Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard FREE Treat Tuesday: First Day of K Hat!


People, PANIC AND FREAK OUT!  Summer is almost over here at The Kindergarten Smorgasboard World Headquarters.   It's true.  My first teacher day is July 31.  Kids return August 6.  FREAK OUT AND PANIC!

Never mind I have a gimpy knee which means i'm behind on setting up, organzizing and decorating my classroom.  YIKES!

But here's what even more scary...I know there are people who have started already or start next week.  People, where did summer go?!?!

To ease the burden a bit...here is a fun freebie for your first day of Kindergarten!  

Ya'll know I have a love affair with a good silly hat.  I mean, why not.  They're fun.  They're academic.  They're silly.  And they're hats.  

Tip #1 for the new school year:  go ahead and stock up on sentence strips.

Last year I whipped up this fun little hat for the first day of kindergarten and it was a huge hit!  So I decided to re-do it again this year!  



Here are the 2013 hats.  Of course, they've been updated for 2014!

And since i'm all about the rainbow mustaches, it's gonna be colorful!


There are three different versions included.  Mustaches.  DUH!
Bears because that's our school mascot.
Pencils because it's the first day of Kindergarten so pencils are a must!  

Here's a tip:  Make these ahead of time.  Glue the circle on the sentence strip and have them ready to go.  All you have to do is measure each head and staple.  TIME SAVER!  

Click the pictures to download your freebie and be sure to share with your friends!








Monday, July 21, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Monday Made It: Pointers!



It's Monday so that means Monday Made It!  And despite my knee surgery (there might or might not have been a panic attack involved in the healing process this weekend...allegedly....) I have a super easy and cheap Monday Made It for you.  And per request, there is a Submission For Smorgie video!


This all got started with this picture on Instagram and Facebook.  I've always been annoyed at storing my pointers.  They fall over...they break...they're in the way.  It was quite frustrating.  Then I visited my friend Jenissa's classroom (at my old hometown elementary school!) and saw this BRILLIANT idea.

She stores her pointers in an upside down milk crate.  Seriously...BRILLIANT!  

After posting this picture I got lots of people asking about my pointers.  So this Monday Made It Post was born.  And then someone asked for a video so here ya go!  I am here to serve and help!  Ask and you shall receive!




Supplies:  wooden dowel rods, E-6000 glue, and wooden cutouts.  The wooden cutouts are from Michaels.  They are 60 cents a piece.  They have tons of different shapes and animals.  People, the mister pushed me around Michaels in a wheelchair to get these!  TRUTH!  


Simply put glue on the back of the cutout and some glue on the dowel rod.  
Stick together.
Hold them until the glue dries.

BAM!  Pointers are finished!











Friday, July 18, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Fabulous Friends Friday!

Happy Friday.  Well...for me it's not so happy.  As you read this, I am hopefully home and resting after my knee surgery.  They're doing arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartillage in my right knee!  People, I admit it.  I'm being a big, whiny, dramatic baby.  But it's my first surgery...so I'm a little nervous.  I'll update my status on social media (Facebook and Instagram) so you'll know how I'm holding up!

But...I wanted to share this sneak peek into my classroom. I worked my booty off to get it ready before surgery.  All that's left is some decorating and final touches.  The mister is going to decorate.  I'm going to sit and tell him what to do and he's going to do it.  Isn't he amazing?!?!


That's all you get!  I'll do a full reveal with a video in a couple of weeks!!!


And now...how about you meet one of my fabulous friends?!


This is a lady that I've been friends with for over 2 years.  We've been blog buddies and chatted and she is just the sweetest, kindest person.  I was beyond ecstatic when I finally got to meet her and hug her in Vegas.  


It's Farrah from Mrs. Shipley's Classroom!

Seroiously this woman is amazing.  Talented and genuine.  Friendly.  Positive.  I can admit that it was a huge relief during my blog panel at the Teacher's Pay Teachers Conference to see her smiling face in the front row.  It sure made my morning much easier!  

Here's what Farrah has to say about blogging and teaching:
"Blogging about my classroom and how WBT has changed the atmosphere in my classroom gives me a sense of satisfaction that I can share a little piece of Teaching Heaven with other teachers." "When teachers email me and tell me that they discovered WBT through my blog and tried it, and that it recharged their passion for teaching again, I feel like maybe, just maybe, it is worth letting the whole world into my classroom for those brief moments through video!" "The friendships and connections I have made through the blogging world are priceless. The ideas that I get from seeing into other bloggers classrooms through their blogs are endless. There are a lot of talented teachers out there!"


How about a freebie?


Click the picture to download your freebie!

And now a giveaway!

Farrah is giving away her Guided Reading WBT Style guide and I'm giving away $10 to my TPT store!  Just use the Rafflecopter to enter!





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Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Thrifty Thursday: Cookie Sheets and Letters!




