Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hoppy School Year!

        No one who achieves success does so 
                without the help of others.
        The wise and confident acknowledge this 
                 help with gratitude.
         -Alfred North Whitehead

Holy Cannoli...It's already August! In comparison to other years, I am getting started LATE. Each summer I usually do a new project of some sort...IE- I wrote a grant for Technology Centers and then spent the summer ordering, last year I ordered and prepped Family Literacy Bags, one year I cataloged and leveled my entire classroom library. This year I didn't have a clear focus, but I have begun to organize my thoughts! 


We begin school August 23rd, but we can't get into our classrooms until the 15th, ugh! I don't want to make a ton of changes, but with all the new regulations we have on how much we can hang up...I have to start figuring out how to make my room cute again. I see pictures on blogs of everyone's classrooms and I am SOOO jealous. Jealous of how much space you have, jealous that you don't have a wall of windows which can display anything, jealous that you can hang things from clotheslines or the ceiling, jealous that you can have more than 20% of your walls cover...jealous, jealous, jealous! Alright, enough complaining!


I've already told you that my beginning of the year is in fact...a mess! So, this post is probably going to reflect that...sorry! I focus on the themes Krazy for Kindergarten (all about our school, our room, and each other), Colors & Shapes, and Birthdays. Pretty basic stuff. I've tried to create some fun stuff because I feel that we assess and pound rules into their little brains too much at the beginning of the year, when we should just be getting into the swing of things and make them LOVE coming to school! As always, I thank you for reading and I hope you can find something to use!


I really appreciate and look forward to comments! Please if you download something...the right thing to do is to express your gratitude. I'm not fishing for compliments...just a simple thank you. I love offering things for free, it makes me feel good, but I will be honest when I say this, when I see that things that I have posted have over 500 reads/downloads and then I only get 8 comments...it truly makes me want to quit. If it was worth the download then I certainly deserve some common courtesy, this is especially true if I work with you! Please consider offering a donation if you download.


Alright, let me jump down off my soapbox and give you the Goods! I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! Thanks again for reading!


Shannon


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Books We Love
Mrs. Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
Froggy Goes to School
Chrysanthemum
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes 
Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes
If You Take a Mouse to School
Mouse Paint
Kindergarten Rocks
I Like Myself!
The Crayon Box That Talked
My World of Color
The Feelings Book
It's Okay to be Different
Mouse Shapes
Round is a Mooncake
Shapes in Nature
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?


Literacy Goods
I use the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom as a whole group activity on the flannel board. I copy the pieces on tagboard and put velcro on the back. Once we have done the activity as many times as the kiddos want, I transfer the pieces to a center activity.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

These are rhyming cards that can be used as a center or whole group activity after reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
Chicka Boom Boom Rhyming Cards

ABC's for Me is a book for students to color and read. The dots under the words are to help students get into the practice of pointing to each word. It's kind of lengthy to copy, you may want to double side it.
ABC's for Me Book
Another little book to read. Super simple...gives them loads of confidence!
The School

Meet the Friends is a class book. We usually complete it during the first couple of days. I copy the "Hi, my name is" page for each student and they draw a self portrait. Then I take their first day of school picture and glue it on the page. I laminate the cover and a back cover and bind the pages. They LOVE reading this even at the end of the school year.
Meet the Friends Class Book

I use the Little Frog, Little Frog as a whole group activity on the flannel board. I copy the pieces on tagboard and put velcro on the back. Once we have done the activity as many times as the kiddos want, I transfer the pieces to a center activity.
Little Frog, Little Frog

This Go Fish corresponds to the order of Jolly Phonics. You don't have to use it as Go Fish, it could be simple matching or memory.
Jolly Phonics Sound Go Fish (1-3)

I LOVE doing this book. It is great for sequencing and the Hoppers love having their own copy. I copy the main page on white cardstock and the rest on regular paper. Students put the pages in order and I staple it on the bottom.
Brown Bear Brown Bear

I will be the first to admit, I DESPISE paying for activities, so I don't! I create and do without what I can't. I have made ONE exception to this rule....I purchased Fran's Pete the Cat unit and it was well worth the purchase! http://kindergartencrayons.blogspot.com/search/label/Pete%20Publication She has me addicted to Pete the Cat. The little book that I've posted goes along with the new Pete the Cat Rockin' in My School Shoes. Super cute!!!

