Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Lisa: Are you ready for your holiday break?  I am!  Our students' last day is this Thursday and then the staff has a PLC day on Friday.  Our Birthday Celebration of Songs program is Thursday afternoon so we've been spending time rehearsing our music.  If you didn't see our hats and sticks, check out our last blog post. 

Linda:  My granddaughter's preschool class had their Christmas Program this morning with a party afterwards.  It's so much fun to watch these little ones on the stage waving and shouting hi to their parents!  
Here's a tray of cute Santa snacks made with grapes, slices of bananas, large strawberries, and a small marshmallow on a long lollipop stick.  They were a big hit with the kids!  The mom who made them said she trimmed a little off the grape so the banana slice will fit more closely.  What a great healthy snack!

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Three Billy Goats Gruff

We like to leave for our break with all our plans ready to January - who doesn't??   Of course we love making books with our kids and one of the simplest ones to do when we come back from break is our Three Billy Goats Gruff book.  It's easy to prep and gets the students back into the swing of things!   They love this puppet book with a bridge on it and we use it for retelling and sequencing skills.  
The picture on the left shows our students copying the words from the white board.  Some of the children don't need to copy and write the words on their own.   The photo on the right is Lisa's class doing a final group reading of the book before taking it home. 

To encourage working together and problem solving skills, we have the children create bridges with classroom building materials.  We have tiny troll dolls that are about 2" tall and the children have to build a bridge high enough for the troll to live under it!  We group the children into sets of 3 or 4 and give them about 30 minutes to build one bridge with a tub of materials that we have selected.
Working with friends and legos

  Then we take photos of them with their bridges and give each group one piece of construction paper to work together to draw one picture of their bridge for a book.  Oh, my!  That can be a problem for some!  They want to do their own drawings and have to adjust to working with others to produce just one!  
Enjoy these troll bridges! 
Here's a lego bridge and a Lincoln Log bridge.
Some materials are easier to use than others!
These two groups had to use the same attribute blocks but look at the different bridges they created!
You can find our Three Billy Goats Gruff book on TpT or our own shopping cart.  And watch for a writing journal to be added to it soon!  
If you purchase our books on TpT, you can upload new versions from your account page, My Purchases.  If you buy them on our website, contact us and we'll make sure you receive the latest versions of any of our books.  

Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Holidays!



Friday, December 5, 2014

December Special Events!

Have you entered the 12 Days of   
   Christmas giveaway yet?
ESGI is drawing one winner a day for the 12 Days of Christmas.  Each winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the store of a blogger/seller plus a free 1-year subscription to the ESGI assessment program.  You can win a gift certificate to our KinderLit store on Day 7 - that's this Sunday so hurry and enter!  Check out the link on the right side!  Good luck!

❄ 12 Months of the Year
Lisa:  My class is getting ready for the best holiday program!  In preparation of the New Year, we learn the names of the months and then have a parent program on the last day before vacation.  We are learning a different song for each month and the children are collaging hats and signs to hold during their show, corresponding to their birthday month! 

We try to use songs that are part of our Music teacher's curriculum rather than work hard to find our own!  For instance, January's song is "Oh, It Snowed Last Night."  

Everyone who has a January birthday creates a snowman collage for their hat and sign.  

Here's a few samples:
Six Little Ducks for April.  The teachers or parent volunteers cut out the hats and glitter the names beforehand.

Thank you, Home Depot, for contributing paint stirrers for our show!

"Will You Be My Valentine?" and "Jack-o-Lantern" samples
                                    
❄ Our gift to you!
Linda: Of course our students will be creating a KinderLit book about the 12 months of the year!  We read Twelve Hats for Lena by Karen Katz and then make a page a day in our student books.  And during our writer's workshop, we work on that month's page, finding words in our room for the month.  

Beginning today, you can purchase this KinderLit book that includes the journal for 50% off! This special ends Monday at midnight so buy yours now!  It's also a fun book to make in January when you return from the holidays.  

 This sale is good on TpT and our website

Teacher Gifts - the best and the worst!
Fellow bloggers, Jonathan and Lisa Stephans, recently asked other bloggers what were some of the best and worse gifts they received from students.  Check out the answers, ours included, on their blog, Created for Learning!




   
 Free From TpT!!! 
Many teacher-sellers on TpT have contributed tips and free products for a special Winter Holidays eBook for PK-K.  It's is ready for you to download!  Get your own version here - KinderLit is on page 34, but make sure you check out all the pages!

There's also a version for Grades 1 - 2: 


Have you ever thought about being a teacher-seller on Teachers Pay Teachers?  It's fun and provides some extra income for you.  Contact us for more info using the red email button at the top of this page.  We'll help you any way we can!


