Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I got a LOVELY blog award!

**This post is long over due. I am finally posting it as I did get the award awhile back.**
That's right, the award is called "The Lovely Blog" award.

And doesn't that make you just smile widely. To know someone thinks that your blog is lovely? I am definitely smiling widely. So I went over 3am Teacher, she is the one who gave me this lovely award and checked out the other bloggers who share this award with me. **Update: My fellow kindergarten teammate, Karmen's Kinders of Room 103 awarded me with the award too.** Now my job is to pick 15 other lovely bloggers to receive the award. FIFTEEN?! This is definitely difficult since I follow so many but I will do my best.

1. Link back to the person who gave you the award.
2. Give this award to 15 other bloggers and let them know they've received the award.
3. Follow the person who gave you the award.

First Grade Dual which used to be Dual Kinder Teacher just finished translating the Common Core Standards to Spanish! What a task I bet. How helpful would that be for so many teachers of ESL students!

Aloha Kindergarten with lots of kindergartners!!

Miss B, Busy Bee
Miss B, Busy Bee

Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business
Have you checked out Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business yet? Well head on over there and make sure to sign up to receive her emails as she often shares extra freebies with her email subscribers.:) Plus such a cute button!

Little Literacy Learners
Little Literacy Learners

Kindergarten Nerd Herd  Give her lots of new followers!!

 First Grade is Fantabulous!
First Grade is Fantabulous

Herding Kats in Kindergarten

First Grade FUNdamentals
First Grade FUNdamentals

 Mrs. Patton’s Patch
Mrs. Patton's Patch

Little Warriors

Mrs. Ayala's Kinder Fun...check out her Free Friday

Kristen's  Kindergarten (she is a host of the Math and Literacy Swap)

Make, Take & Teach (I so love Pinterest as you not only get great activity ideas but you get to follow new bloggers!)

Reading Confetti (Found on Pinterest!)

 I also got nominated for The Versatile Award again by Teacher Blog Stalker I am excited for the nomination and am so glad that I did the work for this award already.

I love getting and giving awards!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

What am I Pinning?

 Have I told you how much I love Pinterest? Well I should have been singing its praises long before now. So I was on vacation in Minnesota and Chicago but during the ride (we took a road trip from Virginia) all I did was pin things left and right. Of course when I got home, I could get a hold of my laptop to really pin things. I haven't figured out how to create a pin on my ipad, I only can repin from someone else. It's a good thing that others were still pinning while I was on "vacation". I now have 22 BOARDS which makes it difficult to quickly pin anything but I had to "organize" them or I was going to be one of those pinners who just pinned and didn't use. You know there is a linky party going on about Pinterest pins called Monday Made it With 4th Grade Frolics.
 Another reason why I LOVE Pinterest is because of all the new bloggers I can find by following their ideas back to their posts and reading about them. Yesterday I found and added some new bloggers onto my ever-growing list of blogs I follow.

  Please venture out and check out Aloha Kindergarten. She made me feel bad about my 20 kids I complain about LOVE during the year. Her class consists of 36 kindergartners and she was wondering if adding all those clips to her clip chart would be too much. I wouldn't know where to put 36 kinders in my classroom let alone find them each a place to hang their stuff. I ventured to Aloha Kindergarten for her ideas on Calendar Math which had me exploring and I stumbled upon her Poetry Journals which also had me pinning them down.

 She has so many freebies that she has a tab called FREEBIES at the top of her cute blog. And make sure to check out her SMARTBoard activities.

 Please check out Kindergarten Nerd Herd who I stumbled upon. You should check out her Word Family kits post of how she refurbished old DVD cases and made them traveling centers.

Or check out her post on Behavior Races and blend this generation of students to old school games and characters. (They really don't know it's old, just that they've never played it yet.)

