Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Giveaway!!!







June is the worst.  




  • It is hot.  And no shade on the playground. 
  • All of your friends are out of school already :( 
  • Everyone is bummed out and not paying attention.  



To help you cope with JUNE, we are taking part in a giveaway!  



GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize: $75 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card


Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)




Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 6/13/17 and is open worldwide.



Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog?  Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Sale on TPT!





HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!


I hope you have your wish lists ready, it is TPT Sale Time!!


When: 


          May 9th and 10th


Where: 


         My TPT store, Kindergarten is Crazy 



Don't forget to use the code, THANKYOU17 to get up to 28% off!









Monday, May 1, 2017

HUGE Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!!






Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!







To celebrate everything that you do, I am joining forces with some friends to have a giveaway!  This giveaway includes some amazing prizes like:


  • a Personal Laminator
  • Astrobrights Paper
  • Sharpies
  • Dry Erase Pockets
  • and a $50 TPT gift card! 






GIVEAWAY DETAILS:




Prize: 10 Teacher "Must Haves" prize pack including: Mr. Sketch Markers, Flair Markers, Personal Laminator, Dry Erase Pockets, Dry Erase Markers, Astrobrights Paper, Sharpies, Ticonderoga Pencils, a Wall Calendar, and a $50 Teachers pay Teachers gift card.


Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)






Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 5/8/17 and is open worldwide.


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Easy Earth Day Kindergarten Stations!




Happy Earth Day! 



April 22nd is Earth Day.  I've always felt that environmental stewardship and awareness is really important to teach to young children.  These lessons about the environment will help shape the adults they will become.  


I always like to start by reading the book, Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg.  It is the story of a boy who thinks littering is no big deal.  He scoffs at people who recycle or plant trees.  He thinks that his choices would have little influence on the future.  Then he has a dream that changes his life.  The boy travels to a dystopian future, where the air is smoggy, the trees are all cut, and the trash makes mountains.  It is a frighteningly realistic vision.  At the end, the boy realizes that if everyone makes those same choices there won't be much left for us.  






The students in class always walk away with a good understanding that their choices matter and will have an impact on their world.  


Earth Day Stations




1) NASA's Earth as Art App 








I love this iPad app.  Students get to explore different satellite images of the world like mountains, desserts, and rivers.  These satellite images are amazingly colorful and really really cool.  




 This app is totally free and available on the iTunes store.  



2) Dot Stamper Globes







Students use the green and blue dot stampers to make the land and water on the globe.  The ink blends together to make a really cool globe.  You can also use markers and a spritz of water.  Super easy!  





3)  Earth Day Writing



Found in a pervious post, my Earth Day writing activity is an easy station to put in the rotation.  Students draw a picture of the Earth and write about what they would do to take care of it.  







Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring 2017 Stitch Fix Review






Stitch Fix means I never have to go to the mall again.  


I haven't tried on clothes in a store in MONTHS.  It is glorious.  


As a petite girl, finding clothes in my size has always been a struggle.  And I always wish I had the right shoes to try on, or a different bra, or a necklace.  With Stitch Fix I have my whole wardrobe at my fingertips to put together a great outfit.  


I haven't been getting a fix every month, because my budget just couldn't take it.  Not to mention I quickly ran out of closet space.  


But I knew I wanted one for the spring.  I asked my stylist, the wonderful GG, to grab me some springy pieces and a pair of pastel skinny jeans.  


She delivered.  


Check out the 5 items I got in this great Spring Fix!


1) Skies are Blue Anslee Embroidery Detailed Top





Decision:  Keep


I loved the summery white top with the pretty blue embroidery.  I could wear a denim jacket or cardi over top for work, but be cool outside at recess (that is what I usually ask for, recess wear, lol).  It was also a petite, so it FIT.  



2) Crescent Nicolas Lace Detail Blouse






Decision: Keep


I love the neutral floral.  It looks so cute with the purple skinny jeans.  I already have a teal cardigan that looks fantastic with it.  This top was also in a petite size, awesome.  



3) Papermoon Sashy Drape Front Knit Top







Decision:  Return


I wanted to like this top.  It is super cute and really comfy.  But it wasn't a petite.  So the drape, which should come to just my chest, came down to my belly button.  NOT ATTRACTIVE lol.  Sigh.  


4) Ink Love & Peace Kuna Cross-Back Keyhole Knit Top





Decision: Keep


This top is really comfy and super stylish with the cut outs in the shoulder.  If you don't have a cold shoulder top yet, where have you been??  I love it for going out with my girlfriends.  I paired it with my ripped hem skinny jeans and cute booties.  Bonus it was a petite, so it fit me just right!


