June 2011 - Miss Kindergarten

Birthday Freebies Day 3!


Birthday Freebies Day 2!

Thanks for all the sweet birthday wishes! I seriously had the best birthday of my life! To continue with the birthday celebrations here are some more freebies from some of my really talented blogger friends! Make sure you go thank them! Enjoy!


Miss Kindergarten


Beach Themed Room Decor

I am so super excited about my beach themed classroom for next year {thinking positively here!} that I just had to share my room decor with you guys!

I've been blog stalking like crazy and finding the cutest beach themed ideas! Here are my inspirations...

Clutter Free Classroom {amazing blog!}

Mrs. Lambs' class as posted by What the Teacher Wants {another amazing blog!}
Sneaker Teacher {you guessed it...another amazing blog!}
How cute are these safari themed locker tags by Little Warriors?! Totally had to make some beach themed ones!

To purchase a copy of my Beach Themed Room decor, visit my TpT store or my Teachers Notebook!

Beach Themed Locker Tags

Miss Kindergarten

Birthday Giveaways!!

In celebration of my birthday, 10 awesome bloggers are giving away 10 awesome products for 10 of my awesome readers!!

Great Graph Pack
Michelle Oakes from Fabulous in First
Poetry Notebooks
Leslie from KindergartenWorks
Measurement Bingo
Making Words All Year Long
Mrs. Scoma from First Grade FUNdamentals
Pirate Unit
Ms. Morgart from Curls and a Smile
Premade Lesson Plan Template
Ms. M from A Teacher's Plan
Picnic Day Packet
Jodi from Fun in First Grade
Camping Alpha Cards
Mrs. Saoud from Primary Graffiti
 Thematic File Folder Word Walls
Erica from Erica Bohrer's First Grade
Zero the Hero Packet
Kathleen from Growing Kinders

Visit each of these bloggers' site, follow them and tell them how awesome they are! Then come back here and leave ONE comment telling me that you are following these blogs and which products you would like to win.

10 Winners will be announced on Sunday, July 3rd!

Miss Kindergarten

Kindergarten Assessment Packs Winner!!

Email me: misskindergarten{at}hotmail.{com}

And thank goodness for Ladybug Teacher's comment number tutorial is all I have to say!


My Blog-erffic Classroom!

I went to my new school yesterday to set up for summer school. The classroom was completely empty! I mean, it didn't even have tables and chairs! The teacher that was in the room this past year moved rooms and took everything. This was the 2nd classroom I've set up. My first classroom (you can see pictures here) was filled to the BRIM with materials and supplies as the teacher before me took nothing out! I've decided that it's definitely a lot easier to set up a completely empty room!

Anyway, here are some pictures of my summer school room. Almost everything in my room is from blogging! haha!
 Thanks to The Teacher Wife for those adorable vowel glue bottles!
Mrs. Lochridge saved my life with those picture direction icons!
and we're going to practice singing the money songs that Jodi shared!
 I won this adorable calendar set from First Grade Fanatics and can't get over how cute it is! I adapted it so I can use it for summer school but I can't wait to set it up for my class next year!
 My very clean desk thanks to my Table Top Organizer ;) 
{and technically because school hasn't started yet...but that's beside the point!}
 I love these days of the week tubs!! They are in the Target dollar spot right now!! Hurry, get off blogger and go get them before they're gone!!!!
 I had to beg to have this horseshoe table put in my room! Notice how it has no chairs! And my favorite teaching easel that I got at Lakeshore :)

The shelves that I filled up rather quickly! With lots and lots and lots of great math and literacy activities I found on blogger! Notice the Race to the Beach game thanks to Angelia and the Bowling Subtraction that is just the coolest idea from Shannon!

Well, thanks guys! I could not have done it without you!!

P.S. Today is the last day to enter the Kindergarten Assessment Packs giveaway!


Thank You 500 Followers!!!

WOW! I can not believe that my blog has 500 followers! I truly appreciate every one of my readers!! We have been through a lot together! From mental breakdowns, identity crises, and surviving! Thanks for always being there for me guys!!

As a HUGE thank you, be on the look out for my birthday celebration starting next Monday! You won't want to miss this!



July Words

I am so excited to be teaching summer school this summer! I am teaching Jump Start to 1st grade...getting my students ready for a full-day of first grade! It's definitely going to be a culture-shock for me as I'll have all 28 students at the same time with no aides or adult support! I start next Monday and it goes for 4 weeks!

Since there's going to be 1 of me, and 28 of them I'm trying to make my lessons as independent as possible! So I made these July vocab words to put in my pocket chart and have it available for students during writing. Feel free to grab a copy if you happen to be teaching in July!

The adorable graphics are all from Lettering Delights!


Kindergarten Assessment Packs giveaway!!

Calling all Kindergarten Teachers!

