Sunday, November 30, 2014

* December Currently *

Listening~ Bless his heart, he snores. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.

Loving~ The Thanksgiving break, despite becoming ill. We saw snow, darling daughter made Christmas treats, all four children were home at the same time (the college boys tend to spend as much time with friends as they do with family), and I checked quite a few things off of the to-do list.

Thinking~ I'm glad to have 3 full weeks to celebrate the holiday season with my kinders! Today, I loaded the car with all things gingerbread. I'm excited to introduce this class to the run away cookie! They believe in magic :-)

Wanting and Needing~ After fighting bronchitis/pneumonia/influenza in a 2 week span of time last April, I was hoping that the mess would miss me this year. Alas, no. But I think the doctor has given me the correct bag of goodies and it will end where it began, with bronchitis. May tomorrow be a peaceful day in K!

Giving~ I have a sweet treat for you! Although I'm not a fan of peppermint, I do like the puffy mints that melt in your mouth. Four mints fit perfectly in a 2x2" zip lock bag (we have tons of them because my hubby owns a bead business). The tags can be printed on card stock and folded over the top of the bag. If you plan to use bigger bags, just cut and tape the label to your gift!
 After seeing the picture, I changed the font glow to green and cuddled the graphics together.
A big THANKS goes to Krista Wallden for sharing the elf graphics.
Check out her Operation E.L.F. project!
The pdf is available HERE.
Let the merry season begin!!

TpT Sale!

My store is part of the TpT sale!
CLICK HERE to hop over to my site.

My newest creation is perfect for a holiday-themed math center.
Normally priced at $1.50, you'll save 28% on Dec. 1 & 2!

My kindergartners are grouped in sets of four or five for math centers.
For this activity, I created the number cards (cookie font!) and cookie cards
to be used separately or attached back-to-back. 
Each page of cards contains two sets of numbers for the ten frames.
I don't like to use more ink than is absolutely necessary!

The cookie cards also give your students the opportunity to add 
sets of objects to count the whole. Our district uses Envision Math 
and we whipped through number sense for 0-10 at breakneck speed.
I'm looking forward to using this activity with my little ones,
to give them more time to practice this vital skill.

Hope to see you at the sale!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October Currently and a TREAT!

It's been a long, challenging first quarter at my school.
I can't comment on the the loving/thinking/wanting/needing.
Just know that I spoke my truth for this day.

Now, a TREAT!
This little freebie received a polish and shine,
in time for autumn and Halloween.
I hope your littles will enjoy the process
of writing their schema.
My kindergartners are going to love this activity!
Click this link to find the freebie.
A big thanks to Farley and her Currently series!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Left/Right Folder Labels ~ Freebie!

I made these over the weekend, planning to 
put them in my TpT store,
but they just need to be shared!

I used an Avery template for these documents,
they fit perfectly on Avery Labels #5163.
Click the link below each pic to download!

Hopefully, this will solve any paper confusion 
in the daily take-home folders!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Five Minute Friday~ Begin

Five Minute Friday

The word is… BEGIN:
There is a five minute limit to this writing exercise, which seems perfect for the prompt.  The word- begin- always makes me think of that last direction given before opening a test booklet and setting to work for four hours straight.  Head down, mind engaged, pencil working furiously. 

Ahh. The focused manic pace of a testing day, i.e. ACT.  Now, my beginnings are all jumbled up with daily life: set up my kindergarten classroom while remembering to do the laundry and complete my own children's back-to-school-forms while signing up for professional development through my district's online site and grab enough groceries to fix two meals as I refill prescriptions before the first day craziness of the 2014-2015 school year… begins.

Beginnings give me energy. And make me tired. They bring out the procrastinator that lurks inside while simultaneously stirring up creativity that I didn't know I had.  Yes, I can teach 26 kindergartners, run a 5K (give me 6 more weeks to train!), perform my dance mom duties, miss my two oldest sons all hours of the day, laugh with our youngest, stay up late with my husband, and worship Him with all of my heart.  Today, this is my new beginning.