Saturday, May 16, 2015

End-of-the-Year Awards {Little Miss and Mr. Fabulous Awards}

Happy weekend folks!  Lindsay here . . .

I just can't even wrap my mind around the fact that there are only six weeks left of school (for me) folks!  It's just not possible.  Where did this year go??? 

I am convinced that my school district is the absolute veeeeeeeeeeeeery last to get out of school each and every year.  No seriously.  I get to see all the "HOORAY SCHOOL IS OUT AND I AM ON SUMMER BREAK!!!!!" Facebook posts . . . again, and again. And. Again.  Argh!

This year we are out on June 19th (See?!  I TOLD you it was so late!) but I am trying my darndest to stay on top of things because I know these last few weeks are just gonna fly by! 

Let's see . . . What's left to do . . . (Insert mental checklist:)

2. Report Cards
3. End of the year assessments (before report cards - duh)
4. Practice for Kindergarten graduation
5. One last field trip
6.  Beach day (cuz my school is at the beach - you should be jealous!)
7. End of the year gifts for my sweeties
8. Thank you gifts for my classroom volunteers

Oh . . . and the end-of-the-year awards. 

Let me just tell you, these awards are one of my most FAVORITEST things.  I don't care if that's not even a word.  I love them THAT much. 

The last day of school in the classroom with my kidlets is always so precious to me.  One. Last. Day.  That means one last day of making memories.  One last day to tell those kiddos how much I love them.  And best of all, one last day to affirm my kidlets for all of the things that make them so unique and wonderful.

Every year I have come up with special awards for my kidlets in the style of "Mr." and "Little Miss".  For example, someone is always "Mr. President" or "Little Miss Stick-To-It". 

One thing that is so great about these awards is that not only does it have a cute title (Hello Mr. Small-But-Mighty!)  . . . but they ALSO have a little explanation at the top.  So I can literally say "For caring & loving deeds, the Mr. Big Heart award goes to . . .".  It really helps each kiddo understand what their award from me means.

When the time comes to give out the awards, I always remind my kiddos how special and unique they are, and the fact that we are celebrating the things that make them extra special!   For a little extra added fun I like to read off the name of the award and have the kids guess who will be getting it . . . and you know what?  They are usually right!!

I decided it would be super fun to put these awards in my TPT store for other teachers who might be looking for a way to celebrate their kiddos at the end of this year! This set includes 35 different awards, each one available for either a boy OR a girl!  The awards are ready to print and the set also has a handy planning sheet included to keep you super organized! (I just L-O-V-E a good checkoff sheet!)

If you want to check it out in my TPT store, just click on the cover image below:

I know that your kiddos will LOVE to be affirmed and celebrated on the last day of school as much as mine do!
Well, that's all I've got for tonight! I'm off to work on the aforementioned to-do list (and hopefully catch up on my Law & Order: SVU).  [I heart Olivia Benson]
Goodnight y'all! 




Monday, May 4, 2015

Teacher Appreciation SALE

Good morning, Peeps!! Kerri and Lindsay here...

Good news, friends! TPT is throwing another one of it's HUMONGOUS sales again this TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY and Lindsay and I can't wait to shop until we drop! I am super excited to buy some new centers and clip art for my classroom next year. 

We will both be having our stores discounted 20% off, which, combined with TPT's 10% off, will make everything on a SUPER 28% Off SALE!! I LOVE me some bargains!!

Here are some goodies from Kerri's store you might be interested in, to finish this year off, AND prepare you for next school year...

My  Summer Lovin' Math and Literacy Centers Pack!

Looking for an easy way to get your students thinking and representing numbers?? My kiddos LOVE LOVE LOVE this one!

Wanna create "Super Sentence" Writers??? 

Looking for an Open House theme? Check out my Rainforest Art and Writing Unit and Rainforest Centers...

Stock up on all sorts of Writing Centers to last you the whole year through...

My Writing Centers Bundles will be SUPER cheap during the sale!!

Get ready for next school year with lots of different learning packs!

WOW!! That was just a small snapshot of the 110 products that I have in my store. I hope you can find something that your kiddos will enjoy during the SUPER SALE! Happy Shopping!

In addition to all of the goodies in Kerri's TPT store, here are some things you might want to check out from Lindsay as well:

The end of the year is right around the corner!  My Little Miss & Mr. Fabulous awards are a fun way to celebrate all of the cute kiddos in your class before you say goodbye!

Looking for some more resources for your emerging readers?  Try my Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy CVC Practice Pack!

Or how about some extra sight word practice - grab my Trace It, Write It, Find It, Make It: Sight Word Practice pack!

Get a head start on next year's math planning with my Nifty Numbers pack:

 Or . . . if you want to get a head start on NEXT year's planning - my Farm Friends unit is a perfect way to start the year!

One of my FAVORITE activities during my literacy centers: Write The Room {All Year Long}! 

And its ALWAYS a good time for a little Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, right??

