Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring is here!

Spring is finally here which means that we get to learn outside more often.  
I don't know about you, but I love taking my students outside to enjoy fresh air as much as possible. We learn about animals, trees, plants, and life around us.  We enjoy many nature walks around the school grounds. During our walks we like to play learning games. One of the fun games is called inside/outside circles. Your class is sure to LOVE this.  You can play it with any subject or topic.

How do you play??
First, create two circles with your class that have the same amount of students in each circle. (One circle should be around the other one.) The inside circle of students should be facing outwards and the students that make up the outside circle should be facing towards the inside circle students. Once you have your circles created, you choose a topic. For example, you could say "Living and nonliving things". Then the students on the inside circle have to come up with a problem and they ask the student that is facing them their question.  For example, the inside person could say "cotton". Then the student on the outside circle must answer the question. (The answer here would be Nonliving.) The Inside student then provides feedback to their partner by either praising or coaching them. Finally, the inside circle stays still and the outside circle rotates one person to the left. Now they are facing new partners and can come up with another question or ask the same one.  Play continues around the circle until the students get back to where they started.
Tip: Carry white boards and expo markers with you and the students can write their problems and answers.

I want to encourage you to take your kiddos on these super fun nature walks. Click here for a Free Nature Scavenger hunt.

Enjoy and don't forget to check TpT for some great Spring savings. Just search #kinderfriends for some great deals!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Target Gift Card Giveaway

I am joining a few of my I Teach K-2 pals in a Target gift card giveaway.  You can win $100!!!

Everyone could use a little extra spending cash. Use it for your classroom, treat yourself to something special, or both!
To enter this giveaway, follow this link:
Good luck my friends!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Celebrating 2,000 with Brinca into Bilingual (Mrs.Nicolau)!

This week, I am celebrating with Mrs. Nicolau on reaching one of her goals (2,000 followers)! Several of us are helping her celebrate with TONS of Giveaways and prizes!! 

Read below for your chance to enter and win big!!


Mrs. Nicolau is giving away TWO RAE DUNN MUGS!
These cute mugs are very hard to find (depending where you live) and everyone is going CRAZY for these!

Let's giveaway a gift card!! Enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $25 TPT Giftcard! Remember the more entries you have, the more changes you have to win!!!

Who does not LOVE TARGET?! We ALL do!!  So let's do a giveaway for a $25 Target giftcard!

Since we are going crazy with prices, why don't we get even crazier?!... Let's also celebrate with a $21.00 gift card from the AMAZING Melonheadz!

Last, but definitely not least! I have many blog friends that have joined me to celebrate this amazing event! They have all joined me to giveaway bundles by grades!!!

The first bundle is for our Bilingual K-1 teachers!

Next is the 2-3 Bilingual Bundle!

Last is our K-2 Grades Bundle in English!

Are you excited enough?! We sure hope so! Stop by Mrs. Nicolau's blog to enter on all these great prizes!!!
While you are there, drop a note to her. She LOVES hearing from her readers! :)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Share The Love Hop

Valentine's Day is a day of showing you care and love for those special people in your life. This is actually something I try to do every day. However, I do get busy and sometimes forget to be grateful for what I have and show those certain people in my life how much they mean to me.  I am joining a few friends of mine this week in an effort to share how we "Share The Love" to some of our favorite charities, organizations, and families in need.  
We are ALL going to donate 10% of our earnings from February 10th - February 14th to the charities and families that are close to our hearts.  It is our wish that you may Hop through and feel it in your heart to donate something to one or even all of these charities and families.
My choice for the "Share The Love Hop" is a sweet little girl named Miaya. 
Miaya is a beautiful three year old little girl. In late January 2016 she came down with an upper respiratory infection that would not seem to go away with the antibiotics prescribed by her doctor. She was on her second course of antibiotics when she spiked a fever and started complaining about leg pain. She was taken to All Children's Emergency Center on February 21st and she was admitted for further testing. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on February 25, 2016.The diagnosis came as a complete shock to everyone as Miaya had been an extremely healthy child up until this point.
The day after her diagnosis Miaya was taken into surgery, to have a port put in, and they started chemotherapy later in the day. She will continue chemotherapytreatment until May of 2018. As you can imagine the medical bills the family are faced with are immeasurable. Miaya is the grandaughter of a fellow teacher and very dear friend to me. She had to take a leave of absence from her teaching position to give Miaya the care she needs. I am hoping through all of our love and support we will be able to help ease the impact of what is to come. I am asking all of you reading this, if you can spare even $1, every penny helps. You can donate with me to Miaya on her GoFund Me page: Miraculous Miaya.
In order to say thank you for Sharing The Love and donating with us, you can get a freebie at each stop.  My FREEBIE is a writing activity that encourages spreading love around the classroom and school while working on letter writing skills. It is a 10 page writing activity.

