Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Summer Learnin': Had me a Blast! (PLUS a FREE Graduation Cuties Craft Template)

No one wants to see their students go through the summer slide.  All that hard work down the drain?  No way!! 

Any summer slide will REALLY stand out to me since I'm looping up with my Kinder-kids to first grade!  I can't wait!

I decided to put together some bubble-gum themed learning packets to send home with my kiddos.  They cover 10 weeks (in case you get a nice, long summer!) and each two week page features ten learning activities.  They activities are quick, fun, and educational! Best of all?  They're entirely editable, so if you don't like the activities I included, you can make up your own.  This will allow you to differentiate based on your students' needs as well!!
 Each time a student does an activity, they color in a bubble. 

 I also printed off Lyndsey Kuster's helpful website list and included it in the packets I'm sending home!
 Along with the packets, I'm sending each child home with a copy of the book On Our Way to First Grade--which I snagged from Scholastic book cubs for ONE DOLLAR y'all!!
 You can buy the book here:
https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=11151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&productId=85099138

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy....so I had to give those babies some bubbles, too!  These come in packs of 5 for around $3 at Walmart and they blow the best bubbles!  I made some cute free gift tags for K-5th grade that you can snag here:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bubble-Gift-Tags-K-5th-1864675
You can get Lyndsey's helpful website list by clicking here:
http://ayearofmanyfirsts.blogspot.com/2013/05/summer-review-websites-for-kids.html

AND you can grab my editable Summer Learning packet for just $3.50 at TPT:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dont-Stop-Lets-Pop-Activities-to-Bridge-the-Summer-Learning-Gap-EDITABLE-1812230
 How about one last end of the year treat? I've seen these Graduation Cuties all over Pinterest but couldn't find a template, so I created a FREE template just for y'all to use!  Snag it here:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Graduation-Cuties-A-FREE-Craft-Template-1864693
 If you enjoyed all these fabulous freebies, leave me some love in the form of TPT feedback, please! ;)

Monday, May 18, 2015

My Favorite Fonts: Hello Fonts {Giveaway!}

Another one of my favorite Font artists is Jen Jones of Hello Fonts!  Here are some of my favorites:


 Want some exciting news?  Jen's Hello Fonts ALL fonts license is extremely affordable at just $40!!  You can snag it here:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Commercial-Font-License-All-Hello-Fonts-for-One-User-Lifetime-License-395172

I also love this easy way to download ALL her fabulous fonts in one download!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hello-Fonts-Personal-Non-Commercial-Use-301730

I'll be back next week with more FUN fonts! :) 

Wanna WIN the All Fonts license? (a $40 Value)
Jen Jones has graciously agreed to give it away to one lucky winner!  There are two easy ways to enter using the Rafflecopter below!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Techy Tip: Replacing Fonts in Powerpoint

Have you ever pulled up an older file to edit it....and realized that you used ARIAL or Comic Sans....throughout various sections of the ENTIRE.DOCUMENT.??????
What an editing nightmare!  Here's an EASY and QUICK way to replace the font you don't want with one you do want! :)


 Keep in mind that sometimes the formatting gets off because the font you chose may be bigger than the previous font.  In that case you may need to size down the font or choose a different font for the replacement!  Hope this techy tip was helpful!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Five For Friday

We wrapped up a CRAZY, BUSY week today!  Just two more weeks left of school!  WAHOO!!!! (did I say that?? *blushing*)

 1.  I've already started prepping goodies for next year.  I've decided to use a pocket chart calendar with photo cards!  I finished creating a packet that includes: 3x3 AND 2.5x2.5 calendar cards, Spinners for temperature, season, and weather, date cards, and month cards.  You can check out some of the details here:








(Watermark is on the preview only)
You can snag this set on TPT here:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Keepin-It-Real-Photo-Calendar-Cards-1849855


 2. I've had FIVE out of 15 students test positive for strep throat this week!  Needless to say, we sanitized EVERYTHING and I threw away every single community pencil today!
 3.  I've been getting in tons of packages in the mail the past week for my classroom for next year.  I'll be looping to first grade, and I'm switching from an Owl Theme to an Apple Theme.  I've ordered a few Schoolgirl Style Goodies, and I've picked up LOTS of things at Dollar General and Dollar Tree! Here's a peek at some of my goodies:
 4.  I made an entire packet to go with my apple theme.  I'm in love!  I've been printing, cutting, and laminating! I am IN LOVE with the whole turquoise, red, pink, yellow, and lime green color scheme!  Oh la la!
You can check out my 248 page apple decor pack (which includes several editable pages!!) here:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Apple-Class-Decor-MEGA-Pack-1821150
 

5.  My kinder kids made these adorable Graduation Cuties!  I'll be uploading this craft packet and extension activities this weekend!  I love what one girl said!

