Monday, December 30, 2013

New Years Kindergarten Math and Literacy Centers





Yesterday, I posted about my New Years Resolution. Now, I have to share my New Years Kindergarten Math and Literacy unit with you. It has a great balance between reviews skills and new skills, which is perfect for the first week after break.

It has 4 Math Centers and 3 Literacy Centers. Each center has an I Can card which tells the standard being taught.
 In math, students can work on number order and number recognition with the number cards 1-50. There are four different special cards that you can hide behind the cards to practice number recognition.

 For comparing numbers, there are two activities. One is for comparing quantities and one for comparing numerals. Students can circle the larger number with a dry erase, or for you more advanced students, the are word and sign cards students can place on top.
 One of the funnest games is the 10 frame. There is a blank one for quantity or students who may not be ready to write numbers. There are boards that allow student to write the number sentence for addition to five, addition to 10, subtraction from 5, and subtraction from 10. The boards are blank frames and there are two colors of hat counters. The last math game is plus one. I forgot to take a picture of it.Students get a ten frame with a number on it. They add one more and write the number equation. 
In Literacy, students can practice reading, building and writing 36 sight words. Students can draw a word card - I recommend a cute New Year Hat-and an action card. I usually have students write on a dry erase board and build it with magnets. If students can complete their action card, they get to keep the card.The 4th card is a game over card. Students count the number of cards they read. Who ever has the most wins.

 This is a cute game for reading CVC words. Students lay out 3 or 6 word family cards. Then they sort out the fireworks. This game comes with a recording sheet too.
I am so EXCITED to write New Years Resolutions with my Kinders.To help them out, I plan on first reading Squirrel's New Years Resolution. If you don't have that book, you can watch it on YouTube. I have included 24 picture cards that are perfect for getting those little brains thinking. I will post lots of pictures when we complete this one!

You can buy this entire unit by clicking on the picture below or you can WIN IT. To WIN IT, follow me on Pinterest and leave a comment about your New Years Resolution AND your email below. I will pick someone at random.

UPDATED: January 2015. New fonts and new centers added.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

New Years Linky Party

I love the New Year. I love reflecting on the good, the bad, and the AMAZING. I also love to think about next year and how I can grow as a mom, wife, teacher, and person. I have a journal that I always scribble ideas, thoughts, and quotes in. With the New Year coming, I find myself writing more. I thought it would be fun to link up with A Peach for Teach. Thank you for hosting this fun party!

A Peach for the Teach: Behavior Supports & Multi-Age

Do you want to link up? Click Above!

Personal: I need to take better care of myself. I find myself getting stressed out over little things when I don't eat right, workout, and pray daily.
Professional: I feel like my students needs are ever changing. I need to continually change my teaching style to meet the needs of my students.
Classroom: I'm not going to lie. Monday morning my room looks amazing. By Friday, it's a hot mess. No Joke. I have buckets, files, bins, etc. I think I have too many organization tools. Or maybe they don't meet my needs. Somehow, someone, I WILL find a way to keep my room clean and organized.
Blog/TPT: I hope to blog more often. I want to share with you all the amazing things happening in my room. I have met some amazing people on TPT and in the Blog world. I hope I continue to make new friends. I really believe I have become a better teacher since entering the blog/TPT world. It really makes me think about the products I create for my classroom. Plus, I am always being inspired by all the amazing teachers out there!
Just-For-Fun: I collect books. Like a LOT of books. I never have time to read them. I'm hoping to read 12 books in 2014. One a month isn't too bad, right?


Tomorrow, I will post about my New Years Math and Literacy Centers. It is discounted for a limited time. I might even give away a pack!



Monday, December 23, 2013

Last Week of School

We stayed very busy during the last week of school. Now, it is time to relax...NOT! I think I mentioned that I am a crazy black Friday shopper. I am also a weekend before Christmas shopper. Yes, I am STILL looking for the perfect gifts. And, I must admit, I have wrapped NOTHING!!!! I have a busy day because tonight is family game night at my brother's house.I can't wait!!!!



 One of my co-workers came up with this adorable reindeer. It is just made with die-cut shapes. Then, my amazing EA traced the antlers by hand.





We read How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. I wanted to have the kids write about how they would make the Grinch smile. I am sure you have seen several versions all over Pintrest. Well, I decided to make my own. I traced the Grinch by hand that morning. I went make copies. The copier was down. I need to learn not be so last minute. I QUICKLY hand traced every Grinch. They still came out cute.

