2015 - Miss Kindergarten

Reflections of 2015 {linky party}

And just like that, 2015 is coming to a close! This sure was a year to remember! I am joining Kristin and Traci for our annual end of the year link up, but we've changed things around a bit this year! Instead of answering 15 questions about your year, you can share your top 10 memories from 2015. A fun way to reflect and look back at your year! If you want to link up with us, grab this button and add your link below!

Here are a few of my favorite memories from 2015:

In January, we got a new sectional and coffee table for our home!

In February, my favorite girls showered me with love for my wedding!

Then in April, we took a little girls trip to San Diego for a weekend. It was a lot of fun!

On April 11, I married the love of my life!
{see more wedding photos here!}

Then we went to Oahu, Hawaii for our honeymoon :)


In July, we went to Vegas for the TpT conference. I had fun presenting about Instagram and blogging and also enjoyed hanging with my friends!

Vegas kicked off our summer of travel! After a week there, we spent a week in Mammoth Mountain with Tom's family.
{yes, it was summer and yes we were freezing!}
Then Tom and I visited my sister in New York for a weekend, spent a week visiting my family in Israel and another week visiting friends in Spain. It sure was a busy, but super fun summer!


When we returned home, we were excited to pick up our new car!


Finally, in October, we added an adorable little goldendoodle named Rando to our family. Probably our favorite memory of the year :)
{8 weeks old and only 3 pounds!}

As always, the year proved to be amazing.  I can not wait to see what 2016 brings us! 
You can share your memories and link up with us here!

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Read and Reveal {vowel teams}

One of my all time favorite resources I created for my guided reading groups last year was my Read and Reveal cards! I found that they were really struggling blending their CVC words together, so I added some visual reminders to the words. Dots under each sound to remind them to touch and say each sound, and an arrow under the whole word as a reminder to blend all the sounds together. Then the best part...the hidden picture under the flap to "reveal" the word they read! Here's a video of one of my cuties reading the CVC read and reveal cards {you can just hear the excitement in her voice when she reads it correctly :)}.



I found that these cards really helped my emerging readers, but I also found I could use them for my kiddos who were ready to learn new phonics patterns! I made a set for blends and digraphs that still incorporated the short vowel sounds as well as magic e words {complete with a magic wand!}


I have had these vowel teams Read and Reveal cards on my to-do list for almost a year! I'm so happy I finally had a chance to sit down and get them done! The vowel teams each have one dot under the team to remind my students that they two vowels work together to make ONE sound!

Choose a card...

Touch each phoneme...

Read the word and reveal the picture!

I'm so excited to show these to my little readers!

The new vowel team read and reveal cards have also been added to my Read & Reveal Bundle! If you previously purchased the bundle, you can re-download and grab the updates for free!

If you are interested in purchasing the bundle, now is the perfect time! Everything in my store will be discounted 20% for Cyber Monday & Tuesday! Plus, you can save an additional 10% off your total using the code SMILE at checkout!

Plus, save BIG on these BUNDLES!








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See & Stamp Math and Literacy Centers for December

My students are absolutely LOVING our stamping center. Something about stamps and ink pads are just so enthralling ;) Have you seen the self-inking alphabet stamps that Kristin from A Teeny Tiny Teacher shared about?! They're pretty awesome!
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016L0WDM/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1944687762&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00311HGWK&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0QYT4RHKYC4A5W9HEYF0
 
I just uploaded my See & Stamp centers for December and I wanted to share all the fun with you! This resource includes 4 literacy centers and 4 math centers!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/See-Stamp-December-2222041
 
Here's a closer look!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/See-Stamp-December-2222041
The lowercase letter center includes two printables. The students can either practice alphabetical order, or beginning sounds. They will choose a letter, stamp it on their paper and then draw a picture of something that starts with that letter. This one is definitely a favorite!
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/See-Stamp-December-2222041
 Students will choose a present card and read the word on the tag. Then they will use their alphabet stamps to spell out the word.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/See-Stamp-December-2222041
More CVC words and beginning sounds practice! This time they will either stamp the first sound they hear in the word or all the sounds, depending on their abilities at this time of year!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/See-Stamp-December-2222041
I've also included 27 sight words to read and stamp, but if you have different words, do not fret! I included an editable PowerPoint file where you can type in the words you need!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/See-Stamp-December-2222041
For this math center, the kiddos will choose a number card and stamp the number. Then they'll stamp the number that comes before and after it.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/See-Stamp-December-2222041
We just started working on addition to 5 so some of my kiddos are definitely ready for this center! I also included a recording sheet just for the sum to differentiate for my littles that aren't quite ready to make number sentences on their own.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/See-Stamp-December-2222041
Stamping teen numbers! 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/See-Stamp-December-2222041
I also included a count and stamp because this is a skill we always need to practice! I included visual patterns for my students who are able to mentally group and add.
I just love making these each month! If you love them too, you can view my See & Stamp Growing Bundle here! As I make a new set each month, I add it to the bundle! Soon it will include centers for each month of the school year! It is discounted as it grows!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/See-Stamp-growing-bundle-1968642

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No Tricks...Just Treats!

No tricks...just treats! Join me for a week long celebration of fun treats! I will be posting all of the treats on my Facebook page so make sure you are following me there!
 
Here's a look at all the fun treats I will be sharing!
 
Up first...half off deal! The following resources are marked HALF OFF today & tomorrow!! Click on the images to find them in my TpT store!
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/All-About-the-ABCs-and-Numbers-Interactive-Printables-Mega-Bundle-1963589
This MEGA download is full of hands on and engaging activities to help your students master the alphabet and numbers through 20!
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Print-and-Go-Printables-for-the-YEAR-bundle-958532
 This is a bundle of my best selling Print and Go packs! Includes over 100 printables to keep your students engaged and on task during center rotations, Daily 5, or even morning work! Just print and set out, no prep involved!
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fluency-Families-short-vowel-BUNDLE-1525741
 Word family fluency is a great way for your students to practice reading accurately and fluently. This bundle includes over 30 word families!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CVC-Word-Builders-short-vowel-practice-1079996
These word builders are a fun way for your students to practice building, reading and writing CVC words. They will cut out letter cards and build them on their recording sheets. Then they will either write the word for more practice, or use the word in a sentence.
 
Hope you enjoy this special treat! Don't forget to check back the rest of the week!

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Rhyming Pumpkins!

Last week, as I was prepping centers for the week, I pulled out my fun rhyming center from my Fall Math & Literacy Centers
http://www.miss-kindergarten.com/2013/09/fall-math-and-literacy-centers.html
 
The scarecrow reminded me of the cute little scarecrow I found at the 99 cent store the previous weekend and then I got this brilliant idea!
Anything larger than life is a huge hit in kindergarten so as you can imagine, this whole group activity was a lot of fun! I clipped a pumpkin onto the scarecrow's left side and we worked together to figure out which pumpkin rhymed with it. Rhyming is such an important skill to build phonemic awareness and we work on it a lot! Then my kiddos took turns coming up and clipping the pumpkin on. Those mini clips are perfect for building our fine motor muscles!
 
You can download and print these little pumpkins to use in your classroom by clicking the image below! Enjoy!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3B03q630QYLY2lsRnBkWUxrN2M/view?usp=sharing
 

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