 And I don't know if you all know but I have been "mapping" out ways to get organized this year. I even cleaned and combined files (those given to me my first year) and stacked up piles of worksheets that I want to pass to someone else. So anyways the one thing that I do not have figured out is my Teacher Binder and Calendar. I am trying to figure out if I need to purchase a 2012-2013 weekly planner like I have been doing since college and never really use it through to the end of the year or try something new. So I have been searching the blogs and Pinterest too and I love checking out the different calendars and ideas. I still have found "the one" but I am hopeful.
  So my search lead me to Elementary Organization. Yup I typed that right... I am so excited to have found her blog. It was a pin from someone else on her calendar and of course I had to check it out. Her calendars have another purpose... curriculum.
 She wants to align her state and district standards and map out when they need to be taught for her team. They discuss any changes to the calendar as a team of course but it's mapped out and in a notebook for her team to use. And she has a lot of DIY projects for those who feel inclined to do that. Me not so much. I haven't even finished the crate seats I started like 2 weeks ago. 

Another blogger, Mrs. Ayala's Kinder Fun...
  Check her out as she offers some cute kindergarten freebies for anyone who is still struggling to get a "theme" going for your room, like me. I have my color scheme down maybe: blue, green, purple and black (all my favorite colors) but I also want to have frogs, butterflies, bumblebees, birds, dragonflies and ladybugs as my station groups. How to tie them together? Or do they even need to fit?
  I followed an idea from A Teeny Tiny Teacher, who is going "against the norm" as she says it and is not doing clip chart behavior. She asked that her readers not throw tomatoes at her for what she writes in her post. While reading her post I loved her wit and personality and how easy going she is about doing something other than clip charts or lights. Her love is Golden Tags!
Which got me thinking how could I incorporate the golden tags with my clip chart or was I setting myself up for failure as that would be too much to handle? But I do love her idea and it would work in areas that my clip chart failed this year. But she uses her Golden Tags for positive behavior and gives them out to students and on Friday students count them up in tally mark style and record them on the weekly sheet. Students are working toward earning which order they get to choose their Fun Friday centers in. Which got me thinking... Fun Friday? I only tried it for a short time but never kept up with it but it would make things so much easier. I may try to fit this into my schedule and my behavior plan. Is it too much?
And this post wouldn't be complete without telling you about a giveaway!
Venture over to The Moffatt Girls' blog and enter in her giveaway. She has an easy entry for today, just be a Facebook Fan and your entry is golden. Make sure to visit her often as she is having 7 days of giveaways!!

Go to Penniless Teacher for details on the Classroom Direct Fiskars scissors giveaway... we all could use some cute scissors!

And don't forget the Teacher's Notebook Back to School Bonanza to help raise $10,000 for educators. Go to their Bonanza page and tell them how any contribution to helping you get resources will help you. And venture back as on August 9th they will begin their sweepstakes for those contributions to be distributed.

Phew! What a post! Enjoy:)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Blogiversary Winners

Oh wow, thank you for participating in my 1st Blogiversary Giveaway. I love giveaways because you always get to meet some new people and learn a little about them. Congrats to the winners!! I tried to do what I could all the way from Minnesota.


Congrats to Forkin4th for winning your very own Thirty-One bag!

$15 Target gift card:

Congrats to Mrs. Hoang for winning yourself the Target gift card! Winners I will be contacting you so we can get your prize to you. Remember if you did not win, head on over to Mona's Thirty-One Facebook page to see how you can get in on July's specials and get some cute bags for the new year.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hurry giveaway ends TODAY!

Hello all, I hope you are enjoying your Saturday. I am currently road tripping it across Wiscounsin trying to get to Minnesota. But that isn't going to stop me from reminding you about my 1st Blogiversary giveaway ending today at 11pm. Don't forget to stop by Mona's FB page to get an entry. Remember if you don't win the Thirty-one bag you can always try to get the July special of spend $31 and get 1 of 5 bags for only $5. Check out my last post for the $5 bag options. Good luck, winners will be announced tomorrow. Hopefully before we go visit Mall of America. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Happy 1st Blogiversary Giveaway!!!

