Five for Friday!!!

So it’s been a LONG time since I linked up for this, but I’m so excited to share with you a little glimpse into my crazy life!  Ha!    This is what I’ve been up to this week!  


Ok here we go!  

 This past Christmas my hubby got me the best gift ever–a new camera!!!  I’ve been playing around with it a lot and I’m trying to learn how to use it ūüėú!  My girls played dress-up on Sunday and I was able to take some pictures of them! They certainly love to be girly princesses!  



 I raided the Target Bullseye playground!!! I’m seriously excited about some of the great finds I found and who doesn’t love to find treasures in the dollar bin right?    


So apparently everyone in Fresno could feel the aftershocks from the earthquake near Wasco this week–ummm…not me though.  This meme was too funny to not share.   


My kids had their annual Muffins with Mom at school Wednesday morning. So fun!  It was crazy town at the book fair, but my kiddos are so excited they got new books!    

The decor was too cute!  


I’ve been looking for some old pictures to share at my 20th high school reunion that’s coming up this fall (say what!  I’m not that old yet right!).  I came across this gem from back in the day & I feel that it’s especially fitting since this is the end of National FFA week.    

Have a great weekend everyone!

Pacific Coast Teacher Meet-up!

This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Pacific Coast meet-up hosted by the amazing bloggers (AKA CA Fab Four) from Hooo-ray for Teaching, Very Perry Classroom, Tales of Teaching with Tech, and Teaching from Beyond the Desk.  I had an absolute blast!  Here are some of the photo highlights:

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We arrived!  My SIL Amy was my partner in crime for the event!

First stop–the steps of the Capital building where we all met.


We went on a scavenger hunt in Old Town Sacramento–so much fun! ¬†Some other wonderful bloggers invited us to join in with their group! ¬†I SO loved meeting everyone and making new friends!

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After the scavenger hunt we headed to the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner. ¬†Everything was so beautiful and I’m telling you guys–EVERY detail was thought of. ¬†There were a TON of prizes to be given away and the Swag Bags were AMAZING!!! ¬†This was just a few of the amazing sponsors.

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Kate at¬†Sprout Classrooms¬†made these beautiful sparkly wine glasses for everyone to take home! ¬†So pretty! ¬†And…I actually won stuff from the giveaways!

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These amazing bracelets are from Trashy Crafter and they are made from recycled books!  So cool!  My bracelet is from one of my all time favorite books Make Way for Ducklings!

IMG_1454 editedI also won these beautiful earrings from¬†Nickel¬†& Suede. ¬†They are absolutely gorgeous and they are so light! ¬†It doesn’t feel like you have anything on your ears at all. ¬†If you have never heard of Nickel & Suede you need to check out their stuff–it is amazing and so reasonably priced!

Oh and the swag bag was all kind of amazing!  I actually think that it deserves an ENTIRE post on its own.  My kids have been eyeing everything for the last 24-hours, so I will try my best to keep them away and take some pics to show you all of the awesomeness that was inside.

In all seriousness though, the free ¬†stuff and the giveaways were amazing, but my absolute favorite part was just meeting other people. ¬†Everyone was so nice and positive, I’m telling you it was contagious! ¬†I am truly honored to be a part of this amazing educational community. ¬†Teachers are an amazing group of people–we are a rare breed of kind individuals who are willing to go above and beyond for others. ¬†It was a wonderful experience to be a part of something that celebrated teachers–I literally can’t wait for another meet-up!

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Summer Boredom Ideas for the Kiddos…

It’s Monday, and as my kids would like to call it, it’s¬†Make Monday.¬† Like so many of us, I’ve been busy trying to keep my littles busy this summer with various projects and I thought I’d share a few of the projects we have completed. ¬†All of my ideas I found on Pinterest, and I’ll share my original pins if you would like to visit the wonderful blogs that shared their ideas.