Pete Loves School Book


I See Shapes is a sight word based book to help students practice reading the picture, identify shapes, and recognizing color words.
I See Shapes Book

Math Goods
For the Roll and Color, I create a dice with color words on it for each table group. Students take turns rolling the dice and then filling the shoes. When everyone's page is done, we will compare the results and graph them as a whole group.
Pete the Cat Roll and Color

For early in the year, I pair up students and have them play War with these cards. I like them because they are only 0-10.
War Bears 0-10

Another book for students to read. It helps students practice counting and writing numbers 1-10.
1,2,3 Count With Me Book 1-10

These are materials to create a Boys/Girls Graph. I use to make a huge one that stayed up for a long time, but now the Illinois Fire Marshall prefers our little primary grade center to look like a high school, so to save space, I had to create a small one. Once you create the poster, students use the little squares to create the graph. They write their name on the dotted line, color, and cut.
Boy and Girl Graph

Very basic Spin and Graph activity. You've seen it before :-)
Spin and Graph School Supplies Spinner

Spin & Graph School Supplies

Patterning worksheet. Pretty self explanatory.
School Patterns

The Number Buses are a center activity. A cute variation I plan on doing in my room is to use my students pictures instead of the clipart kids.
Number Buses

This can be used as a center or whole group. I plan on using them as a whole group for identification and sequencing and then placing them in the flannel board center.
Number Sequencing Center Cards 1-12

These are student cards. They color, cut, and glue them in sequence to a sentence strip.
Number Sequencing Cards 1-12

Students will work in groups to complete this activity. They take turns rolling a traditional dice and filling in the number that was rolled. They may only fill in one star at a time. If they roll something that they've already filled, their turn is over.
Roll, Count, Color Stars

The Roll a Color is for graphing and color word recognition. I create a dice by using colored dots. Students fill in the graph as they roll and write the number in the dotted box.
Roll a Color Graphing Activity

After we read Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See, I give students a small baggie of traditional M&M's to sort by color. Students have to recall the story and color the animals the appropriate color before they can begin sorting. They must complete the graph before they can eat their M&M's.
Brown Bear M&M Sorting

Have students use a paperclip and a pencil for the spinner.
Spin & Graph Basic Shapes

Simple Shape Sorting Mats to use as a whole group or center activity.
Shape Sorting Mats

Miscellaneous Goods
School Stuff Concentration


Birthday Goods can be found here....http://kinder-pond.blogspot.com/







Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
        -G.B. Stern



184 comments:

  1. Thanks for all of your great ideas. I always look forward to your goods! :) Happy beginning of the year to you! Good luck!

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  2. I downloaded the Jolly Phonics Go Fish to use as a matching game and the school patterns worksheet. Thanks :)

    Teachers Cannot Live By Apples Alone

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  3. Hi! Just posted a few of your books. AMAZING! Thanks for being so generous with your time and your creativity! Good luck with the start of school! I'm not ready either....

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  4. Thanks for sharing all of the great ideas and printable activities on your blog! I love that you are so willing to share them for free.
    Thanks again! ;)

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  5. Thanks for the fabulous share!! I appreciate your creativity and willingness to share. It helps get me excited for the beginning of the school year!

    You rock!

    Traci in VA

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  6. Oh my goodness gracious...it's so much! Thank you for sharing what you create. Your games and books are precious. I especially love the Brown Bear book and activity. How smart to staple short pages below the bear...sometimes the answer is elusively simple! I love it!
    Angela Just Love Teaching!

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  7. Um....WOW! Thanks so much for all of the printables! I hope I have enough ink! :)

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  8. Thanks so much for all your great ideas! I am going to use Pete the Cat with my class and plan to use your wonderful downloads! Have w great year.

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  9. Wow! What a treat to wake up to! I LOVE all of your creations and look forward to each and every post from you...Your hard work is so appreciated!

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  10. I always get so excited when I see you have posted something. Your ideas are the best :) Thanks for sharing!!

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  11. You have out done yourself! Very creative! Thanks.

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  12. Awesome ideas! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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  13. Shannon:

    Thanks for all you do and all your hard work! You are truly amazing! I teach K in Missouri and loooove your ideas. Thanks again!

    ~Wendy

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  14. Wonderful ideas once again. Your generosity is so appreciated. Thank you.

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  15. Thanks for all your work. The children benefit the most :)

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  16. OMG, Shannon! You are truly amazing! Thank you for everything and all your hard work!

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  17. What a sweet birthday present for me to open up Google reader and see all of your freebies!!Thank you for sharing your talents with us!! I appreciate them and I am sure my kids will too!!

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  18. Wow! Thanks for sharing so much! You made my day.

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  19. Thanks for sharing, they are all such cute and creative activities.

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  20. Amazing stuff! School doesn't start here until after Labor Day, but I know it's time to begin planning when I start having school dreams! Thank you for sharing all of your hard work. I'm sure I'll be downloading some of your activities.

