Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bats, Cats, and Spiders... Oh My!

The cutest Halloween theme 10 frames are now available in my TPT and Teachers Notebook stores!
I think they're one of my cutest creations yet!

I typically have the kiddo's use pom poms (or other small manipulatives) that match with the color of the mat they're using.  For example, if they were using the orange pumpkin mats, they would sort out and use orange pom poms.  For added fine motor practice, have them use tweezers/tongs to pick up the poms. 
For more creepy crawly fun, check out my previous blog post, More Spiders!
... Click the picture below for a Halloween FREEBIE!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pp is for Pumpkin!

It's October and that means... PUMPKINS!
If you're looking for some great Pumpkin theme activities... you can check out my previous blog post
I also updated my Pumpkin Theme Pack and Ten Frames to include even MORE activities!
Check them out in my Teachers Notebook and TPT stores!
(Click the pictures to go directly to the item!)
48 Pages ~ Letter / Number Recognition, Fine Motor, Counting, Patterns & MORE!
Pumpkin Ten Frames ~ Numbers 1 - 20 


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fabulous Fall Ten Frames

Ten frames are a great tool for teaching students a variety of math concepts aligned with the common core standards.  They can be used for hands on practice in counting, number recognition, 1-1 correspondence, and more!
Check out some of my Fall theme frames that would be perfect to use for the upcoming months!
All packs include 4 sets of frames:
#'s 1-10 : Blank and Completed Sets
#'s 1 - 20 : Blank and Completed Sets
Blank sets are perfect for more advanced students or for assessment purposes.

Available in my Teachers Notebook or TPT stores!
(Clicking the picture will take you to the item!)
 Fall Leaves 10 Frames
 Pumpkin 10 Frames

Apple 10 Frames

If you're little ones are only working on numbers 1-10 right now, this pack is perfect for you!

8 sets of frames (Complete & Blank) that contain apples, pumpkins, leaves, and acorns!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Ff is for FALL!

Fall is by far my favorite season!  I love everything that goes along with it... apples, pumpkins, and leaves changing colors, just to name a few.
Last year, I made a great fall pack to use in my classroom.  This year I revamped it and ended up splitting it into two separate MEGA packs, a literacy and a math pack, to include even MORE fun and educational activities in a great fall theme!
 Check them out in my TPT and Teachers Notebook shops!
(Clicking the pictures will take you right to the items!)

Fall Literacy MEGA Pack

37 Pages ~ Letter Recognition, Vocabulary, Word Work, Beginning Sounds, Syllables & MORE!

 Fall Math MEGA Pack
41 Pages ~ Number Recognition, Counting, 1-1 Correspondence, Patterns & More!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

C is for Colorful Crayons

Well... It's taken me about 2 months but my Colorful Crayon Literacy and Math MEGA Packs are FINALLY done!
Check them out in my TPT or Teachers Notebook Stores!
(Clicking the pictures will take you directly to the item!)

Colorful Crayons MEGA Literacy Pack

50 Pages ~ ABC's, Beginning Sounds, Fine Motor Skills & More!

 Colorful Crayons MEGA Math Pack
46 Pages ~ Number Recognition, Counting, Patterns, Sorting & More!
...and of course, a FREEBIE!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Line Up Procedures

While you may spend your summer planning out the perfect classroom layout and back to school activities, you will probably spend the first few days/weeks with your students teaching and practicing classroom rules and procedures.  One important beginning of the year procedures to teach young students is how to line up and walk in a line. 
Before the students arrive on the first day, I make a straight line out of craft tape on the classroom floor.  This will be their line up line.  I first introduce "lining up" to my kiddo's by explaining what a straight line is and showing them the line on the floor.  I demonstrate making a line with stuffed animals and discuss the terms front and behind.
I have found that the tape line works fine with some classes, but if you students are younger or like/need A LOT of structure, you may want to add something extra to your line.  Last year I added circles with each students name in ABC order to my line.  This minimized the arguing that can occur during line up procedures, "I was here first!"
To make the circles, I cut out sticky back vinyl I found in the scrapbook paper section of Jo-Ann Fabrics.  They stuck great to the floor, survived daily mopping, and were even easy to peel off to add new students!
By using the same line every time we left the class, I found that it actually helped the transition back to the classroom.  The students began to remember where they stood in line and who they stood by and began lining up without needing their circles or fighting for a certain spot in line. 
My friend, Ms. Liz, added an educational element to her line by taping flash cards with different colors and shapes onto her tape line.  You could also use letters or numbers.  Show the students a flash card with whatever is on your line and have your kids find the matching shape, color, etc..  You could make it more challenging by using upper case letters on your line and showing them a lower case letter to find the match.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Back to School SALE!

