Friday, March 30, 2012

The Great Giveaway!

I started a Facebook page for Kindergarten Hoppenings and wanted to have a little giveaway to commemorate the occasion. Hmmm...a giveaway...what should I give away? Tricky, tricky...I already have almost all of my creations available on Scribd and this girl is broke as a joke, lol, because I am staying home with the little Mister two days a week for the rest of the year. (and how can I resist?)

I've come up with something simple. I will be giving away 2 flashdrives. Two flashdrives, what kind of giveaway is that? They won't be two ordinary and empty flashdrives, oh no, they will be filled with goods. Everything that is on Scribd, all on one convenient and organized location....all in pdf form, of course. There will also be some things that have not gone up yet....
  • You know my Poetry Journal Posters. Well, I will include the pieces to make your own. All you will need to do is print them out and glue 'em!
  • Center things (Beginning Sound Sort, Alphabet Pocket Chart Game, CVC Puzzles, CVC Word Mats, New Write the Room Sheets)
  • Blend Posters
  • Classroom Library Book Bin Labels
  • Homework Calendars for 2012-2013 School Year
You will have two opportunities to enter a random drawing. 
  1. Follow Kindergarten Hoppenings blog. Leave a comment on this post that you are a follower with your email address.
  2. Like Kindergarten Hoppenings Facebook Page. Kindergarten Hoppenings Facebook Page You will need to leave a comment on this post saying you likey on Facebook again with your email address. Facebook is tricky about giveaways, so I'm just going to have to trust y'all.
Make sure you leave 2 separate comments so you have 2 entries!

I will do a random drawing for each on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 12:00PM Central time and announce the winners later that evening! Easy Breezy!

Good luck to all and may the odds be ever in your favor :0)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Facebook and a Pinterest Find

I am on Spring Break and my little guy and I are just laying low. I started a Kindergarten Hoppenings Facebook page. I have no idea why. My husband said "it's about time"....again, I don't know why. But, here is the link, you can HOP on over and like it. I will be doing a Facebook Launch giveaway...probably tomorrow....maybe Friday....ok by Saturday. The giveaway be for one follower and one, um, "liker?" on Facebook. It took me a while to come up with something to giveaway, so here's hoping it will be worth your time, lol. More details to come!

Yesterday during an incredible morning nap, I was spending waaaaay too much time on Pinterest and I stumbled across a great find. You must go check it out....
Michelle Rist over at Inspired by Kindergarten is giving away her April Reading and Math Activities. You know me I am loving a good freebie!

Check back soon for some giveaway details!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hoppy Spring!

I now have a Facebook page. I would love to see your smiling face there...hint, hint. :0)

Two things that I am shocked by: 1- I have just over 1000 followers! Holy Guacamole!!! All the kind comments, Pinterest love, and emails leave me humbled. Thank you so much. And, 2- I cannot believe how unbelievably warm it has been here in Illinois. I am loving it!! Although to be quite honest, it will have me living in fear of late summer. If it is in the 80's in March, what will my oven classroom be like in August? Oh well, we'll all just smell like wet dogs together, I guess.

So, I have been crazy with getting myself familiar with the new common core standards. Is anyone else a little shocked by some of them? Well, I am. How can I expect a five year old who comes to Kindergarten with no number sense to add and subtract "fluently" within five? I am not saying that all of the new standards are impossible but some of them definitely pose a challenge. I was completely surprised that counting by 5's and coin recognition are no longer mastery skills. Overall, it doesn't matter...I am go with the flow. I am an avid rule follower, so I will make the necessary adjustments and "teach like my hair is on fire".

I've been working like a busy bee, creating some new Spring materials. I keep getting the question from people, "how do you find the time". Well, let me tell you, I am off four days per week and Coop averages 3-4 hours of nap per day and a girl can only clean so much. Creating materials and blogging are therapeutic and truly make me feel good.

Here is a little hodge podge of things that I've created for the upcoming weeks. As always, thanks so much for the emails and comments, I always appreciate it! I hope you find a little something you can use and I hope I don't make your computer crash ;-) Have a wonderful Friday!!!


