Saturday, March 31, 2012

Free Literacy Posters

How about some free Literacy Posters?  I can never quite find what I am looking for so you know me... I just make it.  And here it is for you for free!  Several literacy elements with simple definitions and meaningful pictures to help cue the students!

Sorry for the extra click... but I am moving all content to Simply Kinder!

 Click any image to download.

Hope you can find some fun ways to use them!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

R is for Rabbit Freebie!

I love to make hats out of sentence strips.. so here is a freebie I just threw together!  Start by writing the letter Rr or Rr words on a sentence strip.  Then color and cut the pieces.  Glue the face and tail on the front and back.  The ears are probably most easily stapled to the sides and flopped down or to the back standing up, facing forward!  Super cute!  

If you love this hat, you may also like this... an Alphabet Hat for each letter!  Stop by to see! 

Linking up with other Eggcelent ideas!

Freebie Fridays


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

10 Things I Won't Let My Students Do!

I was inspired by this really funny blog post I saw on Baby Centers blog... Ten Things I Won't Let My Kids Do. Well... I am a list person and so I thought it would be fun to write some posts like this. So my first... Ten Things Tuesday Post...  10 Things I Won't Let My Student Do!

1. Put their chairs on their tables.... With my luck someone would get poked in the eye!  We stack them, but I had to get special permission to do so.

2. Go down the slide more than one at a time... First strike you are out is the rule for my kids!

3. Tie shoes... sorry kids pee on the floor, kids walk on the floor, kids pee on their shoes!

4. Use my markers... No no no!  I give them their own.

5. Touch my pocket charts... I teach from them. if they do, the pieces get lost and we can never find them.

6. Share food... My son has a peanut allergy and I don't want to be the one to discover a severe food allergy! Scary!

7. Answer questions they already know the answer to... "Can I go to the bathroom?" or "Can I sharpen my pencil?" Most of the time they know the answer and they just want to talk to you.

8. Interrupt me... I teach them very early on to wait their turn.  This is so hard for little learners who are used to "Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom!"  We talk a lot about how no one is more important than anyone else.  By me not responding to it, I feel like I don't enable it and it usually stops.  Every once and awhile it picks back up... but after we talk about it it usually stops.

9. Watch movies unless it has a true academic purpose... We have done one movie this year and it's only because my whole team did it and I did not want to be the new snobby teacher (which we were talked to about as a group - whew... so glad I did.)

10. Hug me... Sorry... My kids know I love them, I show it through my words and actions that don't include hugs.

So I am going to try every Tuesday to post a list. I made this first one like the Baby Center Post... But I promise they will be topics where you can learn something or laugh or reflect yourself.

Comment below what you won't let your students do...for link up your own fun list!

on Core standard and the simple directions/objective.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

How To Import to Google Doc

I have helped several friends to import documents to Google Doc and so I thought I should just make a post and then I can refer people there.  =)  When you are new to Google Doc's is can be confusing but it really is very simple!

Step 1:  Log into Google Docs.  However you normally do that.

Step 2:  Next to create is a drive type looking button.  Click there and go to Files...

Step 3:  Select the document you want to import.  PDF or whichever should work.  I personally have had more success with PDF's though.

Step 4:  I always just start upload.  I have found if I covert anything it messes with the document itself.

Step 5:  The document should appear.  (The one I am working with was the Donation Letter I use.)  Double click on the document to change the settings.  

Step 6:  In the upper left hand corner is a blue share button.  Click there (otherwise you will be the only one who can see the document.)

Step 7:  Where it says "Private - Only the people listed below can access."  You want to change that.

Step 8:  Public on the web makes it so everyone can see it.  Anyone with link is literally anyone with the link.  I like to choose this option (makes me feel like it's exclusive for my blog readers.)  Click save.

Step 9:  This box will appear when you change the setting from Private.  The code listed is the code you give people or place in your post or link to an image.  Click done.

Step 10:  Success!  =)

It's fairly simple once you get the hang of it.  =)


Easter or Spring Literacy Centers

Just finished two fun games for Spring or Easter.  Two fun literacy games Easter Spring Literacy Centers to support DIBELS letter naming and phoneme segmentation. Each game includes a center or small group full color game and multiple independent work activity to follow it up with. 

Game 1: Middle Sound Sort - students will sort eggs into baskets by letter sounds. Five vowel baskets and 5 eggs per baskets with easy to break down pictures. Follow it up with one of 4 independent activities where students sort eggs into two baskets. 

Game 2: Letters Cover It - students will pull eggs from a bag (or basket or for more fun put them in plastic eggs) and then cover up the letters on the card. To make it more challenging, give them a 1 minute timer and ask them to see how many they can get in a minute (after all, DIBELS is a timed test.) (OK - maybe start with more minutes. =) Use in small groups in sheet protectors with dry erase markers. Follow it up with the same form where the kids can cover them up with crayons.

Both covers for games include the Common Core standard and the simple directions/objective. 


Free Daily Journal Paper!

So I made these journal pages to start getting my journals ready for next year. I only did about 65 pages because I don't plan on having them use these journals every day. It starts with two lines and then goes up by a line or two every 10 or so pages. I also number then to help control over-usage!
Use if you wish!

I also have all sorts of writing prompt pages I use to mix in (without attaching to the student's journals.)  I love them because it allows the kids to focus more on the words and less on the pictures. 


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Jelly Bean Math Freebie Pack!

Love to incorporate candy when I can! Here's some free jelly bean activities for graphing, sorting, and tallying!

I provided with color and without because last year I had to white out colors when I could not find the exact colors on the freebie I used! So frustrating to have to search for jelly bean bags with specific colors!

And a parent letter to get them donated!  Because money is hard to come by these days for us teachers! 

One other fun thing I like to do is give the kids their beans in plastic eggs!  Sometime I even hide them in the classroom.  It really is a management thing because instead of passing them out or putting them in bags I have the ready to go when the lesson starts in eggs!  =)  (Gotta find ways to keep the fun right!)

If you love it make sure you leave comments and ratings!  Hope everyone has a great day!

Head on over to get more Spring and Easter Activities at...

Freebie Fridays


Monday, March 12, 2012

Kindergarten Blogs

Looking for other GREAT kindergarten blogs?  Hop on over to Kindergarten Lifestyle to find a TON! 


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Permission to Pin - That's All! =)

Just so we are all clear!  You 100% have my permission to pin!  Please pin away!  Head on over to Laura's Corkboard Connections to see other pinners!