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  21. Hi Shannon!

    Thank you for sharing your amazing activities. Can't wait to use them with my kiddos. Have a great school year!
    Beth

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  22. Thank you for sharing your hard work. So many children will benefit from your generosity!

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  23. Thanks for sharing your wonderful activities! I can't wait to use the readers and the Brown Bear activities in my class. Good luck this school year!

    mrsredshawskindermadness.blogspot.com

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  24. Love love all your generous freebies and ideas. I'm especially excited to use the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom stuff. Thanks so much for being so generous.

    http://mskerriandherkrazykindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  25. Oh my gosh, Shannon! Your things are so fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I am moving down to kindergarten this year and this will DEFINITELY help!!!

    :o) Jennifer

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  26. Went to check my reader and what did I see, yes, a post from my fav! I am looking forward to using some of these great ideas you so generously shared. Thanks so much!!!

    mpenn1010@gmail.com

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  27. Guilty, guilty, guilty. I have to admit, I didn't understand how important comments were until I started blogging last month. I have been VERY guilty as far as you are concerned---I always LOVE your stuff!! (and am always thankful its free). In fact, your blog is one reason I'm trying my own...in an effort to 'give back'. I will be better at stopping to comment, even if my laptop often gives me fits when I do it (maybe IT doesn't like being appreciative... :)).

    Liesl in VA
    http://wildworldofkindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  28. Thank you for so much generosity. Your stuff is adorable!

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  29. Thanks so much for all the great activities and ideas. I love the Pete the Cat ones! Thanks for your generosity.
    Jan

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  30. I love checking your blog out for new ideas! I also love that you don't charge anything for them. Thank you very much!!!

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  31. You're stuff is amazing!!!! I absolutely love your things!!! I cannot wait to use them in my classroom this year! :)

    Thanks for all your hard work! :)

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  32. These are so wonderful! Thanks for sharing all your hard work!
    Ms.A

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  33. I was so happy to see your new post today... and even happier that it had so much great stuff! Thank you for the hard work you put in and thank you for being willing to share it with us!

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  34. Thank you SO much Shannon! I look forward to every post you have and find everything so useable and it fits in with almost every unit I am teaching! You are amazing. Thank you for all your generosity. Every time I download I am grateful...need to pass it on tho!

    deb

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  35. WOW! You are so generous to share all of your hard work and inspired creations! Thanks so much! Cindy

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  36. Thanks for sharing...I especially like your Brown Bear, Brown Bear book. Thanks again!

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  37. OMG, thanks for sharing all these great activities. I always look out for all your great ideas. Thank you for allowing us to download all your hard work. I can't wait to use them in Sept.
    Gladys.... Casperrodz@aol.com

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  38. You have shared a fabulous amount of files that I know I can use this upcoming fall! Thanks! Even though people don't always leave a comment know that the amount of downloads says a lot. You do nice work!

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  39. Shannon,

    These materials are wonderful! I always jump for joy when I see you have posted new items. I appreciate your hard work and being so generous with all of your goods. Thanks for the FREEBIES! I can't wait to use them!

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  40. I am so overwhelmed and grateful for your generosity and creativity!!!
    You are the best!
    I will be sure to give you a shout out on my FB page and Blog :D

    Mrs. Ayala’s Kinder FUN
    ❤Michelle

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  41. http://mrsayalaskinderfun.blogspot.com/2011/08/kindergarten-hoppenings.html
    THat is the link to my post about you on my Blog.

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  42. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful ideas and materials. You are so creative - I love your stuff!! Hope you have a great school year!! :)
    My Kindergarten Kids

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  43. Thank you so much for the freebies! I always use Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Brown Bear Brown Bear at the beginning of the year. Now I have new things to use with those themes.

    www.arainbowofteaching.blogspot.com

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  44. Thank you so much for sharing all of your work!I love the Brown Bear Brown Bear stuff.

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  45. Thank you Shannon! I know a lot of us are so grateful that we found your blog. I love your Meet the Class book and your comment about how the kids love it all year long! Please keep blogging- your love for the kids and happiness comes through with your writing.

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  46. Great stuff! I especially like the Little Frog letter matching activity... I have a frog themed class. Hop on by some time!

