Arrival Bins Winners and Back to School fun!

Thanks to all who entered the contest!!!  I meant to post this earlier today, but I’ve been sick with a horrible head cold!  Jennifer McAdoo and Amy Braswell are the winnners!!!  I’ve emailed your prize!!!

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I’ve been busy with all things school lately!  I’m so happy to say that I am teaching a straight TK this year!!!  I absolutely love my sweet students and we are off to a great start!!! Here are a few things we’ve been working on:

These shape busses are always a favorite activity!

I’ve also been busy updating my Back to School pack! Here are a few pictures of some of the included.

This is a close-up of the shapes on the bus activity that’s included in my Back to School pack.

Lunchbox syllable activity. Both color and black and white versions are available for all activities! Simply print what you need!

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Click any of the images above to be taken to my TpT store for more information in this packet. I hope that all of you have a great week!

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Arrival Bins…

Last year I had students complete fine motor tubs during the first 15 minutes of the school day. I absolutely loved it!!! My students were engaged and smoothly transitioned to being at school. I teach afternoon kindergarten, so naturally I did not call these tubs “morning” bins.

I’m so excited to share 10 different math and literacy centers that you can easily implement during your tub time.

Each activity is designed to assist students with their fine motor and visual motor coordination. Here is a little peek into the included contents:

2-D shape punch cards

Letter sound punch cards

Uppercase and lowercase letter clip cards

Count and clip cards for numbers 0-15

Pom-Pom letter formation

Number sequencing puzzles for numerals 1-10 & 1-20. Both color and black and white versions are available.

There are also sand writing cards for numbers and letters. Both color and white versions are available and an EDITABLE version of the cards!!!

All of the materials were purchased at Dollar Tree too!


Would you like a chance to win this set!!! All you have to do is visit and like Mrs. Kilburn’s Kiddos on Facebook! Follow the link below to enter!!!


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Winners will be announced on Monday, September 4, 2017.  Good luck everyone and I hope that you have a great start to your school year!!!

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Character education…

Hi everyone!  Happy summer!  Do you teach the six pillars of character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship) in your classrooms?  It is a big part of our social studies curriculum on my campus, in fact we have a pillar to focus upon monthly.  Finding materials for each pillar can be a difficult task, and it is especially difficult when you are trying to find resources for your even younger students.
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Supplemental materials are a must for me!  I just finished updating my old character kids pack and added a ton of new materials!


I’ve added a full color emergent reader big book and student mini-books for each pillar.  This is a great addition to your classroom libraries!  I love when my kiddos are so excited that they can READ the text on their own!  I’ll admit too, that the full color big books are great examples for how students should color their pictures too!


I also added certificates for each pillar and brag tags!  An editable version of the certificates are also available in the pack.  This is a great way to reward your kiddos when you “catch” them being good!

The writing pages have also been updated as well as the posters.  I’ve designed the posters as a discussion piece for when you are introducing each pillar to your whole class.  The other updated posters are to add to a bulletin board.


Here is a freebie to add to your lesson plans, I created an editable template to keep track of what books you would like to read during your lessons.  Click on the picture below to be taken to my TpT store where you can download.

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For more information check out my Character Kids pack in my TpT store here.

Thanks for checking out this post and I hope you have a great day!

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Dental Health Literacy Ideas…

Hi everyone!  It’s been a LONG time, and I’ve missed you!  I know around this time every year it seems like I start to blog on this poor little neglected blog.  Life as a mom of four littles gets pretty crazy sometimes!  Well I’ve been working on updating some of my old units and I’m excited to say that I recently updated my Dental Health unit!

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This unit is full of activities to keep your kiddos engaged.  I always love to introduce a theme/topic to my students with a book.  The emergent reader included in this pack focuses upon the sight words will and get.  The repetitive text is perfect for beginning readers!

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My students also absolutely love the read the room/vocabulary activities.  The words can also be used at the writing center–I just love seeing the look on my kiddos faces when they are writing words and sentences independently!

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Another thing we have been focusing upon in my class is ending sounds.  The activities in this unit are perfect for small group instruction as well as independent literacy centers.

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Sequencing is an important activity that we work on all school year and we are beginning to transition to story comprehension and our writing.

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We are always working on syllabication and these clip cards are the perfect thing for reviewing this skill.  I also love how my kiddos are using clothespins to strengthen their fine motor skills :).

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That is all for now, but I will post more math activities this week and I guarantee–you are going to love them!  If you would like to check out my unit on TpT you can check it out here.

