Sunday, October 27, 2013

Our Very First Give-Away!!! Enter Before Midnight (PST) on Halloween!

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It all starts today and ends at the stroke of midnight on Halloween!

Good Luck!

See you all tomorrow!

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Perfect for Halloween Week!

I just created this cute little Halloween book that your students can make this week!

This cute project is written in the the same pattern as Brown Bear and reinforces color words.

It's filled with loads of cute Halloween "characters" who end up at a Halloween party.

It begins with the black cat who sees an orange pumpkin, who sees a white ghost....

There are several "characters" and each one is a different color.

The last page says, "I see a Halloween party!  That's what I see!"  All of the characters are printed on the lat page!

This would be a great project for this week or it can be a cute gift to give to your students for Halloween.  Here is the link to the:   Halloween Story.

Speaking of Halloween gifts.  I think the kids will be getting enough candy and don't need any more from me, so I always give students a toothbrush for Halloween.  I know it sounds strange, but I try to get really cute ones and the kids LOVE them!  After our costume parade and witch's brew (room temperature apple juice poured over dry ice that is encased in a cheesecloth bag so the pieces don't break off and get into the kids' cups), I don't think that candy is what they need.  :)

So here is your question:  What do you give your students for Halloween?

See you all tomorrow!
Palma :)
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Remember Snail Mail? We got Some From Around The World!

I heard about a cool project on Facebook:

Teachers of young children from all around the world signed up to exchange postcards!
Each group was made up of about a dozen classes, but our group has 15 participants.  :)

We each created or bought a postcard and told a bit about our class.

We made fingerprint people and I wrote a bit about the things we do in our class and glued that note to each postcard.
Then, we mailed them off!

We received postcards from Italy and Ireland!

What fun it has been to get our postcards from around the world!

So many of my students don't understand snail mail and have been amazed that a card can travel around the world.

We had fun pinning them to our map too.

Later, we will visit the post office to see how all of this happens!

I'm so grateful to my friend, Linda, who created this bulletin board for me and made all of the cool stars too!

This Facebook group became private as soon as it was filled, but they do this every year.
Watch my blog and I'll let you all know when they do this again and you can sign up too.
This one was for preschool, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten age students.  

And check out my newest creation on TPT:

See you all tomorrow!
Palma :)
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Who Knew That "5 Little Pumpkins" Could Be So Much FUN?

FUN, FUN, FUN!  Thanks to Heidi, from Heidi's Songs, for her GrEaT idea:

Use Pool Noodles to create pumpkins!

Each pumpkin was unique!

 What We Did:

I sliced off a piece of a pool noodle and we used it as a stamp to stamp 5 orange circles on our gate.
It was the 40th day of school, so it was perfect since it looked just like an orange zero!
The pool noodle also created a nice texture when we lifted the paint up off of the paper.

Have you searched "pool noodles" on
Pinterest?  Try it.  You'll be amazed!  :)

How We Did It:

The students cut out a simple gate which was printed on brown construction paper.  You can also just give them 2 long strips of brown construction paper (1" X 10") for the gate rails and 2 short strips (1" X 5") for the gate posts.

They glued their gate to a piece of blue construction paper for a daytime setting or a piece of black construction paper for a nighttime setting.  (A great way to integrate the setting of a story into your project.)

These mouths looked a lot like Ws.
Blue background meant daytime.
We poured a bit of orange tempra on a paper plate and used the slice of the pool noodle to dip into the paint and stamp five pumpkins on the gate.  You can also paint the orange paint onto the pool noodle slice before stamping.

The next day, I gave each child 5 wide mouths that kind of looked like wide Ws.  I made them by stacking 5 pieces of black construction paper cut to 1/2" X 2".  I trimmed the sides so the rectangles looked like trapezoids.

Then I snipped out two triangles from the top and one from the bottom.
Some came out a little wider with 3 triangles cut out of the top and 2 out of the bottom.

These mouths looked wider than a W.
Black background meant it was nighttime.  

I placed the 5 "W" shaped mouths and all of the scraps of triangles on each child's workspace.  They glued the mouths to each of the dried pumpkins and had lots of triangles to create eyes and noses.
I also gave them each a small piece of green construction paper to create five stems or vines.

The entrance to our "TK"
AKA:  The Kingdom!  :)

They also got to glue the poem to the gate.  Don't they look cute on and around my door?

