Wednesday, February 26, 2014

D5, My top 5 and a TpT Sale!

Hello Friends, I hope you are having a great week. Is it just me, or do the weeks seem to go by faster and faster?! My teammate emailed me today to tell me that we have 61 days of school left...WHAT WHAT?! How can that be? I still have so much to much that I want to change/tweak!

It reaches a certain point in the year and I get in the new year mode. Do you do that too? I start asking myself: what went well this year? What can I do right now to make my life easier in August? What is my something new that  I want to incorporate next year? Each year, I try to add a "something new" to our day.

Starting this weekend, I will be posting all about Daily 5. How I organize it, What I use, How do I keep track of it all?! All of these questions answered and more! My friends and I are already planning a D5 2nd Edtition book study! You can get your copy here:

 You can see our old book study by clicking here

 I hope you will come back and learn how I am doing D5 in my room this year! :-)

NOW, on to the sale. I don't know about you, but my TpT cart is FULL! I love when they have these site wide sales. I try to stock up! You can get to my store by click this button.

Here are my top 5 sellers!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sight Word Stations

Hi all Live Love Laugh K readers.
I am Mary from Sharing Kindergarten.
Tammy and I are pretty good friends and am beyond blessed to be able to guest blog for her today. 
We text often and chat pretty much everyday behind the scenes...
and I asked her for a chance to showcase something amazing
my little loves {aka school kids} have been doing since January.

I love creating meaningful activities to get my kids
We are rocking Daily 5, engaging math activities, amazing hands on centers...
but I wasn't doing a good job of letting my little wonderfuls work with sight words.
I knew I need to give my kids time to interact with, build, manipulate sight words

Let me introduce you all to something I am so excited to share... 
They are 6-10 stations set in in my classroom for my students to work with sight words 
for 10 minutes a day.
We have 6 words we work with each week and they pick their activity and go.

I starting giving my little amazing about 10 minutes a day to go to sight word stations 
to do all those wonderful things I wanted them to be DOING with their sight words. 
It was amazing... they were in love
They BEGGED me for more time, 
they tried to NEGOTIATE to get in an extra rotation, 
and they were ENGROSSED in their activities.
And YES... they learned their words!
Better yet, there able to do more than read their words...
They could build them, use them, and write them. 

Sadly... the prep time was killing me. 
They loved it, but I was struggling to build and create amazing activities for these stations. 

Luckily I had several snow days at home without my girls.
My computer and I had a meeting and this is what occurred...
I made 14 activities for each word list for 8 weeks.
Seriously... all my work and worries was over.
I had so many activities to choose from, I was able to pull activities to Morning Work, Daily 5, Center time, and so much more.

This past week I put my new pack to work. 
I printed the colored sheets at home and marked the pages I needed black and white copies for.
Then I set out my table baskets.
I knew I was going to have a few sensory tables so I had those materials in the baskets already from the previous week. {They are in the yellow and green baskets.}
Those table were easy to reset for the week. 
I double checked the pens and writing materials and added the sight word tents to the basket. 
These tents tell the students what sight words to write at that station.
{Independence is the key... this tent allows them to get busy asap and use these words easily.
They shouldn't be looking around the room and getting distracted.}

 I look my Build a Word Station sheets and put them in a cover to protect them. 
They went into the red basket with some dry erase markers 
so my little wonderfuls could build these words. 
{I add beads or letter tiles or other manipulative to this station as well, 
but this week we did dry erase markers.}
For purple table, I grabbed the printable for water color rainbow words, 
added some watercolors to the basket, and placed small plastic cups by the sink.
Blue table took an extra minute because I had to grab a Sharpie 
and write the sight words on small foam counters. 
{I found these larger circles at the Dollar Store so I grabbed a ton of them!}
Once I wrote the words on the counters, 
I place them in snack size baggies and put the sheet and counters in a basket.
All 6 of my stations were prepped and stacked for stations
in less than 10 minutes, 
including coping time!
I also have a few stations set up in the classroom using magnetic surfaces and pocket charts.
I put up the magnetic word station sheet on a filing cabinet...
  Some sentences went up on the pocket chart...
 and then I had to make a last minute change to one of my stable stations... 
because we all know we LOVE to do this...
I pulled out the word puzzles from the pack and replaced them at the green table.

The best news is...
ALL of these materials fit in a file folder to store fairly flat for later on.
And one you do the minimal prep of putting pages in protectors or writing words on the foam circles, these stations will be easier to set up next time around.
{Meaning, LESS than 10 minutes? What???}

Head on over to my blog
to see my kids using these stations see how you can grab a free and
enter to win a Sight Word Station pack yourself.

HI! This is Tammy! I love this packet! You will too! It is a perfect addition to your word work stations. Mary has agreed to give one away!! Woo Hoo! :-) 
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine's Day Dollar Store Finds and Freebie

I love February! Well, I love the holidays that we celebrate in February! I don't necessarily love the weather. I don't know about you guys, but I am more than ready for some Spring weather.

