November 2011 - Miss Kindergarten

My Gingerbread Family

 It's barely December, but I was just so darn excited about my gingerbread activities that I couldn't wait any longer to teach it!!

We started our instruction by reading the story The Gingerbread Family {aaaand it's scratch and sniff!}
Then I projected a gingerbread man onto the screen and we discussed what a gingerbread man was made out of.
We talked about how a gingerbread man is the same and different from a real person and I totally wished I had a venn diagram to fill out!! I made one as soon as school was over! Looks like we'll be doing that tomorrow!

Then each kid got a chance to label and color their own gingerbread man. 
Here's my sample.

I thought it would be fun for them to practice labeling the parts of a gingerbread man so I made another copy of the gingerbread man, with a word bank, and laminated it so my kiddos can write on it during independent centers. I also made several copies of different gingerbread men for my students to practice drawing in the art center. I can't wait to see how cute they all turn out!

Then, during math, we created our gingerbread families! My students were pros at this since we did our turkey family already ;) Again, we drew the same number of gingerbread people as people in our family. We used the labeling page as a guide to help us draw each gingerbread person. Then we used our counting skills to fill in the blanks at the bottom.

I'm thinking I will mount the labeled gingerbread man and the gingerbread family back to back and hang them in our classroom. 

You can get your copy of the gingerbread activities at my TpT store. If you downloaded them before today, go back and re-download! There are now 16 pages which include the gingerbread man labeling for independent centers, art centers and the venn diagrams {with a boy and girl comparison!}

You can also get these activities as part of my Winter Games and Centers pack. I updated them today, so go re-download if you've already purchased!
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It's My Blogiversary and Freebies!!

 Thanks for all of the kind words everyone! Ashley, you get EVERYTHING in my TpT store, you lucky duck! I will be emailing you shortly!
Becky, you get two things of your choice!
And Kristan, email me with your choice of one free item! {}

Everyone else, you can enjoy up to 30% off all my items on Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook through Tuesday! {use code CMS28 when purchasing through TpT on Monday for an extra discount}
And if you haven't liked my facebook page yet, there are 2 freebies there too!

And!!! I found a printer thanks to Kristen, I will be letting you all know soon how it works!

OH! I almost forgot to tell you to come visit me at the new blog I will be writing for, Crafty Community!
Be sure to follow so you don't miss any great crafts!

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Gobble, Gobble, Happy Thanksgiving!

 There's something about November that just makes me happy! The crisp {but still warm!} weather, the number 11 {oh my word, I overheard one of the kids at school sharing that he turned 11 on 11/11/11...I almost died of jealousy!} and Thanksgiving, of course! I love spending time with family, eating delicious food and being thankful. I am so, so, so thankful!!

First, and foremost, I am thankful for being happy.  I am thankful that I have the best family in the world, that my boyfriend loves me and supports me and that I have the best job in the whole wide world!

I am thankful for my blog. I love that I have an outlet to share what is important to me, and with people who actually care! I'm sure you can all relate to having people in your life who could care less what your funny kindergartners said or the cute turkey hat your class made! So I am thankful for YOU!

I'm thankful for all my bloggy BFFs that I've made; Tamara, Melissa, Kristen, Kristin, Erin and Leslie. I look forward to reading your blogs every day, seeing the adorable things you made and reading your hilarious emails. Seriously, you all fulfill me!

All in all, I am thankful for my life because it is the BEST!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

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Happy Blogiversary to Me!

I can not believe I have been blogging for a whole year!
{How embarrassing, I published my post with blog spelled wrong! I blame blogiversary for not being a real word!}

I started my blog a year ago, 4 months into my first year of teaching as an escape from what was consuming my life. I wanted to blog about crafting, creating and my cute outfits! Until I realized that I wasn't escaping the teaching thoughts at all! I was pouring over teaching blogs, posting about fun things in my classroom and on April 8th, I even became a Teaching Blog Addict and wrote our very first post! I can safely say that blogging has changed my life, and I LOVE IT!!

As a thank you to all of my followers, I want to do a giveaway!

The first winner chosen will receive ALL of my products listed in my Teachers Pay Teachers store including...

My best selling product:
My November Games and Centers:

and my NEW Winter Games and Centers!
 {Thanks Rachelle for the "shadow" tutorial! <3}

The second winner will get to choose two products!
And the third winner will get to choose one!

Leave me a comment here to be entered to win!
I will choose the winners on Sunday Nov 27th, my one year blogiversary!

Also, because I'm in the {thanks}giving mood... and because the timing works out perfectly, I will be throwing a sale on Monday Nov 28th, {Cyber Monday!} at both my TpT and TN store!

My Winter Games and Centers pack will be up on Cyber Monday!
I want to shout out a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who gave me feedback on my products. It really helped me with my winter pack and I think you all will really like it! I know most of you said you like smaller packs that are reasonably priced, but I just couldn't resist! I kept thinking of such cute centers and games! I did take one center out to make the pack smaller. You can get this center for FREE by liking my new Facebook page!

I hope everyone has a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving!

P.S. My printer is BOTHERING THE YOU KNOW WHAT OUT OF ME!! I've only had it for six months, and rarely ever print from it {promise!} yet it's always out of colored ink and prints my pages all ugly! If you'd like to share what kind of printer you have that can count as your comment! Thanks guys!!!

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Holiday Gifts for Teachers

With the holidays just around the corner, I thought I would share with you some fun gifts for teachers! Start making your wishlist now!

Classroom Signs

Tons of sign personalized to fit your home or classroom!
Prices range from $19-$20.
Also from my Etsy shop, but made by my mom:
Children’s Aprons

 Priced at $12.

