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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Tennessee, Here We Come!

Pre-Kinder Teachers Are In For A Treat:

Staff Development for Educators is hosting an amazing conference for Pre-K teachers in Franklin, Tennessee this week and I can't wait!
Kathy Griffin, Shannon Samulski, Elizabeth Hall, Sandi Reyes, and I will be sharing our ideas and techniques to make learning more meaningful and fun at the SDE 2017 Conference for Tennessee Pre-Kindergarten Teachers! From foundational skills to classroom management, you will get it all. There will be two amazing keynote addresses plus lots of "Make & Take" sessions with ideas you can immediately use in your Pre-K classrooms. 

And there is a bonus:

Kathy, Shannon, and I will be creating a mini webcast on Tuesday afternoon. I'll post about it on Facebook as soon as I get to the airport. 

Will YOU be in Tennessee with us this week?
#SDEevents

Friday, January 13, 2017

This One Is Worth Repeating. "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"

We Did!!!  

You can leave these snowmen up through January!
And the kids got to "buy" his accessories! 

1st We Shopped...


Each child got the five parts shown in the FREE template.  (FREE template is found near the end of this post.)


Then, they came up to me (2 at a time) to "buy" the parts for their Olaf.  One chile shopped while the other child watched.
I cut out Fun Foam for the coal, the eyebrows, the mouth, and the carrot noses.
The rest of the stuff came from my craft supplies like pom-poms and buttons.


I set out 15 pennies and items from my craft bins which were priced at 1 cent or 2 cents each.

As the first student purchased items, he/she moved their pennies into a can (clank!) and I recorded the items purchased on the receipt.

When done, we placed all purchased items into a zipper sandwich bag along with the receipt.
Each child got their own bag with their purchases and receipt.

I sent the first child to get a new student to come and watch while I let the second child shop.  This way, the child who is watching is all ready to shop and little time is wasted making decisions. 

Then We Got To Build A Snowman...


The following day, I gave each chid their five Olaf parts and they got to put them together any way they liked.  They could even have him holding his head above his body!
They got to arrange their snowman parts first.
Then, they added the parts they bought.

Then, they used white glue to decorate their Olaf. 


I posted them on the bulletin board along with their receipt.

This bulletin board can last through January.  

The eyebrows can make such a difference!
The best part is that they got to use their math skills, but I also liked the fact that no two Olafs were alike!  Everyone got to be creative and construct their own snowman to reflect their own creativity.  
Each one looks different.  
Different eyes.
Different scarves and buttons instead of coal.


We also do this type of shopping with black cats and green monsters at Halloween time to create our "Meow Mall" and "Monster Mall" and again in February to create a "Valentine Shop".  I have more ideas and samples of receipts here:
Click the image above.

Here is your FREE Olaf template:

CLICK HERE or on the image below.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

What Are You Doing For Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

2 Years Ago...

We celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. like this:

We decided to see how many different colors of skin we have in our class.  
Several students helped by placing their hands around a heart that I drew on a piece of construction paper.

They loved doing this and seeing how different we all look, but we are all still so much alike.

Every Year...

I make a point to serve my community by volunteering during MLK weekend. Several years ago, I found myself in Santa Clara, CA on MLK weekend. So, I stopped in at the CA Kindergarten Conference (currently called the PK1 Conference) to see if I could help them set up. I got to hand beautiful samples of children's art all day.
By the end of the day I was convinced that I needed to attend this conference. I had the BEST time learning and shopping! I have been back every year since and I have presented sessions there for last 6 years. 

This year, I'm presenting "Keeping Play In Your Kindergarten Day" and "Mother Goose On The Loose". I can't wait to meet new teachers this year and share my brand new "Make & Take" presentation on teaching with nursery rhymes. Here is a sneak peek:





We will be creating 5 projects out of one paper bag! Here is a sample of one of the projects we will be making. Jack & Jill are attached to a tongue depressor so they can travel up and down the hill. 



You can still register for the PK1 Conference. CLICK HERE for their link. 

Note: "Mother Goose On The Loose" is listed as being presented by Betty Jo Evers.
Ms Evers is unable to present at the conference this year. We will miss her so much, but I have agreed to take her place. 

I'll be giving away a few FREE years of ESGI. Check it out at esgisoftware.com and sign up for a FREE 60 day trial. Use my code, KFUN, to automatically qualify for $40 off of your first year!
Click the image above.


I'll also be giving away a "Show & Tell Apron" to one lucky winner. You can check out all of the Show & Tell teaching aprons at their website: CLICK HERE.
Click the apron. 

I hope to see you there!





