Last week I was at my BFF’s house where we meet with other friends for a Bible study. We were talking about faith and one of the ladies started talking about some issues she was dealing with right now with her autistic daughter. We were all sitting there encouraging our friend and one of the other ladies told her that God has handpicked her to take care of this girl. My sweet friend said with tears in her eyes, “Yes, I have always known and believed that God gave me _______________ as a gift, but I always want to make sure that I’m a good steward over her.”
That really struck a chord with me that night….
She wants to make sure that she is being the kind of steward she needs to be over her daughter!!
A good steward?! I have never thought about being a good steward when it comes to people God puts in our path.
Now a steward or stewardship defines our practical obedience in the administration of everything under our control, everything entrusted to us.
In other words, a good steward is one who takes care of everything they have and this includes people!!
Ok…so these adults above me are my kids with their spouses that God handpicked for me to take care of…..from their birth until they both got married and even beyond that. :)!!
Have I been a good steward of them? I tried, but I know I have come short of that many times!!
And now I have 3 grandgirls who are a mighty wonderful blessing!
And they are the ones whom God has entrusted to me to be their Grandma!! Love. Them.!
And every year on the first day of school, I am entrusted with new little kinder cubs! Here is my most recent group:
God has handpicked each one of these kiddos to be a part of my 2016-17 kindergarten class!!
Therefore, it is important that I do my best for them…..
in other words…
I need to be a good steward!!
How you might ask?
I need to display good stewardship with these children each day by……
giving them hugs as much as possible.
listening to their stories that MUST be important to them because they won’t stop raising their hand or trying other means to get my attention
learning how each of them learn and work best
fitting my instruction to meet the needs of each individual child
keeping calm (no matter what might frustrate me during the day!!) and carrying on
believing that each child in my class CAN learn
helping with tying their shoes
putting Bandaids on boo boo’s
giving them times throughout the day to rest their brains
not RAISING my voice
making sure that none of them are hungry
building trust with each kinder cub
showing patience in every situation
giving them more positives than negatives throughout the day
reading aloud to them each day
allowing them to ask questions….many….many….questions
LOVING them unconditionally!!
My list could go on and on…….
When I get back to school next week, I plan to put forth much effort to be a good steward towards my kinders!
That is what God wants me to do…..
now that I realize each one of them was handpicked just for me,
I see what a true gift they are to me!
They are not just any kind of gift but a priceless gift!
And when we get priceless gifts, don’t we take care of them a little better than gifts that are not priceless??
Yep. We sure do.
Can’t wait to get to be with my little gifts next week!!
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During the month of January, we did a lot of informational reading on Martin Luther King, Jr., penguins, and polar bears. Part of my writing activity for this is to write using a graphic organizer with Can, Have, Are. For Martin Luther King, I made up an organizer using Had, Was, Helped.
After we completed the chart, then the students wrote an informational piece in a mini book.
Here is a picture of the organizer I created for our kindergarten teachers to use with their kinder cubs.
If you click anywhere on the pic, it will take you straight to the freebie to download. Also, in that set is a Had, Was, Helped organizer.
This week, while I was gone, the kinder cubs worked on many things Valentine!! Our focus book was Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane de Groat using the Guiding Readers Series from Deanna Jump and Deedee Wills (LOVE them!!) . In this unit, the kids learned about problem and solution in stories. In their writing they connected to the story by writing about a time they did something nice for someone. I love the sentence study in any of the Guiding Readers Series. We talk about the sentence: How many words?, What are the verbs?, What are the nouns?, What are the adjectives?. Then, we chat about the punctuation. Then, they take the mixed up sentence and put it in the right order and illustrate the main idea of it.
For Valentine craftivities they created a Valentine Selfie (from the Guiding Readers February Resource), a Valentine alliteration writing piece, and their Valentine Critter Carriers. When I came back on Friday, my classroom looked just LOVEly!!
I have made these Valentine Critter Carriers for years!
I put them outside the classroom and then on Valentine’s Day, the kids bring their cards and “feed” each child’s critter the card that is for that child.
