Saturday, May 18, 2019

Graduation Ceremony or Not? These Ideas Are Gr8!

Are you planning a little Pre-K or K Graduation?

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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. 
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You can grab your copy by

Next up: A cute song-

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
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It is sung to the tune of "It's A Small World" which you can download (an instrumental version) from iTunes.  
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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. :)
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You can grab this song by

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!
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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. 
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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 

Perfect to serve at your celebration!

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

I hope you like these fun ideas. Share your graduation ideas below for our readers! 

Monday, April 29, 2019

KFUNdamentals & DJ Inkers Appreciates Teachers!

So, we are giving away stuff!

Yes, you heard that right! 
We are giving away 2 gift certificates for DJ Inkers fonts and clipart! (Enter below.)
I'm putting all of my products from TpT
that have DJ Inkers graphics or fonts on sale!

This is a GR8 time to stock up on my most favorite products AND win a gift certificate so you can create the cutest flyers, classroom signs, or custom products for use in your classroom!

The 2 DJ Inkers gift certificates give-away will ~run for a week (April 29-May 6).
~the 2 winners will be announced here, 
and Instagram 
on Tuesday, May 7

My TpT sale will run from April 28-May 6.
I will feature different products each day. 
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And here is a bonus: DJ Inkers 
is also having a sale! 

From May 2-8 
you can stock up 
on DJ Inkers fonts and adorable graphics 
and save a bundle!

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Here is the Rafflecopter. 
~Enter here to win one of two $15 gift certificates   
  for DJ Inkers. 
~You MUST complete at least TWO of the 
  DJ Inkers options to win. 
~Winners will be notified by May 7th. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winners are:
Donna Pulley 
Patty Rutenbar!
DJ Inkers will contact you this week.

Here is my MOST POPULAR product on TpT which features graphics and fonts from DJ Inkers:

Instant Writing: You students will beg you to write by using this set.
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Students get to cut out 
1 pink picture,
1 green picture,
& 1 blue picture:
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You get 6 pages nouns,  for the subject, verbs, and nouns for the predicate which gives you 48 images for each category!

Click the green page.

Click the blue page.

 Students glue the 3 colored cards to their writing template and verbally express a sentence. 
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The teacher helps the child to locate the additional "extra words" needed to write a complete sentence. 
Click the "Extra Words" page. 
Students LOVE to create silly sentences
 and have fun writing!
Create a copy of 1 of each of the 6 pages on cardstock and laminate the cards to create a writing center. 

You can grab this set, 
made with DJ Inkers graphics & fonts,
It will be on sale from 4/29-5/2.

Good luck!

Friday, March 8, 2019

A St. Patrick's Day Centerpiece DIY & Classroom FUN!

And It's Mostly From The Dollar Tree!

Click the image for the FREE rainbow activity.

This was so easy to make and cost practically nothing!

I needed to create an ice breaker type activity and I wanted it to have a St. Patrick's Day theme. My thought was to create a pot of gold filled with golden nuggets. I wanted to attach a little ice-breaker question to each golden nugget. The plan was to have each person choose a golden nugget, read the question aloud, and answer it so we could get to know each person a little better.

So, I headed to The Dollar Tree and I found a kettle shaped glass bowl, a sheet of moss, a roll of green glitzy ribbon, a bag of glittery shamrocks & gold coins, and a bag of river rocks. So, I'm in to this for $5 + tax. 
I already had black, yellow, and gold tole paint at home,  and some sticky-backed jewels.

Earlier in the week, I had already painted a little glass bowl green and flipped it upside down to create a little leprechaun hat. 

I embellished it with a hatband made out of black cardstock, golden fun foam, and sticky-back green pearls, so I knew that I could create a pot of gold with a little paint and some rocks. 

First I painted the outside of the glass bowl black. 

Then, I painted the black river rocks yellow. It took 2 coats to cover the black, so you might want to get light colored stones. 

After the last coat dried, I added a top coat of metallic gold paint.

