June 2014 - Miss Kindergarten

Sharing Kindergarten Shares ELA Computer Sheets

A few months back, Mary from Sharing Kindergarten showed me her seriously genius computer center sheets and I instantly fell in love with the idea! Well guess what?! She's back with more!! She just finished her ELA computer sheets and I am more than excited to have her back and sharing them with you today!

Who is enjoying their Summer Break?
Who is resting, relaxing, and not thinking about school at all?
Okay, who are we kidding...

you are rejuvenating, rethinking, and recharging for the upcoming school year. 
{I know because you are reading this blog right now, aren't you!}

Hi guys, I am Mary from the blog

As a wife, mommy of a 1 year old and 5 year old, and blogger,

I am busy working on the "to-do" list of things

I want and need to complete before the school year starts.

The MAJOR request I get it...
"Mary, when are you going to make the

Kindergarten English Language Arts Computer Center Sheets?"
{I might gets request for it on a daily bases... but who is counting?}

Well, NOW I can respond with, "They are DONE!"


If you have never seen these Computer Center Sheets before, 
check out this QUICK video showing you how it works.

Here is what is inside the Kindergarten ELA pack:
{All the ELA skills are color coded RED.}
 I provide you will a printable direction guide to post close to your computers.
It gives your students step by step directions in case they "forget" 
what they are suppose to do during their computer time.

Are you a believer yet?
Here is what some teacher said about some of my Computer Center Sheets:

Here is the original pack which covers Holidays.

Great product for us techie beginners!

This is WONDERFUL!! Made my computer station a much more valuable and
student independent part of my room! Thank you!

Best Idea ever!

These are AMA-Za-ZING! Thank you so very much for the time and effort
you have put into this product to make classroom technology so simple
for the rest of us! Best product I ever purchased from TPT.

These have made computer stations a breeze! It does wonders for keeping my kinders on the right pages!

The second pack is Themes.
These are a lifesaver! Makes computer stations a breeze! Thank you so much for sharing your work! 

I cannot say enough good things about this pack! I highly recommend it.
My kids are so excited to use them each week, and it takes me NO
planning time for computer station anymore :) So awesome! Thanks!  

I love how your Holiday Themed Computer Sheets have been a GAME CHANGER
for the computer center in my classroom! Thank you! =) 

So excited to use these in my class and eliminate computer center headaches! 

{All Math Skills are color coded yellow.}
I took a chance and purchased this. I'm so glad! I just hope that a
first grade set can be made too! Then differentiating for my first
graders will be so easy! Love it!  (K Math Pack)

This product makes it very easy for my students to navigate a variety of
internet skill practice sites. I love that the pages are organized by
subject matter. (K Math Pack)

If anyone is hesitant, this pack is totally worth $12. My students can
easily use it and they love it! Using your activities makes our computer
station so much more effective. Thanks!  (K Math Pack)

This is an incredible resource!! I always hope for my students to be
able to work independently on the computers during math time so that I
can work with my guided math group without interruptions...but they
always manage to exit the website they are working on, and need help
getting back in. This product has been a HUGE help, and my students
love the activities! Thank you!! (K Math Pack)

My favorite is ABCs because I can choose which letter to have my students working on.
I like to choose a different letter for each computer to add more of a variety. 
{Letters are color coded purple}

 And I chose to bundle together both the Kindergarten MATH and ELA Skills pack here.

I will be at I Teach K next week so I will be happy to show anyone and everyone how these work in person..
And I hope you come to thank me for this freebie... 
a NEW Computer Center Sheet Freebie~ Weather!
{Because I know you want to try this out for yourself.}
Click on the image or here to head over to my blog to grab your freebie.


Let's Celebrate!

Today is my 30th birthday!!! I'm kind of having major anxiety about turning 30...I don't know what it is about this number, but I just keep telling myself that the BEST has yet to come! I asked my FB fans to help me think of ways to celebrate my birthday and here's what we came up with!

First up...a sale!!!
My favorite Back to School Start Up Kit {ultimate bundle} is on sale for 30% off today and tomorrow!
It's jam packed with things to help ease you back into the year! Fun crafts, printables, classroom management ideas and more!

