Sunday, July 31, 2011

And the Winner is.....

 Mrs. Coe from Little Miss Kindergarten!!! 

She commented: 

She is the winner of my Scotch Thermal Laminator Giveaway in honor of surpassing 200 followers. Congratulations, Mrs. Coe! I hope this will be very useful in your classroom. {Please contact me with your mailing address within 24 hours.}

Thanks so much to everyone who commented! I wish that I could give everyone such a great gift! I appreciate all your sweet comments and your kindness. I hope that each of you has a wonderful start to the school year! 

Word Attack Strategy Posters at Under the Alphabet Tree

You have to check out the *FREE* word attack strategy posters that Jessica at Under the Alphabet Tree is sharing with everyone. Thanks for sharing, Jessica!

Word Attack Posters

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Back to School Beauty //(*_*)\\

I look forward to going back to school for so many reasons. Of course the students, the supplies, the fun of making over my room each year…but seriously, I feel like I’ve spent the majority of this summer with my hair in an updo, in capris and flip-flops just praying I didn’t have to go outside in this crazy heat!

So, let’s just say that it doesn’t do much for the ‘ole beauty routine when you’re not even trying!

I have an appointment to get my hair cut and highlighted next week and I’m going shopping for new clothes and new shoes, etc. However, I NEVER get a manicure. I feel like I spend my days before school cleaning like a mad woman and my nails take an awful beating.

However, I stumbled upon a way to get some of the Fabulous Nail nail shields through  for free and thought you might like some as well.  There are all kinds of fun and funky colors and patterns or you can get solid colors or French manicures, as well.
    The shields are suppose to last 2 weeks on nails or up to 4 weeks on toes.


    Click on the following link to get yours for free if you are a new customer.
    1. Sign up for Savemore
    2. New customers get a free $10.00 credit
    3. Buy one set of nail shields
    4. Pay $0.00 at checkout
    5. Voucher is available 8/2/11 (Be sure to read the details.)
    *Note – this offer does require a credit card.

    Click here to go to to get in on this deal

    Not sure about the selection? Go to Fabulous Nails to see the variety of nail shields available to choose from. I am going to get the pink/white French manicure. I’m so excited!


    I have never bought these before, so I cannot vouch for the quality or the ease of use, but the fact that they are free and they last up to 2 weeks is very appealing to me. What do you think? Has anyone ever tried these before?

    ***There is a video on the Fabulous Nails site to show you how to apply the nail shields in case you are interested.

    If you use my referral link, I will get a $10 credit through if you make a purchase. If you prefer to just go to the site directly, feel free to do that, too.

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    {Giveaway} When is it better to be a follower than a leader?

    When you’re a blog reader who follows other professional blogs to spark your passion for educating children (even on your days off)!

    (I promise if you make it through all of my rambling, there’s a great giveaway at the end. But….please, please read the whole thing!)

    thankyou copy

    I noticed that I have surpassed 200 followers, which isn’t a drop in the bucket to pretty much all of the blogs I read, but I am thrilled! Why, because what other profession would so many people be searching for ways to better themselves for their jobs without getting paid?

    I appreciate that each of you likely spend countless hours  preparing for your job. Our jobs don’t define who we are, but reflect what we love.

    I recently read the following quote and I thought the timing was perfect to share with you.

    “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” –Sir Winston Churchill

    I encourage each of you to make your lives about giving. Giving of yourselves to your family, your friends, your students, your community and your faith.

    So, in the spirit of giving and to thank you for your loyalty, I would love for one of you to win a Scotch Thermal Laminator by 3M.  (I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of mine!)


    To enter, just comment below and make sure I have a way to contact you if you win. It’s that simple. I don’t care if you follow me, love me on Facebook or blog about this giveaway. You are here because you obviously searched for or are looking for something to help you be the best teacher you can be to your children or your students. Just enjoy the sheer giddiness of doing something fun for you! You deserve it!

    Was that easy enough?

    This giveaway will end on Sunday, July 31 at 6 PM CST.

