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Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Monsters' Party 3 Retell

Here is number 3! Can I just mention that I am proud of myself for getting these up on this blog??? It took awhile, but I persevered and did it! Just like I tell the kiddos - I kept trying! I worked hard! :)

The Monsters' Party 2 Retell

Here is the second one!

The Monsters' Party 1 Retell

Here is a retell we did of Joy Cowley's The Monsters' Party. The students made new pictures and then we retold the story to go along with it.There will be three different videos to watch because we had enough students to make three different retells.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving Video

Here is my favorite Thanksgiving song! Turkey Tango!!!! Always fun to sing!

Thanksgiving Video

This is the class singing Albuquerque Turkey after our Thanksgiving feast! This is one of my favorite days in kindergarten! It is so much fun to smell the turkey and the other trimmings all morning and  then enjoy feasting together! Thank you to all the adults in the class that helped in any way! You are all so busy and yet were willing to help with preparing/supplying a whole other part for our feast. What a wonderful job I have! I am so THANKFUL for my students and their families! 


Here we are singing another Heidi Song!  It is the letter Cc!


This is our class singing the "A"  song from Heidi Songs. It is definitely a favorite of the class. It has certainly helped with learning our letters and sounds. 

Friday, September 7, 2012

What we did at school

We practiced A,B,C, and D. We learned all their sounds also! We practiced writing them. We practiced how to behave in school. We sang a lot of songs. We learned the numbers 1,2, and 3. We read a lot of books! We had fun this week! We went to specials and met other teachers. We did a lot of projects! We played Duck, Duck, Goose outside. We also made a Jack and Jill book. We are excited for next week!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What we did today

We sang the ABC song. We learned the letter Aa. Apples start with /a/.
Our Student of the Day told us this! 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Ok all you pinterest people! Next week I will need you to go to Carson Dellosa and find the "Carson-Dellosa Bulletin Board Brag Contest – Autumn 2012” board. They are having a contest and I will be entered. :) You will need to find my picture and like it. The one with the most likes will win! "I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and I received this bulletin board set for free to try and review." thanks!! Don't worry - I will remind you again!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lovely Blog Award

I have received a Lovely Blog Award!! Thank you to Sharon at
Now for the rules...
1. Follow the person who gave me the award. I am following Sharon!
2. Link back to the person that gave me the award. Sharon  Here is her link!
3. Pass to 15 new bloggers and then let them know they have received the award. Hopefully I can find 15 who have not received this award. I'm starting to hunt.
1. The Daily Cupcake
2. Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten
3 Kindergarten Tales
4. Mrs. Spatafora's Kindergarten Blog
5. Miss Kindergarten
6. The Very Busy Kindergarten
7. 'Lil Country Kindergarten
8.  Mrs. Jump's Class
9. The Polka Dot Patch
10. Kindergals
11. Sprinkles to Kindergarten!
12. Welcome to Room 36!
13. Time 4 Kindergarten
14.  Connecting the Dots: A Kindergarten Blog
15.  Mrs. Mayas' Kindergarten

There are soooo many great kindergarten blogs out there!! Check them all out!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Book Cases Organized

This is the before of the book closet! Well, just about before - I almost forgot to take a picture! This is a mobile cabinet that houses my books. I have 3 cabinets like this. These are the books that go with each theme/unit I teach. It is organized in order that I teach the units. But as you can see - I just put stuff in front or even on top of the books - you know, the books that you find after you put the rest away, or the one you buy but don't take the time to put away correctly! :) I finally decided how I wanted to organize it better. I figured out that those cute little baskets (top corner) fit two deep and and four across. AND... they are $1 a piece at Christmas Tree Shop! So I went shopping!!! They didn't have any at the one local store. :( So I went the opposite direction and went to another Christmas Tree Shop! They were out of them also!! I started to panic! I finally decided what I wanted to do to make it easier and more efficient and I couldn't!! :( So when my husband and son asked if I wanted to tag along as they picked up a tractor (they collect lawn and garden tractors) I checked to see if there was a Christmas Tree Shop near and there was! So I tagged along and begged to stop! Of course, they did:) They are great guys! Anyway - I bought 70 boxes!!!! They are 11x11. I can fit 4 across and go 2 deep on each shelf! So I started and I am thrilled! I put each theme into a basket. Ok - so took 2 baskets! And Ok - I don't need to buy any more books, but I'm sure I will! :) I can now just go pull out the baskets that I need and things won't be falling out of the cabinet! So here are some more pictures of the progress! 
This was some of the stuff that was in-front of the books!
First shelf finished!! 
 Two shelves! 
 Look at this!! I am sooooo happy about this! I even got two baskets over from the other book cabinet! YEA!!! Less space! 
 Here is the beginning of the second cabinet! The top two shelves were books and the bottom two were puzzles and games. Of course, I didn't always use everything on those bottom two shelves because.... they were on the BOTTOM! 
 Here is the second cabinet finished!! I have all my books in two cabinets!! The top two shelves continue to have the themes. After that the baskets have the books that don't fit into the themes I am using - many left over from my second grade days (but who can get rid of them???). So I have them organized by titles in ABC order. That way when I want a certain one or a friend wants to borrow one - I can find it quickly. I even had room to put some extra "things". 
 This is the "new" third cabinet! Puzzles and games on the top two shelves. Math materials on the third one. Indoor recess materials on the bottom! I <3 this!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company I reviewed the Summer Bridge Activity Book for Grade K to 1. It is a great deal if you are looking for a resource to to help your child over the summer! It covers all the standards that were taught over the school year in my classroom. It is sectioned off into daily work that spirals through the different topics - phonics, letters, numbers, graphing, handwriting, etc. There are also great fitness ideas to get the kiddos moving! There are also many bonus activities for science and social studies activities! AND... you can get on line and register your book to get a free mobile app! How very modern learning has gotten! "I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and I
received this book for free to try and review.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