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FREEBIE Friday…

Hi everyone!  I’m so happy to say that I am on vacation the next couple of weeks with my family at the beach!  I am just loving our stay here along the Northern CA coast.  It’s so beautiful and COLD!  It is much nicer than the 100-degree plus weather in the central valley.  


Sooooo….enough of my rambling and on to this week’s freebie!


I think it’s because I’m on vacation, but I have cookies on the brain!  At the beginning of the year we complete a cookie week and I thought this would be a fun activity for my kiddos.  You simply cut out the cookie cards and laminate.  Students use clothespins to clip to the correct corresponding lower case letter.  A student recording sheet is also included.  

Click on the picture to below to download this activity from my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.  


Have a great weekend!  
 

July Pinterest Pick 3 Linky

June is over….and July is here!  This summer is flying by!  I see that stores are already preparing their back to school sections, but then again–craft stores are also starting to put our their Halloween and Christmas sections as well.  However, school is never to far from my thoughts!  I can’t wait to meet my new batch of kiddos in the fall!

I’m linking up with my blogging friends, Lisa from Pawsitively Teaching , Ashley from Just Reed, and Marissa at Inspired Owl’s Corner to share my top three Pinterest pins for the month of July.  Feel free to join in on the fun!

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Here are some of my favorite teaching related pins for the month.

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Do you do question of the day in your class?  I do this as an opening activity in my classroom.  I have students work with a partner and ask the question of the day.  Then as a class we graph our answers and write  a corresponding number sentence where we compare the numbers.  Later in the school year we work on creating tally marks for this activity.  I like this activity because it allows a daily opportunity for students to ask and answer questions in a complete sentence.    I love the idea of creating a designated question of the day area like the one above–such a time saver!

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I have a ton of clothespins and popsicles sticks laying around my craft stash and my kiddos LOVE to build things!  This activity is absolutely perfect for them!  I also thought this would be the absolute perfect activity for my students at the beginning of the school year.  I love how students would be using their imaginations to build and they are developing their fine motor skills at the same time!

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Another great idea for Popsicle sticks!  Have your kiddos explore and create shapes!  This is a perfect math station activity for my kiddos at the beginning of the school year!

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Those are my top three pins for the month of July! I would love to see your pins as well!  Feel free to link up below:

 

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Freebie Friday…

Hellooooo everyone!  It has been a wonderful week for my family and I.  We spent most of the week at Disneyland (our family happy place).

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I’m having a blast this summer so far and I’ll be honest with ya–its been really difficult to think about the beginning of the school year right now.  Don’t get me wrong–I’m super excited about meeting my new bunch of kiddos in the fall, but I’m loving all of my family time right now too.

This week’s freebie is a revised version of an oldie but goodie!  It’s my numbers 1-10 practice pages!


Each page has the opportunity for students to practice number formation, identification AND they are able to practice creating sets.  Oh I also forgot the number word is written on each page as well.


Just click the pictures to be taken to my TpT store to download your own copy.  If you love this free activity–I would appreciate it if you could leave feedback!  Thank you so much!

I hope all of you enjoy the weekend and soak up all the family time and relaxation you can get!

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Freebie Friday!  

Don’t ya just love FREE printables!  Every Friday this summer I will be posting a new free item that you can download to use in your classrooms.  I created this First Day feeling graph to use with my little kiddos last year.

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We read Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes and First Day Jitters.  Then I share how nervous and excited I was to meet all of them.  I used dots to create the graph simply because I teach TK and many of my students are learning to write their names.  If you have older students, you can simply have them write their names.

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Click the picture below to be taken to my Teachers Pay Teachers store to download your own free copy for yourself!

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I hope you all have a great day!

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The Value of TK

Something has been weighing on my teacher heart lately.  You may or may not be aware, but I teach a combination class for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students.  If you don’t know what Transitional Kindergarten is, it is a 2-year program designed for students who start public schooling at the age of four and will turn five during the fall.  Their birth dates must fall between September 2 and December  2.  Elizabeth from Kickin’ It In Kindergarten has a great blog post all about TK here.

