Category Archives: Literacy Work Station Swap

Another swap picture

Hi All!

I received this picture today from Amanda.Β  She is creating the Ladybug concentration game and the word family paint chip cards:

How many of you have sent your packages my way?Β  I got a note from my mailman on Saturday saying I have several packages at the post office, so I know some you have!! I can’t wait to see everything!

Kristen πŸ™‚

Another teaser…

Maggie (from Maggie’s Kinder Corner) sent me another swap teaser picture!Β  I CANNOT wait to start getting these packages in the mail and see all your awesome swaps in real life! πŸ™‚

Don’t forget to vote for my next swap topic (see this post to vote).

Thanks Maggie! πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚

P.S. I’m also linking Maggie’s Blog up to my page…just see my blogroll to the right. πŸ™‚

Another swap picture

Here’s another picture to get you swappers excited!Β  Shelisa (group #1) has created the Buggy Game (for Math) and the Alphabet Matching game (Literacy) sent me this picture:

Isn’t it awesome!! πŸ™‚Β  I can’t wait to get this in the mail! πŸ™‚

If you are the group #2 Buggy Game person/Alphabet matching person, let me know–Shelisa is willing to share these with you so all you have to do is print them out. πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚

2 swaps done…

I’ve got two of my four swaps done and ready to go!

This is what 20 Clip a Crocodiles and 20 Color Words on a ring look like…I’m off to work on swaps 3 and 4 (they are the same thing–the missing alphabet chart) and then to fill in the activity sheet.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else is up to!

If you want to send pictures to get everyone excited, e-mail them to me and I’ll post them here to spread some swap love! πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚

Swaps are closed. :)

Hi Everyone,

Never did I imagine that TWO swaps would get filled so quickly–especially because of summer break! πŸ™‚ THANKS for you interest and I can’t wait to see all the neat things everyone sends!Β  I’ll be posting pictures as the piles pile up in my living room!

All the swap spots have been taken now, and I’ve started a short waiting list for people who would like to swap if a spot opens.Β  If you think for any reason that you might not be able to participate, please let me know ASAP so I can get the spot filled with a new person.

Please send your swaps whenever you are done with them–I don’t want my mailman to hate me! πŸ™‚

I plan to return your swaps to you ASAP and am going to try to use a flat rate priority box to send them back in–it may be an envelope though–we will just have to see the shape of things!

As I confirmed your swap spot, I attached a “details” sheet letting you know how to get your swaps to me.Β  PLEASE read that sheet! πŸ™‚Β  If you did not get it from me, you can download it on either of the Swap Group pages–the pages where I’ve listed all your names.Β  Make sure you send that with your swap so everyone knows how to use the materials you are sending.

Also, please read the post about contributing for postage–I would REALLY appreciate donations to help with the cost.Β  A flat rate box costs $4.95 to mail, so at least $5 would be helpful.Β  If you are doing 2 swaps, please think about contributing $10 for two boxes or a heavy first (and probably) bigger box.

I’m already thinking about another swap–what would be helpful for you to have to swap.Β  Leave me a comment on this post and when I get enough ideas, I’ll post them for a vote!Β  I’m thinking another swap wouldn’t be until September–we could collect things for our second half of the first semester (my 2nd 9 weeks of school).

Let me know your ideas!

Kristen πŸ™‚

Swap Payment Information

I’ve had about 20 e-mails asking about paying for postage…I would like to think of myself as kind and generous, but when I am now thinking about mailing 60+ packages back to all of you…well let’s just say my husband rolled his eyes at me!

So…I had asked everyone to contribute at least $5 for postage to get everything mailed back to you.Β  You can do that one of two ways:

1) just include at least $5 in your package when you mail your swaps to me

2) let me know if you’d like me to bill you through Pay-Pal and for how much and I will send an invoice to you.

3) Click here to go to my “Kristen’s Kindergarten Store” and donate that way through PayPal. (My wordpress blog won’t let me set one up here, but blogger will!) πŸ™‚

You will see the “Donate” button on the top right side of the page.

I appreciate you sending something to help me send these activities back to you! πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚

P.S. I’m sorry to send so many posts in one day–it’s the easiest way to deliver lots of information to LOTS of people! πŸ™‚

Math and Literacy Swaps Group #1


For all of you that signed up for the first swap group, here is a final list of who is creating what:

I’m going to go ahead and do the missing letter mat because I’ll be doing that for the 2nd group swap as well, so it works out. πŸ™‚

Math Swaps
1. Unifix Cube Tower Sheets: Yvonne Rodgers
2. Paint chips 5/10: Amy Yokley
3. Ziploc Quilt Math: Erin Bracco
4. Human Concentration: Katie Libberton
5. Pom-pom counting book: Amanda Amiel
6. Crocodile Counting: Kristen Poindexter
7. Guess the hidden number: Nina K.
8. Counting Cards: Maria Chalico
9. Ten Frame Spinner: Tina Crane
10. Ladybug concentration: Christy Phillips
11. Dotted Counting Cards: Carol Tavares
12. Number Concept Puzzles: Diane Stange
13. Counting Plates: Christi Bach
14. Piggy Bank Mats: Kari Lacny
15. Velcro Shape Sticks: Kim Giddens
16. Math Bugs: Shelisa
17. Domino Mats: Karen Strikwerda
18. Play dough Counting Mats: Carol Cobb
19. Greater/Less: Amy Johnston
20. Pipe Cleaner Counting: Heather Krail

