Monday, March 26, 2012

More reward coupons!

Remember these??? I made these coupons in the beginning of this school year. After I had become grey after the first week of school I knew I had to do something. If you missed the original post...find it here
I am on Spring Break this week friends! I have found the time to make some more of these magical behavior reward coupons. 
Oh.my.word! My kiddos nearly brought me to tears on Friday with their horrid behavior. Was it a full moon??? ALL.WEEK.LONG??? Seriously! They were SOOOOOOOOOO B.A.D! This got me thinking. I think those little devils nuggets need some more coupons for me to tease them with. We all know if they have a little break they forget all the rules. I WILL NOT be miserable after break. I REFUSE. I am just going to dangle these magical coupons in front of them & they will be dying to trade! Dying! 
I know you must have the same problem. This will eliminate the "runners" when I call bus riders to the line.
                                                 Lunch with teacher coupon!

This is how I get rid of all those $ store erasers I obsessively buy. Oh, & all those cap erasers I hoard...GONE!
My kiddos can't wear flip flops unlike their teacher :o(((( But, now they can have those stinky piggies in flip flops in the classroom!
I will give 10 minutes of free choice time on Fridays using this coupon. I'm going to make one for the teachers too...maybe a free drink on Friday???
 I have a line leader as a "job" in my classroom. This was done per a request. 
You know you always need private notes run down the hall to your friends....am I right? I actually have a "messenger" as a job BUT you can always use more than one. I can think of a ton of ideas for this one too!
I thought this would be cute for those shy little boogers that want to read in front of the class but don't want it announced. The suspense & anticipation will drive them crazy & that will make it even more fun! 
I already have a no homework pass for one piece of homework. This can be for ALL homework for the night. 
This drives me InSaNe! You have the procedures for sharpening pencils..right? Never fails. I'll be in the MIDDLE of a test & I hear those dreaded words "I don't have a pencil!" SeRiOuSlY! This makes my skin crawl. It's usually repeat offenders so I will highly suggest this coupon to them so I don't lose it on them :o)
This is another one that will drive me to the nearest looney bin! They are ONLY allowed to sharpen their pencils in the morning...BEFORE THE BELL....& right after lunch. THAT IS ALL FOLKS! I would rather poke myself in the eyeball than listen to that evil pencil sharpener. Again, IT NEVER FAILS. Even though we've had these procedures since DAY 1 & it's now DAY 137....YOU WILL STILL HAVE THE FEW THAT WILL YELL OUT "CAN I SHARPEN MY PENCIL?" My precious little "A" I'll call her just gets me. She will give me a look & just shake her little head when someone does this. She has even used the plate hanging on my wall that says "bang head here". Precious. She should be my daughter we are so alike. Two peas in a pod.
Who has slippers in their classroom? I hope you do! You have to have back-up when you wear those ultra ah-mazing new fabulous heels & then uh-oh....not a good idea...my little piggie is now the size of my big piggie (elephantitus of the little piggie) & my heel just fell off on the way to gym. I figured it's only fair to let my little nuggets walk the classroom with fuzzy slippers too. Their feet hurt too :oP
I have some characters in my class this year. They always want to be in front of the class showing or telling them about something. Since they are always humming at inappropriate times & dancing in the hallway I figured I'd give them the opportunity to do this in front of the class. Here is me.... "It's not "American Idol" in here friends...turn the humming off!" In the hall I have been know to say "This isn't "Dancing with the Stars" feet on the floor...hands @ your sides...eyes forward! Even though I want to giggle because they literally can't walk a line. They can dance, hop & skip in a line but walk??? No way! All kidding aside...back to the coupon. Some may tell jokes, do a magic trick, gymnastic or kung-foo move anyone?
I might make this a reward coupon or hand this out randomly. This has multiple options. I might hand one of these to one of my Cindy Brady's....don't know who that is?? Go away! You're too young! Just Kidding! I might give this to one of my big time tattlers in an effort to gain information on a suspect. The kids won't always know who the "teacher spy" is but they will know someone might be spying on them. I have some bullies in my class this year & if they do something I swear they threaten the other students not to tell on them. Hopefully this will help with this problem. I should tell them this coupon has a magic lie detector. They would TOTALLY believe me! 
I have a "teacher's assistant" job already but I can find plenty of other duties that would be exciting for them. 
This coupon can be used for our class treat jar. 
 I would love to be able to let them use water colors all the time. But I just can't. I have them so why not let them earn it. They can give me this coupon for indoor recess to use water colors.
This is going to be really popular. Currently I will pick a stick for our weather forecaster of the day. They tell us the temp & let us know if it's raining. They give us a prediction on whether or not it will be indoor or outdoor recess. Should we wear coats or not?? At calendar they also get to use a real microphone & pretend they are from the Channel 7 news in Chicago....it's really adorable. Now they will have to give me a coupon for this opportunity.

