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Monday, April 30, 2012

BAd Girl, Computer Problems, Giveaway,TpT Freebie, Annoucement!

Okay let me preface this by saying this is going to be a long post!

Stick with me and I promise there is a goodie in it for you


Hiya peeps, Ms. Patterson here


I know I know

I have been a very bad blogger BUT I do have a very good explanation as to why!


My week started off well enough and then on Monday I received an email from a blogger, who shall remain nameless, accusing me of something that I did not do! So neverless to say that day did not go very well.
On Tuesday all of my kids  were nuts and decided that they were going to hold a contest to see who can drive Ms. Patterson crazy!
They won!
 Only 20 more day people and I can't wait!
On Wednesday I stepped in pee, I never wear shoes in class, and got rained on, by actual water not the pee.
( Do ya'll know what water does to a black person hair? No, well let me just tell you that it does not make for a pretty sight!)
 Only 20 more days is what I keep telling myself
  On Thursday my computer decided that she would not cooperate!
On Friday she refused to do anything that I asked. Humph the nerve of her to deny me! She knows what happens when I go into withdrawnal.
 On Saturday I decided that I was going to take her to the doctor to she if she could be fixed

Stick with me peeps
The computer doctor oh my word.............................

Keep reading
Once I got to the computer doctor he took  Lappy, thats her name by the way, and just looked at her! The first thing that he said was, she must have fallen off a truck, I politely said no and urged him to see if he could do anything for her. He opened her up and immediately said I don't like her she doesn't look good at all, hence me bringing her to you is what I thought.
Umm excuse me sir can you fix her is what I replied. His response way I don't like her at all she is very sick, umm thanks for stating the obvious sir, can you fix her. I don't like her at all was his response!

Okay now you are getting on my nerves! I just want her fixed

Her screen is going out, the hinge is loose, she is slow as molasses in winter and it is missing a key! You will...........................................

He just stopped

the next thing out of his mouth was

Oh...............................my....................................word
You are not running Vista are you? That is like the devil


ARe you serious? You can't be serious?


The computer doc decided that he needed to go into a long spill about why Vista was the devil


I don't care!!!!!!!!! PLease stop talking, Please

He would not stop

Ugh

Okay sir you are working that last nerve! CAN YOU FIX HER?

He decided to finally answer my question
A simple yes or no would not surfice so he offered up this little tidbit

He said and I quote, that your computer is like HIV no it is way past that it is like AIDS

Umm, what? I know that you did not say that was the look on my face

I politely told him to get my computer and that I was going to take it home

He ignored me and decided his joke was so funny he had to summoned his coworkers and to  repeat it


That's it last nerve has been worked! Dude had better be glad that I do not curse and that I know Jesus!

Ugh, I just want to go home! Can I please have my computer

All I heard was loud laughing at a joke that I did not find the least bit funny
That is it I could not take it anymore!

MY little rant sounded a little something like this

Mind you I am not a curser!

If you don't give me my darn computer

What the heck is wrong with you?

YOu are gettin on my freakin nerves!

Give me my stuff

Dude something is seriously wrong with you

He must have noticed my facial expession because he quickly gave me my computer!

Are you still with me?
Anyhoo


Here is Lappy

She served me well for 6 years!




Here is my new computer
(sorry too lazy to snap another pic of her out of the box)

I haven't decided on any names yet

Any ideas?


Buying a new computer was not in my budget

and neither were these but they made me happy!

See me happy





Enough about me

So I just finished my new unit and finally got it posted to TpT

wait wait don't run

Check it out



This pack includes everything you need to study all about farms! Inside this unit you will find 140 pages of goodies
* Farm Writing
*Voc/Word Wall Cards
*Farm picture and word cards to match
*ABC order with farm words
*27 different recording sheets for you to use including graphic organizers and center response sheets
*14 cards to practice beginning sounds
*14 cards to practice medial sounds
*14 cards to practice ending sounds
*Spin and Graph with 2 levels of difficulty
*Acrostic Poem
Fact cards for each animal (duck, cow, rooster, chicken, goat, pig, horse and sheep)
*Build a Sentence Cards
*Match animals to the products that make
(cow, chicken, goat, pig, and sheep)
*Match the animal baby to its mom blue word cards
*4 roll and cover sheets (numbers, number wood, addition, and counting)
*Race to 20
*Telling Time to Hour
*Real Word/Nonsense Word



Wait Wait don't leave now I have more!