    Thanks,
    Karen
    www.froggyfriendsfun.blogspot.com

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  47. Hi Shannon! Every time I see that you have a new blog post I know I am in for a treat! This back to school post is so amazing. It is so easy to see how much you love your job, your students and sharing with others. I also have a frog theme in my classroom, the Little Frog, Little Frog poem and letter matching will be one of my first center activities. Thank you so much for continuing to share your great resources for free. I truly appreciate your hard work.
    Thanks!
    Kari :)

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  48. OH MY GOSH! Your blog is so amazing! And what great resources! WOW! Hey how do I follow you? I don't see a button for it :( I am a BRAND NEW blogger, but come visit me @ lifeofakinderteacher.blogspot.com!

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  49. So fantastical!!!!! Thanks SO much! You Rock! =)

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  50. Thank you,thank you,thank you for your sharing heart!! This "old dog" is enjoying all your "new tricks" !
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    Denise

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  51. You are so creative! Thank you for your generosity in sharing such awesome resources! :0)

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  52. Wow! Someone's been BUSY! Love all the new stuff!

    www.kinderkaren.blogspot.com

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  53. You are AMAZING! I downloaded EVERYTHING you just posted! I know how you feel. We offer everything free on our blog and it just seems like there are TONS of "lurkers"...they download, print, laminate and never say thank you! I know it's worth it though because there are so many out there grateful for what you do! I appreciate you so much and you are SO creative and generous. Thanks for everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -Rachelle
    whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com

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  54. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing!!! :) I am so excited about sharing your ideas with my grade level. :)

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  55. Everything is so cute and I can already see just exactly what I want to do with it all! Now I just need to get a new color cartridge for my printer!!
    Thanks for sharing:)

    Mrs. Peterson's Room

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  56. Thank you for all that you do. You are incredibly generous and it is truly appreciated.

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  57. Thanks for the shape ideas.....i am creating a new unit this year to use with our first reading book and work math stations. So I appreciate the new ideas.
    :) Sue
    http://theverybusykindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  58. Thanks so much for sharing these awesome resources you have created! I can't wait to use the Chicka Boom Boom and Brown Bear activities with my Kinders!

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  59. Thank you for sharing all of your fabulous ideas! I, too, teach in Illinois and your comment about the Fire Marshall made me chuckle...so true!!

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  60. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are so generous and AWESOME!!!! I LOVE ALL of this....and will soooo use it ALL!

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  61. Thanks so much for sharing. I love all of your fabulous ideas!

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  62. I always look forward to a new post from you! You've made my day...my week...with this one! Thank you so much, as always, for your extreme generosity.

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  63. I love all your Kindergarten stuff! I'm sending my Kinder teacher friends here now! Thanks for your generous, creativity, and helpfulness to other teachers.
    Rambling About Reading

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  64. You always have such wonderful ideas, and I really appreciate you sharing them for FREE!!! Your website is such a wonderful resource for primary teachers- thank you VERY much for your work!! :) You are awesome!

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  65. You are simply A.MAZE.ING. I downloaded EVERYTHING!!! I teach 2 half day kindergarten classes, I am going to have a hard time deciding what/when to use it all! Thank you so much for being so generous. On my tiny teacher salary I really appreciate your "free" kindness.
    Keep on rockin' the blog world with your awesomness!!!

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  66. Thank you for all that you do! You are a fantastic teacher and I always look forward to your postings! I think it is AMAZING that you offer them free. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  67. I just ran across your blog and I am in LOVE!!!! Thank you so much for sharing all of your hard work with others!

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  68. Ok, you have some seriously amazing things on here! I can't wait to use the Chicka template and lots of others I plan on downloading! You are amazing! Thanks!!!!!

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  69. Thank you so much for sharing all your great activities! I cannot believe there are teachers in your building that use your things without ever saying thank you... We start back to school next week! I found your things right in time! Thanks again!

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  70. Thank you so much for your fantastic ideas and willingness to share! What perfect activities to start the year.
    Sarah

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  71. I LOVE it when you post stuff!! :o) You are AWESOME! Thank you so much for sharing with us! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  72. It is so nice to know I am not the only one who DESPISES paying for activities. I can't believe I have never come across your blog before tonight - it is FABULOUS! I will be back for sure! Thanks for all the super-cute activities - I can't wait to use them at the beginning of school...

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  73. Love your blog and I stop by often. Just looking at the blog makes me excited to teach! Thanks for always sharing so much!!!!! Hope you have a great year!

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  74. Shannon...thank you for always being so generous and willing to share your talents with all of us. I am guilty of not always leaving a comment....I should know better! You put it very well.... a simple thank you is so appreciated. Please know that your many activities have enriched my classroom, and many others as well!

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  75. I have to admit that I have become a frequent flyer of your blog when I discovered it last spring. Thank you for reminding me that we should express gratitude to those that enrich our lives and our studnets. You inspired my summer work of creating big books for Jack Hartman songs. I look forward to reading your bog and appreciate all your hard work and talent.