Check out my presentation from the Everything's Primary Expo to find out how I incorporate these coupons into my classroom.



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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Houghton Mifflin..........finally done!

I've had many Candy Land requests begging me to finish Themes 1-10 for the HM series & it's finally D.O.N.E! Thank you for your patience friends! 

As I was dodging yard work today I put in some major hours on a HUGE M.A.S.S.I.V.E freebie for you so stay tuned. I will also be finishing the Scott Foresman & Treasure's Candy Land games this week. Click on any picture to take you directly to the game.Themes 1-3 are also available.








Here are some free labels to keep yourself organized. I use Scott Foresman & I just stick the label on a Ziploc. You can always use a plastic soap box or card container as well. 
I'm on spring break & I have a lot of procrastinating work to do. I did not want to unpack the office or do yard work today so I created some freebies for all of you! I will be doing some more procrastinating creating this week! Yay! I finally have the time to blog!

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Introducing my first guest blogger...Mary from Sharing Kindergarten

Hello All! My name is Mary from Sharing Kindergarten. I am so blessed to be the *first* guest blogger on here.

Here are 10 fun things so you can get to know me better.
10. This is what time I try to be asleep by each night... hum it is 10:43 pm right now.
9. I have been married for 9 years to an amazing man.
8. I ate {just go with it} Birthday Cake Oreos today for the first time. I was excited... and then disappointed. Not that great. {Hubs just came in and said he ate one and they were nasty too.}
7. I have taught K for seven amazing years. This grade has my heart forever.
6. This is what time I wake up each morning, which is why I {try} to go to sleep at 10 each night.
5. I have 5 siblings of former students in my classroom this year... SCORE! I love it.
4. I am one of 4 children... the third actually. {My hubs is also the third. Ironic huh!}
3. My daughter is three years old and makes me a better mom, teacher, and person everyday.
2. I can not live without TWO things... PB&J sandwiches and Pibb Zero... both of which I eat for breakfast every morning. {seriously}
1. I have 1 awesome freebie waiting for you at my blog for you to grab.

I have a fun tip to share as the end of the year approaches and that supply closet dwindles away.


Mary Amoson is a teacher, mother, and an educational blogger. She believes that learning should be fun and natural, and is most often playing games with her students as they discover learning. She is so passionate about her dream job in education and her incredible students and families that she wants to share it all with you.  Visit her at
 http://sharingkindergarten.blogspot.com/ or at her Teachers Pay Teachers site at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Mary-Amoson/ where she has more than 10 free activities ready for you to download and enjoy.

Visit Mary & her amazing blog! She was so many creative ideas for all primary grades! 


Sharing Kindergarten


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

We're O.B.S.E.S.S.E.D with.........SPELLING CITY!

Oh.my.word! My class is obsessed with http://www.spellingcity.com
Have you tried it out with your class??? I started www.spellingcity.com last year. I inputted all the words from our series (Reading Street) as soon as I discovered this gem. This has increased my spelling scores like you wouldn't believe! 
I get great comments from all the parents about this site! They love having this option for their children to practice their weekly spelling & vocab words. I was so surprised the first time we logged in together. I thought it was going to be much more painful than it was...but it went pretty smooth. 
The site is easy for my little nuggets to navigate & find what they need. I gave them the following picture/text directions & they did fabulous! 
 These are the directions we used when we had the free membership.
These are the directions we use for the premium membership. 

I sent these directions home & the parents were so thankful. You just never know how tech savvy your students or parents are....better safe than......getting too many techy ?'s.

What is the difference you ask?????? 



Stop by http://www.spellingcity.com and check it out. I am so grateful to www.spellingcity.com for allowing me to review their fabulous product & offering such an amazing experience for my students.


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Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Blog Hunt Freebie











Top of the Morning my little leprechauns! I hope you have enjoyed all the fabulous bloggers who created so many great St. Patty's Day freebies! Check out this pinterest board in case you missed any of those fab freebies! Click on any pics to lead you to your freebie. I hope you and your little leprechauns enjoy my Luck of the Irish addition game!




The 2nd grade teachers in my school made these A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E little leprechaun hats!
 They are so cute I can't stand it! You are NEVER going to believe what this started as....a styrofoam cup! I know, I could not believe it! The girls at work put 4-5 cups in the microwave & melted them! You can also do it in the oven with the following directions. 
Turn the oven on to 250 degrees. Place Styrofoam cup, bottom side up, on an old cookie sheet and place it in the oven. Open a window (there may be some fumes) and carefully watch the Styrofoam cups melt. It will take about 2 minutes to get the cups to look like little hats, but you can experiment with more or less time if you like. Immediately remove the cookie sheet from the oven and use a butter knife to gently pry up the edges of the cup from the cookie sheet if necessary.
Let Cool (this should any take a few minutes).


When the students arrived to school they found this note, a green treat & a plain leprechaun hat ready to be decorated! I'm so mad we didn't do this first...lol. 
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