Sunday, December 1, 2013

TPT Sale Monday and Tuesday!!

I hope you've had enough time to recover from all that Black Friday shopping because tomorrow kicks off TPT's HUGE Cyber Monday and Tuesday Sale!!  All the items in my store will be 20% off.  Don't forget to enter the promo code Cyber at checkout for up to 28% savings!  So move those items from wishlist into your cart and save, save, save!  And remember to leave feedback for TPT credits that can be used to get you an even bigger discount.  Happy Shopping!

Click on any of the images below to see these items in my shop!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Test...Test...Is this thing on!?

I might be the worst blogger in the history of teacher bloggers!  Ok maybe not the worst....but I feel like I have to be in the running!  I can't even begin to explain the craziness that has happened since my last post.  October was a complete whirlwind for me....I had 3 packets in the works and none of them got finished....not a single one!  Do you ever feel like you're in survival mode?  That has what this last month has been for me.  But it's finally over...let's hope!  Things should be back to normal this week and hopefully the rest of this school year.  I just wanted to drop in and say yes I am still here and I do plan on sharing lots of activities that are going on in our class this year.  Believe it or not we are learning!!  Even though I have no photographic evidence to prove it!  I also wanted to share that I have finished my Thanksgiving centers packet and it is posted on TPT!  Click the image below to check it out!  

Monday, September 23, 2013

And the winner is....

Congratulations Melissa S.  I have sent you an email with all your goodies!!  Thanks to everyone who entered!  If you still want your own custom classroom wreath you can order from my sweet friend Kristin at Artastic Craft Studio.  Click here to check out her website.

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Today was my last day with all 26 kiddos.  It was also my amazing student teacher's first day of full responsibility.  She's a rock star and we are so lucky to have her!  Check back later this week for some pictures of our literacy and math stations!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

My New Blog Design and a Giveaway!!

Hello sweet friends!  I'm sorry I've neglected this blog for awhile.  I have had 26 little ones in my class for the last three weeks so to say I have come home tired is an understatement.  You know the saying, "There's no tired like teacher tired."  Yeah well I have been all sorts of teacher tired these days.  And if being a teacher of 26 kindergarteners wasn't enough....well I'm pregnant!  My husband and I are so excited to welcome Baby #2 in April!  So hopefully you can forgive me for being absent for the last three weeks.  We just hired another teacher to split my class and she should take over next week.  So hopefully I'll be better about blogging from here on out!

What do you think of the new blog design!?!  I am in love!  I started working with the team from Honey Bunch Blog Designs in July on coming up with a custom design for my blog.  They are amazing!  I appreciate how patient they were with all the changes I requested as I worked to figure out exactly what I wanted for this site.  I think it turned out perfect!  I love blogging and sharing resources with other teachers but I also view TPT as a second full-time job.  Because of that I really wanted to develop my own brand to be more marketable.  I am excited to see all the elements for Facebook, TPT, Twitter, etc. as they are delivered in the next few weeks.

Since this blog is full of celebrations, I thought I would share some of excitement with you!  I've decided to do a giveaway for a chance to win three of my TPT packets and a custom classroom wreath like the one pictured below.

There are several ways to enter!  For starters, leave a comment and tell me something you are celebrating!  It could be school related or a personal celebration!  The giveaway ends midnight on September 23rd!  Good luck!

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Back to School Sale!

It's that time again!  Summer is over and we're busy prepping and organizing our classrooms. Some of you have already started teaching.  It always goes by so fast!  Don't stress too much though because TPT has announced their Back to School sale!!  Everything in my store will be 20% this Sunday and Monday and if you use the code BTS13, TPT will take off an extra 10%!  Click the image below to check out my store!  I've included cover photos of some of my newest products you might be interested in for the fall.  Happy Shopping!

Here are some of my favorites!  Click on the images below to view the items in my store!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bye Bye Summer!

