Sunday, February 21, 2016

Spelling Through Phonics

When I first started teaching, Spelling through Phonics by The McCrackens was absolutely one of the most valuable resources that I've come across.  I'm on my second book because mine was falling apart.  Now you might say that it's a bit outdated, but as a kindergarten teacher I simply follow the first grade lessons and adapt as needed.  I follow their instructions for introducing and teaching letters and sounds.  This book offers an extremely effective method for teaching phonics and there are no worksheets!  I was looking it up for something else and was just shocked to find that it was available.

Here it is!  It might change your life, for real-

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Thanksgiving Math Choices and a Sale!

I know that I've said things like this before, but.... I really am going to try to blog more.  I don't know if it's old age or what but I've really been struggling with time management lately.  Then, when I come home start working on things for my classroom and get sidetracked!  The problem is that the work never ends!!!!!!  Anyway, tonight I have sort of been forced.  Today I was preparing my math tubs for November and found a mistake in one of my products!  Ugh!!!  I hate when that happens!

So, I want everyone to know that the mistake has been fixed.  If you have previously purchased my Thanksgiving Math Tubs, please go to TPT and re-download the product.  If you haven't, then you should definitely check it out!!  Also...everything is on sale in my TPT store!  I hope you can find something!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Behavior Calendar Freebie!

Hi there!  I hope you have all been finding lots of great deals on TPT!  I've got a free one for you!  My  behavior calendars are updated for the 2015-2016 school year!  There are three different versions of the behavior calendars to suit your needs.  You will need to download some free fonts (listed in the description) from Hello Literacy.  You will be glad you did because they are awesome!

While you're there I hope you check out some of my back to school products! Take advantage of this amazing sale! Be sure to use the BTS15 code to take full advantage!

300 × 250

Here are a couple of my favorites!


Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Beach Buck Behavior Plan

OMG!  I see so many people posting about getting ready to go back to school!  I've been teaching summer school for the month of July!  One more week.  I am having so much trouble even wrapping my head around going back to school for real!  Honestly, it's been a very interesting summer and I've learned so much, I just haven't had much time for anything else!

I've recently had a request for an update for my Beach Buck Behavior Plan.  The plan now includes an option for students to clip up to purple.  If you are going to use a clip chart, I do agree that giving students a chance to move up can be very motivating.

I personally no longer use any kind of behavior monitoring chart, but this is still the behavior plan I use in my classroom.  I only use the beach bucks to "catch students being good".  It has worked beautifully and I don't miss my behavior chart one bit.  I only use the coupons to reward good behavior.  Sad choices are dealt with depending on the nature of the crime.  Sometimes kids need a talking to, sometimes they need space, it just depends on the circumstances.

Anyway, it's free at my TPT store so check it out if you like!  Enjoy your summer!!!!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Sale...Trying to come back!l

Summer Sale on Camp Kindergarten! 

Hope you can find something you can use.  I'm working on vamping up some of my original products so if there is something you need just let me know and I'll do my best to get it taken care of for you!

Here are a few of my favorites!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Picasa and Mother's Day Book Pics

It's been forever since I've blogged.  I don't know what is even happening.  Between the dogs, school, new house and many television shows, I've just been so busy and out of touch.

I have had so much trouble finding an easy way to upload pictures to the blog!  Does anyone else have this problem?  Tonight I bought the Picasa Web Album app and it was actually not to bad. However, I just couldn't seem to rotate pictures...ugh (I'll keep working on that)! I was able to do almost everything from my phone.  So, here is the test...can you see the pictures!  These are from our Mother's Day books.  Some of them are pretty funny.  Have a great night!

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Five for Friday and Insects :)

Try number two!  I hope my pictures show up this time!!!!

On a Saturday of course!  

This week we started our insect unit!  
We practiced close reading using the Fly Guy Presents Insects book. 

We started with a schema chart.  As we read this and other texts we confirmed our schema and added to our new learning.  I'm surprised they only had two misconceptions!  We spent two days reading this book and creating our chart.

Then we used the text to understand new vocabulary words and shared our learning with table top blogs!  As you can see, results were varied!  :)  The instructions were to explain their words using pictures and or words.

 "Antennae is a thing is on the body the antennae help them hear and help them taste and help them touch and help them"

If you want some more ideas I made a free close reading pack for this book!

We used construction paper and paper from our scrap bin to create these awesome insects.  
Without any instructions!

I recently started using Amazon Cloud Drive for my pictures.  It's so easy!  I have an app on my phone, when I click on it my pictures upload to the cloud drive.  I copied the url to get pictures on this blog.  Now fingers crossed they are actually going to show up on this blog!!!

I brought home the hermit crab tank for my husband to clean.  Confession... the kids in my class love them but I'm afraid to even pick them up.  I put in the effort, but I still fail as a teacher with class pets!  We did get some cool pictures of them though!

This guy could really use a new shell, but he loves this one too much to leave!

 Not letting go of the coconut!!!
We went hiking at Red Rock and found these cool nests.  My husband swears he sees caterpillars in there.  It makes sense because last year at this time we saw tons of butterflies.  I think these are spiders though! And if I'm right we need to get!

Okay!  Hope you can actually see the pictures!  
Check out Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday!

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