Sunday, November 23, 2014

All I Want for... BLACK FRIDAY Linky + Giveaway!


I'm joining my best blogger friends over at The Primary Pack for another fun adventure! We are celebrating Black Friday in a fun way (and a little early). There is no word yet if there will be a Black Friday sale but regardless, we are sharing a few of our most wish-listed items in our carts and our stores. We are also a HUGE Black Friday Giveaway, check it out below, you don't want to miss it!

I have been doing a pretty good job of knocking out my wish list as I went along, but these are my top 3 things!

1 - Jennifer from Crayons and Cuties in Kindergarten's Elfing Around Unit - This unit is jam packed with fun Elf activities and since we'll be getting a visit from a certain elf when we get back in December, this will be perfect!

2 - Brenda from Tejeda's Tot's Sight Word Practice Pages  - If you haven't gotten the sample, you need to get it and try it.  These are amazing for teaching sight words and how to read sentences with sight words!

3 - Laura from Differentiation Station Creation's Snowball Addition Centers, Games, & Printables Pack - Another unit jam packed full of goodies and it will be perfect for teaching addition!


Here are the most wishlisted items from my store! :) 
 
1 - Map Skills and Land Forms Unit - All you need to teach about maps!

2 - Brown Bear Brown Bear Center Activities - Perfect for the 1st half of the year if you love Brown Bear! Includes letters, colors, and numbers.

3 - Positional Words - Perfect for teaching positional words!

4 - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Literacy/Math Activities - Perfect for the 1st half of the year if you love Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Includes letters, colors, and numbers.

5 - All About Me Centers - Helpful when you're teaching All About Me and Family!
There are plenty of activities in my store, head over and take a peek and see if you can find something you like!


Drum roll please.... Check out this HUGE giveaway package you can win by entering below! There is a resource from almost everyone in The Primary Pack, perfect for all primary grades!! Good luck, friends and happy shopping!

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Now It's Your Turn To Join The Fun! 

Just a few rules to follow and your on your way:
1. Download the images above!
2. Add your favorite sellers products in your TpT cart to the "My Black Friday Wishlist"
3. Add your own products to the "For Your Black Friday Wishlist"
4. Link up below to share your Black Friday Wishlists!
5. Don't forget to enter our fabulous giveaway above AND visit others linked up below!



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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Introducing The Primary Pack


I am so excited and blessed to have the opportunity to work behind the scenes with the fabulous bloggers of The Primary Pack!  We are collaborating to bring you a rainbow of ideas!  Make sure you follow along to grab a bunch of colorful freebies, as well as enter our giveaway with $300 worth of prizes!


Hi! I'm Kourtney blogging from Mrs. Payton's Precious Kindergarenters. I am a North Carolina teacher who loves dance fitness, fun fonts, clipart, and the color pink. I taught first grade for one year and am now teaching my 9th year of Kindergarten!


I am so fortunate to teach 22 Kindergarten friends, who I absolutely adore!



I have been married to the love of my life for 9 years! He makes me laugh, completes my sentences, and is a good daddy to my babies!  I couldn't ask for a better guy :)


We have two handsome boys that keep us on our toes! 



I will be graduating with my Master's in Instructional Technology in December and I am so excited about that! I love technology and I enjoy creating resources for the classroom, especially theme related materials!



To celebrate our new collaborative adventure, The Primary Pack is hosting a giveaway with tons of fabulous prizes!



Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win!

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AND here's my "colorful" freebie!  Just click on the image!




 Hop along to meet our other bright bloggers and to grab a rainbow of freebies!



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Thursday, September 11, 2014

First Day Fun

I know my blog posts are out of order! So are my thoughts right about now :)  Just go with it!  

In Kindergarten, we stagger enrollment so we only have half our class the first 2 days. (Do you do this wherever you are?) This is a great way for us to help the students learn the rules and routines, learn their way around the school etc.  

We always plan our day around some sort of story and I know a lot of teachers like to use The Kissing Hand, but I just didn't want to do that story this year, so when I saw this Cool Cat First Day of School Pack from Live Love Laugh Kindergarten, I knew which story I was going to use!