Save up to 28% in my TPT store
 today and tomorrow ONLY!
Enter promo code BTS13 at check out
Stock up now on many great items for throughout the entire school year!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Teacher Appreciation!

 25% on ALL items in my Teachers Notebook store
20% of ALL items in my TPT store 
this Friday - Sunday ONLY!

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores is hosting a Teacher Appreciation Days savings event August 10 and 11!
Teachers will receive 25 percent off all purchases throughout the weekend at Jo-Ann stores nationwide. And the best part is no coupon is needed! Simply present your current teacher identification and state-issued photo identification upon checkout.
To find the nearest Jo-Ann location, click on the link below.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Jo-Ann Fabric Teacher Rewards

Have you heard about the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Teacher Rewards Program?
Teachers and educators can register at to receive discounts on classroom craft and sewing projects, classroom d├ęcor and organization products.
 Benefits include:
  • Free discount card for 15% off every purchase.
  • Bonus coupon for 20% off any one total purchase when you enroll or re-enroll in the program.
  • More money-saving coupons as a Jo-Ann Preferred Customer.
  • Personal notice of the latest sales offers, crafting trends and inspiration.

Hurry and enroll now before you start (or continue!) your Back to School shopping!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

A is for Apple

I'm beginning to revamp some of my fall theme packs to get ready for Back to School!  I figured what better place to start them my Apple Theme... after all A is for Apple!
Find them now in my TPT and Teachers Notebook stores!
(Clicking the picture will take you right to the item!)

Apple Theme MEGA Math Pack
56 pages
Skills include: Number Recognition, Counting, Sorting, Non-Standard Measurement, Patterns, & More!
 Apple Theme MEGA Literacy Pack
30 pages
Skills Include: Letter Recognition, Beginning Sound Identification, Fine Motor, Word Work

Apple Theme Ten Frames
63 pages ~ 4 sets of frames!

*~* FREEBIE *~*

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Froggy Update!

If anyone is planning to use a Frog theme in their classroom next year... this is the pack for you!
After a special request, I expanded the number cards to 20....wish granted!
I also added matching Word Wall cards and beginning sound cards to use with the letter match pocket chart activity!
If you haven't purchased it yet and want to check it out... you can find it here!

I also updated my Frog Theme 10 Frames to include 2 additional sets of frames with numbers 1 - 20!

... and don't forget to download my Frog Theme Counting Frames (#'s 1 - 5) FREEBIE!

If you use any of my activities, I would love to see pictures!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Popsicle Party!

Who's getting ready to enjoy the hot days of summer!
If you're still in school with your little ones, here is a GREAT theme for you...

 (Available now in my TPT and Teachers Notebook Stores)

30 Pages ~ ABC's, Letter Recognition, Word Wall Words, Beginning Sounds, Syllables, & More!
50 Pages ~ Counting, Number Recognition (1-20), Patterns, Classification, 1-1 Correspondence & More!
You can see more images from each pack on my facebook page... Pink Polka Dots & Pre-K

(Click the cover to download your freebie!)
Sort by Color Mats
Tip:  Put a variety of different color and size pompoms into a cute ice cream bowl or container.  Have students use an ice cream scoop to scoop out pompoms and sort them by color.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Moving Up Day Gifts