Thanks for taking the time to check out some of the goodies from our TPT stores!  We are SUPER excited to do a little shopping for ourselves as well!

Hope y'all have a great week! 

Lindsay & Kerri

Thursday, April 30, 2015

My Cup Of Tea {Mother's Day Made Easy}

Happy Friday eve folks!  Lindsay here . . .

Let's be honest.  Its 10 p.m. and I should REAAAAAAALLY be in bed right about now, but I just had to get on here and share my easy-peasy Mother's Day activities because . . . HELLO!  Tomorrow is May already!  Mother's Day is right around the corner! 

Okay.  Tiny panic attack over . . . just breathe. 

I love Mother's Day.  I really do.  I have the best teacher-momma in the world and I love making her feel special (and not just on Mother's Day). 

And then of course about four-ish years ago I joined the "Mommy Club" myself.  Which basically means I like to remind my husband as OFTEN as possible how large and difficult each of my boys was to birth and how some diamonds JUST MIGHT make all of those pesky stretch marks worthwhile . . . :)

But in all seriousness - every year Mother's Day is one of the most special days in my classroom.  My kiddos absolutely L-O-V-E surprising their moms with sweet words and beautiful gifts!

I call my Mother's Day celebration "Muffins With Mom".  Our whole celebration is tea-themed.  On the front of the card that my kidlets make for their moms it says YOU ARE MY CUP OF TEA. 

Now my kiddos DO learn a song that we sing for the moms and they DO make an adorable little modge-podged plate that is so sweet . . . BUT  . . . the best part of the present (in my humble opinion) is what is INSIDE the card.
What's inside?  Tear-jerking sweetness. That's what.
First, I do a student interview with each kiddo - all about MOM.  Not only is this highly entertaining for me ("Oh, your mom likes to watch General Hospital?") but to hear what the kiddos have to say about their moms is just TOTES ADORBS.  I mean, these kiddos think their moms are just THE. BEST.
Here is one example:
Glued onto the OTHER side of the card is a writing piece that my kiddos do that begins with "I love my mom because . . ."
These will make you laugh OR cry.  Check 'em out:
First one: "I love my mom because she drains the bath (baf)."  Hey, just being practical, right?
Next: "I love my mom because she is beautiful and pretty.  And a princess."  Love it!
And finally . . . "I love my mom because she helps me pull my tooth out." 

These sweet words make an adorable keepsake that mommas can't help but keep forever. And ever and ever and ever.
If you want to check out my My Cup of Tea {Mother's Day Made Easy} set in my TPT store, you can click HERE
This set includes: a student interview template, "Why I love my mom" graphic organizer, writing paper, "My cup of tea" craftivity AND a Muffins With Mom invitation that your kiddos can fill out and take home to their moms.

Well, that's it for tonight!  Hope you all have a FAB FRIDAY! 



Sunday, April 19, 2015

Earth Day FUN and FREEBIES!!!

Happy Sunday, Bloggy friends! Kerri here..

Earth Day is this week! I can't believe it!! Where the heck is April going??

Earth Day is one of my favoritest days (holidays? What do I call it exactly??) to teach my kidlets all about, mostly because they REALLY take it seriously and become so motivated to help keep the Earth clean. 

Here are some of the activities that I did with my class last year to celebrate Earth Day...

First, we made this super EASY PEASY (and pretty) Earth Day art and wrote about how we could help save the Earth...

Here are the dimensions, if you would like to make them with your class, along with writing paper and the Earth template for your kids to color and cut out (clipart courtesy of DJ Inkers)...

9 x 12 light blue background
5 x 12 skin color (I folded it in half, traced one my kids' hands and then cut it out once)
Earth pattern (click picture above to access this)
3 x 4 paper folded in half for the heart (I used pretty scrapbook paper)
Writing paper so the kids can write how they love the Earth (also included with download, click photo above)

We also made a little "I Love the Earth" bubble map to help us describe the Earth. This helped us when when we wrote about it (click image to download)...

Here is another FREEBIE for y'all that my kids will be using in centers this week! An Earth Day sentence scrambler, which is similar to the scramblers in my Word of the Week Scrambler Pack!!
Click on the picture to download it via google docs...

If you liked this one, you can check out the entire pack here... (click on pic to go to my TPT shop!)

We also had LOTS of fun playing with examining earthworms in a VERY scientific way after reading Diary of a Worm (I got these HUGE nightcrawler from the bait shop!)...

Isn't his expression priceless?? This was the BEST ACTIVITY EVER!!

We also had LOADS of fun with my Earth Day Math and Literacy Centers...

Here are my kids having fun with the centers...

Counting Patterns


Number Puzzles

Syllable Sort

They also used my Earth Day Writing center to write all about the Earth...

Finally, to complete all this Earth Day goodness, how about another Earth Day Number Puzzles FREEBIE from my TPT store! Click on the picture to download it for yourself...

Whew!! That was a lot of Earth Day fun!! Hope you found some activities that you can share with your kiddies!! Happy Earth Day, friends!!

XOXO Kerri B