Sunday, November 30, 2014

TPT's Cyber Monday sale is here!

For two days, 12/1 and 12/2, my entire store
 will be 20% off!


you can save an additional 10% when you 
use the code:TPTCYBER

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sassy and Sweet

“Run, run, as fast as you can! 
You can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread man!” 

It’s that time of year again, when Gingerbread Boys everywhere can be heard chanting this sassy rhyme. 

The children in my kindergarten classroom delight in the mischief this character may cause! Our Gingerbread Man runs away the first few weeks of school, then heads off to college, (to learn how to behave!) and returns for a visit in December with his new found friend Gumdrop! To highlight his return, the monthly take-home calendar is a large Gingerbread Boy! 

The Gingerbread Boy is one of the many adorable monthly CALENDARS that my students create and display at home. Parents are requested to help their children mark off each day, recite the days of the week, and count to 31 and beyond. Both parents and kids look forward with eager anticipation for the monthly calendar to arrive home.

This month I’ve also included Gingerbread Man calendar markers for your classroom calendar or to use in the pocket chart. 
One more bonus item that I’ve included in the calendar packet is a game board to play, “Can You Catch Gingerbread Boy!”  This is a simple game to play with 1- 4 students.

Each child chooses to be a character: Fox, Cow, Dog, or “Me”.  A child rolls the die. If he is the fox, he must roll a 6 to place a button on the fox’s row. If she is the cow, she must roll a 4 to place a button on the cow’s row, and so forth. The first character to fill the row with buttons, wins!

When a student plays individually, he colors a square each time he rolls the die. He does not need buttons. Example: If he rolls a 4, he colors a square in the cow’s row. If he rolls a 5, he colors a square in the dog’s row. The first row to have all the squares colored… WINS! You could have every child play individually and then graph the results! The kids love to see which character “CAUGHT” Gingerbread Boy the most!
You may purchase the Gingerbread calendar, calendar markers, and the game board, at my TPT store. However, to celebrate the “Season of Giving” … the Gingerbread Game Board is a Freebie! I would love for you to download the game and leave me a comment. My desire is to connect to a greater audience, build relationships, and discover ways that I may be of greater service to teachers. I hope you’ll share your thoughts with me!

Next month’s calendar is a huge mug
 of hot chocolate!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Season of Thanks

Season’s change quickly and life speeds ahead! 

Honestly, it seems as if my first day of teaching could have been yesterday instead of 38 years ago! 

After three decades, the outside of me has changed slightly .. ok .. dramatically, but my insides feel exactly the same!  I still love teaching young children with a passion that consumes me most of the time. 

So why haven’t I been blogging and posting the last few months when I have so much that I want to share?

Because ...”social media” ... is really, really, difficult for me! I’m so afraid of pushing the wrong button, or sending something to someone that I shouldn’t be sending something to, that I just stopped trying. 

Perhaps even more than my fear of doing something wrong, is my fear that I’m only blogging to myself!  
Is anyone really out there reading this? 

Last night, I was watching Shark Tank, and the sharks mercilessly critiqued one of the entrepreneurs. I was stunned that the participant didn’t run out of the shark tank and give up all hopes of succeeding in her business. 
But she had ... MOXIE.. as my mother always said, and she held her ground and actually got a shark to support her! 
Unbelievable! Way to go girl!

So, I’m back to try again! This is the season to be thankful and count all the blessings that have been bestowed upon me. There are many teachers that have encouraged me and validated my ideas! 
My heart is full of gratitude to each and every one of you!

This is a Thanksgiving Day Card that I have sent home to parents for many years. There is not a parent that didn’t LOVE receiving this card from their precious little one and treasure it for many years to come.

The detailed directions and the masters are free
at my TPT store. I’ve attempted to link the picture to 
my store to make it easier for you to find. 

I want to share my LOVE of children and teaching with other educators. If I make a difference to even one teacher, I will have succeeded.

Many thanks for your support and kindness.
Teachers really are very special people!