    Making Games Using Circle Punches

    After spending time playing with cardstock, punches and ribbon to make the pencil pails in the previous post, I remembered why I use to scrapbook. There are so many fun accessories!!! We had lots of left over paper, so I decided to put it to use.  I can’t miss any opportunity to use my scallop punch, too! I’m in love with all things scallop’y’! I have created a couple of printables and a template for you to use, too!


    Here’s what I used:
    • Stampin’ Up scallop punch
    • Stampin’ Up! 1 3/8” circle punch
    • 2 different colors of cardstock
    • alphabet printables

    I created the following sets for you to print. Just click on one of the following links to take you to the printables.
    1. Alphabet Capital and Lowercase Match
    2. Numbers 1-20
    3. Blank template for you to create your own printables


    I think these circles would be fun for all kinds of things! I am going to make some with colors, shapes and patterns, too. These scallop punches would be super easy to store in Altoids tins, pencil boxes, baggies, envelopes, baggies, etc.

    What would you create with these circles? If you create something, please come back to this post and enter your link in the form below.

    Wednesday, July 27, 2011

    Sharpened and Unsharpened Pencils Printables for Labeling

    I bought some cute white metal buckets at the dollar spot at Target to use for my sharpened and unsharpened pencils. My old containers were getting pretty icky. I'm excited to use these! I loved Ladybug's Teacher Files round labels, so I went with the same idea. Here are my new pencil pails.

    I made one page with round labels and the other with rectangles. I used 'Ready to Write' instead of unsharpened or dull because it fits with our PBIS 'Ready to' language and I like consistency. :)

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    How Many Spots? Puppy Printable Math Book

    I made this printable to go along with the Disney book Numbers from the Target Dollar Spot. The book has rhyming text with numbers and counting. The book includes puppy characters from 101 Dalmations. However, the printable can be used alone.


    I intend to use How Many Spots? along with Do-A-Dot markers or bingo daubers. Students will use the markers/daubers to complete the puppy's missing spots on each page.  I hope you find it useful!

    Monday, July 25, 2011

    Update on the 'Help Me Find Your Blog' Form

    Thank you so much to everyone for your comments and emails about using the Google Form to begin a comprehensive list of Kindergarten teacher blogs. I am so excited that I've already found blogs I didn't know existed!!! I wish I had time to back and read every blog from the beginning.

    Since I first added the form, I wanted to let you know that I have updated it to include an area for teachers other than Kindergarten. For example, homeschoolers, preschool, etc.

    I also added an optional entry for you to add your Facebook fan page. I know not everyone has one though. I did try to add the pages I could find. Feel free to check the list. If your fan page isn't listed here, let me know and I will add it for you. 

    I decided to go ahead and add a spot for you to link to your TpT and/or Teacher's Notebook stores. Why not! If we're going to have a comprehensive list, we might as well promote your stores, too! Let me know if you need me to add yours.

    Lastly, I know my original post will get lost in the shuffle. So, I added a 'Blogs I Love' tab at the top of my blog. You can access it anytime. There is a link for you to visit the spreadsheet with all the information everyone has entered.

    If at anytime you have any questions or need anything updated, changed, etc. please don't hesitate to let me know.

    Please spread the word so your blog can help generate links from other bloggers I may not know about. :)

      Sunday, July 24, 2011

      Help Me Find Your Kindergarten Blog or Site {Linky Style Party}

      As if I weren't already following enough blogs, I feel like everyday I come across one to two more that I never knew existed which makes me feel like I've missed out. :) All you have to do is add your name, blog/site name and the web address of your blog/site.

      View what others have submitted here.

      Please post regardless of whether you think I know of your blog or not. I'd love to have comprehensive list. *Check below the form for instructions on how to embed this form on your blog, too.

      This is a Google Doc Form submission. I have set the form to 'Share' so your entry will go to a spreadsheet that others can view.

      If you would like to embed this form on your blog as a way of helping me get the word out, feel free to copy the HTML code from here. The password is kindergarten. Once the code is copied, go back to your blog post. Then, click the Edit HTML tab above your blog post. Paste the code where you want it and it should embed the form on your blog.

