Sunday, December 1, 2013

Great News and a Giveaway!

I found out the best news last week! You know when you work so hard for something and you want it so badly...well, my hard work paid off! I logged in to my account to this message...

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Ecstatic is an understatement! I wasn't expecting to certify my first time but I am so glad that I did. I have my portfolio tucked away and won't have to look at it for a long, long time :) I learned so much about my practice and have become an even more reflective teacher due to the process. I encourage any teacher to pursue National Board Certification, the hard is so worth it! 

I always want to tell you about something that has been a total game-changer in my classroom. As early childhood teachers we have SO much to teach...foundational literacy and numeracy, vocabulary acquisition, oral language development, social emotional skills..so much that it can be overwhelming! Most of my students entered my classroom knowing zero letters or numbers, didn't know colors, and couldn't recognize their own names. I sure had my work cut out for me! At our school we follow a Letter of the Week curriculum and for the first few weeks our mastery for the letter was around 80%...pretty good but I wanted 100%! I wanted to give my students more exposure to letters in an interactive way. Thus, my Interactive Alphabet was born. I started just making them for my classroom use but once I saw how effective it was for my students, I just had to share! Each letter has an interactive book and an 8-10 minute audio file. Students just follow along with me as we learn all about the alphabet! Since implementing this Interactive Alphabet Listening Center we have been at a solid 100% mastery for the letter of the week! I have the Letter Aa Interactive Book for FREE in my TpT shop so you can check it out and see if you like it. Click the image below to check it out on TpT :)


You can purchase each letter individually for $3 or you can save over 25% and buy the bundle! The bundle includes nearly 4 hours of audio by yours truly and an interactive book for each letter. I think that's quite a steal!
I would love to give the bundle away to one of you!
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Don't forget about the TpT Cyber Monday and Tuesday sale! Enter the code "cyber" at checkout and get up to 28% off your purchase! My entire store is 20% off so start filling up your cart :) 

70 comments:

  1. I love the book "How Santa Got His Job" it's so funny

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  2. I love "The Night Before Christmas." It is a classic!

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  3. I have to go with The Polar Express. I watch it with my class each year and each year I cry at the end and have to turn away from my class to hide the tears!

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  4. I am excited for Turkey Claus this year!

    Cathy I.
    mrsirwinsclass@gmail.com

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  5. The Mighty Santa Fe. (A different holiday train book.

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  6. My favorite book is about teaching responsibility:
    My Penguin Osbert by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
    It as an excellent mentor text that can be used to teach voice, letter writing, and so much more!

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  7. ABSOLUTE favorite book for the past 26 years of teaching kindergarten is "Polar Express"...

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  8. Polar express... No question about it!

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  9. The Night Before Christmas is my favorite! Amber ~ Kindergarten Rocks Blog 5krocksblog@gmail.com

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  10. The mitten. :)
    lorepuckett at verizon dot net

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  11. Llama Llama Holiday Drama :)

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  12. My favorite Christmas book is The Polar Express! Loved it before it was a movie and will always love it :-)

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  13. Santa's Stuck is a favorite with my kiddos! :)

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  14. So many favorites, but this time of year it is Polar Express.

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    1. I have a zillion favorites, but I guess it would be a tie between Polar Express and The Mitten. Love them both.

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  15. i love Olive the Other Reindeer!

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  16. One of my parents gifted me "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow," I've never read that book and when I did, the ending was such a cute surprise! It's a new favorite!

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  17. The Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow shyrayoung@yahoo.com

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  18. I love all the Gingerbread stories, but I adore the Gingerbread Girl!
    www.kimmieskindergarten.blogspot.com

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  19. My favorite book: The Polar Express

    Congratulations on National Board Certification. Enjoy your accomplishment! :-)
    I renewed this year. Believe it or not, you need to start collecting NOW for recertification.

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  20. The Polar Express. I have 50+ holiday books...but reading that story aloud always makes me cry.

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  21. Night Before Christmas.
    Congrats on the certification!!!!

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  22. A Very Marley Christmas! Those Marley books get the kids laughing EVERY time...on almost EVERY page! :-)

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  23. The Polar Express congratulations

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  24. I love Pete The Cat Saves Christmas because the message is so good!

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  25. polar express

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  26. Love Pete the Cat Saves Christmas!

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  27. Love any version of the Christmas Story!!

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  28. I like "The Christmas Crocodile" the best

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  29. I don't have many listening center books so this would be a fantastic addition to that center! Thank you.

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  30. Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini is one of my favorite books to read around Christmas!

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  32. Thank you so much for your hard work!!! These are wonderful. My favorite Christmas book is The Crippled Lamb:)

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  33. I love the book Santa's New Suit. kindercards@gmail.com

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  34. The Polar Express is still a favorite in the classroom! And that bundle would be amazing in my resource room.

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  35. The polar Express..

    Btw,
    Great giveaway / contest.
    I hope I can have similar giveaway like this too.
    Hope everyone enjoy it. Good luck.

    Regards,
    Ardamus

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  36. The Polar Express!!
    foxysexyroxy10@gmail.com

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  37. The Polar Express

    vheydenreich@yahoo.com

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  38. I love Jan Brett's Christmas books. We read The Night Before Christmas today!

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  39. My favorite is the Gingerbread Baby.

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  40. I just saw these interactive books on Pinterest the other day....l-o-v-e! My new favorite book is Pete the Cat Saves Christmas. I started out the year with a "Pete the Cat" theme so my students adore him :)

    Stephanie Ann
    Sparkling in Kindergarten

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