Welcome to Paula's Preschool and Kindergarten! My class blog is the place I share information about some of the fun learning activities we are doing at school. I hope to provide parents with insight into what we are doing, and why, and to share ideas with other early childhood educators. Please don't use the photos or text of this blog without permission, but please do use any ideas you find useful. Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Back to School Giveaway!

There's something bitter sweet about the beginning of a new school year.  While I always look forward to meeting new children and trying out new resources and ideas to make their learning fun, I definitely miss the late mornings of summer, and the easy living of vacation time.

To sweeten Back to School for you this year, I'm giving away a $10 gift card to TeachersPayTeachers, AND $10 to spend in my TpT store!  Who doesn't like a free shopping spree?!  Feel free to share this giveaway with your friends, and then hop over to TpT to start your wishlist!


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Good luck everyone, and have an awesome back to school season!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

All kinds of freebies

Hi friends and followers!

Just a quick note today to let you know about a couple of different freebies you might like - because let's be honest, we all love freebies!  These won't last long, so act quickly!
This morning I have Ducks Like Cookies Too!
 Ducks Like Cookies Too!  Wacky Wednesday flash freebie!
 as a flash freebie, and this afternoon I'll offer Shark Patterns
 Shark Patterns
for a little while.  Want to know exactly when each of these will be posted?  Check my FaceBook fan page!

I'm also participating in a product giveaway on Apples For The Teacher's blog this week.  You can enter to win my super popular Oceans Hundreds Charts
 Ocean Hundreds Charts
 - and several other awesome resources are also featured.

I have a total of 13 forever free resources now, available on my TeachersPayTeachers store.  If you download any of them, I would very much appreciate you taking just a moment to leave feedback. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Oceans of Steals, Deals and Giveaways - week 2!

Are you enjoying your summer break?  (Sorry Australia, I know it's winter there, I don't mean to rub it in!)  I'm officially on vacation right now, spending time with family, eating too much, talking too much, and loving it.  Still, as much fun as we had with our Oceans of Steals, Deals and Giveaways a couple of weeks ago, I didn't want to miss out this time around, so real quickly, here's the scoop on what we have for you this week!

For our #MondayMadness deals, I have two resources marked down to just $1! 
Perfect for a math center or folder game, Busy Buses provides a fun way to practice subtraction from up to 10. Students will solve the math problems on each bus, then match it to the parking spot with the correct answer. Two follow up worksheets are provided, as are answer keys. Perfect to go with a transportation unit, your students are sure to enjoy this game!

Camping Sentence Picture Match is a complete literacy center that includes 18 sentences and pictures to match, 3 vocabulary posters, thematic writing paper (lines in 3 primary sizes for easy differentiation), and 4 worksheets: abc order to the first letter, word order in sentences, reading and labeling. The focus is on preprimer and primer sight words, and there is even a leveled list of sight words used. Best of all, this center is easy to prepare: print, laminate, and cut on straight lines!

On Tuesday, check out all the half price deals on TpT by searching #2forTuesday!   I'm offering my 15 Food Themed Graphs, and my Nursery Rhyme Bundle.

 On Wednesday there will be lots of flash freebies happening throughout the day.  Oh yes, FREE!  I snagged a bunch of amazing resources last time, and am looking forward to doing it again this week!  If you'd like to know exactly when my resources will be free, follow my FaceBook page.  https://www.facebook.com/PaulasPreschoolandKindergarten/

 You'll want to shop TpT again on #ThriftyThursday, to find amazing deals on bundles.   I'm offering my Ocean Theme Bundle, which includes 5 ocean themed resources: telling time, patterns, money, hundreds charts and a sentence picture match - and it will be 40% off for this one day only!  If you teach an ocean theme or summer unit, or just want some ready to use math and reading centers, you'll love this!

Finally, Friday is all about our giveaway! Check out all the amazing gift cards we are giving away!  

You can enter our giveaway by following our stores on FaceBook - and following each of us before Wednesday will get you notifications of all the flash freebies, it's a WIN-WIN!  Come join in the fun!
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Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Tortoise and the Hare

I think we all know where our strengths lie, and if we're honest with ourselves, we see our weaknesses areas of opportunity too.  I've known for a while that I want to work on making some videos to share, but I've let it sit on the back burner, because... well... because.

Yesterday I decided to step out of my comfort zone, and made a short video retelling of the story The Tortoise and the Hare.  Is it perfect?  Goodness no!  Still, I'm pleased with it as a starting point, and thought I'd share it with you today.  :-)



The Tortoise and the Hare story retelling - YouTube:
I got the idea to do this as I was working on creating the retelling props and script... which grew into a reproducible reader and reading game too... sometimes these things take on a life of their own!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Tortoise-and-the-Hare-Book-and-Game-50-off-for-the-first-24-hours-2634231

I found these gorgeous graphics:
The Tortoise & The Hare (Aesop's Fable) Clip Art Bundle
but of course I couldn't control myself choose only one, and instead bought the whole set of clip art for 10 fables!
Aesop's Fables Clip Art Mega Bundle
Can you guess what I'll be working on this week?  Stay tuned - I'm going to work on making more videos too!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Oceans of Steals, Deals, and Giveaways (week 1)

Are you enjoying your summer break?  I'm loving the warm weather, planning some special family time, and devouring all the delicious summer fruits my farmers' market has to offer!  I hope you're able to do all the things that recharge you too.

This week I'm teaming up with an amazing group of teachers to bring you oceans of steals, deals, and giveaways. If you need a little "retail therapy", let me help you out!

On Monday I'm marking two fun resources down to just $1.  Kindergarten is Fun is a primary reader, just right for helping students learn back to school routines, and Dog Dishes Counting to 10 Game is a fun resource for working on numbers.  To see all the great $1 deals being offered, search TeachersPayTeachers for #MondayMadness.

You'll want to shop again on Tuesday, for #2forTuesday deals.  I'm offering my Invented Spelling program and Bye-Bye Summer Slide at half price!  Both of these resources can help your youngest learners to start the year off right. 

On Wednesday I'll have several FLASH FREEBIES throughout the day.  To be notified of exactly when they'll be available, follow me on FB by clicking here.  

I'm really excited about #ThriftyThursday too.  I'm taking an additional 20% off my Sentence Picture Match Bundle #1.  This resource includes 20 complete literacy centers for popular fall themes like farm, fire safety, back to school and fairy tales.  Imagine how much simpler your weekly planning will be when you have your literacy centers already laid out for you?! 

 Finally, you're going to love Friday's special deal: you can enter our drawing to win one of SEVEN $50 gift cards!  I'll post the drawing here on my blog as well as on FB, but all you'll have to do to enter is to follow each of the participating teacher-authors on TpT.  Each "follow" gives you another entry!

Are you excited about this fun week?  Me too!  Best of all, we're going to do this 4 times this summer, with different steals, deals and giveaways!  I'll be looking for some amazing resources this week, and I hope you find some to make your back to school a little easier too.  Ah, summer... life is good!