ABC Countdown!

I can't believe that we have started our ABC countdown! Where did the year go? I love this idea of reviewing the letters in such a fun way! The kids were so cute showing their stuffed animals for A. Why didn't I take pictures? I need to upload the pictures from the bubbles. You would have thought I had given some of them gold! My favorite was one little one asked "Can we take these home at the end of the day?" Before I could get my answer out, another boy said, "NO, she will need these for next year's kindergarteners!" The look on their face was priceless when I said, "Of course you will get to take them home at the end of the day! They have your initials on them don't they?" That is what is so great with kindergarten! I think they are picking up the hint though that there are some goodies with the letters. After we tallied our favorite candy, one girl said, "This has made me hungry for candy." She had that look in her eye like please have some for us! Of course I did!!! I love to eat it too!

On a side note- I like the new blogger info! I was so excited seeing that my blog was visited 19 times today! WOW!!! I need to get my act together and blog more often... goal, goal, goal! It needs to become routine! Thanks for all of you that stop by!

Keep checking back in!

Oh, one more thing - the kids are LOVING the gumball machine and reading to other teachers!! They are soo proud of their accomplishments! :) It does a heart good!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

I am using the @Carson-Dellosa Publishing Big Gun Ball Machine Bulletin Board set. It is very colorful and cute!  It came with the gum ball machine, an overlay for the machine door, a bubble gum header and 32 gumballs in bright colors.  It also has a reproducible of a gumball machine. I am using it in my classroom as an incentive for reading! I have written the student’s names on the gumballs. I put the names on with clips. I emailed all of the staff at my school and let them know about this bulletin board as you walk into my classroom. The staff can pick a student’s name off the machine and get that kid to read them a book from their book baggie in their chair pockets.  I put a small box on the bulletin board for the “used gumballs”! That way all of the children will get picked before a second round. I can use the reproducible as a take home note to let the caregivers know that the students were reading to an adult.  My students were VERY excited about this! They were very curious when they saw the bulletin board go up, but I didn’t tell them till the next morning what the gumballs were all about. Our music teacher stopped down yesterday and picked a student. He was so excited – almost couldn’t decide which book to read to her! I love this set because it is so versatile. I will be able to use it for many different things over the years – I can use it for this same project or have the students use the gumballs for lunch count, as a management board –either putting in or taking out the gumballs, as writing prompt ideas, as a classification activity or as a welcome to the classroom sign. The students loved it as soon as they saw it! The bright colors make it look so happy! They loved finding their names on the gumballs. It made them very proud that they can read to other people! I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and I received this bulletin board set for free to try and review.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Carson Dellosa

The new Learning Spot Lesson from Carson Dellosa that I have used in my classroom is the Introduction to Phonemic Awareness. I like the set up – first we have whole group time to introduce the activity and the skill. Then I can have the students use the student activities independently during centers. It follows the same format so the kids are familiar with what to do.  It practices beginning, middle and ending sounds! You could get a free lesson by going to  I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and I received Learning Spot Lesson product for free to try and review.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I've Been Tagged!

This is so exciting! I've been tagged by another blogger! Thank you Mrs. G at WOW! The first time ever:) Sorry that it took me so long to get around to this! I'm not sure what - but it's been busy! So here goes...

  1. You must post the rules.
  2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
  3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
  4. Tag 12 people and link them to your post!
  5. Let them know you've tagged them!
 12 Fun Facts about me - I hope I can think of that many!

