Friday, September 1, 2017

TPT GIVES BACK


Teachers Pay Teachers is determined to help rebuild the Houston area after the devastation from Hurricane Harvey.  So many classrooms and schools need to be repaired, restocked, or rebuilt.  The TpT community is one of support for fellow teachers and KinderLit will be joining in this effort. 

All our proceeds from Monday, Sept. 4th, will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund hosted by Donors Choose.org.  TpT will match our donation!  So for every dollar you spend in our store, two dollars will go directly to the rebuilding of the schools of the Gulf Coast. 

Please visit our store on Monday, make a purchase, and feel proud about helping the teachers of Texas as well as your own students. 



Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bonus Day! And a new book!

Today only!  Bonus Day for the Teachers Pay Teachers back-to-school sale!  You can receive 25% off everything in our store when you use the code BTSBONUS at checkout.  

Remember all those KinderLit books you have on your wish list?  Or all those products you didn’t get to buy during the previous BTS sale?  Now’s your chance to get them all!  

And here are two that you haven’t even seen yet!  
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Be sure to check out our latest book that our students loved making!  Mem Fox is such a talented author and now your students can create a page for each of 11 of her books in their own books.  Click on the cover photo to read more about it and see the list of books included.

Included is our latest journal, Mem Fox Writing Journals with 3 different versions.  One requires the children to create a list of 3 facts they have learned about a character from her books.  Great for beginner writers!  The second version has the children write a narrative from the facts and the third lets them use their imaginations to explain what they would do as a character from her stories.  
The journal set is also sold separately. 
Click on the cover photo to read about it! 

These are included in today’s sale so you can get either one for 25% off when you use the code BTSBONUS at checkout.  So visit our KinderLit store and save, save, save!

Linda  and  Lisa


Monday, August 7, 2017

It's That Time Again!


Time to get ready for school,
Time to say good-bye to summer breaks,
Time for setting alarm clocks again,
Time to pack your lunches, and
Time for new school supplies. 

Want to save lots of time during the school year with your assessments?  Add ESGI to your list of school supplies!  It’s a simple, easy-to-use platform for doing those one-on-one assessments for PreK, Kindergarten, and First Grade on your computer or iPad.  And
no more spending hours with stacks of papers to file away! 

ESGI provides you with over 700 pre-loaded assessments based on Common Core Standards as well as several that are based on state testing requirements.  You can also create your own assessments!  

But ESGI can save you even more time interacting with parents!  You can print off parent reports with corresponding practice cards aligned to each child's needs.  Parent conference scheduling always a time-consuming hassle?  Use ESGI to create your schedule and print it off.  No more hair-pulling!  No more agonizing! Save time instead!

Save time with class lists for homework, field trip forms, name cards, and even name writing templates.  

As their website says, you can save 400 hours this school year with ESGI!  Click on any image or on ESGI and get a FREE 60-day trial!  Then sit back and plan what you are going to do with those 400 hours!  


Wishing you a great school year and many extra hours for yourself!

Linda  and  Lisa






Monday, July 31, 2017

A SALE AND A SILLY CARD GAME!

BTS SALE ON TPT
Lisa:  This can be a bittersweet time of the year for teachers, especially those mom teachers.  The kids are going back - yay!  But then, so are you - bummer.  Where did the summer go? 

Make this the best Back-to-School season ever by checking out our sale in our KinderLit store beginning tomorrow, Aug. 1 through Wednesday, Aug. 2.  Get 25% off everything in our store when you use the code BTS2017 at checkout.  

Take advantage of this sale and stock up on our KinderLit books and station activities for the entire year!  
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A SILLY CARD GAME
Linda: On a recent vacation with my family, my 4-year-old and 6-year-old grandchildren taught me a card game called Eye Found It!  I’m sharing it here because it would make a great station activity or go-to game for those early finishers.  And the best part is that everyone plays all the time!  

There are currently two versions, one with pictures from 12 Disney films and the other with pictures from historic eras.  Ours were purchased at Target and they are also available on Amazon for about $6 - $9.
The cards are two-sided.  The photos are on one side and the reverse side shows one object to find. 
To play, we dealt out 5 cards to each player who put them in a row with the photo side up.  A card from the deck was turned to show an object.  Everyone looked for that object on their cards and whoever found it first called out “Eye found it!” There is more than one card with the photo on it and it doesn't have to be an exact match to the object showing.  Below you'll see we had to look for a wooden wheel but the wheel found was a solid wooden wheel on a wagon!  Then that card was flipped over onto the pile with a second object showing.  Everyone looked for that object next.  The first one to get rid of all 5 cards was the winner! 

Sounds easy but some photos are very small and the children have to look carefully at all the details on their cards.  Hmm, looking for details?  Maybe a reading strategy?  
There is a large board version for playing on the floor but unless you have a large area or table, it’s not as useful for a classroom.   

Wishing you a great school year!

Linda  and  Lisa


 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Chattanooga - Here I Come!


Linda:  I am so excited to be exhibiting at the Elevate! workshop in Chattanooga this Saturday, June 10.  Mr. Greg from Kindergarten Smorgasboard has organized this workshop and will be presenting 4 sessions including a Make & Take one!  Lots of good teaching tips and information from him!

