Friday, December 26, 2014

Jump into January Blog Hop

We have a belated Christmas gift for you!   To make your first week back a little less stressful  we have gotten together with some friends to help you out!

Blog Hop Button

Hop around to grab the no/low prep freebies, and then enter the rafflecopter  to win one of 2 $40 Amazon gift cards at the final stop, The Teaching Tribune!

We are stop six!

Here's our NO prep freebie for PK/K to use your first week back!

If you love this freebie, you can check out the whole pack by clicking the picture below.

We'd like to thank Martha over at Primary Paradise for organizing all of this during her holiday and with a young baby!!!!  
Thank you Martha Lynn!!!!!!!

Now hop on over to the next stop by clicking the button below!
Next Stop

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mark Down Monday #2 Attention PK-K Teachers!

Gobble Gobble # 2!!
Head over to Kelly and Kim's Kindergarten Kreations to hunt for bargains!! Just click here.
We have put our own PK/K Thematic Unit on sale for only $3.00 until Friday the 14th! Click on the picture below to check it out!! It is 58 pages of FUN for the holidays. How can you beat that???
Everything your students need to practice letters, words and numbers during November is included in this unit.

Syllable activity is created for readers and non-readers to be able to complete independently at a center!

This item includes:

matching letters

sorting syllables

initial sounds

counting objects 1-5

color by number


compare and contrast

write the room template for a class book

Word Wall Cards are individual cards with Thanksgiving words and pictures. These cards can be printed for the word wall and again to place in the writing center to use as a reference.Enjoy this linky. Have FUN!!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Markdown Monday

Gobble Gobble!!
Head over to Kelly and Kim's Kindergarten Kreations to hunt for bargains!! Just click here.
We have put our own PK/K Thematic Unit on sale for 50% off until Friday. Click on the picture below to check it out!! It is 58 pages of FUN for only $2.25. How can you beat that???
Enjoy this linky. Have FUN!!!!

Thanksgiving Thematic Unit ~ PK/K

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fairy Tales + FREEBIE!

We love fairy tales! I mean, we LOVE fairy tales!!
     In the last few years, the teaching of fairy tales and nursery rhymes in the public school systems went by the wayside. However, current research is urging teachers to bring them back into the curriculum. Experts agree that nursery rhymes are great for teaching rhyme, rhythm and repetition. Fairy tales teach story elements such as setting, characters, problem-solution and beginning, middle and end (to name a few).
     We use fairy tales with PreKindergarten all the way through third grades. We use fairy tales to teach reading comprehension, math and almost every skill you can think of!   Enjoy the freebie which we have used for first, second and third grade students. (Click here.) There is much more to this freebie if you check out our TPT store. Enjoy and have may you live happily ever after!


Monday, October 6, 2014

More Math Storytelling FUN!!

Hello Everyone!
   We are continuing to have FUN with math! Last week the kiddos were "Five Little Pumpkins" and this week they are having FUN pretending to be the leaves falling off the tree and blowing around. All sorts of problems were posed. After whole group instruction where we acted out problems, we moved into our small group instruction where I could use the problem-solving mats and address each group at their level of instruction.
   As you can see from the picture, this child was ready to write the math sentence.  (I only have one picture to share because my camera battery died.) Other children just made up stories and counted to check their answers and another group made up their stories and I wrote the sentences for them.
   At the end of the week, this will be placed in the Math Center for children to complete independently. The pumpkin problem-solving mats are there now from last week.
   If you missed it, click here for your FREE sample of these storytelling necklaces. The sample is actually of the leaves which we started today.
   Enjoy and see you soon!!

If you are interested in the bundle, click here. I can promise your little ones will have LOTS of FUN!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

We're Back!!

Hello Fun Followers!
   Believe it or not, we are back. With the beginning of school and a huge project to finish, the blog was put on the sidelines.
   It's October. Time for lots of FUN activities in the classroom. The kiddos had FUN today with our math"pumpkin necklaces" (except they decided to use them as masks!) We did the Five Little Pumpkins and the 1st picture shows my 5 "pumpkins". The 2nd picture shows 1 little "pumpkin" who "rolled away" and left 4 "pumpkins". The 3rd picture shows 2 "pumpkins" who "rolled away" and left 3 "pumpkins".
   This lesson will continue all week and we will be adding and subtracting "pumpkins" in every way possible. Do I need to tell you they had FUN??!!
   Click here to get a FREE set of our Fall Storytelling Necklaces. If you are interested in the bundle, click here. I can promise your little ones will have LOTS of FUN!!
    Now, I promise not to "roll out of sight" again for awhile. Stay tuned for more FUN from the little ones!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Linky and a TpT Sale

We are so excited to linkup with Miss DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice for this Wordless Wednesday Bonus Sale Linky!!  and....