      Free Printables: Sort, Graph, and Tally the Sea Animals

      I thought the sea animals at Dollar Tree were so cute I knew I could use them for something, so I created a few printables to go along with them. If you don’t purchase the sea animals, but still want to use the free printables, I created a page of printable manipulatives that you can use.

      How else would you use these?


      My package also came with one dolphin, but I didn’t use it because the paint was all messed up.

      Fun Finds of the Week

      Yesterday I headed to town to take advantage of a few sales. This is what I came home with for school.

      Dollar Tree – $16


      • 4 green plastic bins
      • colors border
      • alphabet border
      • sports cello bags (our PBIS theme)
      • desk nameplates
      • Disney Princesses numbers and counting cards (These are great! They have numbers, quantity and number words.)
      • dice – 3 packs of 10
      • Mickey Mouse numbers and counting cards
      • 2 packs of sea life animals (I am working on a printable for these.)

      Target – $13


      • tabletop pocket chart easel
      • 3 pocket charts
      • 2 metal pails
      • Sharpie markers ($1 off coupon here)
      • child’s umbrella (on clearance for $4.98)

      Staples – $9



      • 4 packs of 5 tab dividers (50 cents each)
      • shapes and colors bulletin board set

      I can’t wait to see all of this in my room!

      Saturday, July 23, 2011

      How to Cut a Star From Paper With One Cut

      Check out this video tutorial from Impress Your Kids on how to cut a star from paper with one cut. This would be fun to teach parents at Space Night. The kids would love it, too! Actually, I am pretty impressed myself. How do people come up with these things?

      Friday, July 22, 2011

      Teacher Peer Pressure, Product Envy or Lack of Self-Control?....Hmmm...

      I bought one of these tonight!!!! In my defense, I only paid $19.24 because I had $10 in Amazon gift cards from SwagBucks and it was shipped for free. Yay! Thanks to everyone who has signed up and been earning SwagBucks. I owe you for helping me out! :)

      So, which do you think it was peer pressure from other fabulous bloggy teachers, love of a fun product that saves me steps to the laminator in the workroom located in the trailer outside our building or just plain good old-fashioned lack of self-control?

      ***Update: I'm beginning to think that you guys can't live without your Scotch Thermal Laminators! :) Now, I'm even more anxious to try it out!

      Are you ready for the hall? Line up song

      Jessica at Under the Alphabet Tree asked us to share the songs we use to transition and get our students lined up quickly and quietly. Be sure to head over to her blog to share your songs. 

      I made this song up to go with our PBIS expectations. I know it's silly, but it works. :)

      Are you ready for the hall?
      (Tune: Do Your Ears Hang Low)

      Are your eyes facing forward?
      Are your hands behind your back?
      Are you standing in a line?
      Are you leaving any gaps?
      Are you ready for the hall?
      Does your behavior show it all?
      Let's do the right thing.

      Wednesday, July 20, 2011

      What Kindergarten Teachers Wish Parents Knew

      Check out the Scholastic article entitled What Kindergarten Teachers Wish Parents Knew. I think I might be printing this out for our parent night before school starts. It is relatively short. :) Thanks to Jeri at Sparkle Markle's Kindergarten for sharing from her site.

      Feel free to visit Jeri's blog. She's a new blogger and could use some support. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of her blog to see her adorable children, too!

      Monday, July 18, 2011

      Kdg. Common Core State Standards Printables {Part 2}!

      You will love this freebie printable created by Donna at Peace, Love and Learning! When I saw her version, I immediately knew it would be useful for our Kdg. Parent Night before Open House. The graphics are fun and I think it will make the content seem less overwhelming for families.

      Head over to Peace, Love and Learning and check out Donna's blog. Thanks so much for sharing, Donna!!!

      ***Update: Donna has also added first and second grade CCSS printables for anyone who needs them. Amazing!

      Yay! Printable Lists of Kdg. Common Core State Standards!

      Thanks so much to everyone who emailed me and commented about CCSS files and for those who recommended Deanna Jump's CCSS posters in her TpT store.