    Thanks again From New York

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  76. Thank you. I love Pete the Cat too. The book you made is great.

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  77. Thanks so much, Shannon! Although your ideas are free, they will cost me (in printer ink!!!) It's a small price to pay for all the wonderful ideas you post. Your blog is one of the first ones I check out when I'm looking for new ideas - thanks so much!)

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  78. Thank you so much for sharing your great ideas.I am excited to try some of your activities. I love using new ideas. I hope you have a great year!!

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  79. I am such a fan of all your posts! I downloaded the printables for Brown Bear and can't wait to use them this year. You are truly gifted and it is so motivating to read and follow your blog. Thank you for making a difference in my classroom!

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  80. I am madly in love with Pete Loves School.
    I am using him as my class mascot for the year and this book will help me with my "Launch" Aren't the Pete the Cat books a perfect beginning of the year book?? Do you think you will do anything more with Pete?? Maybe for the first book I love my White shoes?? Your Pete graph is sooo cute. I love your blog and all your talent. THanks.Barbara
    PS I think its the graphics and the way you use them that draw me in and want everything you do!!!

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  81. Holy smokes!! I don't have time to open everything up and look at it all yet. Grrr!! But. . . I can't wait! Thank you for sharing this. My kiddos are going to love it. Your students are very lucky to have such a creative and generous teacher.

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  82. I love the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity! I thank you for posting your ideas. I can't wait to use them this year. All of the activities look fun and engaging.

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  83. Wow! amazing...Thank you for sharing such incredible, fun learning activities. I love, love, love your ideas....thank you again..

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  84. Hi! I am a new follower! I am absolutely AMAZED at all of your FABULOUS activities! :) Thank you so much for sharing!!! You have made my day! :)
    Meaghan
    mrskimbrellsclass.blogspot.com

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  85. A huge thank you from the 1% of male kindergarten teachers who appreciate your time, efforts and generosity to make us all better teachers. I have downloaded some of your creations and you have also inspired me to start creating my own. I plan to follow your example and share them for free. We are all in this to do the best we can for our students, so we need to work together, support one another and share! Thanks again and I hope you have a great year!

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  86. WOW! Thank you so much for sharing your hard work. I have just discovered the world of K blogs and I'm in LOVE with this new community.

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  87. Thanks for sharing all your hard work! I love your blog! Have a great start to a new year!
    http://estes-extras.blogspot.com

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  88. I just have to say thank you for all the comments...you have no idea how wonderful it was to read them! Just one word...thanks....means so much, maybe someday my coworkers will get a clue. But, to all of you...I say thanks!

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  89. You are wonderful! Thank you for posting your goods! I am trying to work on some of my own things, and will be posting them on my blog! I'm new to all of this! :)
    Rhiannon
    www.wateringthekindergarten.blogspot.com

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  90. Thank you for everything that you have posted in the past and to what you post in the future. I can't always write a post for everything but I do appreciate everything that you have given from your heart. You are very talented and creative. Everything is wonderful and great. Besides you are teaching my all time favorite grades--Kindergarten.
    Blessings,
    Melissa

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  91. Thank you for all the great printables! My class will love them. Sorry about the crazy restrictions you have on covering walls :(
    GrowinginPreK.com

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  92. Wow, Wow, Wow! Thank you so much for all the great stuff! Enjoy your school year!

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  93. Thanks so much!! Your hard work is appreciated!!
    Jonelle

    A Place Called Kindergarten

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  94. I am so thankful for your wonderful ideas and generosity. Your ideas are creative and useful. Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed reading your blog. I hope your school year starts off great. I am looking forward to a new year using some of your items.

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  95. Thank you so much for the all the time you dedicate to your students and colleagues. I am new to the blogging world and I appreciate everything you're willing to share!

    http://thefantasticfrogs.blogspot.com

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  96. Thank you for all of the materials you have shared. I tell everybody I know about your blog and how generous you are.

    Thanks

    Sharon

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  97. Thank you SO SO SO much for all of your great freebies!!! I LOVE seeing all of the fun things that you create for your kinders. You give me such great ideas to use with mine. Thanks again for your generosity and hard work, it is VERY much appreciated!!!!

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  98. I love your stuff! I downloaded a bunch! Thank you so much!

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  99. Your generosity is so appreciated Shannon! Many kinders will benefit from your talents! Can't wait to download these new activities!

