July 2014 - Miss Kindergarten

Bridesmaids & Bangles

This past Sunday, I invited my besties to a secret brunch at the Rooftop Lounge in Laguna Beach to ask them to be my bridesmaids. I actually did a pretty good job about keeping it a secret, only almost spilling the beans a few times ;) I knew I wanted to ask them in a fun, creative way so I went searching on Pinterest. What would we do without Pinterest?! I found some inspiration {here} and {here} and ended up with this! 
 The card reads: "Nothing would give me more joy and pride, than to have you standing by my side. Will you be my bridesmaid?" I love how it turned out!

I also knew I wanted to incorporate some gray paint chips into the card since I am letting my girls choose their bridesmaid dresses. I had the brilliant idea of cutting up the paint chips into the shape of a dress. I visited Lowes and looked around for some paint chips to test out on mew all cut into dresses ;) Shhh..don't tell on me!

I adhered the paint chip dresses onto the card using little glue dots from Scotch and it gave them a little dimension. I love the way it pops!

Then I added some cute ribbon and tied their gifts onto the card.

My bridesmaids! :)

Aren't they adorable?! I am so obsessed with them! {the girls and the bangles ;)}

The initial bangles are from MinthologieStudio on Etsy. I am thoroughly obsessed with initial jewelry so these were perfect ;) And personalized, so that was fun!

The beyond adorable heart bangles are from Ofina Jewelry. My friend Molly introduced me to Liza's amazing designs and I fell in love instantly! She is SO creative and I want ALL of her jewelry! Liza is also so generously sharing a discount code for 30% off any design until the end of August! Just use the code MISSK30 at check out for your discount! 

I am so excited to start planning my wedding with my girls!


Try it Free Tuesday {reminder notes}

Thanks for stopping by week five of Try it Free Tuesday 2014!
Each Tuesday this summer, I will be featuring a product or two that you are able to try out for FREE!
The products will be available for free for one day only! Of course, you will be able to purchase them on TpT after that.
{button by the fabulous Lyndsey Kuster}

I'm so very excited to share all of these awesome products with you!

Today's freebie is brought to you by my sweet friend Tammy from Live, Love, Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten. 
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Tammy will begin her 10th year teaching Kindergarten this year. She taught special education for 7 years before that. She began blogging over at Live Love Laugh Everyday In Kindergarten 3 years ago. In 2012 she co-founded the collaborative blog FREEBIELICIOUS with her good friend Crystal from Kreative In Kinder! 

Today Tammy is sharing how she sends important reminders home with the parents in her class through Facebook! She creates a private Facebook page just for her class and uses it to relay information Such a smart way to keep everyone informed!

You will be able to remind parents via Facebook and Instagram of upcoming events. Some events included are: conferences, class parties, spirit days, tests, library days, and more! 

Today, Tammy is sharing her "Spirit Day" Reminders, absolutely free!! Woohoo!

Download this amazing freebie today, July 29th ONLY! Be sure to tell your friends before time runs out!
And come back next week to download some great products from some of my favorite bloggers!


Number Formation Posters

I remember going through school and loving math. It was one of my favorite subjects! I felt really confident in math, which I think is why I loved it so much. As a teacher, I want my students to love math as much as I do. So I'm always looking for ways to make it fun, hands-on and engaging!

My amazing teammates and I make learning numbers fun by using poems to teach the correct number formation. It also really helps our students understand exactly how each number needs to be formed. I created some number formation posters that you can print out and back on cute paper to match your room decor. {Sorry they are not editable and I won't be able to change them!}

After we learn how to correctly form the numbers, we practice writing them in the air, on the carpet and even on our neighbor's back ;) 

My teammate Alison was also able to get these posters printed for us! We hung them on our door and practiced our numbers before leaving for the day. You can download this number poster {here}.

A few months ago, I updated my Number Practice Printables so if you already own them, you can grab all the fun updates for free!! Each number {1-20} comes with two practice pages all  aligned to Common Core!

The practice pages 1-10 include our number formation poem on it so that the students can review it at home with mom and dad. Why we didn't think of this before, we will never know! {p.s. I included a customizable file in this download so you CAN edit these poems!}

 On each page, the students will: 
*trace and write the number
*show the number in a tens frame
*color in the number word
*find the number using a crayon, marker or bingo dauber {we'll switch it up to keep it interesting!}
*build the number on the unifix cubes
*hop to the number on the number line {we start using the number line when we practice addition and I realized last year that most of my students had no idea how to use it!}
On the back, the students will:
*Create a sentence using the number word and any noun
*Illustrate the sentence in the frame
*Color the correct number of stars
 These pages can be printed back to back or can be used separately. You can also decide to print them on cardstock and laminate them or stick them in a sheet protector and have your students complete them using a dry-erase marker.

Here's a look at the printables for the numbers 11-20!
On these pages, the students will: 
*trace and write the number
*show the number in a tens frame
*find the number using a crayon, marker or bingo dauber 
*show the number as an equation using 10 + ___
*build the number on the unifix cubes
 On the back, the students will:
*Create a sentence using the number word and any noun
*Illustrate the sentence in the frame
*Decompose the number using tens and ones
 I also added a few more practice printables for more fun!
You can download the updates or purchases these printables in my TpT store {here}!

I also had several requests to include more number practice so you can find numbers 21-50 {here}!

or the bundle of both sets {here}!


