Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holiday Gifts for Students and Parents

Can you believe it is already December!?  That means we need to think about those holiday gifts now so we aren't scrambling the week before winter break!
I received some great things from Oriental Trading!
I decided to make a little goody bag for my kiddos this year!

I found these cute holiday notebooks.  

They are filled with blank paper.  These would be perfect for your kiddos to draw or write about their winter break. 

I wanted to have something more than a pencil, so I found these snowman crayons!  They are stackable and come in five different colors.
The kindergarten team does a whole grade level winter party on the day before break.  Each classroom has a different activity that the other kinder classes rotate through.  I did a games room last year and wanted to do it again.  At the end of our rotation, I let each kiddo pick out a prize for doing so well at the games.  This year I found this GIANT pack of winter pencils!  I plan on adding another pencil into my class's goody bags too!
I always hand out pencils for different prizes, etc, but I never think to add a sharpener...until this year!  
Don't forget the cute bag to hold all of the goodies!

And last but not least our parent gifts!  I plan on taking a picture of each kiddo to tape into each frame.  I usually let my kiddos decorate a piece of paper that we use to wrap our gifts in :)
I hope you found some things you can use for your class this holiday season! 

* Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Melissa and Doug Community Helpers

We do a big unit on community helpers and have parents come in to talk to the class about their jobs.  Before we get parents in the classroom, we talk about the various helpers in our community.  I usually have a few community helper centers that my kiddos rotate through.  Some of the activities are drawing tools community helpers use or build a city out of blocks!
I recently found Melissa and Doug on Oriental Trading and they have great high quality toys which includes community helpers!  

I got a pack that included various emergency vehicles with people, a farmer with tractor and animals, and a rug that shows the places you would see in a city.  There is a school, stores, farm, roads, and water!  My kiddos can use their imaginations to navigate through the city with their vehicles and people :)

These will be a great addition to my community helper centers and will help enforce the ideas on who and what is in a community!

* Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Trip to the Zoo

If you are like me, field trips are STRESSFUL!  Don't get me wrong they are educational and engaging, but making sure all kiddos are safe at every minute can stress a person out!

I was given a chance to try out a fun virtual reality game that brings the zoo to life in your own classroom.
The kit I received came with a virtual reality headset and reality flashcards.  The app is free to download.
Once the app is downloaded your kiddos can scan the cards to watch the animal come to life!

There are also food cards that you can match with the correct animal and watch them gobble that food right up!
The app also allows you to use it without the cards.  You can click on an animal and see it in 2D or 3D plus they give you a short paragraph about that animal.

This part of the app would be perfect for researching and writing about one of the animals.
I forgot to mention that there is an animal for every letter of the alphabet, so you're also practicing those letters along with learning all about the different animals.
You can use the virtual reality headset or just watch on your smart phone or tablet!

This trip to the zoo is a lot less walking, but still just as engaging!
Check it out for yourself HERE!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bold and Bright Decor Collection Giveaway

This may be my biggest giveaway yet!  My friends at Creative Teaching Press sent me the ENTIRE Bold and Bright Decor collection this summer.  Everything is so cute and there is SO many pieces!  They are also letting me giveaway an collection to one of my readers!  Enter HERE or scroll through this post and enter at the bottom!
This is going to be picture overload!
Borders different colors and styles.

These are magnetic borders!  Perfect for filing cabinets or whiteboards.

Posters-class rules, schedule, blank poster, Welcome, and a birthday poster.  They have a couple birthday board options!

Welcome kit!

MANY different cut outs!  They have different sized paper clips, binder clips, and tack cut outs.  Perfect for gluing to a clothespin to display work!

Did I mention the LLAMAS!  They have different llama pieces too!

Awards and behavior charts.

Birthday displays!

Letters, stickers, and library pockets!

I took pictures of the lesson plan book!  Check them all out below!

 And with any collection there is a calendar set with everything you would need to set up your calendar!

Like I said before, I am giving away the entire collection!  
Enter below for a chance to win!

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Pumpkin Number Order FREEBIE

We are working on all things numbers 1-10!  I created this quick pumpkin themed number order FREEBIE for you!
Your kiddos will cut out the pumpkins, then glue the numbers in order on the ten frame above. 

Click HERE to grab yours!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bouncy Bands

I was sent a couple Bouncy Bands to use in my classroom.  These bands can be placed on desks or chairs.  They are great for those kiddos who have extra wiggles while they work.  It allows those kiddos to move while working without bothering those around them.
Each band comes with two connectors that will slide onto your chair or desks.
Setting up is a breeze. Simply place the band over each of the plastic support pipes.
When you're ready, simply stretch the band to put the pipes on the end of the chairs.
I used mine during our center time.  I put on on a chair by our Word Work center and one by our Computer center.  My kiddos loved them!  They were able to work quietly and still get movement in while they worked.
Bouncy Bands are even on Donor Choose!  If you start a campaign, you will get a $50 donation when you submit your first request for classroom supplies (Bouncy Bands included)!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fun When You're Done

I started "Fun When You're Done" a long time ago.  It was a quick, quiet way for my class to find something to do right after they finished their work.  I usually had a tub with fun worksheets, old worksheets, or coloring sheets.  Yes, they loved redoing worksheets we had already done.
I wanted to share with you a "fun" sheet that you could use in your tub.
Here are some fun mazes from  They come in different themes and get your kiddos thinking.

I have a fun Ocean themed maze to share with you!  Click HERE to access this fun FREE worksheet!
Become a deep sea diver as you make your way through this ocean themed maze! This printable from is just one of many educational resources for Kindergartners.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tub Time

I was all set to jump on the "Morning Tubs" bandwagon, but then the school year started and I went back to morning work.  My only reason is breakfast.  At my school every student receives breakfast for free and I am afraid if I put out Morning Tubs they will skip breakfast to play instead.
However, I have managed to put these tubs out at a different time during the day.  A first grade teacher called her tubs "Tub Time", so I stole that name.  Now I don't have to put them out in the morning, if I end up changing my mind on the morning.

Right now, after my kiddos finish their handwriting, I let them pick a tub to play with until most of the class is finished.  I LOVE it!  It gives my kiddos free time and if that scares you, most of the "toys" I have out are fun STEM activities or building type activities.
Check them out!

Like I said, a lot of the things I put out are building activities.  These connecting shapes were a huge hit this last week!

These cool connectors are as cool as their name.  My kiddos loved building towers.

These pipe connectors comes with a big board to use.  I usually have 3 kiddos per tub, but for this one I have two.

This last one reminds me of tinker toys!  This wheel building kit comes with 30 wheels and 36 sticks, so I would get two sets!  And the price will allow you to get two!

* Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own