Math Journals

Hi peeps, 

I have exciting news
I am moving back to kinder!
So that means that I am back to blogging! 
I have missed being around little people. I am secretly counting down the days until school starts  
 because I really want to be in a classroom with kinders again. 
Anyhoo, I have been using my summer break to update and create several new things for my 
incoming littles. This year I really want to incorporate math journals into my classroom. 
I have done a version of journals previously in my class but it was not a consistent thing. 
This year I want to have it a little more structured. 
I plan to assembly the journals and have students do a page each day. 
They can use the journals as early finishers, for morning work, as an exit ticket. 

 You can pick up the August Freebie Version here

You can check out the September version below

Also, make sure to stop by my FB page each day this week to participate in my June Summer Sales Bash!

Day One is already up so hop on over for your chance to win!

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Dollar Tree Math and Literacy Centers

 Hi peeps! I hope you had an amazing Spring Break and recharged your batteries.
I used my break to plan out the next couple of weeks in my classroom. 
My students needed some extra CVC and sight word practice so I created some fun word searches for them. 

I am planning to use the  CVC, Fry Sight Words, and Dolch Word Searches to send home as homework with littles. 

Over the break I made a little pit stop at the Dollar Tree, which is NEVER a good idea, and saw some vases and gems and had an idea for a few centers for our Ocean Week. 
I picked up 2 vases, I will use these for fishbowls, and 2 packs of rounded, clear gems. 
I pulled out my Sharpies and got right to work. I wrote letters on one set and numbers on the other. It took me a few tries to get the lettering right, hello spring break brain and writing backwards, but after about an hour I had all the stones written on. I think that my students are going to be thrilled with their new centers. 
Here is a quick look at the centers that my students will use this week. 
This center is to help my students practice short vowel sounds. I used colored Sharpies to write the vowels on the stones and placed them into the fishbowl. Students will pull a stone, find a picture to match the vowel sound, and use the bingo dot marker to dot the picture the same color as the vowel on the stone they pulled. 
This center is to practice ordering letters. Students will pull 3 stones and write the letters in the correct order
Some of my students are still struggling with this skill so I included an Alphabet Line for those who need the extra support. 
For this next center you will need 2 fishbowls. Place all the consonants into one of the bowls and all the vowels into the other. In this center students will practice building CVC words and will determine if a word is a real or nonsense word. 
Students will pull 2 stones from the consonant bowl and one from the vowel bowl. 

Students will then order the letters, write it, and use a dot marker to determine if the word is a real or nonsense word. 

For the number word center place numbers 0-10,11-20, or a mix of numbers into the fishbowl. Students pull a number and write the number word. 

Next up is the addition and subtraction center. Students pull a gem and find a problem on their printable that equals the number on the stone. 
Before and After Center 
 Making Ten using Goldfish
or in my case Whales because I forgot to buy the Goldfish

You can pick up all these centers by click the picture below. 
Have an amazing week peeks!
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A Bit Of Writing

Hiya peeps!
Welcome back
Can you believe that writing is one of my least favorite subjects to teach?
I think I had such a disdain for it because it can be so tedious and many times I always feel like my hair is on fire and my students are just looking at me like….
Writing, to me, can often be dry and boring. Writing was never interesting to me as a kid. My teachers would always just hand me a pencil and say, “write!” 
My response would always be to write what?! I had nothing to write about.
I mean I was a kid
My life wasn’t really that interesting. 
I find that my littles say the same thing. 
They are so uninspired and feel like they don’t have anything to write about. 
Over the course of the year I created several printables, here and there, to spice up and inspire my littles to write. 
Click on any of the pictures below to snag these writing freebies. 