I know this post is coming late for many of you, but around here school is in session for 2 - 3 more weeks!
If you're preparing for your Moving Up day ceremony, or just want to send your kiddo's off with something cute, check out the End of the Year gifts that I made for my class last year.  Our theme was "Shining Stars" so everything we used for our Moving Up Day ceremony was orange and yellow.
I loved having the bags to contain all the little surprises (and end of the year papers) so I was sure the kiddo's took EVERYTHING home!
We made the bags by painting the students hands, they picked orange or yellow, and then I let them go to town with matching orange and yellow/gold glitter.
Inside the bags are:
Moving Up Day Certificates
"Here I Come" Poem from Little Miss Kindergarten ~ The kids painted the border with water colors and we added their hand prints
On the back of the poem, I added pictures of each child from throughout the year and decorated it with stickers.  I made sure to laminate them for a keepsake for the families.
Coloring Book / Crayons / Bubbles / Etc.
CD of End of the Year Slide show
(We show the slide show at the ceremony and then tell the parents it's in the bag for each of them.  They always LOVE this!)
Any other little papers, name tags, etc. that are left in the room.
Once the bags were packed up, I tied each one with a polka dot ribbon and a little copy of the sweetest moving up day poem, found here. 
I love the way these turned out, and they looked so cute sitting all together on a table during our ceremony.
If you're still looking for some more End of the Year inspiration, check out my Pinterest board HERE!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Ocean Fun & Freebie!

Check out my new Ocean Theme MEGA Literacy Pack available NOW in my TPT and Teachers Notebook shops!
(It matches my Ocean Theme MEGA Math Pack perfectly!)
33 Pages ~ Skills: Letter Recognition, ABC order, Capital/Lowercase Letter Match, Beginning Sounds, Syllables & More!
The Word Wall Words (included in this pack) are a FREEBIE in the preview!  Make sure you download them!

New Ocean Theme Ten Frame Mega Pack also added!
Contains 8 Sets ~ 4 Completed & 4 Blank

Monday, May 13, 2013

Ocean Theme MEGA Math Pack

My new Ocean Theme MEGA Math Pack is now available for purchase in my TPT and Teachers Notebook shops!

Ocean Theme MEGA Math Pack

55 Pages ~ Skills Include: Counting, Number Recognition, Sorting, Patterns, Measurement, & 1-1 Correspondence
Some Activity Ideas:
Number Cards - Use to sequence in a pocket chart, count corresponding number of sea shells, or put a hole on the bottom of each card to count links
Play-Doh Mats - Use a star shape cookie cutter and orange or yellow play-doh to add corresponding number of star fish OR use with sea shells
I'm working on the matching Literacy Pack and Ten Frames now!  Should be available soon!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Ocean theme FREEBIE!

I'm so excited with how my new Ocean theme packs are turning out that I made a special FREEBIE for you!
You can use the number mats by themselves, or as a game with flashcards, to assess student's number identification knowledge or as an independent center.  When a student correctly identifies the number, have them cover the number with a shiny gem (from the Dollar store that go in vases), play-doh, or other available manipulative.

Available now in my TPT and Teachers Notebook stores!
These mats will also be available in my Ocean Theme MEGA Math Pack.... coming soon!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Teacher Appreciation!

in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!
May 7th & 8th ONLY!
And don't forget to check out Teachers Notebook to save 30% off of EVERYTHING!
Enjoy the Savings!! :)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Teacher Appreciation SALE!

* ~ * Teacher Appreciation Sale * ~ *
in my Teachers Notebook store!
May 4th - May 10th ONLY!
PLUS ~ Teachers Notebook is going to take an additional 10% off making everything
30% OFF!!

While you're there, don't forget to enter the Oriental Trading GIVEAWAY!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Spring Flowers

Just posted my new Spring Flowers Mega Packs to my Teachers Notebook and TPT stores!
I tried to align them to the common core Kindergarten standards but all activities would be appropriate for Pre-K, as well!

41 Pages ~ Skills Include: Number Recognition, Counting, Classifying, Patterning, and 1 - 1 Correspondence
There is also a FREEBIE hidden in the preview!  Check it out!
25 pages ~ Skills Include: Letter Identification, Syllables, Beginning Sounds & More!