Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ready Or Not, Here We Come, Tennessee!


Look at who will be in Tenn. Nov. 2-3:

Click the photo to read all about the conference. Then, click the red tab to register!

Your day will begin with Shari Sloane
Shari Sloane

Her keynote, "Every Day's An Adventure" where Shari will share some of her more amusing experiences in her kindergarten classroom over the past 30 years.

Then, chose from an amazing list of sessions from Katie Mense's "I'm Done With Centers. Now, what?" to...
Katie Mense














... Leanna Wolkis Goldstein's "Guiding Young Readers to Independence."
Jessica Searfoss will show you how to "Differentiate your ELA Centers For Your ELL Students" and Palma Lindsay (that's me) will show you how much fun it is to teach foundational skills through nursery rhymes with "Mother Goose On The Loose!"
Jessica Searfoss
Palma Lindsay


And Shari Sloane will present on Sight Words, Intervention, & Fluency!


Are you looking for some new Math ideas? 


Then, There is Day 2!

Start your day with Palma Lindsay's keynote "Ingredients For Success" where you will be inspired to make this your best year EVER!

The day ahead is filled with Make & Takes and regular workshops like these:

Adam Peterson



Plus so many more!





Saturday, July 29, 2017

Are You Ready To Win A $50 GC and... (wait for it)

Start Your New School Year Right: 

Well, I have just the thing that can change your life! 

This was me:

I needed a Super Hero!



I started using ESGI in my kindergarten classroom in 2008 and I immediately gained:
1.  Instant data on EVERY student's skill level.
2.  User-friendly reports for parents & admins.
3.  Students who begged to be tested! Really! :)
to get started!

And, if you sign up for a FREE 60-day trial (no credit card required), you also automatically qualify for $40 off of your 1st year, but you must enter the code:  KFUN 

AND:
Start your FREE trial 
and you will be automatically entered to win 
one of 10 Amazon Gift Cards!

So, let's get started:
and sign up for your FREE trial.
Remember to enter the code KFUN.

Then, enter the names of your students, 
their gender, & home language. 
(YES, ESGI will generate a letter for your parents in English or Spanish!)




What, You Aren't Using ESGI Yet?
You will love all of the built-in tests available on ESGI's website...

...but if you need to use specific assessments, just reproduce them using ESGI's built-in test builder. You can create your own unique tests! They even have built-in fonts and graphics to help you. Visit their site and check out their video tutorials and see how easy it is!

Let's Get To Testing:

Your students will beg you to test them so they can watch their data circles fill up and turn green! 
You can test on a desktop, a laptop, or even an iPad. 

My in-coming students LOVED testing with ESGI.
The teacher asks the question seen on the screen and then clicks "yes" or "no" based on the student's answer. Easy, breezy, lemon squeezy!


And Then There Is The Data:

Incredible data on each and every skill tested.


This is why I LOVE the bar graphs:
If you click on the grey part you see the names of the students who did not get that question correct! Can you spell RTI??? There it is for you!

ESGI also tracks each individual student's progress. The grey circles turn green as each student masters the skills on each test. Your students LOVE to see their circles turn green, so they will often beg you to test them! 


Click the chart for more info. 

Then, There Are The Flashcards:

Individualized flashcards for each student!
I called them "skill cards" because I stored each child's cards in a sandwich-sized ziplock bag to use as a reference as to which skills each child needed to work on. 

And Then, There Are The Parent Letters:

These are so much better than any report card, so I just stapled the parent letter to the front of the report card because it was easier to understand. 
They come in English or Spanish!
And there is so much more!
If your school or district decides to provide this for multiple teachers, there are even more discounts. Get started with the code KFUN, and contact ESGI for further multi-teacher discounts. 
CLICK HERE to get started!

ESGI saved me so much time, I was able to actually go home and take a break!
Start your FREE trial and you will be automatically entered to win one of 10 Amazon Gift Cards!







Sunday, July 2, 2017

Catch Me, If You Can In Vegas or On Facebook Live!

& Turn EVERY Child Into A Writer!

I'm so excited to be coming to you LIVE from the ESGI booth in Las Vegas! But wait, there is more...

For anyone who can't attend SDE's "I Teach K!" conference, you can catch my mini session live on Facebook! 
I'll be going live at 4:40 PM 
on Tuesday, July 11. 
So, tune in and find out how you can 
make writing FUN and easy for your
kindergarten and struggling 1st grade students!


