Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Last time we posted about "Shake of the Day" in our classroom...we had many questions and nice comments.  So cute, So fun!, Great idea, Great practice for reviewing many concepts, Totally LOVE this idea, etc.  
What a fun way to start your new school year out...keep on reading!!!

Cayden excited to start SHAKING the jar.   Yes...his shirt matches and I DID NOT plan that.  Isn't he AdOraBle!!!
He cannot shake it hard enough to see what he rolls!
Bah  ha ha....this is so his MAD face.  Better luck next time...buddy!
Tongue sticking out means..."hard at work"!
HAPPY....that he rolled syllable matches.  
If you're still is my son being silly & I had to SHARE!

This unit, available in our TpT & TN shops, includes 9 cube patterns with different concepts and recording sheets that have been teacher-tested and kid-approved!
Letter Order
Color Words
Numbers & Number Words

How is “Shake of the Day” used in the classroom?
“Shake of the Day” can be used as a fun activity for the student of the day.  The special student can shake during morning routines, record their answer, and tell three friends what he/she rolled.  Another option is to shake the bucket during whole group morning meeting or calendar time.  After the special student SHAKES the bucket, the class can discuss the outcome and record answers together.  

We are so excited to SHARE our "Shake of the Day" unit with you....that we want to GIVE ONE AWAY to our sweet followers!  All you have to do is leave a comment below before midnight on July 31st!

THANKS BUNCHES for reading, 
Amber & LuAnn

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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 Kindergarten With Susie 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

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