I left the I Teach K conference in Las Vegas with mushy brain.  There was so much incredible information and even more amazing ideas.  It was teacher overload.  But in a good way.  What teacher doesn't love ideas and information?!  I am a huge fan of the ideas that I can use in my classroom the very next day.  Seriously...I want to leave a session with at least 1 thing I can implement immediately. 

I had the opporunity to attend a word work session by DeeDee Wills  from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten and she shared a super awesome idea for cookie sheets and letters!  It was one of those things that I could do very easily with little or no cost.  BAM!  


Materials:  cookie sheets, magnetic letters and Sharpies.

Cookie sheets are $1 at the Dollar Tree and if you're like me, you have a TON of magnetic letters floating around.  



Simply write the letters on the cookie sheet with a Sharpie.  


Students match the magnetic letters to the letters on the cookie sheet!  BAM!  

This could also work for numbers!

Be sure to link up your Thrifty Thursday post!



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Tasty Treat Tuesday!


So it's Tuesday...which means Tasty Treat Tuesday.  BUT today's treat isn't tasty.  Well, I guess it could be...in a mental sort of way.  But it's definitely not something you want to nibble on.  I mean, you can print it and if you're into eating paper, I'm sure it's yummy....if that's  your thing.  I won't judge.  

I was honored to present 3 sessions at the National I Teach K conference in Las Vegas last week.  I know so many of you wanted videos but that's against the rules.  BUT I am able to offer you my PowerPoints from the sessions.


Here's the catch.  To keep the formatting, I have to upload them as PDF files so the videos won't play.  BUT all of the videos are on my YouTube channel!  

If you have any questions about the slides, let me know!  I can do some in depth posts about anything ya'll have question about!  

I hope you enjoy your Tasty...errr Treat Tuesday treats!

Just click on the picture to download!





Monday, July 14, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Monday Made It: Glue Sponges!

Howdy ya'll!  Last week I was in Las Vegas for the I Teach K conference and many people came up to me and talked about the glue sponges.  WHAT!?  You don't know about the glue sponges?  You aren't using them???  People...you have to switch to the sponge.  Trust me.  Your life will be much better.  No lost lids.  No clogs.  Less mess.  Less money.  It's a win win for everyone!



These are simple to make.  Very effective.  Easy for student's to use.  And cheap.  I spent $18 dollars to make 8 glue sponges.  They last the entire year.  At the end of the year I throw them out and then I make new ones for the new school year.  $18 dollars compared to hundreds on glue bottles and glue sticks.  Yeah.  I know...

You need sponges.  I got these in a pack of 6 for a couple of bucks at Wal-Mart.  They are the Cello brand and I use them because they're slightly moist already!  Sandwich containers with snap on lids and glue.  About 2 bottles per sponge.



Pour about 3/4 of the glue in the container.

Put 1 complete sponge in your container.  Cut another sponge in half or 1/3 to fit (varies depending on your container!).  Push them down in the glue.



Pour the remaining glue on top of the sponges.  


Place the lid on and let the sponges absorb the glue.  These take a few days to soak up the glue and be ready for use. 

BAM!  Glue sponges.  

Here are some tips that I've learned:  

Spritz the sponges with a mixture of water and Listerine every other day to keep them moist and germ free.  

Add more glue every week or two depending on how much they dry out.  

Make sure the lids are on tight!  

You can click on the link below to see my How To Video on YouTube on how to make the sponges!



And now by request, a FREEBIE!

A while back I did a Thrifty Thursday post on using cooke sheets to make magnetic ten frames.  I included some super hero number cards to 20.  I had a request to make them to 31 for calendars, so here they are.  Just click the picture to get to my freebies page!









Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Friendship Abundance

Howdy ya'll!  We are once again back in The Kindergarten Smorgasboard World Headquarters after a week in Las Vegas.  And let's be real...it was like sitting on the surface of the sun.  Yeah, that hot!  Even though Celine cancelled, we had an amazing week.

The hightlights of the week (other than spending the week with my amazingly supportive and patient and loving mister) were the people that I met.  It was an amazing experience to finally get to hug and squeeze so many of you who have supported me and blessed my life for so long.  Seriously, my smile is still sore from so many pictures.  

I wanted to share all of the amazing teachers that I met this week.  But that was a lot.  So here is my giant friendship collage from Las Vegas.  If you're not on here, send me your picture and we'll add you.

People, what you see below is what makes teaching great.  Teachers giving up their summer to travel to a conference on their own dime so they can be the best they can be for their students.  Does it get anymore inspirational and uplifting than that?

And for those of who said such amazingly kind things about my sessions, THANK YOU!  I am excited for more sessions in the future!  

So, here are my friends from Vegas!  These people inspire me more than you will ever know.



Stay tuned! I have a brain full of tips, ideas and resources that I plan to share with ya'l between now and back to school!  
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