Making Connections with Alphabet Puzzles

As I was sitting back planning for my next week in kindergarten, I thought about how well my little kinders are doing in their literacy and supportive writing centers.  I have been FLOORED with their work.

I wish I could say that it is because I am a TRUE miracle worker and everything that comes out of my mouth is  utter teaching GENUIS 


to be honest it is because I have some wonderful teaching resources.

So today, I wanted to share something that I am currently using that I love.


Alphabet puzzles have been around for a long time but if you do not use them consistently or within the right context, you could misuse them or EVEN worse... NOT use them at all.

So, here are 5 Ways to 
Make Connections with Alphabet Puzzles

Alphabet Puzzles peek the interest of others AND keep students engaged!

Alphabet Puzzles promote alphabet recognition.
 Alphabet Puzzles build sound inventories.
 Alphabet Puzzles boost confidence PLUS they are just plain fun!

If you are interested in these puzzles stop by my TPT store below.

Until Next Time...

Oh... LICE me!

My week, in this order.
5 students.  5!  Did you hear me? 

FIVE students 

out of 27 have head lice in my room.

Oh brother...  here we go.

Check after check after check... 

1, then 2, then 3, then 4, NOW... 5!


I might not make it!

Let's just pray that

 I make it outta here bug free.

Only time will tell.  


 And lots and lots of pony tails.

Until Next Time...

Five for FRIDAY- Oct 10

HAPPY Friday!
It's been a great week! 

I am SOooOOoOO
 looking forward to the weekend!  
Welcome Fall!

Today tonight I am going to LINK up with Doodle Bugs 
for a 
Five for Friday!

It's fall and it was wonderful to take my kinders up to Michigan to experience a working Apple Orchard.

Last week we focused on the Changing Seasons.  
I just LOVED how these turned out.  

My kinders completed these in a supportive writing center.  I wrote 'LEAVES' and my kinders wrote 'The' and added their own ideas.  

How cute, eh?
I teach the 6 + 1 Writing Traits.  

Every year I make a "growing" trait board and add picture cues to each flower in the (pot) garden.  

My kinders EAT IT UP!

My week was filled with FUNDATION letters and sounds!  

It was sort of an ABC SPIN CLASS of sorts.  

I intro'd all of the letters and circled back around through the letters each and every day.

I don't know if you KNOW Becky Castle over at
but if you DON'T????  
You're missing out! 
 She is AAAAAAHHHHH-mazing! 

 I bought her poetry BUNDLE and I CAN'T GET ENOUGH!  There is so much you can do with it!  We have Poetry Thursdays and the KINDERS cheer each time!  
My lesson included adding to our color poems.  I have the students write the words in pencil, circle with the color word crayon, and then add color details.  I introduce the poem on my smart board and we echo it all afternoon during our lesson.


October Currently

I am linking up with Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade
for a Currently post.  
I agree.  I cannot believe it is already October!

Listening: I DO LOVE College Football and I am a DIE HARD ND fan!  Come on Irish, Beat Stanford!

Loving: I ADORE fonts, and right now I am MADLY in love with my HELLO FONTS Commercial License.  Hello Literacy is amazing.  This product is TOTALLY worth the moolah!

Thinking: Yep, I need to work out.  With the holidays a-coming... I betta get my act together!

Wanting: Fall clothes.... ahhhh!!!  I WANT STITCH FIX!!!  Do you?  I think it's awesome.  I might try it soon!

Needing: I am watching football with my dad, my family, my sister, and I am LOVIN' it!
TRICK OR TREAT???  DEFINITELY... TREATS for sure!  Yeah, that's why I need to go to the gym!

Until Next time... BOO!

HOW TO PREP Interactive Notebooks For SUCCESS!

There are SO many resources out there for Interactive Notebooks.  
Where do you Start?  
Well, I went SURFING, web surfing~ DUH!! 
 I found a plethora of information out there.  

There REALLY are great teachers doing REALLY amazing things with Interactive Notebooks.  

So, I took a little of this, a whole lotta of that
added my own FLAIR... 
and BANG~ POW~ (a bit of sparkles of course
and I have my own Interactive Notebooks. 

 This post is dedicated to the teachers that inspired me to accomplish SUCCESSFUL interactive notebooks in KINDERGARTEN! 
Please click on the links to find other posts that talk about interactive notebook success and implementations.

