Friday, November 20, 2020

Let's Create Smiles For the Holidays with This Question: (I Ask This Question Every Year & I get the SAME results EVERY time!)

You can do this activity 
remotely or face-to-face!

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Here is the question I ask EVERY year:

Which would YOU rather be? 

... a reindeer,  (Click on the reindeer!)

an elf,   (Click on the elf.)

a gingerbread cookie,                             

        (Click on the gingerbread cookie.)      

 or a snowman???                   (click on the snowman.)

Aren't these snow globes adorable?
They were created with graphics from DJ Inkers!

Here is a fun way to get your students to discuss their opinions, justify their answers, integrate higher level thinking into your lessons, and have FUN.  You can also use this as a springboard for an opinion writing assignment.

So, which one will get the most votes?

Behind the children you can see the live webcam we watch each morning.
It's and it's a live webcam on 2 of Santa's reindeer.
 Santa shows up each morning at 8:00 AM (Pacific Time) and feeds the reindeer!

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First, We Read:

 Well, actually, I read books to the class about snowmen, reindeer, gingerbread men (and gingerbread girls), and elves.  I might read only one book about reindeer and lots of books about gingerbread cookies, but by the time we are ready to discuss our opinions we have all been exposed to these fine characters.  :)

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Second, We Discuss:

We talk about the pros and cons of being each character.  They have to justify their answers and tell why they would like or dislike being each character.  Yes, higher level thinking is alive and well in our classroom as we justify almost everything!  :)
Here are some of the things the children have told me in the past:

"Snowmen get to play in the snow, but they also have to stay outside all the time or they melt."

"Gingerbread cookies get to be covered with candy, but they can't cross rivers without crumbling and they also get eaten all the time."

"Elves get to be with toys all day long, but they also have to work all the time!"

"Reindeer have to work all night delivering presents, but they get to fly!"  :)  So, that's the character who wins EVERY year!

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Third, We Completed A Graph:

We used the cute icons from DJ Inkers! I LoVe using their adorable graphics! You can see all of their graphics, fonts, & borders by clicking HERE.
You can find this set of icons on TPT to  crate a classroom graph by clicking HERE. (It's only $1.)
You can just have students write their name on a Post-it, but I have each child's photograph laminated on a piece of construction paper and I attached a piece of sticky-back Velcro to the back of each photo and the graph.  Students come up and attach their photo above the icon that represents snowmen, reindeer, gingerbread cookies, and elves to express their favorite.  
Just look at ALL of these adorable projects 
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Fourth, We Write:
Kindergarten kids love to tell you about their opinions!  :)  Now, we encourage them to write about them!  I give them the prompt dotted on the master that reads:  I would rather be a...  Then, all they have to do is trace the dotted font and copy the word snowman, reindeer, gingerbread man, or elf.  
Then, they tell me WHY they want to be that character and I either write it for them to copy or I let them try to sound-blend the words and write them with temporary spelling.  
Again, the fonts, borders, and graphics are all from DJ Inkers! 
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Click the image to grab this set.

This page goes with the graph. The set comes with 20 different templates that feature
graphics from DJ Inkers!

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Last, I Take Their Photograph (dressed like their favorite character):

These are sooooo cute!  You can use them on the graph or on their writing page.  
Here are some examples of the costumes I use.  I made the snowman and gingerbread cookie out of bulletin board paper and tag board.  
The nose lights up!

Complete with ears and a tiny hammer!
I used the cover page from the set of icons as a sign for our class graph.

I made this out of tag board, white bulletin board paper, and blue & black construction paper.

Made from tag board and bulletin board paper with construction paper trim.
We use these to play "dress up" in the home center.
We turn the home into a gingerbread house. 

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See yo all tomorrow!
Palma :)

Monday, November 2, 2020

And the Winners Are...

 From the Cue Virtual Conference:

Plus a bonus prize for EVERYONE. (Scroll to bottom to view it.)
Here are the names of the winners and what they won.
Please leave a message for me in the comments so I can message you for your email and send you your prize!

Sum Spiders: (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) Herminia Leon-Herrera

I Sorted By...: (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)  Gail Boucher

Circle Math: (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)  Melinda Baker

Come Run With Me: (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)  Gloria Hernandez

Show and Tell Apron:  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)  Alisha Johnson

1 year membership to the California Kindergarten Association : (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)  Gale Boucher

And EVERYONE wins with ESGI: 
Register with the code PALMALIBRARY
and you will receive:
  • ESGI free for 90 days
  • Save $50 off their first year when they purchase
  • ESGI will donate $8 to Read in Color 

Now, that's WIN-WIN-WIN!!!

