Friday, March 29, 2013

Ready for Spring Cleaning? {Sale Time!}

Anyone else's TpT wishlist FULL again?  
I'm stoked about this weekend's sale so I can move all of those wonderful things from my wishlist to my cart! :)  Don't you love Spring Cleaning???
My store will be 20% off for Saturday and Sunday!
Here are a few of my favorites:

Of course EVERYTHING in my store is on sale this weekend!

Here are some other fabulous stores to visit too!  Happy shopping! :)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Got teeth?

We've had some fun over the last few weeks learning about our teeth.  There are SO many great activities to do for dental health.  I wish we had more time to squeeze them all in!

I saw the idea of a "guess who? with smiles last year from Fall Into First and knew I would have to do it this year.  I think ours turned out pretty cute.  We've had it hanging outside our door since the beginning of February and I still see crowds of kids outside the door checking out our toothy grins. :)

I was able to get multiple copies of this book because it was one of the highlighted books for $1 in one of the Scholastic Book Flyers a few months back.  Good thing because my kids absolutely loved this story!

{By the way, Deanna Jump has some cute activities to go along with the book in her Arctic Animals pack.}

This is one of my favorite activities with marshmallows!  There are many variations of this floating around the web.  Here is one from The Lesson Plan Diva where she incorporates flossing.  Cute!
The tooth template is from Primary Graffiti's Monthly Writing Paper Freebie! {love it....and her!}

Also, if you know me...or read my blog....then you are aware that I definitely have an obsession with edible snacks to go along with my themes and units.  Well, we tried to recreate these mouths that I found on Pinterest from
Ours did not turn out quite so neat and pretty but they sure were good!

We did some great hands-on things too like the playdoh flossing and brushing our eggs clean.  You can check out pictures of those activities and more in last year's dental health post here.

Smiles :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Little Belated Leprechaun Love

I realize that all of the excitement of St. Patty's Day is over for this year... I am just now getting the chance to post about it.  Sorry about that!  With St. Patrick's Day falling on a Sunday this year, we had to have a little leprechaun fun right before spring break and when we returned to school on the 18th.  Here's a recap for you.

Before the break we spent a few days planning and creating our traps.  I let my kids run this completely on their own.  I gave them access to recycled materials we had been collecting as well as all of the usual art supplies and told them to have at it.  I am always amazed at the strategic thinking that goes on!  I should also tell you that during our leprechaun making my room was so stinkin' quiet! It was a little eery.  Eery but enjoyable!
They really got into designing traps with twists and turns.  A few of them even decided to entice the leprechauns with gold coins and cozy interiors.  :)
When we returned to school we found that some of our traps were missing (what???) but we think that is because the leprechauns liked them so much they took the traps with them.  We did find the rest of the traps in one huge heap.  It looked as if those pesky leprechauns created their own amusement park ride with all of those tunnels in the remaining traps.  We even found footprints on the traps along with green and gold leprechaun dust!
We used gold coins as manipulatives to help us play a couple of math games that I created last year.  Click {here} to read that post and grab both games for free.
Last year's leprechauns with my 2nd graders turned out so cute I decided to make them again with this year's kinders.  We combined A Cupcake for the Teacher's leapin leprechaun craft with The Teacher Wife's free Worth More Than Gold writing prompt.
And look what this sweet pea wrote!  Melt my heart.
{I think that Mrs. Lirette is "specialer" than a pot of gold.}

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Yee-haw! Saddle Up! {Freebie}

Howdy, partner! Our kindergartners had some fabulous western fun last week.  We galloped, danced, made trail mix, and drank sarsaparillas. Here's our day in pictures.

Our week would not have been complete without some Wild West station fun!  I put together this pack of over 15 activities to go along with our western theme.

It is on sale through the weekend.  :)  Make sure you click {here} and download the preview file.  I've included this game as a freebie for you!
(Click the orange "Download Preview" button underneath the red buttons at the top.  The free game is included in the preview!)

If you are looking for some good reads I recommend both of these books.  My kids really enjoyed them and they went along perfectly with our week of western fun! {click the image for more info}

Hope you are having a great week!