Then, they take their critter home and open the bag and enjoy all of their cards and goodies they received!!
Click HERE to find my post about how to make these super cute bags!!
One of the math stations this week was to put shapes that were cut for them into a Valentine’s Day picture. I love doing these! However, for kindergarten, it is best if we cut out the shapes for each child and keep them in sets. It is difficult for them to cut out the shapes and take on the spatial relationship work it takes just to put it together! They all did a great job with it this week!!
This resource comes from, Christine Maxwell Hand to Heart! Click HERE to get to this awesome resource.
On Valentine’s Day, I plan on using conversation hearts or a graphing activity.
Even though you have probably seen a million jillion of examples of this graphing activity, I have one that is geared towards kindergarten that is FREE!! Click on the image below to download a free one for your file!!
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I recently had the fantastic opportunity to try out some products in my classroom from the company called MindWare. MindWare shares a site with Oriental Trading. Which I think is pretty cool! This company has the slogan for their awesome products that says: “Brainy toys for kids of all ages!”. After trying 3 products out, I have proven them absolutely CORRECT!!
I love to change up my early morning work time in my class with activities that the kids can manipulate and use to get their brains in gear for the rest of the day.
I hate to say this, but I’ll just put it out there….
I am sometimes not successful with this,…something that seems so perfect in my head, doesn’t always turn out the way I’d like
when I pulled these brainy toys out, my kinder cubs were so excited and were looking forward to the rest of their day!! YAY!!
One of the fun toys I put out were the Keva Brain Builders and Brain Builders Jr. . These inexpensive wood puzzles come with 20 small pine planks and 30 puzzle cards. The Jr. set has 20 cards but each side has a puzzle…so that makes 40 puzzles! The pine planks are very high quality and smooth. The planks and cards come compact in a little zippered bag. This makes it so easy to keep the entire set stored and ready to use anytime!
Now, if Brain Builders had been around when I was young, “Boy! Howdy!” (as my momma would say) I would have been so much better at putting together furniture and other things as an adult!! This is because the puzzle cards have 2D diagrams on one side and the solution on the other. The object of the puzzle is to turn these 2D diagrams into 3D objects. Then, you are able to check your work by looking at the solution side.
The 2 pics below show the 2D side and the solution side of a card. The cards are labeled beginner, intermediate and expert.
Brain Builders are for ages 7 and over. However, my little kinder cubs didn’t have too much difficulty with the beginner level cards.
I love the Brain Builders set. I think it would also make a great gift for a kid who really loves to build.
I could even see a child incorporating the objects he or she builds into playing with Barbies or any kind of action figures.
The Brain Builders Jr. Set was perfect for my kinder cubs and I found many ways to incorporate them throughout my instruction.
The students could build letters, numbers, and shapes using the planks. I also like to incorporate them with my STEM bins.
The cards have pictures on both sides. There are a total of 40 puzzles. My students really enjoyed duplicating these pictures with the planks.
Another way that I could use some of the cards, was to show a card to a student and have him/her count the number of planks he/she can see in the picture. Then, the students could count out that number of planks before assembling the object. Yes! These Brain Builder Sets were a hit in my classroom!!
My kinders were immediately drawn to this unique puzzle because of the colors! Again, all of the blocks that come with this set are high quality! There are 40 cards that children can look at and try to duplicate using the unique blocks.
When I first got Pattern Play out, I had to get my hands on it too!!
There were 2 sweet kiddos helping me! It is a terrific puzzle to teach spatial relationships. Because all of the blocks had angles, the kids had to really think about which way to turn the angle on the block so that it would fit correctly. Not only were they thinking about that, but they had to also think about the size and the color of the block to use!!
Wow!! What a way to wake up their brains so early in the morning!
Then when we got finished with the entire puzzle, we were so proud of ourselves and we were giving each other a high five!
I just love those kind of moments!!
But the teacher in me couldn’t stop there….
We had to discuss what shapes did we see throughout the puzzle.
The best way for me to store this brainy toy is by leaving the last puzzle intact and putting it into the box until it gets used again!
After having the opportunity to try these products out, I will definitely be looking for some more Mindware products to add to my “brainy toy” collection!