As a fun little gift for you, my Kicking Off a Great Year craft and writing templates is free today and tomorrow! {I may or may not have the World Cup on my mind!} Enjoy!

Five lucky winners will get the chance to spend $30 in my TpT store! I can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than to give back to you! Enter to win by using the rafflecopter below!
And since Rachelle requested cake...here you go ;)


Kindergarten Morning Work

I am so excited about this morning work, it has been on my to-do list for almost a year and now it's to-done!!!

I have had a need for something my kinders can do successfully and independently in the morning, that is meaningful and helpful to their learning. I also wanted them to get used to completing work and understanding what "must" be done when they start school.

I created 20 literacy sheets and 20 math sheets. Since my kindergarten is half day and we have a quick short day, I am going to copy the math and literacy pages back to back and have them complete the sheets all at once. I also included a cover page in the file in case you want to make a packet for your students. I am just going to give them one page a day.
Here's a look at what is covered on the literacy pages:
*Name writing practice
*Tracing and writing upper and lowercase letters
*Identifying letters
*Color word practice
 *Identifying missing letters
 *Tracing and writing sight words
*Rhyming words
 *Tracing and writing simple sentences
*Counting syllables
 Here's a look at the math pages:
*Name writing practice
*Tracing and writing numbers 1-10
*One-to-one correspondence
*Tracing 2D shapes
 *Identifying 2D shapes
 *Identifying numbers 1-10

I just finished my last day of school yesterday and I am SO ready for summer break, but these make me a little bit excited about going back to school :) {just a little bit lol}

If you're interested in trying these out in your class, they are discounted until Saturday!
I am planning on making a set for each month, and then bundling them when they're all done. In the meantime, I am pricing the individual sets so that they will add up to the price of the bundle when it's done.

What do you have your kids do in the morning?

Wishlist Wednesday! {Math & Literacy Centers}

If these centers for the year have been on your wish list, now's the time to grab them!!

ALL of my monthly themed centers into one easy download! There's enough to last you for the whole year!

Center time is my kids most favorite part of the day, and they don't even realize they're learning ;) Each month covers a variety of skills that we've practiced during our math and literacy blocks. Most of the centers are also differentiated so that they meet a wide variety of students' needs. Did I also mention that they're all common core aligned?! 

Here's a look at all the math skills covered in the mega bundle:
One to one correspondence
Identifying and writing numbers through 50
Sorting shapes
Sorting colors
Identifying groups of objects
Addition to 10
Addition to 20
Number words
Identifying missing numbers
More or Less
Missing addends
Ten frames
Numerical order
Odd & even
Addition plus one
Before & after
Subtraction from 10
Subtraction from 20
Counting on
Making 10
Teen numbers
Place value
Addition facts
Word problems
Skip counting
Sorting numbers

And the literacy skills covered:
Identifying and writing upper/lowercase letters
Beginning sounds
Sight word practice
Building sight words
Reading sight words
Writing sight words
Identifying missing letters
Color words
Letter sounds
Sorting word families
Vowel sorts
Building and writing sentences
CVC words
Medial sound sorts
Ending sounds
Classifying letters
Sentence structure
Long and short vowel sorts
Beginning blends
CVCe words

Each month is themed and not-so "holiday-ish" {except Halloween centers, but if you can't use those, October centers are included for no additional cost!}

Here's a look at each center included {click on the images to see them in a blog post}










You can save 20% by purchasing the bundle instead of each file separately!


In celebration of my LAST full week of school this year, the bundle is an ADDITIONAL 20% off through June 22nd only! That makes each unit less than $6! If you're looking to spruce up your math and literacy centers for next year, this is a GREAT deal!


All About Beginning Blogging {my TpT conference session}

Can I just start by saying that I am weirdly emotional about my blog. I have had this blog post stewing in my mind for several weeks and it has been very difficult for me to write! I may have even asked my bestie Kristin to write it for me ;) I think one of the reasons why it's so hard for me to put this into words is because my blog and TpT have become such a huge part of my life. They are a part of my every day. Who would have thought that "I want to start a blog!" on a whim would have turned into this!? Not I!

