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Chocolate Bunny Egg Hunt

Just in time for Easter week, I put together a couple of math activities to keep my little darlings busy while still having fun!

One of the activities uses plastic eggs and the other just need 2 or 3 dice.


Hope you find these useful!

Where's Spring?!?

Spring Break is coming to an end and I am sad to say that it hasn't felt like spring at all! This has been the craziest weather ever! One day we were enjoying the beautiful sunshine and then in just a few hours....SNOW! East Tennessee...where you can get sunburned and frostbite in the same day! However, being cooped up inside means that I did get some spring cleaning done so all is good.

Don't get me wrong....I do love snow and snow days but I have had more than my share of cold weather and snow for this year. My poor little tulips are just begging to bloom and I am ready for the beautiful spring colors to return to my flower garden! 

All of this dreary weather makes me even more excited for our seeds, plants, and flower unit next week. If you need a little spring cheer, check out this FREE mini flower unit. Its one of my students' favorite units.

While you are there downloading this unit, please remember to "follow" my shop so you can be kept up to date on other new products.

Spring Cleaning!

Oh my, Spring Break is finally here but all I have managed to do is clean & organize! Guess that is what happens when you have cold dreary weather on spring break!

I guess I should start by cleaning the cobwebs off of my poor, little neglected blog. I just wanted to show you my neat little iPad holder that I found at Target. This little jewel is actually a pot/pan lid holder and has sturdy, non slip feet. My 4 iPads fit perfectly (even while in the case) and there is room for 4 more! I have a power strip outlet attached to the back of the shelf so the chargers are always there waiting.  For only $8, it does the job well!

Student Led Conferences

This past week we had our very first Student Led Conferences ever and they went great! I had some really great ideas but after trying to get back in a routine after missing 9 days for snow, 3 field trips in 1 week, Dr. Seuss dress up day, report card testing, and many other things going on I just had to go into survival mode and make it easy this time.

I set up stations and the kids got to play the part of the teacher and take their parents through the stations. 

At Station #1, they "popped" their balloon on the Promethean Board and then played a couple of easy games with their parents to show off their reading skills & let the parents see how fun the board can be!

At Station #2, they completed a simple math task with their parent so they could see how we do math in our math journals each day.   
At Station #3, they looked through their Data Notebooks with their parents and talked about their learning goals & wrote about what they felt they needed to accomplish In order to be ready for 1st grade. 
Their answers were great....
"I need to behave better."
"I need to learn to tie my own shoes."
"I want to read better."
"I should pay better attention more."
...and one little confident one said "I'm ready now!"
At Station #4, there were some easy readers that they could read to their parents using our snake reading pointers.
At Station #5, there was a school climate survey for the parents to fill out & offer feedback about the Student Led Conference vs. Parent-Teacher Conferences.   

Overall, I think our first ever Student Led Conferences were a success but I will definitely be looking for new ideas for next year! Comment with any suggestions please!

Snow Day Sale!

Home again with another 3 snow days and things are so quiet around here! What better way to liven it up than with a Snow Day Sale?!?! You better hurry because the sale will only last as long as the snow does!

Click the banner below to go to my TPT store!

I need a little distraction since my little doggy got out this morning and has been gone for 3 hours! We have searched everywhere with no luck. We are hoping someone has taken him into their home to get him out of the snow & sleet because that did happen one other time. Say a little prayer please!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway while you are at my TN store!

100th Day Mania

Whew! We FINALLY got to celebrate the 100th day of school...a week late....due to 5 snow days. Here is my amazing kindergarten team and I in our cute 100th day shirts! 

We had so much fun! The kids rotate through all 4 classrooms to do a 100th day activity in each! In my class we did the traditional Fruit Loop/Cheerio necklaces by making groups of ten. One of the little darlings from another class couldn't remember my name so he started calling me Mrs. Ten! I was hoping he meant I was a perfect 10 but it quickly occurred to me that every time he put 10 Fruit Loops on his necklace he would ask "am I finished yet?" to which I replied... "choose a new color and do 10 more!"
Yep, Mrs. Ten was very fitting!
I think the kids' favorite activity was our Hershey Kiss Scavenger Hunt. I put numbers 1-100 on the bottom of kisses and then hid them all over the classroom. The kids were told to go find just 1 kiss and then bring it and put it on the 100 chart and then they could go find another. This actually took about 30 minutes to do and they had a ball! When all 100 had been found, we shared them equally.
Speaking of the 100 Chart, the kids enjoyed going on a number hunt to find a hidden picture. Click on the picture below to download your free copy!
I just love the 100 year old Me & Bucket List they completed in Ms. Mason's class. (I think the idea originated from Deanna Jump)
Some of their Bucket List items were so funny!
Ride a skateboard
Have a Car

Make little bracelets
jump out of an airplane
Make MineCraft videos
*Marry a boy...I want to!



