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Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Winning Week! TpT, Weather and Newsletters!

Wow! This week has been fabulous! I want to share my three favorite things to be thankful for on this beautiful Thursday are:

1) My TpT store is up and running. Items are being purchased! I am so excited every time I get a notification from TpT that a product sold! Check out my store for some nifty kindergarten teacher resources.

2) The weather in St. Louis all week has been so pleasant! The mid 80's with a breeze!

3) And finally, the icing on the cake was getting an email from Ms. M at letting me know that I won her Nicky Newsletter template! It is so bright, cheery and easy to use! I took a picture of my "first week of school" sample.  Be sure to check out Ms. M's blog and store at: - You'll be glad you did!

 What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

7 "Koality" Quotes for Young Leaders

Giving our young learners the skills to become great leaders begins early in life. Many schools are choosing to implement Leadership habits school-wide.  Here are 7 posters designed for the young learner.

This set contains 7 anchor posters with adorable Scrappin Doodles koalas to foster those leadership “koalities” in your students.

Adapted from the 7 Habits but written in easy to learn quotes makes this a "Koality" product. 
Just print, laminate, and display these anchor posters to help your students focus on what it takes to become a great leader!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Argh! It's almost time to go back to school!

Our school theme this 2014-2015 school year is centered around Pirates.  In honor of our new theme this Fall I have created a set of Daily 5 Code Anchor posters. The Class Code helps the students focus on the expectations of our Daily 5 time. It can also be used for Center time. I have even included a poster for Center Time. 

In my class I plan to have Peaceful and Polite Pirates - however, we will always be Mrs. Black's Koala Class because I love Koalas and I just love the way our class name rolls off the tongue!

Click on the picture to see it in my store and while you are there check out my newest FREEBIE It's a set of colorful motivational certificates for your early learners who learn to recognize all of their color words.  

Friday, July 25, 2014

Getting Ready to go Back to School

My awesome Kindergarten Team met yesterday to plan for the new year! It was great seeing these ladies. We work so well together and that makes all the difference in going to work! My favorite thing to hear every morning is "It's going to be a GREAT Day in Kindergarten!" spoken by Mrs. Hayes as soon as she walks down our hallway. No matter what kind of morning you have at home as soon as you hear those words you can't help but smile and think "Yeah, it IS going to be a GREAT day in Kindergarten!"    This was the last slide in my slide show I make every year for my parents. I'm the one in the middle and Mrs. Hayes is on my left. I LOVE these gals!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Another FREEBIE on TpT!

I have been burning the midnight oil creating more resources
for my Teachers Pay Teachers store!
I just added a new FREEBIE today titled:
Common Core/Essential Questions and More Posters
I have a lot of visitors walk through my classroom and many times they are parents who are looking for the "right" school for their future kindergartener. While I want to take a moment to chat with them I like to have these posted where they can read about what we are learning in kindergarten.  These posters are a great way to show everyone what Standards we are working on and the Essential Questions we want to answer during our learning time. Click on the *FREEBIE* under the picture to grab yours. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Creative Teaching Press Giveaway!!

School is just around the corner!

Did you know that Creative Teaching Press is giving away $200.00 of Creative Teaching Press dollars to 10 lucky teachers to buy their classroom a new back-to-school outfit for the 2014-2015 school year!?!  That is $200 to spend on everything Creative Teaching Press ! I know I could sure use $200.00 worth of their fabulous products! How about you? I found out about this great giveaway on Inspired In Style. I love that site! So many fantastic ideas to use in your classroom design. Check out their blog today by clicking on Inspired In Style !!

Friday, July 4, 2014

My TpT Store is now officially OPEN!!

I have finally taken the huge step into the land of TpT as a seller!! My heart was racing as I clicked the SUBMIT button to upload my first item. So many thoughts were racing through my mind. What if I forgot to credit someone for their digital papers, frames, clipart, fonts?...ahhhh! I am sure for those of you who already sell your great resources on TpT have a system in place to help you remember to credit those who make those wonderful items. Psssst...what's your secret?
I'm sure it just becomes second nature the more you create.

Now onto the FREEBIE that has been posted on TpT.

Anchor Charts are Awesome!
The kids really pay attention to their messages and having the charts posted around the room reminds me to review those messages when something is not going smoothly.
   I love Daily 5 but I don't like the repetitiveness of all the anchor charts so the Koala Kinders have a Class Code that applies to the five areas. I do start out the year creating the chart paper style so that the kinders have ownership of what Daily 5 should look like. After several areas are introduced we talk about a code that everyone will strive to follow during Daily 5. Then I bring out the Koalas Class Code posters to hang up for everyone to see. The kinders love the Scrappin' Doodles koalas and the sparkly ribbon used to hang them from the ceiling. The simple text makes the code easy to recite and remember.

Click here to check out my store and download your free  Koala Centers and Daily 5 Anchor Posters. This can also be used for centers and includes a poster title "Our Class Centers Code"