Trick or Treat Blog Hop Fun!

Oh Halloween...what fun you can be!  Costumes, candy and a day full of excitement!  I know that my classroom is looking forward to it! Before the fun day arrives Rachael from The Classroom Game Nook is hosting a fantastic halloween blog hop!  There are over 40 amazing teachers participating. Hop through each blog to learn a trick we do in our classroom and get a fun treat to use with your kiddos!

Make sure to scroll all the way to get your goodie and click the link to go to the next blog!

This is one of my favorite tricks when it comes to making crafts with students.  The one thing that always is a struggle for them is cutting out the eyes.  Cutting in a circle doesn't come easy for them.  It is either too small or in little pieces.  So the easiest way to solve the problem is using hole punchers for the eyes!  Between my teacher friends and myself we have circle hole punchers in all sizes!  You can buy the whole punchers at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.  
I quickly put together a face to show you how it would look.  
Give it a try next time you need to cut eyes.  You will fall in love with the hole punchers!

My students favorite station is the write the room station.  I place visors, pointers, glasses and any other fun item I can find in there.  The students grab a paper and a clipboard and go on a hunt to find their words around the room.  Click on the Write the room picture to grab your Halloween treat!  This pack is only free for this hurry on over!

Before you hop on to the next blog make sure to enter the giveaway to win a State bingo game!  It is a great game for all ages!

Now that you have had fun here...hop on over to the next blog and continue to collect your treats! 


Apples, Apples and more Apples!

This past week we learned about apples and did fun activities with the apples that the students brought in for the week.  They started by sorting and graphing the color of apples.

At the end of the week the students help make applesauce in the classroom.  I use an apple slicer to make the process go faster.  They love it!  It is the best invention for making applesauce or even apple pies. I also decided to bring in my magic bullet so that the applesauce wouldn't be so chunky for the students.

The students always enjoy helping out.

And the end result...applesauce and apple juice.  We did make a graph but I forgot to take a picture of it.  



100 Days of School I blogged the first day of school and then went right into the 100th day. Sometime the days just get away from you. We'll we celebrated the 100th day of school a couple of weeks ago and the kids always have so much fun!  We made the 100 day people from Deanna Jump but I forgot to take a pic. They turned out so cute!  We also wrote about Five Things that we've learned in 100 Days of School.
We made these adorable crowns that the students loved wearing all day!
The students also enjoyed making their 100 days snack mix with 10 different snacks.  I have laminated the mats and use them each year.  The circles were made from a circle hole punch.  

The students enjoyed painting using the 100 Day Gumball machine.  Click the picture to take you to my TPT store.  

To end the fun filled day each student went home with a little certificate.  I have such a great friend across the hall that came up with the cute idea.  


First Week is complete!

                             Ain't no tired like teacher tired...this will be put into practice by many of us next week, I am sure!! :-)

It seems like the first week of school is always the most stressful and tiring, but its' done!  One week down.  This past week we did do a lot of rules and procedures but we also talked about our special friend of the day.  Each day we will introduce a friend.  We take their name and do several activities with it.  Here are three things that we do with our friend's name.

When the students are friends of the day they absolutely love it!  It is their special day.  We do cheers, interviews and their name goes into a class book that is kept in the reading center.  It's a long four weeks of names, but the students enjoy it.  


First day of school fun and some new technology

First day of school was a success!  I had a class full of smiling children who are ready to begin their kindergarten adventure!  To make the day even better I came home to a sweet Target box on my door step.  

I ordered four mini ipads for my class a couple weeks ago when Target had $100 off mini ipads.  I quickly purchased them. I had been waiting for Target to run this specials since June.  They ran it for Father's day and I waited to order and they sold out!  My students are going to be thrilled to have their own ipad center.  Now, I just have to work on getting the otterbox cases.  

Hope your first day of school was a success!


Back to School Sale and My Little Detectives Fun

It's that time of year that teachers look forward to....the TPT back to school sale!  I have been looking all summer for things that I have wanted to buy.  If I could wait I did, if I couldn't, of course I bought!  I have two days to fill my cart, take things off my cart, fill my cart again and check out.  Yup, this happens at least two to three times during the sale.  The sale has already started so I am going to get hopping and head on over. Click on the picture to take you to my store, I'm having 20% off all items in my store.

I had added a new item to my shop, it's a literacy center with Little Detectives.  Click here for more information on these cute little guys!


The beginning of a wonderful year

Today was the day...the day that makes summer seems like it is almost over.  Today was the day that I went into my classroom for the first time since the last day of school.  It's bitter sweet to think of not staying home with my boys every day, but I must say working with a great group of people makes everything better!  I LOVE IT!  Of course every teacher loves this time of year.  The time where you can walk into your classroom at whatever time you choose, you can leave whenever you choose and you can relax and talk to your friends through out the day.  However the more you talk the less you get done, but I'm not complaining. When I walked into my room this is what I saw...

EEK!  Tables everywhere, boxes stacked up and things randomly placed.  So let the preparation begin for the 2014-2015 school year!  I can't wait to show you the finished room.  I already have the furniture placed where I want it so now let the decorating begin.

On another note, I wanted to share with you my new packet that I'm working on.  It's a Detective mini packet for literacy centers.  It's going to have alphabet and beginning sound matching, letter and word sort, sight word decoding and sentence building.  The little detective kids are so cute, I had to do something with them.  

Keeping my fingers crossed the finished product will be completed soon!