Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hot off the Press!

Hi!  Hope everyone has had a great week! My kinders need work on positional words and I just love these graphics from Scrappin' Doodles so.... out came this creation!
Hop on over to my blog to get your free download!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Fall, Pumpkins, & Halloween...Oh My!!

I finished my “Fall, Pumpkins, & Halloween...Literacy, Math, & Science and everything in Between” Unit. It’s a whopping 80 pages and I hope you love it. You can buy it by clicking here. Right now it is on sale for $5. I will post a few freebies tonight so click on over. Have a great Monday. Where did the weekend go? J

Fall Preview

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Snap Cubes Dilema (And a freebie)

Went to a workshop over the summer and got this great idea.  Here it is with a freebie! 
So now we are using snap cubes to copy figures.  It’s great!  The kids count as they create the objects exactly how they are on the card. 

My favorites are the numbers, so here they are for free of course.  As I make others for thematic units, I will post those as well too!  (I already have my zoo ones done if you look in my store.) 

Stations and Other Random Things...

I posted about our first week of stations and our study of Letter L.  Please stop by and check out my pictures!  See you there!

Favorite Websites for LIttle Learners!

Just posted a list of my top interactive learning games.  Stop by to see!


One of the activities that my Kinders can do at the ABC station is to read ABC books. I have several in a basket. I created this sheet to go with that activity.
1. They choose an ABC book
2. Write the title of the book on their recording sheet
3. In each box, I have programmed a letter. They need to find that page in the ABC book.
4. Draw a picture and label it.
5. They also need to write the letter of their first name, find a picutre, draw and label it.
6. Same with the first letter of their last name.

I included a blank sheet that you can copy and add your own letters. We use SF Reading Street and the first letters that we introduce are M and T.

Come on over to grab your FREEBIE!
Live Love Laugh

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fall Freebies for you!

Don't you love the fall season?  I enjoy this time of the year with my kinders!  I love all the engaging activities that the fall season brings.

Here is an example of some of the skills I have been working on for my reading groups this week.... beginning letter sound match, word cards to match and a syllable sort.   Come over to my blog to download it for free! 

October Read The Room FREEBIE!!

I don't know if the rest of you are as tired as I am! I just can't get caught up! I hope that I never have to move rooms AGAIN! I love my new room, but whew...2 days before Open House is just not enough time! I am STILL unpacking boxes. I have daughters that play volleyball and soccer. One in middle school, one in high school, and one in elementary school. We are pretty much never home at night! Well, I am home right now and getting ready to watch my Huskers whip up on some Wyoming boooootay! GO BIG RED!! So, here is a FREEBIE for you!

I am almost completely "UP AND RUNNING" with my Literacy Work Stations! I will introduce read the room next week. Usually, for Read The Room I use die cuts from my school. I cut out the same seasonal shape (pumpkin, leaf, apple, etc) for the month in: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white, brown, black and white. I always laminate them first, then I can write any words or letters that I want on them. Every month the RTR sheets are in the same color order.

At the beginning of school we have two weeks where we have a color of the day. We work on recognizing that color and reading that color word. The kids bring in pictures of that color. I use these pictures to create our color word posters for our room. I will take a picture and post later. I hang them on the wall in the same order as my RTR sheets. Clear as mud?! LOL! So, head on over to my blog to grab your FREEBIE!

Live Love Laugh

I admit... I don't like to read! (Don't hate!)

That's right.... I am not reader by choice!  My kids of course don't know this!  

However, because of this I encourage my kids to read everywhere instead of just books.  I post these in my library so the kids connect that reading is everywhere!  Some things I post are bills, recipes, and maps!

Stop by to see other great pictures and ideas on how I use them during instruction!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Winner Announced...

Sorry it took me so long to get this announcement made!  It has been a busy day!  Without further delay...the winner of the $15 gift card to Target OR Dollar Tree (winner's choice) is....

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Jody from Camp Kindergarten!!!!!

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I follow your blog!

Camp Kindergarten

September 15, 2011 8:34 PM

Congrats to Jody! 
Jody, please contact me in the next 48 hours and let me know what your choice is so that I can send it your way!!!
Email me at or leave a comment on my blog with your email. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Data Notebooks!

I love data notebooks!   It is a great way for children to show their academic success.  It is also a great way for children to take ownership of their own learning.

