Friday, January 31, 2014

Giveaway winner and A SALE!

The winner of the the Valentine's Day Giveaway is Jennifer M. I will send you an email later tonight with all 5 AMAZING products.

Are you all ready for the super bowl??? I am!!! GO BRONCOS (shhh, don't tell my hubby...since we are BEARS fans, we SHOULD be going for SEAHAWKS).

To celebrate, I'm having a SALE!That means you can get my AMAZING Valentine's Day Math Centers.

I will be posting NEW products this weekend, so be sure to follow my STORE so you can updates when I post new products! Also, remember to leave me some feedback LOVE and earn TPT credit.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Valentine's Day Giveaway

It's time my fabulous Valentine's Day Giveaway! I am teaming up with 4 other amazing bloggers to give you 5 FABULOUS Valentine's Day products.



I am giving away my brand new Valentine's Day Math Centers. This pack comes with 6 hands on math centers. The top picture shows my Sums of 5 and Sums 10 fold cards.  This is great for math warm ups or centers. It includes a recording sheet for centers. The second picture shows my Mail My Numbers activity. Students place the numeral on the mailbox and find the four pieces of mail that add up to that numeral. Both are great number sense activities.


Laura at Differentiation Creation Station donated her "Put Your Stamp On It!" Literacy Centers. I love how she differentiated this pack to meet the needs of a variety of learners. This enveloped shows the beginning sound stamp. She also included stamps with final sounds and CVC words. As added bonus, there are printable sheets where students can stamp the letters. 


Amanda at Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten donated her Valentine's Day Literacy and Craft unit. This pack comes with two crafts. Don't you just love this adorable heart butterfly? There is also a heart wreath. There is also an emergent reader, pocket chart stories, and ABC order activities.  


Vickie at Mrs. Plant's Press donated her "Beary" Good Valentine craft. This adorable craft has several different writing sheets to choose from. My Daughter made this one for me. She left the arms out, "like a great, big hug." She had so much fun making this. 

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Tiffany at KTeacherTiff donated her Valentine's Day Math and Literacy Centers. This is a great pack. I can't wait to have my kids start working on matching the numerals to the number words. This pack includes several games including CVC Word Memory and Addition Roll and Color. This pack has a variety of centers and printables.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Snowy Day {FREEBIE}

The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats is one of my favorite books to read. It is a sweet, simple story about a little boy who wakes up to the ground covered in snow. It talks about what he does during the snowy day. It is a great way to get kids thinking about what they would do on a snowy day. It is also a great book to do a lesson on cause and effect.

My kids did pretty well with this...after we went back and reread each part. They were able to tell me that the snowball melted in his pocket without rereading.

This adorable craftivity was a FREEBIE by Michelle Hudgeons that you can find here. She includes an adorable cause and effect book that would have been a little tricky for my Kinders (perfect for 1st or 2nd). Instead, my kids drew a picture about Peter's snowy and a picture of themselves on a snowy day. I LOVE how one kiddo colored their border and then everyone else copied. I think it looks nicer with the extra color.



I also made a little emergent reader about snowy day activities where students can read, answer yes/no questions, and color. On one of the pages, I asked if you could go swimming on a snowy day. I assumed the answer would be no. One sweet pumpkin raised her hand and said, "My mom takes me swimming every Saturday, even when it snow." Oh, right, the INDOOR pool. Now, I doubt she actually went on a snowy day because it has only snowed one time this year.


You can find everything you need to teach this lesson FREE HERE.




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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Hot Chocolate Fun!

This week, we worked on hard on activities from my new  Hot Chocolate Math and Literacy Centers. There are 3 literacy centers and 6 math centers.


The kids LOVED this sight word game. There are 18 different sight words and this fun spinner. You can get spinner parts on Amazon or make one with an laminated arrow and brad, but I think it is just as fun to use a paper clip and pencil. Students spin the spinner to find out what action they have to take and draw a sight word card. In the past, I have always just had them read the words and to differentiate, they just have to say the letters. With the spinner, I have added build it and write it to make them feel more successful. They may not be able to say it, but they can probably build it or write it. 


I forgot to take a picture of this CVC center. Students practice writing beginning, middle, or ending sounds. There are 20 different pictures with a total of 60 cards!!!! This center can be used all winter long!




There are several ways to use these adorable hot chocolate number bond mats. On the left, students rolled the two dice. They place that number of counters on each mug. Then, they can slide it down to see how many there are. On the right, students start with 10 counters in the blue mug. Then they draw a marshmallow and take that many away. There are 4 different mats to choose from, including a blank one. The counters are flat marbles from the Dollar Tree. 



With this activity, student are working on subitizing and adding and subtracting within 10. There are 9 different mug mats with the numbers 2-9. Each number has 4 marshmallow cards that show different patterns to make that number. It may be hard to tell from these pictures, but there are purple and red marshmallows. Students can count the marshmallows on the card and place it on the corresponding mat. For students that are ready, have them write the number sentence, such as 3+2=5 in their math notebooks or on a dry erase board.

 I wanted to find a way to bring sums of ten to life. Each student got a sums of ten poem, two mugs, and 10 marshmallows. We practiced making different combinations of ten by putting some marshmallows in our mug and some marshmallows in our friends mug. I told them that the mug on the left was for them and the mug on the right was for their friend. I love how one of my sweeties gave more to their friend. You can get the poem for free here.

Since I was a little late getting this winter unit finishes, I have it on sale for 50% off until Sunday night. It's a steal, I know.


Be sure to come back on Monday to enter to win 5 fabulous Valentine's Day Activities from


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Snow Much Fun! {FREEBIE}

Here in New Mexico, we do not get a lot of snow. Okay, there is snow in the mountains, but not where we are. They still LOVE to learn about snowmen. We have been reading snowmen books all week.


