Monday, May 6, 2019

End of the Year

I can't believe there are only 13 days left this year!!! There is so much to do. We are finishing our Mother's Day Crafts. We are practicing for Graduation. I should probably start thinking about report cards. I want to do a million fun more activities with my class. I want to go to bed at 8:00! Did I mention I am 21 weeks pregnant? Aww, end of the year fun.

I have a few ideas that will hopefully help make your life easier this time of year.







First up, I just created these End of the Year Printables.  I understand how busy this time of year is. I understand that you may not be prepping a week a two in advance anymore. I understand that you may have NO IDEA what you are going to teach tomorrow. It happens. This packet has 33 print and go pages. NO PREP needed. There are activities for literacy centers, writing centers, and math centers. They are all fun and meaningful. They have a summer theme that your class will love. Like all new products, they are 50% off for 48 hours.





I shared this Memory Book on Instagram and Facebook recently. I love listening to how kids remember their school year. As a parent, these are the kind of keepsakes I will treasure forever. Plus, it is fairly independent. We work on this 1-2 pages at a time. I put the pages we are going to work on under the projector. Kids take turns sharing what they want to write and draw. Then, they go back to their seats and work.  At the end, the kids get to share on the projector.




Finally, I created these End of the Year Awards for you all. They are perfect for any end of the year ceremony you do. There are 35 different awards in both color and black and white to meet your printing needs. They are an easy way to make sure every child in room knows how special they are. 

What are your end of the year plans????


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Hot Chocolate Activities

Baby, it's cold outside. Seriously, we got a lot of snow this past week. We are still on winter break, so we haven't missed any school. My kids have asked for asked for hot chocolate.
Every. 
Single. 
Day. 
I started to think, I should make a hot chocolate craft for my class when I get back to work. I started to think about my hot chocolate Math and Literacy Centers...one of my first products... and I decided to give that product an update.


My Hot Chocolate Math and Literacy Centers are a January staple in my classroom. I changed some of the fonts and clip art AND, I added a new craft. If you have previously purchased this, you can DOWNLOAD the updated file free!

 We have been working hard with our sums of 5. This adorable game can be a simple matching game or students can lay all of the card upside down and play memory.
   Each number card has three marshmallow card with different patterns. Do you have students that need adaptive tasks? Just add Velcro and you can put this in a task box.


Eek - after taking this picture, I realized I desperately need new dice. I love the big foam dice from the Dollar Tree because they don't make all that noise when kids roll them. Over the years, they have clearly been stabbed with pencils. A LOT! But....How cute do the Target snowflakes look on this toll and cover game? You can also get flat marbles from the Dollar Tree that would look like marshmallows. Feeling really brave? You could use real marshmallows...but don't be surprised when they all go m
issing!!!

These cups come in the number 1-20. You can easily differentiate your activities by putting them in different color baskets. 1-10 in blue, 11-20 in red. Tell some kids to work from blue and some to work from read.


Number bonds or part part whole are an important part piece in most programs. These adorable mugs make it more fun and hands on. There is a mat with just the mugs for students who aren't ready for the number equation. There is also an addition mat and a subtraction mat. Perfect for differentiation!


This is a great sight word game.  Students take a card and spin the wheel. They have to read the card, build the word, write the word, or switch the word card with a friend. My class loves this part. There are fun cards for extra turn and lose a turn to make it feel more like a game and not just work. I like to put the cards in a cute snowman bucket.

These CVC mugs are also differentiated to work on beginning, middle, or ending sounds. Students write the missing letters with expo markers.


This is the new writing craft that I added. As I said before, if you already bought these activities, you can download it again to get this NEW Craft. As you all know, I LOVE crafts. This is an easy craft where students write about how to make hot chocolate. I included picture cards that can be used to introduce the craft in a pocket chart.



Do you want MORE Winter Crafts? Check out my Winter Math Crafts and you will find this adorable Hot Chocolate Math Craft.

If you read my blog often, you know I like to share FREE resources with you all!!! This is a simple Math Mat where students can practice adding and subtracting. I have included a Color and Black and white version to meet you needs. You can get it here.

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

New Year, New Ideas

Coming back in January, I like to think about new ideas to add to my classroom. I think about both academics and behavior management.



Morning Work Buckets have been a GAME CHANGER for me. When I first started using them, back in 2015, I had about 10 bags! You can read all about when I first started using Morning Work Tubs HERE (Hint: There is a FREEBIE for you in that post!) Now, I have about 75 different bags that I can rotate through, thanks to my Morning Work Buckets Bundles. there is a bundle for Kindergarten and a bundle for 1st Grade. Right now, my entire store is ON SALE through January 1st. That means, you can get my Morning Work Buckets Bundle, over 50 activities, for ONLY $32!!!!


