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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St Patrick's Day Fun & a FREEBIE For AFTER ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

You Can Even Do These AFTER St. Patrick's Day!

Comparing Potatoes on Monday Morning:

Everyone brought in a potato!

After St. Patrick's Day, have your little ones each bring in 1 potato.
In a small group setting, measure them, weight them, compare them, and have your students line up in "potato size" order!
We used "non-standard" units to measure our potatoes. 
You can also use them to create potato prints. 

Leaving Tracks:

You might not have caught that leprechaun, but on Monday morning, you might find his footprints! 
These Sit Spot footprints stick all by themselves!

I have always made these green footprints out of green construction paper, but now I get my re-usable green footprints from Sit Spots
They have so many different shapes and colors of Velcro Sit Spots!
You can even write on them and use them to play games. I got rid of my rainbow rug and I used them on the carpet for students to sit on. Sit Spots will send you one for FREE so you can see if they stick to your carpet. 


And, What Will They Find At The End Of The Trail of Green Footprints?  Leprechaun Pudding' and a RAINBOW FREEBIE!

Make Leprechaun Puddin':

First, check for allergies:
If you have students allergic to milk or lactose, use a milk alternative.
If you have students allergic to ANY NUTS, use vanilla instant pudding 

and a few drops of green food coloring.

Leprechaun Puddin':

 a gallon of milk
 at least 3 large boxes of Jell-o brand instant pistachio pudding,
(Only Jell-o brand turns green when the milk is mixed in.)
a clear glass bowl
a large spoon
small paper cups (3-5 oz size)
plastic spoons
a measuring cup.
  
(Off brands don't work as well.  I recommend buying Jell-o brand instant pistachio pudding because it starts out white and turns green when the milk is stirred in.)  

DO NOT DO THIS ACTIVITY IF YOU HAVE ANY NUT ALLERGIES IN YOUR CLASS.  There are real pistachios in the pudding.  You can replace the milk with soy milk if you have any dairy allergies.  

While the students are out at recess, open the packages of Jell-o instant pistachio pudding and empty them into a large, clear, glass bowl.  I usually leave green footprints leading to the bowl where we find a note that says "You didn't catch me, but I left you some Leprechaun Puddin'."  

You can find green footprints from Sitspots.com that are made of Velcro so they will stick to most carpets. 
Click Here for the link to the "right footsteps" and 
Click Here for the link to the "left footsteps"

Just add milk and stir and you will see the magic!"  

As I pour the milk (follow package directions for amount) into the bowl the children will gasp as the white powder turns green!

Stir until it's nice and thick and then spoon some into the cups for the children to enjoy.

Make a Leprechaun Rainbow With This FREEBIE:

Easy, breezy and quick to prep:  You can download it for FREE by clicking Here.
Here is my sample.

Just added this picture of the kids' work.

Click the image to grab the FREE download.  

For each child, you will need:
 1piece of white construction paper (9" X 12") 
 1 piece of each of the following colors cut to 1 1/2" X 9":  
red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.

Give each child 1 of each of the pieces above and have them cut the white piece into the shape of a cloud.  Then, they glue the colored strips, in order beginning with red, to the bottom of the cloud.  

I had each child trace the color word below and glue it to the end of the matching colored strip.  They also wrote their name on the line in the oval, traced the dotted letters, and glued them to the cloud.  They look so cute in our classroom.  

These look great and can stay up throughout spring and for Open House.  :)
Here is the FREE Download for your color words and cloud label.  Have FUN.


Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Get Lucky in March & Find Your Superhero!

A FREEBIE, A Discount, & A Mystery Prize...

Are you ready to feel lucky? Well, I have just the thing that can change your life! 

This was me:

I needed a Super Hero!



I started using ESGI in my kindergarten classroom in 2008 and I immediately gained:
1.  Instant data on EVERY student's skill level.
2.  User-friendly reports for parents & admins.
3.  Students who begged to be tested! Really! :)
to get started!

And, if you sign up for a FREE trial (no credit card required), your 60 day trial will be extended to run through August 31st! That's 5 1/2 months!

And, did I mention that if you use the code KFUN when signing up for your FREE trial you will automatically qualify for $40 off of your 1st year?

