Monday, April 30, 2012

Want to see Kim Adsit? (and me? lol)

How would you like to earn some professional development credits and have a great time, too?
Well, how about attending the North East Alabama Early Childhood Conference at Big Spring Lake School in Albertville, Alabama on July 25th!!  


'Gee, who is presenting?'... You may ask.  
Well, how about 
Kim Adsit???
She is one half of the super talented

and there are a bunch of other super talented teachers presenting...
well, and then there is also me! 
I am presenting!!  I'm super excited, can you tell??

If you are interested in attending, get on the ball soon because the cost goes up after May 15th.
Here is an upload of the brochure for the conference here 
(or click below):

If you have any questions, you can contact Anna at Kindergarten Khronicles 
(SUPER cute blog, by the way...who has a new Dinosaur pack!!)

Here is her email: aholcomb@albertk12.org

Oh, and don't forget to enter my giveaway for the new Pete the Cat book and Pack here!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

New Pete the Cat Book Giveaway and a Freebie, too!


Are you as excited about the new Pete the Cat book as I am??  
I asked Nikki at Melonheadz a couple months back to create some Pete the Cat artwork to accompany a Pete pack...and she did NOT disappoint.  The artwork is ADORABLE and ever since she sent it to me I have been working on a GROOVY new Pete the Cat Pack that includes activities for all three books...even the new one!  Which brings us to the giveaway.  
To celebrate the release of the new Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons on Tuesday, I am giving away a copy of the book along with my new Pete Pack!

Giveaway is closed =(
To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is follow my blog 
(which I hope you already do =)
 and leave a comment below telling me why you love Pete.  That's it.  
Giveaway runs until Wednesday (May 2) at 9pm central.  
Feel free to share the giveaway with folks, 
but you don't have to =)

If you cannot wait and want to go ahead and purchase my Pete Pack, no worries!!  
If the winner has already purchased my Pete the Cat pack, they can pick 
out any other item from my TPT store as their freebie! 
Find it on TN here





If you have made it all the way down here to the bottom of this super long post...
 Thank you!!  (and I hope you will love the pack!)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Grant Opportunity for now!Boards! WoWza!

Here is an awesome opportunity to win a grant for a set of three now!Boards and three GeoSafari Tuff Cams, a prize package valued at $2,000 for your school!

Learning Resources announces the sponsorship of a teacher grant hosted by WeAreTeachers. To apply, teachers must answer this question: “How would you use portable interactive technology to create collaborative lessons?” 

Enter by clicking the picture below!
I plan on entering, how about you??


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mother's Day Songs

For those of us who are doing a Mother's Day Tea or celebration, here are some songs that my firsties will sing to their moms at our tea.  Someone asked me for a copy of what we do, but I think I deleted the email... so I am hopeful she will see this post!! =)

These are not my creation and I am not sure where they were originally found, they are simply songs that were given to us to use several years ago back in the good old days when we had a music teacher.

I Really Love My Mother
(Tune: The More We Get Together the Happier We'll Be)

I really love my mother, my mother, my mother
I really love my mother, I love her so much.
She feeds me and clothes me, she hugs me and kisses me
I really love my mother, I love her so much!

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(Tune: On Top Of Old Smokey)

I'll love you for always
I'll love you forever
As long as I'm living
My mommy you'll be

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Mother's Day
(Tune: Are You Sleeping)

We love mothers, we love mothers
Yes, we do..Yes, we do
Mothers are for hugging
Mothers are for kissing
We love you...Yes, we do!

The kids do hand gestures to "act out" the hugging and kissing parts.  It is really sweet.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

MORE...!!!! Freebie!

I know if you are like me, you get a lot of books through Scholastic and Book Fairs.  
One of my last orders included the book, More Bears!  If you haven't gotten it yet, you should!  
It would be great during a study of the /or/ sound...or Bears unit... emphasizing the sight word 'more'...or just for plain fun!

Super cute little book!  And to go with it, I created a little freebie pack that includes some fun writing prompts - for you to choose from (one includes a venn diagram to compare/contrast the book to Bear Wants More).

Just click here or on the picture to get your copy!
Hope you love it!
Had a great day at the zoo for my son's preschool field trip today!  

Monday, April 23, 2012

Blogger Exchange Fun!

 I am loving the Teacher Blogger Exchange this time!
I am all about the crafts!!
Here is a sneak picture of what I sent....
(shhh...don't tell her! =)


I participated in the Blogger Exchange
And here is what I got from Ashley from Live 2 Learn!!

Super cute, right??
Go follow her blog for more cute ideas and fun!!





Thank you Caitlin and Sarah for such a fun and pinteresting exchange!
Click the button below to follow the blogger exchange so that you can participate next time!




Oh, and don't forget to enter All Students Can Shine's 
Baby Countdown Giveaway where you can win my 
Hermit the Crab Pack!




Friday, April 20, 2012

Guess What? and a freebie!

I am so happy to let you in on a super-exciting little secret!!
Ok...so it isn't really a secret, but it is exciting.  
I am a new contributor for Teaching Blog Addict!

I am so happy to be a part of TBA! 