    ~ Amy

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  100. Thank you so much! I just found your site today, and am LOVING all the materials you have so graciously shared! I can't wait to use the cute Pete the Cat materials. He is just too precious! I also downloaded the girls & boys graph. Super cute. Thanks again - I'm so glad I found your blog. I'm your newest follower! :)

    Katy
    Kindergarten Katy

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  101. Thank you SO much for everything that you have posted! I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate all of the amazing ideas you post. I am new to kindergarten and I cannot tell you how much your ideas have helped me guide my way through my first year of teaching.

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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  102. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and materials with everyone. As a newer teacher (3rd year teaching, first year in Kindergarten) I always look forward to seeing what new ideas you have shared and love the cute activities you create. Amazing! Thanks again for being so generous! :)I hope you have a wonderful school year!

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  103. Shannon,
    Thank you for your genorosity! I was so excited when I got on this morning and saw you had a new post. I have been very busy downloading. Thank you for helping me become a better teacher!!!

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  104. Shannon,
    Thank you for all the work that you do. You share such quality work that I am proud to use in my classroom. Thank you for reminding us how important and far a small thank you can go. We preach it to our kiddos and forget to do it ourselves. Thank you again and thank you for helping me to become a better teacher!

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  105. Just a Quick Thanks for all your sharing! I hope to start blogging one day soon! My district is changing from half day K to full day K - for which I am so excited so I am busy with those changes now! Good luck going back to school next week. I start the 22nd. Enjoy your last week off!

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  106. WOW!!! I don't know how to thank you!!!!! I was directed here from Peace, Love, and Kindergarten, and I am soooo happy that I was!!! YOU ARE AWESOME!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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  107. I LOVE IT! Thank you so much for such awesome material. I can't wait to share this with my students! YAY!

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  108. Thank you so much for sharing! You make such wonderful materials! I can't wait to use your ideas. Thank you!!!

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  109. You are AMAZING! I love to use your printables and activities in my classroom! Thanks for your hardwork!!

    Jodi

    kinderkats.blogspot.com

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  110. I love your blog. Thank you, thank you for all your FANTASTIC ideas. I can't wait to use them in my classroom!!!!

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  111. I love your creativity and all the wonderful ideas you share (for FREE!). I apologize for not commenting regularly, but I appreciate the work you do and that you share such great things on a regular basis. You're one of the first blogs I check in on when I'm looking for a new great idea. :)
    Keep up the great work, and have a super school year.

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  112. Thank you for your generosity! Have a great school year.

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  113. Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful materials. You are very talented!

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  114. THank you so so much for sharing your awesome materials! You are so generous! I pretty much download and print everything you make because it is always GREAT quality! You were the very first teaching blog I came across, and I think it is amazing!

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  115. Thank you for sharing the awesome materials that you create!

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  116. Thanks so much - this is fantastic! Have a great year!!!!!

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  117. Thank you...Thank you....THANK YOU! I have been blog surfing the past couple of nights, checking to see what new ideas are out there and ran across your site! Your shares are of quality, high interest and immediately applicable...not to mention, abundant!!!! You have been bookmarked as a site I will return to often to get inspired! Thank you again for your fantastic materials and even more so for sharing. Best of luck this new school year!

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  118. Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication. I love your blog! I know I can always find such amazing things to do with my students on it. Thank you!!!

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  119. Wow!! I am new this summer to blogging and found your blog. I LOVE IT!!! Thank you so much for your generosity. I can't wait to share my findings with my team. Hope I can talk them into looking on your blog as well! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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  120. We send a journal home with the "Meet the Friends" book so students can write about their friends at school (parent help of course...) and share the next day in front of class. Great for practicing presenting skills. Kids love it and parents love it! You are amazing and thank you for sharing friend!

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  121. Thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas and activities.

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  122. Thank you so so much for sharing your awesome ideas!! I sure appreciate it! So many teachers are opting to sell everything on TPT. It is wonderful to find someone who is still willing to share for free! Thank you!!

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  123. I just happen to come across your blog from another. Thanks you so much for your fabulous work and ideas! I teach about 15 minutes from you in Steger. Thank You!

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  124. I just came across your blog. Thank you so much!!! You are FABULOUS....

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  125. Thank you so much! I just found a bunch more Apple stuff from you! I have more than I could ever use, but LOVE your stuff too much to not download. You are such a blessing with all your "freebies". Thank you for your hard work and dedication and willingness to share!

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  126. Thanks so much for all the great ideas! I teach K in central NY, but my Mom was from Homewood. :)

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  127. Thank you so much. You are such a caring, sharing person! I love it! Wish I could be on your teaching team! Have a great year.