And, best of all, you will also automatically be entered in the "Pot of Gold" mystery grand prize drawing! 

This is win-win-win!

So, let's get started:
and sign up for your FREE trial.
Remember to enter the code KFUN.

Then, enter the names of your students, 
their gender, & home language. 




What, You Aren't Using ESGI Yet?
You will love all of the built-in tests available on ESGI's website...

...but if you need to use specific assessments, just reproduce them using ESGI's built-in test builder. You can create your own unique tests! They even have built-in fonts and graphics to help you. Visit their site and check out their video tutorials and see how easy it is!

Let's Get To Testing:

Your students will beg you to test them so they can watch their data circles fill up and turn green! 
You can test on a desktop, a laptop, or even an iPad. 

My in-coming students LOVED testing with ESGI.
The teacher asks the question seen on the screen and then clicks "yes" or "no" based on the student's answer. Easy, breezy, lemon squeezy!


And Then There Is The Data:

Incredible data on each and every skill tested.


This is why I LOVE the bar graphs:
If you click on the grey part you see the names of the students who did not get that question correct! Can you spell RTI??? There it is for you!

ESGI also tracks each individual student's progress. The grey circles turn green as each student masters the skills on each test. Your students LOVE to see their circles turn green, so they will often beg you to test them! 


Click the chart for more info. 

Then, There Are The Flashcards:

Individualized flashcards for each student!
I called them "skill cards" because I stored each child's cards in a sandwich-sized ziplock bag to use as a reference as to which skills each child needed to work on. 

And Then, There Are The Parent Letters:

These are so much better than any report card, so I just stapled the parent letter to the front of the report card because it was easier to understand. 
And there is so much more!

Sign up by April 10 and get in on the FUN!
You will get:
An extended FREE trial
A $40 DISCOUNT with code KFUN
A chance to win the GRAND PRIZE
CLICK HERE to get started!
Click the green shamrock heart!

ESGI saved me so much time, I was able to actually go home and take a break!







Thursday, March 2, 2017

It's Time For Leprechaun FUN, Leprechaun Puddin', & a Leprechaun Rainbow FREEBIE!

It's Time To Prep Your Leprechaun's Gold Shop:

Now that Mardi Gras is over and everything is on sale...

Grab Some Mardi Gras Beads: 

They should be on close-out now that Mardi Gras is over.  
Use them to stock your Leprechaun Gold Shop and keep it up for a few weeks.  

Stock your shop with plastic jewelry.  My friend made cute store uniforms for the shop clerks to wear.  :)
We just used our puppet stage, but you can also use a small desk.
Since we didn't catch the leprechaun, we set up a Gold Shop where students can "buy" plastic jewelry with plastic gold coins.
You can use real coins for plastic leprechaun gold.

Students take turns being the clerk and the customer.
Integrate counting, sorting, community helpers, and
IMAGINATION!

  When they are done playing, they return the jewelry to the shop so others may play too.

Make Leprechaun Puddin':

First, check for allergies:
If you have students allergic to milk or lactose, use a milk alternative.
If you have students allergic to ANY NUTS, use vanilla instant pudding 
and a few drops of green food coloring.

Leprechaun Puddin':

 a gallon of milk
 at least 3 large boxes of Jell-o brand instant pistachio pudding,
(Only Jell-o brand turns green when the milk is mixed in.)
a clear glass bowl
a large spoon
small paper cups (3-5 oz size)
plastic spoons
a measuring cup.
  
(Off brands don't work as well.  I recommend buying Jell-o brand instant pistachio pudding because it starts out white and turns green when the milk is stirred in.)  

DO NOT DO THIS ACTIVITY IF YOU HAVE ANY NUT ALLERGIES IN YOUR CLASS.  There are real pistachios in the pudding.  You can replace the milk with soy milk if you have any dairy allergies.  

While the students are out at recess, open the packages of Jell-o instant pistachio pudding and empty them into a large, clear, glass bowl.  I usually leave green footprints leading to the bowl where we find a note that says "You didn't catch me, but I left you some Leprechaun Puddin'."  

You can find green footprints from Sitspots.com that are made of Velcro so they will stick to most carpets. 
Click Here for the link to the "right footsteps" and 
Click Here for the link to the "left footsteps"

Just add milk and stir and you will see the magic!"  

