Saturday, March 31, 2012

Five Little Bunnies Subtraction Shared Reading and Finger Puppets {Freebie}

Earlier this year, I had seen the rhyme Five Little Cookies and I loved it! It has quite a few different versions, but I liked the simplest one the best. I knew it was something I could adapt for different themes. We are getting ready to work on subtraction this week and I needed something that would fit Easter and subtraction. I hope you like the freebie. Just click on one of the pictures below to download them.

I also created an emergent reader to go with the rhyme. You can purchase it through my TpT store for $1.50.  I would love to send it to the first three people who comment and include an email address. :)

Easter Treats Ten Frame and Base Ten Number Match {FREEBIE}

This Easter Treats Ten Frame and Base Ten Number Match freebie is like the set I had for St. Patrick's Day, but I changed it to include Easter graphics. I will be using it for centers and review this week. I hope you enjoy it!

Friday, March 30, 2012

At least I can say I taught all five days this week!

Earlier this week, I posted on Facebook that I wasn't sure I would be able to teach all five days this week. Between professional development days, Spring Break and other theme type days, I couldn't remember the last time I had taught an entire week.

I thought I was doing well, until today.

As I'm casually going about teaching calendar time, one of my little girls said, "Do you know you are wearing two different shoes?" Mind you, she's the same student we affectionately refer to as Carol after Kristin's post at The Teeny Tiny Teacher. Be sure to read her story if you haven't already.

So, I look down and see that I have one black ruffly flip-flop on my left foot and a black flip-flop with sequins on the right. Oh, my stars! All I could do was laugh and mention that at least they were the same color. I also told them that it was apparently Fun Feet Friday and I was the only one that participated. They didn't buy it!

I jokingly begged my class not to tell anyone, which erupted into shouts of who they were going to tell followed by lots of giggling. I told them I was glad the shoes looked pretty close to the same because no one else would probably notice. I said one is ruffly the other has sequins, but otherwise, they were pretty close.

Fast forward 10 minutes and we were talking about the sequence of events in the story There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick and one of my little boys says, "Sequence, that's like on your shoe!" (He thought it was the same as sequins.) I thought that was too cute!

In my defense, I literally ran out the door this morning trying to get to the store as fast as possible to buy my son and his friends some snacks for his lock-in at school tonight. I can't promise I won't make the same mistake again, but we definitely had a good laugh today. At the end of the day, one of our bus drivers, who is also our H.S. Ag teacher, told me that once he was at school and one of the teachers had shown up in her slip and he had to break the news to her. At least my shoes weren't that embarrassing!

Like I said, at least I made it all five days this week!!! Have you ever done something silly like this? Please tell me I'm not the only one!  Feel free to embarrass yourself anonymously if you need to just to make me feel better!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

More Seasonal Hundreds Charts {Freebies}

Are you getting tired of these yet? I still have readers emailing me asking me to make more, so as long as there are suggestions, I will make what I can to share. I have had several suggestions that I've tried working on with no luck. Sometimes the boxes are a little too boxy to make a picture look right and an image that should look cute will look all wonky. :) I am completely open to more suggestions though. These are so much fun to make! 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

One Lovely Blog Award from Daisy Days for Learning

Daisy Days for Learning

Thank you so much to Mrs. Tolbert at Daisy Days for Learning for awarding me the One Lovely Blog Award. Her blog is so bright and cheerful that it makes me happy just looking at it! She takes lots of pictures of what she's doing in her classroom, too. I'm a visual learner so getting a little glimpse into what others are doing is huge for me. Be sure to visit her blog and I'm sure she would love for you to start following her. :)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

It's a Spring Thing Linky Party at Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

Head on over to Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives to check out all the entries in her It's a Spring Thing Linky Party! Help her celebrate the success of her first linky party!

Frog Life Cycle Activities for Reading and Science

I'm so excited that it's finally Spring!!! Shortly after I teach my mini unit on Spring, I will begin teaching a unit on life cycles of plants and animals. I created a set of activities for Reading and Science for the life cycle of frogs. Be sure to check it out in my TpT store. It is only $2! I have also included some freebies for you below!

Here's a life cycle box book freebie I created to go with this unit! I tried it out on my daughter and she did well with direct instruction. I hope you get the idea of how it goes together from the directions. :)

I also created a Do You Like Frogs? graph and response sheet as a freebie to include in my unit above.

I also found the following activities to help me teach my frog life cycles mini unit. I hope you find the following links helpful, as well!

Life Cycle of a Frog Animated Science Video
Life Cycle of a Frog color page
Life Cycle of a Frog Online Puzzle (I'm going to use this at the end of the unit for a visual review.)

Frog Nomenclature Book (Montessori)
Understanding Webbed Feet
Frog Metamorphosis Diagram This diagram is a little bit better at showing a few more changes in the stages of the life cycle.

Do you have any great ideas for teaching life cycles? My favorites are actually the butterfly and the chick. :)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Which part of a chocolate bunny do you eat first? ***FREEBIE***

 Enjoy this fun freebie! After labeling the parts of a chocolate bunny, your students will have a chance to vote for the part of the chocolate bunny they like to eat first. Then, you graph the results and have students analyze the class results.

This freebie includes a page for analyzing the graph results your students create and little bunnies for your students to decorate. It also has a printable bunny and boxes for labeling the parts of a chocolate bunny to help make things easier for you!

This totally justifies eating chocolate bunnies in class, right?

Scrappin' Doodles Freebie License: 35230

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick Mini Math & Literacy Unit

I had so much fun creating this fun Mini Math & Literacy Unit for the story There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Lucille Colandro! The pastel colors and the happy Easter items just make me even more excited about being on Spring Break! Feel free to check it out in my TpT store!

If you don't have a copy of this book and don't think you have time to get it before Easter, you can purchase the ebook through Scholastic's new Storia club for only $6.99. Storia ebooks are available for Windows and iPad and soon for Android Tablets.

Tonight, I'll be working on some Easter/Spring freebies that I cannot wait to share! :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Need a few last minute St. Patrick's Day activities?

Check out the following fabulous bloggers who have offered up some fun freebies and giveaways for St. Patrick's Day.

Don't forget, there are lots of free March activities that can be found by clicking on the picture below. It will take you to the Google Doc I created last month.

Michelle at Apples and ABC's:Adventures in Kindergarten is getting ready to celebrate her birthday! Be sure to check out her giveaway where everyone is a winner! 

Nicole at Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten has a bunch of great freebies for St. Patrick's Day. You will be very impressed!

Miss Moore at Learning New Words in ESL Kindergarten has a cute Where's Teddy? freebie in her TpT store.

The adorable rainbow wind socks that Maria of Kinder-Craze made are definitely on our to do list for spring. I can keep these up for quite awhile, too!

Joni at KinderKids Fun has a free shamrock syllable sorting game that would be super quick to print, laminate and cut out for a fun and engaging small group or whole group lesson.

Mrs. Hicks at The Alphabet Garden has a fun Lucky Leprechaun Shapes of Gold game that would be great for review. A few of my kiddos need lots of review with the pesky hexagon!

If you haven't already downloaded it, I offered the following free St. Patrick's Day Math and Literacy Work Stations Unit here

I hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day celebration!

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover Mini Math & Literacy Unit

I feel like it's been forever since my last post. In the past week, we took a mini road trip to St. Louis to take my sister-in-law, niece and nephew to St. Louis to leave for Germany for the next few years. They were so excited to be reunited with my brother who is in the Army. The day after we got back, my dad was admitted into the hospital with a blood clot in his arm and chest pains. The following day, my mom went home for the evening and ended up having to take my grandma to the hospital. She tested positive for the flu and pneumonia. She and my dad were at separate hospitals. Last night, a group of teachers and I volunteered after school at Convoy of Hope. Needless to say, I haven't been home much at all lately, so my blogging time has been limited.

At school, we have been testing every spare second to be ready for report cards to go home Friday. Spring Break is next week and we have Kindergarten Academy tomorrow, which means...SUB PLANS! We have school on Monday, but from Tuesday on, I may end up crashing and sleeping through spring break for a mini hibernation. :)

Tonight, I finally had a chance to sit down and work on my mini unit for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Cover. I discounted the price to $2 since I'm so late in posting it. Feel free to check it out on TpT if you like.

If you haven't already, be sure to head over to Can Do Kinders and print Pam's fabulous emergent reader to go with There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover. 

I just purchased some more adorable graphics from Scrappin' Doodles, so look for some Easter freebies soon!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A cuss word in 'spinach'? That's a first!

A little scenario about potty mouth after lunch that took place between an accuser, the accused and myself in the hallway. It made me giggle! 

Me to the accuser: "What word did Johnny* say?"
Accuser: "I don't know. A big kid told me that was in the bathroom."
Me: "What word did you say, Johnny*?"
Accused: "It was in 'spinach'."
Me: "It was in spinach?"
Accused: "Yes, it was in 'spinach'."
Me: "Do you mean Spanish, Johnny?"
Accused: "Yes, Spanish."
Me: "We don't say inappropriate words at school. It doesn't matter what language."

So, I left the conversation covering my face because I was about to crack up. Until....the accuser comes up to me in the hall about 10 minutes later and said, "I think he said Mother *&!@er." WHAT???? How do 5 year-olds even know that's a bad word? Also, I'm pretty sure that since the accuser wasn't in the bathroom with the accused, he probably didn't really know what was said. Who knows though? Obviously we had a discussion, but I'm not sure it did any good.

How do you handle potty mouth in Kindergarten?

* Names have been changed to protect the innocent or myself, one of the two. :) 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you so much to Michelle at Inspired by Kindergarten and Lisa at Criss-Cross Applesauce
for passing on the One Lovely Blog Award. Be sure to check out both of their blogs below. You won't want to miss them! If you aren't already a follower of each of their blogs, I'm sure they would love it if you would become one. :)


I hate to be a rule breaker and if you never award me another award, I will completely understand. I worry WAY too much about hurting someone's feelings! Yes, even people I don't really know in real life! I feel awful if I can't list every single blog that I think is worthy. Therefore, I'm going to say that anyone who is listed in my 'Blogs I Love' tab should be awarded this fabulous award. I think all of your blogs are lovely!