I printed up some ice-breaker questions, but first I rewrote them so they all related to St. Patrick's Day in some way. 

I cut the questions apart into strips and folded them up so they were about 3/4" square. I used glue dots to stick them to the back of each golden nugget, but you can use white glue, Tacky glue, or even hot glue. 

I placed the black pot on the sheet of moss and filled it with the golden nuggets. I also placed some nuggets around the pot. I tied some ribbon to the pot and sprinkled the centerpiece with the glittery shamrocks and glittery golden coins & any other St. Patrick's Day decorations I had in the house. Let me know if you have any questions. :)
Click the image for the FREE rainbow activity.
For classroom teachers...
... who have their students create leprechaun traps, you might want to create a pot of gold and fill it with golden nuggets for your students to find in your classroom. Each child can take home a special golden nugget!

CLICK HERE for the FREE rainbow/color-word activity. 
CLICK HERE for the leprechaun shopping activity. It also comes with a black cat and snowman set too!

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

18 Months For The Price of 12 & $40 Off!!!

Now Through March 8...

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Be sure to use my code, PalmaBonkers to get all of this:

All teachers who sign up with ESGI for a new ESGI free trial account between March 2-8 will...
1. be entered to win a $500 Amazon Gift Card or an Apple Watch!
2. qualify for a $40 discount off your first year purchase!

And if you purchase between March 2 and March 8, you will receive...
1. an additional 6 months to your license!
2. a $40 discount off your purchase!
3. a FREE ESGI t-shirt!

And your students will LOVE testing! Really, they will. Your administrator will LOVE the data, and YOU will LOVE all of the info you will instantly receive once you have tested your students. 
Use the built-in tests or create your own custom tests. 

Enjoy this quick video and get started with ESGI. 
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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Are You Stressed? Need Some Self-Care?

This is just what you have been looking for!

But "The Whole Teacher" is offered only until March 3...
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My friend, Crystal Radke, had come up with the BEST idea to help teachers get through the rigors of teaching and balancing it with all that life sends our way. 
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This is what she has to say...
If you are like most teachers, you are stressed out, exhausted and counting down to the last day of school! The problem with that is you always feel tired, depleted and constantly empty

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could learn to live a balanced life with freedom to spend time with your family, have energy to take care of yourself and find joy in and outside of the classroom? 

As a member of The Whole Teacher, you will join a COMMUNITY. You will also learn how to stop putting yourself last and finally overcome teacher burn out. It's time you do something for yourself because you deserve it and the ones you love deserve it too!
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Each month will focus on a new topic, such as...
~Embracing Self Care
~Organize Your Life
~Keeping Your Joy In Your Classroom
~Fostering Friendships
~Marriage and Relationships
+ so many more!
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So, what are you waiting for?
Did I mention that this offer ends on March 3 
and won't open up again for several months?

Make a difference in your life now. 
and see how your teaching life 
and personal life will benefit. 

for more info. 

And while you are finding ways to reduce stress, sign up for stress-free assessments with ESGI and discover how easy and meaningful testing can really be! Use the built-in tests or create your own to match your required tests. 
Use my code, PalmaBonkers, by 3/1 to get
~a bonus 6 months of ESGI
(so you get 18 months!)
~a $50 Berteau & Co. gift card 
~$40 off your 1st year
~An entry to win a $500 Amazon gift card 
or an Apple Watch!!!
for more info & to get started!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Get Your PHD from Palma & Heidi

Our PHD Stands for Palma & Heidi's Developmentally Appropriate Practices.

Our one-day professional development workshop is filled with engaging, hands-on songs, activities, and strategies that will make your ELA lessons come alive!

Save the date, 3/30. Registration opens next week.

Sponsored by the California Kindergarten Association, this one-day workshop allows you to earn up to three graduate-level semester units!

Save the date, 3/30. Registration will open next week at the California Kindergarten Association's Web Site.
Save the date, 3/30. Registration opens next week.

