Sunday, March 9, 2014

Swap Til You Drop! (Product Swap)

I'm so excited to participate in the "Swap 'til You Drop" Product Swap!

The talented and creative Vera of The Tutu Teacher is my partner!!

Vera is reviewing one of my best-sellers...Play Doh Sight Words pack!

I was lucky to be able to go shopping in her store to pick out one of her FAB products to review for you.  We are really working hard to increase our decoding skills and fluency with CVC words, so I picked Vera's "Kaboom" Math & Literacy center pack.  It has been such a fun way to review CVC words!  

Click the picture to find it on TPT!

Here in the midwest, we've had about a million snow/cold days.  
So, especially being a 1/2 day kindergarten teacher, I am VERY behind!!  
As a result, I couldn't step away from my guided reading groups to snap any pictures of my kids playing Kaboom during centers.  So sorry!!  

I dug around in my gift bag collection and found this fun little Spiderman bag.
It gave a perfect superhero touch to the boys were HUGE fans!!

Prepping this center is SO simple!!  Just print, cut, and toss the cards in a bag!  
To play, the kids reach into the bag and pull out a card.  If they can read it correctly, they get to keep the card.  If they aren't able to read it, they put it back and keep taking turns.  If they select one of the KABOOM cards, they have to put all of their cards back into the bag! 

I also love that we could do a little word family activity, too!!  

I love the way this game just keeps going and going!! It kept my kids engaged all the way through center time and they are begging to play it again!  

This center pack includes SO many activities:
Ten Frames
Number Words
Number Recognition
CVC Words
Uppercase & Lowercase Letter Recognition
Sight Words

I will be SO thrilled to have this pack right from the beginning of the year next year!!
For the remainder of this year, it will be a great way to review & reinforce skills in intervention groups.  My kids know how to play the game, so any of the skills cards can now be placed in the bag and the kids will know what to do!  Win!!

Now, here are the details for the giveaways!

1. Start anywhere on the map below.
2. Stop by each blog and read about the products swapped between each set of bloggers.
3. Enter to win the resources that are featured by each blog pair. Each pair of bloggers has the same raffle, so you only have to enter on one of the two blogs.While you are at each blog, if you are not already a follower, sign on to follow!
4. The raffles are open until midnight March 15th.


      A Burst of First
Lucky to Be in First        First Grade Smiles
Second Grade Perks         
Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!     

The Tutu Teacher   Happy Teacher Heaven
Meet Miss Parker   

Now, here's your chance to WIN a copy of Vera's Kaboom pack and my Play Dough Sight Words pack!!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!!
:) Amy

Friday, February 21, 2014

Bright Math Ideas Blog Hop

Hey everyone!  I'm so excited to be part of this blog hop!  I'm always looking for fresh ways to boost achievement and instill a love of math in my students.  In my classroom, games are always a GREAT way to accomplish both of those goals!  

The cool thing about kindergarten is that, you can call just about any activity a "game" - and they believe you!!  :)  Hook, line, and sinker.  Especially if dice, mini erasers, or spinners are involved!!

I discovered last year how much my students absolutely ADORE spinner games!  
I think just about every teacher knows the pencil & paperclip spinner trick.
However, I found awesome transparent spinners online that my students LOVE!!
You can get a set of 10 spinners for just $7.95...that's cheaper than the Dollar Spot!!  ;)

We use our spinners all - the - time.  Seriously.  Like, I'm always afraid we're going to wear out the poor spinners, but they are really durable!!  We use them a lot with our math curriculum, but my students started requesting more spinner "games" to play during centers.  So, I happily obliged.  :)

You can pick up a FREE sample of my new Love Bunny Addition & Subtraction Spinner Games below - this game has been a huge hit with my kids!  If you're anything like me, we had so many snow days and days off school that I'm still getting some mileage out of my Valentine centers!  Hope you can, too!! 
Note:  This link is to a paid product -- the FREEBIE is included in the product preview!  
It will only be a available for this weekend, so don't miss out!!

I'd love for you to leave me a comment letting me know how you make math more fun!!
Thanks for stopping by!!  

Click the picture below to hop on over to the next stop on the Blog Hop!

Freebie Fridays

Friday, February 14, 2014

Five for Friday

I always love getting to link-up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for 

I'm so excited about my newest products!  

I had such great feedback from my "FLASH" Mixed-Up Sight Words freebie that was featured in the TPT Newsletter, that I made some new coordinating sets.  My kids LOVE the challenge of figuring out these mixed-up sight words!

My sweet boys took me out last weekend for an Early Valentine's Day date!
We ate at my favorite place (Pei Wei) and watched The Lego Movie together.  
They are out of town this weekend on a "boys trip", so I'm missing them today.

After the craziness of my first kindergarten Valentine's Day last year...
I am THRILLED to report that things went much more smoothly this year! 
My kiddos loved these sweet little bouncy ball Valentine's!  
The tag was a free printable that I found here.  So cute!!

SonShine and I had so much fun putting together these fun Minecraft Valentine's for his friends.
The cards were a free printable that I found here.

I'm prepping these Silly Cat Mixed-Up Sight Words for
celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday & Read Across America!!  

I wish you all a very Happy Valentine's Day!!
Good Luck!!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Five for Friday!'s Friday!!
I'm linking up for 

I'm not sure where this week went!!  It flew by!
If you follow me on Instagram, a lot of this will look familiar!

This was my week to kick it with my kiddo in Sunday School!  I teach in his Sunday School class every other week and it's my favorite thing to do!!  

I loved having Monday off for MLK Jr. Day!  Several of my best blogging friends and I teamed up for an EPIC Snowball Fight facebook hop.  It was SO much fun!!  :)  I gave away a sampler of my newest {adorable} product - Penguin Pals DIFFERENTIATED Addition & Subtraction Spinner Stations.  

I was SO excited about all my new and faithful followers, that I created this
Groundhog Differentiated Number Order BONUS FREEBIE!!

Some of you know that I'm sharing a classroom this year.  I teach 1/2 day PM kindergarten and share a room with the {awesome} AM teacher.  It has been a much easier experience that I anticipated, but there are definitely downsides.  One -- I cannot seem to get organized!  Things just keep piling up!! 

We've been having lots of fun with Elmer this week!  
Here's a sneak peek of an idea that I found on turned out SO cute!!

Helllllo Data Binder!!  
I've been working away on my 3-year Evaluation Portfolio all week.
I'm putting on the finishing details this weekend...I'll be SO glad to be done!!
I'm also linking up with...

Freebie Fridays

Thanks for stopping by!!  :)

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