Apple Picking Time!

Hi everyone!  Fall is just around the corner and I can’t wait!  Seriously this 100 degree plus whether in central California needs to go!  Like now!  Any how, fall officially begins this week, right–and all things fall related are on my brain.

Last week my class learned about apples and the color red.  We had a great time and learned lots of new things.  I also updated my apple unit and added a couple of new things.


There is now a black and white student version of the apple picking book.  This emergent reader is ideal for emergent readers.  It contains sight word based sentences in an easy and predictable format.

apple picking sample


I also added this fun ten frame number match for numbers 1-10.  There are three different versions of student worksheets to accompany this center. BOTH color and black and white versions of this activity is available.  Simply choose which version would better fit your needs :).

apple picking sample ten frames


I also added an upper and lower case letter match center activity.  Perfect for activity for your beginning of the year kinders :).  It also includes both color and black and white versions of the activity.  Two different versions of student worksheets is included for this activity.

apple picking sample letter match


These are just a few of the items included in my apple activity pack–it is full of some great activities!

Here is a list of the included contents:



If you would like to check out this product click any of the photos above.  Happy fall everyone and I hope that you have a great week!


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Need a BOOST?

We could all use a boost every once in a while right? Teacher’s Pay Teachers is holding a first time EVER one day sale to celebrate the upcoming school year! Whoot-whoot! I don’t know about all of you, but this is perfect time for me to stock up on some great items as well!


Well I’ve been SUPER duper busy getting ready to head back to school and greet my 25 new little kindergartners next week! But I was able to update some old products and for the first time offer a BUNDLE of products that you can use to create teachable walls in your classrooms. Ok, I feel like I’m jumping ahead of myself. So let me tell ya about what changes I made to some of my products :).

First up, one of my best selling items–Math Word Wall cards! I FINALLY got around to adding some 3-D shapes and some more academic vocabulary terms, such as sum, addend, numeral, digit, same and different. There is now a total of 41 different cards! Holy moly! This product is a bargain for $4! AND you can buy it on sale during the boost sale too!


Here is a list of the included vocabulary terms:


And here is a collage of what the cards look like if you are interested :)

Math Word Wall revised


Next up, I added four more terms to my Literacy Word Wall cards.  I added pronoun, adverb, syllable and plural.  There is now a total of 32 cards included in this item.  Once again–this is a BARGAIN people for only $4!



And if you are interested in seeing what some of the cards look like, then here is a picture collage of the items.

Literacy Word Wall revised

If you would like to purchase a bundle pack of BOTH  of these items and my Five Star Writing posters with number posters click the picture below.  It really is a STEAL for $10.  It’s like getting one of the products for FREE when you purchase then bundled together.


I’m hoping to bundle some more of the items in my store later in the month so keep checking for updates.  I want you all to know that I truly treasure your support.  The opportunity to feature my products on TpT has truly been a blessing to my family.  I wish ALL of you a FABULOUS upcoming school year.  


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Teaching Major Events and Creature Reports…

The last month of school we worked on identifying major events in text and how they effect the characters (Common core standard RL 2.3). We reviewed what a character is and how we could identify what a major story event is. This standard is important because it helps to make connections to the text and understand the plot. We read Verdi by Janell Cannon and narrowed down the story to three major events. Students discussed with their partners what they felt was one major event from the story. We then worked on completing this worksheet together and created this poster about the story. 20140526-135509-50109406.jpgHe Here are some pictures of the graphic organizers that we used.  If you would like a FREE copy of this simply click one of the pictures below :).   RL 2.3 graphic organizer       RL 2.3 graphic organizer 2   Students also researched an animal and created reports. I made a little Amazon Creature Reports form for them to use to guide the process. I totally meant to take pictures of this to show you guys, but ran out of time at the end of the year. If you are interested, you can pick up a copy of my creature report organizer and writing papers by clicking any of  the pictures below. Creature report graphic organizer   Slide2   Ok, I’ll admit that I may be been a tad inspired by the Octonauts when I created the creature reports :).  My kids love that show!   blog signature

Now that’s a good idea!

Have I mentioned to you all how excited I am about teaching kindergarten next year! I can’t hardly wait! A few months back my new kinder colleagues and I had the wonderful opportunity to observe some other kinder teachers. And let me tell ya–these ladies were super clever!

Check out this idea–genius! She cut 8 1/2 x 11 pieces of felt in half and then sewed them to make little “pockets” for students dry erase markers. This allowed kids to have quick easy access to an eraser! When students were finished she told them to place the tops on the markers and put them to bed! Love it! What a good idea! I’m definitely adding that to my summer to do list :).


Another great idea we saw was using paint chips for segmenting sounds. Students just move some type of marker to identify if the specified sound is in the beginning, middle or end. Clever right! Here is a picture of what that looked like:


I have lots of projects planned this summer (mostly DIY mommy and classroom ideas). I’ll make sure to post the different pics as I move along on my projects!

A Peek into my class…

I never did get around to posting a classroom tour at the beginning of the year (oopsie). Here are a few pictures:

View from the door.  It was open house the night that I took this picture.

View from the door. It was open house the night that I took this picture.


Culture dolls and culture reports.  They turned out SO cute!

Culture dolls and culture reports. They turned out SO cute!


I love, love, LOVE the way my writing board turned out this past year.  I cut black poster board in 1/2 to make it look like a clip board.  I super glued tacks to clothespins and then covered them with washi tape.

