Its almost February which means lots of fun classroom celebrations.  I'm missing out on the fun 100th day and Valentines Day parties, so I created a unit for Valentines day to help you all celebrate with your kiddos.

I hope you will go check it out! If you download the preview in my TPT store you can grab the Heart graphic organizer and acrostic poem for FREE!!

Here are just a few of the math activities included:
A number sense practice booklet.

A number sense center activity and response sheet.
A graphing activity.

And here are just a few of the literacy activities that are included as well.
An emergent reader.

 Writing Paper

You can get 6 writing pages for FREE here!

I hope you enjoy and would love to hear your feedback before I work on my next thematic unit. 

This time of year I am usually teaching addition and  to my kindergartners.  I always seem to have kiddos that just get the concept right away and before I know it they are adding two digit numbers! But there are always a few that just don't seem to understand the concept as well. In order to differentiate for this range of abilities I have some of my favorite math apps to share with you... 

1. Operation Math
This app is a favorite especially with my boys.  It is actually very simple and the kids are simply solving equations to unlock a safe.  It is timed to help students build fluency.  The more they answer correctly the more they advance to harder missions with more difficult equations.  There are options for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as easy medium and hard levels for each.  The graphics and sound effects make it fun, while it is actually quite a simple app with the main focus on practicing skills.

2. Math Blaster Hyperblast
  This app is a lot of fun and good practice at the same time.   It does involve "shooting" monsters so make sure that it isn't going to be a problem for your classroom, but it isn't necessarily overly violent.  Students solve problems to blast through enemies which makes solving equations over and over a little less monotonous.  I like that there are choices for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division again and also combined practice which can be challenging as well.

3. Top It This app is a great way for students to practice addition and comparing numbers with a partner.  It is basically an app version of the popular center game. Players take turns drawing cards, finding the sum and then comparing to find out who has the greater sum. There is also a subtraction version available.

I'd love to hear what apps you love to use for math in your classroom.  Leave a comment below to share your ideas!

Happy new year! Wow, has it really been 2 whole months since I have posted anything?!?

SO much has happened in that time. Most importantly, and the reason I've been MIA for quite a while... our baby girl was born!!  Excuse my non teaching related post, but I just have to post some pictures of our sweet little girl.

Here she is Madelynn Mae. Born 11/20/13, 7lbs 7oz.

Ahhh...I'm so in love with her. She had a bit of a rough first few days with a tongue tie needing to be snipped and after being home less than 24 hours, a trip to children's hospital with jaundice. Luckily she had these cute little glasses on that helped put a smile on this emotional mommies face.

Here is our first picture together as a family after we finally made it home :)

And this is her room with a gorgeous tree that a very talented friend of mine painted for me.

Okay a few more... Here are some of the professional newborn pictures we had taken.

And her one month old picture *tear* I cant believe how fast time is going...

Okay  just one last picture of our family with our sweet dog Kevlar that has been such a good big sister :)

If you've made it this far thanks for bearing with my gushing over our little Madelynn.  I promise to return soon with more teaching related posts as long as I'm not too sleep deprived!

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