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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

It's a Spring SALE and an Extended FLASH FREEBIE!

GUESS WHAT?! I'm having a Spring SALE! You can finally purchase that item on your wish list because it will be AT LEAST 20% OFF! That includes COMBO PACKS

I am in the process of revising some cover pages and making additions to some products. So, a few of my items have already been discounted. Those prices will remain in effect throughout the sale. 

AND . . . I am running a 4-day FLASH FREEBIE in my Teacher's Notebook shop! CAN YOU FIND IT?!  Click on the picture below to hop to my store and take a look! Don't forget to tell your friends so they can get a copy, too! 

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sight Word Scrambled Sentences for Spring!

Today, my own littles worked on sight words, grammar, punctuation, and reading with these sets of sentences. My oldest tackled the 2nd and 3rd grade set, while my middle son worked on the set for kinder and 1st. Cutting, gluing, and bright spring graphics made it an appealing, hands-on activity! 

The kindergarten and first grade set includes 60 cut-and-glue sentences. Over 125 Dolch sight words are covered! The second and third grade set has 63 sentences. It focuses on  over 120 Dolch sight words. Both sets include pictures for text that might be unfamiliar to students. 

If you haven't tried a set of these with your class yet, please download a FREE set HERE.

You can find the spring sets of scrambled sentences by clicking on the picture for the appropriate grade level.

Thanks for reading! 

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Educents Marketplace $50 Giveaway and a FREEBIE!

Guess what? Educents, the site you know and love for great discounts, is now launching a new marketplace for educational materials! As you may know, I have offered some of my materials as deals on Educents in the past. I am so excited to be offering ALL of my materials on Educents, too! (Well, as soon as I get them all loaded, of course!) Click on the picture above to take a look!

You can download all of my FREEBIES from Educents, too! Click on one of the pictures below to download my Spring Math and Literacy FREEBIE for K-2. Don't forget to click on the heart at the top to follow my Educents shop! 

AND . . . You can also enter to win $50 in Edubucks! Just fill out the form below to enter! 

Educents Marketplace $50 in Edubucks Giveaway #10 - Kinder & First Grade Stores

Thanks for reading!

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Why We Teach Blog Hop!

Thanks for hoppin' by to read the story of how and why I started teaching! I love to hear other teachers talk about what inspired them to pursue a career in education. I'm happy to join in with my story, too.

Once upon a time, I went to school to be a family therapist. Even though my mom was a teacher, my brother is a teacher, and my dad was a principal, I guess I just had to be different and choose something else. At least I had to try to choose something else.

A few years later, I found myself in a psych doctoral program shadowing a school psychologist. I was sitting in the hall waiting for him to finish a meeting. It wasn't long before some poor, overworked teacher spotted me and hauled me off to help cut out bulletin board materials. Now that I think back on it, I wonder how long it took before the school psychologist A) remembered that I had been shadowing him that day and B) found me hiding from him in the first grade classroom. 

Later that exact same day, I went to see my advisor. "I've got some good news," I told him. "And I've got some bad news. Which do you want first? The good news is that I have discovered what I want to do for the rest of my life. The bad news is, school psychology isn't it." Then, I transferred to the education department. 

That's how it all started, now for the why part. For the last 17 years, I thought I became a teacher to make a difference in the lives of others, to help impart the basic knowledge children need to be successful, and because I want to be rich and famous. (Okay, so scratch that last part.) And I did become a teacher for those reasons. Yet, being home with my own 3 littles this year (mainly as a  chauffeur) has changed the way I look at being a teacher. 

I have realized that I became a teacher because I have the right combination of talents for  it. The things that I LOVE to do and teaching go hand in hand. I enjoy working with children. I find their playfulness energizing and their laughter contagious. Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, so I'm thrilled to teach others to decode words and enjoy the company of a good book. I also enjoy drawing and crafting, building things and creating. What teacher isn't doing this every day?! 