Lastly, please know: “This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by the company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.”
Well I am here on my Christmas (I still call it Christmas) break putting away all of my unit materials that I used for December in my little teacher shed……
So happy and blessed to say that I survived December with my kinder cubs!!
It was a tremendously busy time with them, but a fun time and a time I won’t soon forget.
If any first year or veteran teachers for that matter saw my plans for December they would have thought I was absolutely CRAZY!!
Which I am in some ways
It is a good CRAZY….if there is any such thing as being GOOD CRAZY!!….maybe I should say CRAZY GOOD…anyway….
I just LOVE all the units that can be taught in December so I practically teach all of them and then I’m “slap wore out” (another phrase for tired) by the time the last day of school for December gets here.
it is a happy tired!
Even though I was tired, I was still able to smile on the day before we checked out for the holidays!
This pic was taken of my cute little kinder elves on the day we had our Polar Express Palooza!!
The Polar Express Palooza was our party.
I don’t know if anyone else ever does this, but I take a class photo and I use my local Walgreens to create a Christmas card to send to my kinder families! Do any of you do that? This year I had to take 2 photos, due to kids being absent.
It is really soooo inexpensive!! I ordered a box of 20 cards for $11.00 (that was with a 30% discount). Adding the postage to it was about $20, When the families receive them in the mail, I always get positive responses back from them. I love doing this because I believe it builds that rapport that I always feel is important with my families!!
This year’s card turned out so cute!!
Another special thing that I do in December is put up my Teacher Treasure tree.It is a little table top tree that is filled with teacher ornaments that I’ve received throughout my teaching career.
I didn’t take ANY pictures of this special tree when it was in my classroom, so I put it up in my house and took a pic of it. I am getting to a point where it is almost too small to hold all of the ornaments! I try to remember to write the child’s name and the year on the back of each one so I don’t forget who gave it to me.
Here is the star on the top!! It makes me smile every time I read that quote!!
This year as I was putting the tree up in my classroom, I got this bright idea!!
Why not take a picture of each student, make the pictures into little paper ornaments and put those on my Teacher Treasure tree!!
I would also explain to the students that the reason their picture is on my Treasure Tree is because I consider each and everyone of them a TREASURE to me.
Then, on the last day before our holiday break, I would give the ornaments to the parents.
So, I would take a picture of each student, create each picture into an ornament and put a cheesy but cute little poem on the back.
I got too busy to finish them up and to get them on the tree!! (insert sad face here)
I’m just going to send them home when we get back to school in January.
Next year, I’ll be READY!!
If you would like to have a freebie of the template and the poem, then just click
I thought it may be fun to make my five into thankful points at school.
I am thankful for my blog!!
I know I don’t have thousands of readers to my blog….
yet…..(I am still hopeful that someday, my numbers will reach to a thousand….goal setting at its finest!!)
However, I think of my blog as a journal of my teaching experiences with my awesome Kinder Cubs
and the privilege of what I get to do with them on a daily basis!
I can’t tell you how often I go back on different posts of mine and look at things I may have done in the past to see what I did and how it looks so I can model it for this year!!
Well, this week, I had to do a lot of that because I ended up repeating a few things I did last year.
I know I could look back on my lesson plans, but Y’all!! I need pictures!!
I am thankful for my home projects!!
When I began teaching kindergarten 4 years ago, I decided to start having a monthly home project. Each month, I have something special that I want the families to work on together. For November it was a Thankful Turkey Feather. I get black poster board and trace and cut out turkey feathers.
I can usually get about 3-4 on a poster board.
Then, on their November homework sheet, I type this on it:
Thankful Feathers: Your child has a cardboard replica of a turkey feather. It needs to be decorated with things that represent what he/she are thankful for. It can be photographs, stickers, pictures from magazines. The sky is the limit!! This will give an opportunity for you to talk to your child about thankfulness and what that means. The feathers will be displayed on our turkey display. Before I display the feathers, each child will give a presentation and talk about the things he/she are thankful for.
Then, I set a deadline.
