Monday, December 30, 2013

Ultimate Morning Meeting Calendar - Part 2 NOW READY!!!!

This file started out as a morning calendar file with your usual weather, days in school, days and months, etc.. but has grown to basically be everything you could imagine! No worries about not having a substitute file prepared.......Your sub could conduct the entire day using this file alone! 

This file includes:

*EASY to navigate menu boards
*Jan.-May calendars (including days/months with songs, weather, days in school, special calendar icons)
*Number of the day
*Math Pages (including shapes, patterns, counting, addition, subtraction, subitizing)
*Phonics (including alphabet chart with links to letter games) and beginning/ending sound game
*Phonological Awareness (including rhyming, phoneme segmentation, and syllables)
*Vocabulary (includes 72 different words with linking videos)
*Surveys (includes 6 surveys)
*Comprehension (includes fun Bloom's Taxonomy Game with great starter questions)
*Storybooks (includes 18 stories linked to an online reading)
*Rainbow Words (includes a sight word system that introduces your students to 72 different sight words)
*Review Page - Fun "Tickets out the Door" Daily Review 

Check these out HERE!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

In just a few short hours it will be Christmas and I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year! With all the craziness that comes with the holiday season, it's always good to slow down and focus on what the true reason for the season is............Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!!!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

January Homework Packet now Ready!!!

My students just love doing their homework. Sounds crazy, huh? It's true! You know I have about 85% completion rate each week of students that do their homework each night and return their folders to me on Friday. I really have to attribute it to these homework packets. They're fun for the kids and the parents love how easy they are to follow. January's is now available.......
                                                                  Check it out HERE!

Verb Rap Video

I love it when I stumble upon a video that ROCKS and this one definitely rocks! It's catchy, the students can get up and move, and most importantly, it teaches my objective. I guarantee if you play this a few times, all of your students will know that a verb is a word, it's an action word!!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Freebie Friday!!

Need something new in your word work center? These pages are perfect to use with cookie sheets and letter magnets or just letter tiles if you don't want to use cookie sheets or even dry erase markers. Hoping everyone has a Merry Christmas!! Get this freebie HERE!!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Teacher Gifts

Here's some fun teacher gifts that I've made. I made these little Oreo elf shoes for a secret pal.

I made this "box of sunshine" for my co-teacher for her birthday. It was fun to make, but hunting down only yellow things that the receiver likes can be a little challenging! lol

Monday, December 16, 2013

Ticket Out the Door

I've seen a lot of different versions of this idea of having students write or draw something that stuck with them today. This is a great way to review at the end of the day and for students to have things fresh on their mind because you know when parents pick them up and ask them what they learned today, they ALWAYS reply "I don't know" or "Nothing"! I just give them an index card,...oh wait..I mean a "ticket" for them to complete before they leave (get out the door). It's fun, they like it and I really enjoy looking at their tckets to see what each student found interesting or memorable.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Classroom Management Magic

Have you ever seen these little guys at the Dollar Tree? Well, pick some up because they work like magic!!! If my students are at their table completing a project of some sort and the noise level raises and raises....all I have to do is grab one of these and simply walk around their tables....INSTANT Silence!! Love it..You have to try it. Of course it may take a few times because you have to really play it up at first, saying something like "Let's see if I can find any table good enough, quiet enough, working hard enough that deserves to win a trophy cone today. Everyone will see it sitting on their table and know who's been working the best." (I have 4 on hand, but usually only give 1 out, sometimes 2.)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Teacher Evaluation

This week has taken my focus to my observation that my principal will be in on Thursday for. We are currently using the Tulsa Model TLE (Teacher and Leader Effectiveness) This model uses 20 indicators in the evaluation and it has been my goal to have several (well, at least examples/artifacts for each of the 20 indicators. OK....Listen up! Here's some words of wisdom!!! Don't wait and do it all at one time! I had even made myself some cover sheets for each indicator in which I've stuck post it notes on as I've done something that I've felt has related to the indicator, but going back and writing it now and trying to find pictures or copies of work....HA! What a chore! SO.........(note to self) Next year, as I do something, I will document it, copy any student work for examples, take any pictures of relevancy and place in TLE binder immediately. Sounds like a plan! Here's just a few of my many pages.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Freebie Friday!

My students love this fun activity! I love that it's 2 skills in 1!!! (I added velcro dots for the "stamps")

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ABC Order - All in how you look at it:)

I was grading homework folders today and saw how this one little Kinder put her words in ABC order. This is great.....not what I intended; however, totally correct and acceptable for me:)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Small Group Organization

I've finally got my small groups all squared away and drawers labeled for their daily materials. I feel so much better organized!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mystery Walker - Classroom Management

This is the first year I have done a "mystery walker" and wow! I love it and so do the students! All of my students have a number, so I just put numbers on my chips. Anyway, as you're lining up for transitions out of the room, you grab a number (after I give my box a shake to catch their attention lol) and stick it in your pocket. No one knows (except you) who the "mystery walker" is so everyone must be doing their best job to "win". If the student drawn did excellent in the hallway and line, then they receive some reward. In my class, they get to move their number up on the behavior clip-chart.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Reindeer Fun

Today my class started our study on reindeer. I started with a concept map and took in all of what they already "know" about reindeer. Let me tell times. Most were about how they all fly and land on rooftops, etc..... One student said "they have things on the bottom of their feet". Another raise her hand and said "I know, they're called horseshoes". Another said, "No, they're reindeer shoes". Finally, one of my quietest little girls raised her hand and said, "Mrs. Aguilar what I think they're trying to say is HOOVES"!  I made a reindeer write the room that has been fun too. Want it free?? OK!! Also, check our my store before Cyber Monday is over!!!! Good sale going on!

