Thursday, March 27, 2014


So I was contemplating how many stinking anchor charts I was going to have this spring. I will have a frog life cycle, a chicken life cycle, ladybug life cycle, plant life cycle… Do ya get my drift?! Then I got to thinking, I love me some anchor charts, but these are really just posters, I print, I cut, I assemble. Somehow that doesn’t make it interactive. Then BAM! it hit me! What if I MAKE IT interactive!! The idea came to me!

As I was making it, I took pictures, so you could enjoy how many mistakes I made!
I started out with a few items: poster board, glue, paper, scissors, paper cutter, velcro
Making Interactive Life Cycle Posters

The first thing I did was cut everything out, lay it all out before I used my glue stick to glue it all down.
Making Interactive Life Cycle Posters

Glue stick number one was empty, glue stick number two worked better. Now it was time to head to the laminator.  (Gotta make sure there is something to collect the gooey stuff in the end of our laminator.)
Making Interactive Life Cycle Posters

Yay! It worked! Our laminator usually hates me. So I added Velcro to the board.
Making Interactive Life Cycle Posters

This is when I started getting frustrated.
Making Interactive Life Cycle Posters

Can you guess why?! ALL of my lamination peeled off. THEN…
Making Interactive Life Cycle Posters

Glue stick number two wasn’t as amazing as I thought… So I brought out the big guns (Pun intended)
Making Interactive Life Cycle Posters

Hot glue all the pictures and velcro on and…..
Making Interactive Life Cycle Posters
TADA!!!! An interactive life cycle poster board!!
Then after all the drama with Poster #1, Poster #2 was easy peasy!

Making Interactive Life Cycle Posters
Well, I gotta go cook dinner for the hubby! Make sure you check out my TPT store, I have all my Life Cycle set up!!!

I also have them marked down to $10, that is $1 per Mini Unit!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sight Word Centers

Hey friends! I have a guest post from my friend Mary. I bought this pack a couple of weeks ago and couldn't wait to tell you all about it! But instead, let's have Mary tell you!! I just LOVE her sight word centers.

I am Mary from Sharing Kindergarten.

I am here to share with you something I am so excited about... Sight Word Stations! mission to teach my little wonderfuls sight words continues with my next pack of Sight Word Stations.
I created these packs because I found my students needed time to work with sight words, play games with the words, and create these words and sentences with these words to really "learn" these words.

My mission started in the fall when I began to think of ways to really help my students LEARN these important words, not just memorize them. I wanted them doing so many things, my brain kept spinning.

When I got the idea to use Sight Word Stations, my kids fell in love.
Their engagement skyrockets with their new found ability to use words like never before.

My students were highly interested in completely fun activities.
Because there are so many different levels and differentiation in the pack,
ALL my little learners were learning the words. 
{Every student in my room has learned at least one word a week.
Most of my students have learned ALL the 6 words for that week.}

Perfection right? Almost.
Everyone was happy, but, man, the prep time was killing me.
I simply didn't have enough time to plan and prep that many stations.

So I created these Sight Word Station packs.
My first pack was dedicated to the PrePrimer List.

 This pack is all about those Primer words.
Each week, I created 14 activities that are easy to prep for you and fun for your students to play. 

Let's Talk Prep!

To prepare these stations, I print out the colored sheets at home. 
I run them through my laminator too.
{Thanks to the hubs for the awesome Christmas present.} 
It only takes a few minutes since only a few sheets in this pack are colored. 
And keep in mind that this only has to be done once. 
You can reuse these each year. 
{This week, I color printed and laminated only 7 sheets total
just to give you an idea of how quick of a task this is to complete.}

I place these sheets into a file folder and take it to school.
 At school, I print out the black and white copies that
I need and add them to my folder as well.
Since I usually run about 8 of the 14 station activities, I only have to make a few copies.
{Remember these stations are about hands on fun, so even the worksheets are fun!}

Here is the file I bring to school ready to prep.