I had all but 1 child turn his/hers in and they all loved talking about their own feather!! Usually, if a child doesn’t turn in a home project, I send a reminder home or I get my paraprofessional or a volunteer to help the child complete his/hers. The child who was missing hers is not one who has done that this year, so I left a spot for her in case she brought it the next day.
I took brown butcher paper and found a large circle and medium circle in my classroom (a small round table and a base to my globe) and I traced and cut those out. Then I free handed the feet, waddle, beak and eyes. I cut those out. Next, I found a nice big spot on a wall. I taped up the circles. Then glued the pieces on an…..
Voila!! a Thankful Turkey was created!!
I am thankful for our Thanksgiving Feast!!
Every year at our school, we have a Thanksgiving Feast for PreK, Kindergarten, and First Grade.
We all enjoy decorating our tables with items that our kiddos have made.
For the 3rd year in a row, I have used the burlap that you see pictured above to decorate my tables. It is so easy!! I’ve used butcher paper in the past, but this burlap is so durable. If anything gets on it, we just wipe it off, leave it out to dry and then I just roll it back up to save for the next year!!
I’m telling you!! I love it!!
For my decorations this year, I made my tried and true handprint turkey painted on a potholder.
Here’s a little picture tutorial of how I do these little keepsakes. After the brown paint dries, I paint a different color on the other 4 fingers and they press them right above the brown turkey body. Then, with yellow, and red paint, I help them free hand feet, beak, and a waddle. Next, I get a black sharpie and make a little dot for the eye. To finish the keepsake off, I write the year on the back and tie a little yellow yarn bow around the loop.
This year, I used blue potholders instead of red and I liked that better!! These potholders were just 2 for 88 cents at Walmart!! What a bargain!!
Do you like the photo prop pics? I had the best time creating these!!
I found the photo props from Pinterest.
Click HERE to get your free Thanksgiving photo props!
I put a piece of blue butcher paper as a back drop on my board and then I let each kinder cub choose a hat and food prop or the “so thankful” sign. After I took each picture, I had the them developed. Then I cut cardstock in half lengthwise and glued the photo on 1 side. On the other side, I made a border using power point and I typed what the kinder was thankful for and typed his/her name with the year. I printed each one out and cut around the border and glued it to the other side of the photo card.
Then, I laminated each one. As the decoration on the table, I folded them to set up like a placecard.
I have to say…..as I say A LOT….
I LOVED IT!!
Here is a pic collage of a fun time at lunch!
I take pictures of each family with their child and got them processed.
Then, I will write a note to each child about what it is about him/her that I’m thankful for and put the picture in the note as well. I will get the notes in the mail before Thanksgiving. It is just a simple way that I make sure my precious kinder cubs know they are loved by their teacher!
I am thankful for reading!!
I think just about every time that I blog, I add in about how I adore the Guiding Reader series that I use from Deanna Jump and Deedee Wills! Well in the November packet, there is a unit about the book Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano. I love reading this book aloud to the kids and they did a great job with comprehending it and writing about it. One activity that we did was to unscramble a sentence and learn how to draw the turkey when he was disguised like a rooster. Y’all!! My kinders love to see the step by step directions on how to draw and they do such a fine job with it!
Look at these drawings and see for yourself!!
On Friday, a 3rd grade class came into our classroom and each 3rd grader took one (or 2) of my kinder cubs and read to them. My teacher friend of the class, had the student pick out the book he/she was going to read and they practiced the day before. Not only did they read to my kinders, they asked engaging questions to encourage my kinders’ comprehension skills.
Now here is the kicker…..
These 3rd graders earned a reward for making good behavior choices.
They voted on what they wanted to do as a treat and reading to my kinder cubs was the winner!!
Isn’t that just simply awesome!!
Here is a pic of a few of them reading:
Doesn’t that just make your teacher heart go pitter patter!! I know!! Me too!!
I love giveaways!!
This weekend, I have entered a few giveaways and it is time that I have one as well!! I am so thankful that you are reading my blog. It truly makes be feel even more blessed!! So to possibly help you with your Black Friday shopping, I am giving away ….