      ***Update: Donna at Peace, Love and Learning has a wonderful CCSS printable, too. I posted about it here

      Amanda "Burkie" at Burkie's Banter had just what I was looking for and she was gracious enough to share the typed copy of Kdg. CCSS she created. She is also allowing me to share! Gotta love a timesaver like this!

      Please give "Burkie" some bloggy love by becoming a follower of her new blog!

      Math and English Language Arts Printable Common Core State Standards

      Louanne at My Kindergarten Kids also sent me the pacing guides her district created. I love that other districts have already started working toward implementing the CCSS.

      Math Pacing Guide

      English Language Arts Pacing Guide

      Thank you ladies so much for helping me out! I'm sure it will help others, too!

      Does anyone have a Kdg. friendly Common Core State Standards Printable?

      I am trying to organize my lesson plan notebook for next year and I would really like to have a list of Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten that doesn't have all the other grade levels or all the background information. I just want the standards themselves.

      Has anyone typed anything like this yet or know of a good source? I don't need anything to post for my students, I just want something for my own notebook for quick reference.

      My 100th Post!!! Plus, Adding QR Code to Your Blog

      I was deleting some old drafts of posts I had started writing but never published and realized this makes post 100! I know it is extremely insignificant to some people, but you know how Kindergarten teachers like to celebrate all things 100! :)
      So, this led me to looking around for something new to add to my blog. I decided it was time to add some QR code for smart phone readers.

      This is where I started.
      What is a QR code?
      Install your own QR code

      I checked mine out using my Droid when I finished installing it. I downloaded the free app Barcode Scanner by Team ZXing on my phone and then scanned the code to see if it worked. Guess what? IT DID!!! It is kind of fun to see what your blog looks like on mobile readers.

      I think I'm going to add the code to my newsletters and other print information for parents so they can scan the code and have access to lots more information at our classroom blog. Does anyone else use this for print materials in the classroom?

      What do you think? (I did use PhotoShop to fancy up my QR code button for the sidebar on my blog.) Everything looks better with a cutesy little border! :)

      Did you know there were laws for giveaways on your blog?

      I didn't or actually, I had never even thought about it. This is an interesting read. Take a look and tell me what you think?

      Is Your Giveaway Legal?

      ***Oops! The link wasn't working. Thanks for the heads-up Debbie! It should be working now. :)

      Saturday, July 16, 2011

      Isn't this the cutest little old school desk you've ever seen?

      I have a love for vintage things and I like to decorate with flea market finds. So it's probably no surprise that one of my absolute favorite shows ever is Little House on the Prairie. :) This cute desk reminds me of the one room schoolhouse/church on the show. When I saw this desk at a flea market recently, I had to have it! My husband was able to talk the owner down on the price a little and he purchased it for me no questions asked. I love that man!

      Isn't it the cutest? It is big enough for two people and has a desk area and cubbies for two people behind the seat. If I can't fit it in my house, I'm going to take it to school. I just can't decide on whether or not I should refinish it.What would you do?

      (Please ignore the little stove on the porch. It is too heavy for me to move, so I have to leave it up to my hubby to move it and I couldn't wait to take a picture. :)

      So ya wanna embed your Google Docs???

      I have had so many people ask me about how to embed Google Docs into their blog posts that I thought I might as well put it out there for everyone. (If you aren't sure what an embedded doc looks like, view my last post to see the printable document available in a reader for you to look at and save without having to go to another site.)

      I promise I haven't been holding out because I want to, I just feel EXTREMELY unsure of being able to explain things like this to anyone else when I've only learned through trial and error myself. I also have no idea what your tech background knowledge is and I may have lost you at the word embed, but here goes the short version...

      I checked out a variety of techy web sites and I'm sharing what was easiest for me.

      1. Start a new post. Click the Edit HTML tab above and right of where you are typing your blog post. Click on the following link to go to Copy Paste Code and copy and paste the HTML code where you want your file to appear in your post. If you are asked for a password, it is kindergarten.

