Teacher's Appreciation Sale!


THANK YOU, TEACHERS!
My entire store is on sale for the Teacher's Appreciation Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers (including BUNDLES!) Check out my new products! Many of my Writing Centers and Center Bundles have been updated! Visit my store and be sure to use the code: THANKYOU17 at checkout! Visit my store {HERE}.

$25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway

It's the beginning of May . . . the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and teachers everywhere are getting closer to the FINISH LINE! The end of the year is hectic with testing, final report cards, graduations and the closing of another school year. Are you looking for some fun activities to help you get through those last few weeks? There are TONS of  "End of the Year" Goodies on Teachers Pay Teachers. And to help make your end of the year go smoothly we are having a $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway!!! 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  
Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card
Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 5/8/17 and is open worldwide.
Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media?  Click here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers! 


Good Luck!

Earth Day FREEBIES for Kindergarten

Earth Day is right around the corner and I have some AMAZING Earth Day FREEBIES to share with you! All of these resources and activities can be used in your Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms.

First, is a fun little Earth Day Word Search from my store, Pocketful of Centers. It includes a picture with each word so it is perfect for beginning readers.

Next is an Earth Day Promise Writing and Craftivity from Katie Byrd. In this activity your students will write their "Promise to the Earth", decorate an Earth template, and color an Earth Day sign.

Here is an Earth Day Non-fiction Reading Comprehension Passage from The Barefoot Teacher. It is designed for Kindergarteners to develop a confidence in reading while having fun!

Your class will look adorable wearing these Earth Day Color and Cut Hats from Karly's Kinders. Simply color, cut, and attach a paper headband for this fun and festive hat.

Celebrate Earth Day by teaching your students how to recycle and reuse crayons with this How to Make Earth Day Crayons freebie from Lacy's Letters.

Have your kinder kids write a letter to the Earth with this Earth Day Freebie from K is for Kinderiffic. This download includes Earth Day words, a writing page, and letter writing template.

Review letters and numbers with Earth Day Puzzles from Kelci Judas. These little puzzles are great for centers or early finishers!

This Earth Day Freebie from Nancy Wilcox Richards will have your kids writing and drawing about Earth Day!

Here is an Earth Day Writing freebie from Kindertails has your Kinder kids writing about what they can do in the classroom to help the earth.
 Every Day is Earth Day Math Story Problems from 1stgradefireworks is a fun Earth Day themed activity to practice counting coins.
Celebrate the Earth with an Earth Day Bingo Game from Try-Hard Teacher. This fun little game includes 6 bingo boards and calling cards. The image matching is perfect for a wide range of learning abilities.

Here is a collection of four Earth Day Bookmarks from Chez Chris in color and in black & white.

ZippadeeZazz has an Earth Day Writing Activity. Have your kiddos write about what makes the earth happy or makes the earth sad.

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

#easterbunny SALE!


Today is the perfect day to stock up on Spring and End of the Year products! My TpT Store is 20% off and that includes all of my bundles, too! Each of my bundles includes TEN hands on activities for $6.40 during the sale! They can be used for morning tubs, centers, work stations, partner games and small groups.

My store has TONS of updated bundles and games such as SPRING, EARTH DAY, and FARM. Make sure you check your purchases page on TpT for the latest updates!

Visit my TpT Store and start filling your shopping cart! 

Search #easterbunny on TpT for more great deals!

HAPPY EASTER!

"Eggstra" Special Giveaway!


I have gotten together with my favorite #kinderfriends to bring you an "Eggstra" Special Giveaway! Each teacher is giving away one item from their store! That means one lucky winner will win 7 awesome products from 7 amazing teacher sellers!  Simply follow the directions on the Rafflecopter for your chance to win! Good Luck!

The winner will receive my Spring Writing Center! This packet includes 55 sheets for all of your writers! Copy words, illustrate, write a sentence, write a story, write a book, write a card, write a list, or write a letter!