Year Round Domino Math Centers are a great resource. The centers are differentiated an can be used all year long. There are activities for building number sense all the way to addition/subtraction. There are also several printables that are perfect for subs.


CVC Words are essential in Kindergarten and First Grade. This unit has 8 different activities that are in color and in black and white, to meet you printing needs. You can get these HERE.

Positive Behavior Management system. Includes a calm down kit and ideas, zones of regulation, cue cards, token board, first then schedule. #kindergarten #specialeducation #autism #socialemotionallearning #sel

Do you need to revisit you Positive Behavior Management this January? Then you NEED my Positive Behavior Management System.  It has everything you needs to teach, support, and reinforce positive behaviors.


Brag Tag Bracelets

Brag Tags may be the easiest way to support Positive Behavior Management in your classroom. I print out a few sheets of these, cut them and clip them, and hand them out...A LOT! I try to make sure everyone gets one every week. There is such a variety, I believe you will even be able to give them out to "that" kid. My class LOVE these and they take so much pride in going home to tell their parents why they earned it (I also write it down on the back). You can buy these here.

Finally, I am kicking of the New Year with a GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will win a $25 Amazon Gift card. Three more winners will get $10 to spend at my TeachersPayTeachers store.


Have you searched #ringin2019 at Teachers Pay Teachers yet? You will find over a thousand resources marked down for $1!!!!! I have the following two products marked down.





Saturday, December 29, 2018

Happy New Year! Math, Literacy, and Crafts


2019 is almost here! Are you so excited??? When i was talking to my Kinders about this before Winter Break, I was surprised how many didn't know what New Years was!!! It will be interesting to see how many know what New Years is when they come back in January. I plan on spending the first week back talking about New Years. We will read books, write resolutions, do crafts, and, of course, all of math and literacy centers will be have a New Years theme. Hopefully, after this year, they will REMEMBER what New Years is all about.


I just gave my New Years Math and Literacy Centers a little makeover. New Clip Art and New Fonts. If you previously purchased this, it you can download the updated version FREE!!! If not, I do have it ON SALE right now.



I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE sentence frames to help Kindergarten students with their writing. There are 18 different picture cards that students may choose from. There is a writing sheet that goes with this or you can download my FREE New Years Craft and Goal Writing sheet.



 We have been working hard at 1 more and 1 less. This activity is a great review after New Years.


There are so many things you can do with these 36 sight words. You can have students pull them out of a bucket and read them. You can have them build them with letter tiles or magnets. A fun differentiated activity is to have students write the word (lower learners) or write the word in sentence (higher students).

Sums of 5 and 10 can be tricky for all students. I always start with the ten frame. Pick a number, build it, then determine how many more to make 5 or 10.


There are 9 different Math and Literacy Centers in all. You can look at the preview to see all the is included. Purchase you New Years Math and Literacy centers HERE.



How cute are these New Year Kids? I originally created this FREE resource last year. I added the blower this year. It is updated for the next several years. You can get this Free Craft HERE. After reading several books on New Years, and doing the Build it Sentences from my New Years Math and Literacy Centers, we wrote about what we wanted to do in 2019. Then, we created this cute craft. I hope you enjoy!


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Needs and Wants

Are you all ready for the holiday season? I am so excited for Thanksgiving with my family...and for BLACK FRIDAY!!! I want to buy a million things, but I need to stick to a budget!!! Do you like how I worked a little needs and wants into there????



I cannot wait to start teaching my Needs and Wants unit!!!! I think the Christmas is the perfect time to talk about needs and wants. I know I can be just as bad as the kids thinking about everything that i WANT! I know that social studies tends to fall to the side these days, but I worry that if we don't teach it to the kids, who will??? Lets face it, a lot of adults struggle to differentiate between needs and wants!!!

This Christmas stocking is a GREAT way to decorate your room this time of year all while teaching important skills- following directions, cutting, sorting (hello, Math!), and they very important social studies lesson of needs and wants.


THIS writing prompt may be my absolute FAVORITE! I included a few different versions, including one wear students can draw their needs and/or wants on the presents or on the trees. There is a blank tree for Kindergartners who may still be drawing and not yet writing (I know, we all have 1 or 2). For the first graders, they can write more. There is even an option to have a separate needs tree and wants tree.

This shopping cart sort is perfect for talking about what you are going to buy at the store. Is it a need or is it a want? You may want a candy cane, but you need fruit.

Of course you need a pocket chart picture sort, complete with definitions.


I love interactive books. For this one, kids read the words, trace need or want, and glue the matching picture. You will also get different writing prompts, and get student's thinking cards. Check out the video preview to see more.