Mrs. Deedee Wills has created a Communication Arts assessment packet and a Math assessment packet for Kindergarten teachers and is offering the packs for free to one lucky winner!

Get organized with these assessment packs!

Communication Arts assessment pack
*Letter and sound recognition
*High frequency words
*Print Language Concepts
Not to mention Phonological Awareness Skills such as:
*Spoken word concept, rhyme recognition,rhyme completion, rhyme production, syllable blending, syllable segmentation, syllable deletion, phoneme isolation (initial and ending sounds).

Math assessment pack

*Numeral recognition
*Numeral formation
*Rote counting (1's, 5's, 10's)
Additional Assessments include:
Counting with 1-to-1 correspondence
Counting forward
Comparing numbers of objects
Composing and decomposing numbers 11-19
Addition and subtraction
Making 10

These assessments are teacher tested and help you keep track of your students' skills. Data is organized with these simply tracking forms.

Get ready for the start of the year with these great packs!
Here's how to enter:
1. Follow Miss Kindergarten's blog
3. Follow my TpT store
4. Follow Mrs. Wills' TpT store

Leave a separate comment for each entry!

Winner will be announced on Saturday June 26th!

Popsicle Party follow-up activity

I just uploaded a Popsicle Party follow-up activity to my TpT store for free!

It can be used on its own, or in conjunction with the Popsicle Party Counting game also available in my TpT store.

Please leave me some feedback if you download it!

Organizing Computer Files

Last week on TBA, we had a discussion about organizing files and ideas that we find on all these great blogs.

Here is what I shared with them...

Here is how I have been organizing awesome things I find on blogs (although it's still not perfect and still gives me headaches!)

When I see a cute activity or worksheet that is provided in PDF, I save it right away! I have several files on my personal computer and have them organized by season, subject and whether its a whole group activity or center activity. This way, when I'm looking for a math game for the summer I know exactly where to look! Saving files on google docs just confuses me, but I have heard that it works wonders for others! 

This is what my files look like:
 Most of the things I find on blogs are saved under "activities", "classroom management" and "classroom organization"
These are all the files I have saved under "activities"
 This is an example of how I organize the math activities.

To save awesome ideas, I use Pinterest. I came across this website by accident, and holy moly, it's AWESOME! You have to be invited to join it, but it only took like 3 days before I got my invitation to join. It's so cool because you can make different boards (I have one for classroom ideas, summer school, cute crafts, etc.) and then you can "pin" a picture and give it a brief description. Pinterest automatically links it back to the source it came from, and it's also a great way to give credit to other people's things. Here is the link to Pinterest and here is an example of my boards.

I'm still having a hard time organizing the hard copies of all of my things and I get too overwhelmed thinking about it, so that's for another day!

Hope this helps!


Back to School Kit Winners and Positive Thoughts!

Keep your eyes peeled for free Spanish resources on Ana's blog!

In other news...I SURVIVED MY FIRST YEAR OF TEACHING!!! There were definitely ups and downs, but all in all it was a great year and I would not have changed it for the world! I absolutely adore kindergartners and feel SO lucky to be a kindergarten teacher. I hope that my journey as a kindergarten teacher continues and I would greatly appreciate some positive thoughts sent my way. I got some great advice for the wonderful Tamara and she has really helped put me at ease about not yet having a contract for next year. Any words of advice or encouragement would be greatly appreciated!

Do you like Lettering Delights?

Lettering Delights is a great site for fonts and graphics. They offer commercial fonts that you can purchase and make products to sell! I love how easy their site is to use!

Here are some free products I created using Lettering Delights fonts and graphics!

If you like Lettering Delights too, go tell them! "Like" them on Facebook and let them know I sent you. Only 5 more Facebook likes and they will share some freebies!

Giveaway: Back to School Kit!

Have you entered the giveaway yet? If not, click the picture to enter!


My Daily Schedule

I'm linking up with Kathleen over at
to share my daily schedule!

I post my daily schedule in the same spot everyday. My students are pretty funny, they all make a bee-line toward it first thing when they walk into my classroom! But it really helps my kiddos who need consistency and routine and calms a lot of behaviors! I even have one little girl who volunteers to change the schedule for me if I forget {they are just so sweet ;)} Here's the best picture that I could find of my daily schedule!
See it over there in the corner?? ;)

I've also heard of some classes that remove the activity card after the activity is completed so the teacher kids can see how much progress they've made throughout the day! I think that is such a cool idea!

Here is a copy of my daily plans. My district still has half-day kindergarten! How in the world do they expect us to teach everything the students are expected to learn in less than 3 hours?! Luckily, I have very smart kids! And I'm only a little biased!

 And the fabulous Ms. M at A Teacher's Plan created this amazing lesson plan template for me! Upgrade, wouldn't you say?