Saturday, November 29, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wacky Week Wednesday - National Family Week 11/23-29

A family is a group of people associated by marriage or by common kinship or co-residence. We are all part of a family. Families are configured in different ways with many factors affecting them: single parents, grandparents as parents, divorce, adoption, remarriage, etc. All types of families love and care for each other. By learning about families, students will begin to understand their place in groups, communities, and the world. Students need to be exposed to various ways people and families are alike and different in order for them to gain an understanding and respect for others and others' families. This appreciation is important because it is the foundation of making and maintaining relationships. Everyone is a part of a family.

National Family Week was founded in 1968 by a former teacher and administrator from Indianapolis, Sam Wiley and is now organized by the Alliance for Children and Families. It was first proclaimed a national week by President Ronald Reagan on November 19, 1987. National Family Week in the United States takes place the week of American Thanksgiving.

Two classic family books to have in your reading center or during your group reading time:

Here are two websites that work well with the family theme:

(put together family puzzle)

(create words with the same endings)

Try this neat group activity:

In advance, send home a note to the parents asking them to send in 5 "clues" about their child (ex. I have a puppy named Mr. P). As a group, read these clues and guess who.

Please check out my My Family and Me Math and Literacy Packet

Or for a smaller family packet try my Family Thematic Centers and Worksheets

Remember to enjoy the time you spend with family and friends!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Positively Pinspiring

Reading, writing and building CVC words is the foundation of becoming a great reader and writer. And an ideal way to teach this concept is through engaging, hands-on games and activities. Below are just a few of my CVC pins. Thanks to Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten for her Positively Pinspiring Party. I really enjoy reviewing the Pinterest goodies in her linkups.

I love teaching CVC words. There are so many ideas, games, activities to put in your center – so much fun!

Wacky Week Wednesday - Geography Awareness Week 11/16-22

Geography does more than answer the question, “Where's over there and why and what should we care?” It is the study of Earth and life on Earth. Everyone lives on Earth; therefore, everyone should know about Earth and how it works. Learning this will help us take better care of it and become more responsible global citizens.
Today, geography is divided into two branches: cultural geography and physical geography. Cultural geography relates to human culture and its impact on Earth. Physical geography relates to Earth's natural features. There are five themes of geography: location, place, human environment interaction, movement, and region. Location means the exact location of a place and its relation to another place. Place is the physical and human characteristics of a location. Human environment interaction deals with people interaction with the environment and that impact. Movement is the actual travel of people from one place to another. Region is everything that surrounds the location.

Here are a few good Geography books for this week
Easily understood vocabulary along with great illustrations make this a must-have book.
Great book to help your little ones learn perspective.
Learn map-reading skills in typical Dr. Seuss fashion.

Here are two website games to play.
The first game is matching U.S. states shapes. It lists the state's name and will mark the answer correct if the state is even close to the correct map location; which is especially nice with the New England states.

And the second game is finding treasure on a map using latitude and longitude. An easy game for the little ones just getting started with latitude and longitude.

Want a group activity?
You could create a salt dough map, but my kids have always loved making a yummier map. Ahead of time make a big batch of cookie dough. Roll out the dough to 1/4” thickness and using outlines of the chosen state/country/continent, have the students cut the cookie dough into the desired shape and bake according to directions.
Using icing to attach, have students locate and mark:
capitals (candy star)
mountains (mini chocolate chips)
large cities (mini M&Ms)
rivers/lakes (blue icing)

Please check out my Geography Thematic Centers and Worksheets

And my Geography Count & Clip Cards

Have a marvelous week!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Markdown Monday and Giveaway

Wanted to mention that my Initial Digraphs Clip Cards product is marked down to $3 this week. This set of 51 cards provides practice for ch, sh, th, and wh.

Thanks to Kelly and Kim for hosting the Markdown Monday Linky Party.
 I have also joined Katrina at The Pioneer Teacher in her giveaway to celebrate reaching $20K. I donated my Thanksgiving Numbers and Counting Advanced Edition.

$20K - What an awesome feat. Check it out and enter for a chance to win A LOT of goodies!
I hope everyone has a marvelous week! And Happy Veterans Day!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wacky Week Wednesday - Dear Santa Letter Week 11/10-14

Need a fun way to teach letter writing? Need to jazz up your writing center? Take advantage of the cooler weather and ignite imagination and excitement in your students' writing – write a letter to Santa.
Now, I have to admit something. I just learned about the USPS Letters to Santa program. You have never heard of this program either? Well, here are facts and guidelines from


In 1912, Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized postal employees and citizens to respond to letters to Santa.

Today, the popular holiday program is known nationwide as Letters to Santa. The exception is New York City; they have their own “Operation Santa” program.

Hundreds of thousands of children of all ages send letters to “Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska.”

Unless these letters contain a complete Alaska address, they remain in the area they were mailed.

Postal “elves” go through the letters and separate those that express serious need.


A person wishing to adopt a letter can go to a Post Office, sign a form, and select one or more letters to take with them. The child’s address on the envelope will have been blocked out and the letter assigned a number.

After the individual fulfills the child’s wishes with a gift, he or she returns with the letter and gift to the same Post Office and pays the postage for the package. A postal employee will match the number on the letter with the child’s address, apply a label to it and put the package in the mail stream.

What a cool program!
There are numerous online templates for Santa letters. There are even sites for emailing Santa. My, how times have changed. 

Extension ideas: visit the post office and talk about how mail delivery and/or learn about the North Pole (would be a nice segway into next week's wacky week: Geography Awareness Week.

These two books will be a nice addition to this week's reading center:

Here is a freebie to get you in the wintry season:

Have a cool week!!

Positively Pinspiring

It's about that time! Time to study time. You can tell from my pins I have been browsing activities and projects that deal with telling time. Thanks to Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten for her Positively Pinspiring Party. I really enjoy reviewing the Pinterest goodies in her linkups.
Easter Eggs are amazingly versatile!
Oldie but goldie idea!
Same idea but up close!
For the wee little tykes just starting out.

I have many telling time products in my store (hour, half hour, quarter hour, & 5 minutes) including Playing Cards, Bingo, I Have, Who Has, Interactive Cards, and Clip Cards. Check out these bestselling Telling Time Clip Cards:
56 Clip Cards!!

Still browsing. So till next time...

Monday, November 3, 2014

Markdown Monday and Giveaway

Just wanted to mention that my Thanksgiving Bundle is marked down to $3 this week. That's like getting 2 of the 5 items in the bundle for FREE!!
 Thanks to Kelly and Kim for hosting the Markdown Monday Linky Party.

I have also joined Chandra at Powerpoint Gaming in her giveaway to celebrate her new blog design.

She did a fantastic job with her blog. Plus, we NC teachers need to help each other out, right? I donated my Fractions Clip Cards for her giveaway. Go check out her blog and enter for a chance to win A LOT of goodies!

I hope everyone has a marvelous week! Exercise off those Halloween candy calories because guess what, Thanksgiving food is coming up soon!!