Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hip, Hip, Hooray for the U.S.A.

I just wrapped up my Veteran’s Day unit.

 vet day

This unit is filled with 18 different math and literacy activities for your heroes to complete during center time.

vet collage

Some key components of this unit include:

  • Beginning Letter Sounds
  • Letter Recognition
  • Letter Writing
  • Sight Word Recognition & Writing
  • Rhyming Words
  • Syllable Counting
  • Independent Reader (sight words, color words, and number words)
  • Ordinal Numbers
  • Ordering by Size
  • Number and Number Word Recognition
  • Number Order(Sequential order)
  • Counting (Basic Addition)
  • Patterns
  • Counting By 10’s

Hope you enjoy!!

Always, Melissa


Friday, October 28, 2011

Spiders and Pumpkins, and Ghosts Oh My!!

The students worked on centers from my Halloween TPT unit.

“Funny Bones”

Students cut and sorted letters



“Spooktacular Sums”

Students read color words, wrote numbers, and completed “simple” addition.



Head on over to my TPT store and snag it up!!! Some activities can be carried over for next week.


Happy Halloween


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Gobble till you wobble

Good Evening Everyone- It has been a busy and productive weekend. I have been sorting my cardstock I loaded up on from JoAnn Fabrics- I just could not pass up the $1.99 sale. I am motivated and very eager to get my November, December and January Centers completed and uploaded as soon as possible.

I just wrapped up my 120 page Thanksgiving Unit and posted it to my TPT site. It is filled with 27 different Thanksgiving themed activities for your little turkeys.


There 14 different math activities and 13 different literacy activities. Some of the key skills include


  • Patterns
  • Addition
  • Number Recognition and Writing
  • Size Order
  • Counting
  • Ten Frames
  • Number Order
  • Number Word Recognition
  • Counting By 10's


  • Letter Writing and Recognition
  • Color Word Recognition
  • Sight Word Activities
  • Beginning Sounds
  • Syllable Counting
  • Letter Sorting
  • CVC words
  • Writing

This unit will be able to be implemented all throughout the month of November to reinforce "key" skills the students are learning in the classroom.

Head on over to my TPT store and “gobble” it up!!! Remember my store is on sale till Tuesday!! Stop back this week for pictures from the unit!!

thanksgiving Unit

I am having trouble uploading my Unit 1 and 2 Scott Foresman Activities as soon as I reconvert I will try to upload again-Sorry for the delay. Technology is not cooperating this evening.

Blessings of fun,


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Trick or Treat?

Hello Everyone- I decided to celebrate


and host a 10% off sale in my TPT store. This is no trick so head on over and grab a few treats for your classroom.

My entire store is 10% off through Tuesday!!!

Sale starts 10-22 and ends 10-25

punki3     corn  candy6

Always, Melissa

Thursday, October 20, 2011

By Popular Demand


I had a few requests for my I SPY recording sheets with “words” added- You can download all three with a click of a button.

i spy words

I spy bottle

I spy 2

Enjoy- Melissa

Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween Unit is Here!!

Hello Everyone- Sorry for the delay. I have been receiving many emails about my Halloween themed unit. After some computer malfunctions and having a few “life” moments-it is finally ready.

This 84 page Halloween math and Literacy unit is packed with 11 math activities and10 literacy activities plus directions to use with your little goblins. These activities will reinforce key elements that you have been teaching. Students will be able to complete during small group/center time with minimal assistance and supervision.



  • Spooktackular Sums: Adding Booklet
  • A Ghost of a Chance: Number Recognition
  • Pumpkin Order Up: Size Order
  • Going Batty for Patterns:: Patterning
  • Trick or Treat: Help I lost my treats!!!: Counting and Number correspondence
  • Bibbity Bobbity Boo: Ten frame number correspondence
  • Ghostbusters: Number recognition
  • Goblins on the loose! Missing Number- Ordering Numbers
  • Wicked Webs: Counting and number recognition
  • Count Dracula: counting, number, and number word recognition
  • Racing Through the Pumpkin Patch: Number Recognition and Counting


  • Pumpkin Letter Dash Letter Recognition and Letter Writing
  • Colorful Bats: Color Word and sight Word recognition. Reading Fluency practice. Word Writing Practice
  • Batty over Halloween: Sight word booklet
  • The Boo Crew: Sight word recognition
  • Yum, Yum Sweet Sounds: Beginning Sounds and Letter recognition
  • Pumpkin Patch: Beginning Sounds and Letter recognition
  • Spider Slap: Syllable segmentation
  • Funny Bones Letter Sort: Letter recognition and sorting
  • Stop for a Spell: C-V-C word writing and sound recognition
  • Boooo Beginning Sounds: Beginning sound-word correspondence.

