March 2014 - Miss Kindergarten

Guest Blogger {Sharing Kindergarten}

Hi Friends! Boy have I missed you!!! I have been out of town 2 weekends in a row and almost totally unplugged {I mean, I could never officially unplug from Facebook or Instagram ;)}. First, I was in Santa Barbara celebrating my bestie before she gets married!

And then, in Santa Barbara (again!) visiting my boyfriend's family. 

It was super relaxing and just what I needed, but I definitely have missed the blogging world! I have SO much to share with you! While I get my thoughts together and organized though, I have a super special guest post from one of my favorite kinder bloggers, Sharing Kindergarten. She is truly a genius!


 Hi Kindergarten Teachers!
I am
from a little blog called
I am soooo excited to be teaming up with Hadar
 to share with you my newest Computer Center Sheets... 
This pack is all about the ABCs.

I know so many of you have tried these sheet out and are in LOVE with them. 
I am also a HUGE fan.
I use them religiously

But, if you are wondering what in the world I am talking about
and why these sheets are so amazing...

Please take a moment to watch this video...

I am pretty sure this may be the  



in your Computer Station you have ever seen.

You can test these sheets out by clicking {here} and downloading the preview file.

I have a 100th Day sheet that is free.

Try it out and see what you think!

Best yet... see what your students think!

I also have another freebie for you guys!

Head to my blog and check out the freebie file today by

clicking {here} or  onto this image!

Isn't Mary just the best?! And to make her even more lovable, she is also giving away a set of her ABC Computer Center Sheets!! All you need to do is enter using the rafflecopter below! Good luck friends!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Help the Hudgeons {fundraiser bundle}

One of my favorite things about teacher blogging is all the fabulous friends I make along the way. Last year, I got to know Michelle from Smitten with First. She is super talented and one of the sweetest people I've met! And her daughter, Priestly, is SO cute! Recently Priestly found out she was going to be a big sister! The family found out that Michelle would be having a precious son who they named Piercen. About 2 months ago, they learned that Piercen had a very severe case of Spina Bifida. As you can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for their family. 

  Michelle shares her story HERE on her blog and HERE on Piercen's Facebook page

In the meantime, there are several medical expenses that are and will continue to be unexpected for this sweet family.  So we did what we do some amazing, giving teachers together and created a fundraiser to help raise money for the Hudgeons.

ALL of the proceeds from these WONDERFUL bundles will go to the Hudegeons family as they battle through this season in their lives.   

                                        Here is what you can snag as you help out this family! 

Donated by Miss DeCarbo

Donated by Amanda Richardson

Donated by Amy Lemons

Donated by Melissa Machan

Donated by Growing Firsties

Donated by Haley O'Connor

Donated by Tammy Wathen 

Donated by Laura Martin

Donated by A 1st Grade Teacher

Donated by Lindsay Griffith 

Donated by Jennifer Tice

Donated by Sarah Paul

Donated by Julie Marciniak

Donated by Latoya Reed

Donated by Victoria Moore

Donated by Leslie Hope

Donated by Lisa Richling

Donated by K Almaraz

Donated by Ashley Sanderson

Donated by A Modern Teacher

Donated by 1stgradefireworks

So what are you waiting for?! You get the chance to bless a family AND you get $130 of great activities to use in your classroom for only $30!  Each bundle is only $10!!


Super CVCe Practice {that tricky magic e!}

My students are loving our CVC centers and are truly becoming great readers and writers. They love the interactive, hands-on activities they get to use during center time. It really makes me one happy teacher! {I have to tell you this really quick, sweet story! So I told my students a few weeks ago that I actually made a lot of the centers we use in our classroom and they were really impressed. I think I made the most impression on one of my students though because he asked me if HE could make centers for our class to use. Of course I said "YES!" and he brought in the sweetest little rainbows he drew for us to practice our sight words and a fun little sight word search. Seriously, warms my heart!! #futureTpTer lol}

Anyway, some of my students have mastered their CVC words and need something a little more challenging so I created fun games to practice reading and writing CVCe words, as well as tons of printables for more practice! They are very similar to the CVC games, so there wasn't a lot of re-teaching that had to go on. My students understood how to play right away!

Match it Up
This game is really great because it is scaffolded so ALL my students feel successful. They match the picture cards to each other and then practice blending the onset and rime to read each CVCe word. They have to remember that sneaky e makes the vowel say its name.

I also created some fun printables to reinforce the magic e at the end of the word. They cut out the e, glue it at the end of each word and re-write the word on the line. These would be a great center activity, but you could also send them home for homework or use them at the end of the unit as a spiral review!

I also made a couple of activities to help my students see the difference between short vowel words and long vowel words.

Build a Word
The students choose a CVCe word card and place it on their Build a Word mat.
They can use magnetic letters, bottle cap letters or a dry-erase marker to build each word.

Then they will practice sounding out each CVCe word on this page and including the magic e. Just like our CVC centers, I am planning on sticking it in a write and wipe pocket so that they can use it over and over again in centers, but it would also be a great formative assessment!

And another cut and paste activity! Throw in fine motor practice anywhere you can!

Missing Vowels Practice
I like this activity because it helps my students see how the magic e helps the vowel say its name. You can have them use letter tiles, dry-erase markers, magnet letters, or bottle cap letters. Anything to change it up and make it fun!

Here are a few more fun printables that also require reading practice {my favorite ;)}

Students read the sentences and find the picture that matches. You can also have them highlight the magic e words they find in each sentence. 

For this activity, they read the sentence and fill in the missing word. I included picture clues for extra help ;)

Spin, Read and Write
Using a paperclip and the tip of a pencil your students will spin a beginning sound and a long vowel word family. If they spin a real word, they write a sentence using the word.

If they spin a nonsense word, they just practice reading and writing it on the line.

I also created some printable Spin and Write pages. For this activity, they just record the words they spun.

If these look like something you could use, head on over to my TpT store!

If you need some CVC games and printables, you can check out my CVC unit too.

Or grab the BUNDLE!