Sunday, September 28, 2014

FarFaria Reading App~Giveaway

I am about to show you a MUST HAVE app!  If you are like me, you spend way too much time trying to find good reading apps.  In my mind, a good reading app includes tons of books that can be read to your kiddos.  I am about to tell you to stop looking because I got a chance to use an app that does just that with my kinders!  It is called FarFaria!
FarFaria has a collection of over 800 books!  Each book is sorted by certain categories.  The categories are laid out like a map.  You can explore each category by clicking on the island.
My favorite thing about this app is that each story can be read to you!  
It also highlights the words as it reads to you...even better, right!?
One thing that I liked was the ability to download the books to the "Favorites" section.  The reason why is because the wireless at my school doesn't always work, so having a book in my "Favorite" section still allows my kiddos to use the app and read each book in that section.  

Talk about a lifesaver!  There are too many times I can't use my iPads because most apps don't have an offline option.
Every book is also leveled, so you can pick books that are appropriate for your kiddos reading level!

There are 5 books added each week.  You can download the app for free and view one book a day OR pay for a subscription!  They have many different options for subscriptions from monthly to lifetime!  FarFaria is designed for Apple and Android devices.
Guess what!?  FarFaria is giving away a 3 month subscription!!  Enter to win a 3 month subscription! I am also giving away a winner's choice to my store to 3 lucky winners!

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Good Luck!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Counting Leaves~Math Activity FREEBIE

Fall is here which means cooler temps and changing leaves!  However, we are in some weird heat wave so our "cooler weather" right now is actually 85 degrees...
I bought some foam leaf stickers from the Dollar Tree last year and did a fun word problem activity.  Now that I am back in kinder I was on a hunt for those leaves again and SURPRISE they were back at the Dollar Tree!
Here is what we did with them!  Each kiddo got their own tree to color.
Once they had their tree all colored I gave them a random amount of leaves.  
They stuck the leaves wherever they wanted on or around their tree.
When they were done they traced the bottom sentence and filled in the blank with the number of leaves they were given.
They LOVED this project and it was great counting practice!  If you want a copy of this page click HERE!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Brown Bear Sequence Cards~FREEBIE

I have a fun freebie for you that can be used in many different ways.  We took our sequencing cards and made them into a headband.  Anything that can be turned into a headband is way more fun!
I broke this activity into two days due to timing.  
The first day we colored each character.
Today we cut and glued our pieces in order.
In the morning, I had my kinders glue them in order on their strip of paper.
Before we left I stapled them to make their headbands.
We didn't use the words yet, but saved them for another sequencing activity.
Click HERE to grab a copy for your kiddos!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Brown Bear, Brown Bear

This week we are doing Brown Bear!  I wanted to share some of my Daily 5 centers that we are doing this week (and probably next because I forget to switch them out...)!
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All of these centers are working with the color words!  I planned on putting these color word mats in one of the centers and then realized we don't know how to spell those color words just yet.  So I threw in the color word circles which I thought might be tricky but my kiddos rocked it!

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I made sure to use the colored letters, so it would be a little easier to build their words.
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These word cards can be used for ordering the events in the book, but I added some magnetic letters and now we build each one!
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Same cards, but these are tracers!  I made enough sets and put it in my Writing center!  
All of these centers can be found in my Brown Bear Activity Pack!

I want to give one of these packs away!
To win:
1. Pin any of the pictures in the post.
2.  Comment with your pin and your email! :)
3.  I'll pick a winner tomorrow night! 
Congrats to Diane, Kelly, Lorena, and Lori! :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dotter Patterns~ FREEBIE

We are in our pattern unit for math right now and my kinders are starting to get it!  Today, we created and labeled patterns, and I was amazed at how many of my kiddos could tell me what kind of pattern they made!
During our math workshop, we are making patterns with anything we can find!  I added a fun center using everyone's favorite thing-DOTTERS, DAUBERS, DABBERS (whatever you like to call them)!

