Friday, August 31, 2012

FeedBurner problem

Hi!! Sorry all my posts just came up all at once! I found out today that none of my posts had been going through the reader since Aug. 19th! It was a problem with anyone else had a problem with them? 

Anyway, it seems fixed now.......sorry for the flood of posts all at once! I hope you'll go back and check them out though!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Common Core Freebie....

Wahoo!! I have started back to work and am busy again!!! More on that in the next post : )

Today.....with the sun shining here in England.......and I am still able to wear shorts and sandals (!!).......and I have a job again.........I am extra happy!

So here is a FLASH FREEBIE for you!

It's one of my favorite units: K-2 Geometry printables for journals/notebooks, etc. I think you will really like it! Have a look!

click on picture to download

As always, all I ask for is a comment/feedback if you download it........either here on my blog or at my TPT store......please don't just download it and say nothing : )

Have a great day!
Kelli xx

Friday, August 24, 2012

Have you seen this teacher??!!

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I am the newest fan of this teacher!!!! He has so much enthusiasm and some great ideas.......I can't stop looking at all his tips on youtube!

I hope school is going well for everyone! I will be starting very soon at my new school! Wonder how it will go with teaching the UK curriculum for 9 & 10 yr olds?!

My husband and I have now moved flats (apartment) and are still setting everything husband has a lot of military uniforms and paperwork that need to be cleaned out! 

Here is a freebie for practicing concepts of print into journals. How is your day going?!! Would love to hear from you!

click on picture for freebie

Kelli xx

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Oh Kindergarten........

Oh kindergarten teachers, my thoughts are with you as you start/started the school year.

I have taught several years of kindergarten in the past, and while I do love it...........I have to be honest and say I do not love the first day. (don't hate me)

Here is why:
-the crying (kids and parents)
-the screaming crying
-the vomiting (from the anxiety)
-the "runners" (the ones that run after their parents when they leave)
-the screaming crying
-hovering parents peeking through the window
-dismissal (ah!! don't run off!)
-the screaming crying

Please don't misinterpret this as a negative kindergarten rant.....I really DO love kindergarten! I just think the first day [depends on the kiddos] can be exceptionally difficult...............which leads me to some  


First Up:These awesome you tube videos for counting!

Next: Beginning of Kinder Journals/Notebooks/Portfolios:

click on picture for free 7 page document

 Concepts of Print for Journals:

I also saw that Jennifer, at Kindertrips

has a Concepts of Print freebie too, so go check her out here!

Lots of love Kinder teachers!!  
xx Kelli 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Harcourt Storytown and some websites : )

Hello! I should really be in bed now, but I wanted to watch the closing ceremonies of the Olympics here in London-town! I watched so much Olympics during these past 2 weeks that I can actually say I am now over it! It was great though!

Well it seems I missed this big TPT sale that is finishing today--I just saw that everywhere today when I was catching up on blogs. Oh well : )  My husband and I are moving into a new flat/apartment and we spent the weekend painting, getting tools together and started our up-cycling projects! I am so excited to see what we can make with recycled wood, crates and pallets! So fun!

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I wanted to share some great resources I came across today. These links take you to some great task cards for second grade literacy centers for those using HARCOURT STORYTOWN.

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Task cards at Ms. Winston's website

Click here for the best Storytown website for K-1!!
-Smartboard resources
-Focus Wall printables
-Readers Theatre
-Speed drills
-Games and more!
(There was other grade level resources there, but I don't see it now?)

focus wall

Click here (one of my previous posts) for some early kindergarten Harcourt Storytown literacy center ideas!

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I started gathering websites that I think are great! Click here

I'm super tired! Good night!

Kelli xx

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Common Core: Journals/Notebooks


I will call this a flash freebie as I am giving away my manual (How to use K-2 journals) FREE this weekend!

click on picture for download

This is a concept that I have been using for several years now and is far and away the greatest teaching tool that I learned from teaching in England and Australia. 

I have seen this concept pick up a bit in the the United States, but is hard to translate for our little guys in K-2 classrooms.  I originally wrote this manual for my K-2 teacher friends that started using this method of journals, and then others wanted it, and it has grown from there!

I know schools are starting soon in the States, so I hope you all had a nice summer and are relaxed and rested for the new school year! 

My latest resource is also free just for the weekend (for you loyal followers!)

click on picture to download

Unrelated to teaching, check out this street performer we saw last great!!

Comments always appreciated!!

Many Thanks,
Kelli xx

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Classroom pictures!!

I have really enjoyed seeing all the photos of your rooms--keep them coming!!

Schools don't start here until September, so I thought I would sift through some of my photos of things I've made or come across. I'm hoping next summer I will be in Arizona visiting so that I can help my friends in their classrooms-it's all I can do to not hop on a plane and get over there and sort, organize and copy stuff! : )

these pictures are mainly from beginning of the year kdg

ELD kdg: easy to change with each paper as mounting for student samples

organizing Focus Wall, WWWords, and some lit centers

the rules in pictures and student photos

a third grade pirate theme classroom I saw

Gotta run--can't wait to check out blogs later tonight and see your classroom photos! Enjoy watching the Olympics!

Kelli xx