I will give this unit away to the 3 people using the random number generator thingy!

Give me a name suggestion for my new computer and leave me a comment with your suggestion and an email addy. ( I will not track down emails please make sure you leave yours!)


Just in case you don't win here is a freebie from the unit!



Now for the annoucement I will be having 5 days of freebies to celebrate having 500+ followers

Be sure to check back each day for an awesome freebie!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

500 Followers A Giveaway of Sorts


Giveaway is now closed
Be sure to follow me for more exclusive giveaways

Today I started my day rather well then the bottom fell out! No it is not what you are thinking

I received an email for a fellow blogger accusing me of somethings that I will not go into here that really upset my day! My first reaction was no I didn't do that and I felt the need to explain myself so I sent said blogger an email. Said blogger then responded and further accused me which started to really bother my nerves.

The more I thought about it the more angry I got.

I just needed to get that out. Anyhoo moving right along

Hiya peeps, ms. Patterson here

I know that I promised little chipers something big when I reached 500 followers! WEll since I am way beyond that point I know that I had to do something big. I really didn't want to do a giveaway so I decided to do something better

Read on........................................................................................................























So I just finished my new unit for TpT..................................................................................................................















Check it out







This pack is 103 pages of goodness!

Inside this pack you will find

* 95 sight words include color and number words
-Check preview to see all words included
*Bang cards to use as a bang game
*Sight word scramble cards ( students unscramble the letters and spell the word correctly)
*Direction cards for each activity as well as more suggested uses so that your cards can do double and even triple duty!
*Write the room recording sheets ( 2 have a set number on them and 2 do not so that you can have your students do as many or as few as you would like them too)
*Sight word fill in the blank cards
*Sight word fill in the blank answer cards so that you can have your students work independently and check their own work
* Sight word pull and cover game (4)
*Sight word I-spy with recording sheet (2)
*write the word/stamp it
*write the word/paint it
*Monkey Wrench game ( a roll and cover game)
*Four in a Row ( a roll and cover game) (3)

This pack is listed for $ 8.50 but in honor of 500 followers






















A little Lower

















Lower




































Lower




I will give it away



But


You have to follow my store and rate and give
me feedback on one of my produts


once you have done that come back and leave a comment and your email addy and I will send it to you!


Time now is 6:25 central time and you have till 7:25


Go head and get busy peeps


Peace OUt Little Chipers!













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Monday, April 23, 2012

Marshmallow Fun

Hi Peeps Ms. Patterson Here

I hope you are having a great start to your week

Today I just want to share a fun little freebie with you

At this time of year we are working on reviewing all skills that have been taught so that the kiddos will have a solid foundation when they go to 1st grade.


We have been reviewing measurement



This is simple and by that I mean very simple sheet that can be used as a classbook or whatever you feel the need to do





You can find another marshmellow measurement sheet from Kelli @ Castle and Crayons here
Peace out peeps


Sunday, April 22, 2012

The VEry, Very, Bad, Cuteness, Clowns and TpT

I am linking up with Holly @ Criss Cross Applesauce



No Good

NO Bad

Just the Ugly

Very Very Very Ugly

This year I just can't seem to keep my room clean

With 29 kiddos it is hard to keep all of thier junk and my crap together

I have never been this disorganized

But with that being said..........................................................


I am not ashamed

I am not ashamed


I



am



not



ashamed!



 
Don't judge me!

I can't be the only one



Right?

Next year will be much better









Okay now that you have made it through all of that ugliness time for a little cuteness!