Head on over to my TPT store and check it out!!! My monster unit has also been a hit!!!! (Monster Mash)



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Meet and Greet with Lots of TREATS Giveaway

Hello Everyone!

This giveaway is a chance for you to Meet and Greet some new blogging friends as well as re-visit some Spooktacular blogs you may already follow! 12 Great treats to win! Easy as Pie to enter. All you have to do is follow each blog and TPT store and leave a comment that you have done so. Bonus Entry you blog about this giveaway!!

Kindergarten Smiles Blog

Kindergarten Smiles TPT Store

Mrs. Freshwater's Blog

Mrs. Freshwater's TPT Store

Kinderland Blogspot

Kinderland TPT Store

Little Warrior's Blog

Little Warrior's TPT Store

Doodle Bugs Teaching Blog

Doodle Bugs TPT Store

Growing Kinders Blog

Growing Kinders TPT Store

Mrs. Jump's Blog

Mrs. Jump's TPT Store

Fabulous in First Blog

Fabulous in First TPT Store

Kreative in Kinder Blog

Kreative in Kinder TPT Store

First Grade Fever Blog

First Grade Fever TPT Store

Kinderglynn Blog

Kinderglynn TPT Store

There are 12 chances to win!

Write a comment for each blog/store you follow and and EXTRA BONUS entry if you blog about this giveaway on your blog or facebook page!

Have a great time!

Giveaway ends Saturday night at 10:00 eastern standard time.

The winner will be announced on Sunday!!

Good Luck!

head on over to KinderGlynn to enter

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Candy Corn Numbers

Well, my alphabet has been a huge success, I decided to add my number puzzles too.

Hope you enjoy!

number CC



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I Spy Bottles

After finding these all over the internet, I decided to make my own. My poor hubby was getting quite aggravated with the “empty” bottle stash on the kitchen counter. I had to be resourceful and hide them in a basket. (He He He)

After gathering all of the necessary supplies

  • empty bottles
  • rice
  • food coloring
  • rubbing alcohol
  • ziploc baggies
  • alphabet letter cubes
  • mini buttons/objects

I was ready to color my rice. I simply divided my rice into baggies. ( I didn’t measure I just eyeballed it!) I added 2 capfuls of rubbing alcohol to each biggie then adding a few drops of food coloring. I  used the neon colors from McCormick. I zipped the baggies closed and mixed it up- It was done within seconds. I opened my baggies up and allowed them to air dry over night.


I was ready to begin filling my bottles. I made a makeshift funnel out of a piece of paper. It worked wonders! Halfway through I added my alphabet letter beads.


I added more rice and left about an inch at the top of the bottle. (see below)IMG_0637


I made two different recording sheets as I plan on making both letter and object bottles. For the letter bottles, students will simply record the letters they find. I plan on copying these front and back so they will use two different bottle and find 24 different letters. For the object bottles students will record the initial/beginning sound for each object they find.

You can download the {“free” recording sheets here}I spy bottle


I spy 2

I used VOSS water bottles- I created labels for the top of the bottle I used the Avery 1.5 stickers. I am using the number labels for my alphabet bottles and the alphabet labels for my object bottles.

 {You can download them here for free.}

I spy label

I can’t wait for my kiddos to try this new center. I think I may add magnifying glasses to the center for them to use too!!



Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sorry It has been so long…

Hi Everyone- it seems like it has been an eternity since I have added anything new to my blog. I have no excuses other than…Can you say “retail therapy”…

Yes, I have been doing quite a bit of shopping. My mom is home and we have been hitting the stores. I am one of those gals that gets excited even to hit my favorite spots. (Target “dollar spot”, the Dollar Tree, Dollar General, TJ MAxx, DSW, and Abercrombie)

A few of my Target Dollar Spot Finds for Halloween

Target Finds

I have also been pinning like a “mad woman”. I don’t know what I ever did before pinterest. I find myself excited to hop out of bed grab my cup of joe and pin till it’s time to get ready for work. I head to work in the morning with a “spring” in my step because I am so excited about all the new things I found. (Although, I am a sped teacher, I do love sharing some of the ideas I find with my co-teachers)

I found this adorable candy corn puzzle match and created my own version because I could not find anywhere to print it out or buy it. I could only find the pictures of the student’s actually using the center.

Here is my version free for you to download:

{click here to download}

candy corn puzzle (pic)

sample CCP

I added a black outline on my center to make them pop (see below)



More centers and Activities for Fall Coming Soon-

Keep Checking back

Don’t forget about my Monster Mash Unit on TPT!

Your students will love it especially if you incorporate a Monster Unit during the month of October-monster collage



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