August 2014 - Miss Kindergarten

Super Sight Word Spellers!

Sight words are such an integral part of early literacy.  Not only do they help our students become better readers, but they also become much more confident in their learning when they feel successful! Sight words comprise almost 75% of children's' text, so it is very important to practice, practice, practice! You can read more about how I explicitly teach sight words in this blog post. Today, I want to share with you a super fun way to get your students excited about practicing reading and writing their sight words!

Super Sight Word Spellers {spelling task cards}

Super Sight Word Spellers are a collection of 18 task cards that provide your students with fun, hands-on ways to practicing spelling their sight words! You can set up the task cards in your word work station, writing station or any other convenient place in your classroom or home. 

I printed out 4 of the task cards and placed them in these cute frames. I found the adorable pedestal frames at Michaels {seriously how cute is the chevron!} and you can also find them at Ikea
I just thought it would be a fun and unique way to make this station feel more special to my students, but you definitely don't need frames to use these task cards in your classroom. You can simply place them in a basket or hole punch the corners and keep them together with a ring instead.

Each task card includes a written explanation as well as a visual sample so that it's super kid friendly. At this center, my students will use letter stamps {one of their favorite tools!} to stamp their sight words on their paper. This is a wonderful opportunity for them to really practice each sight word. They have to think about each letter in the word, find the stamp and then stamp it in the correct order.

Another fun way to get your students excited about writing the sight words is by allowing them to use their "fancy writing". For the majority of the school day, we focus so much on making our writing legible and using our neatest handwriting, that it's fun to be allowed to write in a "fancy" way every now and again!

We also apply other important language skills while writing our sight words. In this task, we are first ordering the words in alphabetical order and then writing them on our paper.

My favorite thing about these little frames is that they double frames. You can display a picture on both the front and the back! So it only made sense that I printed out the words for my students to practice and place them behind each task card!

I also will have my students use our word wall words to complete each task since my focus this year is to be better about using our word wall!

Here's a look at all the task cards included! 
{I also created a set that directs students to practice their spelling words instead so that they can be used for more than one skill}
Super Sight Word Spellers {spelling task cards}

You can have your students use the recording sheets provided, or have them write their words in a notebook or on loose leaf paper. This center lends itself to simplicity! You can use as much or as little as you need!
Super Sight Word Spellers {spelling task cards}

You can grab these spelling task cards in my TpT store!
Super Sight Word Spellers {spelling task cards}


Decorating Table Caddies #makeamazing

Setting up my classroom is one of my all time favorite things to do! My room is *almost* ready and I can't wait to show you! But first, I wanted to share a cute way to decorate table caddies for classroom supplies using ribbon and some adorable washi tape from Scotch!

Materials needed:

*Table caddies {I found the pink and green ones at Hobby Lobby and I'm #obsessed}
*Table numbers {I used these adorable ones from Ladybug Teacher Files and printed 2 to a page so they printed smaller}
*Card stock
*Glue sticks {I am thoroughly in love with wrinkle free glue sticks!}
*Glue gun

The project:

1. Cut the card stock to the size you need {make enough for each caddy}
2. Begin covering the card stock with alternating washi tape. I covered mine at a diagonal.
3. Keep going until the whole square is covered!
4. Use your scissors to trim the excess tape.

Once the square is completely covered, glue the table number label on top of it.
{I didn't center the table number since I knew I wanted to add ribbon to the top. If you aren't adding ribbon, you can center it!}

I added a cute ribbon around each caddy using a hot glue gun, and then hot glued the label to the longest side.

Finally, a glued down a bow to add depth and style ;)

You can store your table caddies on a shelf, and have each table grab a caddy whenever supplies are needed!

Aren't they cute?! I showed my friends Christy and Aris and they said it would be cute if I made a table caddy for myself too! I thought it was a great idea, so here is my teacher supply caddy! 
I am so excited to use these this year!
This post is brought to you by Scotch®. All opinions are mine.

Try it Free Tuesday {all about colors}

Thanks for stopping by the last installment of Try it Free Tuesday 2014!
It was really fun sharing these amazing products with you, I hope you enjoyed them too!
{button by the fabulous Lyndsey Kuster}

I'm so very excited to share this final amazing product with you!

Today I am sharing a fun freebie from one of my favorite bloggy friends, Christy of Crayons and Whimsy!
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In just one week, Christy will be starting her 16th year of teaching. She has taught a variety of grades, but most have been in kindergarten or first grade all in Southern California. When she's not teaching, Christy loves to travel! All her traveling has led her to a Euro hubby who she adores and luckily he loves to travel, too!  This summer she visited France, Iceland as well as three new states here at home.  In 2012 Christy decided that she needed to get in on the blogging action and that is when Crayons and Whimsy began. In the future, she hopes to again live and teach abroad. Her goal is to visit all 50 states and all 7 continents {Yes. That means a trip to Antarctica is in her future!}
Today Christy is sharing how she teaches All About Colors at the beginning of the year!
This is the perfect Color Unit for your pre school, TK, kindergarten or first grade room.