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Teaching Writing and a Huge Freebie

Hiya peeps,
It has been a loooong time since I blogged.  I sort of  fell out of love with blogging. I needed to take a step back. I had no idea that step backwards would result in a nearly 2 year absence. But I am back and “plan” to get back on the proverbial horse. 
Today I wanted to talk a little about how I teach writing. Our school wide writing system is the 
four square writing method. The idea behind using  4 square writing is to help student organize 
their writing into a meaningful and cohesive piece. The goal is to have students write a paragraph by
the time they leave kindergarten. Don’t worry this sounds much more advanced than it really is.  
The students write 1 sentence each day on a given topic and at the end of the week they 
combine their sentences to create a paragraph. On Day 1 students write about the topic and over the 
course of the next 3 days they write/draw/label a detail that relates to the topic. Then on Day 5 students
create a short sentence to sum up their writing.  Once students have written their initial paragraph
we spend the next week editing and publishing their work.  
This process can take up to 10 days to complete.  At the very beginning of the year every one’s writing is essentially the same but as students begin to understand the process their writing begins to become more individual and unique. 
The teacher usually comes up with a topic for the writing. The topics are either based on our story for
the week, special events or happenings in our classroom i.e. field trips, classroom parties, etc, or our science topic. On Monday we present the writing topic to our students. We ask students to tell what they know about the topic. We create an Anchor Chart listing everything that we can think of 
based on the topic. The chart is interactive and students draw and add to it over the course of the week. Each day students pick one of the words on the chart and use that to write about in their 4 square writing. 
At the very beginning of the year students use pictures to express their writing.  
Each day we fill in one box relating to the topic. To begin 4 square you want to use topics that students can easily relate to for example school. At the end of the week we came up with a short sentence to sum up our writing.
This would be a example of what our 4 square writing might look like in September. 
As students become more familiar with the process we begin to label our writing.

This would be an example of our writing in late October/early November. 
But as the year progresses and the students begin to move from essentially labeling to simple sentences to more complex, and detailed sentences by the end of the year. As students become better writers they are given more freedom with their writing. We move to more broader topics and  from everyone having the same 4 square writing to more individual writing. We all write about the same topic but the student’s individual writing varies. For example, our umbrella topic could be about animals but students are given freedom to write about anything they want that pertains to the topic. So one student might write about mammals, another might write about scary animals, while another might write about pets. Everyone writes about the same topic but students are given the freedom to write about what interests them. 

An example of how students combine their writings from the 4 square chart to create a paragraph.

 Here is a look at some of  my students 4 square writings. This is one of the very first writings we did as a class. Since it was the beginning of the year every one’s writing looked the same. 
Teacher Copy:
Student’s Copy:

The 4 square method is easily adaptable. We used it in conjunction with the Can, Have, Are 
graphic organizer. Our topic for the week was plants. On Monday, we wrote and talked about our topic: Plants. On Tuesday, we filled in the can column about wrote about things that plants can do. Wednesday we wrote about what plants have and on Thursday we wrote about what plants are.  This is one of the first writings that we did where students writings began to vary. Students began to use stem sentences for their writing. 
They would write 
*Plants can…
*Pants have…
*Plants are…
and they would pick one word from the anchor chart to complete their sentence. 

I wanted to give my students more opportunities to write so I began to send home the Write Away sheets for homework. I was initially very skeptical about how parents would respond to their babies writing paragraphs in kindergarten but the response was great. The littles writing grew so much!  I created these little sheets in 2012 and had many requests to make more and update them but never got around to doing so. 

 here is me

In 2016
Finally getting around to updating and posting these

Even if you don’t use 4 square I hope these would be of use to 
you. Thanks so much for sticking around
and I hope you enjoy the freebie
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Morning Work Bundle and a Freebie

Hiya there Peeps
Shuna here

It has been a long time.

I am thoroughly enjoying this Winter Break.

It is much needed.

I have spent the majority of the break finishing up my Kindergarten Morning Work Series.

I have blogged a couple times about my morning routine with my students and morning work is a

huge part of that routine.

The morning work has been such a time saver for me when planning. I don’t know about you but

I would always run around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to find morning work.

My students can come in any time for 7:10 to 8:00 and it would always be such a challenge to find

meaningful and engaging activities for them to do while waiting for the day to begin.

I wanted to create my own morning work because I wanted something that was systematic and

challenged my littes. I needed a way to incorporate those foundational kindergarten skills

into our everyday routine and this morning work has been perfect for that. I

have seen so much growth and retention over the past couple of years using this morning work

with my littles.

Many times the curriculum moves a little too fast for some and I noticed that my students needed

extra practice and review and my goal and aim with the morning work was to do just that.