      2. Replace the words 'PASTE YOUR CODE HERE' with the unique URL of your Google Doc. (I usually have two browser pages up at a time when doing this so I can copy and paste from one place to another.) You have to be sure that your document sharing is set to: Public on the web - Anyone on the internet can find and view. See the picture below.
       3. Once the code is changed with your unique URL, you can go back and forth between the Edit HTML and Compose tabs to make sure your code is working.

      4. Set the parameters such as width, length and frame border to best suit the size of your page. I had to decrease the width because documents were wider than my blog posts. To do this, just click on the Edit HTML tab and change the numbers according to your preferences. (Ex. width: 550px can be changed to 500px or whatever number works for you)

      If everything is right, you are ready to publish your post!

      ***Please feel free to comment or use the Contact Me tab at the top of my blog if you know of an easier way to do this. I use to be able to get the embed code directly from Google Docs, but I can't get it anymore, even through the old version.

      Heart Beads Math Work Stations Printables

      I created a few printables for math work stations to go with the cute heart beads in the Dollar Spot at Target. I like having real items that students can use as manipulatives.

      I hope you find these useful. If you have any questions about how I intend to use something, don't hesitate to ask.


      My teaching wouldn't be the same without.... Linky Party

      As I'm beginning my back-to-school shopping, it reminds me of being a little girl when my mom took me school supply shopping. I remember getting everything out of the bag and laying it all out on my bedroom floor. I would organize all the pencils, crayons, erasers, glue, etc. probably 20 times before I even got to school.

      I mentioned in my last post about my brand loyalty to Sharpie markers and it got me thinking.

      What is something you can't live without in your Kindergarten classroom? It can be school supplies, organizational items, books, etc. Anything goes!

      I'll start.

      My teaching wouldn't be the same without Mr. Sketch Scented Markers.

      They make me happy! They come in a variety of colors and I love that the chiseled tip of the marker makes my handwriting look pretty on our charts. My students forgive the fact that I'm the world's worst artist because the vibrant colors and yummy scents make up for my drawings! I think the scents are delicious! My favorites are wild cherry (red) and blueberry (blue).

      I didn't get paid to say any of this. It is just my 100% honest opinion and love of a product. :) 

      Now it's your turn. I can't wait to see what makes you a better teacher!

      I’m doing my part to stimulate the economy!

      Ha! I feel like I'm doing my part to stimulate the economy by not only hitting the Target dollar spot as much as possible lately but by also trying to squeeze in 80 fun activities with my family before I have to go back to school. Seriously, where does the time go?

      Have I mentioned that  I live in the country? That means the nearest Target is an hour away! Talk about torture with all you fabulous bloggy friends posting all your wonderful deals! When I go to town for any reason, I try to go to every store I might possibly need to in order to make the trip worthwhile and to save on gas.

      So, I tried getting in on some of the inexpensive Staples deals for the week, but that didn't work out so well. They were all out of the 5 packs of Sharpies for $1. Sad smile I LOVE Sharpie markers!  I am very brand loyal on this item. Is anyone else like that?

      Here’s what I ended up with.

      Staples – $1

      • 4 sets of page flags @ 25 cents


      Target – $24

      • flash cards: 4 sets
      • card sorts – 2 sets
      • heart beads: for patterns, counting and sorting – 2 sets (I’m going to make some printables for these.)
      • magnetic mini erasers – 3 packs of 2


      • pocket charts (3)
      • addition spin and write
      • alphabet spin and write
      • calendar set of 2 (I’m not using these for my calendar. I’ll show a picture of what I have in mind in another post.
      • class scheduler
      • lesson planning book (This is just for making notes for planning. It is not what I will use for my actual lesson plans and daily schedule.)


      • alphabet matching puzzles
      • counting matching puzzles
      • desk nameplates
      • 2 sets of 4 dry erase strip boards


      It’s not like this is my first year teaching. I am beginning to think that I became a teacher for all the cool supplies!

      Sunday, July 10, 2011

      Windows Live Writer is a blogging timesaver for me!