Check out some of my kiddos work this week

We just finished up studying money! I am so happy we are done with this
This is one of the hardest concepts for my students to grasp

Anyhoo

We had a circus theme going on here




Each student got to make a clown

The students had to count how much money they had
Q-quarters
D-dimes
N-nickels
P-pennies

On the little poster at the bottom of the clown picture the students wrote a sentence about how much money they had


This is a circus writing! My kiddos wrote a paragraph, all by theirselves I might add, about the circus!


I just posted my new unit on TpT

Make sure to go check it out






Click on the Button to check it out

* The first 2 people to comment will receive this unit for free*
I ask that you do a product review if you win the unit
Thanks
Oh before I forget Thanks Lacey @ Wild About teaching for creating my TpT button above

and

Thanks Erin @ Creating and Designing and Creating and Teaching for designing my FB, Pinterest, Email and TpT button at the top of my page

Meet New Friends Sunday

Hiya Peeps, Ms. Patterson here


Today I have a special friend that I want you to meet

Most of you can readily identify her work because she is so awesome and sweet

So sit back, kick up your feet, grab you fav snack and get to know the person behind the blog

Without further ado I would like to introduce you to




  1. How long have you been blogging?
February 2012
  1. Who inspired you the most to start blogging?
For months I “blog-stalked” other blogs and was amazed at the community of teachers I found. I wanted a way to share my ideas and creations and connect with other teachers.

  1. What is the funniest thing a kid has told you?
My first year of teaching, a student came up to me in the middle of their literacy center time {I was between reading groups} and said “Will you marry me?” The funniest thing was he was absolutely serious. I kind of laughed and then immediately stopped because I realized he was not just being funny. He then said “No really, Ms. Yates. Will you marry me?” I was laughing so hard I was in tears!!
  1. What state do you live in and how many years have you been a teacher?
Texas and this is my 2nd year of teaching kinder

  1. What are you totally obsessed with?
Children’s books!!! In the last two years I have accumulated almost 300 children’s books.
  1. If you can have one thing, regardless of price or reasonability, what would it be?
A beach condo. Anywhere with a beach that looks like this!





8. complete these sentences
I could not live without sticky notes {in the classroom} and my family {in general-in life}.
I wish parents would send a Sonic Coke Zero with their kiddos every day

When I give them my “serious eyes” my kiddos now I mean business. {I don’t have to say a word most of the time and they know exactly what I’m saying}
I am secretly a(n) clip-art hoarder.
  1. What is something that you would like to share with other bloggers?
I am planning to go back to school for a Masters in Special Education! Any advice or insight into this area is welcomed and appreciated.


  1. 3 things that best describe you
-I LOVE kids! I wish I could have their faith in people and in the world, their sense of humor and their willingness to try new things. I learn more from students than I even realized I could!

-I LOVE organization-everywhere.

-I LOVE to hang out with friends and family.

  1. What are your top 5 fav blogs
Pocket Full of Kinders ( awww isn't she the sweetest to includ me!)

  1. What was your ah ha moment when you knew you wanted to be a teacher?
My second grade teacher was absolutely incredible {one of many incredible teachers I was blessed with}. She had an old bathtub in her reading center. You read that correctly-an old bathtub.  It was filled with fun pillows and it was the coveted reading spot in the classroom. She challenged us while teaching us to love reading. She is the first teacher that sparked my love for teaching and I have wanted to be a teacher ever since then!
13. Do you have a store/blog design company that you would like to share

Teachers Pay Teachers:
Teacher’s Notebook:
14. Best teacher tip
-Laughter! I am a firm believer that a productive classroom can also be SO MUCH FUN! I love to laugh and be silly…my students would attest to that. I think it’s so important to show students that they can have fun while they are doing their work. Students should love to learn and laughter will bring that affective filter way down. Lower affective filter = less anxiety = more learning.


If you would like to be a featured teacher simply send me a chirp at pocketofkinders@gmail.com

 


Friday, April 20, 2012

Roll those Dice

Hiya Peeps

Ms. Patterson Here



Check out my new Freebie that I posted




If you download this freebie please please please leave me feedback and rate my product



Yall DOn't make me Beg!