Come on over to my blog for your free downloads and get your data notebooks started for student led conferences!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The SECRET to Early Readers

Do you want to have students who are reading and writing early in the school year?  
Come on over to my blog to find out more about the system that I use.

This system has been a SUCCESS for me year after year.  My students always begin to read and write early in the school year.  Come see how your students can feel successful. You will have parents that are proud of their children and administrators will be  impressed when they walk into YOUR classroom full of independent readers and writers!  

Lidia R. Barbosa

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I See Colors (freebie)

I just shared a writing activity with a freebie on my blog.  Stop by and check it out!

Writing With Spaghetti???!!!@@ What?? Yup and a Freebie Too!@

Okay, so I was thinking about what can be straight and curve to form letters, numbers, and shapes and I came up with SPAGHETTI!  Of course, I could never just do anything simple or plain, so I cooked up spaghetti with food dye and oil to make BLUE spaghetti.  How fun is that? 
I just plop a pile on the students' tables on top of a paper towel and they go to work making lines and curves.  We did their names first (I just wrote their names really big on a strip of paper), but then I decided we should review the basic shapes.  I wanted to see if the ones who had difficulty with the various curves and lines in letters would have an easier time with simple shapes and, in doing my research, the answer is YES.  Next time, I will definitely start with simple shapes. 
And then, of course, they can eat whatever is left over.  They have been asking to do this activity again, so I think we will do it for the numbers 1-10!
Here is the page I designed to test out Spaghetti Writing:
Click here to get the FREE Google Doc

Dd or Bb... Bb or Dd? Who knows? Definitely Not Kinders!

Dd or Bb?  Bb or Dd?  Who knows.  Here a fun activity to practice!  FREE!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Kindergarten Buddies!?!?!?!

Does anyone do Buddies with another grade?  I am so excited to be doing Kindergarten - 6th grade buddies with another class!  We have met one time already and the kids worked together to make flags.

This week we will be doing a get to know you activity!

What do you do with your buddies?  Stop by to share!

Shut the front door!

Shut the front door! Shut the back door! Shut the windows!
This weekend I hit 400 followers. That is Ah-May-Zing!!! To think, I just started this little blog May 16th and I am so glad I decided to embrace this journey. Of course, I don't have a lot of free time with all of the blog stalking I do...not to mention Pintrest!J I've just got to give you something. Come by and grab a FREEBIE! J And, if you haven’t participated in my Giveaway, you should because you are already a winner. It’s ok if you don’t have a blog! J Have a great Monday and THANKS for taking time out of your busy lives to see what is going on in Room A8 in Texas! J

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bad Blogger (freebie)

I have not posted in so long!  Head over to my blog to grab my current lesson plan template for free!

Sight Words

So I am making these interactive sight word books with my kids.  I would love for you to sample and leave comments.  Visit link to get your free Sight Word A book.  =)

Have a great week everyone!

Alphabet Power!

So how do you make the letters meaningful and fun?  Here's what I do!

Stop by and see and print yours for free from my TpT store!

Facebook Linky Party

The Lesson Plan Diva is hosting a Facebook Page Linky Party! You can link up HERE

I love blogging! I also have a FB page. I have it set up that all of my blog posts go directly to my FB page, but I also try to post different things. It is really a great way to connect with people! I have found some great blogs via Facebook! You can go "like" my Facebook Page Here
Live Love Laugh Everyday In Kindergarten Facebook Page
Live Love Laugh

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Little Literacy Learners

School is definitely in swing. We are now on to our second round of centers and I think we are finally getting the hang of things. This is our Magnetic Center. Here, students are using their magnetic letters to make word  wall words. Come by and see what else we are doing.

Writer's Workshop

I just posted about our beginning of the year Writer's Workshop!  Please stop by and see what we are up to!

Also, I am having a giveaway!  Check it out!

Revised Number Formation Poems

The Number Formation Poems just got better!

Stop by to get an updated #6 - Around the clock until it ticks, that's the way to make a 6.  Download it from the FREE PREVIEW option in TpT!  (You know get both when you purchase the product.)

Are there any other poems you want added? Just let me know and I can add them!

Also check out my Number Formation Parent Letter.  It tells them the poems as well as ideas they can do at home to help!

Have a great weekend!

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