Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Just received a notice from Teachers Pay Teachers that the one-day sale has been extended for another day!  Make sure to use the code HEROES at checkout to receive a 28% discount.  Everything in our store is on sale so have fun shopping!

Stock up on KinderLit books for the remainder of the year and clear out your Wish List!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sale tomorrow, Feb. 25th.  We all hope to sell lots of products but it's a great time to buy!  We have so many items on our Wish List that a winning lottery ticket might not cover the cost!  But our top 3 are linked here below.

What are you going to buy?  Link up your three most desired products and have fun shopping!

Monday, February 23, 2015

We're having a sale this Wednesday!

Teachers are heroes sale!

For all that you do every day for your students, we are having a sale this Wednesday!  Use the code HEROES and receive 28% off your total order (minimum $3 purchase). 

The discount is on our KinderLit Shopping Cart as well as our store on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Just don't forget the code HEROES to receive the discount!


Summer Conferences

If you are a TpT seller, join us at this summer's conference - you'll be overwhelmed with all the great information to make your store grow!  This year it's a day and a half, July 9 - 10 in Las Vegas.  Click here for more info: 

If you are a buyer, join us at the I Teach K! conference for 4 days, July 6 - 9, also in Las Vegas!  Staff Development for Educators hosts this conference along with I Teach 1st!  I Teach 2nd! Singapore Math and Differentiated Instruction all at the same time!  Here's a link for more info: 

If you are a buyer - why aren't you a seller????  Every teacher has lots of self-made items that should be available to other teachers and students!  Click on our button here to get started with our help:

Thursday, February 19, 2015



We love using our students' photos in the classroom for graphing, labeling cubbies, assigning Helper of the Day, and so many more activities.  But here's what we did for introducing decomposing numbers.  We took full body photos, cut them out, and placed them on magnetic paper.  Using 10 "bodies," we decomposed 10 into two groups on the magnetic white board with labels:

The children really pay attention so they can watch for their own photos to be used! 

When we notice that most children understand the concept using these magnets, we show them how to decompose in a workbook with unifix cubes and crayons of only two colors: 

This becomes a Math Station for additional practice along with our other activities.  We put out baskets with two colors of unifix cubes and matching crayons for the group:

The children work on one page a day and we check it by having them "read" their work to us! 


We're continuing to improve our books by adding writing journals to many of them.  We also have been working on our math station books by combining them into larger sets.  Watch for our first one  "What's the Number?" which combines 4 of our sets for filling in numerals on a number line!  Coming soon!

Keep checking back soon for more exciting news!

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Valentine Day Activities

Linda:  Our school and district encourage us to keep all holiday celebrations low-key.  We make every attempt to work on academic skills using worksheets and activities with heart designs - many of which we have either made ourselves or purchased from other teachers.  
Lisa: We use the last 30 minutes of the day for a small party with healthy treats sent in by the parents - no sugary candy.  Really - on Valentine's Day there can be no chocolate candy!  The children love to pass out Valentine cards to each other and in the past we have done a variety of methods for getting them to write their classmates' names on the envelopes:
           We gave each child a list of the class's first names to take 
             home for addressing the envelopes.  Guess what happened?     
             The parents wrote the names in cursive and no one could 
             read the envelopes when it came time to pass them out! 

           We set up one of our literacy stations for writing the 
              names on the envelopes, about 5 - 6 envelopes a day.  Can 
              you guess what went wrong with this great idea?  Lots of 
              things!  Some children were absent too much; some 
              children still didn't finish;  some mixed up their cards with 
              other children; and some children never brought in their  
              cards until the last day!  

           So now we have the children bring in their Valentine cards 
             without any names on the envelopes!  We sit in a large 
             circle and two children at a time pass out a card to 
             everyone in the class.  No more issues with name reading!  
             No more issues with missing cards!  No more issues with 
             time constraints!  Everyone's happy and everyone takes 
             home a big bundle of cards!

A fun freebie!

Our students love to play Roll-Read-Keep and ask to play it over and over!  They take a die and a board with word cards and play with 2 - 4 friends.   

They place the word cards face down, roll the die, and attempt to read the word in the corresponding space.  If they can they get to keep the card.  

There really aren't any losers because if someone doesn't know the word right away, the others shout it out! 

We have the boards and word cards available as a freebie in our store at Teachers Pay Teachers.  Download Roll - Read - Keep and get ready for some fun!  

Have a great Valentine's Day !