  1. I will be married 25 years in June to my best friend! I can't believe that it has been that long! That is a great thing!:)
  2. I love to scrapbook! I just wish I had more time to work on my albums.
  3. I love teaching kindergarten! I taught second grade and loved it too, but kindergarten is my passion!
  4. I would love to go back to school and get my doctorate. Anyone know where to get one in Early Childhood Education?
  5. I have two wonderful children. One is going to college in the fall - WHERE DID THAT TIME GO?? She is going to our alma mater:) The other is in high school also. He's taller than his father! OMG
  6. I could read all day long - I love to read including professional books:) I'm such a nerd! 
  7. I love technology:) Always playing and trying to find new things:)
  8. I love organizing! It is fun to clean out and get things where they need to be.
  9. I have been to over 30 states! I would love to get to all 50 one day!
  10. I like to walk on my treadmill or outside -although I need to get back into it though.
  11. I love to listen to all kinds of music - rock, country, oldies, etc. 
  12. I wish I had a decent singing voice! Good things the kinders don't mind:)

Mrs. G's Questions for me:
  1. How often do you post on your blog? I would love to say once a week, but not often enough.
  2. Phone camera or camera camera? Usually camera but I like having the phone camera available all the time!
  3. What was the last book you read? Total Participation Techniques
  4. What color polish is on your nails? None at this moment, but in two days - HOT PINK!
  5. Snow or sand? Both - how weird is that? I love having both = although this winter is really mild and I'm pretty happy about that right now.
  6. How long have you been teaching? 23 years :)
  7. Have you ever been a mentor teacher? Yes - twice:)
  8. What does the perfect day look like? Sleeping in,taking a walk, quiet breakfast, shopping, scrapbooking, walking on the beach, sightseeing, going to a museum, lunch with friends, reading, quiet dinner with the hubby, movie, staying up late to read... Oh so many things to do in 24 hours:) LOL
  9. Can you wear jeans to school? Yes, on Friday's - we pay $1 to wear them - one week it goes to the union scholarship fund and the other week it goes to Pay Day for Kids - helps kids in our schools.
  10. Do you play and instruments? I took organ lessons for 8 years, played clarinet in school, play the piano - thanks to those organ lessons.
  11. What is your favorite dessert? Oh my - so many choices! Ice cream - moose tracks, cookie dough, vanilla; cake - chocolate, apple pie; Do I really have to pick one? lol
12 Blogs to tag!
  1. Mrs. Bell
  2. Sue
  3. Mrs. Kugler
  4. Pam
  5. Kathleen
  6. Kim and Meagn
  7. Kat
  8. Fran
  9. Maggie
  10. Mrs. Wills
  11. Renate and Heather
  12. Mrs. S

 My 12 questions:
  1. What would you be if you weren't a teacher?
  2. How many states have you  visited?
  3. Apple or pc?
  4. Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter?
  5. Any pets?
  6. Pepsi or Coke?
  7. What is your favorite children's book?
  8. Do you scrapbook or stamp?
  9. How many siblings? first, middle or last child? ( I know that is more than one but they are related)
  10. What is your favorite song?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Clutter Free Linky Week 3

Well, I only got to two shelves this week. BUT - that is two shelves more than last week! I think they look pretty good! I need to go back an inventory what is on them, but that will be easier because I can see what I have!
 This pile went to two VERY grateful friends that teach first grade! The teacher who got there first was very happy to get new center activities. These were things ordered because they said "K" - but, alas, they were not! There are sight word pages to write on and wipe off, sentence stamps, sight word games, etc. Teacher one had a few of the things, so she left the rest for teacher number two. :) Teacher Two - was ECSTATIC! She couldn't believe that I was sharing with her! Some things weren't even open. Well, there was no reason to open them when they wouldn't have been able to use them!
This pile - three VERY old things! The two small activities I had when I was teaching second grade at another building! The box was a left in the room box! :) It was rather large and had an old picture set of opposites from Frank Schaeffer. Remember those??? LOL I knew I didn't need or want them and the other two teachers wouldn't either. So, I put them in the faculty room with the plan to ditch them by Friday if they were not gone. I was the last to leave when I put them in the faculty room. By the next morning... 45 minutes before we have to be there - the two small boxes were GONE! By lunch the large box was GONE!!! Glad I could help some more people!

This was the garbage can from the two shelves. :) Yes, I put a lot of work and time into some of it, but I never used it, so it went! There were some REALLY OLD materials in there too that were left in the room!

I feel really good about what I got done! I was hoping to get some more done, but had a dentist visit to get to. I'm hoping to do some more this coming week. I like the inventory sheet - so I need to print it and USE it! Need to remember to bring the tape measure on Monday too! Not sure if I will need containers for these two shelves - they are mostly box activities. I'll see what the recommendations are. Can't wait for Sunday's post at  This is fun!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Clutter Free Rules!