5) Just Black Adorra Skinny Jean



Decision:  Keep


I think I may have jumped for joy when I saw these.  PURPLE skinny jeans?!?  It is like 10 year old me and 30 year old me had their dreams come true, haha.  I love the color, the fit it awesome.  They are a petite, so they fit perfectly.  



So.  4 out of 5.  


That is a good fix!  I wanted transitional pieces that could be worn in March and May.  I love what I got!  


Have you tried Stitch Fix yet??  If not, feel free to follow my link HERE to sign up.  Getting a box put together is $20, but they will apply that towards any purchase.  Even better, if you buy all 5 items in the box you get 25% off.  That is HUGE.  Like getting one top free.  It is awesome.  





Friday, March 10, 2017

$25 Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway!





Who else loves coffee?!?!



I LOVE coffee.  My husband is the architect for a coffee company (big shout out to to my FAVORITES over at Compass Coffee! If you are ever in DC you  should GO, and if not, they ship!!) so he feeds my caffeine habit on the regular.  

But if I'm in Virginia (where, booo there isn't a Compass Coffee shop YET) and I need a quiet space to write a grad school paper, then Starbucks is where you will find me.  

Do you like Starbucks?  Then you should totally enter this giveaway.  

Giveaway Details:  


Prize:



A $25 Starbucks Gift Card


Giveaway Organized by:



Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)





Rules: 


Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway ends 3/17/17 and is open worldwide.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Kindergarten Letter of the Week - over it or still loving it?

Letter of the Week.....should we or shouldn't we?


I have been teaching a single letter a week for my entire career.  It is the way we have always done things.  I figured that if students are coming into K without letter knowledge, then throwing all 26 at them would be too much.  Right?


Well, recently we (myself and my team) have been under scrutiny from the reading specialist (who was never a primary teacher) about this practice.


She argues that because most kids come into K with letter identification skills, so we don't need to teach the letters in isolation.


Hmm.  I don't disagree with her on that point.  However, I would like to note that we don't do a whole week of only Bb themed work.  We aren't making Bs out of beans, for example.  Our letter work is more phonemic awareness and handwriting based.


Let me explain...



ABC Notebook



We have a Letter of the Week notebook, which we use a handwriting tool and picture dictionary.  We would put this in their spiral notebook every Thursday.  You can find a link to this resource at the bottom of the page.










ABC Handwriting Pages



For morning work, or on a slow day, we would having our letter of the week as handwriting practice. You can find a link to this resource at the bottom of the page.  









What order do we teach the letters?



We consulted with the Occupational Therapist and created a schedule for teaching the letters.  We started with letters that start with a tall stick like L, F, D, and B.  This helps the students get in the practice of starting at the top.  If you follow Handwriting Without Tears, it is a similar order.  


We also chose to save the vowels for the end, understanding that the vowel sounds are much more difficult for kindergarten students to grasp.  



So, what did we decide??



After hearing about the Letter of the Week a LOT, we chose to only re-word how we talked about it.  I figured, if the words, "Letter of the Week" gave the impression of Bs made out of beans, then we need to flip the script a bit.  


So, now we call it our, "Weekly Handwriting Focus Letter."  Figuring they can't be mad at us for teaching handwriting, right?!  


So far it has worked well.  No more complaints from the reading specialist or the Administration. In the end, because of scheduling demands we have started doing the Notebook as a Literacy Station activity, which works out great!  
 

Click the pictures below to find these ABC resources on my TPT store!  Or you can grab them HERE and HERE.  












So, Kindergarten Teachers tell me...


Do you do a letter of the week?  Comment below with your two cents on this controversial issue! :)



Monday, March 6, 2017

$10 TPT Giveaway!

I love my followers!







I am fairly new to the blogging game, but I am so appreciative of everyone who takes the time to read what I write.


As a big thank you, I am giving away a $10 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card!  The only mandatory entry is a comment on the blog post,  I want to get to know the people that read by blog every day! But there are many other opportunities for extra entries too!


Good luck! 




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Thursday, March 2, 2017

My kids are all sick. Now I'm worried....




This winter there have been multiple instances of 4-5 kids from my class being sick with some sort of stomach virus.  This has been true for every grade level in the school.  

Yesterday it hit my house.  


I will spare you the details.  But after 13 years of teaching, and almost 8 years of motherhood, I was not prepared for the grossness.  **shudder**


So today was spent taking care of a sick little one.  I spent all day snuggled up with her, making her feel better.  Totally confident in my ability to stay healthy.  As a veteran Kindergarten teacher, I don't usually get sick.  I figure I'm immune to most everything, right?


