Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Kindergarten Smorasboard Schedulin' Sunday!

Howdy ya'll and HAPPY EASTER!  I've hope you have enjoyed this day with your family and friends!  I had brunch with the mister and my best friend and worked on lesson plans!  Our 2 week spring break has ended so it's back to the monsters tomorrow!  I am excited to see the monsters but I really want to stay home and enjoy the new house some more!  Speaking of the new house, I am extra excited about today's post because it is the first Schedulin' Sunday post from the new Kindergarten Smorgasboard World Headquarters!

This week we will celebrate a little bit of Easter (Yes, I know Easter is today but we can still enjoy the holiday, right!?) and we will be learning about clouds and vowels!  It's a SUPER busy week but with only 8 weeks left I have to work the monsters hard to get in all of our learning!

Click to download my lesson plans for the week!  


We kick off our return with the story There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Chick.  After reading the story the monsters will retell the story by using a flowmap to sequence the story.

We will be working on long and short vowels this week.  Today we start with A.  We will do a word sort listening for sort A and long A sounds.  I will be using this great resource from .

This week we also start working on subtraction.  We have introudced subtraction throughout the year and have used it during our mental math time, but this is 2 weeks of subtraction!  We start off by learning that subtraction means taking away.  We will read the big book Five Little Monkey's Jumping On The Bed.  We discuss how we started with 5 and took 1 away and had 4 and so on.  After reading the story, we will act out the story with the monsters!  We will do some practice using our manipulatives and close out the lesson with a practice page!
You can get a set of practice pages by clicking here to visit the freebies page!
We also start learning about weather this week.  We kick off weather learning about clouds.  Today we will braingstorm ideas of what clouds can look like!  I love seeing the hilarious ideas the monsters come up with (by far, my favorite is Justin Bieber!)!  After we brainstorm our ideas, we will read The Cloud Book by Tomie Depaola.  We will discuss different types of clouds and their names.  We also start to talk about how clouds form from water and when they're full of water it rains.  

We end our day with a craftivity, of course!  We will be doing this super cute chick craftivity!


Easter continues in our classroom with the story The Night Before Easter.  After we read the story the monsters will complete a story map.

We continue our long and short vowel study with the letter O.  (I am skipping around so E and I come later in the week since they're the most challenging!)

We will use our brainstorming from Monday to complete a predictable chart about clouds.  "Clouds can look like..."

In math, we continue our subtraction fun.  We will review that subtraction means take away.  We will practice subtracting to 5 using manipulatives.  We will close out the lesson with a practice page.  

Cloud week continues with a review of cloud types and names.  We will read the book It Looked Like Spilled Milk.  We will squirt white paint on blue construction paper and fold it and make a cloud.  The monsters will then write what their cloud looks like!


We continue our Easter stories with the book, Last One In Is A Rotten Egg!  After reading the story we will make text to self connections and complete a story map.  

We will also work on our vowels.  Today we will do a short and long U sort.

The monsters will work on writing about their clouds using our predictable chart from Tuesday.

In math, we will continue working on subtraction.  Today we will use jelly beans to help us subtract.  After we practice subtracting, the monsters will sort and graph their jelly beans.  And then we can eat our jelly beans!

We will continue cloudy week with a review of cloud types and cloud names.  We will start working on our super fun and super cute cloud people project!


Cloudy vowel week continues!  We will read the story The Easter Egg by Jan Brett and the monsters will sequence the story to practice re-telling.

We will continue working on long and short vowels.  Today we will work on the letter I!

Subtraction week continues in math.  Today the monsters will complete a practice page and work in math centers (which are full of new centers!!!) while I work in small groups with the monsters who need more help with subtraction!  

Cloudy week continues with a fun science experiment!  We will use shaving cream and food coloring to help us understand how clouds make rain when they are full of water!

We will also celebrate Easter with a super cute bunny craftivity from Kimberly at Creative Teaching!  Check it out!


We made it!  It's time to wrap up our week!  We will read the story Happy Easter Mouse and complete  a story map. We also wrap up our vowels with the letter E.

We will publish and illustrate our cloud writing.

In math, we will do a subtraction assessment and enjoy our new math centers.

The monsters will finish up their cloud people and we will make....wait for it...a HAT!  You know we can't go a week without a hat!

This week's hat comes from my friend Sylvia at Learning With Mrs. Parker!

For our foodie fun Friday we will make raindrops and clouds!  The monsters will layer blueberries (raindrops) and whipped cream (clouds) to make a fun snack!

And that's our common core, hands on, engaging week of fun, learning, laughter and chaos!

 Of course, we will do our Word Study daily, our calendar daily, we write in our journals daily!  We will read our poem and emergent reader daily!  And we will sing and dance and dance and laugh!

I am linking up with my amazing friend, Mrs. Willis for her lesson plan linky party!  Go check out all the amazing lesson plans!

Don't forget!  20% off until tonight!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Fuzzy Subtraction Freebie!

Howdy!  Guess who finally has internet!?!?  WOOWOO!  That would be me!

This is just a short post to say howdy.  We spent the day doing more house stuff.  The mister fixed our traditional Saturday morning breakfast (pancakes and bacon!)  So the lie was that I do not like pancakes!  This was our first Saturday breakfast in the new house!  And yes, Butters, The CEO of The Kindergarten Smorgasboard gets a pancake!  We found the coolest handmade, one of a kind table for a nook in our house, we ordered a dining room table and a rug for the entry way!  YAY!  It's all coming together!