As we read our books, we talked about words that describe snowmen and made this little anchor chart.



Everywhere on Pinterest, I see pins about making snowman with shaving cream, Elmer's glue, and glitter.This year, I had to try it. You are suppose to do half and half. I didn't measure it or anything. I wish I had used more glitter though.


They wrote a sentence describing their snowman. They tor pieces of paper to make the eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, and arms. The hat is made of felt and glitter ribbon.


I think they came out pretty cute, don't you?



We labeled our snowmen. I love how this honey colored the snowman and the labels.


We are working on our Sums of 10. I told the kids to color their snowman and some snowflakes blue. I emphasized that they could choose ANY number of snowflakes...not just the two that I modeled. When they were done coloring and writing the number equation, they added blue glitter to the blue snowflakes and silver glitter to the white snowflakes.  

You can get both of these snowmen FREE HERE

Have you seen my Kindergarten Math Centers? You get 8 hands on math centers that are differentiated to meet the needs of all of your students. You can find them HERE.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Differentiation Station Creation GIVEAWAY!!!!

Have you entered Laura's GIVEAWAY over at Differentiation Station Creation? Laura wanted to kick off the new year by celebrating collaboration. You can enter to win three different GIVEAWAYS!!!! There are two PreK-2 grade giveaways with 16 products each. I think Laura is an amazing teacher. She is full of creative ideas and has a hands on learning style. Like me, she has a Special Education background.  Be sure to visit her blog and enter the giveaway. You can win my Sweet Treat Clip Cards.



I have also recently finished my Sweet Treats Sums of 5 and Sums of 10. They are discounted through tomorrow.



Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Winter Fun!

Wow, have we already been back for a week and half??? Time has been flying by. It is amazing how after winter break, these little pumpkins turn into big kids. They are working more independently at centers. They are able to transition quicker. They are almost...1st graders.


I found this adorable poem on Pinterest from RainbowsWithInReach. . We have done this poem every morning since break. The kids have really enjoyed doing all the movements while singing. One student at a time point to the words while the others sing and dance. We found the sight word the and one sweet honey found the letter s.


At our literacy centers, I introduced these adorable snow globes. There are three different centers. One center is building sight words with snowflakes. There are 40 different sight words to choose from. Students can also work on initial sound by placing the polar bear in the correct snow globe. The third activity is matching the CVC penguin to the correct CVC globe. You can purchase these centers at my store HERE.


We also talked about what we would do if we lived in a snow globe. Most of my kids wanted to drink hot chocolate, build a snowman, or make a snow angel.This picture was my favorite because it was so colorful. Yes, I know that I should be showing a picture where a child used the correct color, but this sweetie worked so hard coloring this.

 

We made sums of 10 come to life with this life size ten frame. The kids loved it. We rolled a dice for the numbers 1-6. The kids took turns putting down that number of snowman. Then another student figured out how many more they needed to make 10 and I recorded the number sentence. Once we got 1-6 done, I just set up 7-10.



Finally, we did an interactive word problem. I wrote the problem, and yes, I drew the funky snowmen. Next time, I think I will draw the snowmen first! The baby snowman just looks chunky. The kids drew the buttons - you have to look really close to see the three blue buttons. The kids helped fill out the ten frame and wrote the number bond. I think I will have to work on more winter themed word problems because the kids had a blast!

Tomorrow, we will be making snowmen with shaving cream and Elmer's glue. It will be my first time so wish me luck!


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Crafty Linky with a Freebie

Do you want to know one of my favorite activity is during winter break? Getting my Crafty on! I got excited when I saw Blog Hoppin' was having a Crafty and Creative Linky Party. I wanted a reason to showcase my beautiful snowman! The Linky party for crafting was on Thursday, so I'm a little behind, but you don't mind, right?



I was inspired to make this little guy was inspired by a penguin Laura at Differentiation Station Creations made. In fact, I felt so inspired, I made a can, two sizes of pointers, and several clothes pin clips!
Like many of my projects, I started with some Mod Podge and scapbook paper. Yes, I have tried the different sticky tapes. They are always to wide for my clothes pins.The Snowman is made out of the formula container my friend gave me. I LOVE this container because the lid is still attached. I covered the container with white glitter paper. I bought the glitter paper at Walmart. They had two sheets for a dollar. They had a nice selection of colors, including the gold that I made his nose with. The mouth an nose are made out of black buttons I had. The hat is a paper bowl painted black with a pearl ribbon wrapped around it.


The best part? The lid opens and I can put games in it! 




My daughter was having a blast with the snowflake wands and the snowman letters. She would pull a card out of the snowman and read the letter with the pointer. As she pulled out upper and lower case letters, she matched them. She is not ready for ABC order yet, but the would be another fun idea. The snowman alphabet cards an snowflakes to make pointers are your FREE end of break gift from me. You can get them HERE. It will be a great review when you go back. If you don't have a snowman, just hang them on the wall. The kids love walking around and looking for letters.



I used the clips for my winter clip cards. Can you see the snowflake on the end of the white clip? I sure hop they stay on. They look adorable, but may have been more practical for teacher only use. I'm sure the kids will love them. I made 4 sets of cards with the numbers 1-20. You can get them HERE This is the last night they are on sale for only $2.


I know it is early, but I also made some Valentine's Day clips. I made these with ribbon instead of paper. I still used Mod Podge. The ribbon, from Michaels, fit perfectly on the clip and did not need to be cut down. I may have to go bask and get it in for colors! You can get my Valentine's day clips HERE.

Be sure to stop by Blog Hoppin' to see what other fun New Year events they have.