Monday, November 3, 2014

First post of the school year!!

Can you believe that we are already starting week 11?!? It's already NOVEMBER and this is our very first post! I feel like this school year is flying by and I keep neglecting this blog. Time to get back to the grind and try to blog with more consistency...maybe it'll attract followers (hahaha). Our school year has started off pretty great! I have 18 students and Cindy has 19, compared to last year when we had 25 and 28 this feels like cake. What a difference! I already feel more productive with them and less stressed. Time to be a blogger!!

Before blogging about classroom stuff I wanted to share this wonderful story about my former student Mya. She turned 8 this year and for her birthday she received 2 tickets to the Katy Perry concert and could invite one friend to go with. Can you believe she invited ME?!? I was so shocked and appreciative. I love her so much! I can't wait to see her grow up and accomplish so many wonderful things. Katy Perry was AMAZING!!! What a show she put on...I loved it!!

Thanks for letting me share, now back to business lol. I was so excited to get my new lesson plan book for this school year. I absolutely LOVE it. It has so many cool features and I'm glad I decided to invest in a new one this year. Both Cindy and I bought our lesson plan book at This is my second year using this lesson plan book and I couldn't wait to get it and start using it. 
This year we switched our class theme to Superheroes. I found this cute bulletin board idea idea at Queen of the First Grade Jungle blog and translated it into Spanish. I think it turned out really cute and I love it. It says Superheroes in Training. 
This school year I started the year with an idea I found at A Cupcake for the Teacher called Magic Playdough and the kids really loved it. The recipe and poem can be found at the link above. I gave the students a ball of white play dough and said if the ball changes color we are going to have an amazing year. They squeezed and squeezed it (in a baggie so the dye wouldn't stain their hands) and it slowly changed colors. The kids thought it was so cool!! I will be doing this activity every year.
Here's a little activity I always do at the beginning of the year. We cut pictures from a magazine that is the color of the day and glue them onto a crayon that I'll post in the room with the color words. This is a really great activity because it lets you assess so many skills. I check their cutting skills, color knowledge, use of glue and working with partners, etc...
We also do this little activity with each letter that is introduced. I have my students come to the carpet with a small dry erase board and marker and we discuss the capital letter and lowercase letter, letter formation and then we practice writing it. Then I have them turn and talk with a partner to discuss words that begin with Aa. As the students call out the words we add them to the chart. We say the word, break it into syllables and then stretch the word to write it phonetically. Later in the year the students will write the words on the chart themselves. The kiddos use these charts to make the book of the week, to write the room and during writing.
Here are a couple of morning messages from this year. We have started calling them SUPER News because of our Superhero theme. We are dual language teachers and do the morning messages in the language of the day. I love the "What Does the Shape Say" one that I found on Pinterest. It's so adorable. I also included 2 anchor charts: Carpet Rules (how cute is our super girl?!?) and How to Color.
One last shout out to my wonderful mother who sent me these beautiful flowers. I just love the colors! Thanks for always remembering my first day of school (like I'd let her forget it) with flowers. I love you so much!!

Thanks for stopping by!!! - Sandra and Cindy

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Love, Luck, and Lots of Kindergarteners!