Use the coupon code TEACHER at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase, now until Dec. 31, 2011.

I had the privilege of reviewing this DVD with my class. They LOVED it to say the least! We watched about 10 minutes of the video at the end of the day for a week. They couldn’t stop talking about it! 
They offer tons of DVDs and iPad apps as well!
Get 25% off using discount code JQ7711
I also had the wonderful opportunity of reviewing this great book written by a former Kindergarten Teacher, Susan Case. I loved her witty comments and great ideas she shared in her book. Truly a remarkable Kindergarten Teacher! You can read more about her on her blog Kindergarten for Teachers and Parents.

Earn money while you shop! Buy through and get cash back! Go check them out!

Hope you find something you like! I wish I was rich like Oprah and could give one to everyone! Maybe in another

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Take my Poll

 Hi Friends!

If you get a chance, please answer my poll on my sidebar about starting a facebook page!

And don't forget to leave feedback on TpT and TN
{only ONE person has so far! Come on people, one person!??! There's a really great prize for doing so! Ask Ms. M if you don't believe me!}


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Happy 11/11/11!

 I'm a math lover at heart. I have a thing for numbers and calendar patterns! I've always loved the number 11 and have been super, duper, excited about 11/11/11!!! I certainly can't wait until 11:11 today! It's like all the stars are aligning! Lol!

Anyway, Lettering Delights is throwing an 11/11/11 party! How fun! They have 111 items for $1.11! What a steal! Go check it out when you get a chance! {Sale runs until 11/14}

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I need some feedback!!

Thank you for supporting my TN shop! I love knowing that I am benefiting so many teachers and students!
But, I need some feedback! Do you like what you see? Can you use it in your class? Do you want something more??

Please consider leaving me some feedback! If you purchase {or already purchased} my products, leave a comment and let me know what you think! And if you leave your email address I'll send you a sweet surprise!

Thanks bloggy friends!


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November Games and Centers

 My November games and centers are finally ready!

You can purchase them at my TpT store!

 10 centers/games in all!
Table of Contents:
3 Math centers:
*Add 'em up {addition to 10}
*Pilgrim Problem {Missing number sort. Extension activity: have students put the pilgrim hats in numerical order, or sort them by odds and evens}
*Finish the Pattern {Practicing AB, AAB, and ABC patterns}
2 Math games:
*Counting Bingo {Number sense identification}
*Rake, Rattle and Roll {Addition to 12}
3 Literacy Centers:
*Build a Sentence {Sight word, capital letter and punctuation identification}
*Short /a/ sort {sorting -at and -an words}
*Letter Matching-Fall Tree {Match lower case with upper case letters}
2 Literacy games:
*CVC Bingo {practice reading and identifying -at and -an words}
*Sight word & color word memory game {Identify 5 sight words and 4 color words}

You can also download my owl pattern center freebie {here}.
 Clip art designed by

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My Turkey Family

Here's a fun math activity for Thanksgiving!
We started with an anchor chart on "How to draw a turkey"as a whole class before the students drew them on their own. I prep my anchor charts in pencil first and then go over it with markers during the lesson. We also labeled certain parts of the turkey to help develop vocabulary.

Have your students draw their turkey family by drawing the same number of turkeys as people in their family.
After the turkeys are drawn and colored, fill in the blanks on the bottom by counting the objects.
{You can also practice skip counting by 2's!}

Click the image above to download for free!
{P.S. It took me almost a year, but I finally added a freebies link on my sidebar! haha whoops...}
Alphabets and Fonts by Lettering Delights
Clipart by DigiWeb Studios
Frame by Delicious Scarps

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Personalized Stamp Winner!

 Congrats Isabel on your very own personalized stamp! Please email me at misskindergarten{at}

On another note, this cute little announcement was so difficult to make because I had to do it in microsoft WORD for goodness sakes!!! My computer decided to go ka-put on me last Monday and I lost all of my files!! {I cried, don't worry!} Luckily, I have a very smart daddy who was able to restore everything and fix my computer, but now I have to start all over! I don't have microsoft Publisher, I don't have any of my bookmarks saved and I don't have ANY OF MY CUTE FONTS!!!!!!!!!!

For the well-being of everyone, please come check on me tomorrow! If I don't respond, call for help!

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Personalized Stamp Giveaway!

I recently won a personalized stamp from Polka Dot Parlor and I was so excited! Of course, I picked a stamp that I could use in my classroom! :)

I personalized my stamp to say "From the Library of Miss Maor" and stamped it on the inside of all of my books! So much easier and cuter than writing my name in them {tried that and stopped after about 5 books!} and stays on way better than stickers!

I loved my stamp so much that I asked Bethany if I could give one away on my blog, and she agreed!!
So now one of you can win your very own personalized stamp, personalized anyway that you'd like! You can choose what you want it to say and how you want it to look. And Bethany is a teacher too, so she totally "gets it". Go visit Polka Dot Parlor and find your favorite design! 
Polka Dot Parlor
They also have super cute peel and stick designs that you can attach to your stamp! I have my eye on this one.

To enter you must Follow Bethany's blog, TpT store and TN store
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For an extra chance you can follow Miss Kindergarten's blog, TpT store and TN store
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You can also follow Polka Dot Parlor on facebook or twitter
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And blog about this giveaway
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Giveaway will end on Saturday Nov. 5th and winner will be announced shortly after.

If you see something you love and just can't wait, you can also use the coupon code TEACHER at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase, now until Dec. 31, 2011.

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