July 2011 - Miss Kindergarten

This Calls for a Celebration!

Yowzer!! I have a job interview this afternoon {please pray for me!!}, I leave for my trip to Israel tonight, and when I logged onto blogger this morning I found that I had 1001 followers!!


To celebrate, EVERYTHING on my TpT store is FREE until 8pm PST!


Also, go check out this great gift you can win!
Visit Precious Perks to enter!
{My blog stalking skills paid off so I was winner number 1!}

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Are you ready to go Back to School? This Back to School Bonanza Giveaway should help you get in the mood! Twelve fabulous bloggers have teamed up to give one lucky winner a huge back to school prize pack!


Head on over to Erica Bohrer's first grade to enter!!

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Summer School Activities

Wow! I can't believe 4 weeks of summer school has come and gone! I wanted to share some of the fun activities we did. You will recognize a lot of them thanks to blogland ;)

We wrote about the 4th of July on American Flag paper

We graphed our favorite summer food thanks to Mrs. Becker

We made our own American flags like UCreate

We made the cutest little summer people thanks to Erica Bohrer!

We wrote about the 5 senses at the beach

We made pushpin art! This one was so much fun! They used a pushpin to outline the shells and then held it up to the sun! So cool!

We earned our Popsicle Party! and then did a writing activity on popsicle adjectives thanks to Andrea

We colored summer themed sight words that Angela shared

We wrote about where our feet take us in the summer {my second favorite one!} like Mrs. Saylor blogged about

And we colored and washed Rainbow Fish!

And this is an excerpt from an email that one of my summer school moms sent to the director of summer school

"Attending a summer school program was not his idea of summer fun, but to my surprise, he reported to everyone how much fun he's having in his summer program.  In addition to the fun and warmth atmosphere she had created, Ms. Maor offered a true Jump Start to first grade program.  Throughout the day at home, I would over hear my son practicing the coins song, and counting by five.  He would also go around the house showing us how to tell the time with the clock he had made at school.  
Every day, he would bring back an amazing amount of work papers and crafts that he had done in class.  I could tell that he was enjoying the class assignments because of the quality of his work (typically, his quality will deteriorate with boredom or lack of interest in the material). 

Ms. Maor did an amazing job of covering so much material in such a little time while keeping the kids interested and excited.  My only regret is that she won't be my son's first grade teacher for next year.  From my experience, I feel that a teacher has the greatest impact on a child's education; he or she can instill a positive attitude towards school or create an aversion.  As much effort as we put in to improve a state's education's system, a school district's education philosophy or a specific school's reputation, the classroom teacher possesses most of the impact on a child's educational and social emotional development.  With Ms. Maor in your district, you have an outstanding teacher who possesses a winning combination of being friendly, approachable, genuine, warm, and can keep kids excited and motivated about learning." 
I would say my job is done! Happy Summer everyone!!

Giveaway Time!

Because it's always fun to win things!

Head on over to Ana's blog Ingles360 to see how you can win my classroom calendar pack
and 9 other great prizes!!

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My Favorite Part of My Job...

...how freakin' funny kids are!

Mrs. Dillard is hosting a funny things kids say linky party! I've been cracking up reading other people's posts! Here are two of the funniest things, I think anyway!, that I've heard my students say. {I've posted these before so if you've been following me for a while, sorry! I mean, woohoo, you get to read them again!}

#1: I was just finishing teaching a reading lesson in first grade. I gave all the kids in my group a sticker and one of the stickers said "great job!" The little girl turned to her friend and said "Look! Mine says 'get a job'!" HAHAHHA! I just about died laughing!

#2: After school one day, one of my old first grade students walked by. I asked her how third grade was going and she said "Great! We have a student teacher who's learning to be a substitute teacher" HAHAHAH! She definitely hit the nail on the head with that comment!

Do you have any funny teacher stories?? Link up with Mrs. Dillard!


Quiet Please!

As a Kindergarten teacher, I always find myself singing songs! And I'm not talking about "Days of the Week" or "normal" songs you would sing throughout the day...I mean I sing everything. It's not my fault that kids respond better to singing than to talking {must be all that TV!} So if I want my students to write their names on their papers, I will sing "your name goes at the top, your name goes at the top, don't forget your name goes at the top!" I usually just make them up as I go. Hidden talent ;)

Anyway, I realized the other day that I made up a REALLY COOL song! I think I made it up anyway...I don't want to take credit if I didn't! But I wasn't quite sure how to google it. If you've heard it before, please let me know!

As previously mentioned, my summer school class WILL NOT STOP TALKING is kind of loud. Reallllly annoying! So I sang this song to them and they all of a sudden started singing along!

And then they were quiet and they earned a marble!!

So just thought I'd share! You can get your copy of the song here!

I also compiled a file of many songs that I use in the classroom which you can purchase at my TpT store!


Giveaway Winners and Celebrating Christmas in July!

I had so much fun hosting a giveaway with Little Miss Kindergarten!
I'm having a sale at my Etsy shop during Christmas in July!

Use the coupon code JULY15 to take 15% off your total purchase from now until July 18th!

Choose from an assortment of handmade signs!

Countdown Signs:

 Name Signs:

Classroom Signs: