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Guiding Readers: Just PRINT and TEACH!

Deedee and I have created both Math and Writing units together and now we've rounded it out with our newest units, Guiding Readers ELA for K-1.  We are so excited to have the final piece of our lesson planning done for us.  Now all we have to do is PRINT and TEACH!  Just like with our math and writing units we have done all of the work for you.

*Each week we will focus on one read aloud text. 
*Each day we take the comprehension a little deeper and deploy various comprehension strategies.  *Each day the students will respond to the text (either on a single page or in their notebooks.. depending on how you have your class organized). 
*Each day interactive writing will be used to strengthen those writing mechanics!!!!
*Each day students will have focused word study
*Each day students will practice phonemic awareness skills
*Each week students will explore the meaning of 2 vocabulary words that are taken right from the text!
Click on Deedee's blog button below to see parts of this unit in action!

Enjoy these last few days before you have to go back to school!  
I hope you and your family have a HAPPY, HEALTHY New Year!!

Happy New Year Photo Booth FREEBIE!!!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  Our family had a great time together.
Every year on Christmas Eve the girls and I (now we have a little man too) have a pajama party.
We listen to Christmas music and decorate gingerbread houses and cookies.
My little sweeties are so adorable I could just eat them up!

Mel and I updated our New Year's Eve Photo Booth Props so that you could use them at your New Year's Eve party or when you get back to school.
Just click on the image below to download.

We also have a photo booth resource full of props that is great to use to make a calendar gift for Christmas or Mother's Day.  The photo props are also great to use for a memory book picture each month. We update it each year to add the new calendar.

California Kindergarten Conference Information and Give away!

Have you heard about the California Kindergarten Association's Annual PK1 Conference?  Well, it's an outstanding 3-day event designed by teachers for teachers specializing in early childhood education and I am so excited to be included in the line up with so many wonderful presenters.  If you teach TK, Pre-K, K, 1st Grade, or Homeschool and live in the California area, this is definitely an event you don't want to miss. This year's conference is scheduled to take place in Santa Clara, California (just outside of San Francisco).  The festivities kick off on Friday, January 16th with a Pre-Conference Institute and lasts through Sunday, January 18th.  Oodles of professional development workshops ranging from behavior management and the importance of play to integrating the Common Core Standards will be offered throughout the weekend.      

But, wait!!  There's more.  Some of your FAVORITE bloggers are going to be taking part in this amazing conference.  Just look at this fun line-up of blogger presenters that will be at this year's PK1 Conference  . . .





Don't go yet . . . we have even more for you.  Guess what else is happening?? We are thrilled to announce that the PK1 Conference will be hosting it's very first Blogger Fiesta.  At this fun evening event, you can meet and chat with your favorite bloggers over a plate of yummy Mexican apps.  Each attendee will receive dinner, a Blogger CD (filled with $60 of free products), and a raffle ticket to enter to win oodles of other fabulous prizes!  To purchase your $35 Blogger Fiesta ticket, click HERE.

Are you excited yet?  Let's up the ante a bit.  How about a chance to win a FREE conference registration?  Well, it's your lucky day!  The generous folks at CKA have given us one FREE conference registration to give away to our followers. Enter to win via the painless Rafflecopter below.  But, hurry!!!  This giveaway closes Friday evening and our BIG winner will be announced on Saturday, December 13th.  

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To learn more about PK1 and/or to check out the conference sessions in detail, CLICK HERE!  Thanks for taking the time to visit us today.  We hope to see you at this year's PK1 Conference :)

Elf Capades: Writing Lists

Christmas time is the perfect time for list writing and these little elves fit the bill perfectly!
I used scrap paper rather than construction paper to give them a festive, holiday feel.

This unit is packed full of learning fun!
You can click on the cover to view the unit on TPT.


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