece, then they were able to choose a puppet and funny voice to record their writing. They loved it! Here's a sample...How to ride a horse!

Monday, 7 May 2012

Wise as an owl writing

Thinking about the fall already....I just created this writing page for kindergarten. I'm as wise as an owl. I know how to ... Feel free to grab a copy!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Back to Kindergarten!

I just found out that I will be teaching kindergarten again in the fall! I will miss my current kiddos but hopefully will be able to teach some of their siblings. It's time to start wrapping my head around activities for 3 and 4 year olds! Here's a fun little sponge painting idea we did the last time I was teaching kindergarten....

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Sharing with a LINO

It's been awhile! I have been swamped this year with a new program, and new challenges. Recently I have discovered how to use a Lino to share. Linos are a kind of never-ending bulletin board that you can use to add files, pictures, videos, whatever you would like to share. Accounts are free and you can try it out at
Here is the link for one I've worked on with a penguin unit. Let me know what you think!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Procedural writing

We have been working away at learning to write using first, then, next and finally.
I whipped up this writing page that the kids loved. They seem to really enjoy a unique looking page. The place for a picture on this page isn't the usual's triangular!

A great use of this page is "How to go sledding", and the student can draw the toboggan on the slope of the page.

Grab your copy here!

If you use it, I would love to hear about it...thanks!!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Penguins Penguins

Still lovin' penguins! We are having so much fun.

We measured and painted actual size penguins!

We also made these cute penguins out of plates and wrote facts on their tummies.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Beginning Middle End

We recently worked on retell and writing with Beginning, Middle and End. I created this quick organizer to help the students with this process.

Click here if you would like a copy.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Versatile Blogger

I want to thank Michelle at Teach123 for nominating me for the versatile blogger award!! How sweet of you!

The blog award rules...

1. Thank the person(s) that nominate you with a link back to them. (check)

2. Tell 7 things about yourself
-I love my job teaching kindergarten and first grade!
-Blog stalking and Pinterest consume most of my free minutes lately
-I have 3 kids that are very close in age, and very good friends to each other.
-I love to create new teaching resources...but seem to never feel that they are complete
-I am addicted to the TARGET Dollar Spot
-I think unhappy teachers are in the wrong profession
-I wished I lived closer to a Cheesecake Factory

3. Pass this award on to 15 newly discovered blogs and let them know they've received this award. (OMG! Seems like every blog I go to has already done this....I'm a little late to this I guess!'s going to take me some time!) But thanks so much to Michelle for noticing me:)