I love, love, LOVE the way my writing board turned out this past year. I cut black poster board in 1/2 to make it look like a clip board. I super glued tacks to clothespins and then covered them with washi tape.

I ended up making quite a few decor items for my class.  Here are some pictures of some of the things:





I’m very happy to say that I have now finished and added these decor items to my TpT store.  Click any of the pictures below to be taken to my store to check it out :).



Here are some sample photos of just a few of the many items included in this decor pack.



As a special introductory price this item will be 50% off for the first 48 hours!  Thanks for looking and I hope that you liked taking a little peek into my classroom!


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Newly revised…

I recently updated and revised my A-Z letter recognition pack and let me tell ya–it’s FULL of great resources!  Check it out for yourself!

Summertime Fun Papers


I revised the letter recognition pages.  This pack includes 26 different practice sheets with an ASL image for each letter.  I have always found that pairing the letters with sign language  really helps your struggling students.  Check out the picture below to see what the worksheets look like.

revised ABC practice pages

I also added a few things to this pack.  I included 26 different letter sound puzzles with both color and black and white versions.  Choose which version would better fit your needs!


Another new added item is ABC-flip books.  There is also one for each letter.  This activity takes very little prep, but is wonderful for teaching beginning sounds and vocabulary.



This is only a few of the included items.  Below is a list of the included contents and if you would like to download a FREE sample of the letter A flip-book, letter worksheet and sound puzzle, then click the link below to be taken to my store.

Letter contents


Thanks for checking this out!  I’m pretty excited about my own upcoming kindergartner working on these activities :)!


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Mini-books anyone?

Hi everyone!    I’ve been busy working on a few things to get ready for next year and guess what everyone?  I’M GOING BACK TO KINDER!!!!!  I’m so very excited!  Here are some new things I have posted to my store if you are interested :)


I was brainstorming some ideas for teaching sight words to my littles and I was thinking you know I just wanted something simple that is easy to prep!  This pack is perfect for that–all images are black and white.  Simply print, have students stamp or write the words and then cut and assemble!  Easy peasie!

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Here’s a little collage of the product, and if you would like to download a FREE sample click the book below to see my TpT store.  Click the “preview” button and download a preview of the file.

sight word strip books

The other thing I’ve been working on was updating my color word flip-books.  I also wanted to create something that was easy to prep and would be ideal as a center activity.  Eleven color books are included in this product.


Simply print the pages, students trace the words of the colored items and color the pictures to match.  Then they simply cut on the dotted lines and assemble.

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I have also included a FREE sample of the color blue flip book.  Click the picture below to be taken to my store and simple click the “preview” button to download the sample.

color flip books

I have lots of other products I hope to post in the next couple of  weeks.  So stay tuned!

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1…2…3 Million Teacher SALE!

Most of you have probably heard the news by now–TpT is having a site wide sale on February 27-28 to celebrate 3 million teacher users!!!  All items in my store and many others will be up to 28% off during this sale.


Don’t forget to check out some of these great products to stock-up on for next year (click on the pictures for purchasing information):

handprint art book cover





Or maybe if you are looking for more seasonal products:



Great for 2nd grade literacy center!

Great for a 2nd grade literacy center!

Spring gardens math and literacy

Well, that’s about all I have time for today.  I’m trying to multi-task while making dinner and chasing my 2-year old!  Yikes!


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A Little Update…

Hello everyone!  It feels like it has just been forever since I’ve updated my little ol’ blog!  Well, there’s probably quite a few of you that are wondering where I’ve been!  So I will just start at the beginning.  Two years ago I made the big leap and moved from teaching special education to teaching second grade!  I love teaching second grade and I have such a great bunch of kiddos :).  Aside from all of that (which would keep me busy enough ;))  my hubby and I adopted FOUR kids!!!!  I’m so happy to tell all of you that I am officially a mommy!  I guess that it was exactly two years ago when my hubby and I started our adoption journey.  We had some friends of ours that adopted through the foster care system.  Their precious kiddos were just the sweetest little guys and we got to thinking that maybe foster adoption would be a great option for us, since the good lord had not yet blessed with any babies of our own.  After doing some research the statistics on kids in the foster care system were staggering.  There were thousands of kids in our own county that were placed in foster care.  We immediately felt that God was telling us that this was something that we needed to do.  We completed our certification process and home study through a non-profit adoption agency in the fall of 2012 and eagerly awaited a call for placement.  I will never forget when I got the call from our agency at the end of October 2012.  Our adoption social worker actually told us about a few kids that were going to be available for adoption throughout the state and then she told us about our four babies.  There was just something about their story and I knew right then that these were going to be my children.  We submitted our home study to the county and prayed that we would be the selected family, then in mid-November we got the call!  The county had selected us as a possible match for the babies!  We were so excited!  The night before Thanksgiving 2012 our sweet babies arrived–three girls and one boy ages 5, 3, 2, and 1!  We were pretty much instantly a family of six.  Let me tell ya–my mommy learning curve has been huge!  I cannot BELIEVE how much has happened in just a year.  This last fall I’m so very happy to tell you that we finalized our ADOPTION!

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As I sit here with my now 3 year old, who has a case of the “sickies” I just wanted to share with all of you the overwhelming sense of gratitude that I have for my wonderful little family.  I’ve also been teaching and creating as much as I can.  I promise to post some more classroom pictures soon.

Take care my friends!

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