  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Are you kinder kids getting excited for a visit from the Bunny? This math game will have your kids up and moving! Simply place the cards around your classroom, give each child a clipboard and recording sheet, and have them find the cards and record the number that comes NEXT when counting! They'll be learning and moving!! Please be sure to download my Easter FREEBIE!


Happy Easter!

Spring Blog Hop

HAPPY SPRING!

It feels so great to say that! Although we just had a blizzard and finally dug out from 18 inches of snow . . . I am looking forward to warm weather, the robins returning, buds on the trees, and flowers beginning to pop up. 

The #kinderfriends are ready to help you get your classrooms ready for Spring with a blog hop! Eight fabulous kindergarten teachers are sharing their favorite Spring activities. We are all offering Spring freebies and sales. Be sure to read to the bottom of this post on how to get all these fabulous goodies!

Today I'd like to share one of my favorite Spring activities - GRASS HEADS!


Aren't they adorable! Making grass heads is a fun way to incorporate science and art. 

Here's what you need:
clear cups
potting soil
grass seed
construction paper
Glue Dots

Directions for decorating the cups: (DO THIS PART FIRST)
You can either have precut shapes or have the children cut their own. In the picture above, I had precut circles with a circle punch for the eyes and nose. The kids added details to those features and then used construction paper to create mouths (and eyelashes!). We used glue dots to stick all of the pieces on (glue sticks and liquid glue just didn't do the trick but the glue dots were perfect!)

Directions for planting:
1. Fill a bucket with potting soil.
2. Use a scoop to fill the cup 3/4 with potting soil. 
(I have the kids do the scooping so I have one child do it at a time.)
3. Add grass seed. (Be generous as you want thick grass).
4. Scoop soil on top of the grass.
5. Water daily.

As the grass (hair) begins to grow you will be able to see the roots right through the cup! You can also have the kids trim the grass when it gets too long!

Happy Planting!

I have been very busy updating my SPRING products. 


If you are looking for math centers, language arts centers, writing centers, or calendar numbers I have placed them all on sale from March 20th - 23rd. They are perfect for morning tubs, center work, and small group time . . . there are even a few whole group games (like Spring I Have, Who Has?) that are perfect for circle time! You can find them all {HERE}.

And be sure to get this Spring Word Wall Freebie from my store:

The #kinderfriends have made it easy to find our Spring Freebies and Sales. 
Just type #kinderfriends into the search bar on TpT!

The next stop on the blog hop is my friend Wendy at First Grade Fireworks.

March & St. Patrick's Day Centers

2017 is just flying by, isn't it?! St. Patrick's Day will be here soon and it's time to get those centers ready! My St. Patrick's Day Bundle has been completely updated. The bundle has a total of ten centers - five language arts and five math. The bundle includes a variety of activities for all of your learners. Your students will work on matching letters and beginning sounds, identifying rhyming sounds, reading sight words, CVC words and simple sentences.  They will also count objects, tally marks, & ten frames, graph, write numerals and add. Recording sheets are included.


The March Writing Center has also been updated and has more than quadrupled in size! Be sure to get your updates if you already own it. Or click on the picture below to purchase it. It includes a variety of writing activities that all of your children can use!


Count the gold from 1-20! Your kiddos will love this counting activity! It includes printable gold coins but your could use yellow play dough or pom poms with kid tweezers to work on those fine motor skills. This is not included in my bundle but it is 1/2 price through March 17th! Just click on the picture below!


And here's another updated set! St. Patrick's Day Patterns has grown! It now includes AB, ABC, ABB, AAB, and AABB patterns! Get your updates on TpT or purchase below!


Be sure to download this FREEBIE to practice writing numerals from 1-9 with a St. Patrick's Day theme!



Have a great March!

March Calendar Numbers


March is just a couple of days away! The March Pocket Chart Calendar Numbers have been updated. They include a full set of each pattern - shamrocks, leprechauns, leprechaun hats, rainbows, and pots of gold. Use the cards to make different patterns on your calendar - AB, ABC, AAB, ABB, ABCD - this set gives you many options!


