Tuesday, August 5, 2014

FAVORITE 10 Minute Time Filler! {freebie}

Last Tuesday,  I blogged about being mindfully cross-curricular to make the most out of our limited time as teachers.  Today, I want to share another way to squeeze every spare moment out of your day.

One of my struggles as a teacher has been estimating how much time different activities will take.  Please tell me this happens to you, too?  I'm sure you've tried to fit a craftivity into a 20 minute time slot only to have to stop for specials... leaving a mess of glue and paper scraps for later.   You've probably been on the other boat, too, right?  You know... where you block out a half hour activity for something that only takes 20 minutes?  Many times, I fill that time with a read aloud or some independent reading.  Both of these work just great, they really do.  But every now and then, I get to surprise my kids with one of their FAVORITE activities. And, you guys, it's educational AND FUN!  Wee!  Fun... in kindergarten.  Those words should go together.  

I introduce to you today, your new favorite time filler.  Trust me, your kids will LOVE it and you will get some great review in of skills you've taught or are currently teaching.  I call this little ditty Mingle and Match. 

Here are 3 reasons why I *LOVE* Mingle and Match. 

Here's the premise.  I have created a BUNCH of match games to use as review or reinforcement of Kindergarten skills in your classroom.  They range from matching capital to lowercase letters all the way to matching ten frames to teen numbers.  You could certainly use these as station activities and just have students make matches at tables, but I [and the kids] enjoy it much more when you play it as a whole class game.  Each student will get a card and be expected to find the person with their matching card.  They can travel the whole room (safely, of course) searching for their match buddy.  They should be talking and moving/dancing throughout.  SO, not only does this activity give them great review, but it gives them a chance to unwind a little at the same time!  Here's how to play Mingle and Match in your classroom... step by step! 

Here's a few of my sweeties sharing their match around the rug {before I fancied up the cards!} 

My kids absolutely LOVE this game and it's so easy for a quick filler between activities.  Try it for FREE in your classroom.  Click below to download a capital/lowercase match to use at the beginning of your kinder year! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

My Sweet Little Miracle Baby and a Sale! :)

Friends, I just want to thank you for all the positive thoughts and prayers over the last few weeks.  We were induced on July 30th and brought our sweet baby girl Sawyer into the world on July 31st at 5:47 PM.  She is 5 lbs 13 oz and such a little warrior! Your prayers have meant the world to us and have truly helped us cope during this trying time! Please continue thinking and praying as her journey is just beginning!  We have her first open heart surgery scheduled for August 7th!

As you may have heard by now, TPT is throwing a HUGE Back to School Sale!  Sorry for saying Back to School.  I know those words can be hard to hear.  BUT... let's celebrate anyway with an awesome sale!

I will have TONS of items 20% off. Combine that with TPT's promo code and you'll get 28% off!! You can click on ANY of the cover pictures below to check these resources out in my store. 

What an amazing time to pick up the Fundraiser Bundles I'm running for Congenital Heart Disease awareness!  I haven't further discounted these because they're already 85% off, BUT use TPT's promo code and save! :) 


Check out some of my new packs that I L-O-V-E.  Full of math and literacy activities centered around some beginning of the year themes. 


Pick up this Sight Word Pack that can be used on ANY words ALL YEAR LONG! :) 

Get your kids reading during math and LOVING IT! 

And check out a tried and true favorite, great for kindergarten and beginning of the year in first grade! 

WHEW!  That's a lot of savings, my friends!  I have to admit that I've got more items in my cart this sale than I ever have before!  I'm going on a clipart rampage!!  Can't wait for the sale so I can empty my pockets ;) Just don't tell my husband, okay?! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Let's get Cross-Curricular! {freebie!}

It's Tuesday and I'm back with another Time-Saving, Fit it all in, Get everything done a little easier Tip for you!

We all have a million things to plan and pack into our each and every day.  Shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, whole group math, small group math, math stations, literacy stations, pull out, push in, science, social studies, community building, word work, vocabulary development ... THE LIST NEVER ENDS.  You can, however, make that list feel shorter by combining different content areas.  My students and I absolutely LOVE combining math and reading teaching and one of our favorite ways is by reading about math concepts.  Keep reading to see how I use picture books and my *NEW* Interactive Math Readers to teach math concepts in a cross-curricular way. 

There are TONS of picture books for introducing and practicing math concepts.  If you aren't reading to your kiddos about math -- you are missing a great opportunity.  Not only are many of these stories loaded with FUN pictures and rhyme/rhythm, but they show kids how these math concepts are used in the world. 

I like to take this cross-curricular love a little further in my classroom.  Not only do I like to have the kids listening to books about math -- I like to get their hands ON some of their own books!  Books that they can take home and share with their families! Books they can use to teach their little brothers and sisters these math concepts.  We use Interactive Math Readers in my classroom and, y'all, the kids love them.  Not going to lie -- I love them, too!  Not only are we using math conceptually, but we're working on print concepts, sight words, tracking, and comprehension strategies all the while.  YES, PLEASE!  I spent all year creating little interactive readers as new concepts were introduced and I just bundled them all together into one nice little package.  Check out a few examples below. 

Do yourself a favor this school year.  Save a little time by combining some reading and math.  We read these books whole group, sitting around the edge of the rug so I can watch as students track the words and see everyone's little mouths moving.  Then, we typically move to seats for the interactive math portion, and as they finish up, they read the book again with a partner or independently.  Their favorite part?!  They get to take this little book home!!!  They love reading these books to their family members and building an at home "library".  I have bundled 17 of these little readers together into a pack that will span you for the whole year.  If there's a concept that's not included that you would like to see -- let me know! 

As you prepare for back to school, try this simple FREE Interactive Reader with your kiddos.  It is included in the bundle and focuses on counting and writing the numbers 0-5 using a model.  Click the image below to download! 

Writing Numbers 0-5 Interactive Reader

If you haven't gotten a chance yet, be sure to stop by my store and check out the fundraising bundles available for only til August 10.  I set these up to help raise funds for our daughter, who will be born THIS WEEK (!!!!) with a rare congenital heart defect called HLHS.  My husband and I will also be donating half of the funds raised to The Children's Heart Foundation to support research toward a better future for these babies!

These are GIGANTIC savings... I'm talking like 85% savings on some fabulous resources K-2.  Read All About them Here. And click them images below to check them out on TPT.