Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard BlogLovin!

People, the day has arrived.  The is it.  The countdown clock is almost to zero.  Time is running out.  Act now!  Don't miss out!  The end is near!

In fact, this is so important, that even Justin Timberlake is speaking up!

But seriously people, make sure you're following all of your favorite blogs on BlogLovin (or some blog reader) so you don't miss anything!  Google Reader will not work tomorrow!  

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And for all of your trouble and all of my harassment and pushing you, here's a fun freebie for you!

This is a fun letter recognition activity for the beginning of the year!  Students identify the letter on the page and color the lightbulbs with the correct letter!  Click the picture to download your freebie!

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Currently!

It's time again!  It's Currently time!  And a little early this month!  Apparently Farley is on a road trip to some place where a mouse lives...psh...road trip to Disney...nah, I'm in the backyard!  hehe  Have fun Farley!

We have a house guest this week.  My bff is in Ireland (yeah yeah, here I am in the backyard still...) so her dog, Gretchen , is hanging out with us!  Everytime she gets a drink, Butters empties his bowl.  He's a little jealous!

Loving all of this time to relax and tan and read and create!  I really needed this time!  I feel so refreshed already!  AHHHH

Thinking of my next Monday Made It Project!  Can't wait to work on it tomorrow!

Wanting a nap.  We're going to the movies later so I should rest I can stay up past 9:30!

Honestly, there is nothing I need.  I have everything a dude could ask for.  Loving husband, beautiful home, my health, amazing friends, career that I love, all of my awesome blog friends and so so so much more!

My tip to new yourself.  Make your blog your own.  Let your personality shine through and don't try to be anyone else.  YOU ARE FABULOUS!

Head over to Farley's and link up and join the fun!

Friday, June 28, 2013

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Five For Friday and How To Video

It's Friday....I think.  I did have to ask the mister what day it was because I really wasn't sure.  Ah, they joy of summer!

Well Friday means Five For Friday at Doodlebugs Teaching!  So you can see five very random pictures from my week.  Are ya ready???

Here is my newest Common Core measurement pack!  This one was fun because it's all clothing!!  I can't wait to use this during our All About Me unit at the beginning of the year!  Click the picture to see this in my TPT shop!

I heart glitter!  But you already knew that.  I had so much fun making these mess free glitter clothespins.  Yep, mess free.  The glitter doesn't fall off!  Click here to see my post on how to make these!  GLITTER!

This is my favorite new shirt!!!  It's pink.  It's mustaches.  It's perfect for me!

Can I just say yum??  I made this for dinner this week (yes people I cook...sometimes...) and it was sooo good.  It's spaghetti, beef, pasta sauce, pepperonis, mozzarella cheese, garlic and Italian seasoning.  So yummy!

The cooked spaghetti goes in the bottom.  Then add the beef and the pasta sauce and spices.  Then a layer of pepperonis and Parmesan cheese and add some more sauce.  Layer mozzarella cheese on top and place more pepperonis on top.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Ah, summertime!  Nothing is better than laying outside in the sun reading books!!!  BIG NEWS!  The backyard project has finally been approved!!!  They should start working soon and then we'll have a backyard paradise!

Be sure to visit Doodlebugs and link up!

I have posted a new how to video on making QR codes to use in your classroom.  My students LOVE using QR codes.  People this was my first attempt at making a how to video using what's on my computer screen so be nice to me!  

If you're interested in some QR code activities, check out these freebies that are available on the freebies page!

Who wants to win my newest Common Core measurement pack?  Leave a comment telling me if you use QR codes or if you're interested in QR codes!  I will pick a winner this weekend!

And the winner of my Blockbuster Number pack and Maggie's Name Activity pack is....

Andrea S.

Andrea, be looking for an email!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard of Hooks and Assessments and A FREEBIE!

I am a few chapters behind in my Pirating so I am going to share some insightful and world changing thoughts from chapters 7,8 and 9.  OK...we all know that I'm really just gonna ramble aimlessly for a bit!  True story.