Included is the following:
*Simple Sentence Posters for each color
*Large color book
*Mini color books for students to create their own
*Favorite color graph
*Science color mixing experiment
*Color poster reference 
*Color shape Books (these are sold separately as well)
and More!
Today Christy is offering her Red book and poem for free!

Download this amazing freebie today, August 26th ONLY! Be sure to tell your friends before time runs out! 

We hope you enjoyed Try if Free Tuesday this summer! Have a great new school year! :)

Editable Word Wall Templates!

This year, my teaching partner and I are really going to make an effort to use our word wall more effectively. Here's a sneak peek at what our word wall looks like so far!

I realized as we were creating the word wall that all we really needed was a template to type the words we needed into. Being that I have an obsession with chevron, polka dots and stripes, I couldn't decide between the three, so I just created them all!
Editable Word Wall Templates
Editable Word Wall Templates
Editable Word Wall Templates
 I made each design in black and white, bright colors and primary colors. I also added different sizes for each card, depending on how big or small we needed a word. After we type in all the words {with my favorite KG Miss Kindergarten font ;)}, I will print them on cardstock and laminate them! Boom! Done!

You can pick up these editable word wall cards in my TpT shop on sale {along with everything else in my store!} today!


Try it Free Tuesday {CVC word centers}

Thanks for stopping by week eight 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 I am sharing a fun freebie from one of my favorite new bloggy friends, A Teachable Teacher!
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Hello there, my name is Lauren and I am A Teachable Teacher!  I am entering my fourth year of teaching elementary school, and my first year teaching mainstream first grade.  In the past I have been a K-6 ESL/EL Intervention Specialist, and I am so excited to finally have my own crop of kids.  I started creating page layouts during 8th grade yearbook staff and fell in love with designing and working on the computer.  Once I started teaching, I started creating my own resources for my intervention students and I haven't looked back!  Creating and teaching are my passions, and I love being able to share them with all of you!

Today Lauren is sharing a fun little I Spy CVC Words activity to use during word work or literacy centers!

While teaching reading to ESL/EL kindergarteners, I needed a fun way to help students continually practice sounding out CVC words and "I Spy CVC Words" was born.  Students get to look through fun pictures (AKA adorable clip art) to find CVC words.  As they find each word, they read it and write it down.  After hunting down ten words, my students read their list to a friend and then color the picture.  It's great practice for students at all levels of reading, those who read rapidly, and those who still sound it out.  My students kept begging for more (what 5 year old doesn't love using a magnifying glass?) so I made them for every season of the year! I have used these worksheets for fast finishers, centers and homework.  Did I mention they are no prep?

Download this amazing freebie today, August 19th ONLY! Be sure to tell your friends before time runs out! 

Join us next week for the very LAST Try it Free Tuesday 2014! Hope you all enjoyed!

Colorize Your Classroom {meet & greet forms}

I absolutely love using color in the classroom, so I was super excited when Astrobrights sent me all this beautiful, colorful paper! Astrobrights has the absolute most gorgeous papers I've ever seen! Don't you think!?

They asked me to show how I #colorize my classroom and also provided me with a gift card to Office Depot. I'll give you one guess as to what I bought with it ;)

So how do I colorize my classroom with these amazing colors? Come take a look!

Over the summer, we invite our incoming kinders and parents to our classrooms for a Meet & Greet. During the Meet & Greet, we meet and assess our new students, meet the parents, and pass out some important information! Each form is copied on colored paper for two reasons. One, it helps to make sure that the parents know they have grabbed each sheet. It's easier to see if you have one of each color than if all the forms were in white. And secondly, because they look really cute ;)

Take a peek at how we set up for our Meet & Greet!

 First, parents sign in so we know who did not get a chance to pick up the important forms. I copied the sign in sheet on white paper so that the names are easy to see when written in pencil. Even Astrobright's white paper is stinkin' adorable!
Next, they grab the very first newsletter for the year. Each month, we send home a newsletter that explains what we are learning for the month, as well as important upcoming events. The newsletters are copied on colored paper so that they don't get lost in the shuffle and they also look great without spending tons on colored ink ;) These beyond adorable newsletter templates are from my friend Laral at Little Miss Kindergarten. Not only are they editable, but she also provides samples which are perfect as a starting off point!

The next page explains our daily schedule for both our early and late birds. I got the idea to add pictures to the schedule after seeing Lindsay's picture on Instagram. Such a cute idea!

Finally, they grab a student information sheet so we can get to know our new kiddos a little better.
I copied them back to back to save paper, but you can definitely staple the 2 pages together if you want more room for writing.

I am in love with all these beautiful colors!

 Are you ready for some exciting news?! Astrobrights is giving one lucky Miss Kindergarten reader a chance to win these gorgeous papers and a $50 gift card to spend at Office Depot!! 
Astrobrights is here to help you colorize your own classroom.  Enter to win by using the Rafflecopter below.

And because one chance to win just isn't enough, Astrobrights is challenging you to #colorize your classroom too!  Their #ColorizeYourClassroom contest allows you to show off your own creativity from now until September 12th, 2014.  

Share a photo of how you are colorizing your classroom on Astrobrights Facebook Page.  There will be one winner from each state and a Grand Prize Winner.  Plus, you can get extra entries for every original lesson plan you upload to their page. Head over to to enter!