Friday, November 30, 2012

Leibster Award

Leibster Award

Thanks to Katie over at A Basket Full of Apples for the nomination. 
The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It’s to show that new bloggers are appreciated and help spread the word about our little pieces of cyberspace.

Here are the rules:
1. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
4. Choose 11 other blogs with fewer than 200 followers to nominate and link them in your post.
5. You cannot “tag back” the other blog, but leave a comment on this post with the URL of your Liebster post so I can learn more about you & see who you nominate.
11 Random things about Angie K from Making The Basics Fun

1.  I like love chocolate.

2.  I've taught every grade K-8 except for 2nd.
3.  I love to cook but hate to do dishes.
4.  I love techy stuff but am horribly stupid when it comes to figuring it all out.
5.  I hate shopping and love being outside.
6.  I just got my passport and hope to be using it soon.
7.  I'd like to learn how to water ski.
8.  I love snowmobiling.
9.  I have a great family.  Yah, I know, so do you.  Aren't we blessed?
10. I'm hopping for an ipad of my very own for Christmas... then I wouldn't have to share with everyone else in my family.
11. The only TV I watch are cooking shows.  Yummy. 

So here are my questions from Katie: 
1. What is your favorite place to travel to?
Walmart.  Oh, I am so kidding.  Anywhere I've never been.  I love going to new places
2. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not at school?
Be with my children. 
3. What is your favorite blog to follow?
What About Second Breakfast for personal stuff and  for school stuff I'm diggin' Technology Tailgate . 
4. What is your favorite thing to do with your class?
Discover new things.  Like when we made Mento and Coke Rockets this Fall.  So fun.
5. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Oh, Holly Night..... It says it all for me.
6. What is your advice for a new teacher?
Observe and pick the brain of those "Super Star" teachers around you.  They will help you through anything and make it a great experience.  And.... stay positive.
7. What is your favorite site to get cute clipart?
8. What is your favorite children's book?
Ohhhhh,  hard one..... Either Donna O'Neeshuck Was Chased by Some Cows   or Zoomer by Ned Young  or anything by Robert Munsch
9. What is your favorite grown up book?
The Red Tent
10. What is your favorite food treat?
Mexican, or Mexican or Mexican... extra melty cheese please. 
11. What is your best accomplishment?
Personal:  My family relationships
Professional:  Distinguished Educator Award 2011, (Given to me by a former student, making it all the more wonderful)
Blogs I am nominating (Very cool blogs everyone!!):
Here are MY Questions for All of YOU:
1.  Who was your favorite teacher growing up?
2.  If you could trade places with one person for a day who would it be?
3. What is your favorite condiment?
4.  If you could yell anything from the mountain top what would it be?
5. Share one of your blogging goals for the new year.
6.  What is a favorite educational app, youtube video or web resource?
7.  Salt or sugar?  What do you crave?
8.  Favorite Holiday Tradition?
9.  Camp, Cruise or Roadtrip?  What kind of vacation would you pick?
10. What is your favorite classroom tool?
11.  Who would you like to say "Thank You" to?
Happy Blogging!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Things I'm Thankful For Poem

This is a cute little poem I wrote to give students a venue to think about the things they are thankful for and a way to send something home to hang on the fridge during this time of year.  Students write the things they are thankful for in the blanks and then draw their family down below.  (Hey, did I just hear you say, "Ahhhh, cute"? Wow, this interactive stuff is getting better all the time.)  I hope you enjoy the poem and the experience of reflecting on what we are thankful for during this time and throughout the year.
Credit:  The cute little boarder is from Krista Wallden and the font called "Hiccups" is from Kevin and Amanda

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cupcake Letter Find

Letter identification can be tricky for some students.  They just need more, more, more of what we call "exposure".  So how do you turn the mundane into fun? 
Team up with the cupcake craze that is still going strong.  I'm mean really those cupcakes do look delicious and they're so small and cute. 
I've created  Cupcake Letter Find game to help struggling students find fun in learning those letter.  Hope your students love it as much as mine.  But wait, there is a catch.  You might find a fly in your cupcake.  Icky, but fun.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monster Number Sense

October is a favorite time of year for kids.  Monsters and pumpkins are in the air.  The routines of school are becoming more solidified and some real skill building is starting to take place.  In the world of the Kindergartner, writing and understanding numbers in their teens is "monstrous"...(pun intended). 
My students have enjoyed these easy worksheet activities at station time.  You could also use them for warm-up work or to go along with a lesson in number sense. 
Once one of them has been modeled and used students can easy duplicate the results for other numbers. 
Monster Number Sense
Enjoy these activities and the rest of this season. 
As mentioned in the previous post the Harry Kindergarten "Numbers In Their Teens".  Is a must for kids.  Where was this song 20 years ago?  It is a must have. 
Another extention idea for a station is making your own monster.  It doesn't have to be fancy, just fun.  Monster 14. His name?  "Big Eyes"  Humm, I wonder where he got that name?