Here are my rules to declutter those cabinets of mine! :)
  • If I haven't used it in 2 years - it's gone!
  • If it's from someone else's room, it's gone!
  • If it's "old" and/or "outdated", it's gone!
  • If I have something else very similar, it's gone!
  • Can I find the resource on line?
  • Could I borrow one if I need/want it?
  • Does it fit with what I want to do?
  • Am I required to keep it/ use it?
  • Could someone benefit from it more than me?
  • Is it taking up valuable space in my classroom?
  • Do I really love it?
  • If I didn't feel quilty, would I still keep it?

I GOT IT!!!!!

My Donors Choose cabinet came!! It is AWESOME!! I am soo happy and excited to have it! I don't have any pictures yet though. I had to leave early - well, on time:) on Friday and didn't have a chance. It's on the list for tomorrow. I moved all the center materials into it and it is GREAT! I also got rid of 4 rolly carts! :) My room feels so much more open. :) YEA!!! Now, onto cleaning out the clutter in the cabinets. Thank you Donors Choose and all the wonderful supporters!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Blog Award!

Oh my goodness! My little blog got an award! I can't believe it! Sue Lattea at A Rainbow Of Teaching blog sent it to me!  Woo hoo! Life is good!Thank you Sue!!
Here are the rules:

1.  Thank the person who nominated you!  Thank you so much Sue!!!:)

2.  Tell 7 things about yourself.

3.  Nominate 15 newly discovered blogs and let them know they received the award.

7 Things about myself:

1. I will be married to my best friend for 25 years in June. How did 25 years fly by? Definitely fun! Hard to believe though. We have 2 wonderful teenagers too:)
2. I taught second grade and now kindergarten. I LOVE teaching kindergarten.
3. I would love to teach college also.
4. I love planning and making things for the classroom:)
5. I love to scrapbook and stamp- especially with my circuit.
6. I want to be even more organized:)
7. I finished doing a pilot program for Carson Dellosa.

Ok - now to pick 15 bloggers! This might be hard! There are sooo many great blogs out there! Thanks to all of you!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Clutter Free Classroom Assignment

The Closet Abyss!This is the closet with the language arts materials - alphabet recognition, rhyming, beginning and ending sounds, sight words, oh my! It was looking better till I bought more stuff and tried to put it in here! It is somewhat organized- rhyming stuff on one shelf, abc stuff on another, sight words on another, for the most part!This is the only large cabinet I have like this. :(  Is it any wonder why I don't use all that I have? AND when summer gets here - everything in the classroom has to be packed away - which means even more is shoved into all these closets!

This is above the hooks for the kid's coats. It is organized but not pretty.

These cabinets hold my literature. The bags are letter bags. I have one for each letter. The other stuff on top is stuff that doesn't fit into a cabinet. This area of my room is what I call the mud room. When you come into the classroom, this is where you come first. Then there is an opening right at the snowman to get into the main part of the classroom. I <3 having this mudroom, but I don't think I am using the space to my advantage. The books are all grouped by topic so I can pull what I need for each unit. Again though... when I get more (Hi my name is Kristin and I'm a Scholasticaholic!) there is no room to add it!

This is the other corner of the mud room. The classroom door is to the right of the filing cabinets and opposite this is the coat hooks. The plates are for the snack grant we got. So we have to store 2 sleeves in our classroom.

This is the back wall of my classroom. These cabinets were new when we renovated. I like them cause you can fit posters in them. Each drawer is for a month and any special unit we do during that month is also in them. I got rid of my teacher desk about two years ago. I LOVE IT! I use the top for my rack with the weeks worth of materials and pens and things. But it looks cluttered to me.

This is the math cabinet abyss! That is it- two shelves! Wonder why I can't find anything! Some of the plastic shoe boxes out in the mud room have math materials in them also.

This is the teacher/reading group table. I did get rid of those piles the next day. The black organizer is from Staples and it spins. :) I keep my assessment materials in it and pens, etc.

These are the before pictures for the Clutter Free Classroom Week 1 Project! Before pictures of the classroom, so all can see the wonderful transformation:) I can't believe that we are all brave enough to let others see these pictures! lol Here goes!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Clutter Free Classroom Project

I love organizing! I think I am pretty good at it but one can always improve!:) So.... I am going to follow along and see what I can learn. She wants us to write some goals. So here it goes: 1. Find the materials in the small closet that holds my center/language arts materials. 2. Use all the materials that I have bought and/or made over the years! 3. Save money and time but not buying more but using what I have! Plus all the ones that are on her blog page:)