Monday, June 18, 2018

Mother Goose is On the Loose!

Catch Mother Goose on July 12 @ 1:00 PM!

That's when I'll be presenting a session on 
Teaching With Nursery Rhymes 
at SDE's "I Teach K" conference. 

Click Mother Goose for more info about this session. 
This session is based on current research about the benefits of teaching nursery rhymes.

Click the image for more info.
You will discover engaging activities to go along with eight different nursery rhymes.
Click any of the nursery rhymes for more info. 
And you will see how easy it is to assess skills while students are having fun interacting with nursery rhymes. 
Click the Dr. Seuss Onset Rhyme Hat-Book for more info. 
From Marzano's 6-step Method to Teach Vocabulary....
Click the image above for more info.
... to specific step-by-step directions about engaging & fun lessons and activities...
Click the pocket watch or the locket for more info. 
... and fun ways to assess learning so your students actually beg you to test them! Seriously!
Click on any of the Show and Tell Aprons
 for more info about these amazing teaching aprons. 
And did I mention the amazing handout that outlines the 5 levels of phonemic awareness, provides you with a list of all 48 of the nursery rhyme activities shown in my presentation, and 2 full pages of adorable graphics from DJ Inkers
Plus links to discounts, coupon codes, and freebies! 

And, if you have EVER been to one of my sessions, you know that I LOVE to give away tons of prizes, like a free year of ESGI (find out more about this game-changer by CLICKING HERE.)

"I Teach K!" 
is the Cadillac of all kindergarten conferences! 
You will LOVE all of the amazing presenters 
and the huge vendors' hall.
In between sessions, 
from Mon.-Fri., July 9-13 
(yes, that's Friday the 13th!) 
you can catch me at the 
or at ESGI's booth
I'll be presenting a 15 minute 
Facebook Live 
FREE presentation at ESGI's booth 
on Tuesday, July 10 at 9:50
Meet me there & arrive early 
for the best seats & even more prizes!
Here is a little glimpse about 
my FREE ESGI Presentation:

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Let's Teach Sight Words So They Stick!

Join me on 7/12 at 2:45 PM @ I Teach K!

That's when I'll be presenting one of my favorite sessions on sight words! 

Click the image to view the session description.
This session comes with an amazing handout 
that includes:
  ~current brain and memory research
  ~a 5-day plan for teaching sight words
  ~tons of games, songs, and sight word activities 
  ~a FREE sight word activity template

Your students will beg to learn new sight words!
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   Discover a simple 5-day plan and easy-to-implement activities that take only minutes each day and makes learning sight words so much FUN! 
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You will get to see photos of children interacting with their sight words and their peers in a meaningful and productive way. 
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And you will get to see how to easily transform your classroom into a room that promotes learning sight words on the walls, at the centers, and in places you can't even imagine! 
Click the image for more info.
And did I mention prizes?
I LOVE to give away prizes at all of my sessions!

I will be presenting at 
SDE's National Conference,
on Thursday, July 12 
and Friday July 13. 

Here is a link to SDE's 
website & registration:

~Don't Wait, Early Math Intervention 
for Your Littlest Learners

~Mother Goose On The Loose!
Teaching Foundational Skills 
Through Nursery Rhymes
(This one is a Make & Take!)

~Putting Fun Back Into Math:
Discover the Magic of Addition & Subtraction!
(This one is a Make & Take!)

~Put Your Thinking Caps On:
Questioning Strategies to Engage & Inspire

Monday, June 4, 2018

Have You EVER Been to SPLASH???

I'm Giving Away 1 FREE Registration!

Click the image for more info. 

Just enter between June 5-12 and you could be on your way to an amazing adventure at the Frog Street SPLASH Conference in Grapevine Texas from July 25-27, 2018!

This year's theme is "Don't Stop Believing" so gather up your 1980's attire and get ready to have some serious fun all while learning about the newest trends in education. 
I'll be presenting a session called "From Re-telling Stories to Writing" which is filled with Make & Take projects for you to take back to your Pre-K, TK, Kindergarten or 1st grade classroom. 
So here is the deal:

~Enter the Rafflecopter by "liking" KFUNdamental's page on Facebook. That will get you 5 entries!

~Then, check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store and post the URL of ANY of my products anywhere on Facebook and you can earn 5 more entires! And guess what... you can do this option DAILY! So, if you post about one of my products each day, from June 5-12, you can earn as many as 35 more entries!!! 
The winner will be announced here and on KFUNdamentals' Facebook page on June 13

The winner will receive one free registration to the SPLASH conference in Grapevine Texas which runs from July 25-27, 2018.
This prize does NOT include transportation or accommodations.
And, if you have already registered for the SPLASH conference, you may use your winning ticket to bring a friend. SPLASH is so much FUN, especially with a friend along. 

I can't wait to see who wins and I can't wait to see you at Frog Street's SPLASH conference where I will also have a booth in the Vendors' Hall.
I hope to see you at SPLASH!

The Rafflecopter will begin taking entries on June 5:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And the winner is....
Meredith Danson Yeh!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Give Yourself an End-of-the-Year Gift!

Or win one! (Scroll way down to find out how.)