When my students come in they grab their morning work and get right to work. 
Their morning work is completely independent and cycles through almost all essential kindergarten

skills. The progression of skills always students to not only practice but also master

these essential skills.

Here is a quick look at sample pages from both the Math and Literacy for Sept-May.








There are 3 different bundles available


If you are interested click on the pictures above.
The bundles are on sale this week only! 
If you would like to try the MW out there is a sample 2 week FREEBIE posted in my store

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and enjoy your Holiday Season.

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Something is Starting to Happen {Freebies}

Hiya peeps
Shuna here
Summer has quickly been slipping away.
It is almost August! How in the world did that happen?
I wanted to stop by and show you a little of what I have been frantically working on. 

This is the beginnings of a put together classroom. This room was a complete and utter mess. There was stuff everywhere. It was like where all the unwanted classroom items came to die. There was stuff stacked up in every corner. I was starting to question if the room even had a floor! 
I have spent the last couple of weeks just organizing the choas. I wish I had taken before pictures but…
I wanted to share so things that I have made for mine and my sissy’s class.
I made some really simple focus wall cards for her BB 
You can snag them HERE

As part of my behavior management plan I really want to use coupons.
So I created some simple, easy, and little to no cost reward coupons. 
These will make my life so much easier this upcoming year. 

My sissy’s classroom has a grand total of 1 Bulletin Board, 1 white board, and 1 small window. 
There is very little space to hang and display anything. 
I will never, ever, complain again about what is NOT in my classroom 
She did not have enough space for a super large word wall so we had to cram it in the space right next to the rest room. 
If you would like the header you can snag them HERE

I wanted to spiffy up my Good morning and goodbye poems.
I use these before I start my morning meeting and before we go home. It is a great way to get everyone settled before we start our lesson or leave for the day. 
You can snag this poem HERE

You can snag the poem HERE
Below are so new items that I have in my store
Click each picture to check it out
Gray Alphabet Posters

Black Alphabet Posters
Number Posters
Back to School Editable Powerpoint
This is a freebie posted in my store. 
{It come in a black background as well as a white one!}
Editable Clip Chart with behavior notes and calendars.
Classroom Coupons
Phonics Posters 
Classroom Rules
Classroom Newsletters
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Writing Centers All Year

Hiya Peeps, 
Do you struggle with keeping your writing centers fresh and engaging? I don’t know about you but 
I would always wait and plan my writing station last because I just didn’t enjoy it. 
 This year I wanted to approach my writing center differently. I wanted to make it
a go to station for my students that would both fun and engaging. 
Writing has ALWAYS been my least favorite center to plan for and I absolutely dreaded it. 
My students dreaded that center as well. I knew that I wanted to approach writing differently 
this year so I sat down and thought hard about how I wanted my station to run. 
This year I plan to have a writer’s choice center. 
Getting kinders excited about writing can be a task! I plan on introducing each writing activity to the 
students slowly then give them the option to pick which activity they would like to complete
instead of just telling them. This will allow for differentiation as well as allow the students
to be more in control of what they do. 
I wanted to create a comprehensive pack that not only made setting up the center a cinch but would 
also cover writing skills throughout the whole year. 
Some things that are included with the Write Away pack is: 
Picture Dictionaries that color in both color and black and write. These are perfect because they 
 will not only assist students with spelling words but they will always help foster independent writing 
because students will not have to stop writing, come find you, and ask you how to spell
a word. I printed out the black and white version for my table groups for students to use when 
completing writing at their tables. The colored version is going into a binder that will be placed 
in the writing center. 
The dictionary also has a list of sight words, Dolch, organized alphabetically. 

-Writing Goals
-Illustration Guide
-4 Star Writing
-and more
Monthly Journal Covers 
 Journal Prompts
Opportunities for students to practice writing using fun and engaging activities.
There are completed samples, to use as posters/modeling, for each kind of writing activity as well as 
 templates for students to use to make their own. 