Sunday, January 1, 2017

Did You Hear? 2017 News...

Jo-Ann's Is Celebrating Teachers:

From Jan 1-7 teachers get 20% (instead of the regular 15%) at Jo-Ann's Stores!
And they have everything from glue sticks to stickers!  CLICK HERE for more info. 

A FUN Idea:

I covered my front table (you know, the one with my document camera, laptop, and anything I was going to share with my students during "whole group time") with different fabric each month.
I bought about 1-2 yards of fabric to go with each month or theme. My students loved feeling like there was a new feel in the classroom on the first of every month. 
Here is the red checkered picnic themes fabric on my front table.
I was using a portable SMART Board while we were waiting for the permanent one to be installed. 

Some of the fabrics included a red and white gingham fabric to go with my picnic them at the beginning of each school year, a spider web print on black fabric for October, and a "Frozen" snowflake print for January. Of course, the blue fabric with white stars looked great when we studied American National Symbols in Feb. and the illusive leprechaun left a St. Patrick's print for us in March! If you are thinking of doing this, now is the time to grab that fabric while it's 20% off for teachers! 
 
I also used the fabric as a background for their monthly photo that I put in their memory books. The first photo of the year was just a headshot. Other photos included the students dressed in their Halloween costumes for October, wearing a ski cap & scarf in January, or holding one of our baby ducklings or chicks in May. 
Just pin the fabric up and take photos in front of it. 

Start 2017 By Following Me & Grab Your FREEBIES:


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Are These The Top 4 Skills Your Class Will Master This January AND What About Their Teacher?

These 4 skill sets are on  SALE for the New Year...

Phonics, sight words, writing, & math:
My favorite 3 Language Arts sets, plus my huge Numbers 1-10 set, are all on sale right now and through this New Year weekend! What a great way to welcome in 2017 and be ready for your "Littles" when school resumes in Jan.

January is the perfect time to focus on foundational Language Arts skills AND to review the numbers 1-10 before moving on to those tricky teens. Help your students to develop true conceptual understanding and build a firm foundation for the numbers 1-10. That will make the teens easier to understand.






1. All About Numbers 1-10: You get all of this for each number 1-10! The different templates allow you to differentiate and focus on specific skills. Great for RTI too.



2. Seasonal Journal Pages with Rubrics: You get the basic "pencil" rubric plus four additional templates, one for each season. Your students will love returning to school to a new "winter" journal. You can copy & bind these into a daily journal or use them one-at-a-time as needed.




3. Sight Word Pocket-Lockets: This makes a FUN small group lesson and can also be used to create an independent center. Just copy on colored construction paper, add scissors, glue, and some yarn to help your students create a pocket watch or a locket to wear home.



4. Alphabet Picture Cards and a template for a cute alphabet book: You can do one a week or one a day. Each page reinforces initial consonant and short vowel sounds.


Have you thought of attending a conference this January?

I'll be presenting at the PK1 Conference in Santa Clara, CA on Jan. 14 & 15.
You can read about all of the speakers and sessions by 
And if you're on the East coast, you can catch me at
The SDE Conference for Tennessee Pre-K Teachers by
CLICKING HERE.
CLICK THE IMAGE.

I hope you enjoy the sale and have a wonderful New Year!
See you all in 2017!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

It's a Holiday 3-day sale! Just for YOU!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays To You!

This Christmas, we cut down a real "Charlie Brown" tree from our property
 and I wrapped all of the gifts in brown paper & tied them up with string.
The chalkboard stocking tags were a great touch!

My ENTIRE TpT Store is ON SALE!
So, shop 'til you drop while all cozy in your PJs by the fire.
Here is the link to my store:

Enjoy a quiet moment and take some time to reflect on the past year. 

Wishing you all a very, merry season filled with love, joy, and especially good health.

Love,
Palma

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Do you shop on Amazon? Win-Win Ideas For Your Students, Kindergarten, & YOU!

This is how you can make a difference this year:

If you are shopping on Amazon.com, you can make a huge difference in the world of kindergarten by clicking on the Amazon link on the California Kindergarten Association's homepage first!

Click the image above.


This idea will benefit you AND your students:

Attend the PK1 Conference in Santa Clara, CA this January and discover new ideas, techniques, and products to use with your students. Most of all, you will leave with a new sense of inspiration, motivation, and determination to make the rest of this school year the best one ever!
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Registration is filling up, so click on the brochure and check out all of the amazing sessions.
I'll be there presenting on ways to incorporate "play" in your busy day and how to teach phonics and phonemic awareness through the world of nursery rhymes. 

Happy Holidays to you all!