#oneofthoseyoutubers

9.5 days left....I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!

P.S.  Just 28 hours left to enter my giveaway for a Darcy Baldwin commercial fonts license!  Click below to enter:
http://justreed-ashley.blogspot.com/2015/05/my-favorite-fonts-darcy-baldwin-fonts.html


You can check out more Five for Friday link-ups here:
http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2015/05/five-for-friday-linky-party-may-15th.html

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Phonemic Awareness Fun Part 2: Alliteration {More Freebies!}

Another component of level one Phonemic Awareness is Alliteration.  Many people refer to alliteration as tongue twisters.

How many of you giggled uncontrollably as kids when you chanted "Sally sells seashells down by the seashore?"  Or "Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers?"

Introducing your students to tongue twisters is a great way to perfect their phonemic awareness skills.  It also affords them great chances to simply be creative and GIGGLE!

I love the idea of using students' names in an alliterative chart like "A Place Called Kindergarten" did below:
http://aplacecalledkindergarten.blogspot.com/2013/01/writing-workshop-alliterations.html
Children are confident reading their own names and things they love!  This is a great beginning of the year activity to familiarize students with their classmates' names, and it makes a great chart to refer to for spelling names.

How cute is this Twisted Tongue craft the adorable Michelle  Hudgeons at Smitten with First did with her kiddos?  Definitely *borrowing* this idea!
http://smittenwithfirst.blogspot.com/2013/03/twisted-tongues-or-horseskeywordsand.html

Cara Carroll @ The First Grade Parade wrote an AMAZING blog post all about Alliteration complete with this anchor chart.  Click the picture and check out the entire blog post!!
http://thefirstgradeparade.blogspot.com/2012/01/little-alliteration.html

Check out these great books for exploring Alliteration in your classroom:
http://www.amazon.com/Tongue-Twisters-Kids-Riley-Weber/dp/148231780X/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430177626&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=tongue+twistesrhttp://www.amazon.com/Oh-Say-Can-You/dp/0394842553/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1430177705&sr=8-14&keywords=tongue+twistershttp://www.amazon.com/Chips-Cheese-Nanas-Knees-Alliteration/dp/1467726494/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1430177810&sr=8-4
http://www.amazon.com/Name-Alice-Picture-Puffin-Books/dp/0140546685/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1430177952&sr=8-9&keywords=alliteration

And finally, how about some freebies from me?


 Click below to download your FREEBIES! :)
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/FreeDownload/Phonemic-Awareness-Fun-Alliteration-FREEBIE-1831865

 Exhausted Educator/ Totally Tired Teacher....
Signing off Silly-ly! ;)

The Countdown is ON!! End of the year Freebies!

My little cuties and I get out of school May 29th!  I think we're all ready.  This has been an amazing school year but we're all T.I.R.E.D. and ready for a break!!

Here are some of the fun things I have planned for the last 10 days of school to help us countdown!

Our Countdown Kite is a fun, colorful way to mark off the days.  I laminated the bows and kite and attached them to string.  Starting on Day 10, we'll snip off one bow each day.  When we get to the kite, it's the last day of school!
 You can grab the kite as a FREEBIE here:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Countdown-Kite-FREEBIE-1842777

I'm also sending home this countdown activity calendar for the last two weeks of school.  The kids are so excited!! :)
 You can snag the editable template for this as a FREEBIE here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_CfsL3_vt5lakEwaTlVazA1TzQ/view?usp=sharing

 Last year, my first graders completed these Blast Off to 2nd Grade Rockets!  We did one page a day.  They were super fun!


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Blast-Off-to-a-New-Year-An-End-of-the-Year-Craftivity-and-Reflection-684687


How are YOU counting down the final days of school?