Then, I lay out my table baskets.
Here is the beautiful part.
Including making copies... this takes me 10 minutes to set up.
{That includes me cutting apart the laminated pieces as well.
Notice they were still together in the file I brought to school.}

Copies take 5 minutes, cutting takes 2, and baskets reset take 3 minutes.

My pink basket goes on the carpet and
 has these cool Doodle Magic Boards in them, 
with a sight word tent.

Here is a peek at my baskets from this week.
You can see for the orange basket, 
I added another sight word tent and sight word puzzle pieces.
{The tent give the students a reference for what words they are working on. 
I don't want them looking around the room or trying to remember. 
I want it obvious
Plus, the more they see these words and build these words and say these words... 
the more likely they are to use them and remember them.}

This purple basket holds the memory game
which is a HUGE hit in my room.
I had to make the rule to play once a day... 
I have many little wonderful who will stay here
 all day 
every day!

The green basket is for secret code words
another simple activity that is very meaningful and fun!
Students match the numbers to the letter to build sight words.
This is a great review of numbers and letters.
{There is also a version with a QR Code to check their own work as well.}

Another basket is this blue one for Rainbow Words.
This prep is easy... add the pages and double check the crayon baggies.

This week's baskets {Primer week 7}are right here ready to go!
Want to see how we use these stations?
Check out THIS post to see them in action and to check out more station pictures.

Thanks Mary!! I just LOVE her centers! She is giving away a copy of them! Just follow the directions below!! Good Luck!!!

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

March Bright Idea

Hey friends! Welcome to my Bright Idea! If you are new around here my name is Mrs. Hoffer!
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My favorite part of my kids day is Centers. My kids learn so much, and are really becoming Independent little people!

I have started telling them that they have to use their brains when they come ask me a question. The one I hear all the time is “Mrs. Hoffer where is my center”. I would hear it about 20 times a day (that is 5 centers times 4 rotations). So Mrs. Hoffer had to problem solve. How could I make my students more independent?

I have four tubs. I learned real quick that I had to put them in the same spot, so they could get it and put it back in the same spot.

There they are. Math Tub 1 and 2. Reading Tub A and B. They go back to the same spot where they got it, so the next group can find it.

Then I was noticing that we were all the time putting the iPod down and forgetting where we put it. It was never by the charger, WITH the listening headphones or listening sheet. This makes rotations VERY hectic! So Mrs. Hoffer had another brilliant idea!
Enter the bag that I bought off VistaPrint about 3 years ago! The headphones, listening sheet and iPod all fit in the bag. AND the bag can hang off the corner of my cart where the charger is. It is a win win for us all!

Those are two great ideas on how to keep your centers organized!

Make sure you head over to Stephanie’s blog where she is talking about Mini Anchor Charts!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Lucky St. Pat

I just love St. Patrick’s day. All the mischief and fun! I went up to school today and got my centers ready for tomorrow. I just love these guys, they are so cute!

This is a perfect center for St. Patrick's Day. Rainbow and CVC words are a great combination.
I gave my kiddos a quick assessment on identifying vowels in CVC words. I don’t know if it is the Okie twang but we can not hear the medial vowel. So we are going to be working on the missing vowel.

Pots of Gold are lucky. St. Patrick's Day is all about pots of Gold and what a great way to work on Ten Frames.
I think this is my favorite for the week. We are working still on teen numbers. They draw a pot of gold, and write the number on the ten frames.

St. Patrick's Day centers on how to make ten.
How many to make ten. Always good for review.

St. Patrick's Day center. Ending sounds with shamrocks!
And working with ending sounds.

These are all in this pack! 

This unit has 6 St. Patrick's Day themed centers and 3 St. Patrick's Day themed games! It is ready to Print and Go!  This unit hits ending sounds, syllables, Missing Vowels, Ten Frames, Making Ten and Subtraction.

Come back by tomorrow. I might have a "Bright Idea" up my sleeve!