Monday, December 1, 2014

Whole Brain Teaching Rules Freebie

My school is doing a book club on Whole Brain Teaching.

To go along with the book I put together these rule cards to use in my classroom. I haven't finished reading the book yet, but I'm trying to introduce many of the strategies in it. At my school I have a ver high ELL population and the strategies are super helpful for engaging students, letting them have lots of talk time, and holding them accountable for their learning.

Please feel free to grab these posters. All clipart was created by ME (Teacher Laura). The cute doodle frames come from Print Candee. Click on the picture to jump to a free download.

I have included a couple different "teacher" versions. I don't have male teachers drawn at this time.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Giveaway, Freebies and a Sale

After a year and 8 months I am thrilled to announce that I have achieved a TPT sales milestone. I have devoted so many hours of my evenings and weekends to drawing clipart, creating projects, and more! I feel so blessed to have been supported by all of my TPT supporters. My sale will run from Nov. 23rd to the 26th. Everything is 20% off!

Here is a Thanksgiving headband freebie I posted. I've been doing headbands like this for the last 10 years and finally threw out my old hand-drawn template and made the template digital. Stop by my store to get this printable for a free craft. 

Are you prepared for how quickly November has come and gone? I can't believe December is almost here! To prepare - I cleaned up one of my favorite activities and made this fun Candy Kiss printable. When student finish, I usually give them a candy kiss from my chocolate stash as a special winter treat!  Grab this freebie from my TPT store! 

Thanks so much to everyone who has helped me on my TPT journey. I want to share a few things with you about what I have been able to do with the extra income from my TPT sales. 

1. I can pay for my 4 year old to go to a private Christian preschool. My son is getting a Christian upbringing. He is surrounded by the most devoted and loving teachers I could ask for, and is thriving with a school that has amazing values. He loves going to school!
2. I can support other teachers! This part I love!!! When my son's teacher requests extra snacks for a holiday party I can help her out. For his harvest party I provided cheese, crackers, raisins, and cranberries for the classroom feast. It feels so good to be able to give back and ease the burden on a teacher who wants to make the holidays memorable for children.
3. I can support my students. My school is home to students living in extremely high poverty zones. Things that you probably would never imagine happen at my school. Basic clothing needs are among one of the greatest challenges we see on a daily basis. I was able to give my whole class brand new gloves for outdoor recess when the weather was in the low 30s. I also provided 6 refugee students with brand new coats this winter. Parents were so thankful they held my hands, bowed their heads to me, and gave me thanks. This ability to give back comes from all of you who have scooped up my clipart sets and inspired me to keep drawing. I'm not sharing this with you to pat myself on the back, but to let you know that the desire to help another human is a natural thing to do - and that without TPT I would not be able to support my students like I have been able to this year.
4. I can share my work with other teachers. I love creating and using resources. I happily share my resources with my colleagues and am able to impact the education of so many students. I love sharing, that's why I post so many freebies! :-) 
5. My class can have fun! Just like in #2 above - I want to create memorable experiences for my own students. I can buy snacks for our Thanksgiving feast without counting up my pennies. I can purchase extra art supplies for projects to make our creative art experiences even more fun! Overall - my class is a better place and my students are having more fun because of extra resources.

I've also decided to have a giveaway: 

Thank you for letting me share my special moments with you. When I look back on this list I know that I have been very fortunate to be able to do so many special things as an educator and as a person. My supporters are the ones who have helped make this happen and for that - I humbly thank you!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Color Freebie Book

I just posted a new printable book for FREE!

Grab it by here! :)

Credits: Clipart by Creative Clips, Melonheadz, and ME (the little crayons and frame are mine)
Fonts by: KG fonts & Graphics from the Pond

Friday, August 1, 2014

Back to School Sale

School is right around the corner and it's time to grab some awesome TPT units while they're on sale! 
My whole store will be 20% off on Aug. 4th and Aug 5th. As a bonus when you enter the code BTS14 you'll get even more savings!! I have linked up with some of the most amazing bloggers who are having sales in their TPT stores too.

I teach kindergarten and my all of my units are teacher-tested and approved! There are lots of engaging printables.  Students cut and glue, read books, sort cards, and more! I always teach my units in hands-on ways; never just by using a worksheet. I believe that kids need manipulatives in their hands and real objects to make these units come to life. My units are great to use as quick formative or assessments, small group interventions, or if you simply need paper-pencil practice. Here are some of my favorite creations!

 Math: Place Value Fun

Reading/Phonics: Sight Word Book Bundle

Reading/Word Work: Sight Word Sentence Scramble

Reading/Word Work: Super Syllables

I also am a clipart creator! :) Here is some clipart that you can use in the classroom.

Clipart:Make your own Crowns with my clipart templates! 