Sets of 5 pumpkins sat on the gates just outside of
"The Kingdom"

I still have the rest of the pool noodle to use for other great projects.
I think I'll do this with the rest of the green pool noodle:

I am so doing this!

If you made "5 Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate," let us know how YOU did it!

Thank you, Heidi, for the great pumpkin idea!  :)

See you all tomorrow!
Palma :)

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Saturday, October 12, 2013



We have EVERYTHING on our site on sale for 20% off this weekend only.
Combine that with TPT's Flash Sale and you will get an extra 10% off by using code: FB100K during checkout.

When you take 10% off of your total, after taking 20% off, you get a total of 28% off!

Now, combine that deal with one of our bundles and you will get close to 50% off.
Here is how it works on the bundles:

Our Beginning of the Year Bundle is regularly $15, but it's a $19 value if purchased separately.
You can get it on sale this weekend for $12.  Take an additional 10% off and it's $10.80.  That's nearly 50% off!  Yes!  :)
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How about our Addition Bundle, which is perfect for Common Core State Standards.  It is regularly $14, but it's a $17.50 value.  You can get it this weekend for $13.20.  Take an additional 10% off and it's $10.08!  Wowzers!  :)
Perfect for Common Core!

Here are a few of our favorites:
Our American Symbol Writing is on sale for $2.16 with both discounts:

This template makes an amazing bulletin board
and it looksgreat in our memory books too.
Use it for Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, or during
your unit on American Symbols and students can
illustrate and write about their favorite symbol.
It counts as an opinion writing too!  :)
And our Shopping Receipt activity is on sale for $2.80 with both discounts!
This one lost one of his eyes, but he did make
it into our memory books!  You get receipts for 3 different stores.
So check out your Wish List and get all of the things you have been waiting for!
Hurry, I don't know how long the TPT Flash sale will last.  
Have fun shopping!  Here is the link to our TPT store:  KFUNdamentals.
Palma :)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Un-Common Core... Have You Shopped At The Monster Mall?

My students got to shop at the Monster Mall this week!  We met Common Core State Standards in the most un-common way!
Here are some of our monsters and one of our menus.

I started by cutting squares of green construction paper to 7" X 7".

I created some monster pieces (like eyes, noses, scars, hair, necks with bolts, and mouths) and made a menu:
I gathered or made hair, eyes,
noses, mouths, necks, and scars.

Each item on this menu cost one cube.

Then, I called up 4 students at a time and I gave them each 5 cubes to use as money.
Each of the 4 children I met with used a different
colored set of five cubes so I could keep track of
how many cubes each child gave me.

Each item cost 1 cube, so they did not have enough cubes to buy every item, but they did have enough to buy 5 items.
This menu used 1 cent
 instead of 1 cube for each item.  

Some students bought hair, some did not.  The ones who bought hair got to decide if they wanted the hair to point down like bangs or up like spiked hair.

Some bought a scar to use on the side of their monster's face.  Some used the scar as a mouth.

If they bought a yarn mouth, they got to decide if they wanted the mouth to smile or frown.

Each monster looked different from the others, but they all cost 5 cubes.

We put them up in the school showcase.
Our monsters look great in the showcase
along with our stories.

We displayed our menu in the showcase too.
I love how each monster looks different.  

We have shopping receipt templates for 3 other stores:  
Meow Mall:  Students shop for parts to decorate their black cats.
Snowman Shop:  Students shop for parts to decorate their snowmen.
Leprechaun Store:  Students shop for parts to decorate their leprechauns.
You can find these receipts and directions here.

The Common Core State Standards call for real world math.  Shopping is as real as it gets, even at the Monster Mall!  Here are the CCSS covered in this lesson:

  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4 Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
    • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4a When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
    • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4b Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
    • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4c Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Do You Scramble In June???

Check out my October post on Teaching Blog Round-up and you will not be scrambling at the end of the year to get your memory books completed.    Click HERE to see the post.

And you will also get some cool tips on creating memory books for your pre-K, T.K., kindergarten, and 1st grade.

Here are just a few samples:

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 I love this flag writing paper:

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 We are off to Orange County in the wee hours of the morning to see Heidi, from Heidi's Songs, and to present an afternoon of Common Core Math.  We have a fun afternoon planned with 3 "Make & Take" sessions.  I can't wait to meet the teachers tomorrow!  BTW:  October 5 is World Day of the Teacher.  :)
See you all tomorrow!
Palma :)

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