TpT is having another Back to School sale today!!!!!
Everything at The Fun Factory will be 20% off with an additional to 10% off when you use the code BOOST!  
Below are some of our newest products.  Click on the pictures to go to the product.

For grades 1-3

For grades PK -K

And Halloween!!

Have fun shopping!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hide and Go Seek TpT Gift Certificates

The Teaching Tribune bloggers have teamed up to bring you amazing freebies and the chance at one of 2 $50 TPT gift certificate as well as a custom door hanger (for a US winner). We will select one US winner and one international winner for the gift certificates!

As you play Hide and Go Seek, you will hop to 20 blogs where you will collect freebies. Hidden in each freebie is a school supply with a price tag. You will need to collect all 20 supplies and add up the price tags. Once you have the sum, then you will enter to win a $50 TPT gift certificate as well as a custom door hanger at the final stop, The Teaching Tribune.

If you are looking for school supplies to fill your backpack,  then you are at the right place! Start by downloading the recording form.

The Fun Factory is the 17th stop as you play Hide and Go Seek! 

Are you ready? Well, what are you waiting for...get seeking! =) 
Now all you need to do is download my freebie and find the school supply! Then you will complete a circle with the other bloggers to collect their freebies and school supplies. 

Click the Find my freebie button.

Back To School Scrambled Sentences- Sentences use sight words and new school vocabulary. Each set is color-coded for easy center management. To see the complete first grade literacy unit click here.

You can complete the loop by starting at the first blog or continue on by visiting the next stop. Either way, you will make a complete loop to all the blogs, freebies, supplies, and final prize!
Don't forget to become a follower of our blogs as you continue on. You never know what we will be doing next! 
Just click either picture below to continue Hide and Go Seek!

Or you can choose to start at the beginning by clicking below…

Make sure you make it to the final stop at The Teaching Tribune to enter to win!

We would like to thank Samantha (Ms. Smarty Pants) for organizing this blog hop for us!

Graphics by

  Thistle Girl Designs

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Good Bye July, Aloha August

Can it be possible???  July is nearly over???
I have teamed up with 40 fabulous stores for...
This is a FABULOUS 4 day event that is full of sweet deals, savings and 4 amazing giveaways!
Here's a peek at what you are being treated to...

Each day a new 'deal' will be posted by the 40 participating stores! 
Be sure to visit their Facebook, Instagram and/or Pinterest accounts to find the daily deals and codes you will use in the TPT search engine to find the sweet deals!

(you can also find the codes on the pictures at the bottom of this post)

In addition, you can find the links to all the participating stores well as 4 rafflecopters!
That is right...4 rafflecopters!
Each rafflecopter is for a $50 TPT gift certificate!
Think of all the wonderful resources you could score with that...and just in time for Back To School!
Please visit each rafflecopter and enter!
Each one will generate a winner- and yes- you can win more than 1!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here is a clickable list of all the participating stores!

Be sure to come by and visit our social media sites each day for these reminder posts:

 Enjoy the deals, samples and good luck on the giveaway!
And most importantly, we all send our best wishes for a successful school year!

We would like to give Jennifer Drake a big THANK YOU for organizing all of this and us!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back To School Blowout Sale 

 I am so excited to announce that is having a HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and we are going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! From July 30 - August 2 (Wednesday - Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF! There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year!

Take a peek into what is on sale! Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK-8th grade!

Preschool Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 72% OFF


   Research shows that multisensory exploration-based activities are best for brain development. Using a sand/water or “sensory” table encourages higher-level thinking and problem-solving skills, naturally scaffolds learning, builds vocabulary, improves strength in small motor muscles, and allows for exploration, observation and discovery. These are just a few of the many reasons to use a sand/water table!!
   Here are some ways to use a Sand and Water table in your room with connections to core objectives.
Letter Identification
Students go "fishing" for letters.
Science Thematic Vocabulary
Students match "hidden" letters with printed vocabulary words.

Science Life Cycles
Students reenact the life cycle of pumpkins.

Sound-Symbol Correspondence
Students match letters they have "fished" for to an alphabet chart.