Right?!


Well, tonight I'm worried I may be overconfident in my ability to stay healthy.  I'll let you know how it works out....


~Kristen



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Where. Are. My. SNOW DAYS?! My Wednesday Whine.

We haven't had the 100th day of school in February in YEARS. 


Years people.  


This is my daughter, Simone, enjoying one 
of our MANY snow days last year.  **Cry**




Last year we used something like 12 snow days.  The year before also 12ish.  


This year??


Nada.  Zip.  Zero.  Zilch.  


So no snow?


Oh there was some snow.  ON A SATURDAY.  Someone up in the weather regulation department hates us teachers.  


But we built in 13 snow days...?



According to our school system's very difficult to understand minutes vs. days logic we will not be getting these 13 built in days back in June.  


Has someone started a petition?  I hope so.  13 days longer in June is a nightmare for pretty much any teacher anywhere.  


Sure, I am sort of enjoying the balmy February weather.  But I will remind myself of my enjoyment on June 23rd when I am still teaching Kindergarten.  


What are your Wednesday whines?


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

100th Day of Kindergarten, 2017 Edition





Happy 100th Day of School!!



We had a great day today, full of fun math and literacy activities all based on 100! Keep reading and you will get a little gift to help your class celebrate the 100th day!


 Math





In math today we had a lot of fun!  Here are some things we worked on:

  • We used 100 counting mats to count our collection from home.
  • We counted out 100 red cups and built a structure!  
  • We used a great app called Number Board.  
  • We painted 100 leaves on a tree.
  • We used markers (yes, MARKERS!!!) to make 100 dots.  

Language Arts







In language arts we had fun too! Here is some of the fun we had:

  • We listened to 100th Day stories on QR codes - I bought them HERE
  • We wrote about what we want to accomplish before we turn 100.
  • We drew a picture of what we might look like at 100 years old.  
  • We counted 100 cubes, built a structure, and then drew a picture.  
  • We worked with a group to write 100 different words.  
  • We wrote about what we would buy with $100. 






We had a fun day!  

OK! Now for your fun.  As a gift for being a follower (you ARE a follower, right?!) I put together 9 of my all time favorite 100th Day of School activities.  All FREE.  Just click the image below!





Happy teaching!






My BEST fix EVER and How you can get the most out of Stitch Fix


I got the BEST surprise the other day!  My Stitch Fix box came early! 



I love Stitch Fix.  As a teacher, Mom, and student in Graduate School - shopping is not something I have time for!  Stitch Fix solves that problem for me and many women just like me!








This was my BEST fix yet.  In my box I had 2 tops, 1 sweater, 1 dress, and earrings.  I kept it ALL.  Check out what I got:


Tops






Daniel Rainn Mendelson Tulip Sleeve Blouse

This is a petite and fits fantastically.  I love the pretty blue background and the red floral print will go amazingly well from Winter to Spring colors.  I paired it with a burgundy cardi and some skinny jeans and it was a great outfit to teach in.  





Skies are Blue Frankie Lace Detail Blouse


This top was also a petite and was such a pretty navy.  I love the lace detail.  It looks amazing with a turquoise pendant necklace I already had.  It is a top that can go from day to night with ease.  


 Sweater



Pixley Abriella Waffle Knit Cardigan


OMG this sweater.  I wish you could touch it through the screen.  So soft and light.  It wasn't a petite, but was so lovely and comfy I could overlook it.  It pairs great with the Frankie blouse above.  



Dress



Wisp Lineya Scuba Dress


This dress was a petite and fit like a GLOVE.  It is a gorgeous navy color with a swash of bright pink.  Gorgeous.


OK, so how can you get the most out of Stitch Fix



  1. Don't be afraid to ASK for exactly what you want.  Your stylist won't know what you like if you don't say so! That goes for price as well!  If you need a box to be under $150, say so!
  2. Create a special Stitch Fix board on Pinterest and send the link to your stylist through your SF account.  She will use your pins as ideas on your style.  
  3. Give good feedback.  If you love something - say why.  If you hate something - say why!
  4. Share your referral code!  The more people who sign up the more $$ you have to play with to buy more stuff! If you don't have Stitch Fix yet, use my code to sign up
  5. Join a Stitch Fix B/S/T (Buy/Sell/Trade) board on Facebook.  If you get a fix where you love 4 out of 5 items, post the 5th and see if anyone wants to buy it from you.  It will mean you can get the discount and save a bundle.  

I hope these tips help you out!  Feel free to ask questions below in the comments!



Happy Shopping!