Monday, July 18, 2011

Melanie, over at the Blog Pond is having a $100 giveaway from her eBay shop! Take a look around at her blog and shop!

Monday, July 11, 2011

is having a giveaway. But hurry, it ends today!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Swarm of Buzzing Kids is giving away a Birthday Pack

Swarm of Buzzing Kids is giving away a birthday pack for free.  Just write about her blog and then email her/comment and she will give you the pack.  I know that I would love to have it because I don't feel like I've done enough to make my little kinders feel special on their birthdays.




CPALMS - Resources for the teacher to teach the standards

FCRR - Florida Center for Reading Research:  Activities for Reading Centers


Math Videos for Teachers

Suzanne over at Guided Math Study Group posted a great link!  I am reposting here.  The Annenberg Foundation has professional development videos showing how children learn math:  or click here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Castles and Crayons is having a Giveaway!

Castles and Crayons is having a Giveaway - a $15 Target gift card! Who couldn't use a gift card to spend in Target's Dollar Bin?!!!

Castles and Crayons

Monday, July 4, 2011

Navigating Blogs for Blogaphobes!

<Chuckle>  I wrote this for some teachers that I was with at a writing workshop recently.  I briefly showed them blogs and how to use them, but knew that if it were ME, I would go home and say, "HUH?".  So, I put this together so that not only could I share it with them as well as my colleagues at my school, but so that I could better understand them.  I am also new to TEACHER blogs.  I have stalked hundreds of blogs throughout the year and have been in awe of what you have on your blogs. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, all of you out there who've influenced my classroom greatly, without your even knowing!

Click on the picture to take you to my new TpT store to download this freebie.  If the link doesn't work, you can click on the TpT logo at the right. 

P.S.  I was limited on space, so I couldn't include the oodles and oodles of blogs that I follow and love!  Forgive me! 

Miss Liberty and Miss America!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Life's Daily Miracles

Some of you might've read an earlier post of mine that had a slideshow of some "parsley worm" caterpillars I discovered in my garden.  Out of nine, I managed to save three of the caterpillars.  They spun their chrysalids, and TODAY the first one emerged.  A swallowtail!  I will have to do more research on the exact name.  But I felt so blessed to be an observant of this miracle that happens on a daily basis all over the world, but is just so incredible!  Like the quote on our kindergarten website says: "There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."  That's why I feel my kindergarteners start out like little caterpillars, and emerge as butterflies!



I just discovered this great website, somewhat like Tumble Books, but not just books. There are songs, poems, etc. You can subscribe for the full website, or just take advantage of the free files!


Friday, July 1, 2011

Monkey-Themed Nametag

 I start off the year with a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom unit, so I created these nametags for my students' desks.  I decided this year not to buy the fancy desk nametags that have all the other information on them because they always turn out to be nothing but desk decorations.  Instead, I put that same information in an "Office" (file folder) so the students can bring it closer to their eyes, carry it with them to another work area...
Click on picture to download.

As Junie B. Jones would say, "Wowwie, wow, wow!"  I was so excited when I opened up my email and saw that Lettering Delights was having such a huge sale!  They are offering many of their cute alphabets and backgrounds that you see above, on some of my freebies, and on MANY of the downloads you have found on the other blogs or units through Teachers Pay Teachers.  When I found this site, I felt like I had found the MOTHERLODE!  Seriously, you need to click right on over there now and get these fonts/alphabets/graphics while they are such a 'steal'! 

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