Thursday, August 11, 2016


THANKS BUNCHES for checking out our classroom.
We are going to have a FABULOUS year learning in here!
"Secret Password" is a great way to greet the precious kiddos each morning and review concepts learned in the classroom.

The door name tags are INSPIRED by Little Lucky Learners Blog!

Such a GREAT learning tool to use in your classroom.
 THANK YOU Mrs. Maya's Blog!
This is going to be a FUN spot to READ & WRITE in our classroom!
Wall Frieze letters for our Word Wall. 
When the students are finished writing in their journals, this anchor chart helps to keep track of who is "READY TO SHARE" and " I HAVE SHARED" in the classroom. 
            Get your FREEBIE by clicking CLICKING RIGHT HERE!
This unit has so many poems to use during the school year.
 LOVE "Clever Student" to introduce our poems to the kiddos!
CLICK RIGHT HERE  to get a copy for your classroom. 
Do you see what I see!?!
The words are not centered!
I pictured "My Underwear" poem because it is my kiddos favorite.
Check out the alphabet poems by CLICKING RIGHT HERE!

We got new reading lofts for our kindergarten classrooms this year.
I can't wait to let my kinder kids EXPLORE, LEARN, & have FUN!
Love First. Teach Second.  ~ Top Dog Teaching
and makes your learning environment FUN!

Miss Neuenschwander, co-blog author...presenting buddy...true friend, created this bulletin board a couple years ago.  The students LOVE it and so do I !   

Have an AMAZING school year! 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Grab That...Learning Fun

My son, Cayden, went to a friends house and all he could talk about when he got home was this toy called, "The Claw" that he played with.   We can never go into Wal~mart without Cayden asking for a dollar to play THAT MACHINE!
I am sure that I am not the only mom who has this I did what any teacher would do....and I had to have that toy for my classroom! 
First, I tried my "Vowel Tub Items" in The Claw machine....and they did not work.  
Then, I tried "Teddy Bear Counters"...and they did not work! 
Finally, I tried "Vending Machine Capsules"...and it worked!

Doesn't every teacher have "Vending Machine Capsules" stored in their closet!?!
I bought them about 5 years ago for another activity that I had planned in the classroom.  Good thing the set came with like a 1000 capsules.  HA!
At the beginning of the school year my students will win a capsule, open it up, and tell the class what letter or number it is.

The possibilities of learning fun all year long is endless...

  • Win 1 capsule and say a word that begins or ends with that letter sound
  • Win 1 capsule and say the sight word
  • Win 1 capsule and count on from that number
  • Win 1 capsule and write about it
  • Win 2 capsules and see if they make a rhyme
  • Win 2 capsules and add the numbers together
If you have extra money in your budget...this would be a fun learning experience for your students!   

*Warning* This Claw Machine does make noise while in use!

Friday, July 22, 2016


WE ARE EXCITED for the new year to start (Honestly...we are!) and to use these "CREATIVELY FUN" centers from Mrs. Lee! 
CLICK HERE to go to her blog post and see more learning take place! 
This is the poster we created to retell the story with the students.  The color pieces are held on with Velcro at the bottom and the students can move them onto the dog while we hear the story again. 
In our classrooms, we like to have an "emergent reader" to go with the thematic centers.  We created this story so the students can practice his/her colors & color words.   
to find Mrs. Lee's "Dog's Day" Unit in her TpT shop. 
to find our "A Dog" emergent reader in our TpT shop. 
Julie Lee was sweet enough to team up with us for a GIVEAWAY.  
One lucky blogger will get "Dog's Day Unit" & "A Dog Emergent Reader". 
All you have to do is leave your e-mail address below!  We will pick a winner Sunday night!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Writing About Friends

How do you get all your students to write during their free time!?!
Give them the choice to WRITE ABOUT THEIR FRIENDS!
While I sent home the parent letter pictured above, I gave my students the option to write about me!  
I am so PROUD of all their writing.  I wish I could post them all!  
Everyday my students can't wait to SHARE what FRIEND he/she wrote about. 
They even LOVE to write about themselves! 
"KID WRITING" just makes my heart SMILE! 
I created some booklets for my students to write about their friends.  It is AMAZING how much more they learned about FRIENDS in the classroom! 
This unit works very well at the end-of-the-school year in kindergarten, but can also be used at any time your students need another ENGAGING writing activity. 
If you are interested in adding some FUN into your writing day, you can check out this resource by