Thursday, February 19, 2015

Letter S Find with Sara

It might sound like I am that crazy momma who comes to Parent Teacher conference and tries to tell you their child knows everything and you are the crazy one... ok, maybe not that dramatic, but OMG--- my child knows ALL the letters.  I'm serious-- ALL of them!  She just turned 2 and only goes to a mothers day out twice a week.  I am not a flashcard parent either!  I firmly believe 2 things.  Reading to your child makes a HUGE difference, and she is going to be smarter than me!
So, I thought we might have a little fun with one of my letter activities (since we are stuck at home anyway).  Since she cannot circle with a crayon, pencil, etc.. we used a bingo dotter to find the letter Ss.  She did soooo good!  Of course, she ended up using the dotter to bingo dot almost all the letters by the end. lol But it was fun seeing her find all the Ss's until she became overcome with the excitement of the bingo dotter.

If you want to check out my Letter Find unit on tpt click the picture below.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

TN Ice Storm of 2015

So.... This happened.
For all my teacher friends, enjoy your #snowweek2015!

Stay warm and be safe!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SDE Pre-K Conference!!!

I had the best time at the SDE Pre-K Conference.  I was incredibly humbled to be able to present alongside some amazing, and incredibly famous teachers!
One of whom I have admired for years!!
Yes, Kim Adsit!
I have sat in on so many of her sessions and I never get tired of her enthusiasm for helping other teachers.  She is so inspiring!
Since many of you weren't there to hear my session, I thought I might share with you some of my slides and briefly mention what I discussed... 
Drum roll please...
Interactive Notebooks for Little Learners with me!

During my session I mentioned that Interactive Notebooks/Journals can be used a variety of ways with a variety of ages.  In my opinion they can be used from age 2-college age.  However, they are used very differently at each age range.  Here is my definition of an interactive journal for ages 2-7.

Then, I discussed some reasons why you should be using them in your classroom!

Then, we discussed how to get started!

I also gave a couple Management Tips.  These will look different in every classroom and at every age.  You know your kiddos and you know what they can and cannot handle!

I highly recommend checking out Lucky Little Learner's series on Interactive Notebooks.  She has some great ideas on how to manage interactive notebooks.

Even though I was incredibly nervous about presenting at SDE, I highly recommend it.  I felt like I was able to mark off a huge item from my bucket list!!!  Not sure if I will ever get this opportunity again, but I am very thankful for it.  I also hope some of my 51 attendees took something away from my session.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Five for Friday!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her weekly Five for Friday Linky!  This one is especially exciting to share for numerous reasons...
See below.

So, we put our house on the market last week.  It was so exciting and a bit overwhelming, but we feel excited for the next chapter!!!

Then, it SOLD in 1 day............................
I said I was excited, not ready to pack up immediately. Oh my word!
Needless to say, I am a bit overwhelmed.

I always love getting pictures from fellow teachers and friends who use my tpt stuff.  This activity comes from my Pre-K Interactive Math Journals.  She used the activity on a piece of construction paper instead of in a "math journal".  It's so neat to see how other teachers use my resources.  If you buy something, please email me pictures at

I had an amazing time at the SDE Pre-K conference here in TN.  I had the privilege to present my first session with SDE on Interactive Journals for Little Learners.  I was nervous, but once I got going-- I felt just fine!  I also got to listen to one of my favorite bloggers Kim Adsit.  I have admired her for a while now!
I will post more on my session soon.

And this one is fairly random...
But, I had to share!
That same friend who sent me the picture of my math journals posted this picture of her door and another teachers.  So cute!!!  I would love walking into that door each day. Adorable!
Don't forget to head on over to Kacey's blog to link up!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Contact Paper Heart Craft

I've mentioned before that I am working on being more crafty with my daughter.. Well, here is something super easy and cute you can try without spending much money or any at all.

This is seriously the cutest and easiest craft to make with ages 2-6.  I say such a wide range because if the paper is pre-cut for a toddler it's easy to do, but older ages can tear or cut the paper themselves.

Start by cutting out a heart.  I just used the old school method of folding it in half, but you can use a die-cut or even a cricut if you have one.

Cut out the contact paper to match the shape and place it on the construction paper.  Stick it back on the other side so it won't stick to anything yet.

Cut little squares of tissue paper.

Stick it on a window if you are able and let your little one go to town!

She had so much fun picking out each individual piece of paper. *Grin

So focused...

Daisy was very confused by this.

I thought it turned out so pretty!  She kept saying, "I finish." haha

Have fun making this with your students or your own children.  I love watching Sara explore. I plan to do more of these throughout the year with different shapes.  It's perfect for fine motor practice!