Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Cleaning doesn't HAVE to be awful!

I do hope the end of March has brought you lovely Spring weather.  Indiana is still cold and dreary.  And though we're stuck in this longest-winter-ever-when-will-it-ever-end funk, the calendar says IT'S SPRING! So I'm ready to celebrate my favorite season ever.  I've got plenty of spring cleaning to do around the house, but this type of Spring Cleaning seems WAY more fun! I'm cleaning out my TPT wish list... you can too!
My store will be on sale Friday through Sunday.  No need for a coupon code, just head on over and shop away!  I'm so excited to stock up on some end of the year goodies... AND start prepping for next year! With nearly a year of kinder under my belt, I have a better idea of what I'll be needing for next year and can't wait to stock up! :) Click the image below to head on over to my store!
Some other fabulous bloggers will have their stores on sale as well... Check them out below and ENJOY YOUR SPRING CLEANING! :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

EGGciting Things to do With Plastic Easter Eggs!

Friends -- Easter is coming! Okay, I know it's a little ways off but I LOVE Easter... it's one of my very favorite holidays so I look forward to some egg, chick, rabbit FUN in Kinder!  We all know how awesome those cheap-o plastic easter eggs are for the classroom.  Thought I'd show you some of the ways I plan on using them in my classroom.  I made a little freebie that I'm so excited to share! For each of these Easter Egg ideas, I made a recording sheet.  Click the image below to grab this freebie and start planning your Easter Egg Stations! :)
And here's a peek at the activities I plan on using and sharing with you all! :)
I hope you are able to use these activities and enjoy the freebie!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Our St. Patrick's... Week.

It was quite a week in Mrs. Kelly's Klass.  We celebrated St. Patrick's Day all week long AND it was the super long and drawn out week before Spring Break.  Can anyone explain the real reason WHY that week takes 10 times longer than other weeks?! Sheesh!
Anywho, thought I'd stop by and share some of our fun from St. Patrick's Day with you in case you're looking for some ideas for next year.  My kiddos had a lot of fun during stations and really seemed to enjoy these activities.
I have this giant black pot that doubles as a witches cauldron in October.  These kids LOVED this station.  They reached in the pot and had to fish through some St. Patrick's Day Garland (for a little sensory experience).  Found the Garland for 99 cents a strand at Party City!
 When they reached to the bottom, they had to fish out these little pieces of Gold!  Each piece of gold had a math fact on them (we're working on adding with 0, 1, and 2).  You could put anything on them though -- sight words, CVC words, ten frames, etc.  If they got the answer right and the rest of the group approved... they got to keep that gold.  Kids LOVED it!!!
Then we used this freebie recording sheet from United Teaching to work on teen numbers! As a little extra something, I threw some little St. Patrick's Day erasers and Ten Frames into this station so they could manipulate and build the numbers.  They LOVE working with erasers.  A pack of 100 or so cutie little erasers was $4 at Party City.  
My kids L-O-V-E using magnifying glasses.  I picked up these adorable I-Spy printables from A Teachable Teacher.  They use magnifying glasses to search for tiny little CVC words hidden in the pictures.  You HAVE to pick this freebie up!
Played a fun (free) sight word shamrock game from Julie Van Alst.  It was differentiated to include 3 separate lists of words.  Go pick up your copy for next year!
Not sure where the recording sheet for this one came from -- just something one of my coworkers had in her file.  But oh my gosh y'all... graphing Lucky Charms was a HUGE hit!!! Found the cute little shamrock cups at Party City (they should pay me for this post!) and scooped out some lucky charms for each kiddo.  One box of Lucky Charms was plenty for my class of 23.  Then we graphed away and ate them all up! :)  I myself had a few too many handfuls! Love those crunchy marshmallows.
There ya have it! I know it's too late for you to use these ideas this year... but feel free to pin/save/pick up some freebies for next year!  It was a very successful week for my kiddos and they had a lot of good, old-fashioned, kinder F-U-N!