This is my very favorite teaching tool! 
It's my Show And Tell Apron
In fact, I own 3 of these.
Click the apron!
Have you ever seen these amazing Show And Tell Aprons?
Click the image above.
They come in all sorts of styles 
and can be used to teach all sorts of skills!
They are perfect for teaching high frequency words.
Click the aprons.
Here is my very first Show And Tell Apron 
draped over my chair 
at the front of my TK/K classroom in SoCal. 
Click the image.
The apron's creator, Sandy, gave me this apron at the SDE Conference called "I Teach K!" several years ago. Sandy is the most talented, sweet, and generous teacher you will EVER meet! I love her so much and I wish I was little again so I could be in HER kindergarten class. 
I will always treasure my first Show And Tell apron!
My students could not wait to see which apron I would be wearing each day!
Click on the aprons!
There is the regular style like the black one below, a tu-tu style, 
a BBQ style, 

and even a child-sized style!
Click on the aprons. 

How I Used My Apron:

I used it to teach phonemic awareness:
Click the image above.

I used it to teach "counting up" 
(also called "counting on") 
in math:
Click the image above.
I used it to teach CVC words 
and how to add a "magic e" 
to create a silent e word.
Click on the apron. 
And I used it to teach sight words and 
high frequency words:
Click the image above. 
Here is my special funny tip:
If you are wearing your apron and you 
have the word "hello" in the pockets,
don't allow anything to cover the "o" as you 
carry things in your right hand or you will 
be walking around your school wearing 
an apron that spells out "hell"!  :o/

Anyway, I also used it 
to teach the sequence 
of a familiar story.

Click the image above. 
Here is Sandy, 
the owner, designer, and inventor of 
re-telling the story of The Three Bears:
(I invited Sandy to share her rap 
to Pre-K and K teachers at 
in Las Vegas. 
Click this image to see the YouTube video of this amazing rap!
You can view Sandy's "Three Bear Rap" by

And, did I mention...

 ... that Sandy makes teaching cards that fit perfectly in her Show And Tell Aprons? Here are just a few of her sets:

These days:

I love to wear my pink tutu Show and Tell Apron when I'm presenting across the USA and even in Canada! As soon as I put it on, teachers gasp and immediately start taking photos of me. 
Here is an image of my favorite 
just waiting for me to put it on 
during one of my presentations for
Click the image above.
So, how do you WIN a Show And Tell Apron?
Come to one of my presentation!
My next one is coming up in just one week in the Bay Area near Oakland, CA on June 2. 
Click the image above for more info. 
 We will be giving away a FREE apron!
And Sandy will be there with all of her latest styles! 
Click the image above for more info. 
I hope we will see you at the 

So, true story... I was presenting in New England and I had a few minutes before my next presentation. I was wearing the special pink tutu apron Sandy made for me and I quickly ran into the elevator to catch the rest of the keynote that morning. Well, there was a big man in the elevator wearing a suit and looking very important and serious, but when he saw this pink blur run in his direction right into the elevator, he jumped backwards! I looked at him and said, "Don't judge, I'm presenting at a conference here." After a slight pause, he said, "Who are you presenting to?" 
I replied, "Kindergarten teachers," and as I walked out of the elevator I heard him say, "Oh, of course."  :) 
Click the image to see more styles.

Here Is a Little More Love To Share: 

You can learn so much from Sandy and her wonderful blog.
You can visit HER BLOG 
or on the image below:
Click the image above.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

What To Do On The Last (or the First) Day of School?

Create a Re-telling Book!

Click the image. 
This Re-telling book is perfect for the last day of school, but it is just as much fun for the first day too. You will just need to bring in socks for your students if you are using this on the 1st day of school. 
And if you are already thinking about the new school year, check out our 1-day conference in Northern CA on June 2:

Click the image.

Click the image.


If you copy the color version, it is perfect for the teacher to use to re-create the story of the The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. It will also make a wonderful addition to your classroom library.

You can create a color-copy of the re-telling book:

Here is a sample of the black & white copy:

Click the image.

Here is how it works:
-Re-introduce the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle and discuss the various parts of the book as well as the life cycle of butterflies.
-Have students bring in a clean sock or pick some up at the Dollar Store. Students create a caterpillar sock puppet using markers (you can hot glue eyes on the puppets for them) and they re-tell the story using the color version of my interactive Hungry Caterpillar book. (Puppet directions are included in the set.) Make sure to cut out the holes on pages 3-9. Students can pass their caterpillar puppet through the holes on the pages as they re-tell the story.

-Use the link included in the directions, and have your students make caterpillar sock puppets. 

I had students bring in socks from The Dollar Store. Only half of the students needed to bring in socks for the entire class to have one. 
-Using the butterfly template in the set, have your students use crayons and watercolor paints to create a crayon resist design on the butterfly. Do this part in the morning to allow the butterflies to dry. Once they are dry, have your students cut along the square surrounding the butterfly. Have them fold their butterfly several times and place it inside their caterpillar sock puppet. 

-Copy the black & white version of the interactive re-telling book on white cardstock or white construction paper for each student and have them color the illustrations.

-Students should partner read (or buddy up with a partner class) to share their interactive re-telling books along, with their sock puppets, with a partner. They should allow their sock puppets to slide through the holes on pages 3-9 and they should remove the hidden butterfly from their sock puppet at the end of the story to reveal its beautiful colors. 

Science Link:  You can also have your students cut out the images of the butterfly's life cycle and glue them onto the correct spaces on the worksheet provided in the set. 

Your students will LOVE re-telling this familiar story, they will develop oral language skills, reinforce skills such as sequence of events, speaking in complete sentences, and re-telling familiar stories.And they will look forward to taking home their interactive re-telling book and sock puppets to share the story with their families. 

Don't you LOVE the graphics? They are all from DJ Inkers and Creative Clips. 
Click the image above to see more graphics from DJ Inkers.

Click the image to see more graphics from DJ Inkers.
You can fine their graphics at DJ Inkers

You can grab your copy of The Hungry Caterpillar Re-telling Book by CLICKING HERE