Wednesday, June 20, 2018

S'more Back to School Gift

There is nothing I love more than Back to School time. I start thinking about it before school is out. About July I start to panic if my room isn’t ready. Open House is one of my favorite days. I love meeting my new littles. I have teamed up with Oriental Trading. I am not being paid for this post, but they did supply the supplies.

Items Needed:

Cardstock




I am doing a Camping Theme this year. So I thought what better for a back to school treat than a S’More plush! I printed some S’more Printable Cards. If you head over to TeachersPayTeachers and download the PowerPoint file, you can type in your own name! (I used AG Bosslady! You can purchase that font here! Or use any other font on your computer!)



Then I took the S’more Plush Toy and Black Baker’s Twine, punched a hole in the tag, and then tied the tag to the S’more. They turned out so cute! I can’t wait to give them to my littles!!







Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Frog Street Splash

Have you heard of Frog Street Splash?! It is hands down the BEST early childhood conference there is! This will be my 4th year to attend. And each year it gets better and better! 

So; I am an ambassador for Frog Street, and the best part is, they let me give away a registration to one of my followers! That could be YOU! (However, if you are the winner winner chicken dinner, you have to provide transportation and accommodations, we are just giving you the registration) You have until Friday to enter!

So here is the run down:


Who: YOU
What: Frog Street Splash
Where: Grapevine, TX at the Gaylord
When: July 25-27th






Saturday, May 12, 2018

OTC Teacher Appreciation Giveaway

Hey Friends! Boy it has been a CrAzY month. Can I get an Amen?

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week, and in typical Kaci fashion, I am a behind, running on my own schedule! 

With that being said, I have teamed up with Oriental Trading, and wait for it, we are giving away $50 gift card to OTC!


To enter, it is easy peasy! You can sign up for emails, visit on FB and Insta and refer friends! Easy right?! The giveaway ends on May 31st, so you have time to enter, but don't dilly-dally and wait too long!



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

PreK Hollywood Graduation Snack Table

If you know me, you know that I love a good snack! After our graduation, we always have a snack bar! It allows us to take a second to breathe after graduation, and a chance to chit chat with our students and their parents. I am so lucky that I get to work with Oriental Trading, and they sent me all these goodies to make our Graduation perfect!


Things You Need:

What movie night doesn’t need some good drink! I wish I could say that I created some amazing drinks to go with our Graduation, but it would be a lie! I just served some red Kool-Aid! I started the table out with the Pleated Red Table Skirt and Red Plastic Tablecloth Roll.

Then I used Gold and Silver Star Centerpiece. But confession, I CAN NOT stand mixing gold and silver (or navy and black or brown and black!) so I used two gold halves and made a solid gold star. Then I added the White and Gold Patterned Hanging Paper Lantern for just a pop of white!

Can we just talk about these cookies?! They were to die for! They were delicious!! They are made by a local lady who bakes cookies for fun! I could have eaten a whole dozen!

It is no secret in our classroom, that I am a sucker for popcorn! So we HAD to have the popcorn machine out so we could make popcorn! I just grabbed these popcorn containers at The Dollar Tree.



This was a pretty simple table for our graduation, but our students and their parents LOVED it! You can also check out how we decorated for our graduation HERE



Sunday, April 22, 2018

PreK Hollywood Graduation

One of my favorite times of the year is the last quarter! Their excitement level is through the roof. And summer fever is beginning to set in! Since in my district when they leave Pre-K they leave my building, we try to fit in as much fun and as many memories as we can!  The big even we do, is Pre-K Graduation. This year we are doing a Hollywood, “Reach for the Stars” theme. I am fortunate enough to work with Oriental Trading, then sent me all the goodies to do our graduation!