Peace Out Peeps 

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One Word: Giveaway

My friend Lacey over at Wild About Teaching is having a giveaway!
200 Follower Giveaway


I am sure you know her work



No


 well let me introduce you to some of  her awesomeness

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Dino Dominos






















Posters Thum






















I know you have seen these bad boys!




If you don't already follow her then shame on you but you do have a chance to correct your error, hehe!

The rules are easy and if you are reading this then you have already done one requirement which is to follow my blog! See I told you it was easy!


Lacey is giving away a unit and some TpT cash

3am Teacher is giving away a clipart pack

I am  giving away a science pack

The Hands on Teacher is giving away a place value pack

Head on over and check this giveaway out! You will definitely want to follow Lacey in the future she is just that freakin' AWe-Some!




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Thursday, April 19, 2012

You Gotta Get Up And Move To Learn


Hiya Peeps, Ms Patterson Here

I hope you are having a great week. I sure am! This week is going by so quickly and so much better that the last. I  think it has to do with the fact that it has been rather gloomy for the past  couple of days


Anyhoo moving on to the purpose of this post

Do your kids have play time or even movement time in your class? I know in my class I have so much material to cover that the "kid" part of kindergarten often gives left by the wayside.

I mean I can't have down time
Free Play
or
Dramatic Play

Everything Must be Work Work Work!

Ugh I know that I have to have the kids ready for 1st grade but sometimes that need time to just be kids and explore! With everything now that kinders have to do I feel like the fun of school is getting sucked from under their little fingers.

I mean seriously I don't understand why I have to give kindergarteners a paper and pencil test every week! Every Freakin Week ( do you hear me screaming at my keyboard?)
Someone please tell me how that is developmentally appropriate.

I often times say that I teach baby second graders and boy is that true

Anyhoo let me get off of my soapbox and return to the regularly scheduled programming

sorry for that!










Moving Right along
















Where was I?

















Oh, it just came to me


I have noticed that my kiddos are weak with spelling their sight words and remembering them.


I have posted many times about how I do spelling. ( Click here to peep out how I teach spelling) In kindergarten we have weekly spelling test, boo, which are based off our sight words. For my kiddos this has been a constant struggle to get them to learn their words

This year I have implemented something that I call spelling exercise

The kids really enjoy this time and they get to be "silly" but they are still learning at the same time

Here are a few photos, a by few I mean a lot, of us moving to learn

With each exercise the kiddos have to do the exercise while spelling their word 3 times


Let me just say I am sorry the pics are soo dark. I am a bat and I hate having the lights on in my room! I forgot to turn them on before I started snapping pics!

You may proceed
1. Kiddos are jogging to spell their word



2. I believe they are still jogging

3. Jumping Jacks

4. Love this action shot! This is frog Hops


5. More Frog Hops


6. Bicycle


 7. More Bicycle


 8. Kangaroo POunce


 9. Squats!


10. Toe Touch

Some of my other spelling exercises that are not posted are

crawl like a turtle ( get down on all fours and crawl slowly while spelling the word)
swim like a fish ( Arms out to side and push back My kiddos like to blow up their jaws too)
hop like a monkey ( arms curled under and jump up and down)
Truck Driver ( Drive an invisible car and try not to crash while spelling the word)
Elephant ( Stomp while spelling the word)
Snake ( sliter body from side to side while laying on the floor)
King Kong ( pound on chest while spelling)
Tug a war ( Partners sit on floor facing each other holding  hands and pull)
Kick ( High Kicks)
Spin ( spin around while spelling the word)
Shake ( Shake to the front and shake to the back)


That is all I can think of right now! If  I  can remember to snap pics of some more exercises I will post those

IF I remember.................................................

Umm there was supposed to be a freebie attached but I have been to lazy lately to make it or anything else for that matter so...........................................



Peace Out Peeps
and I promise I will have a freebie for you maƱana           



*Updated to include:

Mrs. Collatos @ First Grade is Toadally Awesome made some cute little cards to go with each spelling Exercise!

You can check them out here for free!

Check out this Linky for  more movement ideas for learning @


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