The thing that slapped me silly was this single quote from my buddy Dave (we're friends, ya know?! my altered reality...but that's what matters...right?!)

Now, I can honestly say that I LOVE teaching all things teachery and teaching.  It's my career but it's also my hobby.  I love finding new resources, ideas, strategies...I love creating resources and games...I love talking teaching to everyone who will listen...I think I have the attitude part to be a successful teacher...but I need some tools...My BFF Dave has that figured out too!

Chapter 7 is all about creating engaging lessons!  You can't teach 'em if they're not engaged.  Dave says "You have to turn up the heat!" and bring energy to your lesson if you want to sell it.  Teaching kindergarten can be a double edged sword when it comes to selling it.  People, they're 5 years old.  All it takes to sell a lesson is this:

Nothing gets 5 year olds engaged like seeing their teacher come out of the bathroom dressed like this.  Now that I have them engaged, I have to keep them engaged for the whole lesson.  For 5 year olds, this means a whole 5 minutes.  Trust me, that is much harder than it sounds!  One of the biggest struggles I face as a teacher and an area that I fail in frequently is transitions.  Dave talks about how important smooth transitions are to keeping your students engaged.  I am guilty of stopping momentum to find supplies or power on technology or speak to a visitor.  This is an area I MUST improve on.  

Chapters 8 and 9 talk about different types of hooks:  kinesthetic, people and safari hooks!

Kinesthetic=movement!  Get up and move!  Children are not designed to sit still.  Research proves it.  They will not learn if they're sitting for 8 hours.  If you come into my classroom duirng the day you'll see a lot of movement!  We dance...we exercise...we write the room...we use gestures from Whole Brain Teaching.  We move as much as we can.  Why?  It keeps them engaged and focused and is a natural state for 5 year olds.  And honestly, my butt hurts if we sit too long...ain't nobody got time for that!

People Prop=Use the kids as props!  Use them as models, or manipulatives and get them involved.  I also use MYSELF as a prop.  I have been known to walk into walls...throw on tables...been written on and glued...and yes, I've been know to wear a silly hat or two.  Use the humans in your class to hook your students.  After one kid gets to be a prop, they'll all want to be involved!

Safari=Get out of the classroom!  Take your students outside or into the hallway.  Change the environement step up the engagement.  When I was in school I remember that feeling of being super cool when the teacher let me work in the hall.  The same thing happens with my students.  They beg to work in the hallway.  Why?  It's's's fun and new.  If it keeps them learning, then I'm all about going on a safari!

And finally, guess what?

IT IS OK TO HAVE FUN!  I know it's hard to grasp, but really, it is.  I know there are people who look at me and my class and just shake their head and mutter under their breath.  Guess what?  The data supports what we're doing.  We might be having fun and being crazy silly, but we're great readers and writers and we're great in math.  

I am also reading The Next Steps in Guided Reading with my friends at Freebielicous!  Chapter 2 is about assessment and grouping!

I had a major AHA moment when reading chapter 2.  The author says that once students know most of the letters you no longer need to assess them on letter knowledge.  BAM!  People, we have always tested their letters for every report card.  WHY?!?!?!?!?!  By the end of October most of my students have mastered a majority of the letters, so why keep assessing them???  Old habits die hard!

Something else that stuck out was the assessments that are recommended for early readers.  At the beginning of the year, I administer a skills assessment that includes letters, sounds, name writing, word writing and sentence writing.  I am happy to be on the right track.  For students who do well on letters and sounds, I never would have thought to assess sight words so early in the year, but I will definitely be adding that in for the students who are ready!

Finally, I must stop correcting the child when they're reading.  It's sooo hard not to.  As a teacher it's hard to sit there and let them struggle.  But we need to let them work through the word so they can become a better reader and build confidence.  Also, by letting the student figure out the word on their own, we gain some powerful insight into their strategies for reading!  

Now, for some more fun and excitement!

How about another give away!!!???

A huge thanks to my sweet sweet friend Maggie from Maggie's KinderKorner for donating this awesome set of name activities!  This is perfect for the beginning of the year!