    Jeannie

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  128. Thanks for all the wonderful downloads. I'm starting out my Pre-K year with Pete the Cat and colors, so I can use a lot of your stuff. Thanks for being so generous!

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  129. Thank you very much for your generosity and hard work. You are wonderful!

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  130. Thank you so much for everything that you share!!! I LOVE how creative you are and I can't wait to use all of you fabulous resources with my kinders!!! Thank you again!!!
    Meredith

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  131. Thanks you so much for sharing.

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  133. Thank you so much for all of your wonderful materials!!!!! I love your creations - you are a star!!! I will use these in my K classroom, and I know the kids will love them too! Thank you so much - you are one talented teacher!!!!!!

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  134. Thank you for all of the things that you share! I love it when I need an idea and I can find something cute and perfect for what I want to do!

    Thanks!

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  135. Wow...you've been busy! Thanks for sharing. I'll be using the pete the cat roll & color with my preppy K class.

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  136. Love all your ideas, AND the fact that you post things at no cost! Thanks for sharing. I appreciate it!

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  137. Thanks so much!!! I'm a brand new K teacher, with only a few years of pre-K under my belt before that and you are helping me out so much! I'm ok with a little less anxiety :)

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  138. thanks for sharing so many fabulous ideas!

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  139. Shannon,
    Thanks for all your wonderful idea!!! I just found your blog a few weeks ago and love it!!! It is the only one I follow now. Many of your ideas and comments are in tune with how I feel about young children and how I teach them (your things are a 50 times better than mine) I just want to thank you. You are in my prayers as the birth of your baby approaches. As I read your blog I feel like I know you.

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  140. Fabulous! Your ideas are great! I am so excited that I found your blog! Thank you so much for sharing. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! Have a great school year!

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  141. Holy guacamole! How do you find time to make all of these wonderful things? I am so excited to use the Pete the Cat goodies you made! Rock on! :) Happy School Year!

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  142. Thank you so much!! What I appreciate with you is your willingness to give, your creativity, your generosity of your time and talent and the fact that what you make does not require a lot of time, print or materials to get ready. Thanks again. Your kinders are very lucky to have you as a teacher.

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  143. Love, Love, Love all your handouts! Wow. As an old teacher - but new kindergarten teacher you are a lifesaver. Thank you again for all your hard work.

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  144. Thank you so much for helping to make my job a little easier and less time consuming! Your generosity is amazing and is truly helping the village!

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  145. Thank you so much for all the printables!

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  146. Thank you so much! This is my first year in Kindergarten, and you are really helping me keep my head above water. Thank you so much for sharing!

    :)

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  147. Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!

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  148. Wow! I feel like I won the lottery! We had no access to our classrooms this weekend after a large blackout in San Diego and all my plans were there. I have purchased items that I thought I could use but was a bit disappointed. Then, I found your site. Thank you! I can print without wasting a whole bunch of ink. Thank you! You were a lifesaver.

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  149. I LOVE your blog!! My whole Kindergarten team uses your printables. We get so excited when you post new things. You are so creative and have wonderful ideas. I have even shown your blog to my principal and to other kindergarten teachers in other districts. Please don't stop! You are awesome!! :)

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  150. Your resources are awesome!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  151. I LOVE your ideas! You make teaching kindergarten fun! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  152. I downloaded the counting, shapes, and brown bear activities. Thanks for sharing your creativity and hard work!

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  153. Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas with us. Your ideas are helping countless teachers and, most of all, children.

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  154. You have amazing ideas! Thank you for sharing them for free. It's really nice of you to share all the work you do with teachers all over. Thank you!!

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  155. Thank you for sharing your fabulous ideas! I know that me and my fellow teachers appreciate you sharing all your hard work and creativity with so many teachers!

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  156. Thanks for all the ideas and resources! I can't decide what to use first!!!

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  157. I have recently started "school time" with my almost 4 year old. It gives us some one on one time, since she just had a baby brother, and is educational. Your worksheets are from Heaven. Some she is not ready for, but some are just perfect! I also appreciate the peek into how you set up centers and such. I am very new to all of this so it helps to see! PLUS I like knowing that I am on the right track for preparing her for school! Thank you so much!

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  158. LOVE LOVE LOVE Pete the Cat in his school shoes! I hadn't read this one before, so I'm excited to use the book you made.
    I also love the ABC book with dots under each letter/word to teach one-to-one correspondence. You are awesome! Thank you!!

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  159. I love your materials! Thank you for sharing them for free. As a new, broke, and struggling teacher you have no idea how ALL of your materials are gonna save me lots of time and money.

