Saturday, September 28, 2013

Hey y'all happy football Saturday!  My fiance is working all day so I have been just relaxing on the couch, working on some new products and watching TONS of college football :)  This is seriously my favorite time of the year!  

I stumbled upon this WONDERFUL give away that is over at dotsoffun for celebrating her 700th follower!  The giveaway is going on for 2 more days, but be sure to get your 12 chances!  The link is below!

I promise to be back soon with new updates and products!  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Rhyming Puzzles and Pure Joy

First of all, I have to say that I absolutely love teaching K and mainly for the pure comedy that a 5 year old can provide.  One of the students in my class can turn a bad day upside down so quickly and it is definitely a great way to keep going throughout the day!

Today with my strugglers I was able to differentiate the rhyming word puzzles that I made this weekend and are available here --

I only pulled out enough cards for each student to complete 2 puzzles and we went through them all together and then I gave each student 4 cards, 2 matches, and they were able to tell me the rhyming words!

They were so proud of themselves for their hard work and were excited to tell my assistant and anyone they could that they had figured out some rhyming words!  This was a HUGE gain for them, because before this they would tell me any old word rhymed, and this FINALLY broke through with them!  Tomorrow we are going to review the same material and then they are going to use the circling words sheet that is in the packet!

I was also able to differentiate the puzzles whole group by playing a whole group game.  Each student received a puzzle piece and they had to find the match that another student had -- I also made sure to give each of my strugglers a word that they already knew so that they could continue to feel successful. To find the match the students had to go around and match the pieces, if they found their match they went to sit on the carpet to whole group time and if it wasn't a match they said "see ya later" and found another friend to see if they had a match.... I was a bit worried there would be chaos, but the students did so well and loved it, we traded cards and did it again!  

I am going to keep modeling how to use this activity whole group and make it a center next week!  

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hey y'all!  My name is Lydia and I am a third year kindergarten teacher in Mississippi.  I grew up in Iowa, went to school outside Chicago and have been living in Mississippi for just over 2 years.  I live with my wonderful boyfriend fiancĂ©, Michael -- we just recently got engaged!  

I changed schools and districts this year and am so happy thrilled with the PreK/K team that I am working with!  I also can't complain about the smaller class sizes :) 

We have been working on rhyming words and greater than less than the past few weeks and am excited to move onto more new and exciting things over the next few weeks!  You can check out my store on TpT at  I have been researching, buying and making things like crazy over the past week and will be uploading some more things soon :)  What are you working on in your classrooms?