Sunday, March 30, 2014

Two Milestones=2 FREEBIES!!!

As you know, I have been celebrating my one year blogiversary. During this celebration, I reached 100 followers on my blog. I have TWO FOREVER FREEBIES.

 The first is this adorable Peeps Beginning Sound Match. Students will have a blast matching upper and lower case letters with beginning sounds.

The second is Super Hero Sums of 10. There are 3 activities for this little freebie. Students can walk the room to find ten frames and record the addition or subtraction equation, walk the room and find equations and color the ten frame, or play memory with ten frames and number equations.

I have taken down the previous freebies, however, a kind soul pointed out two mistakes. Oops! This why I don't usually blog so much in one week. I get tired and make mistakes. The Robot Math had a mistake on the LAST page. The Wizard of Oz was missing the rainbow word pen. You can get the entire Robot Math and the missing rainbow for the rest of the week.
Robot Math
Rainbow pen
UPDATE: Robot Math and Rainbow pen are no longer available.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Wizard of Oz, Freebie #4, and The Winners

I know, I know, I left you hanging...but I'll make it up to you by doubling today's wicked freebie! Plus, I am going to announce the winners of my FABULOUS One Year Blogiversary GIVEAWAY!!!

First, I want to show you my amazing new Wizard of Oz Math and Literacy Centers. My Kindergarten team LOVES Wizard of Oz. After we finish the book in April, we will have a local weather man come talk to the kids and have a Character Parade - I will be Glenda.

Students will love practicing their sums of 10. For advance students, have them solve without manipulatives. I I was out of white card stock, so I backed it on green card stock before I laminated it. I think regular paper is to floppy when laminated.
Yes, I LOVE dominoes! My students have been having a blast with this activity. I love how easy it is to differentiate. I have some students working on subtraction as well. Dominoes are a great way to teach subtraction.
I has the hardest time getting this picture straight! And yes, there is a shadow. What can i say? I am a teacher not a photographer!!! Side note- My father in law is a photographer. If only he lived closer, I could make him come take pictures in my classroom. LOL. This is a fun way to practice building numbers up to 20. As a bonus, I included numbers up to 50 and a pair of ruby red slippers to hide behind the numbers and practice number recognition.
Again, not the best photo.....and I wish I sort of wish I had hand cut the border....
This IS the BEST SIGHT WORD GAME EVER! I made a similar game for Valentine's Day. The kids take a card and spin the spinner to see what activity they will do. This game is secretly differentiated. Even your pumpkins who may not be able to read their sight words can build the word or spell the word, so they should be able to keep several cards. You can also reduce the number of cards for your RTI kiddos. I used the Pre-Primer Dolche list. 
I love how bright and colorful this center came out. There are 6 different word families: -up, -in, -un, -op,  -ing, -ick. Students sort the pictures based on the word families. I love picture sorts because it gets kids thinking about the sounds in the words, rather then just looking at the letters and possibly not saying the words.

You can purchase all of these centers and more for 50% off until Monday HERE.


The top picture is a CVC game. Students match the picture cloud to the word cloud. This may be my favorite game in the pack.The second freebie is a Sums of 5 game. I provide directions for three different games. If you buy the Wizard of Oz Math and Literacy Centers, you will also get a Sums of 10 game.

You get your sample freebie here. This freebie and all of this weeks freebies are only available until tomorrow and then they will be gone. Tomorrow, I will post my final freebie with a little surprise.

UPDATED: The freebie is no longer available. You must purchase the product now.

  $6 Worth of Products From My Store
Sami Hamiester
Amanda D'Amico Smith
Michelle Scotese
Susan Davidson Casper
Donna Paustian

$10 Worth of Products From My Store
Kelly Beam Brown
Cherie Mae Ong
Rachel Kent

AND the $25 Winner is........
Katie Nussbaum

Email me your list at and I will email you the products. Thanks to everyone who entered. If you didn't win, don't worry, my entire store is 20% off until Monday!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Freebie Number 3!

