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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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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year Blog Hop--and a Winter FREEBIE!

Happy New Year! 
First of all, I want to wish you a prosperous, happy, and healthy New Year. Then, I would like to invite you to "hop" through our blogs, grabbing some FREEBIES and taking a look at our winter and New Year themed items. 

My featured item is one of my all-time favorites, the Kindergarten Math Cut-and-Glue Workbook for Winter

I LOVE these sets for 3 reasons:
1) This workbook (and similar sets for each season/holiday) covers ALL of the Common Core Standards for kindergarten math. So, using all of the pages lets you know that your students have practiced every CC concept! 
2) These sets help students practice their math AND fine motor skills! Plus, my littles always enjoy cutting and pasting! 
3) These are prefect for reluctant writers. Some of the pages require no writing at all! That's huge for students who struggle with writing. While writing should not be overlooked, I think it's nice to have a resource every now and again where students are not required to write in order to demonstrate their knowledge.  

Click on the picture above to find this resource on Teacher's Notebook.
CLICK HERE to see it on Teachers Pay Teachers. 
Plus, ALL OF MY RESOURCES ARE 15% OFF from January 1-4, 2015!

Here's my featured winter FREEBIE
This one has been in my stores for a while, but it's a good one! It has worksheets, games, and even a game board for winter-themed addition Bump! Click on the picture below to grab a copy for your classroom!

Thank you "snow" much for stopping by!
Click on the blog button below to hop on to the next New Year post and FREEBIE! 

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

11 FREE Winter Math Centers for Kindergarten!

If you are looking for new kindergarten math centers for the New Year, look no further! I have put together a list of 11 winter-themed centers that are available on Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook for FREE! Just scroll down, take a look at each description, and click on the pics of the ones you like!

1. Math Mitten Number Match-Up

Here's a mitten match center activity (6 pages) from Sunshine and Lollipops. In this center, students will match each number with the correct quantity of snowflakes on a mitten. It also includes a page for students to write each number and draw the correct number of pictures! Click on the picture above to grab a copy! 

2. Winter Olympics Bump and Memory

This sports-themed winter FREEBIE was created by Sweet Integrations. It comes with a memory game and 2 different versions of Bump addition games. Just laminate these for an easy yet engaging center! Click on the cute cover pic to take a look! 

3. Kindergarten Winter Activities 100 Follower Freebie

This adorable winter FREEBIE (11 pages) is by My Fabulous Class. Your students can work on +1 and -1 using this set of snowman cards. The great graphics are sure to make this a student favorite! Click on the picture to take a look! 

4. January Snow Theme Addition Plus One
Here's another great FREE addition center (14 pages) from Fern Smith. Students can match each "plus one" addition problem with the correct sum. Click on the picture to grab a copy of this fun math activity for your classroom!

5. Wonderful Winter Math

This FREEBIE (8 pages) is from the "I Love My Kinders" store. It includes some printable counting worksheets AND a full-color counting center where students can pick a number and draw the correct number of snowmen to match.  Click on the picture above to grab this cute, wintery set!

6. Winter Math Tub Sample

This FREE winter write the room set (9 pages) was created by Cady Mullennex Hearn. The activity has students writing number words around the room. What a great idea for the new year! You can click on the picture above to grab a copy for your classroom. 

7. Snowy Bear Count

This is another FREE numeral to quantity matching activity (16 pages) from iHeart Teaching. Here, students can match each number with its correct representation on a ten frame. This center activity is just too cute to miss! Click on the picture to get it for your students! 

8. Snowy Shape Bump
Thanks, Brittany Lynch, for such a great FREEBIE (8 pages)! With this freebie, students can use spinners to play the popular Bump game with 2D or 3D shapes. How creative is that?! Grab it by clicking on the picture above. 

9. Winter Math Sampler Pack

This math activity (10 pages) was created by Jennifer Knopf. This set actually includes 4 different math games: 2 spin and graph activities, a roll and cover addition game, AND a roll and cover shape game. This set is sure to be a hit in your math centers! Grab a copy by clicking on the picture above. 

10. Winter Number Match-Up

This FREE matching activity (12 pages) is brought to you by Linda Nelson of Primary Inspiration. Your students can match numbers, ten frames, objects, and number words with this set. What a great way to add a little winter fun to your math center! 

11. Snow Much Counting!

And, here's some FREE wintery fun (10 pages) from my store! It can be used as a card game or students can simply create different quantities from 1-20 or above. The colorful cards are very appealing to students and matching worksheets are included. Click on the picture to get a copy!

I hope this list makes planning your kinder math centers a breeze! Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wonderful Winter Resources Linky Party with FREE and Priced Items

Happy winter! I don't know how happy I am about the prospect of snow, but I know that my kids are SO excited to make snowmen! I do love the adorable winter clipart, so it's always fun making new winter resources. There's nothing more fun than creating some new winter classroom fun on a snowy day! 

Below, you will find some adorable winter-themed resources from several teacher-authors. Take a look to find something "snow" fun for your students!

1. Feel free to add 3 winter-themed links to the linky below, 1 paid and 2 FREE! Please, to keep it fair, add only 1 paid item. The links will be added in RANDOM order! 
2. Putting the word "FREE" at the beginning of the description would really be helpful to those looking through the resources.
3. Please share and/or pin the linky on one or more of your social media sites. 

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