So Cal Blogger Meet Up!!

I love, love, love my bloggy friends and hanging out with them in real life is even more fun! So whenever we get a chance to meet up, it is beyond exciting! I am excited to let you know about our Southern California Blogger Back to School Beach Bash {how about that for a title?!}

If you live in/near So Cal, come out and hang with us! Lots of talking, lots of fun and lots of friends! If you can make it on August 16th at 4pm, please fill out this google doc so we can contact everyone who is able to go!

Can't wait to see you all! Feel free to spread the word!

Calendar Time {using interactive calendar notebooks}

I've always enjoyed calendar time {as you may know by now, I love to sing ;)}, but as the year goes on, I find that my students are braiding each other's hair, picking their noses, not doing what I want them to do during calendar time! We do our calendar whole group during our "overlap" time so as you can imagine, keeping 33 kids engaged while on the carpet can be a tough task! I also try to be fair and choose my calendar helpers by picking name sticks, but you know how it goes, there's always those few students that cry if they don't get picked every time ;) So I knew I needed to think of something new!

I was brainstorming fun ways to keep all my students engaged {and keep crying to a minimum ;)} while we learn important calendar concepts, practice our math skills and discuss the weather, when the Interactive Calendar Notebook was born! 
Interactive Calendar Notebooks! Keep all your students engaged!

Each student will have their own calendar notebook so that EVERY one can be actively engaged during calendar time. I found these pencil pouches at the 99 cent store and stuck a pencil and a couple of crayons in each so that we have easy access while at the carpet. {Side note: this would work well at centers or during seat work too!}
Interactive Calendar Notebooks! Keep all your students engaged!

While we are working on our calendar wall, we will complete our calendar notebooks together!
Here's a look at my calendar set up from last year:

Here's a look at our new calendar wall!

We will talk about the date and the students will trace the month, write in the date and the year. We also learn about the digital date so we will write that as well. {I plan on printing these pages back-to-back to save on paper, but you can also print one copy, slide it in a sheet protector, and have your students complete this page with a dry erase marker. Then they can just erase it at the end of the day and it will be ready to be used again!}
Interactive Calendar Notebooks! Keep all your students engaged!

Then we sing our Months of the Year and Days of the Week songs {you can find ideas for songs in my Songs for the Classroom pack on TpT!} I printed the days of the week and months of the year page on colored card stock and stuck it in the front pocket of our notebooks as a reference for my students. I think I will have them point to each word as our calendar helper points on the board!
Interactive Calendar Notebooks! Keep all your students engaged!

Then we talk about today, yesterday and tomorrow. I am changing up the way we do this because I wanted to pull my hair out every day it was too confusing for my students the way I did it last year. Anyway, my students will find the day on their paper, circle it, and trace the word. As the year progresses, they will be responsible for writing the beginning sound for each day and then finally writing the whole word on their own.
Interactive Calendar Notebooks! Keep all your students engaged!
After that, we count how many days we've been in school. We use this huge number chart that came with our math series. It's laminated so we can circle the number with a vis-a-vis marker and erase the circles at the end of the year.

As I circle the number on the chart, my students will write the number on their papers. Then the calendar helper will add a cube to our pocket chart. We started using base-ten blocks to count the days last year. BEST.IDEA.EVER. {thank you Pinterest!!!}
{Please ignore that the numbers don't match the blocks! I took this picture before school started last year and I didn't think to change the numbers! But you get the idea!}

You can have your students write the numbers in their hundreds, tens, and ones chart, OR you can have them sketch a picture of the blocks!
Interactive Calendar Notebooks! Keep all your students engaged!

Then we sing our seasons song! We talk about the season we are in, circle the name and color the corresponding picture.
{click the image to download}

Then we check the weather. Our weather helper checks the weather while we sing my most favorite weather song ever! {I found it online and I'm not exactly sure who it belongs to, so if you know, please share!} It's to the tune of "Frere Jacques" {which happens to be the tune to all the songs I sing but whatever ;)}
Weather Watcher Song
{click image to download}

Then we will record the weather for the day on our weather graph!
Interactive Calendar Notebooks! Keep all your students engaged!

At the end of the month, we will track the kind of weather we had.
{Not to rub it in, but sunny always wins ;)}
Interactive Calendar Notebooks! Keep all your students engaged!

Our notebook will also include our 100s chart so we can count to the 100th day of school!
Interactive Calendar Notebooks! Keep all your students engaged!

We will also count the days using ten frames!
Interactive Calendar Notebooks! Keep all your students engaged!

On every 10th day of school, Zero the Hero comes to visit! He helps us change our ones to tens, so we will color him and trace his number when he visits. But we use him to help us count by 10s every day!
Interactive Calendar Notebooks! Keep all your students engaged!

Finally, we will graph when our classmates have a birthday each month and when someone loses a tooth!
Interactive Calendar Notebooks! Keep all your students engaged!

Interactive Calendar Notebooks! Keep all your students engaged!

I am so excited to share these notebooks with my class this year, I know they will love them!

If you're interested in trying these out with your class, you can find them in my TpT store!
Interactive Calendar Notebooks! Keep all your students engaged!

Oh! I didn't include a monthly calendar because we do our calendar projects every month. However, if you want to include a calendar in your binders, you can download them for free {here}.
Monthly Calendar Templates {free download!}