Sunday, July 2, 2017

Catch Me, If You Can: In Vegas or on Facebook!

& Turn EVERY Child Into A Writer!

I'm so excited to be coming to you LIVE from the ESGI booth in Las Vegas! But wait, there is more...

For anyone who can't attend SDE's "I Teach K!" conference, you can catch my mini session live on Facebook! 
I'll be going live at 4:40 PM 
on Tuesday, July 11. 
So, tune in and find out how you can 
make writing FUN and easy for your
kindergarten and struggling 1st grade students!

I'll also be presenting all day on 
Wednesday, July 12
Thursday, July 13
at SDE's I Teach K!
So catch me, if you can, at one of my sessions:
You can register by CLICKING HERE.

July 12:
9:00 AM-  Bring Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your K Classroom
10:45-  Emergent Reading: Climb Aboard The Literacy Train!
1:30-  Don't Wait! Early Intervention Strategies for Your Littlest  Learners
3:15-  From Re-Telling Stories to Writing: Instant Success!

July 13:
9:00 AM-  Close Reading & the Idea of Digging Deeper.
10:45-  Integrating Curriculum: Teaching Smarter, Not Harder
1:30-  Developing Writing Skills in Kindergarten

So, whether you will be in Vegas, or not, 
I hope you can catch me at one of  my 
SDE sessions or 
at ESGI's Facebook Live!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

We Are Giving Away A $100 TpT Gift Card!

Yep, Those of Us Here at Kinder Tribe... 

... are celebrating our 1000 followers by offering a $100 TpT gift card and...

Click the image above to go to the Rafflecopter. 
... we are also hosting an optional book study!

Kinder Tribe is a Facebook group that inspires and supports kindergarten teachers. I post on the Kinder Tribe Facebook page on the 30th of every month.

You can check out the 

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Enter to win the $100 TpT gift card:
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

As One Door Closes, Another Opens (with a FREEBIE)

Closing the door on one year...

... with these cute graduation certificates.  Click the image for the download.
You get a pre-school, pre-kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten certificate AND you also get a blank one so you can fill in anything you want!

Your kindergarten students will love singing this graduation song to the tune of "It's A Small World"
and the pages make a great big book! Click the image for the download.

Students can add small school photos of their friends to their bus.
Click the image for your FREE template.
Just paint the top of the egg cartons, download and print the FREE bus template, and pass out the tiny school photos you get each year. A fun project to decorate the room for your graduation.

For Father's Day: Students write the first name of their dad, grandpa, or any other significant person in their lives.
You make 10-20 copies to create a stack of notes. Wrap with cellophane & twine. Always a hit!
Click the image for the download.

And Opening The Door To The Beginning of Another Year:

This is my most popular product!Attach a cotton ball and it's ready for your parents on the 1st day of school.
Click the image for the download.
You still have a day to grab my "All About Numbers 1-5" at a 50% discount: CLICK HERE
Click the image above to set all of the templates, ideas, and activities for #s 1-5.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Are you looking for an easy Father's Day gift your students can make?

So much fun & your dads will love these 2 ideas:

#1)  I got a bag of rocks @ the Dollar Store and we made personalized paper weights.
For bigger rocks, you can look for river rocks at a home improvement store.

First, have your students type up the following message:
My dad rocks!
(child's name)

Next, I cut a piece of white tissue paper to 8"X10 1/2" so it would be just a bit smaller than a piece of Xerox paper.  I carefully taped the edges of the tissue paper to the Xerox paper being carful not to overlap the tape.  Then, I placed them it in the printer.  I clicked on print and the individual messages printed right on the tissue paper.  I had to use two pieces to fit all 31 names on the tissue paper.

Tear around each message.

Next, I tore around each message instead of cutting them out.

I called kids up to to my table 2 at a time to base coat their rock with a light coat of Mod Podge.
Base coat the entire rock with Mod Podge.

Carefully place the message on each
rock and let the kids coat it with more
Mod Podge.

We worked on laminated construction paper.

Then, I gave them their personalized message and they pressed it on their wet rock and continued to coat it with more Modge Podge.  Go light with the Mod Podge.  It will dry clear.  

Make sure they coat the bottom too.  I had them work on a piece of laminated construction paper so the rock would not stick to anything or mess up the table.
These rocks are drying.

The following rock is still pretty wet, but it will dry clear.  We will wrap them up tomorrow.  

You can see that the lighter rocks work better with a dark font.
This was quick, easy, and child friendly. 

AND... #2)  
I had each child copy their father's (or other significant adult in their life's) name on this notepad template and I made 20 copies so each child got to create a personalized notepad for Father's Day. Here is the link for the template: CLICK HERE.
 So, are you doing a cute craft for Father's Day? Share your ideas in the comments. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

End of the Year Gifts for Your Students

This was so easy & my students LOVED them!

Here is a great gift to send home with your pre-school, TK, or kindergarten students at the end of the year.  I made Kool-Aid Play Dough for each child.
I tied these up with ribbon and sent them
home on the last day of school.

