Monday, July 21, 2014

Teachers Be Shoppin' Linky Party

I was stalking reading Elizabeth Hall's blog today (KickinitinKindergarten) and I found this Linky Party and YEP...  I've been shopping.  
Here are my finds.
I am part of the ELIMINATE file cabinets CLUB. So... I pulled my files and placed them, with their mentor texts, in these great files (separated by theme).  I had to travel to a Container Store to find them but it was well worth it!

While cleaning closets, I found old sing-a-long records.  I ordered this bad boy from Amazon and thank the LORD for Amazon Prime, I had it immediately.  Yes, I am rocking the Thriller Album.  I will keep that one at home.

I saw the sign...17 Cents at WALMART, WHAAAAT? Yep, got'em for my interactive journals!

Thanks for the great linky!

Until Next Time...

Vegas STYLE Giveaway!

Tootles Everyone!
This week I have partnered up with some AMAZING new friends that I made at the TPT conference in Vegas for our first COLLABORATIVE giveaway!  Enter to win 5 amazing school products with our 

Best of Luck!
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Until Next Time!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Into the Madness I FALL!~ CLOSETS!

Oh my goodness...  Here. I. GO!   
I am falling into the never-ending pit of school teacher CLOSETS>>>>>
This is what happened.

Doesn't look so bad, right?  Well... this was after like 3 garbage bags full of items made their way to goodwill and the dump!  I haven't cleaned out my closets in 7 YEARS!  Who does that?  Well, obviously it would be ME!

Interesting Items that I Found:
1 Blender
1 Gigantic Bottle of Ammonia 
(For Kindergarten? Really? Who ordered that?)
Another Enormous bottle of Vegetable Oil?

~AH HA! Items~

1 Working Typewriter
 Think... WORD WORK Activities

15 AMAZING records 
I already ordered a record player from Amazon!
Think... Lunch Time Hits or Inside Recess

I wonder what tomorrow will bring?

Until Next Time, Lovies...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Top 5 TPT Tips I learned in Vegas~ Linky

Vegas, yep Vegas.  Can I say more?  YES, I can! 
Vegas + TPT~ WaHOOOOO!  
All I can say is that if you weren't there- GO!  Next year- GO!  I have been to amazing conferences in my educating life but this one hands down, was THE most inspiring and empowering conference of my teaching life! I walked out of the conference with my head held high. 
 I am PROUD to be a Tpt seller!

So it goes without saying that I have been on pins and needles waiting for my newest friend, Becky from Teaching Learning & Loving to post her linky.  
So, without further adieu...

These are my Top 5 Tpt Tips I learned in Vegas

Use Pic Monkey for ALL of your photo editing.  I have been using ppt and yesterday I used Pic Monkey to create my "grab me button"  and Deedee Wills was right--SO many amazing things I can do to edit a photo.  My new favorites things: adding shadows, filling shapes with pics, adding overlays.  Do I need to go on?  OH wait!!  Creating picture collages!  SOLD! 
 I love you Pic Monkey!

Buy Adobe Pro if you are on Mac.  
This truly is the only way you can add hyperlinks on your PDF's.  Thanks Erica Boher!

Deanna Jump was the keynote!!! YES. She. Was. There. and YES I LOVE HER even more!
Well, she stated that ALL of us Tpt sellers are not competitors but collaborators. We should all help and support one another.  Plus, she shared her personal, heartfelt Tpt journey.  All I will say is, WOW!  No woman deserves all of the success like she does.  She is a true, selfless woman with nothing but "teacher blood" running through her veins.

Sorry for the terrible picture, they really are gorgeous in real life.  I blame my unimaginable and uncontrollable  "star struck - ness"  - is that a word?

I went to the Blogger Panel and you woulda thought I was at the Academy Awards!  Ya'll blog junkies get ready...  FIRST, I walked into the room and there right in front of me was Cara Caroll.  I approached her and YEP I touched here!  She probably thinks I am literally crazy!  So after I almost passed out, I sit down (right in the front)   there THEY were!  Deedee Wills, Erica Boher, Cara Caroll, Elizabeth Hall, and Greg Smedley. Ya'll would've  thought I'd died and was standing at the Golden Gates in Blogger Heaven!

Oh sorry, back to my #2!!!  After I picked up my jaw and grabbed a pencil, I learned a lot from all of these amazing bloggers. But, the most important piece of information wasn't the techie info or blogging secrets, it was that all of these ladies + Greg are REAL people, just like me.  They are just as obsessed with teaching just like I am.  I learned that ALL I need to do, is be ME! Nothing more, nothing less. Whew, big relief that was.
<3 you Blogger Panel, 
and I promise I'm not crazy Cara Caroll.

This brings a smile to my face when I think about it.  During
 all of the sessions all of the presenters discussed a common theme. There TPT success wasn't done on their own.  As they began their Tpt journey, they FIRST began to establish friendships and it seems to me that within their friendships they became who they are today. I am SO very lucky that I found instant friends at Tpt.  I found my new Fab 5! (I just names us, ladies!)  So with all of that said, the #1 thing that I learned was to be supportive and to make new friends.
Thank you Tpt!

Check out the Fab 5!

Until next time!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Alphabet POSTERS!!!

This week have been busy creating new Alphabet Posters for my classroom! I adore them!  I created two different sets and now I am torn between the two! HELP!

Here are my BOLD Colors Alphabet Posters!

After I created those, I made these FLASH of Color Alphabet Posters.  I just loved the Clip Art from Erin Bradley over at ETSY! For these posters, I made extra vowel posters in different font colors for vowel identification.

Until Next Time...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Back to School Take Home Bags

Hello Friends!

I am VERY excited to share with you my Take Home Bag revisions.  I worked and worked on updating my Birthday, Student of the Week, and Toothless Wonders bags.  I included new FLAIR, STYLE, and of course, clip art/fonts/borders.  I hope you enjoy them.  I am on my way to staples to buy new binders.
This is my Birthday Bag!  The students LOVE to take it home and share about their birthday.

This bag is for my Student or Star of the Week.  It included home and school activities.

Doesn't everyone LOOSE a tooth in kindergarten?  They WILL with this take home activity!

Finally, my pride and joy...  
the Bundled Set of ALL 3 bags!  

Check out what's inside!

Until Next Time...

Monday, May 5, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week BLOG HOP~!

Welcome to LOVING KINDERS a STOP on the BLOG HOP!  A big shout out and THANK YOU *kisses* to Teaching In Blue Jeans for organizing this for Teacher Appreciation Week!  I donated my best selling unit for the giveaway!  Continue to blog hop to see ALL of the products in action! This giveaway has a bundle of 55 products!!!!!!

and to visit the NEXT blogger!!!

Without further adieu, let me tell you about my Kindergarten Weather Mini Unit.  It is FULL of literacy center ideas!  I have 2 emergent readers (differentiated), sentence scrambles, vocabulary cards, write around the room, and MUCH MORE! Check out my Emergent Readers in action! 
My students LOVE working with emergent readers!
 I place emergent readers in my literacy rotation and students complete them with and without assistance.  It is a great tool for differentiation. PLUS my kinders LOVE them!
~Snapshots of my unit~

These are independent writing sheets.  It is amazing to watch my kinders using pictures to tell a story!  

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