Sunday, November 25, 2012

Are you ready?? Don't forget your Elf FREEBIE!

Is anyone else as excited as I am about TpT's Cyber Monday & Tuesday sale???  It's time to move all of those wonderful products from your wishlist to your cart!  Most sellers (myself included) will have their entire store on sale!  When you use TpT's"cmt12" code, you can save up to 28% off everything!  Whoohoo!  Don't forget to leave feedback on things you have already purchased so you can earn tpt credits towards your new stuff!

I'll definitely be stocking up on activities for the next few months. :)

I posted a brand new unit today just in time for the big sale.  It is Common Core aligned for K-2 and includes 16 fairy tale scenes for practicing blending sounds to make words.  It doubles as a real vs nonsense word activity as well.  It is differentiated, of course, so you can choose the level of difficulty for your students.  Click on the image to read more about it.

Here are a few images of the fairy tale scene mats included.  This was a fun one to make! :)

Here are a few seasonal things from my store that you can grab for next to nothing. 

All of my top sellers will be on sale as well!  Happy shopping!
You can see all 12 of my available Rock, Paper, Scissors games {here}.
Now is also a great time to grab up my Government Unit, Transition Music Templates, On My Way to 1st Grade packet or Environmental Print Posters if you haven't already.  ;-)

I'll be back tomorrow to show you some of the things in my shopping cart!

Here is a creative writing freebie that I posted during last year's holiday season.  I hope it helps to get you in the mood for December.  Enjoy!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thanksgiving Guest Post! {With a Freebie!}

Hi All Kindergarten Peeps! I am Mary from 
I am excited about guest blogging today for all you Learning Detectives!
I am gearing up for Thanksgiving next week with a ton of FUN activities and ideas to share.
We are making Native American crafts and symbols of Thanksgiving art projects.
Here is a peak at some art that we finished this week.
We are creating ART everywhere to help make this season memorable for each learners.

One of my favorite things to do during this special time of year is to combine my Thanksgiving feast with progress reports since both usually occur at the same time! How do I do this? I create a FUN reward system for my students to "earn" their Native American feathers for their headbands.
I pick one element I need to assess and assign it a color. Then, I print out the assessment sheet for each student and explain it to them. If you can do that element, you earn that feather. Since I need to assess 6 elements, students can earn up to 6 feathers. 
They are so highly motivated it is almost ridiculous! But boy, do I love it and so do they! So many of my students earn all their feathers and it is a HUGE praise aspect to the feast.

Here is a visual of the headband and possible feathers and a peek at our 
"How Many Feathers Have I Earned" Progress Reports sheet.
Here are my areas of assessment:

Yellow- write your name- must be completely correct.
Orange- write your numbers to 20- again must be completely correct.
Red- Read more than 25 sight words. (I have introduced and taught more than 50.)
Purple- Read an easy reader to me with no mistakes. (I give some students 3 mistakes but they can try as many times as they want.) I also look for tracking text, turning pages, using sight words, using decoding skills, etc.
Blue- Identify each letter we have learned so far and the sound it makes.
 Green- Behavioral goal for the whole week!

I uploaded this word file into Google Docs {which is now called Google Drive}
for you to download and edit as you see fit. The font is free from 
Kevin and Amanda called Oh! {Photo} Shoot, 
but if you do not have that font, your computer will convert it for you.

I hope these ideas help you add some FUN to your classroom. As always, I am THANKFUL for all of you who read these posts. 
  Mary Amoson, Sharing Kindergarten

Isn't she wonderful???  Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous ideas with us today, Mary! <3

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Moving Forward...

My heart aches for all of the families that have been affected by last week's Superstorm Sandy.  I've donated one of my products to Ms. Smarty Pants' Moving Forward Fundraiser in an effort to help one of the families that lost everything in the storm.  For a $20 donation you can receive 33 products valued at approximately $200!  You can click {here} to read about the family and see previews of all the products included in the donation pack.
My sweet bloggy friend, Erica Bohrer, lives and teaches in Lindenhurst, which is one of the cities in New York that was hit hard.  Thankfully she is safe and sound!  She created a new Hurricane pack and is donating all of the proceeds to victims of the storm.  She is also collecting new and used books for the school her mom teaches at.  You can check out her post about her fundraisers {here}.  Click the pic to go to her store and preview the pack!
I am truly inspired by the efforts of both these ladies.
Thank you, Samantha and Erica!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Bats, Spiders, Pumpkins...Recap!

Phew!  I feel like I've been in a whirlwind this last week.  I managed to cover bats, spiders, and pumpkins all before Wednesday's "Fall" Party on are a few pictures:
This was my second year painting these awesome bat scenes!  I first saw the idea on Pinterest and then figured out it was originally from the talented Reagan Tunstall's Stellaluna Book Study!  I let my kids free-paint orange, yellow, and black tempera paint rather than using watercolors.  This year we used foam bats from the Target dollar spot rather than bat cut-outs.  Super easy!  We completed a circle map on bats to display with our paintings.  Here is a close up: {Can you read the writing?}
Reagan has some graphic organizers and writing prompts to go with the activity in her pack.  Love it! :)

Moving on to spiders....have you ever had spider soup?  This was a first for me this year.  Unfortunately, my kiddos didn't really buy into it....I guess they know I would never really feed them spiders.  :)  It is really just chicken noodle soup, ramen noodles, and a fake spider on top before serving.

We did really get into our noodle spider web masterpieces.  We mixed glue and glitter with cooked noodles and then sequenced the steps to web making.  It was hilarious watching my kinders dig around in the gooey noodles.  I was shocked by just how many kiddos did NOT like to get messy!

We made these cutesy spider word families from T.G.I.F. too! It's a FREE download s grab yours {here}.  I love the 8 eyes. :)

Of course it wouldn't be October without some pumpkin activities!  We had tons of pumpkin fun throughout the month like pumpkin math, pumpkin experimenting, pumpkin painting, etc.  I won't bore you with a bunch of orange pictures....instead I'll tell you about one of my favorite pumpkin products!  I absolutely loved Miss Kindergarten's Pumpkin Graphs and Glyphs!  You can see our glyph jack-o-lanterns displayed along with our bats and spiders.  Loads of fun! :)

On to Pilgrims and Native Americans.....