Monday, December 15, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Conference Presentations FREEBIE!

Happy Monday ya'll!!!  I hope everyone made it through the first day of the craziest week of the school year.   Does anyone else feel like this week might be worse than any other week in school?!  hehe  But man, we're having fun!!!

It was gingerbread cookie day.  So obviously that means I had to dress as the gingerbread man.  Obviosusly.  AND surprisingly, no one nibbled me!!!

As can download my PowerPoints from the Tennessee Kindergarten Conference.  Just click on the picture below.  These are in PDF format so the fonts and formatting doesn't get all wonky and messed up!!  

(sorry it took so long...sometimes things get a little crazy here at world headquarters...don't hate me!)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Schedulin Sunday: Christmas edition!

People, can you believe it's the last Schedulin Sunday of 2014????   This school year has FLOWN by!!!  But it's been an amazing far!!!!  

So, no lesson plans this week.  I have tons of stuff planned....but I know it will all go wonky so I'm not even writing plans...we're just gonna wing it all week!!!

Are ya ready for my whirlwind week??

Here goes!


We're kicking off our Reindeer Research project!  

We will read these reindeer books (which by the way, there aren't many informational text on reindeer out there...someone could be a millionaire if they wrote some great reindeer informational text for little minds.....just sayin)!  Each 'stache makes their own research journal using the class charts we make whole group!  I am super excited about this!

Monday afternoon will be gingerbread cookie day!!  Since we didn't get to decorate cookies last week, we'll do them Monday.  

And people, I hear a rumor that there's a gingerbread costume involved....not sayin, just sayin!


More reindeer research....

Parent gifts.

The parents loved these so much last year so I'm doing them again.  They were super simple and cheap!

Plates are $1 at The Dollar Tree.
Acrylic Paint (Wal-Mart, Michaels, etc)

Paint students hand.  Print on the plate.  BAKE at 350 for a few minutes to bake the paint on.  Use a sharpie to write their name and year on the plate.  BAM!

We will also read Moosletoe becuase you can't celebrate Christmas without Moosletoe!  And we'll make this adorable moose craftivity!

Click the picture to download your free templates for Moosletoe!

Here's a fun moose snack you can make with Moosletoe!

Click the picture to get your free recipe!

Wednesday we will read Aliens Love Panta Clause!  People, who doesn't love a book about aliens who love underwear and Santa Clause?!

Then we will make these adorable Santa windsocks!  These are beyond cute hanging from the ceiling!!!!

Click to download your template and instructions!

Here's another epic fun and cute craftivity for Aliens Love Panta Clause!

Click the picture to get your freebie from my freebies page!


We will make these adorable poinsettas.  I love how amazingly beautiful these turn out each year.  I love how each one is unique, like the child who makes them.  I love the bold read color.   People, I just love them!  

This project is in my Holly Jolly Christmas Creation which is on sale this week!

We also do Stringing Up Sight Words for our sight word assessment!   It's super fun for the 'staches, a super fun and engaging way to assess sight words and it's pretty spectacular seeing all of these lights on display!

This creation is also 20% off this week!

Thursday afternoon is our pizza party.

Friday is polar express pajama day....and a half day....and the faculty and staff Christmas party AT MY HOUSE!

And that folks, is my last week before break.  Any bets on whether I lose it this week?!?!  hehe

Here are some freebies for ya!


Monday, December 8, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Gingerbread Subtraction

Happy Monday ya'll!!!

Today we did a super fun subtraction activity to practice story problems and celebrate the gingerbread man!  Ya'll, we had a blast with this.  They turned out so cute.  It's such a fun, engaging way to write story problems and practice taking away.  I mean, what more could want from a lesson?!

Step 1:  make a cookie sheet.  You can't gingerbread cookies without a cookie sheet!

I give each 'stache a piece of aluminum foil and we glue it on construction paper.  Easy peasy.  

Step 2:  You gotta "bake" your cookies.

Each 'stahche got to pic 1-5 cookies from our "oven".  

Ummm these adorable ninjabread men came from my amazing TBFF (teacher best friend forever) at The Hartmann Sparkle.  She is such a talented teacher and she draws awesome clipart!  Be sure to check her out!!

Step 3:  Cut out your ninjabread and glue them on the cookie sheet!

Then you have to write your story.  You have to decide how many cookies you have, which friend will eat your cookies.  

Then you have to "eat" your cookies by marking an X through the cookies.

BAM!  Gingerbread subtraction story problems!

Here is a freebie for ya!  Click to download your copy of the story problem page!

And check out the ninjabread clipart from my TBFF!

It's almost time!  Come see us at our booth at the Georgia Kindergarten Conference December 11 and 12!

AND if you want your very own Smitten With Smorgie t-shirt, send me an email at  to order!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Schedulin Sunday

Happy Schedulin Sunday!!!!    It's week 2 of gingerbread man madness in our classroom.  This week we're reading more un-traditional gingerbread man stories!!!   I am super excited about the week ahead so let's get started!!!

As always, you can download my weekly lesson plans here:

These are the stories we will be reading:

My 'staches are beyond excited about the pickle book!!!!  

As we read each story, we will create a story comparison chart similiar to the chart we made last week!

We compare the characters, setting and plot of each story.  This leads to great book chat as the week progresses.  It also leads to great connections being made as we read!

In math, we're going to re-visit subtraction and work on strengthening that very challenging skill!

We will be doing some fun, hands on activities to practice subtraction. 

This is a super fun gingerbread man subtraction activity.  Each 'stache chooses some "gingerbread cookies" for their cookie sheet.  They glue them on and fill out their story problem (we work on this whole group!)  Then we mark out the cookies we "ate" and finish our story problem!!!

Another favorite subtraction activity is one I call:  "I'm lovin' it!"

We make a french fry box from a certain restaurant  (just a red square with an M written on the box).  Then each 'stache makes 5-10 french fries from yellow paper (just rectangles!)  and we place them in the fry box.

Then we write how many we have in our box.  Then we decide how many we will eat.  We remove those from our box and finish out equation!

Here is a super fun center freebie I created for subtracting french fries!

Here is another great subtraction freebie.  This is great for small group work!  And who doesn't love some stickers!?!

I found some super cute gingerbread man art projects on Pinterest!  I can't wait to make them with the 'staches this week!

This little guy was on Pinterest but he didn't have a link!  

These cowboys came from Mrs. Wood's Kindergarten Class!

We will also be learning about area and perimeter with our gingerbread men!

We use peppermints and hershey Kisses to measure area (cover the whole thing up!) and perimiter (around the outside!)!

Many of our activities this week come from these creations:

And anyone in Georgia???  Are you coming to the Georgia Kindergarten Conference on December 11 and 12???  

I'll BE THERE!!!  We will have a booth in the vendor area!  Come by and see us!  Grab some freebies.  And we will have conference only specials on exclusive bundles of my creations!  And you can meet the mister!!!

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