Who’s Who Post

I am excited to be a guest blogger over at Who’s Who and Who’s New today! I’m sharing about my addiction for binder clips!  Head on over and check it out! :)


Engaging Young Writers Book Study

I went in search of a book to help make my conferring conferences better with my Kindergarten students.  During one of our past #teacherfriends chat, DeeDee Wills suggested the book Engaging Young Writers to me as a way to make my conferences more meaningful.

I read it and liked it so much I shared it during a #teacherfriends chat.  So many people were interested in the book topic that some friends and I decided to do a book study about it!

Starting Monday, February 15th, we will be posting questions for discussion from the book here. Each Monday, we will post new questions and you can respond here (or on any of our blogs) with your reflections.

Its an easy read (and easy on the wallet too–just under $12!), so if you would like to read with us, order your copy now. :)

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We are super excited! Be sure to order your copy and read with us! ;)



Community Helpers

We are deep into our study of Community Helpers that ties into our IB unit “How We Organize Ourselves”.  We invite many members of the community into our classroom to show us how they do their jobs.  Last week, we had Domino’s Pizza Makers visit our classrooms. We had a GREAT time!


All we had to do was call our local Domino’s and they came right out and did this great demo for us!  They also brought us pizza for lunch and gave us cups full of goodies to take home. :)



#TeacherFriends chat

Don’t forget to join us tonight for our weekly #Teacherfriends chat!

Here are this week’s questions to get your started. :)

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Come chat with us about Positivity, Play, & Passion!  @dawnbraa will be our guest tonight.

We always have a GREAT chat, get LOTS of new ideas (on average, I have at least 10-15 new ideas to check out after each chat), and make great NEW #Teacherfriends!!

See you there!


100th Day!

We celebrated the 100th a week ago and had a great time!!

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You can get the sticker collection sheet for free in my TPT store. :)




We created these snowflakes using pattern block shapes I cut with my Silhouette Cameo. I love how each snowflake turned out completely different than all the others! No two looked exactly alike! We went back later and added a sheet showing how many of each shape we used. 

Kristen :)

STEM and The Gingerbread Man

Before we went on Winter Break, we tried to figure out ways that we could help the Gingerbread Man get across the river.  I put out several different (simple!) materials that I already had in my classroom and let my students go to town.


-popsicle sticks

-masking tape

-paint samples


-construction paper

-plastic cups


Here’s what they came up with!! I was IMPRESSED!! We had everything from simple suspension bridges to gondolas that would take the gingerbread man high up in the sky to get across the river!


Teachers Pay Teachers Sale



Teachers Pay Teachers is throwing a sale…and you’re invited!  Starting tomorrow (January 20, 2016 and running through January 21st, 2016), my entire store will be on sale for 20% off!  Using the code START16, you can save an extra 8% for a total savings of 28% off!

Here are some of my products that you might want to consider purchasing during the sale:



I’ve had a few questions lately about how I write my lesson plan, so I thought I would share what I do. I used to use a paper template, but I always felt like I was wasting too much paper (my template took up 2 pages per day!) and I had to haul around a clunky 3 inch binder with me whenever I wanted to do plans.

I got so tired of it, so I decided to look for something new.  I wanted something portable, cost-effective, and easy to use.  I found it at Planbookedu.com. 

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This is the login screen.  You are able to try it out for 14 days, completely FREE!  This is how I got hooked!  A friend told me about it and told me to try it out.  14 days was enough time to decide whether or not I liked it…and I did! :)Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 2.05.10 PM

I like that I have access to all my “planbooks” from the past two years.  I like going back to see what activities I did with my students the previous year.  I leave myself notes after I teach a lesson, to help modify it for the next year, so being able to see what not to do, or how to improve a lesson for the next year really helps! I can also share my planbooks with my colleagues.  They can see what I am doing each day in my room.  Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 2.05.29 PM

You can click on any week at a time and get your template set up! You have the option of where to put the days of the week headings, period headings, times, etc.  Just click on the week you need to get planning!Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 2.05.47 PM

Once you’ve clicked on a particular week, you can double click the boxes to start typing.  Each box is spell checked (great if you need to turn your plans in!) and you can add attachments to each box, so if you have a file, spreadsheet, flipchart, etc., to add, you can do that!  You can even insert links to websites.  I do this to video clips I want to show, or to a blog where the idea/inspiration came from, so I can find it again later.

After my planning is all done, I print a copy of my plans out.  I can have them ready if I get sick and need a sub, or just to help me remember what’s coming next.

This post was not sponsored by Planbookedu.com and the opinions are all my own.  It does lack the “cutesy” that I had with my paper planners, but I don’t mind that now!  I’m glad I don’t have to haul that binder around anymore and that I can access my planbook from my laptop and iPad, so planning can happen anytime I get a great idea. :)

I’ve just learned that you are able to link your planbooks up on Google Education–not sure how that works but there are how-to’s on Planbookedu.com’s website that show you how.

I hope you give it a try! I think you’ll like it. :)


Last Day for the Teachers Pay Teachers Sale!!

I’m putting my entire store on sale along with many sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers! Click on the banner below to go there!! A nice time to grab my Gingerbread Man Around the World unit at a discount!! :)

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