  Okay so today is Happy 1st Blogiversary to Kinders on the Block!

 So in honor of this special occasion, I am having a giveaway. Last year I did a giveaway for my birthday but this time I am doing one in honor of my 1st blogiversary! I bet you want to know what the giveaway entails huh?

 I know many of you have heard of this lovely line of bags for any occasion. My friend, Mona who is a Thirty-One consultant is happily giving away a Thermal Tote including monogramming! What a great deal!

Product # 3000
Thermal Tote $18.00
It is one of my favorites and I just started as a Thirty-One Fan. It easily can be used be used as a lunch bag or cooler. Whether you want to keep food cold or warm, you can count on the Thermal Tote to come through. Also great as a baby bag to keep bottles cold. Measures approx: 9.5”H x 14”W x 4.5”D

If you are the lucky winner to get your very own Thirty-One Thermal tote with your favorite saying on it, I think you will be TOTE-LLY awesome!!! Plus you can get it in a different pattern than the one you see here, you just have to check out the catalog here for possible pattern/saying ideas:)

                         Prize # 2, in keeping with the tradition of my blog giveaways (I like having 2 prizes), includes a:
                                                    $15 gift card to Target (My favorite store!)

 Here are the details on how you can get your name in the lucky giveaway, don't forget to do your Mandatory Entry to be considered for the prize. Make sure to put your email address in each entry.

1. (1 entry) Blog about the giveaway (give me a link back to your post) or tell your friends on Facebook about the giveaway.
2. (1 entry) Make sure you are a follower of my blog and TPT store
3. (Required entry) Leave a message on Mona's Thirty-One Facebook page, tell her I sent you AND come back and leave me a comment.
4. (1 entry) Tell me if you were to win the Thermal Tote what would you personalize it to say? *You only get 12 letters/1 line or 8 letters/2 lines*

 Happy Travels! Giveaway ends Saturday July 21st at 11pm EST. Winners will be announced Sunday July 22nd. Winners will have 48 hours to contact me with their information so we can get your prizes out to you. Good luck to you! :-)

And if you don't win this time, Thirty-One is currently having their special this month, if you spend $31 you can get 1 of 5 bags for only $5 and monogramming is only $5 (regular $7). You can choose 1 of these bags to purchase for only $5 for every $31 you spend:

Thermal Tote (reg. $18), Zipper Pouch (reg. $15), Cinch-It-Up Thermal Tote (reg. $24), Littles Carry-All Caddy (reg. $12), or the Mini Zipper Pouch (reg. $12) 

So check out the catalog and contact Mona on her Thirty-One Facebook page and you may have a few cute bags for the start of the new school year.
**Please note that I do not get any type of advertising fee, I have just fell in love with Thirty-One and I love to tell people about it now. Later when I put my Large Utility Tote to use I will take a picture of it in action!

Remember-- Happy 1st Blogiversary Giveaway, shop Thirty-One and Enjoy:-)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Feeling a bit creative... you?

  So it has been two long weeks of not doing touching my laptop. The reason being because I knew I would be on it blogging and printing like crazy. So today was the first day that I decided to get back in touch with my laptop and look what I found: Math and Literacy Swap. Well it is hosted by the lovely Kristen Poindexter from Kristen's Kindergarten and she got the idea to do math and literacy ideas from Pinterest and is opening it up to us (teachers) and letting us sign up for ones that we wanted to create. If you click here you can go to the Swap #2 that she had to open up because of so many of us teachers who wanted in on the first swap. But if you click on the first link, Math and Literacy Swap it will take you to the pictures of activities she pinned on Pinterest that you can do for the swap. Hurry though as she opened this up yesterday and decided to say well "I still have a few open spots left"... then Swap #2 was born. On Swap #2 we still have some spots left so sign up... you only have to create 20 of the same activity then you will get 20 different activities (yours plus 19 others) that come back to you. Isn't being creative so rewarding?!!

It is great to be back with my laptop and the blogging world. I've missed you.