November Giveaway

Believe it or not it's time for a new month and you know what that means!!  GIVEAWAY TIME!!  People have been SO generous this month (over 40 entries) that I've had to split the giveaway into 2 packages.  The 1st giveaway begins today with about 20 great products from some great teachers!  Take a look at what you could win below!

Don't forget to check back for the next giveaway that will be posted soon!

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Happy Monday and a number bond clipart freebie!!

Happy Monday (almost Tuesday) everyone!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was productive yet restful which is always a great combo.  Wish I could say the same about my Monday!  For those of you who don't know me outside of the blogging word (or haven't read my About Me) I'm pregnant and baby Nolan's big day is quickly approaching (T-minus 7 weeks and counting).  Needless to say this growing child is sucking all the energy and life out of me!  Naptime is no longer a part of kindergarten, but MAN it should be!  I find myself having to sit more and more and force myself just to walk around to my kiddos desks.  Ok, ok...I'm done whining.  Plenty of you have been in my shoes before and you all survived to tell about it so I'll stop :)
Moving on....
Monday means new stations (or centers like most of you call them).  Today first grade got to use the 10 Little Pumpkin books and they seemed to be a hit!  We had to review number bonds a bit (guess a couple weeks off between our shape unit and fall break brought on some memory loss), but over all they seemed to like them!


As promised my freebie is a number bonds clipart set just in time for Halloween!


 I've been booed by Shining and Sparkling in first grade!  Check out her awesome blog here:

You've probably all played the popular game BOO at school where you leave a ghost on someone's desk or mailbox along with a treat. Let's do the same by sharing some love from our stores...

Here's how to play. Choose a fellow blogger that has MORE followers, another that has about the SAME number of followers, and last, someone that has LESS followers.

Highlight their blogs with links to encourage others to check them out. Don't forget to let your fellow bloggers know that you shared about them.
Lastly, leave them some love by offering them a goody from your store as their "treat."

Here are the blogs that I have chosen...

Teaching in the Early Years
Teaching in the Early Years
Mrs. Raj's Busy Bees
Kinder Doodles
These 3 lovely ladies can email me for either a FREE item from TpT or a FREE graphic (blog button or banner)

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Ten Little Pumpkins: Common Core - decomposing numbers, number bonds, counting

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Who doesn't love sharing poems with their students?  I find the rhyming and fun words engage and excite nearly all of them even if it is for a short moment.  My teaching partner over at Mrs. Raj's Busy Bees teaches reading to all of my students (reminder:  I teach just math).  The other day she told me story about how she has kindergarten read/retell Five Little Pumpkins everyday during the month of October.  I'm always looking for ways to join our two classes together I figured what better way than to link the counting poem to decomposing numbers, number bonds, counting backward, etc.  So here's what I came up with:

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Backgrounds and Frames

I've been working on a few new background and frame packets on the graphics side of things.  I get a little bored with creating classroom materials all the time and need a change from the ordinary!  These could be used for scrapbooking, card making, Silhouette designs, Teachers Pay Teachers items, websites, or whatever else you can think of.  Let me know what you think!

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Fall Break FREEBIE: Counting on Ladybugs

To celebrate the beginning of my fall break this week I figured I'd give you a ladybug addition packet that focuses on the skill of counting up.  I teach my students to "catch" the big number and count up the smaller number on your fingers, but in the beginning this can be tough!  This helps bridge the gap to using all pictures to numbers and pictures. 

Hope this freebie is useful for you!  Let me know how you like it!

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October Giveaway!

It's OCTOBER!!  And because I'm on fall break it's time to celebrate with a giveaway!!

Here's what you can win:
  • One item from One, Two, Three:  Math Time! on TpT.

  • These adorable shape characters will help your students learn 12 basic shapes. Colored and black and white copies are included.

  • This is a 71 page unit full of weather activities to accompany your study of weather. Visit my blog at and get some freebies from this unit.

  • This activity pack will help students explore relationships between numbers, number words, and quantities up to 10.

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Differentiation in the Classroom

How do you differentiate for students?  I've found that sometimes I'm great at this and other times I fall short...
  • I've tried making my station materials with different levels of challenging activities on them so that can help.  
  • I try to allow my advanced students to work at a quicker pace than the rest of the class so they stay interested as well. 
  • I'm beginning to use touch math for my struggling students to help with their tactile/visual needs.
  • I use my "teacher station" time not only for remediation, but also for enrichment.  
    • I really believe in not letting the "bright" kids skate along, but rather to keep challenging them along the way.  I have kids that are chapters ahead of the class if they've proved to me that they're capable. 
Leave a comment on how you differentiate for students and visit the linky party at Taking a Walk on the Teaching Side.  You can add your own links for the next few weeks!
Taking a Walk on the Teaching Side- Differentiation Link-up
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Touch Point Math! Flash cards and Addition

With the help of our special education teacher I've started introducing touch point math to my special needs students.  I was introduced to the concept in college, but haven't really used it fully.  I want to incorporate it with some of my other struggling students as well and hopefully also add it in to my kindergarten curriculum (high expectations, right?)  Either way, I figured I needed a few things to get started like flashcards for the touch points while they're learning them and also some addition basics.

Do you use touch points in your classroom?  How have they worked for you?
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I don't tend to win giveaways that I enter, but apparently my luck has changed!!  I entered a giveaway over at Teaching my 3 and believe it or not.  I WON!  Heather sent me the cutest bag from Thirty-One.  I haven't decided if I want to use it as a teaching bag or a all purpose tote or even or back up diaper bag for Baby Nolan (expected December 10th!!).    I'm just excited to be a winner and wanted to thank Heather for my awesome bag!  Whoo-Hoo!
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Kindergarten Number Recognition Unit

I just finished a LONG week of conferences and passed out the last of the report cards for the first quarter YAY!!!  Believe it or not it's OCTOBER!

For us, 2nd quarter means getting serious about number recognition in kinder.  We choose not to begin on day 1 with a strong numbers focus because most of our students just aren't ready for school yet.  They need to transition in and since we start the alphabet on day 1 all those characters floating around can be very confusing.  By 2nd quarter we've focused on 2D/3D shapes, patterns, graphing, and counting so we're definitely ready for numbers!

I was looking through my binders for number recognition activities and I just wasn't very excited about use "hand me down" printouts crocked with copier marks and just a mess.  I also wanted to try out some fun ideas I saw on Pinterest for number recognition using clothes pins (I would give credit, but I'm not sure who was the original ideas because I've seen in many many times) and a Lakeshore game using chain links or paper clips.  The Lakeshore game was nearly $20 and with tight budgets that wasn't going to work...  So, as usual I got busy making a few of my own.  Let me know what you think!

I'm tossing around some cut/paste number ordering and recognition pages as well.  Let me know if you have any great ideas for number recognition projects I could create and I'll send you a copy for free!  

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