Friday, June 20, 2014

Five For Friday (June 20, 2014)


I have had quite the busy week! As you can see, I haven't posted since last week's Five for Friday. I have been traveling for a week and today was the first day that I was able to sit down and blog. Hopefully next week I can get in some other posts and join a few other linkies. We'll see. But for now, here is my Five for Friday:

I mentioned that I had been traveling. I visited 8 states since this past Saturday. I left my apartment in Indiana on Saturday and then traveled all the way down to Texas to move into my new apartment where I will be living soon!

Here are just a few of the places that I had visited.

During one of our many stops on the road, we ate at an Outback Steakhouse. I don't go there very often but they had an amazing dessert! I didn't realize I was a cheesecake person until I devoured this:


I'm heading out today to buy my copy of The Daily 5 Second Edition! I can't wait to read it and implement the Daily 5 in my new first grade classroom. It worked great with my kinders last year and I can only hope for the same results this year! Plus, I love reading and deepening my knowledge on various topics. The Daily 5 is one topic that I am very passionate about. I think it will be an essential part of my day.

I made peanut butter and chocolate cookies! YUM!! I must really be into food this week with all of the food posts. :)

Turquoise Chevron Alphabet Classroom D├ęcor with Activities!

I'm thinking I might get this adorable turquoise chevron alphabet for my classroom next year. I love chevron and I love this color. Enough said. They are by Carrie Lutz and you can find them here.

Enjoy your week!


Friday, June 13, 2014

Another Five for Friday!


This is my second time linking up with Doodlebugs Teaching for Five for Friday! I have never linked up to the same event more than once, so this is very exciting!

I am currently in the midst of my summer reading. My first book? The Fault in Our Stars! I'm really trying to read it before I go and see the movie. I have a pretty long car trip coming up, so my goal is to have it done by the time I get back.

Last week I posted about GoNoodle and how great it is for brain breaks. This week I would like to share another computer program, Xtramath. This program is basically just flash cards that the students complete every day on the computer. The program tracks their progress and their mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. I have students in Kindergarten who were able to master all of their addition facts because of this program. It is a great resource for any elementary teacher or for any student who does not know their math facts fluently. Also, the best part, it's FREE! I also have students who complete the program at home. I kept a graph for the students to color every time they mastered 5% of their facts. It was a great motivator.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of listening to Tara West's presentation on guided reading over at her blog, Little Minds at Work. It was very informative about the guided reading process and she included some great activities that can be used in your groups. I was definitely jotting down some notes while I was watching so that I could come back to them later in the summer! I highly recommend it!

I ordered my Erin Condren Life Planner 2014-2015!! This is my first one and I am so excited to use it! I can't wait to be all organized :)

I'm definitely thinking about chevron for my classroom theme next year. I wanted to go with a more decorative theme, as opposed to a topic theme, like the Kinder'garden' theme I had last year. I'm moving on to first grade, so perhaps my room could also use a face lift. Here are a couple of things that have caught my eye.

Printable Freebie: clip it! behavior chart Not using a conduct chart this year but just in case I change my mind.
This Behavior Chart from A Cupcake for the Teacher

I absolutely LOVE this job chart from the Clutter-Free Classroom!

And, I'm even trying to make my own chevron word wall letters and possibly table numbers. Stay tuned!

Well that's it, there are my 5 for today! Until next week!


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Rhyming Words Task Cards!

Here is my newest product!

I'm very excited about this product because I included 5 different activities for differentiated learning! I wish I would have had this product while my kinders were still learning about rhyming. It's always a difficult topic for my students to grasp, but this product would have helped them understand it better. Here are a few of the activities that are included in this pack:

You can pick up these task cards now for 40% off!! But it's just until tomorrow (Wednesday)! Just hop on over to my store and please be sure to leave feedback!! Thanks!


Another giveaway!

I recently donated another one of my products, Mystery Picture Animals, to Laura Schachter's giveaway over at Differentiation Station Creations. Hop on over to her blog and enter to win some amazing first grade products! Also, each person who donated to the giveaway has also listed a freebie! There you will find my Mystery Picture House and many other great products!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday Meet Me

I stumbled upon this summer linky and decided that it would be a great opportunity to share a little bit about myself.

Hop on over to The Teaching Tribune so we can meet you!

Happy Monday!


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Giveaway at My Kinder Garden

The giveaway has begun over at My Kinder Garden! It will be up and running until June 14th! There are over $95 in products, including my very own Cut and Paste Labels Activity! Hurry on over to to enter this fantastic giveaway! Good luck!

Happy Saturday :)


Friday, June 6, 2014

Five For Friday!

I decided that it was time for my first linky I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching this week for Five for Friday! Here we go!

Go Noodle! This website has amazing brain breaks that get the students up and moving. They get a class mascot and every time they exercise for a certain amount of time, their mascot gets bigger. The students get so excited to see him grow! I would highly recommend this website for younger grades. And best of all, it's free!

During one of the last weeks of school we studied plants. In order for the students to fully understand what the stem does for a plant, we colored celery stalks. Celery is a stem and I wanted the students to see that once the celery was placed in the colored water, it would start to change colors because the stem carries the water to the rest of the plant. Very interesting, to say the least. And the students loved it!

A few weeks ago, I went to Kenosha with my family and we visited the Jelly Belly Factory in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. It was awesome! We toured the factory in a little train and then got to taste and purchase various candies produced by Jelly Belly!

The last day of Kindergarten! I read this book to my students on the second to last day of Kindergarten because our last day is field day. The students really enjoyed listening to it. We made connections with what the students were doing in the book and what they had done in our classroom. I then surprised them by giving them each their very own copy of the book with a message from me! They were so excited that they were even reading them in the car line on their way out the door! Thank you Scholastic for a great $1 book!

Sweet Summertime :)


Monday, June 2, 2014

Magic Tree House

I love to read. So, naturally, I want to share my love of reading with my students every single day. Now that the school year is coming to a close and I have finished all of the assessments and curriculum requirements for this year, I thought we would try something different. I love reading out loud to my class. We have read countless picture books this year, but I wanted something a little more challenging. In the past, I had read The Magic Tree House series to a first grade class of mine, but I thought that my students would be able to handle it in Kindergarten this year. So I decided that after recess, I would let them rest while I read a few chapters of a Magic Tree House book. The great thing about these books is that they are easy enough for the students to listen to, yet difficult enough that they have to think to know what is going on in the story. I would stop and ask questions along the way and I was amazed at how many of my students were listening. A few of them fell asleep :) But for those who were awake, listening to these chapters was helping them to develop their higher level thinking. They had to infer and make predictions of what was happening or what was going to happen based on the words alone. I did not show them any pictures. I just kept right on reading. And you know what? They LOVE the books. They ask that I read more every day. And I always give in and read No really, just one more, or we'll be here all day. I love that they love to listen to stories like this. It will only help them become better readers.

Here are the two books that we have read so far:


The great thing about these books is that I can read a few chapters a day and finish the book within a week. It only takes about 15 minutes a day!

Happy Reading!