I forgot to take pictures of the elves and Santa in the chimney. Oops. They of course went home on Friday!


Finally, I have started prepping for January. These are a few shots of my winter math center. I still have A LOT of cutting to do over break.




This is a short from my More Than, Less Than game. Your kids can do more than 5, less than 5 or more than 10, less than 10. There is an option to use number card or to count the snowflakes. This way you can meet all of your students needs.




I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these Polar Bears. I may have to use them in a literacy center too! For this center, students can fill in the missing number up to 20. There is a recording sheet too.
There are 5 math centers in all. You can get this center by clicking on any of the pictures or here.

THESE CENTERS HAVE ALL BEEN UPDATED IN DECEMBER 2014.There are now 8 fabulous Math Centers.




Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tis the Season

Did youenjoy the winter blog hop and find lots of goodies???? I was so EXCITED about it, I forgot to announce the WINNER of my 'Tis the Season GIVEAWAY. Congratulations Kelli Jean! Check your email. It has been awhile since I blogged, so be prepared - I have a lot of pictures.



Here are a few pics of my 'Tis the Season Math. The kids LOVED the subitizing trees. I still think the Elfs are adorable.


My kids had a blast with the fireplace literacy centers. There are 6 different CVC word patterns on tyhis one. I forgot to take pictures of the Sleigh Full of Sight Words Center. That was the cutest.


Speaking of Fireplaces, my amazing EA made this one for me. It is on the back of a book shelf. After Christmas, I want to look for some stocking on sale to hang on there for counting. 




We made the Christmas tree ornaments. They were pretty simple. The kids painted three craft sticks green and a half stick brown. After they dried, I hot glued it to make the tree. Then they put their picture in the middle (Yes, that's my horrible school picture). The students added glitter for the ornaments.

For the cards, I pre-cut the glitter paper. The bottom strip is 6 inches, the next one in 5 inches and so forth. I had wanted to add a star to the top, but they came out so big, I decided to skip it.


Would you like my 'Tis the Season pack? You can get it HERE.


If you missed on my Winter Math pack, you can get it HERE. I have added 2 more Math centers.









Friday, December 13, 2013

The Winter Blog Hop is here!!!!


Welcome to My Fabulous Class.You have arrived at stop #16.

At each stop you will be gathering a winter freebie from our TpT stores.  We ask that you leave feedback on our stores if you like our freebies.  If you get lost along the way, you can check out the links at the bottom of this post.

The hop is set up in a loop, so you can start wherever you would like.  If you want to start at the beginning, check out Techie Turtle Teacher for the first stop.

 Kindergarten Winter Math

I hope you are enjoying all of your freebies. I have a wonderful Kindergarten Winter Math FREEBIE. It has three common core aligned math centers that will keep your students engaged. I would love to hear what you think, so please leave take the time to leave me a comment.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and downloading the freebie.  I hope you’ll be able to use my product in your classroom.  If you would like to know when I post new products and ideas, please follow me on Bloglovin or follow my TpT store .

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

December Fun!!!!

I cannot believe I only have 2 more weeks until winter break!!! Last week flew by. I have so many great ideas that I don't think I am going to get to this year. I was hoping to dedicate an entire week to the Gingerbread Man, but I may have to settle for a few days. I also want to read Polar Express and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Here are a few pictures of what we worked on this week.



I found these adorable stockings for free at Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten. My kids "needed" a lot of things. Yes, one of them needed coffee!!! We talked about how coffee is a want (although sometimes I REALLY NEED it). 


Last year, I bought this adorable checker game for under a dollar at Wal-Mart. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it at the time, I just HAD to have it. This year, I realized I could cut the board into ten frames and use the checker pieces as counters. I also added in a a die-cut Christmas tree. I think we will put the counters on the tree, roll the dice, and put the ornaments in the ten frame. 


Finally, I have finished my 'Tis the Season unit, after a lot of computer error. It has 4 literacy centers and 7 math centers. I love how organized this unit is. I have included a Table of Contents, each center has an I Can Card with which Common Core Standard it addresses, and various recording sheets for 9 of the centers. 

Because this unit is So BIG (108 pages!!!) I can only a show a snapshot of each center in my preview. I will post pics all week of this center in action. Since I was so later getting it up, this $9 unit will be on sale for $6 all week.  Click HERE or on the picture to buy it. Even better yet, you can win it free right now! Enter my Giveaway.
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