Just drag the clipart images into a powerpoint document and add a text box on top of them, then print! Kids will love wearing your creations! I glue mine onto sentence strips to be more durable.

Have fun shopping and don't forget to enter the code when you check out!
Check out all of my best blogging buddies stores too!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

And the Winners are....

Hi! Congratulations to everyone who entered my give away. There will be an email going out to all of the winners listed above. 

Check back later...I'm working on a project with some other Oregon bloggers that is sure to be filled with more fun and prizes! Details are being worked out  & more info will be coming soon.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It's Time for a Giveaway

I'm super excited to show you my newest clipart set! It's posted in my TPT store now.
This is a phonics clipart set that has AR/ER/IR/OR/UR words. 
Now it's your chance to win this awesome clipart bundle. Enter on my Rafflecopter for your chance to win this product. 
There are 53 color images and just as many black and white line drawings too. Enter now!

Tell your friends - this giveaway will end soon!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Number Writing Freebie

Here are a couple of pages that I made for morning work for September. 
Most of my students need lots of help with number formation. I usually put these in plastic sleeves. and have them do name tracing on the back. They love getting to use dry erase pens. I made these small enough to conserve paper if you just want to print them as is. They only need a 1/2 sheet. :) I put dot "starting points" and arrows to show the writing path for the numbers. Hopefully you can use these with your class too! 

This will scaffold your kids with visual support so they will be able to independently write to 20:

Fonts by KG Fonts, I added direction arrows in my art program (that is not part of a font).

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Number Formation Freebie

I'm working on some back to school pages for my kinders. I hope you can use this packet to work on number formation. I know there are other formation poems you might use, but at this time I am not making it editable. Numbers 1-10 are included in this free download. Just click the picture below to grab it. 

Clipart from Creative Clips by Krista Wallden, fonts by KG fonts.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Scribble Frames

Here are 2 little scribble frames you might like to grab.
I'm just sitting around doodling right now. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Calendar Pieces

I made some 2D and 3D shape pieces. 
Hop over to my new Facebook Page and follow me to get these freebies!
Find my Fan Freebie page, like my page and you can get these free.
The size of each card is 3" x 2.5".

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Baseball Clipart Freebie

I have been working on a little freebie for you baseball fans. Grab my freebie to get a bat and ball. Feel free to use the images for personal or commercial use. I appreciate you grabbing my blog button or linking to my TPT store if you use these images in a product you sell. Thanks!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Dear First Grade Teacher

There are only 2 more days of school with students. I'm planning our final activities for our class and wrapping up the year.  I always like to end the year by having the kindergarten students write a letter to their first grade teacher (they won't know exactly who their teacher is until the fall). I pass on the letters to the teachers so they have a little work-sample of each child's writing/personality. A lot comes across in one page of writing. Extra thanks for the cute clipart kids to Creative Clips. The font is one of my favorites called KG Primary Penmanship. The page border is from Graphics from the Pond.

When we write the letters I usually have the students start by saying: "Dear First Grade Teacher, My name is ___. I am ___ years old." Then I tell my students to tell their teacher something else about them. They can tell them what subject they like, what language they speak, or what they want to learn. The first grade teachers look forward to these letters every year. I hope you can do them with your kinders!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Printable Calendar Freebie: Aug 2014-July2015

Here is a set of back to school calendars to gear up for next school year.
I am human - so if I made a typo - please forgive me in advance. :) I did check that the dates are right. I hope you find these useful!
The cute clipart is from KPM Doodles & some is drawn myself. The fonts are KG fonts. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Crayon Color Cards UPDATED

Gosh, the year hasn't wrapped up yet and I'm working on projects for back to school. I made some printable crayon color cards that I plan on using in a pocket chart to help my students identify colors at the start of the year. Here is the link to grab them for your classroom.

I just added a PEACH crayon. Redownload Now!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Blazers Coloring

As a Portlander I'm cheering on my home-team. If you want to grab a little coloring sheet to let your kids get in on the fun, grab these! **Don't forget to set your printer to scale to fit otherwise the cute border might get cut off**

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Frame Freebie

Here is a new set of colorful frames I drew up. 
CLICK HERE to grab them.

:) Pin this page if you want to share the love and let more people grab this freebie!

If you use these frames, I would appreciate you dropping my blog button onto your credits page. 
You can use these for personal or commercial use.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Cleaning Sale

Happy Spring Break! I'm joining up with lots of my blogging buddies to hold a spring cleaning sale on TPT.
There are 100+ teachers who have put their stores on sale to help you clean out your wish lists. 

And here's a little spring chick clipart freebie
Grab it in black and white and more colors by clicking the above link. :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Now check out the others who are joining in on the sale fun!