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Well that is my Five For Friday!! Hop on over to Doodlebugs Teaching to see other blog posts that might help you out!!
I am so very excited that SEPTEMBER is finally here!!
That means that I have made it through 4 long (and I’m sorry to be like this, but honey, I mean L-O-N-G) weeks!!
However, I really can’t complain….
So far, there are only 15 students in my class. I really like that and I’m just counting my blessings over that number everyday!
I started the very first week of school with Deanna Jump’s and Deedee Wills’ Guiding Readers resource using Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. If you have read any of my past posts, I am a big fan of their monthly Guiding Readers resource!! It is a great way to teach reading comprehension without worrying about who can decode and who cannot. It is based off of popular read alouds and each month, I can ALWAYS find a book in this resource to match my theme for that week. But it doesn’t stop there……THEN, these 2 kinder teacher geniuses created a resource to go along with the Guiding Readers series called “Science, Math, and More”. It is a supplement resource to integrate math and science and other things using the same read alouds.
Using both resources really got my first week off to a great start!!
Here’s one of my new kinder cubs having a coconut SHAKE down while she listens to what the inside of a coconut sounds like. Then, we wrote words on an anchor chart to describe how it sounds, along with how it looked and smelled. We also tasted coconut. In the Science, Math and More resource, there are some great printables and pictures to help a teacher work through the coconut exploration and a graph to use to see if you like or don’t like the taste of coconut. My kinders also got out their science journals and drew a picture of the coconut and wrote the words that described the coconut beside the picture they drew.
We also did a sink and float experiment using the coconut. Total FUN!! They loved it!!
Then, to celebrate the last day of our study using Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, the kinders made a cute healthy snack that looked like the coconut tree and the letters. I found that in a post from DeeDee Wills blog.
Ok….Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was a great way to start some fun and engaging learning in my classroom. But the learning I was most excited about was a study of the ALPHABET!! I listened to other bloggers and researched myself about how good it is to teach the alphabet using a letter a day, so that got me to thinking about trying it out this year. I wanted to start with A and end with Z, but my only problem with this was that I knew I needed to make sure it worked within our district’s scope and sequence in ELA. The scope and sequence begins with M, R, S, T, N, P, C and short vowel A. What worked in my favor was the fact that the focus on those letters begins the 5th week of our scope and sequence.
YAY!! I was thrilled! I would be able to pull this off and still stay within our the guidelines of our county scope and sequence.
So we have been on an adventure since day ONE!!…..
an Alphabet Adventure!!
And it has been majorly FUN and very engaging for all of my kinder cubs!!
During my Literacy Station time, I have introduced the Letter of the Day by reading a book from the Alpha Tales collection (We happen to have these at our school.)
Then, we create an Anchor Chart of the letter of the day. This is when I can incorporate some kinders who know the letters already but they still love to think of words that begin with that letter. They have loved watching me draw pictures to illustrate the words!
After the anchor chart is completed, the kinders go to a Letter Station and rotate within 4 of them:
I didn’t have time to create my own resources, so after some quick researching, I mainly used a couple of different resources to create the centers.
My station was Alphabet Brochures by Simply Kinder! This resource has printable trifold brochures where the kinders complete little activities in in it for each letter. Just click the picture below to find this resource. It gives them handwriting practice as well. I especially love the home link section on the back.
For station number 2, the kinders work on an independent center using a resource from A Teeny Tiny Teacher called:
Click the pic of her resource above to get it! These mini books are so very simple to print and fold ready to use. The students trace letters on the books. LOVE IT!! Then, the kinders can take them home and read them to a parent.
Station number 3 has been the kinders absolute favorite! I knew I wanted some type of ABC craftivity to use in a center, so creating a hat for each letter was a no brainer. So after I looked around, I found that Simply Kinder’s Alphabet Hats met my needs. You can click the pic and see them for yourself if you are interested.
Everyday since the first day of school we have made these hats! I have gotten messages and emails from parents telling me about how much fun it has been for them to guess what might possibly be on the hat for a certain letter.
I just HAVE to show you some of the pictures of our hats.