Marry a girl
drive a car
be a dad
Overall, the day was a great success and we have 100 days behind us and only 72 more to go! We can do this!
Be Blessed!

Post Office & Mail Unit

Ahhh, February! The month when I truly get to see how much my little one's writing skills have improved since the beginning of the year. I kick the month of February off with a Mail Unit and introduce a Post Office in our classroom as a way to get the kids ready to read write their own  Valentine notes and show off their writing skills.

I purchased a cardboard mailbox like this one from a teacher supply store for $20 about 15 years ago and I have certainly gotten my money's worth out of it. The cute Mail Person dress up costume came from Lakeshore Learning. 

Each morning the kids come in & write a letter or postcard to a classmate. They have to pick a name from a bucket for the first letter of the day to ensure every student gets mail. After all names have been picked, they can write to anyone they choose. When they are finished writing they bring their letter/postcard to me and I have them read it back to me before giving them a "stamp" (flag stickers) to mail it. This helps emphasis legible writing, spaces between words, making complete sentences, punctuation, spelling simple words and sight word fluency. During center time, my postal workers sort the mail by boy/girl and then deliver the mail to individual students' mailboxes. For mailboxes, I have used everything from cereal boxes, empty soda can cartons, and students' cubbies. 


 Near the end of the day, we have Mail Call when I set aside time for the kids to check their mailboxes & read their mail. Again, this encourages children to read their own mail by looking for sight words they know and sounding out most of the words. I also make sure to send them each a small piece of mail every day, which they love!

My favorite part of this unit is when they ask me to read their mail for them & I remind them that it is their mail to read and I have them read as many of the words as they can with very little help from me....it always amazes them at how much they truly can read! 

If you are interested in setting up a Post Office in your classroom, you may want to check out my Mail & Post Office Unit by clicking on the pictures below.

Unit also comes with 3 literacy centers that have students reading CVC words (real & nonsense).
There are also 2 Write the Room Activities included!

Pucker Up for Froggy!


Looking for Valentine's Day Party ideas?  I saw this idea in a Mailbox magazine many years ago and have played it with my students every Valentine's Day since. We start by reading the book Froggy's First Kiss by Johathon London and then take a vote & graph who would or would not kiss a frog. After all of the votes are in, I give each child a set of kissy lips and we play Pucker Up for Froggy which is played like Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

Click on the picture below to get your free copy!

To play: Laminate Pucker Up for Froggy gameboard and print enough copies of the kissy lips for each student to have one.  (I laminate mine to reuse each year). Students are given a pair of lips that have double sided tape attached to the back (I have magnets on mine to use on my magnetic board). Students take turns being blindfolded & spun around 3 times. When he/she is dizzy, I face them towards the frog and have them attempt to give Froggy a kiss. The kids love to see who can get the closest to Froggy's mouth! 

 When everyone has had a turn, I tell them that
now Froggy has a kiss for them!

A Hershey kiss!

An invitation to ~iPad Lesson ideas~

Got iPads?
As of now, I have 4 iPads in my kindergarten classroom that my students LOVE! My school provided 1 iPad and I wrote and received grants from DonorsChoose.org for the other 3. I currently have a grant posted for 2 more iPads on DonorsChoose.org~~just in case you are feeling a little generous! Any amount, no matter how small gets me a little closer to getting iPads into my little ones' hands. Click here to give!
Now that my begging, pleading, commercial is complete....let's get to the real reason for this blog post!  I'm guilty! I know that I am not using the iPads to their fullest potential. I had great ideas and plans but then "life" happened and those ideas & plans have gotten lost in the process.  Well now that the kids & I are comfortable with using them in the classroom, I am looking for new & creative ideas on how to use them in a kindergarten classroom. 
What better way to share your ideas than on Pinterest?!!
I am a member of many collaborative boards but do not have any of my own so I am going to start with an iPad Lesson Ideas board. If you would like to be added just follow my blog over there on the right---> and then comment with your Pinterest name and/or email address or you can email me at kellyyoungteacher@yahoo.com. You will also have to follow the board before you can be added.       
What am I looking for?
I want to SEE how iPads are being used in the classroom, not just app suggestions. (Pinterest is great for those of us that are visual learners!) If you have or see a favorite app let me know HOW you are using it. I want to see storage & charging station ideas, ideas for small group & whole class instruction, pictures/videos of what students are doing with them, how to organize the folders & pages of apps, how to customize for individual students or groups, what works & what doesn't work, and ideas that you want to try or have already tried.  
Right now we use them for listening to audio storybooks and during literacy centers and small group time. My favorite app for using them with small math groups is Doodle Buddy but I recently discovered Garfield's Mental Math... sure Garfield the cat is a little outdated but this app is AMAZING, free, and exactly what Common Core math should look like! Love it!
The kids also love making videos to show off what they have learned to do such as counting by tens, tying shoes, etc. I then let those that are still struggling with this watch the video of their friends counting by tens over and over until they can do it on their own and be added to the video themselves.
Now it's your turn! Comment, follow, join, pin, and/or direct me to a blog post that I may find helpful.
Be Blessed!

