Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer Read It, Trace It, Put the Sentence Together and a small {FREEBIE}

As I was going through files to revise the covers of all of my Read It, Trace It, Put the Sentence Together files, I found a Summer themed one that I hadn't posted.  I used it last year at the end of the year, but totally forgot I had it.  Here's the link to the product in my store.

Here's the link for a small sample freebie!  Maybe you are still in school and could use a quick morning work, or maybe you can save it for next year!  Check out my store for lots of other Read It, Trace It, Put the Sentence Together packs.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


I've been using this alphabet song for a very long time.  I use it as part of my morning routine/ carpet time.  It loosely goes to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".  At the beginning of the year, I do it more as a chant because I want them to get the correct pronunciation of the sounds.  The only problem with this song is that when kids sing it, they tend to add the "uhh" to the end of the sound- which is why we start it as a chant instead of the tune.   Last year, I also began using Jack Hartman's Workout to the Letter Sounds (the open version so we could use our words) some days just to give us a different way to do it.  Anyway, my old copy of the song that I had for my calendar area didn't have very cute graphics.  With all the amazing artists on TpT, I was able to find almost all of the words I needed (even ox which was always hard to find).  Click on the link to get your copy ABC song.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Our new principal asked our team to sit in on interviews for our open Kindergarten position. I hadn't done that in a while, so it was definitely an interesting experience.  We started with a phone interview which was difficult.  I felt like we didn't really connect with this candidate as much because it was over the phone.  Then we had a newbie teacher who was very nice, but very needy.  She was at a private school where the curriculum was very directed for them (and she only had 13 students).  Our next two were very well qualified and would make great teammates, but it's so hard to tell from an interview.  Our principal will, of course, make the final decision but it was nice to be a part of the process.  Would love to hear if your principals let you be a part of the interviewing process.  And, what's the craziest question you've ever been asked at an interview?  When I first interviewed in my district, they asked this question- "If you were a flavor of ice cream, what would it be?"  What would you say if someone asked you that in an interview?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Summer is here, but I have a Back to School FREEBIE

      We finished up on Friday and I am already thinking about next year.  Last year, I did not do a great job with shared reading time. I used lots of poems and charts, but not a lot of big books. I may be one of the only kindergarten teachers that dislikes big books, but I can't stand them!  I don't have an easel that really works for big books and the big books are just bulky and difficult with the easel I have.  I end up ripping the pages by accident, or the book closes and the kinders can't see the pages...  Anyway, enough of my anti-big book rant...  I guess my point is that I am always searching for different things to use for shared reading.
      I have a Smart Board in my classroom and I recently discovered that I can take a document and "print" it into a Smart Notebook file!  It takes every page of the document and makes it a page in Notebook. It groups everything on the page as like a picture file so I can't edit it or change it really once I "print" it into Smart Notebook.  This opened up a whole new world for me!  Now I can take shared reading high-tech.  So, I was thinking today about books that I read at the beginning of the year.  I thought about The Kissing Hand and how much fun that is at the beginning of the year.  I also love to use Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  So, I thought I could make "big books" for shared reading that go along with these books.  And, if you know me at all, you know how much I love pocket charts.  So, of course, I had to make the put together sentences for the pocket chart.  And, here's what I created. I am excited about using them in the first few weeks of school in August!  Hope you like them too!


Click on the links for the whole {FREEBIE} book and activity for Kissing Hand and for Brown Bear.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Busy Beach FREEBIE

We are in the middle of an ocean unit.  I found this book in our Common Core Unit Book Tubs. It is a great book to connect to math.  It goes through different animals on the beach and how many legs they have all together. Click on the link here to get a FREEBIE and enjoy the pictures below that show some of my student samples.