Literacy Swaps:
1. Think Clouds: Becky Mogee
2. -at word family : Erin Bracco
3. Paint chip word families “a-e”: Christy Phillips
4. Phonics Choose and Clip: Carol Tavares
5. Sight Word Envelopes: Diane Stange
6. Magnetic Sight Word Cards: Amy Johnston
7. Red, Yellow, Green sight word workmats: Heather Krail
8. Magic Spoon: Sybil Bolden
9. Color words on a ring: Kristen Poindexter
10. Little Hands, Big Work: Yvonne Rodgers
11. Rainbow workmat: Carol Cobb
12. Spell a sight word: Nina K
13. Spin a Sight Word: Kari Lacny
14. Alphabet matching: Shelisa
15. Popcorn workmat: Beth Stovall
16. Paint chips “f-z”: Tina Crane
17. Roll the word workmat: Christi Bach
18. Letter tile cards: Kim Giddens
19. Cookie Sheet challenge: Diane Decker
20: Missing Letter workmat: Kristen Poindexter

Also, here is a copy of the instruction sheet to download (tells you where to send them and other important information) if I didn’t get it sent to you. πŸ™‚

swap directions

Please make sure that if you create something on the computer, that you e-mail me a copy to post on my blog so that others can download it and make changes as necessary. πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚

Math and Literacy Work Station Swap Group #2


Okay, for those of you who did not get in on the first round, I am going to open a second swap with the same activities as the first one (as suggested by Michelle–great idea!!).

On this post, I am only going to list the names of the activities and the people who have requested to create those activities.Β  You can refer back to this post for all of the information you might need regarding the activities and what to send me.

Once you send me your finished items, please make a note on the card that you send with your name and address that you indicates you are in SWAP GROUP #2 so I can get everything to the right people. πŸ™‚

When you e-mail me, please send me a 1st and 2nd choice of your swaps, so I can put you in the swap. πŸ™‚

Math Swaps 2
1. Unifix Cube Tower Sheets: Laura Harbron
2. Paint chips 5/10: Becky Mogee
3. Ziploc Quilt Math: Marcy Boswell
4. Cookie Sheet Number Recognition: Kristen Poindexter
5. Pom-pom counting book: Carmen Brown
6. Crocodile Counting: Desiree Cotten
7. Guess the hidden number: Kristen Ryan
8. Counting Cards: Suzi
9. Ten Frame Spinner: Michelle Morrow
10. Ladybug concentration: Amanda Limbird
11. Dotted Counting Cards: Elaine Hill
12. Number Concept Puzzles: Jody Brennan
13. Counting Plates: Peggy Constant
14. Wiggly Eye Dice: Robin Kraak
15. Velcro Shape Sticks: Sharon Compton
16. Math Bugs: Amy Quait
17. Domino Mats: Mona Elmore
18. Play dough Counting Mats: Sarah McEwen
19. Greater/Less: Melissa Pankratz
20. Pipe Cleaner Counting: Nichole Flowers

Literacy Swaps:
1. Think Clouds: Laura Harbron
2. -at word family: Carmen Brown
3. Paint chip word families “a-e”: Amanda Limbird
4. Phonics Choose and Clip: Peggy Constant
5. Sight Word Envelopes: Maggie
6. Magnetic Sight Word Cards: Melissa Pankratz
7. Red, Yellow, Green sight word workmats: Marcy Boswell
8. Magic Spoon: Desiree Cotten
9. Color words on a ring: Amy Quait
10. Little Hands, Big Work: Jody Brennan
11. Rainbow workmat: Suzi
12. Spell a sight word: Sarah McEwen
13. Spin a Sight Word: Michelle Morrow
14. Alphabet matching: Yvonnee Gaynor
15. Popcorn workmat: Mona Elmore
16. Paint chip word families “f-z” : Nichole Flowers
17. Roll the word workmat: Elaine Hill
18. Letter tile cards: Kristen Ryan
19. Cookie Sheet challenge: Katie Libberton
20: Missing Letter workmat: Kristen Poindexter

Also, please download this sheet to complete when sending in your swaps to me (it will also tell you where to send the swaps, so it’s really important!!).

swap directions

In addition, please send me an e-mail copy of anything you create on the computer so I can upload it to my blog and share it with everyone!Β  Others can download what we create and make changes so it fits their curriculum. πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚

Math and Literacy Work Station Swaps take #2

Well just in the last 5 minutes, I’ve gotten e-mails from 15 more interested teachers…so I’m going to open up another swap–we could do this forever!Β  I think this will be it for the summer, unless you leave a comment saying you want me to do another one!

I’m going to build another set of boards on Pinterest in a bit and will send a message to those who weren’t able to get in on the last swap and invite them first, then I’ll open it up to everyone else after that…sound good?

I will build the boards and post them on my blog later.Β  All the details will be the same as the last swap and I will post the information here for all to see when we are done. πŸ™‚

Thanks for making this a huge success! πŸ™‚ I NEVER imagined I would get this kind of participation! πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚

Swap Update

Hi All!

The response for the swaps has been OVERWHELMING to say the least!Β  I can hardly keep up with all the e-mails of awesome K teachers wanting to get in on our first swap! πŸ™‚ Thanks for making it a success!! I hope to do another one in a few months…

For those of you who are thinking of joining in, I’ve changed several of the literacy activities to some new activities that are not as time/cost intensive.Β  I felt like they weren’t being “filled” because of this, so I changed it up a bit.Β  If you’d like to participate, let me know by sending an e-mail to

If there is enough interest, I might open up a second swap to accommodate more people.Β  I’ll post about that if it happens.Β  It will probably cover a different topic (science, or some specific math or literacy topic–shapes, 3D shapes, promethian board, capital/lower case letters, etc.).Β  I am also thinking of doing a paint sample/chip specific swap–there are so many ideas out there! πŸ™‚Β  I’d also love to do a surprise swap, where everyone picks a standard and creates a swap for it, but we don’t know what it is until we get them! πŸ™‚

I could go on and on, but I’ll stop! πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚

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