PreK Hollywood Graduation

Things You Need:

PreK Hollywood Graduation
We are so lucky to have a giant stage where we have our graduation. We used Red Plastic Tablecloth Roll to create a background and then added Large Gold Foil Fringe Door Curtain to the front. We hung Red Plastic Tablecloth Roll to create a draped curtain behind our podium. I love the Personalized Movie Night Marquee Arch Sign that we got. It really made our graduation special!

PreK Hollywood Graduation

Here is a link to my article from last year. It has a link to the PowerPoint. We create a book. Talking about the best part of PreK. Then we scan them and create a PowerPoint. The parents love it!

PreK Hollywood Graduation


After our ceremony, we have a little party. We have drinks and cookies and popcorn! This is a perfect opportunity to take pictures and talk to each family.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Color Mixing Room Flip

When I moved to PreK, one of the biggest things I realized, was that they didn’t know their colors! In Kindergarten, it was a given that they knew ROY G BIV, but in PreK they didn’t, and they sure didn’t know how to mix colors. So I put on my Lab Coat, and we did a big lesson on color mixing.

What You Need:
Beakers
Food Coloring





We first had to set the scene with the Divine Discoveries Science Lab Backdrop, when my kids came back into our room they were AMAZED! “Mrs. Hoffer! We are in a LAB!” “Why are you wearing a science coat?”

The second thing they noticed were the Super Science Test Tubes with Trays. I had filled the yellow, blue, and red tubes up with water and a little bit of food coloring. We talked about each of these colors being a primary color! (It was helpful and a happy accident that they had just come back from art, where she was talking about primary and secondary colors!)

 

We started with purple, poured a red and blue test tube into a big beaker (that I got a Michaels!) and gave it a good mix! They were mesmerized! We did a prediction first, to see what we thought the color would be, then we tested! Surprisingly they were right!


Then I gave each kiddo a ball of Model Magic®, I gave half of them red, and the other half yellow. They had to work with their shoulder partner to mix the balls to see what color it created!

Finally, I grabbed my light table, and flipped it on the side. I used  Color Paddles to make green! When we made our prediction, they thought we were going to make black, but when we tested our hypothesis, we learned yellow and blue made green.


This was one of my favorite lessons to teach! I love transporting my students to a different place! I can’t wait to share, more of our transportations with you!




Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas Room Flip

Turning your classroom into a new and exciting place, can enrich your classrooms engagement. I love “flipping” my classroom for so many reasons. The main reason, is because you and your students are transported someplace new. Someplace outside of the typical classroom. It sparks engagement, and sprinkles fun in your room. During Christmas time I wanted to transport our classroom into something all my littles would instantly know. Someplace that is truly magical. We loaded our stuff and went to the North Pole, straight into Santa’s Workshop! I work with Oriental Trading, and they provided me with these fun decorations to flip my classroom!



What You Need:

We stated out with covering our walls with Design-A-Room Santa’s Workshop Backdrop to set the stage. All though with just the backdrop you can’t tell exactly where you are, you can see the festive “wall hangings” of red and green, and you can tell you are someplace during the Christmas Season. Then we added the Santa’s Workshop Cardboard Stand-Up and North Pole Directional Sign Cardboard Stand-Up. These two items, really give it away that we have been transported to the North Pole.


I moved a table into our dramatic play area, which is where we have done the majority of our “room flip”. I added the Christmas Fringe Table Skirt, and accessorized with the Classic Christmas Stocking. Later, in the week, I let each kiddo decorate their own stocking to make it their own. Then during our Christmas Party, their stocking acts as the bag for all their Christmas goodies!


When this is moved to the Dramatic Play area, is when the flip got exciting! I gave the kids Wrapped Present Tote Bags,  Classic Christmas Stockings, and Treasure Chest with Toy Assortment. I also gave them boxes and wrapping paper. I let the students wrap their own presents. They had so much fun, not only were they working on beginning special skills, but they worked on fine motor skills, and most importantly social skills.


We had a blast being transported to Santa’s Workshop! The students can’t wait to see where we are taken to next!