Sunday, February 26, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss~Freebie!

After collecting many amazing things from ya'll in the blogosphere, I had to contribute!  
This is our morning work activity for Friday, March 2.

May our classrooms be filled with giggles this week! 
"A cheerful heart is good medicine..." Proverbs 17:22
Thing 1 and Thing 2

Need more Seussification?!  Look no further!
Click HERE

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Ahhhh, little girls....imagine that 90% of your class is female.  Who is the queen bee?  Which one pushes her way to the front of every story circle?  Is there a 'mommy' in the group? 

This scripture is our memory verse for the week.  I'd like to stretch a canvas on a bulletin board and paint it for posterity.  

My beautiful bunch has received marching orders:  
Romans 14;19

The original document had an adorable polka dot background; I have no clue why it disappeared.  I wanted to upload it as a photo image, but no luck on that idea.  Thus, Scribd.  :-)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

LOVE week 2

Best Party Ever!!!  The icing stayed on the plates, paint washed up with ease, games clicked along like a well-oiled machine.  I actually prayed that the day would end well.  We 'enjoyed' an all-school field trip to the skating rink from 8:30-11:30.  Just remembering how stressed I was (four students in my car!) requires some deep breathing.  In, 2, 3, Out, 2, 3.    That's better!
Heart Crayons....easy to make!
instructions from Meredith@KeenOnKindergarten
Cupcake Decorating...they made one for the party
and one to take home!
Handprints...washable paint :-)
Heart Frames...filled with pictures
from Kingdom Week
Literacy Station....Heartbreaker Words
from Vickie Plant
Rounding out the week with a Leo Lionni author study...
after reading "Inch By Inch", we worked in pairs 

and used one inch long, green pipe cleaners
to measure a variety of items.

Is it Friday yet??!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Tribute to Whitney

When news broke last evening of Whitney Houston's passing, I was shocked and saddened.  Although her music had not been on my recent playlists, she greatly impacted the early days of my marriage and motherhood.   

Dressed in bridal finery, I belted out "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" to my groom at our reception.  "I Will Always Love You" will forever bring back memories of driving with our newborn son, begging him to sleep.  Hubby found his favorite Whitney performance on YouTube today....I'd like to share it with you...

Whitney, I hope you are singing with the angels tonight.  

Thanks for enriching our world with your voice.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

LOVE, Week 1

Have you seen this on Pinterest?
(You can find the printable version HERE.)
I placed a copy on our calendar board and we say it together every morning, along with our memory verse.
My class is 90%, I'm not knocking our gender, but we all know that little girls need daily instruction in the art of friendship!  "THINK" has improved daily behavior by leaps and bounds!  In fact, it impacted our chart:

After our "Love is..." discussion,  
we wrote three descriptive words and the sentence
"God is love!".
This little sweetie has the most beautiful handwriting!
(If this activity is your creation, please let me know!
I want to give you credit!)

The Teeny Tiny Teacher 
has enriched our learning through poetry!

I plan to keep the plastic heart boxes in use;
they are too cute!
This activity is from Melissa Freshwater's
Lots of Love Pack.

We practiced graphing and counting
with an activity by OverTheMoonbow.

(Penguin Pack-O-Fun)

Sweethearts candy sorting/graphing/comparing--
from Erin Eberhart's Valentine's Packet
Proverbs 16:21 "...sweetness of the lips increases learning"
Using sugar in the classroom may not be the intended context, 
but I've always liked this verse!

Hearts became flowers in this art lesson.  
Each child was given the same materials, 
but the results were unique and beautiful!

This little artist filled her free-choice time
by adding more details to her project.

The green wall is masking the 
amazing results of this experiment.
We predicted that the roses would turn green....
a few friends thought they might turn black!
After 24 hours, the tips and sides 

of each orange rose had turned green!

"Reach For The Stars" is an extension of 
our behavior clip chart.
Each day that a child ends on orange (great day),
a star is covered on his/her chart.
The children earn visits to the treasure chest
when their charts are full!

You can find the chart HERE, at Classroom Freebies!
The words were downloaded from TeachFactory, which has become Venspired.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Book Bites

My library record states that I have borrowed 1004 books in the last 18 months.  Property tax dollars at work, friends!

Over the past month, these books ranked at the top of my kinders' favorites' list.  With unique illustrations, quirky characters, powerful vocabulary, and personal text connections, this set provided lessons that lingered.  All title links head back to Amazon!
I Am Small

Princess Peepers

Moon Dreams


Full Moon And Star


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Shout-Outs For Sharing!

Have you visited the Free Resources link on TpT?  
There are countless treasures to be found!  
Below, you can find links to the stores/blogs and packets that I downloaded today.

This post is more than a "THANK YOU" 
to these creative teachers;
it is also a way for me to prompt ya'll to give feedback when downloading something that has been freely given.  When I see that thousands+ downloads have been taken for a single resource, but less than 50 feedbacks have been logged, I feel a bit sad.  
Let's spread the love!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

We've Been Busy!

Hot cocoa in my cup.
Yum, yum, drink it up!
This writing lesson was completed
on our first day back after Christmas break.
We enjoyed a cup of real hot chocolate, too!

Making crystals is my favorite science project.
It is easy peasy....

Twist a pipe cleaner into any shape.
Attach the shape to a wooden stick with yarn.
Measure the distance from 

the top of the jar to the bottom.
However, you do not want the shape
to touch the bottom of the jar!

Before you drop the shape into the jar,
combine 3 cups of boiling water and
9 heaping tablespoons Borax powder in the jar.
Add the shape, balancing the stick on top of the jar.
I do this at the end of the school day,
leaving it in a cool location of the room.
If all goes well, your students will be
delighted and curious when they return the next day!
Drumroll...... the Prince and Princess from
the Kingdom of Kindergarten

Everyone chose to fight a duel!
Bless his heart, this little prince hung in there 

for eleven battles!