      I know we all like to save time, so I thought I'd share one of my favorite blogging time savers. For the majority of my blog posts, I use Windows Live Writer. It is free to download and it makes blogging so much faster and easier for me. I don't typically get to sit down all at once and write a blog post, so it's great to go back and forth between life as a wife and mommy and life as a teacher & blogger. :)  I highly recommend it!

      Some of my favorite features are the ability to watermark photos, change photo colors, crop, add borders/frames and rotate pictures after upload. :)  You can also have multiple blog accounts added. This works nicely for me because I have four blogs that I try to keep up with.

      I know there are quite a few of you that have just started blogging, so I thought this might be something that is beneficial for you. There are step by step tutorials for you to get started, too. If you try it, let me know how you like it!

      Saturday, July 9, 2011

      What do you think?

      In an effort to reduce spam generated from posting my email address on my blog, I have included a Contact Me form via the Contact Me tab at the top of this blog. What do you think? Feel free to use it to send me comments, questions, suggestions, etc. Unlike comments, this gives readers a little more privacy, too.

      So, what are your thoughts? I'd love someone to try it out for me!

      Want your own? Visit and sign up for your own free account. It is super easy and did I mention FREE? :) By the way, you can customize it add cute backgrounds, colors, etc. but I change my blog background so frequently that I wanted something simple.

      ***Update: Thanks so much to everyone who commented and who tried out the form. I have since removed Disqus from commenting. In the process, that deleted all your comments. However, I tried to respond to everyone before the comments were gone. Thank you! 

      Thursday, July 7, 2011

      Test Post (Sorry!) Free Printable Animals in the Barnyard

      ***Feel free to download this freebie if you want. It is about position words. I have an emergent reader to go with it, too. I will be offering it as a free set soon.

      Right now I'm just playing around with iframes to figure out which way is easiest to add embedded Google Docs. :)

      Wednesday, July 6, 2011

      Thanks for voting!

      Thanks to everyone who voted in my poll today. There were 62 votes and it looks like the majority of you prefer Google Docs. So, that is how I will add my downloadable freebies for upcoming printables.

      Here were the results:

      Vote for your preference to download free printables

      Please vote in the poll at the top of my blog to let me know your favorite way to download free printables. I want to do what is easiest for the majority of you. I have lots of fun things to share soon!

      Monday, July 4, 2011

      Kindergarten Pinterest Linky Party!!!

      I absolutely LOVE Pinterest and I know many of you do, too! I would love to find new teachers to follow. I feel like I'm missing out on a world of opportunities by not following as many Kindergarten teachers as I possibly can. (If you teach Pre-K through second grade or homeschool, you might as well link up, too! Many times our lessons can span several grade levels depending on the developmental levels of our students.)

      So, let's have a Pinterest Linky Party! When you add your entry, be sure to include your blog name, along with a link for us to follow your Pinterest account.

      Happy pinning! 

      Follow Me on Pinterest

      In case you need help with the Linky Tools form, here's a very basic idea of what you will be asked to enter.

      Sunday, July 3, 2011

      Help Joplin Teachers Rebuild Their Classrooms Through DonorsChoose

      I was visiting the Lakeshore Learning Facebook page and saw a post by someone about helping Joplin teachers rebuild their classrooms after the devastating tornado that ripped through Joplin on May 22, 2011. She posted a link to the DonorsChoose page that is specific to Joplin schools. You can see a tiny glimpse below.

      I only live about 100 miles from Joplin, so when all of this happened, it literally hit close to home. Our school held a Jeans for Joplin fundraiser the last week of school and we were able to make a donation to help our fellow teachers.

      If you are able, please consider making a donation to help a teacher in Joplin rebuild and regain some normalcy for next year.

      Saturday, July 2, 2011

      Ladybug's Teacher Files: How to add a little picture and link to your comments

      Check out Ladybug's Teacher Files for a super cute and easy tutorial for adding a little picture in your comments, as well as, a working link to your blog or web site. Be sure to leave a comment here to show me that you tried it. It's fun!

      Ice Cream Math and More Dollar Tree Finds!

