Sunday, September 14, 2014

Rhyme to Read App-A PROGRAM for Beginning Readers on your iPad

Hi everyone!!!
I was lucky enough this year to get FIVE new iPads for my classroom!!! I'm still trying to figure everything out and find all the good apps for my Kinders to use. Well, I found one!!! Check out this amazing little app I stumbled across to help my Kinders learn to read!!! It's called Rhyme to Read!!

This amazing little app was created by two TEACHERS!!!! This app is NOT a game!!! It is a PROGRAM. There are a collection of 20 books. The books are cumulative. They build perfectly from one to the next.

Obviously, these two ladies know what they're doing!! Take one look at this app and you'll be hooked!! There are soooo many cool little features! They thought of everything! Just PERFECT for my little ones!! Let me show you what I mean...

This program includes 20 cumulative books. The first book in the program starts out simple and they gradually build on one another to become more complex.

Check out all the cool little features in these readers that make them second to none!!! Again, the authors of this app are TEACHERS! They know what we need!!! :)

Cool Feature #1- O.K. First of all, I LOVE how each new page begins with a list of the new word family words listed in a column. Students can touch these words before they begin reading the page to hear the word sounded out and blended together!!!

Cool Feature #2- Look in the top corner of each page!!! There are the featured sight words!!! Students can click on those words before reading the page to hear them read to them. Auditory discrimination at it's finest!! :)

Cool Feature #3- Students can click on ANY word in the text while they are reading. If they get stuck on a word, they can just touch it and the word is read to them!!

Cool Feature #4- Rhyme to Read is taught through word families. Word families help students find predictable patterns in words. Instead of sounding out each sound, they look for the familiar word family name or "chunk", as we like to call them :) and attach that first sound to the familiar chunk.
THE BEST part is, all the word families are color coded!!!!! Just another way to help those visual learners...another prompt or "trigger" to help them recognize those familiar word parts!! And, the color-coding continues throughout all of the books. (I told you they thought of everything!!! :)

I also love that at the end of each book, there is a list of all of the sight words that have been focused on in each book. There is also a review list of color coded word family words!!

Talk about building confident, independent readers!!!!!! This app is PERFECT for letting your students read independently!!! What a way to build up their confidence as little readers!!!!!

I put together this short little clip, just so you could see this awesome app in action :)

You can get the first book for FREEEEEEE!!!!! Go check it out NOW!!!! Books 2-20 are available for individual purchase of .99 cents each. But, seriously...why wouldn't you just by the whole set for ONLY $9.99!!!! That's only .50 cents a book!!!!!!!!! They are worth EVERY penny!!!!

Click HERE to learn more!! Be sure to go to your iTunes app store and get the first free book to try it out!!!! :)

Happy apping....

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

FIRST EVER Peek At My Week-Pete the Cat Style!!

Hi everyone! I'm linking up with Deedee at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten for Peek at my Week. (A little late....shhhhhhh!) :) It's my FIRST ever!! So, bear with me....I'm NO Deedee Wills!!! But, I'm trying :)

Here goes.....Just click on the plans below to download them complete with hyperlinks (most of the images on the plans are links)

For the first couple of weeks of school, I LOVE using Play-doh for our morning work!!! The kids are excited to play with it when they come in, which also eliminates many tears :) AND, it keeps them busy...but, by week 3, it's time to ween them off :) This week I'm throwing in some of Deedee's morning pages. Next week....NO playdoh. Dundunduuuuuun!

Anyway, these plans are a work in progress!!! I'm still figuring out how to put it all together on the digital plans for you :) There are also several things that I am progressively working on that are not posted yet-so, it's kind of hard to add them into my plans!! Ha!

For example, I LOVE Tara West's Kinderphonics!!!!!!!!!!!! It's like EXACTLY what I've been brainstorming about-but, she beat me to it and did a MUCH better job than I could have ever done!! I'm OBSESSED!!! She aligned her phonics with the LeapFrog Letter Factory movie-which I LOVE!!! AND, all of the letters have a motion or action to teach the sound with!! That's a BIGGIE for me!!!  I have ALWAYS taught Phonics with motion. Seriously, go check Kinderphonics out NOW!!! :)

Anyway-my point was, that I have also been incorporating my "How to Write Letters" pack....except, the pack doesn't exist yet, because I'm still working :) But, it's coming together and will be coming to you's a little preview :)

This kind of goes along with my "How to Draw Shapes" unit that I have also been using here and there, but don't know where to stick it in my plans :) But, this one IS available :)

One other thing that is a MAJOR work in progress that I've been using and working on is a calendar pack to use with Active Inspire software :) I'm learning how to use all of that....getting there!!!