I knew the kids would love this book and it would make the first day a little more fun! Tammy includes hats and certificates, so we did both! 






We will definitely keep this tradition! I loved these! :) 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Trashy Crafter Review



Have you heard of the Trashy Crafter?  When Kim from the Trashy Crafter contacted me about reviewing something from her Etsy shop, I had no idea what she could possibly do.  I was pleasantly surprised when I clicked on over at what I saw!


Ever have a damaged book that you simply can't put in your library center anymore? What do you do with it? Throw it away...right? Kim and her mom take these books and roll them into beads and make jewelry with them! How cool is that?!

When you go to their Etsy Shop there are so many different categories of books, there is definitely something for EVERYONE.

In looking at the pictures, they immediately appealed to me because...I'm ALLERGIC to jewelry!! But guess what?! There is no metal!  A bracelet I can wear?? Finally, I can accessorize! 

They came in a padded envelope:


 And when I opened it, I saw this adorable little package all wrapped up! I love that it was all recycled!


I opened the envelope to find: 
These adorable bracelets!  Right on the card it tells you what book your bracelets are made from. Of course I knew mine would be made from Fox in Socks because I chose them.  (I LOVE that book!!) I also loved the bright colored beads on these bracelets!


I admit my wrists are a little big, I'm working on that, but fear not big wrist girls..these beauties stretch! 


Here you can see the words from the book...I LOVE them!



I'm so absolutely impressed by what Kim and her mom do! I hope you'll head over to her Etsy shop and take a peek at what they have to offer and get your shop on! Thanks Kim for allowing me to review these bracelets! I love them!! 

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jazzing up your Caddies!

I jazzed up my caddies last year after seeing a post from Erica Bohrer, but when I went to school this summer and started getting my room, I discovered my caddies were disgustingly dirty and a few of my book bins were cracked.  I order these gems from Oriental Trading and fortunately scored a free shipping coupon, so they weren't too much more expensive from Michaels or the teacher store where I couldn't find all the colors I needed.  

For this project you need:  The Caddies, The Book Bins, Ribbon, Scissors, A Hot Glue Gun, and Glue Sticks. (The Cordless Hot Glue Gun is not required, but let me tell you that it is well worth the extra $5-10 and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE mine.)

I know absolutely nothing about measuring and ribbon, so I took a picture of the kind I used in case you needed to know that.


For the caddies, start on the long side, but in the middle.  Put your hot glue on half and lay the ribbon on top.

Keep doing the same thing all the way around until you get back to the front and then you will meet the two pieces together. Don't worry about the two pieces because you are gonna cover them.


These book bins had a line on them that I followed, and you do the same thing...start in the middle and go around.


 Ok, about the spot where the two pieces meet up.  To cover that you need a cute little sign.  I printed mine on card stock and laminated them.  I decided to vary the pattern and go with some chevron. I have both patterns in my room.




Glue them right on the front and voila:



These caddies look super adorable on my table and the ribbons just give them a little something! What do you do you jazz up your room?
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Picture Frames

I'm a little late blogging about this one, but I had to get pictures taken for these frames to get them on the wall.  We make these frames with our kids EVERY year and leave them up all year! It's so fun to give them back to the kids at the end of the year and see how much they have changed! 

You need 1/4 of a yellow sheet of construction paper and then you die cut a rectangle out of it to make the frame.  The tree and polka dots are free form, so you just give the students squares/rectangles of each color of paper and model how to do those.   The letters are from Walmart/Michaels are are prebagged in Ziploc bags for each student.   (They have a sticker on the back, so they stick right on.)


This particular student did a really awesome job on cutting her pieces (This close up is from last year but I never got around to blogging about it last year for some reason!), but don't expect them all to look this perfect. I love how their little personalities show through a free form activity! They also tend to mix up the letters in their names and you may have to redirect them a few times :) 


When they are all finished, I add their pictures and staple them on the wall around my Coconut Tree. (I purchased this one a few years ago from the local teacher store and just leave it up all the time.) 

I adore this little craft and the kids are super proud when they are done!  My group this year did an amazing job and they all look so cute!
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