Thursday, December 29, 2011

Winter is Here! (at least the calendar says it is)

The calendar shows winter, but we are experiencing a bit of fall/spring right now. Temps in the 60s? I feel like I am in the wrong state!

I am getting ready for one of my favorite months for teaching. I am planning on teaching my little one about Penguins, Snow, and Mittens. So far, I have gathered ideas from Pinterest and a books list. We will see what I get after I have the books in my hands! I know I am always looking for booklists, so here you go.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (Bookflix)
Snowy Weather (companion book on Bookflix)by Katie Marsico
Snowflake Bentley by (the movie)(or on Bookflix)
Snow- Blastoff Readers (companion book on Bookflix)
The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader
Snow by Uri Shulevitz
Snow by Marion Dane Bauer
Snow by Helen Frost
Snow by Cynthia Rylant
Snow by H.P. Wood
The Snowman Storybook by Raymond Briggs
In the Snow: Who's Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George

The Emperor's Egg by Martin Jenkins
Little Penguin's Tale by Audrey Wood
Penguin Pete by Marcus Pfister (and all other Penguin Pete books, of course)
Penguin Chick by Betty Tatham
Penguins by Lucia Raatma
Penguins by Claire Robinson
Antarctic Antics by Judy Sierra (found on Bookflix if you have it)
Antarctica by Allan Fowler (companion book on Bookflix)

I also checked out a few books on Martin Luther King, Jr. I purchased a book about Famous Americans from Scholastic that will go nicely with that unit.
Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport (on Bookflix)
Martin Luther King, Jr. by Wil Mara (companion book on Bookflix)

Future plans and learnings to come. Stay posted!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Silhouette Cameo Giveaway!

I LOVE this machine. I have read, and read, and read about it. I want one soooo desperately. I could make a ton of crafts at my home. The possibilities are endless with school, too! Follow this link to enter a giveaway yourself!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Chester Raccoon

I love the Chester Raccoon books by Audrey Penn. I know The Kissing Hand is a wonderful book to share in the beginning of the year to help ease nervous feelings in our new students. However, I LOVE using it during my nocturnal animals study later in the fall. This is a perfect time of year to study forest animals. Check out my unit on Audrey Penn and the Chester Raccoon books in my TPT store.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

And the winner is...

I have already eaten too much candy! My 5 year old had many opportunities to dress up. She loves Strawberry Shortcake. She wanted to be the one character that has no costume, Plum Pudding. We improvised and here are the results.

For the news we've all been waiting for... Mrs. Richling congratulations! You are the winner of a fabulous new... GIFT CARD! Thank you to all you dear sweethearts who follow. A special thanks to those who blogged about the giveaway on your blog!

Now since halloween is finished and we are moving to Thanksgiving, we are using one of our decorative pumpkins (non-carved) to do a little science experiment. I found this on Pinterest. I hope it works!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

b or d? Helping with Reversals!

I found this on pinterest, but I couldn't find the blog to give credit to. I used this with my 5 year old yesterday. She remembered it today and it really helped. I have a Halloween themed letter reversal worksheet on my TPT store, check it out!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


I am having my first official giveaway! It is a $15 gift card to Target!!! (I LOVE Target!) I know how much teachers invest in their classroom, so I would like to help you out. I know every little bit helps.

Here is what you need to do to enter my giveaway for a $15 gift card to Target.

1. Follow my blog (leave a comment) - 1 entry
2. Follow my TpT store (leave a comment) - 1 entry
3. Post about this giveaway on your blog (leave a comment) - 1 entry

You will get 3 entry opportunities. I will use a random number generator to determine the winner on Monday, October 31st. Happy Halloween!

And if winning one giveaway isn't enough, try this one, too!
It is a collaboration of three bloggers!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fun with Pumpkins

One year, I had a miscommunication with a pumpkin patch and our fieldtrip was not scheduled! I put together some fun pumpkin activities for our "School Pumpkin Patch." Check out the activities we had on our fun day!
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Treasures 1st Grade Sight Words

11 activities to choose from, your students will enjoy practicing their sight words with these activities. Use them as games during small group time or place in a center.

Great review for 2nd graders!

Laminate pages for multiple uses or place them in a sheet protector to save copies. Easy to use with a dry erase marker.

The activities that need cutting can be copied on cardstock and reused.
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Math Facts Games

I used these games with my second grade class. I wanted to work with the children that didn't understand the lesson for the day. So, I implemented the Daily 5 concept with Math. These are some of the activities we did in our class.

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Click here to get the entire Math Fact Game Packet. The packet has 18 pages and 24 different games!

Nouns Sort- Fall and Halloween

I love Halloween and Fall! I am teaching my kindergartner to sort nouns into categories, people, places, animals, and things. Here are some sorts she is working with this week.
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Free Sorts

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I am seriously beginning my blog adventures! I have created some cute printables that are free! check out my TPT store. I just ask that you follow me on my blog and my TPT store. I am excited to see traffic!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Math Facts

I used these games when I taught second grade. I often needed to work with other students who needed further instruction, while others had the toic mastered. I printed them on cardstock and laminated them. I had a central location where students could go to find the manipulatives they needed. The game boards and instructions were stored in a basket labeled Math Facts.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Learning to Be a Scientist

Science is one of my favorite subjects. Lizzy and I began our Science Journal this week. A science journal is a great way to teach writing skills. I am using this book to guide my little scientist.

Click here to find this book.

This week, we learned that scientists observe, watch closely. She watched a small plot of yard. The drawing of the insects, rocks, dirt, and grass was absolutely adorable. We learned insects have 6 legs and 3 body parts and that spiders only have 2 body parts and 8 legs. We also talked about capitals and periods when she wrote a sentence telling what she saw. SOOOO much fun!

We also observed what dries faster, painting with water in the shade or painting with water in the sun. Of course, her hypothesis was correct!

Word Familiy Sorts

Inspired by teachers on TPT, I have created my own products. My 5 year old daughter loves fun learning. These were a big hit! I made sure to include as few digraphs as possible to insure success. Ceck them out at my TPT store.

Click here to download the Short A Word Family Sort for only $1.00.

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Click here to download the Short I Word Family Sort for only $1.00.

Click here to download the Short O Word Family Sort for only $1.00.

Click here to download the Short U Word Family Sort for only $1.00.

My First Teaching Blog

I have become a member of the Pinterest community. I pinned a lot of blogs and websites on my boards. I found some wonderful resources. Pinterest has inspired me to create my own blog. Some of the blogs I have visited have Teachers Pay Teachers accounts. They offer items for sale and some are free. This inspired me to create my own products for sale. I am combining the two on this blog.

Bare with me. I know there isn't much offered here, yet, but be sure to come back often and visit. I will be posting my activities as I teach my daughter at home.