A Halloween Menagerie!

Sunday, October 19, 2014



Got Napkins? Make a Halloween Napkin book! Great for practicing sight words. Just take a Halloween napkin, cut and fold white Xerox paper to fit and staple. 
Add an Avery label for the title!



Here is my latest quilt thanks to all the cute hand-print samples on Pinterest boards Kinderbykim Jordano


We made this fun little book last week for spider week! Use a spider ring to move the spider all around the doll. A spider is on my ...head, arm , stomach, foot, Mom!


Tp Roll BBB Bat song! I made this little guy last year I ran out of time this year but he is so fun and easy to make.


Friday was our first sharing day! Everyone had two weeks to create their own bear in a Halloween costume! Here are a few of my creative Kiddo's bears!




2 Day Sale Going on Now at my TPT Shop! Frankenstein Sight Word Freebie!

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Next week we will be Going a Little Batty!


I pinned this adorable TP Roll Frankenstein from Pinterest a few days ago. I just had to make him with my kiddos. I  added a little sight word practice to put inside. Here is the link! Marvelous Monster Words The other cutie is from my ABC Art Book!

A "Beary" Good time with Goldilocks and Brown Bear!

Sunday, October 5, 2014



Last week's literacy centers were "BEARY" fun with Goldilocks puppets for retelling, "Beary Good" sight word practice and a Rhyming Little Bears mini book.


Here is one of my little cuties showing off  her 
Brown Bear's Bag with the mini book inside.



We discussed the characters and on the back we created a flow map of Goldilock's adventure


I'll be back soon with some darling new Halloween center fun!




3 Weeks in and Busy, Busy, Busy!

Sunday, September 21, 2014



I am finally coming up for a little air. It's been a very busy start to the school year! I'm so sorry for not getting my weekly posts up. But I think we are on a roll now! Here are a few things we have been up to. We painted our "BEARY" favorite colors last week and decorated a picture frames for our masterpieces!


Two weeks ago we created these adorable self portraits I saw on pinterest from My friend Julie Lee's clssroom. They are adorable and floating from the ceiling all around my room!



Readers workshop is in full swing! We began with how to be a "Book Lover." We practiced first on the rug together carefully turning pages and progressed to  groups of four friends at book baskets. We have been building our Stamina! You can find this amazing unit at my dear friend Kim Adsit's TPT store!


This past week we got our own book tubs and began "Reading to Self." We are up to anywhere from 6-9 minutes depending on the day! In our book boxes we have 3 class made mini books, our poetry journals and one picture book! My Poetry Journals can be found at my TPT store. Well I'm actually off to my classroom this morning to set up for our first week of independent Literacy Centers! Wish me luck!


Southern California Friends I'll be at SCKA's Fall Workshop!

Saturday, September 6, 2014



I'm so excited to be presenting with my Friend Heidi Butkus.
On October 11th at the SCKA Fall Workshop.
 My topics are Spectacular Common Core style Literacy Centers and Sight Word Activities for TK and Kindergarten Students. 
I hope to see you there!

A First Day Activity and 2 New Freebies!

Monday, September 1, 2014


The school year officially began for my kiddos on Wednesday. Here is one project we actually finished! We used tiny macaroni, beads and jewels to decorate our names. The following day we made a floor graph of how many letters in our names.( Friday I hung it up). I had  wonderful parents who volunteered to stay our first day the whole morning. Our day was done the at 10:50 because Kinder has Back to School Night the first day. I love meeting all the parents and telling them about our program. Kindergarten is AWESOME!


I decided last week it was time for new Classroom Helper Cards. I love how Melonheadz makes everything you create pop! They are at my TPT shop just click on the link classroom above!


Tomorrow we will make our first mini-book Kindergarten. We will work on our sight words "See and I". I made little reading pointer sticks out of tongue depressors. They will go in a pocket inside the front cover. The pocket is a 1/2 envelope. So easy!

Here is our Chart to practice the steps to making our 
mini books. Happy Holiday Monday!

Birthday Fun and Jazzing Up My Literacy Center Tables!

Sunday, August 24, 2014


A few weeks a go I posted a picture of the Eric Carle themed crayons I found at Target. This is how I packaged them to give to my kiddos on their birthdays! I added bubbles and either a ring or little animals with parachutes. All 25 are made and ready for the first class birthday. Check one thing off my list..


This is just sample of a birthday crown for a parent to see. I will send my birthday crowns home with glue, glitter and a class list on back to school night for a parent to decorate for me.


Ok, I have been spending a little too much time on Pinterest. I see these paper lanterns are everywhere! I even saw them camping this weekend on tents! So I thought I would try them out in my class with my table signs. I think they really look cute :) Now I 'm off to school to finish up. Have a Happy Sunday!