Monday, August 27, 2012

Update on Doodle Darlin' Clipart

It's been a little while since I've updated y'all on my best friend's little clipart business she's just started. If you hadn't already heard my friend DeeDee has started her own clipart shop on Etsy. Her stuff is SO cute y'all! Here are a few of her latest products. You can also check out and follow her blog
 for more frequent updates. She LOVES for you to share your needs, wants, and ideas with her, so if you ever have a special request, just let her know.

Our First Week of School

Our first week of school was G-R-E-A-T but it was so jam packed! Since we are an all kindergarten school (475+ kids!!!!), and our system started school on a Monday, AND kindergarten is such a HUGE transition for many of our kids, we only had kids at school from 7:30-11:30. Even though it was only a half day, we had to pack in as much learning and routine as possible. We got the job done in Mrs. Holcomb's class though! We talked all about our first day feelings after reading "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn. We went on a school tour looking for Chester raccoon in all the important places. We learned all about our behavior at school and how to be a peace maker or peace breaker with "No David!" by David Shannon. We also read "David Goes to School," and "David Gets in Trouble" to really emphasize the do's and don'ts of our behavior at school. Then at the end of the week, we had another visit from Chester raccoon and how to deal with big bad bullies at school. My super sweet kiddos really seemed to learn a lot, so I can tell we are going to have an awesome year. 

I can't even begin to tell y'all how excited I am about this group of kids I have. I can tell they are SO smart and I haven't even done any official assessing yet! They are the 19 most funny, cute, talkative, and SMART kids, and I am already in love with these sweet babies.  We do need to work a good bit on listening skills, but that's the same with every group of kids. Once we get into the full day, everyday routine, I know things will be great. Take a look at their "first day of kindergarten" pictures and see for yourself just how precious they are. Frame was inspired by Pinterest! 

Chester cutting practice

Chester glue dot practice

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Brown Bear is DONE and Ready for the Big SALE

Okay, I've been working my tush off all day to get this done. I have been such a procrastinator this summer when it comes to work. Just not back in the swing I guess, but I will have to be on Monday! YIKES! Anyway, this unit is full of math and literacy activities with Brown Bear and all of his colorful friends so you must check it out!
Don't forget.... 
TPT is having an AWESOME sale this Sunday & Monday!  Shop August 12th-13th and get 28% off of EVERYTHING in my store including all of my "back to school" units.  Be sure to use the code Bts12 to get the additional 10%.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Spectacular Shapes

Hey y'all! Just finished a great shape unit just in time for the Back to School sale at Tpt. Hopefully I'll have my Brown Bear done by then as well. This shape unit includes 11 basic shapes for your students to explore. One activity includes them tracing the shape word, tracing the shape, "hunting" for the shape, and drawing the shape in a real world context. These pages include Doodle Darlin's cute "Smiling Shape" clipart. Love her stuff!! In this pack you will also find3 different shape readers. Each reader adds a different skill so the difficulty level is a bit harder with each reader. A third activity in this pack is a shape sort for circle vs. oval, square vs. rectangle, and triangle vs. diamond. These tend to be a little confusing for my kiddos so this is great extra practice for them. Don't forget to check out my store August 12 and 13 for the Back to School Sale. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fabulous CAMEO Linky and Giveaway!

OMW! I've been a little MIA the past few days and just saw the fabulous giveaway going on over at Blog Hoppin'. Now, I don't have a CAMEO, but I want one. They are so neat! Anyway, you can go over to Blog Hoppin' and share your CAMEO projects and enter the giveaway.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Doodle Darlin' Update and a Question

Hey y'all! I just wanted to do a quick update on my bestie DeeDee from Doodle Darlin' and give you a quick look at some of the new things she's got posted in her Etsy shop. Let me just say that this girl is a drawing, scanning, coloring machine! I'm sitting here with her while the hubbies are playing outside and I'm watching her color her NURSERY RHYMES SET (which will be available this evening) and I am just blown away at this talent that she has never put to use haha. Anyway, if you don't already follow her blog you MUST check it out. She is constantly updating it with her most recent sets and SALE info...right now she is offering BUY 2 GET 1 FREE! Take a looksie at her cute stuff and make her shop one of your favorites!! FOLLOW DOODLE DARLIN!

All of her sets are available in color, black & white, and COMBO!

OH! I almost forgot her question...WHAT DO YOU WANT NEXT?? Go to her blog and leave a comment or send her an Etsy Convo of what you would like to see in her shop.

FYI: Fall, Apples, and Halloween will be posted no later than mis September, and a lot sooner if she doesn't have any requests.

Beginning Sounds Set includes 3-5 images for EACH letter of the alphabet except X :-/

Birthday Set

Bunch O' Bears Set...I LOVE THIS! So stinkin' cute!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Fairy Tales



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Classroom Preparations Year 2

Okay, so I think I have mentioned that I decided to move classrooms this year, but I'm going to say it again. On the last day of school I had alllllll of my stuff stacked up and packed up and my room was ready to be waxed during the summer. WELL, our principal was having to shift some of our teachers and special area teachers around to meet the needs of our HUGE class of kinders that we have this year. Well a smaller classroom came available and it was going to go to our new hire teacher. It didn't take me long to get that itch to move, so I just went straight to Mrs. Penney and asked. She, along with everyone else thought I was crazy, but I actually didn't need such a big room, I had 2 empty bookshelves so I felt that it made more sense to give someone with more "stuff" the larger room. I have worked several days this summer between moving houses, building a new gym, and vacations and I am finally able to say that my room is finished. All I have to do is get all my kids names put on all of their stuff. So, anyway take a look at all of the before and after pics and leave me some comment love :D

Ok this is obviously one of the before shots. Since I have a red wall instead of green I had to completely change my theme. I just can't do purple and red together.

Here we go...

I chose apples and polka dots for my theme this year. Not anything original, but I love it. My door is made from Deco Mesh that I bought from Hobby Lobby, the tree trunk is burlap stuff with butcher paper, and the apples were dicut with scrapbook paper in various shades and patterns of red and green. I laminated them and clipped them to the tree with a clothespin. The tree looks a little wonky because we aren't allowed to cover our window.

This is my "Welcome" board where my kids will put their folder, notes, and money each morning. The bulletin board has our "colorful helpers, calendar, weather, and birthdays for the month. 

This is my teacher table and small group area. I had to break down and make the crate seats. Several other teacher at school have done them this year and every time I walk in their rooms I want them haha so I made my own. 

This is the view from my door. Small group table to the left and welcome board on the right. I did the vinyl spots on my floor like sweet Jamie can see her post about that HERE.

Promethean board and whole group area. Word wall on left and listening center on the right. This was the ONE thing in my room that I didn't have that "perfect" place for. So I hope this works, otherwise they may be in the hallway haha. All of my literacy games and "stuff" is stored on this side of the room where we do all of our literacy whole group

ABCs, Brown Bear colors will stay up forever, and this is also the board with my literacy and math centers.

My new writing center board. Cute printouts thanks to A Cupcake For the Teacher on TPT

Cozy little reading corner

Computer center...imagine a large bulletin board with our "best work"...hopefully that is coming soon.

Here's a blurry look inside my crate seats...sorry. Each one houses a dry erase board, blend book, and a pencil box with pencil, highlighter, dry erase marker, "eye spy" reading stick, ABC flash flippers, and a sock to erase with. 

Kiss you brain bucket and "quiet critters" as seen on Pinterest

And of course, our wonderful reading buddies