Wednesday, July 31, 2013

One of the Most Fun Stores Around!

I just didn't know.  I saw others blogging about it but I wasn't sure.  Then, the new DOLLAR GENERAL opened in my neighborhood!  Now, I'm all about it!  What a great place to find fun, fantastic and affordable classroom stuff!  The games, the materials, the storage containers and all the other things that you can find there makes the trip worth your time! 

Look at all these great bargains that I picked up!

I'm thinking that I'll use this to track the increase in reading stamina this year!  I can also use it to show how many total minutes that we've read over the week or month!  Love it!

 Every year, I always buy a new set of ABC cards.  I just like to have a new set that is clean and cute and colorful!  These clothes clips are great for a sorting game or for building finger strength.  We can use them to pick up and sort foam letters or numbers.  The finger lights are very popular right now, so I know my kiddies are going to love them!

I was so excited to find those orange ice trays!  The label says that it's a flower, but we all know it's really a Chicka Chicka tree!  LOL!  I'm going to laminate some of the Bingo cards so that they'll last longer and then cut and laminate individual squares for the calling cards.  Those ocean stampers are going to be perfect to use during my Ocean Unit!  They'll be great story starters, begining and ending
letter activities or a middle vowel sound sorting game!  Lots of ideas keep swimming into my head!

These cute little clipboards were too sweet to resist!  I have some old clipboards like these, but they are plain white and I think it's time to update and add these cutie pie ones to my Centers!  I actually purchased 6 clipboards.  I always try to purchase Center materials in sets of 6 because then I'm sure I have enough for every kiddie to have their own item or material to work with at that time!

Wow!  What a fun and productive shopping trip today!  I'm getting excited to get back to school in a few weeks!  It will be here before I know it!

Have a great week!  You deserve it!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Back From The SDE Conference and Looking Forward To A Great Year!

Wow!  What a wonderful trip!  The things that I learned, the new friends that I met and the sessions that I attended made the SDE - I Teach K! Conference an overall AWESOME experience! 

I want to share the Kindergarten Common Core Curriculum Map that I created for my own classroom!  You can download the text version on my Facebook Fan Page, right after you click the "Like" button! If you've already clicked the "Like" button, then just choose the Freebie or Freebies that you want and download.  You can also pick up the more colorful version as a Freebie on my TpT Store!  Clicking the link to the right will take you right there!

I'm glad to be home after being gone!  I have so many new ideas that I want to put together for the beginning of the new school year! 

Here's hoping you have a great start if you've gone back this week! 
Thanks for following my blog! 
Have a wonderful week! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What A Great Conference!

There are so many wonderful presenters here at the I Teach K! Conference here in Las Vegas!
I've already attended so many interesting and informative sessions!  I had a chance to meet some exciting presenters and I'm looking forward to the next few days!

One of the nicest and most valuable parts of any conference is the opportunity to hear about new ideas!  I love learning about the ways we all work to help our kiddies to learn and to grow emotionally while we have them in our classrooms! 

I'll keep you posted on some of the great things I'm learning here in Las Vegas!

Think about me tomorrow when it's my turn to present, Keeping Kindergarteners Engaged All Day Long!  Send those positive thoughts my way!

Thanks for visiting my blog!  I appreciate all that you do for our kiddies!
Have a great week!


Monday, July 8, 2013

Link Up With The Sunday Smorgasbord!

 What a fun idea that my friend Michelle posted on her blog
I've linked a Sunday post about bread baking, chicken clucking, recipe writing randomness on my post!
I hope you enjoy this fun Sunday throwback to April!
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I've been so busy with getting ready for the I Teach K! Conference coming up next week that I haven't been posting as much!  That's going to change because I want to share as much as I can next week about what's happening out in Vegas!

Thanks for visiting!  Thanks for following!  Thanks for signing up for Bloglovin!  Thanks for going to my Facebook Fan Page and hitting the LIKE button!  I appreciate it and I love hearing from you!

Have a great week!

Monday, July 1, 2013

This Giveaway Has Ended! We'll Do Another One Soon!

Hi Everyone!

Thanks so much for following and for entering this Bloglovin Giveaway!  I love hearing from you and I hope you enjoy what's happening in my little room of the world! 

Check the Rafflecopter Poster below for the winning names!  I've sent you an email!  Congratulations!

I'm working very hard to get ready for the upcoming SDE I Teach K! Conference in Vegas! 

I'm so looking forward to meeting new friends and seeing those friends who we connect with on Facebook and Blogger and now Bloglovin!  I've also added Twitter and Instagram and you can find me there!

I appreciate all of you, your unique talents, individual perspectives and thoughtful positive responses on all that you do!

Have a wonderful week!