I thought to celebrate I would share a quick little freebie request I had the other day from a sweet teacher...I think she was hoping to find something quick and easy to use for Father's Day, or any time you feel like honoring dads! (plus, it sort of helps to balance my huge Mother's Day Glyph Pack!)

Grab your copy here or just click the picture!
Hope you love it!!

If you aren't following TBA, you are missing out!  
Click the TBA pic above to visit the TBA community and follow today!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sound Word Freebie!

Am I the only one who cannot believe it is only Tuesday!?!?
Seems like the longest week ever... of course that may have to do with the sinus infection
 I am dealing with..lol

We are reading Ebb and Flo out of Storytown and it is a great story to bring in sound words... 
(the Froggy books are, too!!)
Here is a quick freebie I made and wanted to share.  I plan to have the kids read in pairs tomorrow and record the sound words from the story on the page.
Hope you can use it.  Just click here or on the pic to get it!
Oh, and as most of you know, Pete the Cat has a new book coming out next month all about his 4 Groovy Buttons.. BUT, I also noticed he has another book, Pete the Cat Saves Christmas...sounds like a good one!
Have a great Tuesday night!!

Oh, and because of my sickness, I have been late in announcing winners.  I chose 5 winners for the Mother's Day pack and they have all been sent an email!  Congrats!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Happy Mother's Day Glyph, Thinking Maps, & Craftivities!~ Freebie ~

Mother's Day will be here before we know it and I finished a fun pack to help 
celebrate all the moms out there!





Included: Mother's Day Flower Glyph and Key to send home to moms so they know what it means, an 'I love Ewe' Sheep craftivity with 2 writing prompts choices, Mother's Day Kid Craftivities  with 5 writing prompt choices, 2 class graphs, 4 writing prompts, including one for The Night Before Mother's Day & one for Splat the Cat -Perfect Present for Mom and Dad, a handprint poem, and 
8 Mother themed Thinking Maps! 
Find the Pack here on TPT and remember that on Tax Day it is on sale for 15% off!

And the freebie below is available here...just click "download preview"

Hope you love it!
Below is the link to my Mother's Day Post from last year on my class site!


Wanna win the Mother's Day Pack?
Just leave a comment below and I will choose a winner tonight
at 9pm central with the random number generator! =)
Winners have been contacted!  Thanks everyone!!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Non-Tag and a Sale!

I just got up from my nap (if that gives you any indication as to what I have been up to)
I've just been exhausted this week!!
Anyway, I have been tagged a bunch, and being the non-athlete that I am, there is just no way I can keep up!  So I am linking up with Traci at Dragonflies in First!

I am also joining in the fun of Hadar's great idea to have a Tax Break 15% off Sale for April 15th!
(Thank you, Rachelle for the awesome banner for it!)

Feel free to grab the pic above and have your own tax break sale, too!
Oh, and how's this for a teaser....my Mother's Day Pack is finished (Happy, Happy, JOY, JOY!) 
and I will be listing it tomorrow on TPT
(just in time for the sale!!)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

CTP Winner!!


I will email you soon to get your shipping info!!
Congrats!

Label It! Dinosaur Edition! ~Freebie~

Another sweet request, Labeling Mats for Dinosaurs!  
Find it here at TPT 
and don't forget my whole shop (including this pack) is on sale until midnight!!
Here is a preview of the mats, writing activities, and thinking maps included:




For your freebie, visit TPT HERE and click "download preview"

Hope you love it...check back after 9pm central for the winner of the CTP Giveaway!

Pssst...



Oh, and my CTP Giveaway ends tonight!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Worm Day! Freebie!

  
I thought I would share something fun and science related that I do each year.  
What, you ask?

Well, maybe not the real ones, but we certainly get up close and personal!
I usually get a parent to volunteer and bring earthworms for us to use during our 'Worm Day' fun!
I have also been known to dig them up out of my yard and bring them myself.
I created a fun freebie for worm day...or any study of earth worms!
Find your freebie here on TPT!

Here are some pictures of our fun, which includes special snack, graphing, and more!
Our snack: "Dirt and Worms" pudding with crumbled chocolate cookies and gummy worms...
tiny sandwiches with slivers of cooked hotdogs (that look like worms)... 
and mealy- worm cookies (oatmeal squares with gummy worms)

I also always let my kids choose to have their picture taken with a real worm 
(to look as if they are going to eat it!)  The kids have a blast!  
(me, not so much because I have to pick up the worms!!)


 And of course, I have the gummy version for those of us who are not into the whole, 
'touching a real worm thing'!

I will admit, a couple of years ago I was doing this activity of taking their pictures and as a student held up the wiggly worm for me to snap a picture, she dropped the worm...my heart stopped in that instant.  Her mouth was WIDE open and all I could see happening was her dropping that worm in her mouth and me having to make that call. ('umm....yes, Ms. So and So, Little Susie ate a worm today...sorry')   Fortunately, the worm just went on the floor and I learned a valuable lesson...have them hold the worm in front of the mouth, it still looks good for the picture and no one is in danger of eating a worm!!

In case you missed it, I am guest posting over at Little Miss Kindergarten here (freebies over there, too!!)

AND, I have a great Creative Teaching Press Giveaway going on right now here...it ends Sunday night!!

Thankfully we survived the field trip today with very little rain!  Thank goodness!