Monday, December 19, 2011

Gifts, gifts everywhere!

I am very lucky to have a handful of aides that are in and out of my classroom throughout the week to help my kiddos.  They are wonderful ladies who love working with kids and love on my kids.  In my classroom they are often referred to as the "ladies" which just cracks me up.

Anyways, I like to give these "ladies" a little something during this gift giving season to show and remind them how much I appreciate them.  This year they will get some soap (which you use a lot of if you hang around kindergarteners!) with a cute little tag to accompany them.

Incase you can't read the tag it says, "Wishing you a holiday season full of peace, joy, and hope soap!"

Click {HERE} for a free download of the tags!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Liebster Blog Award!

My first award!  I'm really stepping into the blogging world now.  Johanna at First Grade Fanatic and Sara at Kindergarten is a Hoot  both nominated me for this award.  Thanks ladies!  The Liebster Blog award is for blogs who have less than 200 followers.

This award is for newbies, and it's goal is to spotlight up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers.  If awarded, you must:
♥ copy and paste the award on your blog
♥ thank the giver and link back to them
♥ reveal YOUR top five picks and leave a comment letting them know
♥ hope your followers will share the love with them :)
Here are my five newbie picks. Enjoy!!

1. Karen at A little kinder told me so: She has the cutest ideas and tons of winter activities.

2. Mary at Adventures in Kindergarten: First of all, I just love the name of her blog!  She has lots of cute and crafty ideas.

3. Mrs. Huff at Mrs. Huff's Kinderblog: She posts so many practical and cute things to use in your classroom especially during center time. 

4. Holly at Criss Cross Applesauce in First Grade: Right now I am in love with her snow globe families. 

5. Wild about K Kids:  She has some of the most adorable ideas such as her fruit turkey, you have to check it out!

So now I have payed it forward and I hope you find the above blogs to be as helpful as I have! 

Tomorrow I will be telling you about the gifts I am giving to all the aides and helpers I have this year!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday Tip

This tip is probably better suited for the beginning of the year but I'm going to share it with you now anyways.  My short term memory is pretty much non-exsistent and so when it comes to remembering things during the day I need all the help I can get.

This year I have 26 kiddos and being able to run through a list of them at the beginning of the year to see who didn't line up at recess wasn't going to happen from memory.  I saw our dear kindergarten aide carrying around a big piece of paper with her all the time of the kiddos names and I thought to myself, there's got to be something better and easier than this.

Here comes my great idea...a label on the back of my ID badge with all my student's names!  I always have my badge, it's the key to my school and holds the key to my classroom.  Putting a label on the back is the perfect way for me to know who I have and who I am missing at all times.  Not only is this great for recess time but fire drills as well.  It is much quicker than grabbing their attendance cards and I will never forget it.

Hopefully some of you are already doing this and if so, why haven't you shared your brilliant idea with me yet?!


Friday, December 2, 2011

Winter Unit Giveaway Results + FREEBIE

The results are in!  The winners of my Winter Games & Printables packet are....

Commenter number 1 and 3. Gladys and Tammy.  Ladies, send me an email ( and I will respond with your product!

Thank you to everyone who commented and for your blogging ideas!  

Tonight I will leave you with a Snowman Number Matching Center printable.

Click {HERE} to get your download.