I don't know about you, but I am a VISUAL learner.  
I learn by seeing, looking, and watching. 
 I wanted this post to be a PEEK or a LOOK at 


So, here goes.  My Prep!

1st~ You will need Wide Ruler Spiral Notebooks. 
I like to find ALL black notebooks because it makes the cover STAND OUT!
 2nd~  You will need to make a cover for your notebook.  
I am using my Mathematician Superhero Notebook.  Print it out and be conscious of the exact size.  I always want it to cover all of the WORDS on the front of the notebooks. 
Use Rubber Cement to secure.
 Notebook Covers Secure.

3rd~ Find your DUCK TAPE style!  
I HEART LOVED pin that I saw I while back from Kristen's Kindergarten.  
The pin said to use DUCK tape to cover the spirals.
Light BULB idea...  
This will help me store the notebooks and prevent spiral snarl. (hee hee)

  This was a GOD SEND! 
So, #3 is find your STYLE! 
4th~ This is where my own FLAIR comes in.  
I found that one piece of duck tape does NOT work. I add the first piece to the front first. You will need to really watch where you space it on the notebook.  I bought a couple of notebooks for trial and error purposes to avoid any problems.  This really saved me.  

I still have nightmares that I never checked that out ahead of time.

 I place my duck tape about 1/2 inch after the spirals, on top of the 3 holes to avoid problems while opening.
4th Continued...
 I add another piece on the back for durability.
Spiral PREP done.
Your spirals should allow students to open the notebook easily and keep the spirals safe for easy storage.  
 You will LOVE your SEA of Interactive Notebooks.
 5th~ Another REALLY great idea came from Valerie Young when she was blogging on Corkboard Connections. I loved this idea too!

Add an ENVELOPE in your notebook.
Do you know why?  We ALL know why!  

You always have that sweet little doll of a child that NEVER, EVER, finishes, ANYTHING!  

This will save your life when he/she can't find their pieces that they couldn't finish last time! 
 NOW, our/YOUR Interactive Notebooks are BEAUTIFULLY and Completely Prepped!
Now, if they would only stay this pretty! :)

If you are interested
in my Superhero Mathematician 
Interactive Notebooks for Kindergarten. 
 Click the link.

Until Next Time...

Five for FRIDAY~ 9/26 + Personal Reflections

Don't ya just LOVE the fall?  I mean I really LOVE the fall!  I love everything about it.  The changing leaves, the cool breezes, the NOT wearing swimsuits anymore (hee hee), COLLEGE football ~ GO ND~, and of course... the PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE at Starbucks!  
That's why this POST is SO important...

Cheers to my Five for Friday Ya'll! 
Thanks DOODLE Bugs for hosting.

Ok...  This was my Thursday morning...  Stay with me... 

 I woke up 20 minutes late - ZERO coffee creamer, a 14 year old boy who would rather sleep than shower, an 8 year old girl who   wants to take a shower when we have to leave in 5 minutes, and finally a hubby, who bless his little heart, tries to help but ends up walking around endlessly searching for a reason to leave this morning NUTHOUSE!

WITH ALL OF THIS, I decide that on my way to school I am going to treat myself to a PUMPKIN SPICE latte from my SUGAR PRISON~ Starbucks.  

After 10 minutes in the drive thru there was 
a sign, A SIGN, A SIGN!!!  
Sorry for the inconvenience. 


Ok, to make up for my Starbucks mishap, Let's Spoon had MY NAME AND MY HUBBY'S name as the names of the day!  
That entitles ME to TWO FREE ice creams! YAY!  
~ No gym in sight, right?

This week I've been TRYING to wake up early to finish my Halloween Unit.  It's almost done.  Here are a couple of pages.  

School stuff....  
My classroom has the worst glue sticks EVER!  
My school supplies the glue sticks and they STINK!  My interactive notebooks are suffering!  Today I went out and bought my own GLUE sticks.  The BEST $6.00 I've spent this week.  ~Especially since I didn't get that Starbucks coffee!

I didn't get to share this last week!  This past Saturday my husband and I were able to attend the BLACKHAWK'S Training camp at The University of Notre Dame.  
We sat right on the ICE. It was AWESOME! 

Thanks for listening to my rants, raves, and reflections on this past week. I promise to post some more useable and meaningful posts 
(hee hee) this weekend. 
Up coming~ 
Interactive Math Journals where are we?
 Guided and Interactive READING

Until Next Time...