And lastly, as it states in my plans, I should have a fun little Shoe Selfie Project up for you to check out by the end of the week!!! And, I will also let you know how all of our Pete activities went in a follow-up post :)

Go Check out more awesome teacher plans at Deedee's link up!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

First Day Of Kindergarten with The Kissing Hand

 Like so many teachers everywhere, I LOVE to start the first day of Kindergarten with The Kissing Hand!!!! I mean, what a PERFECT story!!! Yes, I had a couple of "Chesters" this year...but, luckily, they calmed down and warmed up pretty quickly :)

Here we are on we are on our very first day....all 26 of us :) Reading the greatest first day book!!

After we all talk about how we felt before coming to school today, we go on a school tour. This is the best activity to kick off a Kindergarten year!! Chester the raccoon leaves his little clues all around school and we go from room to room to find out where everything is and meet all of our teachers! That puts everyone a little bit more at ease and makes them feel a little bit safer :)
Our first stop....the Potty, of course!!! You know on that first day EVERYONE is asking to go to the bathroom before you even get started on things :) So, that's where we head first. We find Chester's clue out by the water fountains. He went somewhere else...but, I tell the kids that before we go look for him, we all have to use the bathroom. AND, remember to stay REALLY quiet so you don't scare him away! LOL!! Works like a charm! :)

Here we are searching for Chester's clues and becoming acquainted with all of the new places and faces in our school....

At the end of the hunt, we found our last note from Chester back in our classroom! He had left us bags full of hugs and kisses to take home!! <3

Want to see the rest of the clues??? You can check out the School Tour pack by clicking on the image below!!

We always make these Chesters On the First day of school....YES, the FIRST day! LOL! I don't remember where I got this original pattern from many years ago...but, I've been doing them for years!! All it is, is different sized rectangles, squares and triangles that are pre-cut. The kids just have to follow directions and glue them in the correct spot. It is THE PERFECT first day of school art project for Kinders!!!! They really do turn out cute!!

If you'd like to grab this little title page to hang with your Chester art-you can snag it here! :) Just click, save and print! :)

Have a great year!!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Chaaaa-Ching!!! Here's what I got!!

Whoooohoooo!!!! It's a sale!!!! And I'm linking up with my friends over at Blog Hoppin' for our "Show us What You Bought" Linky Party!! Hop on over and see what everyone is purchasing!!!

Everybody LOVES a good Back to School sale!!!! And, as you can see from the graphics below, I went a little CRAZY shopping today! Whoooops! ;) Sooooooo excited though!!!

Here's what I got:

I'm getting FIVE new iPads this year, so I just could NOT wait to get my hands on
Whaaaaat?!? 20 super fun Science Experirements in one pack?!?! Yes, please!! Check out:
AND, I discovered this last year and still needed the August/September Edition! Obsessed with:

Ooooooh my Goodness!!!! HAD to stock up on all of my favorite clipartist's stuff!!! I got a little something from everyone! :) 

If you're still shopping, you might want to check out some of these packs to help get your year off to a great start!!

Happy Shopping!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Christmas in JULY!?!?

Hey Everyone!!! If you haven't heard, it's Christmas in July!!! My friends and I over at Blog Hoppin' are throwing a sale!!! But, you have to be on your toes to catch these great deals! There are different sales each day!!!

Here's what my store sales are going to look like for the next 2 weeks:

For the first 3 days of my sale, I am giving you 20% off of my Kindergarten, Preschool or First Grade Portfolios!!! And, Kindergarten teachers!!! You're in luck!!! I just gave the Kinder Portfolio a facelift!!! Whoooohoooo!!! Same concepts....more cuteness!!!!! :)

From the 18th through the 20th, my Surveys Through the Year pack will be on sale!!! This is one of my FAVORITES!!!! You and your kiddos will absolutely LOVE it!!!

For the 20th through the 23rd, ALL of my clipcharts will be on sale!!! These are all so stinkin' cute!!!!