And you can win my newest Common Core creation:  Blockbuster Numbers!

To enter just leave a comment (with your email!) and share your favorite hook for engaging your students!  

And a freebie that's a perfect compliment to my Blockbuster Number creation!

Click the picture to download your freebie!

PSST did you see these amazing deals at Amazon????

100 Laminating pouches for $9.81!  I ordered a bunch!!!!  

$6.99 for 12 dry erase markers is AMAZING!  Yep, ordered these too!!!  

(Just click on the pictures to order!!)

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Bloglovin Giveaway!

You have probably heard by now that Google Reader is going away on July 1!  Well, Google Reader may be going away, but we don't want YOU to go away, so we hope that you will consider following our blog through bloglovin!  We know that change is we thought we might sweeten it up for you a little bit!

We are doing a giveaway for all of our fabulous followers that take the leap and switch over to bloglovin.  You may have already switched over!  In that case, this will be an easy entry!

If you have not yet switched or are not following our blog through bloglovin, then there are a few easy steps to follow.  You can go to our sidebar (that's the column on the right over there that shows our followers) and you can click the button that says Follow this Blog with bloglovin.  Or, you can go into the Rafflecopter below and click the link in the first entry, and that will take you to our blog on bloglovin.

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If you want to go ahead and move all of the blogs you follow from Google over, you can go to this link and it will take you through the super easy steps.  BUT, please go to our bloglovin link and make sure that you are following us through bloglovin.  To be sure, make sure that the blue button at the top of our bloglovin page has been clicked (it should be gray with the word following- if it's blue, please click it to follow!)

So, if you follow us by bloglovin, please enter our giveaway!!  We will be picking 2 WINNERS and each winner will get their choice of 2 UNITS FROM OUR TpT STORE!  :O)

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Enter the give away here!  The Rafflecopter will choose a winner this weekend!  The winner gets to choose 2 prizes from my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

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And now I have to share this excitement with you:

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Let The Kindergarten Smorgasboard Summer continue with this fun freebie!  Your boys (and probably some of the girls) will love these calendar numbers!  I am not a fan of the wrasslin, but if it engages the boys, I am all for it!  These can be used for calendar time or for math tub or math center activities to meet Common Core standards!  To download, go to the freebies page!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Guest Post

Mr. Greg is not here today.  Please leave your message after the beep.

I am guest blogging for Mrs. Allen at Flip Floppin Through 3rd Grade today!  Be sure to stop by and check out my two back to school ideas!

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Monday, June 24, 2013

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Monday Made: GLITTER Clothespins!

Today is the first day I have touched my computer in 4 days!  We had such a great time in Gatlinburg this weekend!  Did you see those pictures???  Yeah.  That much fun! It's great to get away and relax and release, but it's also nice to be home!

Today is Monday Made It and that means it's time for another Kindergarten Smorgasboard How To Video!

You know I love all things glitter.  I would probably glitter The CEO of The Kindergarten Smorgasboard if he would sit still long enough...but alas...I'll settle for clothespins!

Wooden clothespins
Modge Podge

First, paint 1 side of your clothes pin with modge podge.

Next, cover in glitter and shake off the excess.  Allow to dry completely.

Then, you will paint over the glitter with more modge podge.  This is what keeps the glitter from shedding and multiplying and getting into your hair, clothes, shoes, socks, nose, ears, etc.

And BAM  glitter clothespins with no mess!

And here is the how to video!  Check out the new artwork in the video!!

If the video doesn't play, you can click here!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Five For Friday Gatlinburg Edition

Greetings from the "Barely Makin' It" cabin in the beautiful Smokey Mountains!  We are enjoying some fun and relaxation in these here mountains but I had to share my Five For Friday fun!  Be warned:  you might never see me the same again! You have been warned!  (And ignore the poor formatting and stuff!  I'm posting from my phone! warned!  What you're about to see may be shocking to some viewers.  Here's a tidbit about me:  I never say no to a dare!  

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