Well I finally managed to make my way up to my classroom today.  Luckily for me I had my sweet teaching partner Amy there with me.  I definitely felt more productive than I ever have on the "first" day working in my room.  The hubby even stopped by in the evening to help me measure and hang bulletin boards.  He's such a sweetheart!  I'll be headed back tomorrow for round two!  I'll be adding pictures once it's complete, hopefully that's not too far away!  In the meantime, I've been busy working on some more units for the fall semester.  I've finished and posted a football centers packet and a fall centers packet.  Click the images below to see the units in my TPT store!  I'll be doing some giveaways via the blog and Facebook soon so make sure you're a follower!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fall Unit is Posted!

Just finished up my fall unit last night and it's now posted in my TPT store!  Click the image below to check it out!

I am so in denial about the end of summer!  I have yet to set foot in my classroom and begin tackling all of those beginning of the year projects.  This is the first time in 5 years that I haven't moved classrooms, grade levels or schools so I am super excited!  It makes the work seems much less overwhelming.  I'll be posting classroom pictures soon!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Back to School Updates!!

Just a quick post to say that my Back to School unit is finished!  This unit has been completely redone and now includes over 160 pages of literacy and math activities for the beginning of the year.  If you have already purchased this product in the past then you can download the updated file for FREE!  Just click on your "My Purchases" tab!  Click the image below to check out the unit!  If you're not already following me on Facebook, you'll want to do that as well.  I'll be sending out a post tomorrow that you won't want to miss!  Click here to visit my page!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Birthday Sale!

I'm throwing a little sale in my TPT store in honor of my birthday!  From now until midnight everything in my store is 20%.  Click the image below to check it out!  Now I'm off to finish packing because we're headed to Disney World on Tuesday!  Eeekk!  So excited!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Apple Unit Posted!

Hey sweet friends!  Just a quick post to say my Apple unit is now posted in my TPT store!  It's currently discounted until Sunday at midnight so grab your copy now!  Click either image below to check it out!


I'm teaming up with my talented friend Kristin Hilsabeck for some super cute crafts!  Be on the look out for these adorable activities in my upcoming packets!  She's currently working on a Johnny Appleseed one for this unit that will be added soon. No worries if you purchase before the update!  You can always re-download any of your previous purchases by clicking on the "My Purchases" tab!  If you're in the Bryan/College Station area you should definitely considering taking one of her adult classes or signing your little ones up for a kids class!  She hosts birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, adult classes, kid's classes, art camps, and so much more!  For those who do not live in town she does take orders has an online store as well....check out her site by clicking the image below!

Currently working on:
Updating Back-to-School
Lines, Shapes and Colors
Spiders and Bats

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Throwback Thursday!

I'm linking up with Cara Carroll from The First Grade Parade for a little Throwback Thursday!

Click the image above to visit Cara's blog and link up!

I'm revisiting my very first post on this blog today!  It's crazy how fast time flies.  It's almost been a year since I opened my TPT store and started this blog.  I can't begin to express how grateful I am for everything that has happened in the past year.  And while TPT has become my second full-time job, I wouldn't trade that for anything!  Blogging and TPT continue to make me a better teacher and I am so thankful for all the friendships and professional development I've gained through these sites!  There a lots of changes in store for this blog and TPT in the near future but I am excited to see where this year leads! So here's to hoping this next year is even better than the last!!

Originally posted July 11, 2012

Welcome to Keeping Up With the Kindergarteners!  I am so excited about this opportunity to share all the wonderful things going on in our classroom.  I am also looking forward to staying more connected to the blogging world.  There are so many amazing teachers who are willing to share their ideas and expertise and I am so thankful to be a part of that. 

I first want to say a big "Thank You" to Alicia at Dreamlike Magic Designs.  She not only designed but installed this adorable blog template for me.  If you haven't seen her work, you should really check it out.  She offers affordable packages and has a very quick turn-around. 