The set is on sale now! Just click the link below:


Share the Love Blog Hop


I am so excited for the #kinderfriends Share the Love blog hop! Head over to each of our blogs where we'll each share our favorite KINDNESS themed activities! We have lots of freebies, sales and activities to help Share the Love throughout the month and the whole school year!  

Click below to download a sweet little freebie activity you can do with your little ones. It encourages children to practice kindness as we celebrate Valentine's Day. I hope you can use it in your classroom and have lots of happy hearts!

You can also find this FREEBIE in my store for sorting, counting and graphing Conversation Hearts.

This month each #kinderfriend will be donating to a charity or organization that is near and dear to their hearts. I will be donating 10% of my sales from February 10th - 14th, 2017 to:


March 11, 2017 will mark 10 years since my daughter had an emergency appendectomy at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. She was only three years old at the time. After a week of being sick and several doctor's appointments and emergency room visits we thank God that an ER nurse finally diagnosed her properly! It is very unusual for a young child to have a burst appendix, but she did. She was immediately rushed to Boston where a pediatric surgeon was waiting for her. After her surgery she stayed in the PICU for three days and then moved to a regular pediatric room for 8 days. Everyone at the hospital was incredibly good to us. My husband and I were able to stay with our daughter the entire time. They even provided a little room with a bed for us while our daughter was in the PICU (although I chose to sleep on the chair in the room each night!) The nurses were wonderful. They were very patient with our daughter. We are thankful for the children's room staff and volunteers that brought her games, books, and movies to play with in her room. When she gained strength we took her to play in the children's play room and brought her for rides in the wagon. I donate to Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center to thank them for taking care of my daughter and for their current and future patients.

The next stop on the Blog Hop is my friend Elaine over at Kitty Kitty Kindergarten.



 

Are you ready for February?
To help you get your classroom ready I am throwing a SALE!  My entire store is 20% off including bundles!

My Valentine's Day Bundle includes TEN games that are perfect for morning tubs, centers or work stations!

Do you need February calendar numbers? This set includes 5 different choices to make your own pattern based on the needs of your students. These cards are also fun for morning tubs or pocket chart center! Holidays and special days are included.

Here's a freebie for Valentine's Day! Sort, count and graph conversation heart candy with this fun freebie!

Winter Favorites Blog Hop

Winter is here! I live in NH where the winter seems to last for 7 months (seriously, we've had snow in October AND April and every month in between!) Although it isn't my favorite season there are sooooo many fun books to read about winter, snow, and snowmen!

I have joined up with my #Kinderfriends for a Favorite Books Blog Hop! Head over to each of our blogs where we'll share our favorite reads. We have lots of activities, sales and freebies to help spice up those long winter days! You may just find a new favorite, too!

One of my favorite authors is Jan Brett. She has TONS of stories that take place in winter! Her book The Mitten is on my MUST READ list for winter! There are several versions of the story which are fun to read and compare:

My favorite activity to do with The Mitten is to act out the story! I use a large sheet as the mitten. I give each child an animal mask that can be downloaded and printed from Jan Brett's website {here}. The children that do not have a mask help to retell the story. Of course, everyone helps with the big sneeze at the end of the story! During the big sneeze I pick up the sheet high into the air - just like the mitten in the story. The kids love, love, love this activity! We do it over and over again during our "mitten" week!

You can also view this YouTube video of Jan Brett reading The Mitten {here}.

I have several activities in my TpT store to use with The Mitten. They are all on sale from Jan 13 - 15th.

First is an emergent reader. This little book is perfect to help retell the story and focuses on the sight words the, is, in, my, are, and who. 

Next, is a Write the Room activity. This set features all of the characters in the story. Hang them up throughout the classroom and have the children search for each one. When they find a character they write it on the recording sheet. 

My Winter Math and Literacy Centers bundle includes TEN centers that are fun to use with The Mitten study! It has everything you need: letter recognition, beginning sounds, sight words, CVC words, counting, missing numbers, graphing and more! 

The next stop on the Blog Hop is Class of Kinders.