Congratulations to you ALL!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Here are the winners...

... from my sessions at ESGI's Teachcon:

So sorry that this post is a bit late, but due to winds here in California, we were without power from Sunday through Monday!

Here are the winners:
(Please leave a comment here or email me at so I can get your gift to you.)

Bunny Davenport

Stephanie McDuffee

Merrilee Burrington

Bonnie Smith

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

It All Starts on Monday, Oct. 19 & Tuesday, Oct. 20!

But You Can Watch It Later!

You will have until Nov. 18 to view the amazing, free, sessions provided by ESGI at their virtual Teachcon Conference!

I will be presenting 2 sessions on Oct. 20, but you can watch when it's convenient for YOU!

I'm presenting 2 sessions:
Learning Around The House
(without driving your parents crazy)
Differentiate, Motivate, and Celebrate Writing!

Need more time to watch all of the amazing presenters? No problem!

Just sign up for a FREE 60-day ESGI trial                  (no credit card required)                                  

Be sure to use my code:
to qualify for an additional 60 days to watch the sessions, plus $50 off of your 1st year of ESGI!

What? You already have (and love) ESGI? Great! Then YOU qualify to view the sessions                         for a full year!                                                                Yep, you heard that right!

Plus, EVERYONE gets:

Free SWAG from Berteau & Co.

& Really Good Stuff 

is giving away 100 Teacher boxes!

And did I mention that lots of the presenters, including me, are giving away prizes too?

Plus, you can get a certificate of attendance!

You can sign up for FREE right HERE:
for an extra 60 day bonus
I'll see you there!


Friday, October 16, 2020

Oct. 19 & 20: TeachCon is FREE

 Wow! So many amazing presenters & it's FREE!

I'll be presenting 2 sessions!
"Learning Around the House" and 
"Differentiate, Motivate, & Celebrate Writing!"


Just visit ESGITEACHCON.COM to sign up. 

All Attendees will get: 

·        Inspiration and motivation from leaders in early childhood education 

·        Certificate of Attendance for each session 

·        TONS of takeaways that help you teach virtually anywhere 

Video access for 90 days with a new ESGI Trial Account using 



·        Berteau & Co.® FREE Digital SWAG 

·        Really Good Stuff® teacher boxes given away      to 100 teachers 

·        Prizes from presenters 

*CURRENT ESGI SUBSCRIBERS qualify for a FULL YEAR of access to the conference! 

Register Here:


Monday, September 14, 2020

Let Parents Know...

... Exactly How Their Child Is Doing:

With just one click, you can share a report that shows parents everything their child has learned and the specific skills they need to work on! You get it all with ESGI. And you get it all with a FREE 60-day (no credit card required) trial!

This is How:

 It's as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1.  Sign up for your FREE trial using this link:

2.  Enter your students' names & choose the tests you want to run.

3.  Test your students either in-person or via an online meeting, like Zoom, where you can share your screen. If you may not use Zoom, you can send students an access code and they can view their own test as you record their answers using ESGI's Student Screen. 

Then, all you have to do is click on each student's detailed report and you can print them or email them to their parents. 
It's just that easy!

And you can send home a Parent Letter & Flashcards so your parents can practice needed skills while having FUN with their child at home!
There is even a BINGO game customized to match the skills each child needs to work on!

Oh, and there is a bonus if you sign up by 9/30: You will automatically qualify for $50 off of your 1st year of ESGI and you will be entered to win one of ten Target gift cards ranging from $10-$100!
So, what are you waiting for? This is the BEST game changer ever!

And there's this too: A FREE 2-day virtual conference & discounts just for YOU:

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Have You Heard The News? Well, It's FREE!!!


The FREE 2-day conference will be on 
October 19-20, but YOU can win a FREE 
SWAG Bag now by sharing this post on ANY of your social media with the hashtag:
You will be entered for a chance to win the ESGI TeachCon Swag Bag 
designed by Berteau & Co.! 
10 lucky winners will be announced on October 9th!

What About The FREE Conference?

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Attendees Will Receive a Certificate of Participation
  • Two days of virtual conference sessions from nationally recognized presenters.
  • Free digital swag to download and use immediately. 
  • Six instructional strands highlighting areas of great interest for early education teachers.
  • Chances to win exciting prizes from ESGI and friends.
  • Certificate of Participation
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Sign up for your FREE trial & SAVE $50 on your 1st year of ESGI & get a free entry to win one of TEN Target Gift Cards worth $10-$100!

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