As if a new blog wasn't enough for one night, I would also like to announce the opening of my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  I am ecstatic about this opportunity to create, share and collaborate with other teachers.  I'm adding new products daily so please consider following me on TPT for all the latest updates!  My hope is to create products that are "cute" but also meaningful.  If there's something you've been wanting and haven't been able to find then let me know!  You can check out my store by clicking here

I will be posting pictures of my classroom in a couple of weeks so if you're doing a jungle theme or just looking for general ideas then stop by and check them out!  I also plan to post lots of FREEBIES so you don't want to miss those! 

My first freebie is a copy of my jungle-themed Daily 5 posters.  When I moved from first grade to Kinder, I switched from using a pocket chart system to a clip chart system to track each child's Daily 5 choices.  I'm still working out the kinks so be on the lookout for an official post in the future.  You can find these in my TPT store by clicking on the image.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Follow Me on Facebook!

Hello sweet blogger friends!  My oh my it has been forever and a day since I have posted here!  The end of the year is oh so I'm sure you all know!  I just wanted to encourage everyone to check out my Facebook page.  I've had one for awhile now but I'm going to really start using it to share products, freebies, hold giveaways and announce flash sales and discounted units!  I've got three mega packets in the final stages now so be on the look out for those in my TPT store soon!

Click here to visit my page and be sure you click "Like"!

Hope everyone is having a fabulous summer!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Keep Calm and Shop On!

The Teacher Appreciation Sale on TPT officially starts tomorrow!!  Deedee Wills from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten posted some great advice on her blog about her plan of attack!  Check it out below!

Click on the image to visit my store!

 Now, I like a plan of attack. Here are my plans as the sale approaches:

1.  Look at my past purchases.   Have I left feedback on these?   I love those points! Sometimes the TpT system slows down on big sale days, so I want to get those feedbacks in! I want to rack-up those beautiful points and turn them into purchasing power!  I am freely admitting that I don't NEED anymore clip art... but I always WANT more clip art!
This is also a great time to go back to those sellers and see what other treasures they have in their store.

2.   I move my items from my "Wishlist" over to my "Cart."   Seriously, I have this mental image of a puma ready to pounce on its prey.

3. Think ahead... As I think about my classroom instruction, what things will I want to implement for next year.   This is a great time to be reflective!

It is easier to "Keep Calm and Shop On" when you have a plan!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Fun on the Farm

Hello my sweet blogger friends!  Sorry I haven't posted in awhile.  I have been a little, you could say, overwhelmed lately.  This whole selling a house business has been super stressful.  I'll be glad when the whole process is over.  So if anyone out there is looking to move to the great state of Texas, I have a house I'd be willing to sell you!

We wrapped up our Farm unit a couple weeks ago and I'm just now getting around to posting about all of our fun.

We read the book We Need Farmers by Lois Schaefer.  The kids then got to make their own farmer books where the wrote sentences about what farmers do and why they are important.  These turned out super cute!

Farmers feed all the animals. 

Farmers get food from animals.

Farmers milk cows.

Farmers work hard.

We read about different farm animals and researched them using  If you have never tried this website you need to check it out!

The kids then chose one farm animal to write a report on.

While studying about cows, we did an awesome science experiment where we made butter!  We added cinnamon and a little too much garlic!  Oops!  But the kids had a blast!  If you want to do this experiment you'll need heavy whipping cream, ziploc twist 'n loc containers, cinnamon and garlic powder.  We poured the heavy whipping cream into the containers and added our flavoring.  The kids took turns shaking the containers until the butter formed.

   They then got to enjoy their butter with some yummy crackers!


After filling out our farm animal tree maps we made these adorable chickens and paper plate pigs.  

All of these activities plus our literacy and math centers are included in my Fun on the Farm Packet which is now up on TPT.  Click on either image below to check it out!

Good luck to all my teacher friends giving the STAAR test this week!