I let them decide what kind of patterns they wanted to make.  I only had ONE kiddo get dotter crazy and not make patterns...there is always one :)
I made my way around to each of the centers to ask them what kind of pattern they made.  

Want a copy!?  Click HERE or click on the picture below!  If you don't have dotters, you can use crayons, stickers, foam pieces...really the possibilities are endless!
Want more dotter activities!?  Check out my Dotter Fun Pack!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Five for Friday on Saturday...again...

It officially feels like fall!  Check out our week!

We were getting tired of tracing our names in our writing center, so I added some ABC tracers and dry erase markers!  All of a sudden tracing is fun again!  These sheets are from my Kindergarten at Last pack!

In math we took our cubes and made patterns.  We made repeating and non repeating patterns.  Once we were done with making them we sorted them!

We LOVE our sight word time!  We use Megan Wheeler's Sight Word Chant cards to spell and say our sight word.  Then, we complete this sheet from my Dolch Sight Word Bundle.  However, whenever I ask my kids what this word is they say m-y, MY...

I got my classroom iPads Thursday!  Yay!  I can't wait to show you one of my favorite new apps!  Blog post coming soon... ;)  (The suspense is killing you, I know)
One of my little ones brought in a pencil box filled with grass and GRASSHOPPERS!  I made sure we kept that box in his locker and that he brought it home at the end of the day...  The last thing I wanted was that box to fall on the floor and grasshoppers to be jumping around everywhere...oh kindergarten :)
Hope everyone had a great week!  The hubby and I are off to wedding number 8 of the summer! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

5 Senses Card Match

We are spending our week in science going over our 5 senses to prepare us for our first science kit next week!
I made some 5 senses cards for my kiddos to use for this activity.  Each card has a picture of the sense and the name.

I gave each kiddo their own set of cards to cut out.  Once they were done they laid them out on the carpet.
I took my favorite set of Target Dollar Spot cards out to use for this activity.  Any picture set of picture cards will work.

I held up a picture and my kiddos held up one of their five senses cards that matched.  For example, I held up a picture of a radio and my kinders picked out the card that said hear on it!
Click HERE to grab your 5 senses cards! :)
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Button Sort

I love Target!  I think my last blog post started the same way!  I found these color cards from the Target Dollar Spot this past weekend too!
The cards themselves are amazing!  They have a main color card and 4-5 object cards that match with certain color cards.  I took the color cards out to use in one of our math workshop centers.
My kinders worked in pairs.  Each pair got a bowl of buttons.  They picked a card and sorted the buttons by that color.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Pattern Strips~FREEBIE

I love Target!  I could go there every day and find something new every time I go!  If you missed my Instagram post, EVERYTHING in the Dollar Spot was 70% off!  I went a little Dollar Spot crazy.  I picked up some colored foam shapes with our next math unit in mind.  We just started our pattern unit today, so I made a fun pattern center for our math workshop.
You can cut the pattern strips apart or leave them on one sheet.  If you don't have these foam pieces, you can still laminate and have your kiddos draw what comes next!
I cut mine apart, so my kiddos could pick and choose their patterns.
I'll admit some of them were a little tricky for my kiddos, but there were patterns that every kiddo could do.  

Click HERE to grab your pattern strips!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

My Favorite Book FREEBIE

I can't believe we are going into our 3rd week already!  We talked about our favorite books last week and I had my kinders draw a picture.  It was a super simple activity and got my kiddos thinking about their favorite books.  We also got talking about WHY we like those books too!  Click on the picture below to grab this sheet for yourself!
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I started the activity by having my kiddos think about the different books they have read and why they liked them.  They shared their favorite book with a partner, then drew the cover of their book.
We read "Clifford's First Day of School" the first week.

This little one sounded out the title of his favorite book!  "Mster"=Master book...not sure what book that is, but he was obsessed!  He even said he could spell book!

 Hope you have a fabulous week!