Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Math Centers - Ho Ho Ho! Numbers and Operations

     As we are heading into the Holiday season, I have been reflecting on last year. Let me just say, I absolutely cannot wait to introduce my Christmas math centers to this group of kids! We had such a blast learning together during our math centers last year that the students were asking if we could continue using them after we came back to school in January. Here are a few of the common core activities that we did!

We used our stamps to practice spelling number words...

We used cotton balls  to give Santa a fluffy, white beard while practicing counting out objects! 

These simple mats made building the teen family numbers a breeze!!

Students really enjoyed getting to spend some math center time in our home living area, baking up some gingerbread addition and subtraction!

     I saved the best for last!  The BIGGEST hit of our Christmas math centers were the adorable baby Christmas trees that we used for addition and subtraction! These were cheap and easy to whip together. Their small size made them easy to store for this year, not to mention adorable! Such an engaging activity and a great way to tackle those common core standards for addition and subtraction!

If you are interested in doing any of these centers in your classroom, check them out on teachers pay teachers by clicking the pictures below! Don't forget that you can grab them on a discount on Monday and Tuesday! 

Christmas Playdoh/ Counting Ten Frame Mats for Numbers 1-19    Ho Ho Ho! Numbers and Operations: Christmas Math Centers a

Make 10 and Build the Teens Christmas Addition Pack (Commo   The Christmas Sweater Differentiated Literacy and Math Min

While I'm getting into the holiday spirit, I have to share this adorable journal page one of my students wrote last year!!! 

" I like Christmas. It is fun because the birth of Jesus." 

Yay! They are getting it! Such a sweet journal entry if you ask me. :) 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

S is for Sales!

      I LOVE a good sale! I scored some things for my self, my K5ers, and my baby girl dog on Black Friday. For myself I swiped a candle, a sleep tee, and some frozen PJs. 

For my kiddos...

And I even swiped a new coat and bow for Deeohgee... 

     I am also thankful for the upcoming TPT sale. I have already got my personal cart ready to go and my ENTIRE TPT STORE WILL BE DISCOUNTED AN ADDITIONAL 20%!!!!  

     Click the images below to visit the products that I would snag on Cyber Monday if I were shopping in my TPT store! These are a few of my favorites!




Friday, November 28, 2014

Five For Friday

     On Monday, students from ECS made their annual visit to our school and brought books for each of my students! This is always a special time for both ECS students and BCA students alike! One of my favorite days of the school year! The students get to know each other and exchange "all about me" sheets. Some of my students even pulled their own books from their writing folders to share with the ECS students! Great opportunity for them to extend their work beyond our classroom. 

      I also had my first ever guest blogger for A Neighborhood Kindergarten on Monday! I met the adorable Justine Lewis at a Kindergarten conference in Nashville and when she showed me the turkey craft her students make each year I just had to share it with all of you. She was so sweet and said she was more than happy to write a blog post to share with all of you. You can click the picture below for a how-to from Justine!

     Tuesday was our last day of school before we let out for Thanksgiving break! My kids begged, so I had to let them get their hands on our new candy cane sensory bin that is a part of our Christmas Sight Word Center. Click the picture to find the sight word FREEBIE and a how to blog post! 

    I traveled home on Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with my family in Alabama. I LOVE giving thanks with the people I love and the food is always the BEST. Seriously! Fried Okra. Y'all just look at all this okra that we fried. We are so unbelievably blessed and we have so much to be Thankful for! 

     I am prepping my ENTIRE TPT store for an additional 20% OFF during the TPT SUPER CYBER SAVINGS SALE!!!  This is something you do NOT want to miss! 

    Today is your last chance to enter to win my Hands On Numbers Pack along with some wonderful resources from other TPT sellers! All you need to do is follow my blog (you won't want to miss all of my upcoming holiday freebies anyway ;) )  and click below to enter the giveaway!  

K is for Kindergarten

      I am so THANKFUL for Kindergarten and for the Kindergarteners that make it what it is! There are no words that could explain what happens inside my classroom each day. Yes, there is chaos. Yes, we make messes. No, we don't achieve all I have planned each day and no, we don't always get along. What we do have is something like magic,  and the pictures say it best! 

by Robert Fulghum
Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.

These are the things I learned:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life -
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.