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A few weeks ago our school held their annual Kindergarten Orientation for incoming transitional kindergarten and kindergarten parents.  There were a handful of incoming transitional kindergarten parents (probably about five or so), that did not understand the need for their child to be in transitional kindergarten.  They expressed their concerns by stating that their child already knows many of the skills that would be taught during Transitional Kindergarten.  As a parent I could see being hesitant, this is your baby and I know you are worried about how they will adjust to being in school.  I understand, my own baby is going into TK in the fall.  However, let me assure you that the choice to enroll your child into a TK program is an excellent choice.  Let me tell you why.  Here are the five reasons why you should enroll your child into a transitional kindergarten class.

red #1Socialization.   I cannot stress the importance of this enough.  Your child will learn how to interact with their peers in a true classroom environment.  They will learn how to follow school and classroom rules, AND more importantly learn the structures and routines of a classroom.

red #2Your child will learn to read.  Over the course of the year we will learn the letters of the alphabet and their sounds, but we will also learn sight words and how to decode words.  I’m so proud to say that in the last couple of years the majority of my kiddos could read DRA level 2’s and higher fluently!  It is wonderful to see the joy on their little faces when they know that they are reading!  I can confidently say that because of TK, these students have a strong foundation as early readers going into kindergarten.

red #3Your child will learn to write.  Not only will your child learn how to form letters and numbers, but they will learn to write sentences!  Many of my TK students could independently write 1-3 simple sentences by the end of the year!  Many students were successful with our district opinion writing prompt at the end of the year as well.

red #4Your child will have a strong foundation in mathematics.  It is amazing to see the strong number sense foundation that my TK’s students exhibit.  They are truly grasping ten frames, tally marks, addition, subtraction with numbers 1-10.

red #5Your child’s fine motor skills will improve.  Students in my classroom have multiple opportunities to work with small manipulatives, blocks, and play dough to assist with strengthening their hand muscles.  They also have constant opportunities to use scissors and glue to create art projects.

If your child is lucky enough to qualify to attend a Transitional Kindergarten program–I don’t think that you will regret enrolling them!  I should also mention that all of my students are exposed to the common core kindergarten standards, but I do not expect mastery of these standards.  I for one am very excited to see the amazing academic potential of my former students, and as a parent of an incoming Transitional Kindergartner I want her to have a strong educational foundation for the future.  Wouldn’t you want this for your Transitional Kindergartner as well?

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Rodeo week fun!  

Our local city has a spring rodeo every year at the end of April and my class joined in the fun last week as we learned about cowboys  and cowgirls.  Here are just a few of the fun activities we completed. 

I started out the week asking my students what they knew about the rodeo.  Their answers were hysterical!  😂😂😂. A few students thought the rodeo was about singing and dancing.  I recorded their answers on chart paper.

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Then I told them what a rodeo really is and explained that it is actually a sport with many events.  We watched quite a few short clips of rodeo events from YouTube.  Here were some of our favorites.

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Rodeo Event clips–we just watched a few minutes of each event so students would get a general idea of what it was.  I don’t even think I played the sound for them!

Bull Riding Clip

Barrel Racing

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Steer Wrestling

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The boys of course loved watching bull riding!

We read a few fun “Wild West” themed books.  My class especially enjoyed reading Little Red Hot by Eric Kimmel.  This is a different version of Little Red Riding Hood and it is adorable!  We also read Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg.  This tall tale is so fun to read because it talks about Pecos Bill invented the first rodeo. Here is a picture of our books we read.  We are also getting ready for farm week so those books are displayed as well. 

My class absolutely loved playing this sight word game called, “Yee-Haw!”  It’s very similar to bang.  You place the sight word cards in a basket, shuffled face down and students take turns pulling cards.  If they can read the word then they can keep the card, if they cannot read the card the. They have to put it back.  If they choose a, “Yee-Haw” card then they have to put all their cards back in the basket. The person with the most cards is the winner.    

We also sorted pictures by vowel sounds in a pocket chart.  This is a great activity to prepare us for our end of year testing that is just around the corner!


We brainstormed about things a cowboy and cowgirl may need and wrote about it. We used our Western themed vocabulary words to help us with writing.

 We practiced our addition skills with this fun wagon wheel activity.  I substituted wagon wheels for dice to make it a little easier for little hands. 

And we of course practiced counting and writing tally marks.  My class needs all the practice they can get with this!   You can pick up this tally mark activity for free here in my store:  Western FREEBIE

 The last activity we completed was a little Mustang shape art/craftivity.  These turned out adorable!   

If you are interested, all of the activities and more are included in my Giddy-Up Wild West Math and Literacy Pack.  Here are some more photos from this unit:

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I hope y’all have a rootin’ hootin’ hollering week!

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