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  160. I am thinking about you and your sweet new baby! I am having so much fun searching your entire blog. I have said it before, you are an amazing teacher and so wonderful to share your enthusiasm and love of teaching and creating. Thanks for all your hard work , it is very much appreciated!!!!
    Tonia
    Mrsvento.blogspot

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  161. Thank you for your awesome work and generosity! I can't believe how much you give away. With TPT, I am seeing less and less freebie sharing. For a new and penniless teacher, you are a godsend!

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  162. Your blog has absolutely ROCKED MY WORLD tonight! Just wanted to say THANK YOU for sharing...it is SO NICE to have people that want to share their work. This is my first year in kindergarten and it has been a difficult transition due to other teachers not wanting to work together and share. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    OH, and Homewood is a pretty cool little place. My college roommate, and great friend is from there! Do you know the Benzow's?

    Thanks again,
    Keep it coming!

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  163. I just discovered your amazing blog. I too have been teaching kndergarten since 1999! Your activities are just the refreshing change I was looking for! My kinderkids are loving them, and I will be spending my Easter and Summer holidays preparing more of your amazing activities. Thank you for sharing. As teachers we are always paying out of our own pockets for extras. Your generosity is a blessing. Thank you.

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  164. OH MY GOSH!!! You are awesome! I just got a pinterest account a few weeks ago, and I stumbled onto your blog and I am just speechless. I was sitting here clicking and smiling and my husband looked at me and started laughing. I asked him why he was laughing at me and he said, "I can tell you found something good for your classroom." LOL I am a first year Kindergarten teacher and you will never understand how much you have blessed me with the amount of information and materials you have published. THANK YOU OH SO MUCH!!!!

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  165. Thanks Again Shannon! :)

    yvonnee

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  166. I went on a bit of a downloading frenzy and I apologize. Tomorrow wraps up my last day of school with my kiddos. This year was my first year and boy did I learn A LOT! I stumbled across your blog while searching for activities during the year and have bookmarked it ever since. You have wonderful resources!! Thank you so much for sharing all of them. You have given me so many new ideas for next year. I didn't get hired until a week before school started last year so I didn't have much time to prepare, at all. This summer I'm so excited to get things together and actually be able to plan! Thanks again for everything you share. you're an angel!

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  167. I stumbled upon your blog, and I am just BLOWN AWAY! I've spent the morning just looking at everything, and I'm sure I'll continue all afternoon. You are so generous and gracious! I am only just jumping in to teaching kindergarten, and what you have here makes me so excited! This will help me SOOO much! Thank you!! I will certainly give credit and refer others to your resources.

    Thanks!!!

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  168. Wow!!! I just discovered your blog tonight and am having a blast reading back through all your posts/ideas! You also offer so many great downloads...so generous of you! I'm excited to use several of your darling ideas...thanks again!!
    Michelle

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  169. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I can't believe all the WONDERFUL things you have shared with all of us!! Your generosity is overwhelming!! Thank you again for sharing your thoughts, ideas, and creative talents!!

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  170. you are amazing...keep up the hard work....many of us appreciate all the endless halp you are giving

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  171. You are an amazing teacher.....thanks for helping so many

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  172. I just downloaded the brown bear activities and I know my kids will be thrilled when they get to sort the color of each animal with a m&m! Brilliant! Thank you!!!

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  173. Shannon...I think this is my favorite post. You have shared so many things and I have used nearly everything on this page! It also is where I first learned of my second love...Pete the Cat!

    I gave you a shout out when I made my alphabet rocks with your freebie from this post. I hope that was the right way to give you credit. You can check it out at KinderKapers

    Thanks for all you do!
    Terri Izatt
    KinderKapers

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  174. Thank you Shannon! You inspire others with your spirit, enthusiasm, and your creativity. Thank you for sharing your work and your stories. I am thankful for your generosity and so are my kiddos!

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  175. I just found your blog from Pinterest and love it. I am also a Kinder teacher and appreciate any freebies and ideas I can. I have 2 teenagers and my daughter is a Senior this year so all my extra is going to her necessities this year instead of my room. I love your blog and wish I could do one. How do you do this? It's so cute.

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  176. As always thank you for providing kindergarten teachers with materials that will assist their students in learning new concepts. My students will especially love the Pete the Cat freebies. Thanks again!

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  177. Thank you so much for all these great ideas and resources! I wish I'd discovered your blog last year! This will be my 2nd year teaching and I'm always looking for awesome, affordable teaching tools. Your blog is the jackpot! Thanks again!

    Alexis

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  178. Shannon,
    I love your blog! Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic materials!

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  179. Dear Shannon, Thanks for all of your hard work and your willingness to share your talents with others.

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