You can get it at my TpT store or by clicking Love Letters

In addition to this freebie, I will choose 2 people who answer the question below on this "share the love" blog post to pick an item from my store for free. I will randomly pick 2 winners on February 15th.  Here's the question:

How do you encourage your students to "Share The Love" with the world around them?

**Don't forget to leave your email address along with your comment below so I can contact you if you win!

Continue Sharing The Love (with one of my teaching Besties) Cristina of  McCrone Love at The Primary Besties!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Stories For Their/Your Soul

This week I am joining my Kinder Friends to share about stories that we think are good for your soul.

I love reading. It is my favorite subject. I had a very hard time deciding on just one book that I love, so I am sharing 2.

1. A book for your teacher soul:
I have to tell you about this book that I read, researched, and continue to go back to while I am planning for differentiation in my classroom. It is UHHH-Mazing. It is called The Common Core Companion. This book goes through EVERY K-2 Informational and Literature Reading, Writing, and Listening/Speaking standard. It will take one standard then show you the K level of it, the first grade level of it, and the second grade level of the standard. Then it will give you examples of what the student could be doing, questions to ask, and examples of how to expand or remediate EACH standard. The Common Core Companion is a wonderful tool that can ease your soul when planning for whole group, small group, or individual lessons. I highly recommend you get it and use it! You can get it on Amazon for about $28.00

2. A story for the Classroom Soul:
One of my ALL time favorite stories to read is called A Frog Thing by Eric Drachman.  This story is about a little frog named Frank. Frank is determined to fly. But flying is NOT a frog thing!  Frank sets his mind to it even though others laugh at him and tell him he can’t.  This story is so much fun to read with the students in your class.  It teaches so many great lessons and will really warm the kiddo’s souls. The students learn (above everything else) that if you just be you and try, anything is possible. If you don’t have the book but would love to try it, you can get it on Amazon here OR watch and listen to it on You Tube here.

After using this text with your class you can always connect it to Science by learning all about frogs and their life cycle.  I use this Frogs Can Grow Too life cycle reader and activity set to work with my kiddos.  
This product will be for sale in my store until January 22, 2017. You can get it by clicking the link above or by searching #kinderfriendswinter on TPT.

Your next stop is my good pal Elaine over at Kitty Kitty Kindergarten.
She has a fabulous and uplifting story about empowering a class to share with you!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas and an Apple Watch Giveaway!

Happy birthday Jesus and Merry Christmas to all!
This Christmas break is a time that I love spending with my family.  One of our favorite things to do is to experience new places and events.  This year we took three of our kiddos, the other one didn't deserve to go (JUST KIDDING!! He had to work!!) to see a walk through show called Ice in Orlando, FL.  It was amazing, super cold at 9 degrees, but still amazing.  Everything in the show is made completely of Ice. There are even ice slides! If you ever get a chance to see it I suggest you do.  Here are a few of the pics:
Heading in!
 The show told the story of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

 The slides were a HUGE hit!

 The reason for the season! Happy birthday Jesus!

Tis the season of giving, soooooo, I am participating in another FABULOUS giveaway.I believe teachers are some of the hardest working people in the world. In order to honor all of the effort, time, money, and love that you spend giving back to YOUR classroom, I am teaming up with some of my I Teach K-2 teacher friends to giveaway a rose gold Apple Watch!!!

In order to win, all you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter located on our Facebook page. Just click the link below!  Good luck!

Link to Facebook rafflecopter:

Monday, December 12, 2016

Holidays Around The World Giveaway

During the Christmas holidays, I love to teach the different holiday traditions that happen around the world. I created a packet a few years ago in order to have a fun interactive way for the kiddos to learn about these different traditions.  We learn about Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Diwali, St. Lucia, Chinese New Year, Las Posadas, and Christmas in Australia. This packet includes a reader with key words for each country that the students can trace and a passport to represent each country. It also has book suggestions, activities and games, and holiday crafts for each country we visit. You can get this packet by clicking Holiday Traditions Around The World.

I use this unit during our Science and Social Studies time about 2-3 weeks prior to Christmas break.  For my Reading Workshop time I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to read and compare all of the different Gingerbread Man Stories.  There are so many of them out there and I have loved everyone that I can get my hands on.  Each day the students and I read a new book and complete a story map (which is a FREE download at the end of this post).  At the end of the 2-3 week time period that this takes, we compare all of the stories to each other.  Then we complete a Gingerbread Man Reader's Theater and decorate our very own Gingerbread Man cookies.

This is an extension of all our Gingerbread fun that gives some rhyming practice. It is an interactive reader, a rhyming center, and a sort activity.

This week I am joining my Kinder Friends with a fabulous giveaway.  We are giving away $25 gift certificate to TpT. All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! There are also a few holidays items in each store for sale. Just search #kinderfriends in order to get 20% off!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now hop on over to my pal Pamela at Pocket Full of Centers for another FREEBIE and chance to win!

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