Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Sun Sets In Texas!

Welcome Kinder Friends,
As the sun sets in Texas we still get a glimpse of interesting landscapes. This has been a class favorite for well over a decade up and down the halls in my Kindergarten pod. Something about it just makes it a favorite. It is one of those projects that looks the best when you can see a class full of them because no two are alike. A couple more things I have always loved about this project is that it goes well with a favorite Texas legend, it is made of everyday materials and everyone is successful at it. Like I said, when they are grouped together, it is interesting to see the unique perspective of each one of them.
Because our focus on Texas landforms is regional in each class, we are spending a little time digging a little deeper into a particular land form and area this year. A general Texas sunset just wouldn't do this time because our focus was more specific. Although the silhouette was cut by hand years and years ago, I really never had a pattern for it. And because this has been one of the most requested items, I decided to add this to the Let's Celebrate Texas Our Texas resources. This way I have a printable template to share and the best part is I decoded to add more to the file.
I updated the file a few days ago. Now the file includes 4 different landscapes that you can choose from. If you have already purchased it all you have to do is download again and it will be there including all the other things that have been added over the past few weeks!  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teachers ARE Heroes!

Hey Kinder Friends,
You know you are a hero day in and day out getting everything done at home and at school. In honor of all the great super hero teachers out there Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sale. And what do I love about this? I love it because it comes at such a great time of year. The perfect time to grab some resources to carry you through the change of the seasons with spring just on the horizon. A one day sale on February 25th will get you flying into spring in no time. Using the code HEROES will get you 28% off! You know every good hero loves a sale and I do too so I am participating in this one for sure because...
Teachers are HEROES day in and day doubt!
Let's face it nobody has time to sit around and format a cute newsletter when so much is already on your plate. That is why I love templates. And these templates make weekly newsletters a breeze as you are flying through the week. What I love is that they are ready to go and can be printed on simple white or colored copy paper. Even better, they can be jazzed up with colored fonts and sent by email. Inserted text boxes are editable so you click and insert your text. These newsletters have a front and back page if needed so you have a coordinating theme that can be copied on one sheet of paper. And the text boxes provide parameters so that you keep it short and simple. Short and simple gets your message across without getting lost without focus.
Who doesn't love talking about numbers? You know I love it. This one will help with incorporating mathematical communication in the classroom. And now it has been updated and editable so that you can customize and create the response posters to fit your needs.
Are you ready for National Puppy Day on March 23rd? Well, now you can be with this print and go skill based resource. This one is perfect for homework packets or sub tubs and is packed with skill based learning.
And what about graduation? You know you will be busy as can be by then. What about picking this up and making a plan early? But with print and go you really can prep this on the fly and keep moving on to the next crisis! Click on the images above for more information!
Happy Shopping Super Heroes!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Texas Freebie!

Hey There Kinder Friends,
You know I am going to say it because I always do and I catch myself saying it over and over but seriously this really is my favorite time of the year. Although it may be freezing and ice is on the way I am still dreaming of a beautiful sunny day deep in the heart of Texas. And just as the spring buds start to appear we gear up for Texas Public School Week. It's a tradition and it happens each year in March. And since I am full of Texas pride it is always fun to talk Texas in class. And because of that I had to dig around in my files and bags and boxes and pull out the best for this occasion. And it seemed appropriate to gussy up our little Let's Celebrate Texas Our Texas resources.

But what I am most excited about is that I have added a lot to this resource. So, the good news is that if you have purchased this from my TeacherspayTeachers store then all you have to so is go back and download it again to get the updates. If your current download does not have over 250 pages then you are missing out. I think I might have been inspired to make these updates since spending time on the dusty back roads of Texas this past year. I am all sorts of giddy to have included three teacher big books with real photographs of Texas.
I am sure that my kids will love these for the pictures and the simple text as we dig a little deeper into all things Texas. I can't wait to get these on the library shelf! Looking for Texas specific books has been a challenge or should I say a quest each year. I am always in the lookout. This year I happened to stumble upon a good one.
I have to order this one. Written by kids and for kids...sold! Written by the kids of The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth.
In my last blog post I shared this little freebie above. Considering I was blogging on the go I had a few technical issues that I normally do not have and I wasn't real sure if that part of my post was clear. So, if you need a little help getting ready for open house, I made these signs and a welcome banner. The best part is that the sign is editable. Which can put anything in the text box and print and you looked like you had a plan all along. What is not to love about that? 
I am looking forward to a little Texas talk with my class this week. We started with the Texas flag last week and I kind of love the twist we put on it this year. My classroom was almost silent when the kids were working on these. The kids were galloping through their work to get to this project. It takes a little time so we work a little on it each day!


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