Happy Hump Day Everyone! This is going to be a short post. Awhile back, I got some adorable robot clipart from Krista Wallden.
I made these adorable clip cards with it awhile back. This set is for sums of 10 and there is another set for one to one correspondence. I hope to one day make an entire math unit, but for now, this is it. You can get them Free Here this week only. If you like these clip cards, I have many different sets it my store. I hope to have a spring set up this weekend.

UPDATE: This freebie is no longer available.

Tomorrow, we are off to OZ! I will have a fabulous literacy freebie for you. Don't forget to enter my giveaway. You can enter to win $25, $10, or $6 to my store. If you have already entered, you can enter agin by pinning any image from my blog.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Domino Centers and Freebie #2

I am so excited. I have been wanting to fix up my Year Round Domino Centers for a long time. It was one of the first products and I made and was my number one seller for awhile. It is still my number two seller, so I knew it needed a MAJOR MAKEOVER! If you have already purchased it, you get get the updated version free. I would LOVE to hear what you think about the new version, so please leave me a comment.

My kids LOVE dominoes and there are many fun, hands on activities that you can do with them. I designed this pack to last ALL YEAR long. The activities are differentiated to meet a wide variety of learners and they can be used to teach the Common Core Standards There are 4 Centers and 25 Printables. They are perfect for sub tubs since they can be used all year. I love seasonal games, but it is nice to have a few that can stay out all year long.

We all know how important sums of 5 and sums of 10 are. I made this cute game to work on both of those skills. The first time we play this game, we place all the cards up and look for matches. As they become more fluent, they can have all the cards upside down and play memory. You can also put them in a pocket chart as a matching game.

My kids LOVE to write the room. I think it is essential to get gets up and moving, especially now that spring fever has hit! There are 4 different recording forms to last you all year. There is one where kids trace the numbers, there are blank ones, like the one in this picture, that are perfect for writing numbers, adding, or subtracting. There is one specifically for addition and one for subtraction.

This is one of the great printables in the pack. All the printables in this pack are perfect for print and go or they can be laminated for multiple uses.

 I love Domino Word Problems. The kids pick a domino, write the number or the equation, draw a picture, and write a story. My kids are not bale to do these independently, yet. I have been modeling on the document camera. We take turns deciding what are picture will be. There is another sheet that I used first where they only count the dots and draw a single picture with no story. I hope that they will become independent by the end of the year.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these little guys! My kids had so much fun the Leprechaun Domino in my St.Patrick's Day Math Centers, I came up with this idea. Guess what??? These Domino Kids are today's blogiversary FREEBIE . You Can get them HERE this week ONLY.

UPDATE: This freebie no longer available. You have to buy the center now.

If you are interested in the entire Year Round Domino Centers, you can get it for 50% off for the next 48 hours or you can enter to win $25, $10, or $6 to spend at my store. You can enter everyday by pinning any image from my site. Tomorrow, there will be another freebie!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

One Year Blogiversary- Freebies and a Giveaway!!!

Guess what? On Friday it will have been one year since I started blogging!!! I am so excited, I want to CELEBRATE!!!

Everyday this week, I will post a freebie, but get it while you can, because 4 of the freebies are only available THIS WEEK! You can also enter to win fabulous products from my store. Five lucky winners will win $6 to spend at my store. Three lucky winners will win  $10 worth of products. One Grand prize winner will win $25 worth of products!!!!

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For today's freebie, I am giving away a game from my Community Workers Math and Literacy Unit. You can get the Detective, Find That Sound FREE HERE.

UPDATE: This freebie is no longer available. You must purchase the entire unit.

Your kids will have a blast helping the detective match the beginning sound to the letter. If you are interested in the entire unit, click on the picture below!