Friday, November 28, 2014

CYBER MONDAY AND THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS!

Shop 'til you drop on Cyber Monday!
Lisa: This was my first Thanksgiving as a grandmother - what a doll my granddaughter is!  My family came for a visit from the state of Washington to see the baby and we all stuffed ourselves on turkey. 
Linda:  Now that I've retired, I moved across the country to be closer to my son's family and had a great time with my grandchildren.  We're both so thankful to live close to the grandkids!  And we hope you all had a great Thanksgiving too!

Lisa: Now it's time to start the holiday shopping so we're having a sale on Cyber Monday, Dec. 2, and Tuesday, Dec. 3.  Get 20% off all items at our website's store at KinderLit.com.  Be sure to use the code CYBER at checkout in order to receive the discount. 

Linda:  We're also having a sale in our store at Teachers Pay Teachers on the same days.  You'll receive a 20% discount on items $4 and over and if you use the code TPTCYBER at checkout you'll receive a 28% discount!  A great sale for stocking up for 2nd semester!
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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!
KinderLit is participating in ESGI's 12 Days of Christmas giveaway.  

ESGI has partnered with 12 early childhood bloggers/sellers for this giveaway.  On the first 11 days,  someone will win a $25 gift certificate from one of the sellers plus a FREE 1-year subscription to ESGI.  But on Day 12 the winner receives the $25 gift certificate plus up to 10 subscriptions for ESGI!  That's a value of $225!  

KinderLit is the seller for Day 7 but every day has a great prize!  Check all the details out here and find out how to increase your chances of winning: 

Sign-ups begin today.  Be sure to check out our sidebar to see the raffle of the day! 

In case you are not familiar with ESGI, it is a software company that allows you to do one-on-one assessments with your students at your computer.  You can use ready-made assessments or create your own!  We love using it because it also provides a parent letter to add to our report cards!  Click on the ESGI icon in our sidebar or on this one:  
                                                     


  Good luck! 


Monday, November 24, 2014

Black Friday Bundle Bash Update

BLACK FRIDAY BUNDLE BASH ON TPT
We're excited to be participating in a Bundle Bash sale this Friday on Teachers Pay Teachers!  There's a huge group of teachers offering discounts on 4 bundles each, one day only - Black Friday!  

To find all the stores participating in this sale, go to TPT and do a search for BlackFriday14 (all one word!).  Each one has 4 bundles at a big discount and should be listed as their Featured Product on their store front.  Not all stores are offering a 20% discount (some more and some less!) and not all are primary teachers so share with your fellow teachers by forwarding this message to them!  See a partial list below of participating teachers!   

Shop at our TPT store to receive a big discount on 4 of our bundles.  These will be on sale Black Friday only!  
This bundle will be only $6 on Friday.


This bundle will be only $6 on Friday.


This bundle will be only $8 on Friday.


This bundle will be only $6 on Friday.



Illumismart
Illumismart
KB3Teach
KB3Teach
Meredith Anderson
Meredith Anderson
The Candy Class
The Candy Class
Crockett's Classroom
Crockett's Classroom
Comprehension Connection
Comprehension Connection
Sandy's Spot
Sandy's Spot
KinderLit
KinderLit
Strawberry Shake
Strawberry Shake
Shelly Rees
Shelly Rees
Emily Ames
Emily Ames
AZSunsetwoman
AZSunsetwoman
Kacie Travis
Kacie Travis
Sandra Farrell
Sandra Farrell
Linda Post The Teacher's Post
The Teacher's Post
Joyful Explorations
Joyful Explorations
Carol's Garden
Carol's Garden
Jill Bell
Jill Bell
Amy Mezni
Amy Mezni
Teaching Momster
Teaching Momster
 Yara ESL World
Yara ESL World
Yara Sea of Knowledge
Yara Sea of Knowledge
 The Lone Wolfe
The Lone Wolfe
Cara Taylor
Cara Taylor
Creations by Kim Parker
Creations by Kim Parker
Jungle Learners
Jungle Learners
Teaching Superkids
Teaching Superkids
Can't Stop Smiling
Can't Stop Smiling
The Knitted Apple
The Knitted Apple
The Teaching Treehouse
The Teaching Treehouse
Curriculum Castle
Curriculum Castle
Rick's Resources
Rick's Resources
 JB Creations
JB Creations
 Triple the Love in Grade 1
Triple the Love in Grade 1
 Angie S
Angie S
 HAVE FUN SHOPPING ON BLACK FRIDAY!