Monday, June 30, 2014

UP & COMING! Word Family Books {a thru z}

Do you need some new word family books?

Use these interactively with magnetic letters, letter tiles, or the cut and paste letter squares that are included with each word family book.


Letter A Word Family books pic 1

Letter A Word Family books pic 2

Wait no longer… okay just a bit longer! I’ll be giving these away soon so be sure to Like and follow my Facebook page to keep updated!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Run? Hide? or FIGHT?

New Safety strategies for worst-case scenarios!

What would you do?

US Department of Education aligns with ALICE
(Read on for helpful links)
On June 18, 2013, Vice President Biden released new guidelines for school safety that align and build upon years of emergency planning work by the Federal government.  This guide incorporates lessons learned from recent incidents, and responds to the needs and concerns voiced by stakeholders following the recent shootings in Newtown, CT.

The 2013 edition expands the guidance to include multiple options that go beyond the lockdown-only advice they published in 2007.  New guidance includes Run, Hide or Fight. It also recognizes that staff and students may have to use more than one option and that the decision to do so should be made using their own judgment.
A Nationwide Shift in Thinking
   Tips to Survive
You can find more information regarding ALICE training / active shooter training at the links below! Just click on each picture.

So, what would you do?
Leave your ideas in the comments for everyone to learn from. It’s important for our safety.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Giveaway–Less than 12 Hours to Enter

Don’t forget!
Giveaway Pics
If you’d like to enter to win “My Abc Letter Books” (134 pages) be sure to click on the image above!
Good luck!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Five for Friday–Linky Party

Linking up with Kacey at Doodlebugs Teaching for some randomness.
This has become my daughters favorite movie. Since being off I think we’ve seen it 100 times… or at least it feels like it. “Let it go!” I just can’t seem to get it gone though!
Since my daughter couldn’t let it go, I downloaded the Frozen game on my phone. Mistake! She’s only 4 so guess who has learned how to play the game with her! You got it. Me. “Let it go!”
But it seems it continues on and on and … Guess who’s Elsa – my daughter. Guess who needs Ana to play with her – Me. “Let it go!”
Does anyone know where to find ANY Frozen toys at all? Whew, I’ve walked every store, every internet site, etc. “Let it go!”

Next, I’ve been wondering who is going to make this gorgeous cake for my daughter’s 5th birthday party. This is what she wants but I think she might have to “Let it go!” cause I’m not this creative and haven’t found it anywhere where I live!

Finally, we’ve been shopping for Frozen party supplies! Whew! It’s been all about Frozen this past week!
Wow! If you made it through all that Frozen stuff you’re amazing!
Now, it’s time to “Let it Go!” and link up with Kacey at Doodlebugs Teaching.
Have a great weekend…

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It’s Time for Throwback Thursday

I’m linking up with Hope from Second Grade Shenangans. In a post this past year, I offered free 1 page ABC books for the letters A to Z. You can find a picture HERE.
ABC Flip Books
Click on the picture in this throwback post and you can get it for FREE once again if you haven’t gotten it before. Just follow the directions once you get to the “throwback” page. (And, ignore the giveaway, as that is long over).
Also, I’m having a 20% off sale on my TPT site today only! Maybe you’ll find something there you’ll like or choose the “follow me” button to see when I post something new again.
And, if you like this resource, please leave a comment on my Facebook page!
Next Thursday, I’ll be back with a picture Throwback rather than product! Well, maybe a FREEBIE to do along with the pictures. Smile

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


It's Time for GIVEAWAY!

You can enter this giveaway HERE or on my Facebook page.

This product contains 134 pages. Each book is 5 pages. The books focus on alphabet letter id, sound, handwriting, and reading sight words with one to one correspondence.

They are also collated for you to make it easier and faster to print and assemble!

If you would like to purchase these rather than enter the contest above, you may find them on my TPT store (The Kinder Cupboard).

Words Their Way

Remember this book?

Now it’s even better!

The developmentally driven Words Their Way ® instructional approach is a phenomenon in word study, providing a practical way to study words with students. The keys to this successful, research-based approach are to know your students’ literacy progress, organize for instruction, and implement word study. The Fifth Edition features an innovative redesign and introduces technology integration aligning text to all new classroom video, an interactive classroom assessment application, prepared and create-your-own word sorts, games, and more specific to each chapter. It gives you all the tools you need to carry out word study instruction that will motivate and engage your students, and help them to succeed in literacy learning. Ordered in a developmental format, Words Their Way ®complements the use of any existing phonics, spelling, and vocabulary curricula.

For Kindergarten you’ll also like:

Click on each picture for more info.

What do you use in your classroom?

Share with the readers of this blog in a comment.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Management Tip–Time Out

Do you need to use Time Outs in your classroom to redirect student to get back on task?

There are lots of ways to manage your students’ behavior but here’s an idea I ran across this summer!

Sometimes, when it’s necessary, as teachers we need to remove a student from a center or station to get them focused on what they are learning or how to improve their behavior. All too often students are being sat down at a time out chair but have nothing to do. Having nothing to do sometimes equates to more misbehavior. Therefore why not have something academic to do.

How about alphabet practice, sight words or phonics practice? Even number writing using a poster. You want it academic but not too much fun as our goal is to return the child back to their groups.

Now, you’ve just allowed your off task student a quiet place to not only think about how to get back on task, but an academic area to continue their learning. AND, although these activities at Time Out may be less fun, they’ll re-focus, practice a skill and want to return to their previous center / station to the more exciting stuff.

What activities do you have at your Time Out area for students to do while re-focusing?

Share your ideas in a comment!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

What if?

What would you do if this happened in your school?

June 29th, I’ll be posting more information.

You won’t want to miss this!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tech Byte Tuesdays

Must Know Apps
1. Educreations – This app allows you to create easy to understand instructional videos in your classroom.  Download this on your iPad, tablet or use it on your computer. Click on the picture below to go to the website and register for FREE.
Super easy to use! Even my kinder kids can do this!

2. ComicLife – This app allows your kiddos to create comics or comic strips. Check out the samples on the educators page. Even Kinder friendly!

3. Scootpad – Great app that provides standards based practice in all academic areas for Kindergarten to Fifth grade. View the demo by clicking the app below.

4. HMH Readers - HMH Readers features K-6 grade-appropriate non-fiction and fiction texts to reinforce reading skills, promote academic vocabulary acquisition and improve reading fluency and comprehension in young readers. For Windows tablets and iPad.

You can get these apps at the app store, google play and windows apps.
What apps do you use? Leave a comment and let us know!