On Mm day the hat was moose ears. So…..
I just HAD to let them wear their hats and we did Moose-Ta-Cha from GoNoodle!!
Then for the last station, I have alternated between uppercase and lowercase puzzles and playdough letter mats. Well….again these resources are from TpT. The way I used the puzzles worksheets, was quite simple. I printed the letter puzzle and the pieces. Next, I colored the pieces and colored the borders and then I laminated all of it and I cut the pieces apart. And…VOILA! I had reusable puzzles. Click the pics to find them.
The alphabet play dough work mats are fun and easy to laminate. The kinders have had a blast with them!!
We have only 6 more letters to go and when we are done, we are going to have an Alphabet Palooza Party!!
I’m calling it that, because well….I just love that word Palooza!!
I have found lots of ideas on Pinterest. My plans right now are to make alphabet necklaces, and an alphabet trail mix. Then we will play Alphabet Stack Up using sliced up pool noodles with letters on the front. We will play some sort of ABC Relay Race. I will end it with an Alphabet cookie walk. I just completed a resource to use for the cookie walk. As I developed it, I realized that the small cards can also be used for a matching game. I am really excited this celebration. I will post about it, after it happens!!
The Alphabet Cookie Walk resource is on sale in my store $1 for a week. I hope that you will walk on over to it and check it out!
Just click the pic below to look it over!!
I really want to end this blog post with a giveaway to honor those of you who have been in the classroom for a few weeks now and for those who are just starting back this week!! Please check out my Rafflecopter below to enter to win a $10 gift card from Teachers Pay Teachers. I’ll be giving away 2!!
I mean not only do I have a few events to share being my last week as a teacher on summer vacation
NOW HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS!!
I also have a little giveaway for you to enter at the end of the post!!
Well this little cute thing above was born RIGHT BEFORE I left on vacation to go to the beach!! She is my third granddaughter!!
I got to hold her a tiny little bit before I left, but not as much as I wanted to. When I got back, I couldn’t WAIT to get my hands on her!!
Her name is Aubrey Elise and she weighed 5 lbs. 10 oz and was 18 inches long.
This picture reminds me of when I was a little girl and my aunt had a Thumbelina doll that looked just like this….eyes closed and all!!
I would hold that doll until we left to go home…..
so hoping in my heart that my aunt would let me take her home…..
she never did….
but I never held it against her…
little did I know that there would be some real Thumbelina dolls in my life!!
Tuesday night, we did something that we had never done before. My son lives in a neat little city in Georgia called Smyrna and every Tuesday during the summer there is a Food Truck Night in a local park. We went to Daniel’s house and walked about a mile to get there. It was hot as blue blazes y’all!! Once we got there, I HAD to get some water and a Diet Coke before I could even walk around.
I know….I’m old…..heat gets to me pretty quick!!
There were all sorts of food trucks and you could go and buy any kind of food from lobster sandwiches to fusion food. Then, there was a dessert truck and an ice pop vendor as well. Once I cooled down, we had a lot of fun spending time with family and eating!
Oh yea…..and my daughter in love picked us up when we were done, so we didn’t have to walk back…..
she’s such a good daughter in love! 🙂
Then….On Wednesday I came to my school and THIS is what I saw when I opened my classroom door:
If I could play that horror music you hear in movies when someone walks in a creepy room right now, I would play it. But right now, you just have to imagine it! Actually, it wasn’t THAT bad, so I just dove right in and tried to make it look like a classroom again. I still have quite a bit to do….I mean….. Meet the teacher is August 4th and I have QUITE a bit to do, but I know that it will get done!!
I am confident……IT.Will.Get.Done!! That’s my way of giving myself a pep talk during my blogging…..:)
I’ll post the after picture next week!
For several years now, I enjoy having a class reunion with my previous class before we start a new school year! This event is one of the highlights of my year.
It was even more special when I became a kindergarten teacher. My little kinder cubs have been away from each other since May 20th. Then, when they get together for the class reunion, they are a little shy with each other, but as more and more of them arrive, the party begins!!