Here is a fun fuzzy freebie for you!  We are starting subtraction next week so I whipped up this fun activity for the monsters!  And really, I LOVE the fuzzy clip art!  Thanks to my friend Michelle from The 3AM Teacher for creating these awesome fuzzies!

Click on the picture to go to the freebies page!

Don't forget!  20% off today and tomorrow on all of my Common Core Aligned creations!  

And you still have 2 hours to enter my 1,000 follower give away!!

Friday, March 29, 2013

A Kindergarten Smogasboard BIG MOVE FREEBIE!

HEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Kindergarten Smorgasboard friends!  I'm BACK!  Did ya miss me?!    First things first, a HUGE thank you to Nicole, Khrys and Kathleen for holding down the smorgasboard while I was busy (and we all know what a daunting challenge that can be!)

Well, in case you didn't know, we have spent the week MOVING!  FINALLY!  We closed on our home Monday and spent the day painting and Tuesday the movers moved our stuff and we've been working ourselves to exhaustion unpacking and organizing and trashing!  The new home finally looks like a home!  We need some more furniture but that will come soon enough!

5 random things from the week!

1.  New House!

Here it is!  I LOVE this home so much already!!!  I can't wait to we get it all perfect cuz, people, it's going to be one beautiful home!  And yes, that would be a balcony with french doors in our master suite!  I know, right?!

2.  New World Headquarters!

One of my favorite parts of the house is a space all my own.  Ladies and Gentlemen (all 4 of here is the new, improved and oh so gorgeous (like me!) WORLD HEADQUARTERS for the Kindergarten Smorgasboard!  The Smorgasboard finally has an official world headquarters space all its own!  (Don't worry, there are mustache art pieces and some glitter in the works!)

3.  A Moving Freebie!
In honor of the big move, I have a little freebie I worked up!  It's word family fun that involves...wait for it...MOVING!  Teehee!  See how I did that?!  Students can use letter tiles or magnetic letters to make new words!  As one letter moves out, a new letter moves in and a new word lives in the house!  TRUE STORY!

Click the picture to visit the freebies page to download your freebie!

4.  A Sale!

Also in honor of the big move, I am joining up with a bunch of other amazing blog authors and TPT store owners for a Spring Cleaning sale!  People, we cleaned out so much junk that the garbage me were very unhappy when they rolled up to the new Warren Compound on Wednesday Morning!  So join in the fun and clean out those wishlists and carts!  All of my creations will be 20% off Saturday and Sunday!

Including my newest creation, April Ten Frame Cards!

Freebie Fridays
5.  A Give Away!
And don't forget to enter the 1,000 follower give away!  It ends this weekend!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Guest Post THAT WORKS!!

Hello Mr. Greg followers!

Like all the other guests to post on his blog, I am completely honored and thrilled to get to guest post for Greg.  I mean I FREAKED out when I read the email and honestly thought he meant to send that to someone else!  Being that, I JUST started blogging and a have an awesome 25 32 followers.  (I will be giving a TARGET gift card away this weekend as promised!)

 Here is a picture of our meeting area in the classroom.

Here is a quick snidbit about me.  My name is Kathleen and I am blogging at  I have been teaching for two years, and currently teach inner-city Kindergarten.  I know I only technically have two years of experience, but please don't let it fool you.  Everyone that knows me knows I am OBSESSED/extremely passionate and always have been with teaching, so they have finally talked me into starting my own blog and TPT store.  Like no joke, it is what I spend all my time doing.  Whether it be blogstalking, reading professionally, creating, trying to find stuff for the classroom while I shop too much (whoops), and constantly annoying EVERYONE that I talk to because I love talking and reflecting on my teaching, etc... it is my life.  So, with that said, I promise there will be lots of fun stuff on my blog, as well as decorating tips because I am obsessed with that too.  Yikes, maybe I am a little obsessed with too many things. OH WELL! 


I am going to show you a few of my favorite organizational techniques.  Hopefully, it will help someone out there.  If you are anything like me, I am OBSESSED with teacherspayteachers.  Therefore, I have tons and tons and tons of stuff.  So, to make it easy and organized I created binders and labeled everything.  Here is a picture of some of the binders.  NOTE: I am a little OCD (if you didn't pick up on that) and everything has to match, hence, all white binders.  This system is wonderful!!!              

Next, I know a lot of teachers use a similar technique, but I will share it anyways because I love it!  I put all the stuff for the week in these lovely bins.  I am attaching the little cards, so if you would like to use them, click the picture!

Another one of my favorite organizational techniqueswould be my crayon buckets.  I purchased them in the dollar section of target and spruced them up with some ribbon. I just love them!!!  It is so helpful if crayons are found on the floor or if a kid NEEDS a specific color, they know to just go grab it!        

And if you are still reading, this will be my last idea for today.  I purchased an awesome organizer folder (from Target of course) that I hold all of my sight words (from Growing Kinders) based on the color (level).  All I have to do, instead of shuffling through the cards each week, is go to the tab with the color and just pull them right out.  It surely saves a lot of time! Best part, the organizer was only a dollar! HOLLA haha!

THANKS SO MUCH for reading.  Since you stuck through this, I am attaching two of my favorite poems to use in the classroom for poem notebook, as well as for reading strategies.  Click the picture of my cute kinders for the download :)! 

Come and be my follower.  After all, if you follow, you will be able to partake in the Target gift card giveaway this weekend!!!

Happy Teaching!
Kathleen :)

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