So, I'm enjoying working with my own littles at home. We aren't homeschooling, but we play educational games and build things and work on music lessons. As I work with them, I am realizing why I became a teacher in the first place: because I really enjoy the act of teaching, the creativity that goes into reaching each individual child. Whether I'm at home or in a classroom, being a teacher is part of me. And it always will be.

So don't miss one of my FREE creations for kindergarten! Click on the picture to take a look and download this fun set! 

Thank you so much for reading! 

Hop on by the next blog to hear why Mrs. King teaches!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teachers are Heroes SALE Linky Party!

Don't miss the BIG sale on Teachers Pay Teachers! Lots of teacher-authors will have resources on sale AND you can get an extra 10% off by using the promo code HEROES at checkout. (I want to send a big shout out to Becky Castle, a.k.a. the Barefoot Teacher, for creating the wonderful ad above! CLICK HERE to visit her TPT store!)

Teacher-Authors: You can add up to 3 links to the party below. Add best-sellers, your favorites, seasonal resources, or a link to your store or blog. New links will be added in random order! Don't forget to promote the linky on social media! Thanks for joining!

Happy shopping! 

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

11 FREE Kindergarten Literacy Centers for Winter!

One of my past posts listed 11 free kindergarten math centers for winter (CLICK HERE to visit that post). This is the companion post to the winter math centers post, an attempt to help make your teacher life easier! This way, you don't have to weed through all the freebies, just click on the link, download, print and prepare! Take a look at the 11 literacy centers I chose to include:

This set has 19 phrase cards to help students develop their reading fluency. It also includes 2 follow-up activities. What a great way to practice reading! 

This free literacy activity has both winter- and Christmas-themed words for students to match and write. The pictures make this an appealing center!

Here's a sight word fluency game played like "Bang!" It has 60 phrase cards using the first 100 Fry words. This game is sure to become a quick center favorite! 

This is a great hands-on center that focuses on word families. A cute recording sheet is included. Your students will love the adorable graphics! 

I love using games with my students! They are fun, engaging, AND educational! This CVC game is sure to become another student favorite. 

This center activity comes with a very nice page of winter words and 3 different recording sheets. It will be easy to set up and a great way to practice writing!

With this center, students will practice clipping beginning, middle, or ending sounds. What a cute way to practice! 

Are you working on syllables? If so, here's an adorable, winter-themed way to practice! 

This writing page is sure to be popular with your Olaf fans! You can use it in centers or as a whole group activity. 

What literacy center would be complete without a "write the room" activity? Just print and laminate these sheets for a quick and easy writing center. 

Here's one of my winter-themed freebies, too. This one has literacy & math. One of the games combines addition and reading sentences. This set also has an emergent reader. 

I hope this list helps you add some new, engaging literacy centers to your room. I hope your students enjoy them! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Telling Time Task Cards/Game and a FREEBIE!

Click on the picture to see it on Teacher's Notebook.
CLICK HERE to find it on Teachers Pay Teachers. 

Here's a fun way for your students to practice telling time! Whether you prefer center activities, a game of Scoot, or card games, you have ALL THREE OPTIONS with this set! 
First, the cards are numbered and a recording sheet is included. This is perfect for using them as TASK CARDS in a center or for a game of SCOOT

Or, include a couple of these "melting snowman" cards to make the task cards into an engaging CARD GAME

I am using this set at home as 2 of my littles (kindergarten and first grade) learn to tell time. We played a game with the cards using the BIG CLOCK! This set also comes with little clocks. They would work well in centers or so that each child could have a clock.

This product comes with the following sets of cards:

1. Analog clocks to the hour and half-hour 

Students must record the time in digital form.

2. Analog clocks to the nearest five minutes

Students must record the time in digital form.

3. Digital clocks to the hour and half-hour

Students must demonstrate the time on an analog clock.

4. Digital clocks to the nearest five minutes

Students must demonstrate the time on an analog clock.

ANSWER SHEETS are also included! They are great for having students self-check.

Click on the picture below to download a 2-page TELLING TIME FREEBIE

I hope your students enjoy the FREEBIE! Thanks for stopping by! 

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