Sunday, October 23, 2016

$25 TPT Gift Card Giveaway!!!

Pretty much every teacher I know has a wish list filled with gems on TPT.  You are waiting for a sale, or for payday, before you buy those awesome items.  Well, you may be able to buy some of those resources sooner than later!!

I'm working with a great group of teachers to offer a TPT gift card giveaway!  It is super easy to enter, go check it out HERE!


 Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

 Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy  

 Co-hosts:   An Apple for the TeacherThe Chocolate TeacherAmanda KristoffersonJackie CrewsKamp KindergartenCrystal Clear TeachingKari Hall, and Kindergarten Is Crazy.

  Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 10/29/16 and is open worldwide.

 Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media?  Click here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers!

Check out the giveaway HERE

Good Luck!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Fall is here!!

It is finally cooler here in Virginia.

The leaves are changing colors.  I've pulled out my sweaters and found all my scarves.  So good.

I love teaching about fall.  Apples, pumpkins, leaves, squirrels .... it is all so fun.

I also love incorporating Fall themes into Reading and Writing.  Right now we are working on recognizing and writing our names.  So these Fall Name Poems are a perfect tie in with all things Autumn.

I love to read them whole group and substitute each student's name in the blanks.  By the time I've read it 24 times they all know the words!  After they finish we add it to their poetry folder so they can read it later!

Click any picture below to check them out!  Or click HERE.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

200th Follower Freebie

My TPT store has reached 200 Followers!

To celebrate  I am offering a freebie!

CLICK HERE to grab this freebie!

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Back to School: All About Me QR Code Videos with Seesaw!

Every year we make our All About Me posters.  They are a great hallway decoration before Back To School Night.  This year I added a few elements of technology to jazz them up.

Students first use a pre-cut circle to make their face.  We gently encourage our friends to choose a skin color that matches our own - it doesn't always work.  HA.  They make their eyes, nose, mouth, etc.  You get to see right away who hasn't had opportunities to draw and color.  We are going to be working on fine motor A LOT this year.

Students decorate a t-shirt, like this one, with things they love.  I modeled drawing the things that make me happy like flowers, elephants, and books.  I saw a lot of flowers, elephants and books on their t-shirts.  Oh well!

My assistant and I glued the t-shirts and faces onto large paper so that students can add hair and arms and backgrounds.

While they are working I take them out in the hallway to take a video using Seesaw.  If you haven't heard of Seesaw, it is my favorite app of all time.

My parents LOVED seeing the videos.  Often I would have comments on seesaw within minutes of posting the videos.

A new, and awesome feature of Seesaw is the QR code generator.  Click on any entry (picture, video, etc.) and you can make it into a QR code.  I glued the QR code onto their posters and voila! So easy.

If you haven't already signed up for Seesaw, you really need to.  It will change your life.

Click Here to Learn More

Go Fund Me: Fine motor skills in Kindergarten!

My name is Kristen, Mrs. Wabuge to my kids. I teach Kindergarten in Springfield, Virginia. My students are a diverse group of learners with a variety of cultures, languages, socioeconomic levels, and previous school experiences. One area most of my students struggle with is Fine Motor (using their hands and fingers to manipulate small objects and write/draw).
In this technologically rich time, children spend less time playing with toys like Lego. Less time coloring. Less time playing with puzzles. Which all means they are spenidng less time building those vital fine motor skills.

In order to help my students improve their fine motor ability, I am requesting $125 to purchase fun items from Amazon for my new Fine Motor morning activities. These items include pop beads, nuts and bolts, hole punches, and a variety of tweezers and chopsticks. All of these resources will allow the students to practice using those important muscles in a really fun and engaging way.

As a teacher, I spend hundreds of dollars on my students and my classroom. It is September 16th and I have spent $300 getting things ready for the new school year. Having these Fine Motor activities funded would be so wonderful, and would impact Kindergarten students for years afterwards.  

Thank you for your support!

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