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Favorite Instructional Videos

Youtube.  Such a great place to find engaging content.  But be careful.  Don't go searching for stuff on the spur of the moment, show it, and then find out that, "Yikers" that was not what I thought I was going to show.  I don't even take the chance with the advertisements or surrounding content. 
Tip:  Find the video(make your own account to store it), load it, enlarge it and then play it. 
Top 5 Instructional YouTube Videos:
Vowel Bat - Harry Kindergarten.  So cute.  I'll post later to tell all the activities we do around this video.
Numbers in Their Teens - Harry Kindergarten.  Within the first few weeks all of the students are writing their teen numbers correctly.  (Do I hear bands of angels singing?  Indeed!!)
Days of the Week Rap Back- Jack Hartmann.  This guy knows how to get a kid's attention.  What a refreshing Days Of The Week song. 
Over the Hump and Jump- (Counting transition numbers like 19-20).  Harry Kindergarten.  Ummm... Can I get enough Harry Kindergarten... No Way!! Love this  song.  What a fun way to get up and get moving.  We hate sitting and this does the trick. 
I Can Count To 100 A counting song by Mark D. Pencil.  Another Harry Kindergarten Special.  I have to admit, I do this one near the end of the day or if we need some energy.  For some reason it puts me on edge a bit but they capital LOVE, love it.  Plus, what a great way for those who need to practice counting to get their practice in while all the others that do count to 100 enjoy this song.
Bonus #6
Ugg.  That's 5.  But I have one more for you. 
Super "e"!!!!!!!!  Harry Kindergarten.  This is so fun.  I'll post all the activities we do with this song as well.  What a great way to introduce the silent "e" concept. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Favorite YouTube Videos For Classroom Management

There are simply a jagillion videos on YouTube and it's really hard to find the one that will suite a teacher's classroom management needs. Here are my top 5 Classroom Management videos I use in the classroom. First a foremost I could not get through a day without a little Harry Kindergarten.

I've embedded one for you to get a taste. Just a heads up, the videos that display after this are not necessarily appropriate for a classroom. I'm not going to click on it no matter how much my students beg. You just never know. As always with YouTube or any other site on the internet review first and proceed with caution.

Harry Kindergarten - Clean Up Robot
Harry Kindergarten- It's Time To Clean Up
Harry Kindergarten- Come To The Carpet
Harry Kindergarten - Criss-Cross Applesauce
Harry Kindergarten - If You're A Kid

"The Times, They Are A' Changin'".

"The Times, They Are A' Changin'".  Many of us Bloggers are stepping out of our text and pic world into the semi-scary world of video. 
I went onto YouTube to see if I could find a video on how to make and publish a video onto YouTube and then embed it into my blog.
After a bit of searching I found these two videos  How To Make A YouTube Video Part 1 and Part 2 .  I hope you find them as useful as I did.  Now if you'll pardon me I've got a YouTube video to produce. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

App Review- Reading Raven

Reading Raven, 3.99. Was it worth it? Yep. For one thing my own kids love it and have practiced their phonics and reading fluency skills with this entertaining and educational app. It starts simply with Lesson 1 matching lower case to lower case letters rewards with providing the sound and picture to the letter and correct letter formation. It moves into matching letters to sounds and then the best part... "You get a sticker!" In Lesson 3 children are reading words and recording themselves as they read. May I say they L-o-v-e, love this. In the final lesson they work on sight words and more letter sounds. Great App.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sticky Stuff Gone Wild

Do you hate those bottles of glue as much as I do?  Yah, they're good a few times and then.... Yucky.  They stick, they clog, they complicate my life to no end.  Anyone know of a good way to manage these little buggers? 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

First Day of School Poem and Craft

I needed a nice little poem for the Kgraders to bring home on the first day of school.  You know the kind that rips a parent's heart out.  Well when I wrote it I bawled so if you shed a bit of a tear don't be surprised. 
I will print one for each student on card stock and then have paint their hand and place a print on the paper.  Tada.  A very special take home for the first day of school.  Hope you enjoy.  Angie K

Friday, August 10, 2012

App Review Friday
-Futaba Classroom Games I can't wait to try this our in my classroom. Use the premade games or make your own with only a few minutes of prep. Up to four children can play at a time making this a great game for a small group and allows you differentiate the games according to student needs. One group can be matching upper to lower case letters while another group can be mathching shapes to their names.

Here's the direct link to the Apple App Store start the year I'm setting up a game to match upper-case letters to lower-case letters. We'll go from there.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Before School Open House = Fun

At my school we do a little Kindergarten Open House before the first day of school.  We send out little invitations and get ready for a great time to meet the children and their families.
Here's one you can modify.  We let them bring their supplies so that we can get them organized before the first day.

When they get to the Open House we take their picture so we can make a big poster with our class chant on it for our bulletin board at the front of the room.  They have something that shows their beautiful face the first day of school. 

They also go on a little "Treasure Hunt" around the room to get familiar with their surroundings.  Here is the their task sheet for when they come in: Welcome To Kindergarten

Before they leave we also like to get  parent volunteer sign ups for the year.  We will have another All School Open House a few weeks into the year to complete the sign up process but this helps to get things started.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Hurry, Get on over to Teaching  You may have a chance to win something cool.

Also I loved this part of her blog... Check out the Fall Poems

Kindergarten Should Be Fun (24 Page Freebie)

One of the first skills taught in Kindergarten is naming colors. Well most kids already know how to do this so now what? Here is a game I created that differentiates some of those skills. There are 3 great games here. Here is the overview found in the game: Game 1 Spin, Count, and Write a Color , is for advanced learners or for later on in the kindergarten year. Students spin, count the number of letters, and then write the color word on theappropriate graph. The “graphs” are provided in color to be laminated and used over and over or in black and white for students to complete and turn in for teacher evaluation. Game 2, Spin a Matching Color Word and Game 3 Spin a Matching Color, are similar. Game 2 focuses on color words while Game 3 teaches color identification. Students spin and cover their board with a marker you provide. Five in a row wins. Students can play in small groups or individually. 6 cards are provided for each game. Assessment and Bookmark Bonus: Use the Match a Color page to asses student learning. If they do well they can play the next game in the series or they are “rewarded” with the bookmark when shown they know their color words.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Welcome to "Making The Basics Fun". It is my belief that even the most basic of tasks, skills, and routines can be jazzed up and made fun. Much of it has to do with being filled with joy and being willing to step outside ones self and share the joy. This comes in so many venues I'm sure I will never run out of things to share. For now here is a quote