Monthly Archives: January 2013

Poindexter’s Pizzeria

Because we are learning about community helpers in this IB unit, I decided to turn my home living area into a Pizzeria for a few weeks (then a grocery store, and then a vet’s office).  I traded all the “old boring stuff”–as the kids put it, out for some new pizzia-rific items:



Here is a picture of the outside of the Pizzeria.  I changed out the curtains from blue with some lace trim to these red and white checked ones I sewed last night.  I also made a table cloth for the table inside the pizza place. 🙂IMG_4756


Here is a look inside…everything you need to run a successful pizzeria!IMG_4757




Here you can see the menus I created.  I got a new laminator from Purple Cows and I’ve been laminating like crazy! On the back there is a picture menu (with a few words) so the children can “order” a pizza and a small or large drink from each other. IMG_4755


You can’t ever have too many old school phones for pizza orders! 🙂IMG_4754


A kitchen fit for a pizza artist!



The red and green box is a pizza set I got from  It’s a Melissa and Doug set.  The pizza pieces velcro together and then toppings can be velcroed onto the top.  There is a pretend wooden pizza cutter and serving tool that are also included.  I actually got two of these, one from Amazon and one my husband picked up at Michael’s because I was worried it wouldn’t get here in time! 🙂

The kids loved playing Pizzeria today and it was fun to watch them try to interact with each other as a waiter/waitress!

Kristen 🙂

HUGE Kinderland Announcement!!

Hi friends! I hope the new year finds you well and in great spirits for the year to come! 2013 is destined to be a fantastic year in many respects, but truly for a group that is near and dear to my heart – Kinderland!

Many of you may not have heard of Kinderland – it’s basically a collective group of kindergarten/early primary teachers-bloggers who strive to learn and grow with one another. We also all have blogs that you may know. :0) Another extension of this group is a Pinterest board called Kinderland Collaborative. You may have seen it on Pinterest lately!

Anyway – I am here to announce SUPER EXCITING news!
The original Kinderland members have started a new Google + community that you are definitely going to want to be apart of. We have this new Kinderland Collaborative Community available to be a meeting place between ALL kinder teachers ……bloggers and non-bloggers alike. If you are interested in all things kinder – you will want to join. It’s a place to get to know other kinder teachers from around the world, get to know your favorite kinder bloggers (and learn about new ones)……ask questions, bounce ideas off other kinder teachers. The sky is the limit…..when we all work together! You will even see there is a place to link to freebies (all in one place) and we will have giveaways from time to time also!
I hope to see all of you over there! You will definitely see me over there!!
Why Google+?
Well, it’s like Facebook, but better. The layout is nicer, allows us to create threads for different topics. We can even have hangouts (where you can video/audio chat with other kinder teachers and bloggers).
Click the button below to join!!!
Kristen 🙂

Facebook Blog Scavenger Hunt!!

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to stop in and tell you about the awesomeness that is happening on Facebook this Sunday at 3:00pm (Central Time)! I have joined up with a few of my fabulous friends to host a FB Blog Fans for a scavenger hunt! Sounds fun right?

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So here’s how it will work…There are 16 bloggers participating and each is donating a fan-ta-bu-lous prize! To win all you have to do is follow the clues and leave a comment on the person’s FB page with the correct answer. Pocket Full of Kinders will give the first clue on her Facebook fan page HERE at 3 p.m. central time this Sunday, January 6, 2013.
Once you figure out what fabulous blogger her clue refers to leave their name or link in the comments! All fans who answer the clue correctly will be entered into the individual drawing as well as the big drawing! To find the next clue you will hop over to that person’s FB page, you can get to it by visiting their blog and clicking on the FB button in the sidebar,  and read your next clue.

There are 16 clues so that is 16 chances to win! There will be a winner for each clue! Each winner will then be put into the big drawing where they will have a chance to win it all!

Before we look at the prizes here are the rules
* You must follow each person’s FB page! ( You can do this before hand but we will check to make sure that you are a follower!)
* You can only comment once to each clue. {So make it good}
*You can comment between the times 3p.m. central time and 7p.m. central time.
*Winners will be announced at 8p.m. ( If the random number thingy chooses you as a winner and you have not followed each FB page another winner will be chosen)
Take a look at the prizes that will go into the big drawing
Pst, this may or may not be your little cheat sheet.
First up is Shuna from Pocket Full of Kinders…
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See you Sunday!!

January Problem Solving

I’m on a roll creating things for my classroom (and posting them for sale in my TPT store!).  I’m trying to get as many things made as I can during winter break so that I can have some free evenings to train for the Mini-Marathon in May. 🙂

This time, I created a 30 page pack of sheets that can be used during math for your students (and mine) to reinforce the Math Common Core Standards K.OA.1-5.  There are at least 5 activities for each of the 5 standards and these would be great as morning work, as a math journal, or as independent/small group work.  They would also work on an interactive white board (SMART Board or Promethean Board).

These are the 5 standards I’ll be focusing on the most this next 9 weeks, as that’s what my data indicated I needed to teach more about. 🙂  I’ll be using these in conjunction with other mini-lessons and then these will be used for reinforcement. 🙂 I’ve even included an optional cover page if you wanted to make these into a January Math Journal. 🙂

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You can click the picture to go to my TPT store and check out the preview and the whole pack. 🙂

I’m trying to decide if a February Pack would be in the future. 🙂

Kristen 🙂

Happy New Year Freebie!

Happy New Year!  I hope you all have a safe and happy new year!  2013 is already shaping up to be a great year for me!  I’ll be presenting at the NSTA (National Science Teachers’ Association) conference in San Antonio this April and am anxiously awaiting news about my PAEMST award–to D.C or not to D.C! 🙂  I have to wait until May/June to find out, so cross your fingers. 🙂


I have a freebie for you!  Thanks for 4 years of following my blog!  I started in July of 2008!

In exchange for this freebie, please leave me a comment about what you’d like to see of more on my blog.  🙂  Do you like seeing what’s going on in my classroom, another swap, more TPT products…let me know so I can keep posting what you’d like to see! 😉


And now for the freebie…I was trying to come up with a simple Literacy Work Station that my kids could do that would tie into our community helper theme.  This is a dice roll game, intended for use with the 4 1/2 inch clear pocket dice that you can use and change out the pictures.  I’ve also included two recording sheets, one is great for readers or emergent readers and the other has the words and pictures on it for pre-readers.

Just click the picture below to go to my TPT store to download it…while you’re there, check out my sale!

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Kristen 🙂

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