And, for the 24th-26th ALL of my alphabet lines will be on sale!!!! (click on any of the pictures of titles to find them)

Jungle Alphabet Line (Sorry, No preview)
Pirate Alphabet line (Darn, no preview for that one either)

Happy Shopping!!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Incredible, Amazing, Mind Blowing, Exhausting=Vegas

Vegas!!!!! I. Can't. Even.  Seriously, I can't even put into words how amazing my experience was this year!!! I went last year, and although it was fabulous....this year just blows it right out of the water!!
I met SOOOO many fabulous teachers and strengthened so many friendships and learned so much from the best of the best!! The internet really is an amazing thing!!! There are soooo many people in my life that I have close friendships with that without the technology that we have today-we would NEVER have met. We share collaborative blogs and FB groups and I am a better teacher and person because of them....because of the internet.  It's still hard to entirely wrap my brain around it all.  Let me just show you what I mean.....

First, I met Deedee and her teaching partner, Kali at the St. Louis airport!!!! We were on our way!!!!!!!!!

Well, my roommates were not getting in until the NEXT day...but, never fear!!! My SWEET friend, Crystal from Kreative in Kinder, along with Tanya Solano from Mrs. Solano's Kindergarten and Kaci Hoffer from Mrs. Hoffer's Spot-who were all my roommates from last year, took me in for the night!! I LOVE those girls so, sooooo much! Sometimes we get a little loud :) They are just so much fun!!

The next day, my official roommates showed up and I moved all of my junk down to live with them for the week!!

Ok. So, I'm not gonna lie...I was a little nervous to stay with these girls!! I mean, seriously!!! Wouldn't you be?!?!
Yes, they are the AMAZING and TALENTED:

Let me just tell you that they are THE most sweet, funny, down to Earth people EVA!!!!  All it took was a few minutes talking to them (in real life) and I felt like I knew them forever (and not just from the internet :) I seriously LOVE these girls!!!

Just look at all the fun we had!!!
We went out to eat a million times that week!

We had so much fun out on the town!!!

And, we even found time to go on a shopping trip where I spent WAAAAY too much $$!! :)

I am NOT a gambler!!!! I HATE it!!! It's absolutely PAINFUL to me!!! But, one night all I had left in my wallet was ONE DOLLAR!!!! I decided to GO FOR IT!!!!! I put my 1 dollar in the nickle slots and I just kept winning!!!!!! I got up to NINE DOLLARS and I cashed out!!!! LOL!!! It was fun turing my dollar into nine!! :) Just like magic! :)

Thne, there was the great Teacher-Blogger meet up!!!! What a crazy, awesome whirlwind of a night!!!!

I helped set up for the event and passed out EVERY SINGLE last Swag Bag to all of the guests!!! Did I mention there were around 550 bags and I ran out!?!? Wowza!!! There sure were a lot of people!!! (And a lot of Scentos!!!!)

Here are a few pics from the meet up!! Soooo many awesome friends!!! I love the picture of Kim Adsit photo bombing!!!! LOL!!! If you know Kim, you know she's saying BOOOYAAAAH!!!!! ;)

Here are some of my brand new friends that I met at the conferences!!!! Girls that knew me from my blog and were just sooooo gosh darn nice!!! And, my friend Brandy in the bottom corner only lives like 15 minutes away from me!!!! We will definitely have to hang out soon!

One of my most favorite nights in Vegas was when I spent the evening with one of my FAVORITES, Cheryl Saoud and the sweet, sweet Stephanie Stewart from Falling into First!!! Just LOVE her! We had soooo much fun!!! Can you tell???

Then, Friday was the VERY FIRST ever TPT conference!!! Watching the TPT team do the keynotes and the top sellers present was amazing and an experience I will never forget!!!!!

I even got to meet my sweet friend, Nikki from Melonheadz illustrating!!! She has done so many nice things for me!!! It was nice to finally get to meet her in person!!

Let's not forget about HaPpY HoUr.....

Look at all of these talented, amazing, brilliant ladies!!!!! So, so blessed to call them my FRIENDS!!!!!

Ummmm....bottom picture??? LOL!!! snapped when we weren't ready! LOL!! We seriously are NOT right!!!! Ha!!!

And, did I mention, I got to meet Paul Edelman himself?!?!? The founder of TPT!!! The man who changed my life in soooo many ways!!!

Just when I thought my week was complete and it just couldn't get ANY better...this happened!! LOL! Oh, yes, it did!!!!

I spent SIX days in Vegas this year and although they were FABULOUS, they were EXHAUSTING. By the end of all of this, I was ready to come back home to my babies :)

I'm linking up with A Burst of First. Check it out here: