Color Unit: A freebie JUST for TODAY!

In the beginning of the year, I always start with teaching about the colors!  It is a great way to start on a familiar theme that everyone understands and is familiar with.  Along with practicing different color recognition and sorting skills, we are learning about reading through learning the color words.  I was able to make a Color Unit to use with my kids right when school starts!

My FAVORITE part of the Color Unit is the crayon craftivity that comes with it!  I like to teach a color a week, so each week we will add a different crayon to our crayon box!  I will staple the crayon boxes up on the bulletin board, and fill the little box as we go! :)

Since I teach a color a week, I wanted to have 5 different printables for each color.  I will use these for centers, homework, whole group practice, or for assessments!

I love centers that are hands on where their little fingers can move and manipulate the pieces.  For this center the kids match the picture with the correct color word.  I also made a different word mat that has the words printed in the actual color, for those that are having trouble reading.  :)

My most FAVORITE activity to do with my students (well, one of them) is a Read the Room activity.  This is the same concept, but they are "coloring the room."  You place the colored cards around the room, and they go on a hunt to find the pictures.  Once they find a picture card, they color their sheet the same color.

A basic skill is sorting colors.  I made little cards for you to practice sorting whole group or at a center.  

I am going to be hanging these color posters in the front of my room so the kids can see the color words daily!

The kids can use these color puzzles to practice arranging them in the correct order to spell the word.  They can use the color posters to spell the word, or follow the pattern of the crayon to spell the word.

Today I am sharing the yellow section of this packet as a FREEBIE just for TODAY!!! You can grab this freebie over at Miss Kindergarten's blog.  During the summer, each Tuesday she features a different TpT Author to share a part of their product for free for 24 hours.  Head over and grab this goodie and be sure to return each Tuesday to snag a temporary freebie!

Click the image below to grab the freebie at Miss Kindergarten's blog!

Tpt Seller Challenge Week 1: Makeover Madness!

Some bloggers had an amazing idea for a 4 week blogger challenge.  Each week we are challenged to do something new to enhance our TpT Store!  This week our challenge is to update one of our current products in our store.

I decided I would update the cover to one of my favorite products Reading and Printing Simple Sentences.  I love this product because teaching Kindergarten students how to write a sentence can be a challenge.  Some of the students are ready to write independently, while others don't understand the concept of using letters to make a word.  Everyone learns at a different pace so I made these printables for the students to practice reading and writing simple sentences independently.  

Take a look at my cover makeover....

Here is a closer look at what printables are inside...

Because I am so excited about this makeover, I put this product on SALE for this week.  This is one of three packs (I haven't fixed up the other covers yet) AND I have them in a bundle as well!

Head over to Sparkling in Second to see more people updating their products!

Our little family is growing!

I haven't formally shared on my blog yet, and I am so excited to announce that we are expecting a baby BOY in September!!!  (He is due the first week of school, but let's not talk about it or I might start crying!)

We found out January 2 that we were pregnant and quickly after I was struck with morning sickness.  That is the main reason I haven't been blogging that much this year!  I am so lucky in the fact that my morning sickness started around lunchtime and got worse through the night.  Luckily I was able to get up every morning and go to work without feeling sick.  I seriously don't know how people get to work each day feeling sick when they wake up.  Once I hit the 14 week mark, I was feeling better and my energy level was slowly coming back.  Now that we are in the second trimester and I am feeling better we are are so excited, nervous, blessed, nervous, and anxiously waiting for this new season of our life.

I am definitely the person that doesn't know how to comfortably hold a baby, let alone change a I have been spending time reading, but mostly texting my friends every time a random question pops into my head.

Today marks 6 months of being pregnant and I want to share with you some photos of our journey over the past several months.

We had our gender ultrasound at about 15 weeks.  The ultrasound tech. found out the gender and then placed one of these little cards in the box for us.  We waited a couple of days later (no I didn't peek!!!) and opened the box on my birthday!  I definitely was shocked when we found out it was a little man growing in there, for some reason I was thinking the little bun was a girl the whole time!

My husband and I wanted to have a gender reveal party to tell our families that we were having a boy.  We had them spray us with silly string (I wrapped the cans so they couldn't tell what color it was until they sprayed us) and they sprayed us to see the BLUE string, meaning we were having a boy!  Right as they sprayed us, Hercules (of course he had to be involved) came around the corner wearing a blue shirt with blue balloons.  For my family, this is their first grandchild, and for my husband's side this will be their first grandson.  

At the 20 week mark, we had another ultrasound and got this adorable picture.  I think he is just the cutest already, and it was the most amazing experience to see him wiggling around on the screen.  We even saw his mouth open and close.  :)

I told my class I was pregnant once my belly was more evident.  The students graphed their guess on if I was having a boy or girl.  Of course the boys cheered when they found out it was a boy! 

This is a picture of me from this weekend, about 4 days shy of being 6 months pregnant.  Each day my students greet me with, "Your baby is growing!!!"  It really is a treat to teach Kinder and try to avoid/redirect their questions like, "How will your baby get out?"  Good thing I am quick on my feet! ;)

Kindergarten Report Card Assessments

Report card season is near and I want to make the next couple of months stress free!!!  I don't know about you, but my district has changed our report cards to align with every Common Core standard.  This means WAY more specific assessments, which means WAY more assessments in general.  Over the past year,  I have been pulling resources from all over to finalize their grade for each standard.  This inspired me to simplify the way I was assessing the kids and create this "End of the Year Assessments for Kindergarten" to ensure that I had one last piece of evidence to share with the parents to reflect their grade.

I created the several of the assessments to be given one-on-one OR as a whole group test.  Some of the Kindergarten skills need to be assessed with one student at a time.  At the end of the year, several of the skills can be given in a more traditional test format.  Take a look at some of the assessments!

I included a record sheet where you can keep track of each student's individual scores.  Here you can see what is included in this pack.  Please note: I did not include comprehension OR sight words.

For more information on this Kindergarten assessment pack, head over to my TpT Store!