Sunday, December 1, 2013


I've decided to join the trend and offer a Cyber Monday sale! I'm offering my monthly homework packets (which are normally $2/each) all bundled together (4 months) for only $4. This is just until Dec.3, so don't wait too long!

Count the Room - Christmas Style

I've just completed Unit 2 in our math curriculum, which focused on numbers sense 11-20. I was really wanting some form of informal assessment, so I made up this fun math center activity - Count the Room. Check it out!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Christmas Freebie!!

How about a fun vowel game to kick off the Christmas season? Students can use bingo daubers to find the vowels on Santa and daub them.

Basic alphabet knowledge

I don't know about you, but I continue to have just a handful of students that struggle with alphabet knowledge. We have been using the STAR assessment and they are low in areas like alphabet sequence, visual discrimination, and letter names and sounds. Well, I've spent my Thanksgiving break making some fun Christmas themed activities that focus specifically on these skills.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Freebie Friday!!

Want a FUN and EASY way to build up your classroom library collection? I've created a Christmas countdown project in which our class opens up a wrapped children's book each day in the month of December until Christmas. The students love it and I love getting more books for my classroom!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Want to sell on TeachersPayTeachers?

Have you ever thought about selling products on Teachers Pay Teachers? I must say that I was intimidated at first, but now feel pretty confident and REALLY enjoy the extra income! lol  Well, I suggest you give it a try.....You can use this link to sign up to sell (it's free!)...

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sight Word Watches

So right now my students' favorite word work tub is the sight word watches. They love them! They color and cut them out and I tape them on for them and occasionally ask them what time it is. They will reply "play" time or "go" time or whatever word they are wearing. Get yours today!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

November Homework Packet

The November homework packet is now complete! It's been so nice having the Common Core standard listed on each night's assignment so that I can view which standard a student is struggling with. Check it out!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

You Tube Tuesday

I LOVE fall!!! We begin our units on bats and spiders and all the fun Halloween type centers and books that go along with it! One of my absolute favorites to read is Stellaluna and Pamela Reed does an excellent job reading it! Check it out.........

Saturday, October 12, 2013

TPT hit 100, 000 likes!!

TeachersPayTeachers have issued an extra 10% off until 10/14, using the promo code: FB100K.........So, I've decided to repost my blow-out sale, giving you everything in my entire store (26 products) for the low price of $15.00! You can't pass this up!!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Freebie Friday!!

How about a fun candy corn numeral, word, dot matching game. You can copy the different pages on different colors of paper to look like candy corn.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Love Rainbow Words!

I've just finished putting together all of the aspects to my "Rainbow Words" program that I use for teaching sight words. I love it and my students love it! Check it out!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Need an October Homework Packet??

This was created using the Kindergarten Common Core State Standards, but would be great for enriched Pre-K or 1st grade Intervention.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Subitizing Dot Bowls

Why not practice subitizing and counting objects in one activity? I simply daubed round dot cards and taped them in the bottom of Styrofoam bowls.  My students quickly recognize the dot pattern, say the amount, and then count out that many counters to place in the bowl. Super easy activity to put together and good practice for them.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Number Words

Created this little math activity to stick in a math tub. I need some ways to reinforce number words and the kiddos love using the clothespins and matching them to the numeral. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Daily Five

This is the first year that I've attempted to incorporate the Daily Five into my Kindergarten class. Boy howdy......does it ever take some patience on your part!! lol   It probably doesn't help that I have 29 students in my class either!  Well today we finally made it up to a solid three minutes of Read to Self. (It's day 12) I've also been slowly introducing some CAFE strategies.  We did "Check for Understanding" earlier this week and I really played up the part of "Check-in Charlie" and how he will stop you occasionally because he needs you to check in with him. They loved their bookmarks and can easily recall this strategy!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

YouTube Tuesday

So I'm a day late..sorry. I just had to share one of my most favorite videos for teaching story elements... I just love teacher tipster!!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

My Teacher Stool

I found this old stool at a yard sale for $5.....bought some paint, stencil, and some BLING BLING.........and now I love it! Just a few pointers....Don't use spray paint with a stencil, use a paint brush specifically for stenciling. I used a black paint pen to basically draw all the areas where the paint did not go on right. I used super glue for the sequin rhinestone things and they seem to be on really good.

Scrunchy Border

So I really like how this border technique turned out! It was super easy to do. I cut strips of that colored butcher paper we all have down in the workroom into about 3 1/2 inch strips. (cut several strips together to save you time). Then I accordion folded the strips back and forth. (once again several strips together to save time). Next, you simply wad it up into balls (not crazy tight) and then open some to begin just stapling it on your board randomly, giving it some fullness.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Lesson Plans

Lesson plans done for the week. I just love using It is really easy to use and I just learned that I can collaborate with my co-teacher and share lessons on it! Another cool feature is that it has the option of adding common core standards to your lesson....just click on the ones you want! Anyway, I love it and it's only $12/year!!

Friday, September 6, 2013

File Cabinet Make-over

Boring old file cabinet receives some much needed sprucing up! Some scrapbook paper and Mod Podge is all you need and no damage at all to the file cabinet. It peels right off if you need it to.

Write the Room

Do you guys do many "Write the Room" activities in your classroom? My class just loves them and once they've learned how to do it, I can easily change out the theme and they think it's a whole new game. (with little preparation on my part!) Here's a whole years worth of Write the Room printables! Check it out!

Too Much Fun!

 Seriously, have you guys played around with Tagxedo? 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Mission Organization

My goal was to organize my classroom closet and I think I'm just about there!!!


The Best Co-Teacher Ever

In case you didn't know......I have the best co-teacher ever! She really keeps me going. Whether it be encouragement, inspiration, or chocolate!! Look what she made me to start our year!