As I pour the milk (follow package directions for amount) into the bowl the children will gasp as the white powder turns green!

Stir until it's nice and thick and then spoon some into the cups for the children to enjoy.

Make a Leprechaun Rainbow:

Easy, breezy and quick to prep:  You can download it for FREE by clicking Here.
Here is my sample.

Just added this picture of the kids' work.


Click the image to grab the FREE download.  

For each child, you will need:
 1piece of white construction paper (9" X 12") 
 1 piece of each of the following colors cut to 1 1/2" X 9":  
red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.

Give each child 1 of each of the pieces above and have them cut the white piece into the shape of a cloud.  Then, they glue the colored strips, in order beginning with red, to the bottom of the cloud.  

I had each child trace the color word below and glue it to the end of the matching colored strip.  They also wrote their name on the line in the oval, traced the dotted letters, and glued them to the cloud.  They look so cute in our classroom.  

These look great and can stay up throughout spring and for Open House.  :)
Here is the FREE Download for your color words and cloud label.  Have FUN.


Saint Patrick's Day.





Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How I Adorn Thee... Find out here!

I have discovered my newest favorite thing!

Do you have (or know someone who has) a teething baby or toddler? I bet they are always trying to grab something to chew on, like mom's keys or jewelry. Well, I have discovered the perfect, clean, and safe solution! Teething jewelry!
Click the necklace for more info.
This one is part of the "Pretty Mama" Collection.

"How I Adorn Thee" makes silicone jewelry that is worn by moms and used by their babies and toddlers to ease the pain of teething. Brilliant, right?
Click the necklace for more info. 
This is part of the "Funky Mama" collection. 

They are safe, stylish, and they even come in children's sizes so your child may wear his/her own beads.
Click one of the necklaces for more info.
This is part of the "Mom & Tot" collection.

The beads and rings are non-toxic. They are made from food-grade silicone which is safe for babies and children alike. The clasps are designed to break away if the baby pulls to hard. It is important to note that these products should be used under adult supervision as they could  pose a choking hazard if used incorrectly. 
Click the bracelet for more info.
This is part of the "Bracelet" collection.

They also make some styles with natural wooden beads and rings made from North American maple. Some have been treated with beeswax or oils such as olive, avocado  or grape seed. 
And they even have bracelets for dads! 
Check out the men's collection by CLICKING HERE
Click the bracelet for more info. 
This is part of the "Men's" collection.

Both silicone and wooden beads and rings may be cleaned up easily with mild soap and water.
Click on the necklace for more info.This is part of the "
This is part of the "Kiddo" collection. 

They are also great to entertain your little one while you are shopping or at a restaurant. 

I'm thinking that if your child has issues with chewing pencils, toys, or even their clothing, you might want to try this alternative. They make child-size jewelry for boys and girls that can be cleaned daily. 
Click the necklace.
Child-size necklace.
Click the necklace.
Child-size necklace.

They make child-size jewelry for boys and girls 
that can be cleaned daily. 



Click the necklace.
Click the image.

Click the image.


Smart, Safe, and Stylish! 
I'll have these at my booth at the Southern California Kindergarten Conference in Pasadena, CA on Feb. 24 and 25. See you there!
Click the image.

Click the image. 


You can order them here:
Retailers who carry 
How I Adorn Thee:





Saturday, February 18, 2017

Why Was I Surprised?

Today Is My 5 Year Blogaversary!

So, why was I surprised that it had already been 5 years since starting my blog? Well, because it seemed like 3. It's been such a fun ride and I'm so glad I took the leap into this teacher blogging/TpT/Presenting world! I LOVE my new job!

My Very 1st Post:

Here it is, and it's STILL my favorite organizational idea. I LOVE how file folders fit perfectly in these racks. I had at least 3 of these in my classroom at all times and now I have them in my office.
You can read my very first post from 5 years ago today by CLICKING HERE
CLICK the image to see the post. 

