Love to Joplin & a Freebie!

Deedee at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten blog posted about the devastation in Joplin, and how difficult it has been for the teachers & students in the community. Her post rallied us bloggers to show our love and generosity, and I’m proud to say we did! Read about it HERE, and what you can still do to help out.

In the spirit of giving, here’s a freebie for you to enjoy with your class. It’s a great whole group activity, and once you teach them how to play, it can be used in your math centers. It has three levels of differentiation. Enjoy!

You can download this free at my TpT store or Teachers Notebook shop.


Take care,


I’m a Versatile Blogger!


I received The Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks to Haley at Following Optimism for this awesome recognition!

The rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you!  Thank you, Haley!!!

2. Tell 7 Things About Yourself (See Below)
3. Nominate 15 Newly Discovered Blogs and let them know they’ve received the award!

Seven Things About Myself:
1. I was born in Attleboro, MA…now I live in Orlando, FL
2. I’m a Boston Red Sox fan (see above).
3. I Love Books!
4. I love to read!
5. I’m crafty.
6. My favorite subjects are history & science.
7. I love stalking blogs for freebies, feels like Christmas…lol

Fifteen Blogs I have recently found that I think are awesome!: (in no particular order, and of course the list could be a lot longer:)

1. Lisa @ Lisa’s Kinderland

2. Mrs. McElveen @ Whooo Loves Kindergarten

3. S. Parker @ Learning with Mrs. Parker

4. Ruth @ A Child’s Place

5. Alessia @ Mrs. Albanese’s Kindergarten

6. Caitlin @ Kindergarten Smiles

7. Clutter–Free Classroom

8. Ashley @ The Polka Dot Patch

9. Marlana @ Lil’ Country Kindergarten

10. Sue @ The Very Busy Kindergarten

11. Sara @ Kindergarten is a Hoot

12. Lindsay & Kerri @ Teacher Bits and Bobs

13. Mrs. Carroll @ First Grade Parade

14. Cindy @ Mrs. Gilchrist’s Class

15. Deedee @ Mrs. Wills Kindergarten  


Take care,


Holiday Recipe Swap

Wow, it’s been a busy month!

I’m linking up with TBA’s Holiday Recipe Swap. This is one of my favorites and always requested when we’re having a potluck. I hope you enjoy it:)

Corn Casserole

1 can Whole Kernel Corn (white or yellow, your choice)
1 can Creamed Corn
1/2 to 1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix (your preference for consistency) (I use one box)
1/3 cup Milk
1 Egg
1/2 stick Butter
1/2 cup Sugar

Drain Whole Kernel Corn. Mix everything together in large bowl. Pour into 8×8 pan, pie plate or small casserole dish. Bake about 45 minutes at 350 degrees until firm and golden brown. Can be doubled or tripled. If you use a deeper dish you will need to add to the cooking time.

Check out the other wonderful holiday recipes at TBA, and link up too!

 Recipe Swap

Happy Holidays,


Ho Ho Holiday Freebie!

Santa and his trusty elf have arrived to help your students practice recognizing, comparing and ordering numbers 1-30! This is a fun whole group activity, then once introduced can be used as a partner game or in small groups.

You can download this freebie in my Teachers Notebook Shop or my TpT shop.



Take care,


Let the Sunshine In…

I’ve Received the:

Here are the rules for accepting this award:

1. Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.
2. Answer the following questions below.
3. And pass the award to 10~12 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs and let them know you awarded them.

1.  Thanks so much to Janine at Faithful In First for awarding me the Sunshine Award!  It really means a lot:)

2. My answers to the questions:

Favorite color?  Purple

Favorite animal? Frog

Favorite number? 3

Favorite drink? Sweet tea with lemon

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook

Your passion? Books!

Giving or getting presents? Most definitely giving presents!

Favorite day? St. Patrick’s Day


3.  These are some of the blogs who have provided me with hours of browsing for ideas and a gold mine of resources.

1.  Lisa at Lisa’s Kinderland

2.  Pam at Can Do Kinders

3.  April at Chalk Talk

4.  Caitlin at Kindergarten Smiles

5.  Mel D at Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

6.  Mrs. Williamson at Welcome to Room 36

7.  Ashley at Me & Marie Learning

8.  Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies

9. Shannon at Kindergarten Hoppenings

10. Kathryn at Kindergarten–Kindergarten

Sentence Building Freebie

As promised, here’s the sentence building freebie! I created this to have a beginner level to go along with a set I purchased that started off with more complex structures. I hope you find it useful.

Click the picture to download

In case you missed this one, here’s the link to download this freebie from my Teachers Notebook or TpT shop.

TpT Shop





New Resources

Hi everyone. Sorry it’s been so long between posts. Once school started I’ve been beyond busy trying to stay ahead. I’ve added a few new items to my Teachers Notebook & TpT shops, I’ll add the links below.

I’ll be posting a sentence building freebie shortly so stay tuned:)

I made this to help my students develop number sense. They are a bubble map format where students have to show the number in several ways.You can find them here:

Teachers Notebook Shop

TpT Shop

This fluency pack is perfect for kindergarten & first grade students.

Teachers Notebook Shop

TpT Shop

What kindergartener doesn’t love dinosaurs? This is a fun write-the-room activity.

Teachers Notebook Shop

TpT Shop

This is an extensive collection of ocean animal research & report forms that can be used with multiple grade levels.

Teachers Notebook Shop

TpT Shop

This is a collection of 40 Elkonin boxes (5 for each vowel) to help your student develop phonemic awareness skills. Great for small groups, intervention and center practice.

Teachers Notebook Shop

TpT Shop

These owls are sooo cute! This is a link to the alphabet headers. There are coordinating word cards sets for all 5 Dolch levels available also. You can find them here:

Teachers Notebook Shop

TpT Shop

Ok, that’s all the new stuff for now, told you I was behind.

Take care,


Under the Sea

Ok, I admit it. I’ve been on an ocean theme kick lately, guess I’m trying to hold on to the last bit of summer before school starts:)

Here are some ocean themed Freebies my K team or I created, enjoy!

I used this flow map activity with my students at the end of last year when we watched Finding Nemo. We were working on comprehension skills;)

These mini-books were created as an extension activity for the book, In the Big Blue Sea by Chyng Feng Sun. It is part of the HM Reading program for theme 2, which focuses on color words. You do not have to read the book in order to use these mini-books, they are for practicing color words. But if you can find the book, the kids will have a lot of fun with it. There are three levels for differentiated groups.

Click the title to download mini-books:

In the Big Blue Sea -Low

In the Big Blue Sea -Middle

In the Big Blue Sea -High

Here’s a sentence practice activity:

My Ocean Friends Alphabet Freebie

I have some other resources, including ocean themed at TpT, thanks for looking:)

Take a moment to follow my blog, and ‘like’ my Facebook page. Leave a comment and I’ll add your blog to “My Favorite Blogs” links.


I Scream, You Scream…

What would summer be, or any time of year for that matter, without ice cream! July is National Ice Cream Month, designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in July.

How will you be celebrating?

I made this calendar set to enjoy one of my favorite treats all year long.

click on the image to download the calendar set

Ever wonder just how your favorite ice cream is made? Check out this article on How Things Work to find out:

Are you traveling this summer? Be sure to stop by one of these famous ice cream factories for a tour, and maybe a sample too!

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Make your own ice cream in a bag; chemistry has never been this fun or yummy!

Here are some of my favorite books about ice cream:

So what is your favorite flavor?