Sunday, July 31, 2016

Best Year Ever!

Lisa:  I’m writing this at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, my last day of summer break.  Tomorrow morning the teachers all head back to school here in our district in Phoenix, AZ.   Poof! There went summer!  
When I left for summer break, I snapped a few photos of my room and now this is what I have to look forward to in the morning!   Will post more photos at the end of the week when it’s all unpacked. 
It will take me all day just to move this furniture back!

I love all the shelving I have for separating large spaces.

I wonder how many other professions have to move all their equipment to one side of the room when they go on vacation?


Linda:  We are participating in TpT’s Best Year Ever sale on August 1 & 2.  Everything in our store will be 20% off and you can get an additional 8% off if you use the code BestYear at checkout.   Time to stock up!  

So often we are asked what KinderLit books we use at the beginning of the school year.  Here are the 6 books we use during the first few months of school: 
Colors Colors Look What I See (sadly our students come to kindergarten not knowing their colors)
Shapes Shapes Shapes (nor their shapes!)
Nursery Rhymes and Mother Goose (for introducing rhymes and beginning letter sounds)
Counting 100 Days of School with Zero the Hero (got to start counting on day 1!)
Kindergarten Keepsake Assessment Book (a beginning and ending book to show growth)

You can buy these individually or now in a bundle that can save you more than 20%!  And if you purchase them during the sale, you can get them all for only $15.14, or just over $2.50 each.  Click on this photo to read more about this new product! 

Have the Best Year Ever with the 
Best Sale Ever!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Christmas In July - Giveaways, Sale, and Freebie

We are participating in the I Teach K-2 Linky Party and we’re celebrating Christmas in July with the group.  


Our entire store is on sale from July 6th - 9th.  This is a great opportunity to get your Back-to-School products and save 20%

Click on this photo to go to our store! 
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It’s never too late to think about Christmas activities!  Here’s a cute FREE math craft for the children to take home to count down the days until Christmas from either Dec. 1st, the 10th, or the 15th.  Six different fill-in-the-missing number worksheets are also included.  Just click on this photo to download this brand new freebie! 

Young children may have a difficult time with the abstract concept of the passage of time, which they can’t touch, see, hear or taste.  They need lots of experiences with the relationship of time passing by as related to events such as Christmas, their birthdays, or vacations.  

During calendar work, we use 7 teddy bears for the days of the week which hang underneath.  We also have 3 little shirts for them in different colors labeled yesterday, today, and tomorrow. 
Not a photo of our actual bears!

After we complete the regular calendar work, we move the shirts on the bears over a day while we relate an activity for each shirt.  Here’s an example of what we say: 
“Yesterday was Monday.  Yesterday we had raisins for snack.” 
“Today is Tuesday. Today is our day for Music.”  
"Tomorrow is Wednesday.  Tomorrow we will go to P.E. so wear your tennis shoes."

If you live in an area where the weather changes from day to day, you can relate yesterday, today, and tomorrow to the type of weather conditions.  Remember we teach in Phoenix where it is always sunny!  

Use stories/books to explore the passage of time, especially these Eric Carle books: 
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - days of the week
Today Is Monday - days of the week
The Very Quiet Cricket - morning to night
The Very Busy Spider - morning to night

Happy Summer! 
And may your summer break 
time pass by slowly!
Linda and Lisa

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