I had a supply of plastic baby food containers and they worked perfectly to store the play dough in.

If you don't have plastic containers, you can send it home in a Zip-Lock bag.  Just place the plastic bag into a cute cello bag (the kind you find in the candy making section), tie it all up with a cute ribbon, and tag it with a label that says it's NOT food.  It does smell really good, so you need to tag it with a warning.
Lemon scented play dough.  Smells heavenly.  

Here is the recipe:
2 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of salt
2 pagages of unsweetened Kool-Aid powder (4 gram packages)
2 cups of boiling water
3 tablespoons of oil

Mix flour, salt, & Kool-Aid.
Add oil to the boiling water.
Mix with a spoon until cool enough to knead.
Knead until the color is all blended in.
Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

So, what gifts do you give your kids at the end of the year?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

It's Finally Here! And It's All For YOU!

When does 20 + 10 = 28?:

When you shop at the Teacher Appreciation TpT Sale! My ENTIRE store is on sale for 20% off!
When you add the 10% code (THANKYOU17) to you get a total of 28% off! 
Click the image to visit my HUGE SALE!

Now is the perfect time to stock up on items for finish out this year:
Create a big book out of this song which is sung to the tune of "It's A Small World".
Click the image to grab this song.
A FuN and easy Father's Day gift your students can create for any significant person in their life. Click the image to grab this fun project. 

You get two flag templates in this set; this one and one with wider lines. Students can write about their favorite national symbol for Memorial Day or Flag Day.
Click the image to grab this set. 

Graduation Certificates that are just too cute! Click the image to grab this set. 

And, it's the perfect time to stock up on items for the beginning of next year. 
You get a huge bundle of products to start the year off right. Click the image to grab this bundle. 
Prep your homework for the entire year! Only 1 page per week, easy to grade yet meaningful for students. Click the image to grab this homework set. 
Make math FUN with my 1-10 math bundle.
Differentiate for all of your students and challenge students to make connections, see patterns, and think outside the box. Click the image to grab this bundle. 
Develop oral language and turn every child into a writer, instantly!
This set includes everything you need to get your students writing right from the beginning.
Click the image to grab this set. 
How would you like to have 4 seasonal and 1 generic journal templates that make writing FuN?
Click the image to grab this set. 
And if you want to save more money...
Summer is the perfect time to try ESGI for FREE for 60 days. Use the code, KFUN to automatically qualify for a $40 discount after you use your 60 day FREE trial
Click the image to explore how ESGI can change your life!
Use the code "KFUN" to try ESGI free for 60 days & qualify for $40 off of your 1st year. 
Thank you, teachers, for all you do! :)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Getting Ready For The End of The Year

It's As Easy As 1, 2, 3 (or maybe 4):

1) Make A "Good-bye" Gift: 

(And a FREEBIE poem!)

My Crayon Candle & poem project is an awesome gift your students can easily make to give to their parents.  There is even a version of the poem for any children who might not be graduating. And the best part is that this is a FREE download!
Click the image above.

All you have to do is let the children break and unwrap their fat primary crayons and drop them into a glass baby food jar. Remember to label the bottoms of the jars with their names. I like to do this with masking tape because it is sometimes hard to read the names when this project is done, even if you use a dark colored Sharpie. 
Click the image above. 

After the kids fill their jar with crayons, slide a birthday candle into the center of each jar. This is a lot less expensive than buying candle wicks. It might take a little wiggling, but you can get the candles in. 

Last, after school, melt some paraffin wax and pour some into each jar. I like to use my home-hand wax machine. It melts the wax and I can easily ladle it into each jar. Let them sit overnight to cool.

I like to roll up this poem and tie it to each candle. My students gave these to their parents at the end of their graduation ceremony.

You can grab this FREE poem by 

2) Perform a Cute Song: 

For your parents or just for the school. This song can be sung to the tune of "It's a Small World".

Just print and glue to construction paper (12" X 18") to create a big book that you can use to teach your Littles this cute song
Click the image.

It is sung to the tune of "It's A Small World" which you can download (an instrumental version) from iTunes.  
Click the image.

I like to bind my big books at the bottom (landscape style) so all I have to do is push the current page down with my thumb and let gravity allow the page to drop, exposing the next page. Then, I'm not fiddling with turning pages while the children are singing. :)
Click the image.

You can grab this song by

3) Dazzle your class with a cute End of the Year certificate:

Click the image.
Check out these fun end-of-the-year certificates. These CUTE graduation certificates are Ready-to-Print for Pre-school, Pre-Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten (TK), and Kindergarten.

You even get a blank copy so you can fill in any special program you might have. 
Click the image.

You can grab your copy by


Perfect to serve at your celebration!
My students LOVED these!

Just cut bananas in half, cut a slit for the grape, add grapes and you're done!

I hope you like these fun ideas. 
Do YOU have any cute ideas that you do with your class? 
Share your End of the Year ideas below for our readers!