Thursday, February 28, 2013


One of my absolute FAVORITE projects in kindergarten is our stuffed penguins. These are such a hit at open house! We just completed this year's stuffies and I put together a little collage to show each of the steps to completing them. I found this idea from Martha Stewart via Pinterest. What an awesome keepsake from kindergarten! 


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

100th Day!

Today was our 100th day of school! We had such a fun day exploring 100. The kids felt so confident filling out their hundred number chart, counting to 100 by 5s and 10s, and completing their Book of 100. The pics below show just a glimpse of our day. One of the highlights, by far, was putting together their 100th day snack. Each child counted out 10 from each of the 10 snack plates to make 100. Food would make any of us happy! :) The kids also loved making their 100 days smarter hats from Fran Kramer.

Click here to check out my 100 day of school pack on TpT.

Now for the countdown...72 to go! So hard to believe we're over much to do, so little time :)

Saturday, February 16, 2013


I am hosting my first giveaway in an effort to spread the word about my, somewhat new, TpT store, blog, and Facebook page. The winner will get to choose any two items from my Teachers Pay Teachers store. How do you enter? Just follow my blog and/or like my Facebook page!  It's just that easy! Feel free to spread the word to any other Pre-K or K teachers, homeschooling parents, or even parents of little ones!
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine Envelopes COMPLETE!

I am LOVING how these turned out! Check out my previous post to see exactly how the envelopes were made!
 Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Valentine Envelopes

I was on Pinterest and found the most adorable Valentine over the chair envelopes for kids to use to collect their Valentines. The link takes you to Pottery Barn where the felt pocket costs $20. I loved the idea and wanted to find a super cheap way to make these for my students. So, after staring at the picture for awhile, I thought I could pull it off using poster board and some yarn. Below are three collages of each step.

Note: the width of the envelope will depend on the size of chair you're using, but my measurement was 18" wide. Once folded the length of my envelope was 13" tall. Finally, the flap that goes over the back of the chair drops down about 9 1/2" (again, this will depend on how tall your chairs are). Unfolded, my poster board was approx. 36" long and 18" wide. (Yikes! This is sounding confusing! I hope this makes sense!)
 Once folded, I took some poster board scraps and make a faux envelope flap. Then I used a red sharpie to make it appear like it's stitched. I glued that to the front of the envelope, at the top where it opens, but I did not cover the opening. I completed the look with a red heart on the front. 
  Finally, I punched holes about 1 inch apart on each side of the envelope. The final step, stitching the sides with yarn, will be done by the kiddos next week.
Below, you see how it sits on the chair when you're all done. The top of the envelope is open so things can be dropped right in.
You can choose to let your kids decorate their envelope or just top it off with their name nice and large on the front!

 Hope this inspires some craftiness! :)

Valentine Goodies!

Looking for a different kind of Valentine for your kiddos? Check out these crayon hearts! All you need are some old crayons and a silicone cupcake mold. Break your crayons down and fill the mold just less than half way and put into the oven at 250 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Its recommended that you place the mold on a cookie sheet before placing in the oven. Once the crayons are melted, pull the tray out of the oven and let cool completely before popping out of the mold! It's that easy!!
I'll be back soon with instructions on how to make your own over the chair mail pockets for Valentines!! 


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It's all about love!

We started our Valentine themed centers this week and the kids are on a roll! I am so pleased with their progress this year and look forward to more growth in the next several months!
Here are just two of our Valentine centers. Click on the pictures to visit TpT!  
Addition Math Puzzles
Sight Word Sort
Also, we've started making our parent Valentine's. They are absolutely adorable. I found the idea on pinterest. Click here for the super simple template I used. I copied it onto a piece of construction paper that was slightly larger than 8 1/2 by 11 so it allowed for more space on the page for the footprint. This is last year's sample.
Oh I just love it!!

What's your favorite Valentine craft?

Monday, February 4, 2013


I started a facebook page!

I'd love if you'd come visit me!
That's all :) 


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Love me some singing!

We love singing in Kindergarten! This year, I've really jumped into Jack Hartmann's music and the kids are loving it. I thought I'd make some posters for the kids to hold up while we sing some of this songs. If you click on the picture of my kiddos, it'll take you to my TpT store, where I'm selling the pack of posters that go well with his songs, or any 100s, days of the week, and months of the year songs!
When we sing the songs, I have the kiddos hold the signs up high over their head, but for posting this on my blog, I went ahead and had them cover their faces...just know we don't do that when actually singing :)
Have a blessed day!