It is such an easy time to plan. I always schedule the reunion the Thursday before I have to go back to school from 6-7:30pm. I have it a local McDonalds that has a huge indoor playground. I send an email to all of the kinder cubs’ families. I make it clear in the email, that a parent has to stay with the child. They also pay their children’s food. Once the kiddos eat they go and play. My parapro and I mingle with all of the parents and catch up a bit. It is fun and the time just flies by!! Of course, we can’t end the night with one last classroom picture! I make sure that I hug each kinder cub before he or she leaves. It is a bittersweet moment for sure!!
And now for the giveaway!! TpT gave me a $10 giftcard to use for a giveaway. So to make it even better, I’m giving away 2 more $10 giftcards.
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It is absolutely amazing y’all at what a whirlwind it was around the Groce household in July!!
So this is how it all went down…..
First of all……
We left on July 3rd to go on our mission trip to Wales and spent almost 10 days there!
This is my awesome school team that I worked with during the day in Wales. Our theme for our school assembly was the Olympics. We performed a skit called, “Animal Olympics” using these cutie patootie masks!! I’ll be posting more on that this next week. Stay tuned!!
Here’s our Wales gospel choir during a practice time towards the end of the trip. I pulled a little prank on our choir director, by having some of the choir members hold up the masks while we were singing our first number. Trust me!! This happened during our practice time……NOT the actual performance!!
The trip was awesome! We were able to bring honor and glory to the Lord while we were able to minister to the communities in different ways.
We went to London for 1 day before we headed back to Georgia!!
We flew home on Tuesday. As SOON as I landed from being in London, I got right back on another plane and made it to this:
Talk about being a jet setter!! But it was so worth it!! I had a great time! I learned so much and was able to meet some great people! And yes, I was star struck when I met people like Deedee Wills, Greg from Kindergarten Smorgasboard, and Kristin from A Teeny Tiny Teacher! And seeing the founder of TpT, Paul Edelman was so cool!! There were many others but it would take a whole page to mention them!
This pic was taken at the HUGE teacher meet up that was held at night!
I got to get a picture taken with one of the GoNoodle characters. Lots of fun….!!
Dan and Jaden flew down on Wednesday and while I was attending this awesome conference they were having a great time at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World!!
We all flew back home early Friday morning so we could get some clothes washed and get ready for our family vacation to the west side of Panama City Beach, Florida! Our plan was to leave on Saturday around noon……..
However, a pretty important and I mean IMPORTANT event took place………
And it was……DRUMROLL please……
The birth of our 3rd granddaughter!! She wasn’t due until July 22nd, but she decided to arrive on July 16th around 3:45 in the afternoon.
Well……before we went to the hospital, we packed up our things, so we could go on to the beach.
My daughter and son in love were good with it! They knew all along that we had this trip planned, before they got pregnant……
I hope you don’t think I’m bad to have gone on to the beach, but trust me…. they were good with it!!
My son and daughter in love went with us along with Jaden and a friend of hers.
We stayed for a week!!
We got back on the 23rd….
I got to get some lovin’ in with my new grandbaby….
and it was time to think about…..
BACK TO SCHOOL!!
BACK TO SCHOOL!?!?
I know!! It is that time, y’all!!
Here is a link to my FREEBIE that I have on my TpT store for Meet the Teacher Day. Click HERE to get to it.
To make it easier on you, I want to offer a giveaway. TpT was so gracious to give me a $10 gift card code to use for a promotion! To make it even better, I’m going to give away 2 MORE….count them!!…. 2 MORE $10 gift cards to TpT!!
That means there will be 3 LUCKY DUCK winners in this giveaway!!
I am super stoked today, to show off my NEW blog design!! Megan Favre from A Bird In Hand Designs set this up for me!! I love it!! She is a teacher herself and she does a terrific job in making the blog the way you want it. I use WordPress and I know that WordPress is more difficult to work with on blog designs than Blogspot. However, Megan keeps the pricing down low enough to make it affordable. Thanks, Megan for the great job!
If you stick with me through this post, I have a freebie AND some AWESOME giveaways!! I mean JELLY BEAN they are pretty AWESOME and you will definitely want to sign up to try to win one!!
To start off this blog post today, I have some pictures of some recent LOOT that I got from Target and from Kitchen Collections.
I was beginning to feel left out when I read other blog posts and I saw all of the great swag from Target! But, I would just stop by my local Target when I was out and about…
and then one day….
There it was!! All of this cool stuff that I found to start my school year off right!
My coolest find here were the favor bags! Can you see them towards the bottom on the pic?
They are made with really thick material and have a drawstring. I bought 6. One way that I’m going to use them is to put letters in them and the students will draw out a letter and for the beginning of the year, they will say the letter name and the sound. Later on, I will have the focus letters in there for that week and they will pull the letter and match it to a word that begins with that letter. Or I have little objects that begin with a certain letter, so I’ll probably put some of those in there and the students will take out an object, name it and tell me the letter it begins with.
I’m also planning on putting numbers in the bag. The possibilities are endless with that one!! We can work on number recognition, number order, comparing, and counting. Later on in the year, I will play guessing games using them, Like: “What’s That Coin?”, or “What’s That Shape?”.
Now on to my next great finds!!……
Here’s the preface:
Last week I had to fly into Dallas TX to meet up with a group to talk about an upcoming mission trip.
I arrived pretty early and my meeting wasn’t until around 6:30pm
So, I decided to get some shopping in while I was there.
I found a really nice outlet mall in Grand Prairie, TX.It was as hot as blue blazes and I was working up a sweat, so I found a little snow cone kiosk and it was a great place to stop and get refreshed!!
I love to cook and bake, so I decided to look around at a kitchen store there called Kitchen Collection. As I was looking around, I felt like I had struck gold!! Here are my finds from there:
Don’t you just love those BUG SWATTERS!! They are shaped like a hand!! What fun can I come up with using those!?!
Lots!! I tell you!! Lots!!
I could have a High Five monitor who looks for kinders making good choices and he can give that child a high five.
I can play Swat that Letter, Word, Number, etc game!….
I can give High Fives using it…
I can raise it when I want the kinders to give me five….
Lots of uses!! These babies were just a dollar!
I really got excited when I saw the metal cookie shape cutters. They were $1 each and I even found a hexagon! They are a perfect size for little hands and they are very durable! These will work perfectly for my shapes unit. I love to use kinetic sand and these cookie cutters will definitely come in handy when I use my sand in a center!
Do you see the little dustpans and brooms. I am ALWAYS a sucker for little cute things and these caught my eye right when I was checking out! I just thought the dustpan and broom would be prefect to sweep up little things on the center tables. For $1 a piece….how could I go wrong!!
Now, do you see the red and pink items? Are you asking, “What the heck is that?!?”
Well let me tell you!!
They are silicone pot holders shaped like a chicken and a pig!! They are called, Kitchen Kritters.
Here is my idea for using these kritters!
I will be teaching using a farm theme during early October. I’m going to have a game set up called Farm Fetch. During Farm Fetch, there will be 10 table tennis balls with a letter written on each one. I’ll have the balls in a small container that will look farm like. Two students will have an oven mitt on and I’ll call out a word associated with the farm. Then, I’ll say, “1-2-3 FETCH!” The 2 students will reach in and try to fetch the correct ball by using the pot holder.
If you are interested in finding any of these items, here is the info about Kitchen Collection:
If you’d like to try to play Farm Fetch with YOUR kinders, click the pic below to go straight to my TpT store and download it for FREE!!
Like I said earlier, I want to have a FANTASTIC giveaway Are you ready? Here is what I’m giving away:
1- $25 Gift Card to Target
1- $25 Gift Card to Kitchen Collection
1- $25 Gift Card to Teachers Pay Teachers
2- boxes of kinetic sand
That is 5!! Count them 5 total giveaways from one post!!
I hope that you will enter! I will choose the winners Saturday after 11:00am Eastern time. Thanks for stopping by and it will be a joy to have you stop by often!! I want to continue to offer many other giveaways and advice and open my classroom door to you through this blog. Enjoy the rest of your week! Bye, y’all!