My Truth Monday and Educents Freebie

Hiya there Peeps
Shuna here
I am linking up with Denise from Sunny Days in Second Grade for her
Y’all get to peek at how weird I really am! 
I am really super picky about the food that I will eat. I am a big on food texture. 
I blogged about my crazy eating habits HERE
It has a list of over 30 foods that I won’t touch with a ten foot pole! 
I am that girl that is afraid of her own shadow! You DO NOT want to take me to the movies to see a scary 
movie. Others have tried….didn’t work!
I have been dragged to see scary movies even though I have warned people 
but they will always say, “It isn’t even that scary!”
After about 5 minutes in my friends begin to regret their decision 
Embarrassment ensues 
I scream and cry the whole freakin time’
while covering my eyes
I will probably poop my pants and stink up the whole place
Then they have to take me and my poopy pants home
I will probably stab you 
I can’t stand hanging skin either
It does something to me 
I just have to pull it off
and other people! 
Even it is starts to bleed
It has to go! 

November Math Morning Work is now posted!
Last thing
Have you checked out Educents lately?
Heather has posted a freebie pack on Educents that is quite amazing
Hop over and check it out
Happy Teaching 
Peace Out Peeps
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Five for Friday {Freebie}

Hiya there Peeps
Shuna here
Here’s to making it through another week!

I am so excited today that I get to link up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs
Can you believe this is my first time?!
Fall is definitely here! We went on a field trip to the Pumpkin Patch and it was beautiful. The kiddos got to go on a hay ride and pick their own pumpkins to take home. 
The kiddos had fun
My allergies did not….sigh

This little gem of a conversation happened this week. This conversation took place first thing Wednesday morning and totally caught me off guard. It took me a minute to realize what the little was talking about but once I did I wanted out! The things that kinders say. I am linking up with Crystal at Kreative in Kinder for her Kids Say the Funniest  Things linky. You should hop over and check it out
I posted this picture on my fan page and my fans went nuts. I wore these to school on Tuesday I believe. I usually don’t wear heels to school but for some reason Tuesday I wanted to rock them. 
Yes I wore them all day
No I did not fall
Went to one of my favorite restaurants this week
I am super duper allergic to seafood but I love their chicken dishes
I have to sit outside so that my face doesn’t swell up like a blimp
but it is so worth it! 
 Plus the messaged bib is awesome!
I wore mine proudly
I actually got around to actually writing a blog post this week. I don’t know about you but I always struggle with creating centers that are simple and fun for my students without having to spend a ton of money. 
Hop over to my Teaching Cheap post to see a super easy and fun center idea. 
While you are there pick up several printables that you can use to implement this center idea. 
Click the pic below to get this FREEBIE pack
Peace Out Peeps
Happy Friday
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Teaching Cheap {Week 1}

Hiya there Peeps
Shuna here 
I hope all is well in your teaching world
My littles are doing quite well! I am thrilled with their progress this year
I have been meaning to write a post about cheap and easy centers, that you can do in your 
classroom that require little to no money, for awhile now. I love doing centers and I love to find 
fun and engaging centers that my students will love. Sometimes making centers can become quite 
expensive and we all know how HIGHLY paid teachers are, right?!
I created two pin boards that are full of ideas that teachers can use to DIY their own centers
You can check out the boards by clicking each picture

I am going to TRY to post a fun and simple idea as often as possible
First up is an idea that I found and adapted
This week I tried a fun idea that I found on Pinterest by way of School Time Snippets
This a great center that not only works on fine motor skills but can also be adapted to suit so many skills! 
To make the Playdough Dig center gather all your materials. We are working on beginning sounds so I used letter magnets. You could also hide number magnets or tiles inside to make it a math center. 

The easiest way for me to make the Playdough Dig ball is to roll out the playdough as flat as I could get it then insert the letters. 
Once you have rolled out the playdough place the letters on it. 
Don’t push the letters down because it will cut the playdough and will pop out when you roll it up. 
I rolled it up and kinda pushed the sides in a bit. The letters will move around but that is alright. 
Next you are going to make a new layer and place the letters on. Place the first ball in the center of the new layer. 
Roll the second layer around the first one. You may have to rearrange some letters that fall off. 
You can just stick them on anywhere on the ball. 
This is how both layers looked when I rolled them together.

I then rolled out a 3rd layer and placed it over the ball making sure all the letters were covered. 
The finished project!!!

To store I placed in a plastic Ziploc bag. 
After students have completed their dig I had them make the ball for the next group of students that visited that center. You may have to model how you want them to make the ball. When introducing my centers for the week I model for them how I wanted them to clean up this station and get it ready for the next group. They did really well with it! They all wanted to make it hard for the next group of students to find the letters so they covered them up pretty well. 
I am super duper excited by this simple and fun center
Over the past few weeks we have done several Playdough Dig centers and the kiddos love them.
* Please be aware that this is the end of the month and the ink fairy hasn’t visited me yet :)*
You may proceed
Students practiced matching uppercase and lowercase letters.

 Digging for numbers

Digging and matching numbers
Digging and matching beginning sounds
The centers you could create are endless! 
I created several pages that you can use to get you started with this center idea. 
You can get all of these pages and more as a 
Do you have any awesome ideas for a playdough dig station? I would love to hear them. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think

Ferris….. Bueller….anyone?!

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Peace Out Peepers

Happy Teaching

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Community Helpers Week!

Hiya there Peepers
Shuna here
We have just finished up our community helpers week and I wanted to share
We had a blast!

We watched a couple of videos to help use learn more about community helpers

Lots of our community helpers came to visit us and gave up some tips about being safe.

The police lady talked to us about staying away from strangers. 

We also got to go to the officers car!

I also used several smart board files this week

Click HERE to check out these and other smart board files.

We also had lots of fun in our Community Helpers Centers

This year for my centers I have decided to try something different.

Most of my centers are portable and they would get very messy during center time.

The kiddos would have all of their center material spewed all over the floor and although they

were working it drove me crazy! So this year I found some cute pans from the Dollar Store and I

bought 12 pans for the littles to use to help define their space during centers. For all centers that are

not at a table the students use their work pans to hold all of their crap err center material

Anyhoo on to the centers

Numbers Crossing Center:
The littles worked on counting on
The kiddos grabbed a card and used the pom pom balls to count on. 

Mail Drop Center:
Students sorting rhyming words and matched them to the correct mailbox.

Order Up Center:
A student favorite! The little chefs cooked up some spaghetti and meatball fun while practice CVC words

Patterns Center:

Spin and make your own pattern

Farmer Dell Center:
Practice beginning sounds with our hay sensory tub!

You can check out the community helpers unit HERE

You can find more awesome community helper ideas by clicking below

Make Learning Fun

Pete’s Powerpoint Station

Happy Teaching

Peace Out Peeps

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Kinder Journaling This Week

Hiya there peepers
Shuna here
If you have been reading my blog for any length of time you know that I loathe teaching writing. 
It is a subject that absolutely bores me to pieces!!!
I have promised myself that I am going to spice up my writing instruction so that my students will
 learn to love writing even if I don’t. 
In for the past 4 years I have struggled to teach writing. It is hard for me to try to create interesting

writing lessons when I don’t particularly enjoy writing myself. Even though I loathe writing 3 out of

the 4 years I had really strong writers leaving kinder but last year my littles MAJORLY

STRUGGLED through writing.

I am determined for my students to love writing and be able to write for a extended period. One of 
the ways that I plan to do this along with my writing instruction is through my journal station.

You can read more of how I do my journal station HERE 
To begin the students pretty much worked on copying a sentence to match a picture. 
One of the first skills the littles need to master on their way to successful writing is being able to 
copy what they see. After the kiddos learned to copy they then began to write stem sentences. 
This week we are still working on stem sentences but the littles has a little more freedom in what 
they want their sentences to say. 
Here is a look at our Journaling in K Week 4 
The first thing when we get a new journal prompt is to model what I want them to do and how 
their journal should look.
I then hang the model in the kiddos station so that they can refer back to it. Usually when I model I
pick a different thing to write about than the students. I don’t want my students to just sit and copy 
my model so the picture that I use is not one of the students options when doing their journals but 
it still falls within the theme that they will write about. 
After I explain the journal it goes in their center for them to work on. 
The students complete their journals in one rotation 
{If they don’t finish they work on it in their free time}
Here is a look at one of the littles journal

Since the kiddos are growing the writing skills the journals have gotten a tad harder this week.

I placed a small pocket chart in the journal station and each student built their own stem sentence

using the word cards. This student chose to build his sentence using the word corn.

The kiddos then labeled their picture using the word card for support.

After they label the picture the next step is to glue down and fill in the sentence.

The final step is to have the little build the sentence then write it on their own.

So far I am loving how focused and on task the journal station is this year!

The littles are becoming such great writers

I would love to know your thoughts if you have use the Journaling in K during your centers! 
Do you have any suggestions for topics you would like to see?

{Other Journaling in K freebies can be found HERE}

You can get Journal in K Week 4 HERE as a FB fan FREEBIE!

*** Edited to add***

I have  received several nasty emails and comments about how I do my journals

* For clarity I use the journals during my centers. I do do Writer’s Workshop with my littles during

whole group. I created this FREEBIE as a way to give my journal station purpose! If it works for

you great if not then that is fine too. This works in my classroom and I shared for FREE here in

the hopes that it will help other teachers. Yes, journaling should have a degree of free writing but I

want my students to write with  purpose and improve their writing skills. In order to be successful

writers students need to go through a writing process which is what the journals are for.

At this point my students are not ready for free writing but they will have an opportunity to free

write in the future when they are better prepared! As the year progresses they will have more

opportunities and freedom to write more and more but at this point I am going to take baby steps

and make sure they have the foundation that they need to write successfully.

Happy Teaching

Peace Out Peeps

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