Thursday, July 24, 2014

Beginning of the School Year Blogger Bonanza

River Crest Elementary ~ Hudson, Wisconsin ~
Wednesday, August 20th ~ 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Monday, July 14, 2014

Rays of Teaching (Susie Haas) Giveaway!

Who would have thought that in Vegas we would have the honor of meeting and falling in love with Susie Haas!?!  Wait a second....we already fell IN LOVE with the products she created while she was well-known as "Scribbles-N-Dots".  Susie Haas Kane now has a TpT Shop called Rays of Teaching and very soon a blog to share her creative products that kiddos & teachers love.    

We have used the next 4 products in our classroom for the last 10 years.  Each school year we like to change it up a bit and add new engaging activities to our curriculum, and when we do...we have to give something else up to fit-it-all-in.  But....we NEVER go a year with out these Susie Haas products.  We know you will fall in love, too!  Just look at the clip art... so cute and kid-friendly!  
We use this ABC BOOK  on the first day of school and by week 6 a majority of our students KNOW their LETTERS and LETTER SOUNDS by HEART. can be used with any reading program!!!
We use these ABC pictures  for our word wall.  This allows your kindergarten kids to EASILY distinguish between the capital and the lowercase letters with just a glance!
As your students learn names, sight words, and other special words, he/she can add to their very own Dilly Dally Dictionary as a great reference tools during journal writing or Writer's Workshop.
Have you ever wondered where the poem Jack-O Happy came from!?!  We have all the "Happy Poems" from Susie Haas to use in our classroom through out the school year.  
We do not have this Common-Core-Standards unit....YET!  But it is on our WISH LIST!!!
Susie Haas would love to give away one of her "Amazing ABC Program" Units to one lucky teacher.  All you have to do is follow her TpT shop on the rafflecopter below.   TRUST US....YOU WANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO DO THIS!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway Enjoy Summer & Thanks for Reading, 
Amber & LuAnn

Friday, June 20, 2014


Yes...that is a pair of "TIE-DYED UNDERWEAR"!
If you teach an Introduction to Kindergarten Summer School Class...I have the funniest thing for you to do with your kiddos. 

Tie-dye underwear.  The kids LOVE it!  Can you just see all of them wearing their SPECIAL underwear on the first day of school!?!  
Cayden being silly wearing his colorful underwear!  Isn't he just the cutest thing you have seen!?!  
Just go to your nearest Dollar Tree or Family Dollar and purchase undies for your little friends.  I would suggest NOT sending a parent letter home to bring used undies with them to summer school.  HE HE HE  

Here is a FREEBIE of the tag that goes home with the underwear.

The students will be so excited for the first day of school! 

Live, Laugh, I Love Kindergarten recently posted "Wishlist Wednesday" to give away her #1 wishlist item from TpT Shop.  What a great idea!  Want a chance to win 1 of our top 3 products from TpT Shop!?!  Enter the rafflecopter below! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway Have a great weekend and....WE CAN'T WAIT UNTIL "I TEACH K" VEGAS!!!

Amber & LuAnn


Monday, June 2, 2014

Partner Readers ~ Read to Someone

When we think of “Read To Someone”…we think of TAKING TURNS READING.  We do not get enough time in our KINDERGARTEN classroom to take turns while playing….so why not do it during your daily 5/reading time. 

The students can help each other become GOOD READERS.  A FRIEND is the best person to help the reader with tricky words.   They can reread the “Partner Readers” many times to practice fluency and voice.  When they are finished they can retell three things they read in the story to build comprehension early in their reading. 

The student on the left (reader 1) is reading her highlighted sentence.
The student on the right (reader 2) is reading her highlighted sentence. 

Close up picture of the pages!

You can check out these "Partner Readers" in our TpT Shop.  # 3 will be free until the end of the weekend!

Thanks for reading,
Amber & LuAnn

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Zoo Emergent Reader and GIVEAWAY!

You will find our "Zoo~pendous Facts Emergent Reader" in our ZOO UNIT !  Check out THIS POST to see the other Zoo~riffic centers included in our Zoo Unit.

A fabulous blogger asked if we were going to give a Zoo Unit away....and we thought it would be a GRRREAT idea!  Leave a comment for a chance to win!  We will pick a winner on Friday!!!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Warning...many ZOO-licious photos!

As I watch the "Billboard Awards" and cut out my new Zoo Centers for the next couple of weeks...I just had to share them with you tonight!  

P.S.  I will always LOVE "Jenny on the Block"!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Writing Booklet FREE~FOR~YOU!

Clip art and background paper is from Krista Wallden at Creative Clips.  THANK YOU for SHARING your talent!!!

Happy Writing, 
Amber & LuAnn