Saturday, August 25, 2012

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books Mini Unit

I was so excited to get the latest Old Lady book in the mail from the sweetest reader, Diane! It arrived at the best time, too, just right before school started! It is perfect book for back to school! Thanks again, Diane, for sending me a copy of There Was an Old  Lady Who Swallowed Some Books by Lucille Colandro!

If you haven't purchased a copy yet, it is only $1 in the Scholastic Book Clubs SeeSaw September flyer. That is an amazing price!

Click on any of the pictures below to check out my newest unit There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books Mini Math and Literacy Unit on TpT. It is only $3 and is the same style as my other units for the Old Lady series of books. Here are a few sample views for you to get an idea of a few of the pages included.

The first three people to comment on this post with their email addresses, will receive a copy of this unit for free! Thanks for being such great readers! Thanks to the first three who commented!

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Peek into my 2012-2013 Kindergarten Classroom - Ocean/Beach Theme

This has been, by far, my favorite PBIS theme yet! I have loved walking around our school looking at everyone’s rooms and bulletin boards. I am so proud of all the effort everyone put into making their rooms look so amazing! I may have to get permission from my co-workers to take pictures of their rooms and share some of their wonderful ideas with you, too. 

We started school last Wednesday, so I finally feel like I can breathe this weekend. I hope you enjoy a little peek into my classroom!

These are my job pockets. Every child in my classroom has a new job each week. I just move the name card over a pocket each Monday. This way, I never have to keep track of anything. If I get more students, I add more jobs.

 My daughter started Kindergarten this week, so we gave this cute flip flop plaque to her teacher.

I think most of my pictures are probably pretty self-explanatory, but if you have any questions about how I use something or the source for an item, feel free to ask.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Back to School Sale at my TpT Store! Take 28% off!

I have been crazy busy the last few weeks and haven't had much time to post, but I did want to let you know that I am participating in the Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale. I feel like I try to price my products pretty inexpensively in the first place, so the sale prices will be amazing for you! Be sure to use Promo Code BTS12 at checkout to receive your extra TpT discount. Sale ends August 13, 2012.

Here are some products you might like for back to school. 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Woo hoo! 35% off Jack Hartmann CD's and DVD's*

Is it just me or do you think that Jack Hartmann, Heidi Butkus, Dr. Jean and others are classroom celebrities? It's kind of like household names, but more like a Kindergarten classroom celebrity kind of thing. :) My husband laughs at me all the time because I talk about Jack and Heidi like I really know them. (See how we're on a first name basis now? They don't even know!) 

Yesterday, I was contacted by THE Jack Hartmann and he asked if I would like to share a discount code with my readers. You better believe that the only thing better than having Jack Hartmann in my classroom is sharing him with all of you so he can be in your classrooms, too!!! :) I didn't get to go to I Teach K! in Vegas, but I guarantee he most likely had you out of your seats dancing and singing. Am I right?

With everyone gearing up to go back to school, it's the perfect time to get 35% off your entire order at!!! Just use code: LilCountry2012 at check-out (*Discount excludes bundles) Code expires August 31, 2012.

Sale Includes:
  • CD's
  • DVD's
  • MP3's
  • Activity Books
  • and Educational Charts 

Check out Jack's newest DVD Learning Rocks Volume 2: Reading Skills. The DVD has his Learning Letter Sounds song, which is one of his most popular songs of all time. It can also be found on his Shake, Rattle n' Read CD. Plus, you can purchase a chart that has the lyrics with the same images in the video that you can hang on your wall or easel.

Skills covered on the DVD:
  • Letter Sounds
  • Vowel Sound Awareness
  • Rhyming
  • Sight Words
  • Letter Recognition
  • Exercise & Fitness
I have 3 DVD's and 9 CD's, so I promise that I wouldn't tell you how great his music is for kiddos if I didn't truly believe in it myself. Last year, my kids were in love with his Learning Rocks Volume 1: Math Skills DVD. The Penguin Song was a huge hit!

I had a special ed. aide in my classroom last year and she and I both loved the Five Little Fish song. :) It's so catchy and upbeat! We always laughed every time we sang it because we probably sounded like idiots and looked even worse because we got a little carried away with the 'whoops' part! The kids didn't seem to mind though and neither did we!

What are your favorite Jack Hartmann songs? 

Just so you know, I am not getting reimbursed to write this post. I just truly believe in the quality and value of Jack Hartmann's music in the classroom and I hope you do, too!

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