Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kindergarten Assessment Notebook

I love my Summers at home! However, this Summer has been...well, not the best or most relaxing Summer. Oyy! My husband had to have surgery (spinal fusion) and he has been home AND in a neck brace for my entire break. Now, don't get me wrong...I love him to the moon and back, but let's just say that when he gets a cold...he's pretty sure that he is sicker than anyone has been....EVER! So, surgery + neckbrace=me losing my mind. To top that off...I have had some health scares myself. We still don't have any real answers yet. I went to the Dr with some chest pain and difficulty breathing...and then BLAMO they are taking me to the ER by ambulance. That was not fun! I go so a cardiologist tomorrow. I am crossing my fingers for some better news. ANYWHO...I haven't been able to do anything strenuous! I have been working on my computer. I have a few things to share with you!

The first thing is my Kindergarten Assessment Notebook! I simply print this cover and put it in a see through binder.
I have included a beginning of the year letter assessment (upper case, lower case, and beginning sounds)

 I print one of these for each students. I use a different color of pen for my baseline, mid quarters, and each quarterly assessment. I place the notebook in front of the student. I have their recording sheet in front of me. The assessment sheets and recording sheets have the letters listed in the same order.

Come back this week for more literacy assessments to add to your notebook! Next week I will add Math assessments.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Back To School With Educents

Back to school is just around the the corner!  Something about the back to school aisles starting to show up, commercials on TV, and getting your classroom ready brings a little excitement to teachers lives!  Don't get me wrong, we enjoy our time off but the start of a new year is so exciting!

And so me and my girls at Freebielicious have teamed up with Educents to get you ready with some instant downloads for you! Loaded with great products for back to school including book studies, craftivities, classroom prep, and content materials for back to school!  With 23 instant downloads... you have to check it out!  

My product included will surely need and get lots of love!  Phonemic Awareness Fun - rhyming edition!  Rhyming is essential to being able to read in a few months so it's SO important!  This fun product will give you cards to use, games, and printables! 

But that's not it.  This bundle has 22 other products!  Isn't that crazy?  And it's for a limited time it is $34.99 from Educents which is 69% off!  Twenty-three products total for your kinder and first grade classrooms and over 1200 pages of materials from some of your favorite teachers!  It's a bundle you are sure to LOVE!

Take a moment to take a peek at some of the other teachers featured in this bundle - what that have going on for back to school and what they are featuring in this deal too!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fine Motor Pencil Practice

One of the things that my team mates and I talked about at the end of the year last year was focusing a little more on fine motor skills! We jump right into handwriting without really going over proper strokes.

I have created a simple "Back To School" themed fine motor packet. It includes tracing vertical and horizontal lines. Students will use their pencils to trace straight, curved and zig zag lines. There is also an option that they draw their own lines. 

You could use these for small group instruction, homework, or even morning work.

I just created a fine motor board on pinterest. Come follow me. If you have a good fine motor boar on pinterest, then please leave your link in a comment below!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sight word activities and a give away!

Why is it that we countdown the days until Summer break and then all we do is think about next year?! LOL! I have been working on some fun things for sight words! My kinders loved playing sight word games that had to do with sports....even the girls!

My district uses Reading Street. There are things that I love and things that..ehhh....not so much! I am very fortunate that a majority of my kiddos come to me knowing most/or all of the letters and sounds. They also know some sight words. Reading Street only has 40 sight words. I sometimes feel like that isn't enough. So, last year I also started introducing the Dolch words on my own! I had several students that were able to read pre-primer through 3rd grade words by the end of the year.  

I will start with the Dolch pre-primer words in September. We actually start school in August, but will wait to introduce these words until September. I have several items for the pre-primer words and working on adding the other lists also! 

First, is my Stamp A Word set. They LOOOOVE stamping!! I have included three options for each page: all upper case, all lower case, and first letter upper case.

I have created a few football themed sets for the pre-primer words.

Let's have a give away! I will give away the combo packs (the play doh mats and the all stars games)

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Table Numbers FREEBIE

Happy Summer friends! I am OFFICIALLY on Summer break. My last day was last Thursday. I haven't been out for one week yet and I am ALREADY thinking about next year....what the what?!  Why do I do this? I am sure you do it too! LOL!

I love this ecard! It is so true! You know what I love though....when I see someone at the store or at the ball park and they give me one of these, "Wow, must be nice to only work 9 months out of the year and get paid for 12!"  I told my hubs that I am going to start carrying a taser with me and every time someone said that to me..well, they were gonna get tased! LOL! Ok, not really, but would like to sometimes! 

I have some new freebies for you! I still love the bright neon colors! I also love chevron, polka dots AND stripes! ;-) I made some new table numbers. I will use the circle ones above my tables. I couldn't decide if I liked the black or the white I made both! 
 I will use these on my board to keep track of table points. 

You can download your FREE table numbers by clicking the cover page below!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Top Ten Things I Want To Do This SUMMER

I am linking up with Deanna over at Mrs Jump's Class! SUMMER! It's so close...for me anyway! I go back Tuesday and Wednesday with students, and Thursday is my last day. I can't tell you how much I despise going back after this holiday weekend! Uggg!! Has your Summer started yet?

I think this last year has been the busiest...well, in the history of EVER! :-) I know that you are probably just like me. You love your job. You love spending time on the computer (blog hopping, pinterest, and Facebook) and your own kids have your running to volleyball, basketball, soccer, and softball. Sound familiar?! I know that it does!

I have so many things on my Summer TO DO LIST! As I am sure you do too! Here are my top ten things I want to do this Summer! 

I AM going to Vegas this Summer! I can't wait. I am finally going to get to meet all of my online friends in person. I will be attending the Kindergarten conference and the TpT conference. I have never been to Vegas.

I currently have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I looooove how I can find ideas...well, let's face it....for ANYTHING! However, I pin and never seem to get it done. So, my #2 is organize my pin boards and all of my digital clip art and fonts. We won't talk about how many clip art sets I have or fonts. 

I NEED to learn how to use this thing!! LOL! For Christmas I got this fabulous camera! Well, I have NOOO idea how to use it. I am looking for a photography class to take this Summer. 

This one is simple. I need to enjoy these 5 fabulous kids! My oldest is out of the house already and number 2 and 3 are in high school. It won't be long. Poor Paxtyn lol! He is doomed with 4 older sisters....and for the record....the next person that tells me that my grandson is adorable, might just get a punch to the forehead...just sayin! Yes, I am 42 and I could be a grandma, but I am NOT...not yet! :-) 


Believe it or not...used to be quite the runner. I ran cross country and track in high school...never mind that was 25 years ago. I recently ran (use that term very loosely) a 5K with some teacher friends of mine. My goal this year is to run at least one 5K every other month! 

I WANT to get a tattoo! I know...I know...I know! I AM 42. I have always wanted one though. I will be honest though. I have been a little scared...not a huge fan of needles. A simple one....nothing over the top. I just need to decide what and where! :-) 


We are FINALLY going on a family vacation. I don't care what our softball schedule looks like. It seems like my Summers get shorter and shorter and softball goes on longer and longer. We are going on a family vacation to the Wisconsin Dells. I am super excited. I hope that they can get along with each other long enough! LOL! 

One area in my classroom that I totally want to makeover is my classroom library! I want an AMAZING space for my students to go to! I will be shopping for a new rug, shelves, bean bags, and a lamp! 


Book Studies with my Freebielicious gals!! We are planning on doing a Daily 5 study in June!
I admit it...I HATE talking on the phone. I am terrible! So, my number 10 is call the people that matter to me more! I will be better! :-)

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.

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