Literacy Goods
I Have Who Has Bird Edition (Nonsense Words)

For the Birds NSW Fluency Worksheet

Flower Power Picture to Word Match Up

Spring Stamp a Word

Spring Syllable Sort

Spring Syllables Worksheet

Flower Power Ending Sounds Dice Toss

Flower Power Ending Sounds Dice Toss Worksheet

Spring Training Word Family Matching

Math Goods
Bunny Ten Frame Match Up

Counting Carrots Ten Frame Worksheet

Spring Counting Cards

What Comes Next Spring Worksheet

Spring Comparing Sets Center

Spring Comparing Sets Sort

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Well, my first week back was in a word...tiring! It felt good to be back with my Kinder-Hoppers and just working three days of week really does give me the best of both worlds, but Holy Guacamole, this girl was T.I.R.E.D. by about 1PM everyday. I seriously felt like I was go! go! go! and then SLAM! right into a wall. I am excited to dive back into things with my kids; however...

Twas the week before Spring Break and all through the school,
Not a student was sitting and it seemed no one knew a single rule.

Let's be honest, this week is a bust. Tuesday is an Institute Day because of voting in the building and Friday is VIP Day (formerly known as Grandparents Day). We need to finish up our Ocean Unit, but this teacher is just not feeling it. I missed virtually the entire unit so what's a teacher to do? PIRATES! It ties loosely into Ocean right?

When I told the teacher next partner in crime...we were going to do some pirate things to jazz up this week, she said "I haven't heard too many good stories about pirates, lately." Hehehe....We're doing cute Pirate stuff. We aren't really going to talk about all the horrible pirate things, silly girl! 

I don't have a ton of stuff for pirates, just enough to do as Babbling Abby says and "bring sexy back". I used some Scholastic points and ordered a few books to add to me collection....
Pirates Go to School How I Became a PiratePirate Pete's Talk Like a PiratePirate PetePirates Don't Change DiapersPirates Don't Take Baths

I don't have a ton to offer because I kind of threw this all together late Wednesday night and then didn't go back to it until tonight because it has been crazy warm here in the Chicago subs. Coop deserved a walk or two or three!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week! Thanks so much for all the emails and love! Hope you find something you can use in your classroom. If you download, please be sure to leave a comment :0)


Argh! Here's yer booty!

Treasure vs Fools Gold Word Sort

Treasure vs Fools Gold Words Worksheet

Roll Say Keep Pirate Edition

Picture and Word Memory Pirate Edition

Do You Like Pirates Graph

I Have Who Has Pirate Edition

Pirate Patterns

Monday, March 5, 2012

More Phonemic Awareness

This is my last week of my maternity leave. It's bittersweet. I miss my kiddos, but I KNOW that I am going to miss my little guy terribly. I've gotten loads of emails and comments that have told me to enjoy every minute because it goes so fast. I will be honest, late at night and during bouts of screaming, time has moved slowly; however, all the's been almost three months. I just can't even believe it!
Coop can't believe it either!
To try to get back in the swing of Kindergarten, I am going to try to put a few posts together during Cooper's short naps throughout the day. This afternoon I got an email from Karen Strawser requesting Diagraph/Blend Cards to use during Phonemic Awareness instruction. They will compliment Michael Heggerty's program very well. You can see more about his program here...

So, this evening during my much beloved show, The Voice. I worked on Diagraph/Blend flashcards. I will try to post again later in the week, if I can. Thanks again for all the kind comments and emails. You truly have no idea how much I appreciate it. Now it's 9PM...time to sleep for a couple of hours before someone demands 5oz of liquid gold.


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I had to put it into Google Docs because something wacky was going on with Scribd. Here is the link...

Friday, March 2, 2012

St. Patty's Showcase

Hello all!

First, I cannot thank you all for the kind comments and emails. It was soooo nice to hear from everyone. You are all just too sweet for words. My little fella thanks you too :0)

I got a few freebies from some of my followers and I've got a few things to share, as well.

Leprechauns Gold is a sight word game courtesy Jessica Benson.
Leprechaun's Gold Sight Word Game

Here is a St. Patrick's Day Sight Word Coloring Sheet sent by Amy Cox.
St Patricks Day Coloring Page Sight Words

Sharon from the sent The Pot of Gold game.
pot of gold

The Goods from Me :0)
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You can also find my original Lucky Hoppenings post here...
What's in the Shamrock Phonics Worksheet

Building Words (Short a Word Families)

Luck in Various Languages

Lucky Numbers 26-50

Shamrock Sight Word Concentration

St Patricks Day Sight Word Find

Websites for ideas...