Monday, April 7, 2014

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

And we have a WINNER!

Breanne, please check your email for your gift certifcate! Email me and let me know which item you would like out of my TPT store.
A BIG THANKS to everyone who participated!!!!  If you were not the lucky one this time, please keep watch because there will be MORE giveaways coming soon!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Preparations, Updates, and Giveaways! Oh my!

I have been working like a crazy person this week trying to get everything ready for the remainder of the year and my maternity leave, which begins Monday! This is getting real! Ten days or less and my baby boy will be here. :) I can't wait! I will post pictures to share just as soon as he gets here and I am able. :)
We have been working on adding and subtracting this week, which has my wheels turning for a couple of addition and subtraction packs (with at least one with a cutesy craft that I can't wait to share!) that *hopefully* will make their appearance soon! I was so inspired by my kinders enthusiasm one night that I put together a quick Easter-themed freebie pack to use with my kinders and to share with you. :)
You can grab a copy for yourself in my TPT store by clicking here.

I have also been working to update my Frogs Pack and I finally finished it TODAY! Yay! It now has TWO craftivities, along with labeling activities, a Venn diagram, and so much more! Grab it this weekend for 20% off! To top it off, I will be giving away two copies this weekend too. All you have   to do is follow my TPT store and leave me a comment on this blog post saying that you did and I will pick TWO winners Sunday night. Easy Peasy, right? If you already own it, just go and redownload to all the extras. :)
Click here to grab a copy!

Oh and don't forget about my giveaway! Only two days left to enter to win your chance at a $10 TPT gift certificate and your choice of any item from my store. Click on the link below! :)
Hope everyone has a great weekend! I'll be back Sunday to pick winners for my Frogs Pack.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Printer Woes, Numbers Stories, and a FREEBIE too!

This week I have had trouble with my printer at school (as in IT WILL NOT PRINT!). I have turned it in to our technical maintenance team and am "patiently" waiting for them to fix the problem. :)  Meanwhile, it has put a kink in my lesson plans (especially math), so today I decided to try something a little different. Since I couldn't print the activity pages for my original lesson, I decide to give my kinders a little more practice with number stories (aka word problems). 

First, we did several practice stories on the SMART Board together. I would make up the stories, the kiddos would read the stories out loud (great reading practice, by the way), and then I would call volunteers to the board to help solve the number stories. The first thing that we would do after reading the story is illustrate what the story told us. In order to do this, students had to determine whether it was a "putting together" (addition) story or a "taking away" (subtraction) story. I was VERY proud of how well my kinders were able to do this, especially my EL students. After the picture had been drawn, another volunteer would come up and write the equation to match the picture and story. Like I said before, I am VERY proud of how well my kiddos were able to do this. :) 
After we did several examples like this , I decided to let them try and create their own number stories. 
Here is one example:

(I just love her cats, don't you?)

I was so inspired by my kiddos excitement over number stories that I came home and made an Easter-themed number stories pack to share with you! Just follow the link below to my TPT store to grab a copy! All I ask is that you follow my store if you don't already and leave me some feedback. :) 

Click HERE to grab your copy
Hope y'all have a FANTASTIC rest of the week! Only three more days until my maternity leave begins! WHOOP! WHOOP!