When:   Saturday, March 30, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where:  Mark Day School, 30 Trellis Dr.,
               San Rafael, CA 94903
Who:        Pre-K, TK, & Kindergarten Educators
What:    A day filled with inspiration, fun, &    
               learning! Discover classroom-proven,   
               developmentally appropriate strategies,          
               and easy-to-implement ideas that will 
               motivate student engagement and make 
               learning FUN!

Includes: coffee, breakfast muffins, lunch & soft drink, snacks, handouts, templates, and PRIZES!
(All supplies and materials will be provided for the "Make & Take" activities.)

We will also have a children's art display and a few vendors for your enjoyment. 

Join us for a special day that will inspire you to sing, move, and engage your students with new strategies on Monday morning! 

Save the date: March 30
Registration will open next week at 

I will update this post with live links as soon as registration opens. 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

It's A Superbowl Sale!!! And An ESGI Super-Special 2/1-2/8!!!

Have You Wanted to Try ESGI?

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Well, this is YOUR week! 
It's what YOU have been waiting for!
It's a Super-Special Promotion from ESGI!!!
It runs from 2/1/2019 - 2/8/2019.
All you have to do is sign up for your 1st year of ESGI

Remember to use my code:

What you get:
1. A $50 gift card for Amazon.
2. An extra 6 months of ESGI. (That's 18  
3. $40 off of your 1st year!
4. An entry to win a $500 Amazon gift card or an Apple Watch!!! 

Here are the rules:
Benny Bonkers Rules and Guidelines
All prizes and benefits valid for individual, first-time subscribers.  No group or renewal purchases qualify for prizes or benefits.  All trials and purchases must use a promo code that includes the word “BONKERS” when initiated.
  • To enter raffle: Trial must be started before March 31, 2019.
  • To receive 6 months free and $40 savings: Purchase must be completed by May 31, 2019.
  • To receive $50 Amazon card, 6 free months and $40 savings:  Purchase must be completed by Feb. 8, 2019.

So, if you have been waiting for the perfect time to order ESGI, DON'T WAIT! 
And get started NOW!  
Be sure to use my code:  PalmaBonkers

Plus...    My entire TpT Store is on sale!!!
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And you will see my store.
I'm throwing a Superbowl Sale over at my TpT Store, so grab all of the things on your wishlist and shop 'til you drop! Sale runs Feb. 3-4.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

It's a GR8 Day For Science! + Links, FREEBIES, & Discounts!

You asked for it...

Here are the highlights from my science presentation at the California Kindergarten Conference in Northern CA this month.

5 Senses Pre-science:

I introduced each of the 5 senses at the small-group table so each child got to manipulate the realia and learn how to take care of the materials before they became part of the science center. 
Their favorite activity was getting to trace their name with white glue and sprinkle it with powdered Jell-O. When it dried, it became a tactile scratch-&-sniff reminder of how to spell their name. (Great to use this with sight words too!)

Matter: The Power of Air

We got to make our snowmen float on air!
for the directions.
We had so much fun making our
snowmen float on air!

We also had fun with these paper helicopters. CLICK HERE 
for the template and directions.

We tested different variables: size, weight, even color!
Oh, and the bubble experiment was so much fun!


We explored the properties of water, weather experiments that demonstrate the water cycle, and we learned this song:
(To the tune of "Oh, My Darlin'")
Precipitation on my mind.
It is just the water cycle
and it happens all the time!

We talked about seasons, plants, and animal life cycles. 
Click the image for the writing templates.
Click the image for the flowerpot template and complete directions. 

And I shared some FREEBIES & Discount Codes:
FREE scientific method signs
for your classroom!Click the image to grab them!
A FREE month of HP Instant Ink,
A FREE trial of ESGI + $40 off of your 1st year,
A FREE Letter Journal that will
make your classroom come alive from
Alive Studios (with purchase).

If you want ALL of my science templates with
integrated writing templates too, just
email me for a $20 flash drive ($35 value):

So, catch me at a conference or book me for a professional development at your school. 

For more info about the CA Kindergarten Association and their amazing conference, 

Any questions? Just email me or leave me a comment below: