Saturday, January 21, 2012

Freebie and more from our Antarctica/ Penguin/Winter Unit!

How was your week? Why is it that 4 day weeks are always way crazier than 5 day weeks? Wowzers! It was a busy one! J

I worked really hard to finish my “Mini Unit on The Mitten”. I managed to post it Thursday night and made a freebie to share! I am a huge fan of graphic organizers and I love Venns a bunch!

We have been continuing our Penguin/Antarctica Unit. This week, students made a winter words book (from my unit). Here are a couple of student examples

We worked in our Penguins Journals. We use them separate and apart from our “regular journals”. In our thematic journals, we write about our vocabulary word of the day. During this time, students are integrating science (or social studies, depending on the unit) with writing. We have been working a lot on conventions in writing. We are excited that our kiddos are beginning to make periods, finger spaces between words and starting sentences with an uppercase letter into writing habits.

Penguins keep warm in a crèche.

 Penguins toboggan fast.

Penguins can slide on their bellies.
I hope your weekend is off to a good start! I am taking a break from creating curriculum for the rest of the weekend. I love it but I love my family more. J Hug those you love and tell them how much you love them. Kelly and I both received several reminders this week about how fragile life is. It is truly a BLINK.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Mitten!

I bought this totally cute Mitten clipart and it motivated me to start creating. J I am planning to post some classroom pics tomorrow and work on a freebie this weekend! Here is my new mini unit it is posted on and


Monday, January 16, 2012

Winter, Penguins & Antarctica


I completed my Winter, penguins & Antarctica Unit! J It is now posted to and

This really is my dream come true I have created lots of little stuff but this is my first complete unit! I am pretty excited.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Love to Joplin

I LOVE being part of a blogging community where we can embrace each other in the best and worst of times, where we come together for those who need us.  Below is a copy of an email from a Joplin teacher and at this writing over 90 teachers have already jumped on board to help! I encourage you to help too!! J See below for more information
Joplin Tornado Damage

Deedee from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten received a very touching email from a teacher in Joplin. Here is her email:

I teach in Joplin, which made worldwide news last May when our town was cut in half by an F5 tornado. Many of our elementary schools were destroyed or damaged, and as teachers, we have had a roller coaster year. I came from a meeting yesterday where many are struggling with the weight of all we are dealing with. My request is this: would you be willing to donate a created pack of your choosing to give away at a drawing at our upcoming district Kindergarten grade level meeting? The meeting is Monday and I am sorry for the short notice but I did not realize until the meeting how down everyone is feeling.

Here's how you can help:

1. Send your TpT product or Teacher's Notebook to Erica

2. Then link up on Deedee's blog

3. Purchase a tpt or teacher's notebook gift certificate

Wouldn't it be awesome if we filled her email with signs of love?

Let's continue to pray for these teachers, the families they serve and their communities as they rebuild.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I experienced Antarctica and I didn't even have to leave school!

What a week! WOWZERS! Full moon and no heat in my classroom for 3 days I am all about life experience when learning but hanging out in Antarctica is not my idea of fun! J

Despite these trialslots of learning and fun transpired! We have  hung out with Mrs. Parrott’s class for many hours the last 3 days. I am thankful for our community of learners that just went with it! We learned tons about Penguins and made a bubble map to help us remember important facts. We learned 5 new vocabulary words this week, learned about the 3 main states of matter, learned CK digraph and how to spell with it AND how to write a rebus story. WE WERE BUSY!

I worked for about 5 hours today on my Winter, Penguin and Antarctica Unit. I wish I knew how some of these teacher gals whip out and post a unit so fast. Practice makes perfectright? J

I am stoked to have Monday off and I have big plans to have a shopping day with Kelly! My girls are spending the day with my mom at her request! I might be a little excited! Have a good weekend and an excellent Monday!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I am simply... STOKED!

May I just say I am mighty stoked about this new and BEAUTIFULLY bright blog design. I am lovin’ it bunches! Thank you Alicia over at Dreamlike Magic for this awesome and very “me” design!
Of course, I have to mention that I am SOOO proud of those BAMA BOYS for winning the National Championship! I have only been a TRUE football fan for 3 years and 2 of those Alabama has won the championship. Just call me their good luck charm. :) I own it. (hehehe)
I am hard at work on my penguin/winter/Antarctica unit which will be my first BIG project published on TPT and Teachersnotebook. It is about to wear me slick... I am too picky but if it has my name on it, it will be all that and a little more. :D I hope your week is a rammer jammer kind of awesome! Hang in there ya’ll... there has to be a snow day coming sooner or later!

Kelly's boys and my girls... yep, they are ALL Alabama fans! :0)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Extreme Make Over BLOG EDITION Coming Soon!!!!!!

So... you might be thinking that I JUST changed it but it is just to hold me over for the EXTREME make over coming soon via 

Dreamlike Magic Designs

Alicia is designing my set RIGHT NOW and I am sooooo excited!!! I know this will inspire me to write more!  Look for the new look COMING SOON!!!!!!!  WOO HOO!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year!!!!!!

Happy New Year! J There is so much to be thankful for in 2012! We are looking forward to our new school and the final design process! Reading and Homework Folder Collaboration will be in full swing starting January 10th. Mrs. Parrott and I are working on our Penguin and Winter Unit while planning a very exciting 100th Day of Kindergarten Celebration for later in January. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a blessed New Year! We look forward to sharing it with you! Welcome Back Students Tomorrow is the beginning of the second half of kindergarten! WOOT!!

~ Kristine