I'll also be presenting all day on 
Wednesday, July 12
and 
Thursday, July 13
at SDE's I Teach K!
So catch me, if you can, at one of my sessions:
You can register by CLICKING HERE.

July 12:
9:00 AM-  Bring Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your K     
                 Classroom
10:45-  Emergent Reading: Climb Aboard The Literacy Train!
1:30-  Don't Wait! Early Intervention Strategies for Your 
           Littlest  Learners
3:15-  From Re-Telling Stories to Writing: Instant Success!

July 13:
9:00 AM-  Close Reading & the Idea of Digging Deeper.
10:45-  Integrating Curriculum: Teaching Smarter, Not Harder
1:30-  Developing Writing Skills in Kindergarten

So, whether you will be in Vegas, or not, 
I hope you can catch me at one of  my 
SDE sessions or 
at ESGI's Facebook Live!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Out With The Old, In With The New + a FREEBIE!

The End of One Year...

... with these cute graduation certificates.  Click the image for the download.
You get a pre-school, pre-kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten certificate AND you also get a blank one so you can fill in anything you want!

Your kindergarten students will love singing this graduation song to the tune of "It's A Small World"
and the pages make a great big book! Click the image for the download.

Students can add small school photos of their friends to their bus.
Click the image for your FREE template.
Just paint the top of the egg cartons, download and print the FREE bus template, and pass out the tiny school photos you get each year. A fun project to decorate the room for your graduation.

For Father's Day: Students write the first name of their dad, grandpa, or any other significant person in their lives.
You make 10-20 copies to create a stack of notes. Wrap with cellophane & twine. Always a hit!
Click the image for the download.

And The Beginning of Another:

This is my most popular product!Attach a cotton ball and it's ready for your parents on the 1st day of school.
Click the image for the download.
You still have a day to grab my "All About Numbers 1-5" at a 50% discount: CLICK HERE
Click the image above to set all of the templates, ideas, and activities for #s 1-5.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

End of the Year Kindergarten Celebration:

It's As Easy As 1, 2, 3 (or maybe 4):

1) Make A "Good-bye" Gift: 

(And a FREEBIE poem!)

My Crayon Candle & poem project is an awesome gift your students can easily make to give to their parents. There is even a version of the poem for ANY children who might not be graduating and will be spending another year in K. And the best part is that this is a FREE download!

Click the image above.https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/End-of-Kindergarten-Crayon-Candle-490903

All you have to do is let the children break and unwrap their fat primary crayons and drop them into a glass baby food jar. Remember to label the bottoms of the jars with their names. I like to do this with masking tape because it is sometimes hard to read the names when this project is done, even if you use a dark colored Sharpie. 
Click the image above. 

After the kids fill their jar with crayons, slide a birthday candle into the center of each jar. This is a lot less expensive than buying candle wicks. It might take a little wiggling, but you can get the candles in. 

Last, after school, melt some paraffin wax and pour some into each jar. I like to use my home-hand wax machine. It melts the wax and I can easily ladle it into each jar. Let them sit overnight to cool.

I like to roll up this poem and tie it to each candle. My students gave these to their parents at the end of their graduation ceremony.

You can grab this FREE poem by 



2) Perform a Cute Song: 

For your parents or just for the school. This song can be sung to the tune of "It's a Small World".
CLICK THE IMAGE

Just print and glue to construction paper (12" X 18") to create a big book that you can use to teach your Littles this cute song
Click the image.

It is sung to the tune of "It's A Small World" which you can download (an instrumental version) from iTunes.  
Click the image.

I like to bind my big books at the bottom (landscape style) so all I have to do is push the current page down with my thumb and let gravity allow the page to drop, exposing the next page. Then, I'm not fiddling with turning pages while the children are singing. :)
Click the image.

You can grab this song by


3) Dazzle your class with a cute End of the Year certificate:

Click the image.
Check out these fun end-of-the-year certificates. These CUTE graduation certificates are Ready-to-Print for Pre-school, Pre-Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten (TK), and Kindergarten.

You even get a blank copy so you can fill in any special program you might have. 
Click the image.

You can grab your copy by

4) AND HERE IS A FUN, HEALTHY TREAT:

Perfect to serve at your celebration!
My students LOVED these!

Just cut bananas in half, cut a slit for the grape, add grapes and you're done!

I hope you like these fun ideas. 
Do YOU have any cute ideas that you do with your class? 
Share your End of the Year ideas below for our readers! 

See you all on the 30th of next month!
Palma 
KFUNdamentals