First up, we made sidewalk chalk!

sidewalk chalk collage

So pretty much for the sake of my sanity and because we were using plaster of paris, I placed the ingredients in Ziploc baggies. ¬†The ingredients are surprisingly basic–plaster of paris, washable tempera paint (what ever colors you want) and water. ¬†I used whatever molds that I had at home. ¬†From the picture above, the stars were an ice cube tray I picked up from Dollar Tree. ¬†The muffin tin was from Dollar Tree too, and I think the silicone hearts were from Walmart. ¬†I purchased most of the ingredients from Michael’s, but I bet you could find most of them at Walmart as well. ¬†The project probably cost around $8 total to create, and I still have more plaster of paris left for other projects :). ¬†Here was my original pin from Pinterest:

Next, we made moon sand!  This was so fun and a fraction of the cost that regular moon sand would cost!  The sand was moldable and easy enough for my little ones to make.  The recipe from the pin I found was only 3-ingredients too!  I seem to like 3-ingredient projects!  Ha!

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I actually had most of the ingredients for the moon sand, so this project was probably even cheaper than the sidewalk chalk–score! ¬†I purchased a bag of play sand from Walmart for about $2.50 (now you guys know my secret–I’ve been hanging out at Walmart…:p). ¬†Here is the original pin where I got the directions for the moon sand:

Last, but not least, I have to share the Father’s Day gift I made for my hubby. ¬†He’s a HUGE Star Wars fan, so when I saw the pin below on Pinterest I KNEW ¬†I had to make this project for him :). ¬†I love how they turned out!

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As you can see, it was a bit of a collaborative effort between me and my kids. ¬†Don’t you just love their handwriting!

What are your kiddos up to this summer? ¬†I’d love to hear from you!

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Hippity Hoppity…Spring Break is on its Way!

Whoa…it’s officially Spring Break! ¬†I’m so excited, in fact, I just spent the last hour crafting some super cute chunky necklaces to match my little princesses Easter dresses and I’m watching Hart of Dixie on Netflix. ¬†Life is good. ¬†If you are interested in seeing my little crafty adventures, I’ll post some pics on my Instagram page later :). ¬†Anywho, I guess that’s enough of my random ramblings, I did mean to post some pictures of some of the fun activities we finished in class last week.

We just finished a week of learning about oviparous animals and rabbits. ¬†It was so fun! ¬†We read one of my favorite Easter books, Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells. ¬†We made some bunnies, and I let students choose if they wanted it to look like a bunny, Max or Ruby. ¬†I’ve also used this template in the past to make Peter Rabbits. ¬†Here is a sample picture:


I didn’t get a picture, but one of my colleagues had her students do opinion writing with their Max and Ruby bunnies and there were absolutely adorable! ¬†What a good idea for using this book to teach opinion writing :)!

I also found these adorable bunny shaped eggs at Dollar Tree and made a fun sight word review activity for my kids.  They loved it!

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I actually made a couple of different versions, so if you are interested you can pick up the recording sheet and a few other things as a freebie from my TpT shop.  You can all get them here.

We also made this fun Bunny Peep snack from Pinterest:

We made this writing poster to sequence the steps for make the snack:

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And after we taste tested, we made this simple graph:

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This snack was easy peasie and super fun too!  My class really enjoyed it.  If you would like some fun sequencing activities I included them in my Hippity Hoppity Spring pack.  Just click the picture below to download a copy for yourself.

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Happy Spring everyone!


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Little Red Hen and more…

Happy Monday everyone! ¬†It feels like forever since I was able to blog. ¬†Honestly, I just don’t really feel like I have the time. ¬†Now that I four little ones at home, they keep me pretty busy! ¬†I’m back to teaching kindergarten this year and we are having so much fun! ¬†I am so very proud o the progress that my little ones have made this school year, I can’t believe that there are only a few months of school left.

This last week, we read a few different versions of the little red hen.  We watched this fun video of the little red hen available from Speakaboos on You Tube  

We also did little red hen directed drawings and discussed text to self connections that they made to the little red hen.  We then brainstormed things that students can cook, like pizza, cake, toast, etc and completed the sentence on the sentence prompt.  I love how each hen looks so different.  They turned out adorable!

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Here is a close up of one of their drawings and writing:

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If you would like the writing prompt, you can download it from this previous blog post here.

We also learned about the life cycle of a chicken  I was inspired by this pin on pinterest:

I slightly changed the pattern, but here is our version.

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Well that’s about all that I have time for now…my three year old is getting into stuff :p–hopefully I’ll be back soon!

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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.

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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.

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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 ūüôā

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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