 How To Writing


I Can Posters

This unit as well as every other item in my store is on sale!
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Word Family Flip Books

Hiya peeps, 
Around still around? It has been a long time, almost a year, since I last posted. 
Life happened, and happened, and happened. 
But anywhoo
I wanted to stop by and share a new freebie. 
I have been using word family poems/short stories in my own classroom and a lot of you all have 
asked me where I got them from and if I would share them. 
Here is an example of the poster. 
I used these during whole group to introduce and review each word family. 
I wanted some additional activities that they students could use in small group, guided reading, or as
 homework practice so I created some flap books that go along with the poems. 
Each day the student will complete a different activity based on the poem. 
On Friday they practice writing a sentence using 2 word family words
{Apparently I forgot to snap a pic of that page}
Click the pic below to pick these flip books up as a freebie! 
*One last thing
I am having a huge sale in my store. Now is the perfect time to pick up those goodies that have been
 sitting on your wishlist!

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Learning Sight Words Centers

Hi peeps

I haven’t blogged in a LONG, LONG time!

I wanted to do a quick blog post with some of the stations I have used to help my kiddos learn their sight word. 

In my classroom my kiddos struggle with spelling words/sight words. So in order to make this station more fun I have the kiddos first sing their spelling word song from

If you would like to see a breakdown of how I teach sight words over the course of a week you can click here

 Basket Ball /  Bean Bag Toss
I have a set of foam ball/ping pong that have letters on them students must first read the spelling word on the flashcard. Students then toss the basketball/foam balls in the basket spelling the word. For example students must first read the word jump on the flashcard if they get it right they then shoot the word in the goal, trashcan, first starting with the j ball then the u ball and so on.

You can see another version of this idea here.


This is always a hit with my littles. It is a super easy station to set up and it is effective.
I put the playdough mats in a sheet protector and binder so that the littles will have easy access to the words. These mats are available here.

Bottle Top Spelling
I like to write the words on one set of bottle tops then have the students pull letters to spell the word. This is a super easy center and easy to make.

Here the students create tactile words using old alphabet posters. This is great for those visual learners. 

Dot Markers

I use these to assess during my guided reading groups. These are great to put in a RTI binder. Simple and easy assessment on sight word recognition. You can find these here.

I have noticed that my kiddos are weak with spelling their sight words and remembering them.

I have posted many times about how I do spelling. ( Click here to peep out how I teach spelling) In kindergarten we have weekly spelling test, boo, which are based off our sight words. For my kiddos this has been a constant struggle to get them to learn their words

This year I have implemented something that I call spelling exercise

The kids really enjoy this time and they get to be “silly” but they are still learning at the same time

Here are a few photos, a by few I mean a lot, of us moving to learn
With each exercise the kiddos have to do the exercise while spelling their word 3 times

Let me just say I am sorry the pics are soo dark. I am a bat and I hate having the lights on in my room! I forgot to turn them on before I started snapping pics!

You may proceed

1. Kiddos are jogging to spell their word

2. I believe they are still jogging
3. Jumping Jacks
4. Love this action shot! This is frog Hops

5. More Frog Hops

6. Bicycle
 7. More Bicycle
 8. Kangaroo POunce
 9. Squats!

10. Toe Touch

Some of my other spelling exercises that are not posted are

crawl like a turtle ( get down on all fours and crawl slowly while spelling the word)
swim like a fish ( Arms out to side and push back My kiddos like to blow up their jaws too)
hop like a monkey ( arms curled under and jump up and down)
Truck Driver ( Drive an invisible car and try not to crash while spelling the word)
Elephant ( Stomp while spelling the word)
Snake ( sliter body from side to side while laying on the floor)
King Kong ( pound on chest while spelling)
Tug a war ( Partners sit on floor facing each other holding  hands and pull)
Kick ( High Kicks)
Spin ( spin around while spelling the word)
Shake ( Shake to the front and shake to the back)

Mrs. Collatos @ First Grade is Toadally Awesome made some cute little cards to go with each spelling Exercise!

You can check them out here for free!

Fire Safety Week

Hiya Peeps
September is quickly slipping away! 
Fire Safety week is approaching. I love teaching my littles about being safe and getting to visit out local fire department. 
Here are some videos, books, and resources that I use to make fire safety week fun. 
Chip and Dale’s Rescue Ranger
Sesame Street and the FDNY
Here are some of the resources that I plan to use next week. 

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