      Today, I had to go back into town to get brush killer and a pump to try to kill the insane amount of poison ivy we have climbing several of the barbed wire fences around our yard. I am highly allergic and have had it three times this spring/summer already. I’m so tired of scratching that I was ready to spend whatever it took to have it all gone!
      So, I took advantage of the trip to run by a different Dollar Tree this afternoon. I'm most excited about the ice cream bowls! :) My thought was to make these into another math work station. I would add number cards and have students spoon ice cream (pom poms) into their ice cream bowls. I would also include some recording sheets with ten frames and paint markers. I will try to make that later as a freebie in case any of you get these, too.
      Dollar Tree: $9
      • 2 sets of ice cream bowls (3/set—1 each of pink, green and blue)
      • 2 sets of pom poms (80 pcs/set)
      • 1 Cars foam number puzzle
      • 1 Disney Princesses foam number puzzle
      • 2 sets of divided plastic dishes (2/pack)
      • 1 pkg. of flamingo drink stirrers (10/pack)
      I bought the divided plates for addition and subtraction. The drink stirrers go with the palm trees I got last night for use as individual pointers during Guided Reading, The Daily 5—Read to Self/Someone, etc. The foam number puzzles will be for putting numbers in order and then I’m already working on a recording sheet for 10-20.
      Now, where do I put all of this until school starts?

      Scrappin' Doodles 15% off $5 Orders

      Scrappin' Doodles is one of my absolute favorite graphics store and I know a lot of other teachers buy from them as well. Throughout July, use the code JULY2011 at checkout for 15% off orders $5 or more.

      Fun and frugal finds

      I was inspired to go shopping by Fran at Kindergarten Crayons. I saw the lovely alphabet and number stamps she bought at Target and decided I needed to make a trip to town. Unfortunately, they were all out of the stamps.
      I still hope to find some of the stamps she found, but since we live an hour from the nearest Target, I can’t spend $25 in gas to keep looking for dollar stamps. If anyone finds any extra at your store and you’re willing to buy them for me, I will pay you for them and pay for shipping. I would love to have at least two sets of each, but I will take whatever you can get. Pretty please!
      Target: FREE (Two of the items I purchased from a transaction before gave me a $5 gift card, so I got all of these for free.) Otherwise, they would have all been $1 each.
      • sports name tags for our 1st day of school nametag lanyards (Our PBIS Schoolwide Theme is Sports)
      • monkey card (I needed a $1 filler.)
      • alphabet puzzle cards
      • animal action cards
      • desk nameplates
      I LOVED these animal action picture cards. We use HeidiSongs Elicit a Physical Response movements all the time for patterning, calendar time, counting, saying letter names and sounds, etc. I have the sheets in a sheet protector attached to our white board so I can access them quickly. The cards are two-sided and seem pretty durable. There are 40 animal actions.
      I thought these cards would be perfect for transitioning from our seats to the carpet, lining up, etc. For example, hop like  kangaroo back to your seats or flutter like a butterfly to the carpet.
      Dollar Tree: $10
      • number magnets (2)
      • jewelry links (2)
      • shapes sticker charts
      • numbers chart
      • tiki ice cube trays (3)
      • palm tree drink stirrers (10/pack)
      • number magnets for a math work station, along with a small metal for comparing numbers, matching numbers, etc.
      • jewelry links can be used for patterning, sorting by attributes, graphing, measurement, weight, etc.
      • numbers chart-cut apart and mix up for students to put in order or for one-to-one correspondence using manipulatives
      • The tiki ice cube trays will be used as ten frames with number cards and manipulatives for students to create a given number. These would be fun for making Play Doh manipulatives, too.
      • Palm tree stirrers will be used as pointers during small group reading instruction.
      Mardel: $10
      Both sets below were on clearance for 50% off. Yay!
      • Cat in the Hat bulletin board set - $5
      • Carson Dellosa Tropical Palm Tree bulletin board set – $5
      Ideas: pictures with students for Dr. Seuss celebration and measurement
      Chicka Chicka tree to replace the real one I use to have that took up so much room.
      What are some of your frugal finds this summer?