As you can tell, I am very passionate about blogging and TpT. I will, and do, talk about it to anyone who will listen ;) So when TpT reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in presenting about blogging at the first ever TpT conference this summer, in Las Vegas (!!!) how could I say no!? I mean, put me in a room of like-minded teachers who want to hear me talk about blogging for an hour?! Yes, please!

I am very, very excited and I can not wait to finish my school year so I can focus on putting the finishing touches on my presentation! {1 and a half more weeks of school left in case you were wondering ;)} I wanted to share a little bit about my presentation with you today! To help me wrap my head around it, and to hopefully help you out a bit!

My afternoon session will include the top 5 most important things that any beginning blogger needs to know to maintain a successful blog. I am by no means an expert and I am still learning every day, but these are the things that have really helped me. And as the number 12 traffic source to TpT for 2013, I think my ideas will help you too :)

First things first.
In this section, I will be sharing about the "blogging basics". From creating an account with Blogger.com to choosing a blog name and the types of blog designs you should choose. I have put together a list of my favorite blog designers from free designs, pre-made templates, and the best custom designers around. You can find the links to these sites in my handout

I will also be sharing the importance of your sidebar and what you should include on there. One of the easiest ways to get your readers to your TpT store from your blog is by having a TpT widget on your sidebar. You can customize exactly how you want it to look and where you want it. 

This is easily the most important part about creating a successful blog. Yes, we can all "have" a blog, but if you don't work hard to establishing relationships with your readers, you will have a tough time keeping them interested. My best piece of advice, however, is to blog for no one else but YOU. Do what feels right for you. Comments are few and far between now as compared to when I started blogging, so I know how discouraging it can be. However, if you view your blog as an outlet to share your creativity, your passion for teaching, and as a "scrapbook" of your year, it won't be so intimidating. 

I LOVE visiting other teachers' classrooms and taking in all of their ideas. That is why I love teacher blogs so much. My favorite blogs to read are the ones that share lots of pictures, lots of ideas and virtually "welcome" me into their rooms. I always tell bloggers who are getting started to think of the people reading your blog as teachers visiting your room. What would you be the most excited to show them? I highly doubt the cover of your latest TpT product is high up on that list {unless it's a really cute cover and I totally understand ;)}. I know that in some schools or districts it is a tricky situation to share pictures of your classroom, and that deters teachers from blogging. Let me tell you that I probably only share about 10% of my pictures from my actual classroom. There are ways of going around that ;)

Speaking of pictures, that is by far the most important element of your blog posts. With the Pinterest-craze over the last couple of years, pictures speak louder than ever before. Make sure that you are sharing your best pictures. Some iPhones or smart phones have the ability to take nice pictures, but not always. Don't skimp on good pictures! This past year I invested in a new DSLR camera recommended by my friend Maria and it has revolutionized my posts. I am still not very good at using it to its potential, but I can tell that my pictures are pleasant and get pinned a lot. 

On this note, it is also very important to watermark all of the pictures you post on your blog. You can use PicMonkey to add your blog name to pictures or just use PowerPoint like I do. I insert my picture into a PowerPoint slide, add my watermark image that Kassie made me, and save both those images on top of each other as a new picture. It can be tedious and time consuming, but it is well worth your time.

Your sidebar is just as important as your blog posts, so do not neglect using it! Your readers see it EVERY time they visit your blog. I will share how I host my products on my sidebar to link directly to my store during my presentation, and hopefully I will be able to share with you all in a blog post soon.

This is the number one question I get from beginning bloggers. Getting your name out there and getting views on your blog takes time. I remember being thrilled when I reached my first 10 followers {one being myself haha}. Make sure you are posting "pinable" pictures in every post, host giveaways, join linky parties, start your own linky parties, and remember the Golden Rule!

Blogging takes a lot of patience and practice, but it is so fun and rewarding! Plus, you get to meet lots of other teachers who are just as crazy passionate as you ;)

For even more tips and tricks, you can download my session handout for FREE {here} in my store. I would love to hear your feedback if you pick it up!

I am thrilled to be able to learn from some of the best bloggers and sellers around at the TpT conference. I will be attending the blogging panel workshop and can not wait to hear even more ideas! Elizabeth from Kickin' it in Kindergarten will tell you more about her great session! Head on over to her blog to read about it!
Kickin It In Kinder