Finally back after a very long hiatus!  This year has been a VERY busy year full of lots of fun activities and 28 kindergarteners!  I’ve found patience that I never knew I had with all these little ones.  I feel very LUCKY that I was able to get a compliance teacher: Her name is Mrs. Mendez and she is seriously a huge blessing to me and my little ones.  So moving on…I’m going to share some of the things we've been doing. 
I want to start with a few things that we did in February which include the valentines I made my kids and the 100th day!  This class is OBSESSED with minions (from Despicable Me 1 & 2) so I found a really cute Pinterest project.  All had to was print the minions, cut them out and tape them to Twinkies.  They were a big hit!  All the extras like the cute bag and the pencil were from Dollar Tree.  Also, I included myself dressed up for the 100th day!  I look like Willie Nelson, don’t you think?
A really cute President’s Day activity we did was to write about what they would do if they were president.  Last year they just drew themselves, this year I was looking for new ideas on Google and came across a picture of kids with a president hat and George Washington hair so we tried it out.  They looked hilarious!
March has been extremely busy to say the least.  We celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a celebration in the library and dressing up.  I love to dress up!  At work a lot of the girls call me Cindy Lou (thank you Laura Letts), so I decided to come as none other than…Cindy Lou Who!  I had to drive my boyfriend’s jeep to work because I didn’t fit in my car due to my huge hair.  Mrs. Mendez was Sam-I-Am.  There are some pictures of some of the other creative teachers at my school.
This month we also had our annual health fair and walk, every year I coordinate this with the help of an awesome committee and our amazing nurse.  It was a beautiful day and we had the highest attendance we’ve ever!  My sister and two nieces came out to walk one of the vendors brought Cookie monster with them, the girls were not thrilled at all, lol!  The fire fighters (a teacher favorite) also came and let the kids climb all over their truck.  It was really awesome!
Spring Break was a much needed break!  I used that time to relax and spend time with my family.  During that week my sweet little Tink turned 6.  I got on pinterest and found an easy dog cake recipe.  She loved it!  We shared with the neighbors!
This was our first year to be at school during St. Patrick’s Day!  We got on TPT and found some really neat craftivities. We read books about leprechauns and talked about how much they loved their gold.  I found a “Who is worth more to you than gold?” by The Teacher Wife on TPT!  The kids really took this activity to heart and did some of their best work, they had to draw and write about who was worth more than gold to them and put it on a pot of gold.  Then Sandra found a really cute and easy leprechaun activity on TPT as well called “Leapin’ Leprechaun!” by A Cupcake for the Teacher.  It has a leprechaun writing and craftivity.  I used the leprechaun from it and put it together with the pot of gold from the other and viola, this is what it looked like!
 Sandra also found a neat acrostic poem rainbow activity to do with her class.  They first made a list of adjectives that start with every letter of the alphabet!  She said that it was really hard, but totally worth it!  They had to write an adjective for 6 letters in their name!  They came out really cute!  I believe this is a TPT activity as well, but I’m not sure.  I’ll have to ask Sandra.
Last but not least for this post, Sandra and I saw Divergent and loved it!  The casting was great, especially…FOUR…Theo James is gorgeous!  It was a good time!  I found this fan made sign I would like to think this is me…lol!
Okay everyone can’t wait to share our Three Little Pigs and Red Riding Hood activities with everyone soon!  Also, next week is opening day for the Texas Rangers!!!  So excited!!!
Go Rangers!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Missing in Action!!

Hello friends!! We have totally been MIA this year, but teaching dual language with 25 kiddos for me and 28 kiddos in Cindy's class is no joke. We are completely overwhelmed and struggling to keep up with everything and unfortunately our blog and TPT store have been the ones to suffer the most.  I love my little babies and hope I'm doing all I can to prepare them for first grade and will let my personal stuff go by the wayside to make that happen. With that being said I'm going to try to be better about blogging for the rest of the school year...but I'm not making any promises lol.

This will be a quick post about a few things we did for Valentine's Day and the 100th day of school.

For Valentine's Day we made these cute monster mailboxes that I found on Pinterest. They were really easy to make after a parent volunteer covered the cereal boxes with red paper and cut out the monster mouth - haha! The hardest part for me was sticking in the pipe cleaner eyes. That took forever...I should have had the parent do that too. The kiddos really loved their mailboxes so I'm glad we made them this year. I usually have them decorate a paper bag.

 I found these Valentine cards for the kiddos on TPT from What the Teacher Wants and I gave them a bag filled with goodies. The cards turned out great!! The whoopie cushion was a big hit. I think the girls wanted them instead of the bubbles. I made the teachers and my bestest buddies the cards with Burts Bees also found on Pinterest. 

The next few pictures are some of the activities we did on the 100th day of school (I didn't take that many pictures though). We started the day by making our 100th day crown (which took forever), then we made a 100th day necklace, we made 100 with cookies, we did 100 day centers (making 100 piece puzzles, putting #'s in order to 100, 100th day snack, etc...). It was a very busy day and we got less accomplished than in previous years but it was still fun. The students dressed like 100 year olds and they looked amazing.

Cindy dressed up like a 100 year old man. She looked awesome!! Unfortunately I can't find the picture...I'll post it as soon as I do. 

Well friends that's it for now, but Ill be blogging again tomorrow...fingers crossed!! Cindy and I are going to watch Divergent tonight and I'm super excited. I hope the movie is as good as the book.

Laters, Sandra