~Teacher's Notebook Super Bowl Sale~

25% off sale! Combine my 15% off sale with Teacher's Notebook's %10 off sale to get 25% off all items in my TN store!

~Double Dice Freebie~

My kids love using dice during math time so I try to incorporate as many different types of dice as often as I can. I needed a quick & simple review of greater than/less than so I pulled out the double dice and had my students work with a partner to complete this activity. 
  To Play: Partner 1 is the inside number and partner 2 is the outside number. They take turns rolling the dice and then write down the inside & outside numbers on their recording pages. They will then circle the larger number to see who is the "winner" of each round. So simple, yet they love it and I can quickly walk by and see who understands greater than/less than.
Click on the picture below to download!
This also includes a page for using the dice when working with addition!

Ready or Not, It's Time to Plan for February!

Ummm....where did January go? I love the month of January but I wonder if it is because we rarely work a 5 day week! We return from Christmas break after the 1st week of January, a couple days of professional development, a day or two to get kids back into their routine and then there is the Martin Luther King holiday. Throw in a 100th day celebration and a few days for "snow" or "no snow but too cold" days and the month is almost gone! 

I guess its time to start planning for February...another month I just LOVE!  What's not to love about... 

Groundhog Day
Valentine's Day
Post Office Unit
President's Day
Dental Health Month 
Here are some things I have available if you need help planning for February. Some are free, some are paid products. Click on the pictures below to check them out!
Groundhog Day for ActivBoards $4
~FREE~ Love to Learn in Kindergarten
for ActivBoards
100th Day of School for ActivBoards $5
Love Letters for ActivBoards $3
 Post Office & Mail Unit $5

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~FREE~ Brush Your Teeth!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Brush-Your-Teeth-212555  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Brush-Your-Teeth-212555
Printable Math & Literacy Centers $5

President's Day & American Symbols
for ActivBoard $5

Dental Health for ActivBoards $4
Dental Health Printable Activities $2
 Puppy Love Addition & Subtraction Stories 
for ActivBoard $4 
...If you don't find what you are looking for here, there are still many more February things in my TPT store!


Sneak Peek Freebie!

Ever since I finished up my Sight Word Practice Packet for McGraw-Hill's Wonders Reading Series, I have had many, many requests to do one for Scott Foresman Reading Street also. We just adopted the Wonders after using Reading Street for the past 7 years so I am still supplementing with the SF leveled readers. In order to do so, I have had to teach the SF sight words and had already started making the worksheets. I am just about finished with the entire packet but it still has a few more days of work left until I am happy enough with it to post it.  Until then, I am offering the first unit free so you can check it out and see if it is something you may be interested in using.

Click on the pictures below to download the sample unit now for free.


Be Blessed!

Turning the Calendar

As I turned the calendar to 2014, I was hoping to find some wise and life changing inspirational words to share but I have not found the words. The last 6 months of 2013 have been the hardest days of my entire life. My oldest moved out of the house and then a month later Logan had his car accident. There are no words to describe what we went through, but as hard as life was for those 2-3 months....THERE WAS LIFE! I am grateful and humbled by the experience that God saw fit for us to endure. How differently it could have all turned out. My family has come out of 2013 with a much stronger faith in Christ and better for the experience. The same God that was on the throne on Sept. 2, 2013 is the same God that is and will be on the throne every single day of 2014 (good AND bad). Yes, 2013 is behind us and the calendar may be turned to 2014 but I pray that the lessons we have learned in 2013 will not quickly be forgotten!

With that being said, please forgive me if my educational blog posts continue to be few and far apart. My inbox is overwhelmed daily with educational blog posts from many teachers that I subscribe to and I have to wonder how they find the time to devote to daily or frequent blog posts. For now, that is not my focus. I still feel like I am in survival mode.  Logan will finally return to school next week to finish his last semester of high school so I anticipate life will become a bit more simple without having to do homeschooling work with a lonely teenager with a bad case of cabin fever when I get home from school every day!

But thank heavens for Christmas break! I have been productive and lazy all at the same time! I finally finished up the 3rd set of morning work packet & am finishing up my Sight Word Packet for Scott Foresman Reading Street. All from the comfort of my sofa and fuzzy pajamas and lots of Hallmark Christmas movies! 

Click on the preview pictures below to pick it up from TPT!




Be Blessed!