Children’s author Todd Parr will start the day with his talk, Being Who You Are!  Be sure to check out his colorful books here at his web site.  Of course my favorite one is The Grandma Book!
  

The registration for this workshop is closed now but Mr. Greg will be holding another one in Philadelphia in July.  Get all the details here!

Lisa:  I'm sorry I have to miss this but it's hard to travel from  the other side of the country!  School is out now and I'm headed out for my annual bike adventure to the state of Washington.  Linda and I wish all of you a restful, relaxing summer break!  


Linda  and  Lisa

Monday, May 8, 2017

FREE Writing Templates and a SALE!

TEACHER APPRECIATION SALE!
We love our teachers!  And to show you just how much we do, everything in our store will be discounted 20% on May 9 & 10.  And if you use the code THANKYOU17 at checkout, you can receive another 8% off!  That means our $6.50 books will be only $4.68 and anything that’s $4.50 will be $3.24.  

Finish the year with our book, I Bloomed in Kindergarten, based on Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus:


It’s not too early to be thinking about next year so stock up on some great back-to-school items: 
I'm Ready for Kindergarten!  Based on Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten!


Colors Colors Look What I See!


Shapes Shapes Shapes!

Counting 100 Days of School!

Assess your students at the beginning of the year and again at the end!

Great way to introduce rules with this One-and-Done project!

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Writing in Kindergarten - Part 4 with a FREEBIE!

Our students are writing so well that most adults can read their writing!  So much progress from August!  

We begin journal writing with 4 - 5 pages that have a large drawing box and only one line for the wording or for labeling parts of the pictures.  As the children progress, the drawing boxes decrease in size and the amount of writing lines increases.   

We also use individual journals to introduce and practice five writing skills one at a time: 
  1. Phonics/Phonemic Awareness - stretching out the word for phonetic spelling
  2. Capitalization - using capital letters at the beginning of new sentences, for proper names, and for proper pronouns such as Mom and Dad. 
  3. Spacing - using a finger space between the words so that others can read it more easily
  4. Punctuation marks - using periods, question marks, exclamation points, and quotation marks which we call “talking marks.” 
  5. Comprehension - re-reading to check if the story makes sense
The children have been practicing stretching out words since the very beginning of kindergarten and we have them assess whether they used that skill while writing a page in their journals.  We call the assessment box High Five since we’ll eventually have 5 skills in it! 

A week or so later, we have them check for capitalization and add that line in the High Five box. 

The next skill they assess is spacing between words.  

Our school purchased a set of Spacemen for our students with a very large one for us to use while we write on chart paper with the whole group.  The set can be purchased at Really Good Stuff - just click on this photo to check it out.  It can also be purchased as just a classroom set of 30 without the large Spaceman.  

The fourth skill is punctuation and the fifth is comprehension or does the story make sense. 


Click on this photo to get a FREE set of these writing templates in both landscape and portrait formats with plain writing lines and dotted writing lines! 

Have a great Teacher Appreciation Day.

Linda and Lisa



Monday, April 17, 2017

Eggs and Plants

Egg Dyeing With Shaving Cream


Linda: Have you ever found an activity on Pinterest and thought, “Wow, I can do that!”  Last week I found a pin that took me to the Good Housekeeping site with instructions on how to dye Easter eggs in shaving cream.  Since I was going to have my grandchildren (ages 4 and 6) for the entire day before Easter, I figured this would be a great project for us to try. 

The directions at this site 
Click on the photo to go to the site
include a video and a list of materials.  The list included the prices from Amazon.com but I found them all at my local grocery store for a lot less.  For instance, I bought the cheapest shaving cream for $1.39 a can instead of $5 from Amazon.  The remaining supplies I had at home already and watched for the pre-Easter sales on eggs.  

We used disposable aluminum baking pans and I added the shaving cream to the trays.  The directions said to make the cream about 1” deep but if I did it again, I would make it more shallow for children. 
The grandchildren loved adding the drops of food coloring themselves and spreading it around with a toothpick.  Were they exactly like the photo on the website?  NO!  But they probably had more fun!
Rolling the egg around was not as easy as it looks but somehow the eggs became completely covered, as did their hands!  Next year we are going to find child-sized rubber gloves!  The food coloring stained their hands and no amount of scrubbing took it all off.  I’m sure they went to church on Sunday with some color still on their fingers.  

After waiting 20 minutes, we rubbed the shaving cream off with paper towels (have plenty available!)  Ours may not be as pretty as the ones in the directions but we think they are pretty amazing!  

Lisa:  Now that I have two grandchildren myself, (ages 2 and 3 months) I’ll be saving this activity for next year!

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Time for Planting!
Are you celebrating spring with a planting unit at school?  Be sure to check out our KinderLit book based on Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens.  Our product title is A Planting Book and Writing Journal with the children’s own collage books called "Where Does It Grow? Above or Below?"

We work on one page a day and discuss where the part of the vegetable that we eat grows.  If you aren’t familiar with Tops and Bottoms, you and your students are in for a treat!  Discover how the hare tricks the bear!  

Happy Spring!

Linda and Lisa