Wednesday, February 27, 2013

LOTS of Sight Word FUN!!!

Wow! What a fun day yesterday! The students had a BLAST learning the sight word “your”. Being that this is for an after school program, I want to make it as engaging as possible for the kiddos. They are pooped after a long day in school (as most of us are too). Let’s just say, they were engaged! We practiced the word “your” in soooo many hands-on and exciting ways. Check out the pictures below!

I wrote the letters Y-O-U-R on the back of Dixie cups that I found on sale at Wal-Mart (pack of 100 for $2). The students worked in pairs to mix and fix the letters in the word. They LOVED being able to manipulate the materials. I think they were getting a little bored with the whiteboards. So, this was a hit!

The students also enjoyed removing letters from "your" and having their partners guess the missing letter.

We had a lot of fun using play-doh to make our sight word!

I picked up a pack of 80 pom pom's from the Dollar Tree! We used them to make "your". The students really loved this one!

This was the winning activity by far! The students used color changing markers to trace and re-trace "your". (I even found myself over at this station writing with the markers!) I got them at Wal-Mart on CLEARANCE for $2 for 6 markers! Such a STEAL!

We practiced writing our sight word on paint swatches. Can't beat this free activity!

I picked up a couple of these magnetic doodle pads from the Dollar Tree. (If you cannot tell already, I am a bargain shopper!) The students liked having a different word writing experience besides whiteboards.

Pipe cleaners!!! They really had a lot of fun making "your" with these! The students came up with creative ways to make the letters. Some students used multiple pipe cleaners to create each letter, while other students were able to bend one pipe cleaner into each letter. It was cool to see their different approaches!

After all of this (yes, a lot I know!), we worked together to make the word "your" with our bodies! I was stuck as the bottom of the "y". So, yes, I had two sets of feet in my face! Haha! It was fun though! I wish I had a picture for this one (bummer). Well, even though these activities were a lot of set up initially, the students loved them and that made it all worth it! They are requesting we do this for every new sight word! I was glad to hear it! ;-)

Thank you for stopping by! I have to get my day started! It is already noon! Yikes! How easily we get sucked into the internet! Check back later this week for my sight word product that will be ready and on TpT soon!


Friday, February 22, 2013

St. Patrick's Day FREEBIE! Common Core

It is FREEBIE time! This week has flown by! (As do all the weeks lately!) Either way, I decided to do a freebie for Freebie Friday and this is what I came up with. If you liked the Valentine’s Day and Xmas version of this freebie then you will enjoy this one too! I have been told that my other two versions of this product worked great for morning work and afternoon fillers. Check it out HERE! Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Reading Comprehension Time! COMMON CORE of course ;-)

I know! I know! I have been M.I.A. for the past week. But, I haven’t forgotten any of you. I have been working on my newest product. This one was hard work. A LOT of hard work! But that is fine because now it is all done. Finally! Spring is Here - Original Stories for Reading Comprehension Practice COMMON CORE ALIGNED. As much as this product was time consuming, I am proud of this one. I have been focusing solely on holiday products that I almost lost sight of one of the most important things we teach our students. READING! Ahh the holidays and celebrations suck you right in don't they!?! Now, it feels great to have a TpT product that is useable for my buyers for more than just the length of a holiday or celebration. So, be sure to check it out.

Anyways, now as much as I was working really hard on that product, I have been doing other things with my time. Things like relaxing, sleeping in late, taking my time drinking my morning coffee, and oh yea, staying up late catching up on my DVR. Yup, I am on school vacation. Who would think a 23 year old could get so tired. Oh, but I do! After this lazy week though so far, I feel well rested!

Well, now that I have spent ALL of my morning blogging and pinning, I guess I need to do something more productive like.....going to get my nails done. ;-) Haha! Thanks everyone for stopping by!!! Check back soon for a St. Patrick’s Day freebie similar to my Christmas and Valentine’s Day edition freebies!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Product is READY!!! COMMON CORE

St. Patrick’s Day is coming! It is already the middle of February, and as we all know, February just flies by! I figured I better get started on a new product for St. Paddy’s Day before I blink and March is here. So, today I finished up St. Patrick’s Day Math Fun! This St. Patrick's Day themed math game and center activity is perfect for your little kindergarteners. In the game your students must fill their pots (ten frames) with ten gold coins. Students take turns spinning the spinner and adding and subtracting gold coins from their pots. The winner is the first person to fill his/her pot with ten gold coins. (CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4)(CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.1) In the part-part-whole math center activity, students decompose numbers and record each decomposition by drawing or writing an equation on the recording sheet afterwards. (CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.3) You can feel confident that your students are not only working towards the standard, but having fun too! Click on the picture to find out more information!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Winter Storm Nemo, New TpT Product, & Valentine's Day SALE!!!

MY POWER IS BACK ON!!! I have been trapped in the house for two days with no electricity! Can you say blogging withdrawals!?! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate electricity now! Winter storm Nemo really wasn’t kidding. At first I was thinking it can’t be that bad, but once that snow started coming down I knew Rhode Island was not going to forget this one! We got 20” of snow! Yes, 20 inches! Not to mention the snow drifts that are about 3 feet high! Thank goodness my boyfriend was willing to do the shoveling because while I offered to help, both of us knew I would be more in the way than any help! So, I helped myself to some hot coca and took some pictures of all the snow! Here are some of the pictures!

The cars are not getting out for a while!!!

I must say the snow does look pretty! (All 20" of it!)

Backyard BBQ anyone?!

Check out the mounds of snow! Unbelievable!

Well, while I was stuck without electricity, I decided to catch up on some of the reading I told myself I would get to. I spent a lot of time reading some great Lucy Calkins books and a Richard Allington book I bought a few months back. I was able to get some great reading ideas and just have some peace and quiet......then ZING, the power! Books went away and I got back to my latest TpT resource! (I can’t help it, I am addicted!) So, after lots of hours playing catch up on all the time I couldn’t work on my product this weekend, my "Pirate Math Games & Center Fun" product is D-O-N-E! This new product is aligned with the COMMON CORE and is stacked with fun activities! I swear you will want to play these games too! So, here it is! Check it out below!

Also, some more GREAT news! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I want to be sure everyone is all stocked up for their little kiddos. Therefore, both of my Valentine’s Day products will be 15% off today through Thursday! Be sure to check those products out along with my Valentine’s Day Addition & Subtraction FREEBIE! Happy shopping!!!


Saturday, February 2, 2013


Alright, here we go! SUPER SALE! I am really excited to be participating in this weekend sale. I just figured out how to actually throw a sale on TpT. You are probably thinking I am completely clueless considering the "Throw A Sale" link is right on TpT's main page. (Yes, I figured that one out finally after 15 minutes of page hunting and forum searching.) Either way, I have figured it out now and the sale has started! Everything in my store is discounted by 15% for all of today and tomorrow. That brings some of my items to as low as $1.49! A bargain if I do say so myself! Also, if you haven't had your 100th day of school yet, check out my 100th day product. It includes 5 games, a puzzle, and an original song all for $2.55! Yes, only $2.55! I can't wait to see what bargains I find out there this weekend too! I am ready to take that wishlist of mine to the checkout! Well everyone, thank you for stopping by! Happy shopping!!!

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