Tomorrow, I will be giving away something from my Number 2 Best Seller- Year Round Domino Centers. I am giving this pack a HUGE makeover and you can get a FREE sneak peak tomorrow. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

St.Patrick's Day Fun

I know, I know, St. Patrick's Day was Monday. It has been a BUSY week with soccer, piano, dance, the school talent show, and the release of Frozen - Yes, I spent Tues night on the couch with my girls watching Frozen, again. Hopefully you can use some of these ideas next year.

 First, we made these adorable rainbows. They tore the paper to fill it in. We worked on these for two days and some of my friends still didn't finish. They used cotton for the clouds.

Remember when I spray painted the letters and numbers? You can find that post HERE. That day, I spray painted rocks from my yard and wrote down sight words. Students pulled a piece of "gold" from the bucket and rainbow wrote the words. I got this idea from Danielle Kroger HERE. Check it out. She has some great freebies.

We made Golden Word Families. We made a list of all the word families we have made. Then, we picked one family to write on our golden coins. To differentiate, I let some kids write one letter per gold, while others wrote the entire word on a piece of gold.

We wrote about what we would do if we caught a leprechaun. Then we used our hand prints to make the leprechaun. Next time, I will make the circle faces smaller. You can see how I differentiated by writing one student's sentence with a highlighter, then had him trace it.  He came up with the sentence, but because writing causes him so much frustration, I wanted him to be successful. It is all about the little things.

You can get the templates for these activities FREE HERE
The amazing teacher across the hall made these little guys. She just made her own template based on a picture she saw on pinterest. I just saw a similar post on First Grade Parade.You can download her template free.

Next week, I will be celebrating my one year blogiversary!!!! I will be celebrating with a GIVEAWAY and some FREEBIES. Be sure to check it out!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Crafty Sunday...with some FREEBIES!

Oh, my, where does the time go???? I was on a blogging roll and then.....crickets! LOL.

What can I say? Soccer season has begun! Today, I found some time to get crafty!

I went to my favorite store...Dollar Tree and found these goodies. How much do you LOVE these erasers???? The little earths will go perfect with my Earth Day Sums of 10 freebie. Just so you know, there are 9 earths, buses, apples, and check marks, but only 3 rainbow stars - and I bought them for the rainbow stars. The plastic letters are not magnets, but I did not buy them for that. I also bought spray paint at Michaels in silver and gold.

St. Patrick's Day Hunting for Gold Numbers Activity for Preschool via  Just spray paint the magnetic numbers gold, and dye your rice green.  The pot with the numbers is a free download.

I was feeling inspired by this pin. You can get this pot of gold free by going to PreK-Pages.

I used her recipe to make this green rice. I have tried using Kool-

Aid and oil before. It did NOT work. Rubbing Alcohol worked SO MUCH BETTER! I spray painted the letters and numbers gold and put them in the green rice.

I also spray painted some beans gold and silver. Students can take a number out of the rice bucket and add that many gold beans. Then, they can see how many more silver beans they need to make 10.
In this picture, you can see the adorable star rainbows. Students start with 10 rainbows on their ten frame. They pull a number from the bucket and remove that many rainbows. Then, they can record their answer. Just remember, there are ONLY 3 rainbow stars in each package. I know I am going to have to go back tomorrow.

For the letters, I created this Lucky Beginning Sounds sheet. Students pull out a letter and decide which picture starts with that letter. There are 4 different sheets, so students can play against each other to get 4 in a row.

Do you LOVE these???? Well, you can get both ten frames AND the Lucky Beginning Sounds FREE HERE.

I FINALLY posted my St. Patrick's Day Math Centers. There are 11 Math Centers in all. Here are a few pictures that I took on Friday when I started to introduce them.

I LOVE dominoes and yet this is the FIRST time I have used them this year!!!! The kids LOVED them. There are 4 different domino cards. There is one for just writing the number, one for adding the numbers, one for subtracting, and this one, where students can add and subtract. 

You can get all 11 Math Centers sale for 50% off for the next 48 hours.  Ok.....if you really want them, leave a comment, with YOUR EMAIL, and I will pick one person to win this FREE.