Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Hello sweet friends!!  This week's challenge is "Dare to Dream"!  

First up on my "Dare to Dream" list, is spending more time with my family.  Both my "real" family and my former "school" family.  I have six little grandbabies and a newbie on the way in early September.  So, I know I won't be lacking for fun and exciting things to do.  This year will be a whole new experience for me, as I recently retired from teaching! That doesn't mean I won't still be involved with little ones.  My daughter is going to be teaching Pre-K and I plan on visiting my dear friends at my school I just left, as well as visiting my grandkids for lunch, etc.  Yeah!! 

Next up, is helping to build our new home along with my husband's Building Trades class this next school year.  Each year my husband's high school class helps to build a home in our community.  This next school year it will be our very own home, that is, if we get our utility service moved and the basement poured.  It is so hard waiting around on other people to get their jobs done!  But, it will be okay!  When you're retired there is always tomorrow, lol! 

Finally, I have been a part of TPT for the past 3 years and would like to spend more of my time creating and learning how to social network with others like you.  I have to admit I haven't been a very good blogger over the past year and I need to make a much more concentrated effort to share with you each week.  I also need to learn how to use the social networking sites better.  I'm learning how to use "Instagram" and "Facebook" a little bit more each day.  Maybe by the end of summer I'll have the hang of it!  Let's hope!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015




   It's fun to go back and see what I thought was a "cute" unit when I started on TPT and see what appeals to me now.  So, to help me do this I'm joining the TPT Sellers Challenge!   I am very excited about working on some older units this summer and spicing them up!  This challenge gives me the opportunity to share with you these improvements (or at least I feel they're a little cuter)!  If you'd like to join the "challenge" you can click on the picture below!!    


I have three revamped or updated products so far!  First up my favorite,  "The Three Little Pigs and B. B. Wolf".  I love the new look and I've changed almost all of the pages a little.  I hope you'll check it out over at my TPT store.  But, here is a little sneak peak!!  

Thanks for stopping by!  You can check out 2 little writing "freebies" by clicking on "freebies"!!  Enjoy!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Splish, Splash Ducky Math!!
Today we began new Math Centers. I think this is going to be a favorite. It was so simple to make and the little group today loved it. Their job was to choose 2 duckies in the pond (Each momma duck and baby had a number written on their bottoms between 1-6). Next, they turned them over and decide if they were going to add the numbers on the bottom of their duckies together or subtract them. Then, they recorded their number sentences and solutions on their recording sheets. After they solved their problem they returned the duckies to the pond and chose 2 more.
I bought the little duckies and pond (a giant blue bowl) from the Dollar Tree. Total cost $5!! And so much fun!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I have not been a very good blogger this year.  I don't really know why, but I've just felt a bit swamped!  I have a great group of little people this year and they are so busy learning.  We just started our Community Helper unit this past week and had our very first visitor.  Officer Arnold!!

Officer Candi Arnold came to share all about her career with us. The little cowpokes were quite fascinated with her taser, handcuffs, pepper spray, etc. Before Officer Arnold came to visit, we did a lot of reading and writing about police officers.  Below are a few pictures the children's final writing and samples of the different emergent readers I've created to help us learn about these important people in our community. Next week we have several more community helpers coming to visit. I'm hoping to get my community helper graphic organizers posted for you to see real soon.  You might want to check out my little emergent readers over at my TPT store!!  You can click on any of the samples below to take you to the link in my store.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Whew!  Whooo!  It's a Spring Sale!!

Wow!  I can't believe how fast this year has flown by!  It's Spring already!  There are some great sales over at TPT celebrating the coming of spring!  I know here in Illinois we're all excited about the snow melting and warmer temperatures headed our way!  Hope you'll check out all of the great buys!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"Wild About Animals Mini Research Packet"

I absolutely love watching kindergarteners grow as writers throughout the year!  It amazes me how much they change as writers from the first day of school to the end of the year.  For one of their Writing Centers this month, my little cowpokes have been sharing what they know about different animals.  They began their research papers by using adjectives to describe their creature.  Teaching little people about using descriptive words is often challenging and interesting!  Not sure they quite got it, but they had fun trying!! 

After they completed their "I can describe..." maps, they move on to share what their creature "has" "can do" and "what they are".  

And finally, they moved on to their informational piece about their creatures!  Aren't ya'll amazed what all they came up with and how well they were able to share information about their creature!?  

I've created a little freebie in case you'd like to do a little farm animal research with you little peeps!  You can click on the images below to go to the freebie!!  This little freebie is a from my larger packet "Wild About Animals".  Enjoy!!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Kindergarten Daily Math - March

Kindergarten Daily Math - March is done!!  Whoo!  Hoo!  Sorry, I didn't get it done in time for the big sale.  However, I will be giving away 2 copies tomorrow evening.  If you'd like to enter the giveaway hop over to my Facebook page and leave your name and email address in the comments section. 

Daily Math provides kinders with practice on many of the Common Core Standards throughout the month.  There is an on the back activity each day.  These vary from writing their numbers to 20, counting on from a given number and counting by ten's and ones.   

New on the back activities for this month include:  I Can Draw My Shapes and I Can Show (for example "14") in tens and ones.

I hope you check it out and if you don't want to purchase the packet, but are interested please visit my Facebook page!!

Here's just a little sample of what's included!!
Have a great night all!!