Selling on TpT Has Been Awesome:

The BEST part of selling on Teachers Pay Teachers is the wonderful feedback I get from teachers around the world. I LOVE hearing that their students enjoyed writing with Instant Sentences or had so much fun "shopping" with my Shopping Receipts set. It is great to know that children are having fun learning and that teachers are having more fun teaching. You can check out my TpT Store, which has 20 FREEBIES for you by CLICKING HERE.
CLICK the image to grab your 20 FREEBIES.

Presenting Is The Best Job EVER:

I'm so blessed to be able to present at conferences across the USA and even in Canada. I present a lot for SDE (Staff Development for Educators) at conferences and for school districts. It combines two of my favorite things: Kindergarten and traveling. I love getting to meet early childhood teachers and sharing my ideas, tips, and techniques with them. It's such a great feeling to inspire a teacher and get them excited about teaching certain content, especially when they were feeling a bit burned out. My goal is to make both teaching AND learning FUN. 

Will you be attending the cadillac of all kindergarten conferences this July in Las Vegas? I'm talking about "I Teach K!" You can find more info by CLICKING HERE. This is one conference you won't want to miss!

CLICK image for info.

What's Next:

I'm heading to Pasadena in a few days to present at the Southern California Kindergarten Conference. There, I'll be presenting on Close Reading and Hands-on Science. I'll also have a booth where I'll be debuting my new flash drives which contain most of my favorite products. Take a look at these cuties.
I love the color of these and they are filled with so much fun!
Scroll down a bit to find out how to order these money-saving flash drives filled with products. 

Here is what you will find on these flash drives:
86 templates for WRITING.
Click the image to see the individual products.

134 templates for MATH.
Click the image to see the individual products.

194 templates for ELA.
Click the image to see the individual products.

Over 71 templates for INTEGRATION (Science/Art/ELA)
Click the image to see the individual products.
If you want to order any of these flash drives, you can email me at 
kfundamentals@gmail.com 
and I will be happy to mail you one. 

Each flash drive contains one of the sets ($30 value) pictured 
for $20 (all 4 sets on one flash drive for $65 and that's over $100 in products!) 
and I will include FREE SHIPPING for a limited time. 

But wait, there will be even more deals at my booth:

I'm also super excited to offer sets of the cutest graphics and fonts ever from D.J. Inkers at amazing prices! Yes, those adorable graphics and fonts that make your teacher-made notices, signs, and worksheets so cute will be available at my booth at a huge discount. 
I'm featuring: 
"Kids All Year" which has the cutest seasonal graphics plus fonts that will last your all year long. 
"Early Years" with the best collection of nursery rhymes and graphics to go along with each rhyme.
"Kidillywinks" which has the cutest calendars and school-themed graphics and fonts.
"Super Fontastic" which has 77 fonts! I love the ones you can color in.
Click image for more info.

Click the image for more info. 
Click for more info.

Click the image for more info.

But wait, there's more... I'll also be giving away free graphics at my presentations, at my booth, and at the Super Hero Blogger Bash! I even have a free ($60 value) DJ Inkers commercial license to give away! So if anyone out there wants to sell on TpT like me, they may use their DJ Inkers graphics and fonts on their products with this free license! 
I'll be giving away one of these
commercial licenses worth $60
 at the SCKC Blogger Bash Friday night!

More Give-Aways and Favorite Products:

I'll also be giving away certificates for a FREE year of ESGI, my favorite online testing resource which will cause your students to BEG TO BE TESTED! I'm serious, they will, and YOU will save hours of testing, recording, and reporting test results because ESGI will do it all for you with a CLICK! You can find more info about ESGI and get started with a FREE 60 day trial. And, if you enter the code KFUN, you will automatically qualify for $40 off of your 1st year
Click the Super Hero for more info.

You can find me in my booth wearing my favorite teaching apron from Show and Tell Aprons


Click the pink apron for more info. 
They have so many great styles and you can use it to teach anything from phonemic awareness to math equations, and story sequence to composing sentences! I just love these aprons. They will also have a booth at the SCKC close to my booth. 


Click the image for more info.
Click the image for more info.


 Thank you for joining me on this 5-year Blogging/TpT/Presenting adventure. I hope to meet you all at a conference. If you follow my blog, come up to me and tell me. I often have a little prize for those who follow me on my blog or other social media. Go ahead and check out these links and we will talk soon! :)