Valentine's Day!! What's NOT to love about Valentine's Day?! I stopped at the Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart to try and find some fun things for this month. My kids love write the room. I always try to find some fun glasses, hats, or necklaces that they can wear while writing or reading the room. 

 We use the hearts as pointers! I also use them in small groups. "Point to the word HERE on this page." My Kinders loooove the glasses.

The cute ribbon from the Dollar Tree gives our plain clipboards an easy, non-permanent (my favorite part) face lift. :-) 

I have a little freebie for you. It is a Math station that your kiddos will LOVE. You can download your freebie by clicking on the cover page below.

I also some fun Write the Room sheets with several February themes. Students go around the room and look for words that begin with certain letters.

I am sure you know my friend Annie (The Moffatt Girls). I love her no prep packets!! They are great for morning work, for subs, for kids love them! I love them because they are so cute and provide my Kinders with meaningful practice! I actually use both of her packets, the Kindergarten and the First Grade. The First Grade one is perfect for my higher students!

You can see what's in these packets by clicking on either of the cover pages below.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Live Love Laugh Everyday In Kindergarten Loves TpT

Happy Friday! Whew...was I ready for this week to be over with. If I have to have one more inside recess, then...well, I don't know what I will do. I just can't take it! LOL! I am ready for Spring! On with the post.

I am writing this post today to share my TpT story with you. I want to share with you why I love TpT!

First, I really feel like I am a better teacher! It has been amazing to have access to so many talented and amazing teachers in one place. It has introduced me to some pretty fabulous teachers, who I now consider my friends. We talk through Facebook, we text, and we are even planning some meet ups. Without TpT, I would not have met this fabulous lady!! Crystal from Keative In Kinder. She really is a great person and can't wait until Vegas. :-) She has the best sense of humor! Love her to pieces!

It was one day when we were talking on the phone (which she makes me do often and knows that I hate talking on the phone...I may have mentioned this before lol) and before we knew it Freebielicous was born! Our Freebielicous journey has introduced us to so many people! I love each and every one of them

Some of the first teacher bloggers/TpT ladies I connected with have become my dear friends! I talk to them almost daily. We share ideas and talk about what works in our rooms and what doesn't! Talk about cross country collaboration...and with some fantastic teachers!

You probably know Marsha, from A Differentiated Kindergarten. Her Math Stations are AWESOME! She is so funny! She makes me laugh everyday. She has something funny to say about EVERYTHING. I can't wait to meet her in person this Summer.

A Differentiated Kindergarten

 Next is Mary, from Sharing Kindergarten! She quite possibly could be the most selfless person I have ever met! She is always so positive and she has a knack for you wouldn't believe! Her new ipad and computer resources on TpT are MUST HAVES!

Oh Cailtin, from Kindergarten Smiles! She is my Florida sunshine! :-) I absolutely love her stuff. She is a fellow DJ Inker fan! She has such a way of creating the cutest and most useful units! Her All about...and more units are something you should definitely add to your lesson plans.

Mel, from a Seusstastic  Classroom Inspirations. Well, what can I say about her! I swear, I think we may have been separated at birth! We have the same, sick twisted sense of humor! She is an 80's chick who loves the hair bands. I can NOT wait to see what trouble we can get into in Vegas!

Krissy, from Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business. Again, another 80s chick! We hit it off right away. This lady has brilliant classroom ideas and is no nonsense...which I love! I think she will be right there with Mel and I in Vegas, raising some you know what.

Second, the extra income has provided my family with some opportunities that we wouldn't have had before! We started our family very young. I was only 19! So, it was tough financially for many years.We actually adopted our son in 2013! Now, not saying we wouldn't have if I didn't have TpT, but it sure has made it a lot easier :-) TpT has given me the opportunity to provide more for the family that I adore!  This picture is from the day that we OFFICIALLY adopted Paxtyn!

Last, I feel like I am the best teacher I can be! There are so many amazing resources available on TpT. You can find emergency sub plans, literature units, math units, art projects, lesson planners, guided reading NAME it and you can find it there!!

I am giving away a gift certificate to TpT for $10!!

My friends at Freebielicious are also joining in to show their love for TpT! You can hop on over to my friend Annie at The Moffatt Girls to enter her give away too!!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Super Sale!

My friends and I at Freebielicous are teaming up to bring you a Super Sale! Everything in our stores will be on sale tomorrow, SUPER BOWL SUNDAY, for 20% off. It will be a perfect day to either watch the game or the commercials. LOL! I love football, but college football. I have to be honest...not a huge professional football fan. So, I don't really care who wins tomorrow. I will watch though. I will watch Payton yell out "OMAHA!"   I will watch the commercials. I will work. Let's define work...I will be shopping on TpT, printing out all of my goodies, and laminating them. It's time to be ready for February. 

Here are a few of my items that will help get your through the month!!

I also have some freebies for you!!

The rest of my freebielicous friends are also having a sale. Hop on over to their stores to grab some of their amazing work...that is if you don't already own all of it! :-)

Have an awesome Super Bowl Sunday!