Monday, February 17, 2020

I'm Celebrating My Blogiversary & 2/20/2020! And YOU Get The Gifts!

Here is What You Get:

Celebrate this week with me and get:

* 20% off of EVERYTHING in my TpT Store!
* An extended FREE trial of ESGI through 6/30!
* An entry to win 1 of 11 Amazon Gift Cards
   (valued from $50-$500)
* $40 off of your 1st year of ESGI

My 20% sale on TpT 
will run from 2/17 -2/20/2020 
to celebrate my 8th blogiversary of my blog:
Click the link above to see my SALE on TpT. 


The ESGI promotion runs through April 19, 
so you must sign up by then.
Here is the link: CLICK HERE

Click the image above to get started!

Have FUN shopping, saving, and enjoying
your FREE extended trial of ESGI.
Remember to use the code:
PALMAWILD
when you sign up at ESGI.
CLICK HERE to get started!





Sunday, February 16, 2020

What's Got Me So Wild?

What's the least known letter in your class?

Give students Fun Foam Letter Stickers for
just the letters they don't know
so they can complete their
WiLd ChIcKa-ChIcKa-BoOm-BoOm TrEeS!
How can you quickly find the letters
each one of your students don't know?
Find out below!
Find out why I've gone Wild for ESGI:

ESGI's automated tracking and reporting system uses real-time student data to:
  • Individualize lessons
  • Create small groups
  • Guide whole class instruction
  • Collect raw scores and track detailed student progress over time
  • Access easy-to-read charts, graphs and reports
  • Convert your raw scores into your report card grading scale
  • And find out which letters each child has not mastered yet by viewing the reports!
Sign up for a free trial through June 30th using Promo Code PALMAWILD at https://www.esgisoftware.com/sign-up?promo=PALMAWILD .

Enjoy using ESGI!


Teachers that sign-up for a new ESGI trial account between February 23rd and April 19th:
  1. Will be entered to win a $500 Amazon Gift Card and 10 Runner Up $50 Amazon Gift Cards.
  2. Will receive a $40 discount off their first year purchase.
  3. Will receive ESGI free through June 30th

So, You Know The Letters They Don't Know, Now What?

Try providing these resources:
Students who needed to identify the letters B and b, located all of the uppercase Bs and lowercase letter bs on this Alphabet Chant page. They traced them with a marker and then they counted how many there were! Thanks to ESGI, I was able to target the specific letters they needed to practice.
My chants can be found by clicking HERE.

After they traced their letters on the Bb page, if they needed to practice the sound of /b/, they illustrated and labeled 3 items that began with the sound of /b/ on their Phonics Dictionary Page.
Students illustrate and label to create an alphabet book.
Click the image to see the set.
They come in color and in B&W.

This set includes 3 labeled images for each letter.I added more images by using graphics from old workbooks or old reading kits. Click the image to see the set of
Dictionary Pages and graphics.
During Small group instruction time, I used individualized RTI targeting specific skills for small groups based on the data I got from ESGI.
I am meeting with TK and K students on the skills
this group is ready for. I got my data from ESGI.
I used ESGI to track my students' skill progress so I was able to create small groups and target the specific skills that group needed. And groups changed according to the needs of individual students. 
My K students' tests were organized by trimester
using bold primary colors. 
My TK students' tests were organized by trimester using pastel colors. 

And, the individualized data that ESGI created helped me to make quick RTI kits for each student that targeted the specific skills each child needed to practice. (I just used the flashcards generated by ESGI to make little RTI kits.) 
Just place each child's flash cards in a plastic bag.
Volunteers, cross age tutors, & paraprofessionals
can all practice skills with each student by using
their individualized RTI kit.
I wrote TK tests for ESGI and you can find them by clicking HERE.

And did I mention that ESGI is so much fun that my students actually begged me to test them! 

Take advantage of this WILD opportunity to try ESGI through June 30 FREE: (No credit card needed!)

For more info about ESGI



Saturday, November 30, 2019

How Would YOU Like Too...

...help your students, yourself, & a needy child?

And did I mention that you also get a FREE 
Berteau & Co Word Wall? Well, you do!
You even get to choose the style!
Click the image to get started.
Here is the other style:
I love the colors in this word wall!

Here is one more view of this awesome FREE word wall.

If you try ESGI for FREE for 60 days, 
you can do just that!

Help Your Students: 

Your students will love ESGI so much they will beg you to test them. I'm so sure that they will, that I will send you a FREEBIE from my TpT store if they don't! 

Help Yourself: 

You will save so much time testing, evaluating data, and planning your instruction and intervention! I'm so sure that you will, that I will send you FREEBIE from my TpT store if you don't! 

Help A Needy Child:

If you sign up for your FREE trial with my code:
by Dec. 31, ESGI will donate a cozy pair of pajamas and a storybook to a chid in need!
Click the image to get started.

There is NO credit card required to start your FREE trial and ESGI will not SPAM you! I promise. 

And if you decide to continue with ESGI, you automatically qualify for $40 off of your 1st year because you used my affiliate code! Cool, right?

So, what are you waiting for? 
Here are the details so you get started today making a difference in the lives of your students, yourself, and a needy child. :)

HELP children in need receive cozy pajamas and storybooks this holiday season! It's super simple:

Sign up for a free trial of ESGI using Promo Code GOODNIGHTPALMA by December 31st:

  • You will receive a special Berteau & Co Word Wall for free
  • You will receive ESGI FREE for 60 days
  • You will save $40 off your first year when you purchase
  • ESGI will donate $10 towards Pajama Program
Use the following link to get started: https://www.esgisoftware.com/sign-up?promo=GOODNIGHTPALMA

Sign up and let me know how you LOVE IT!!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Addition at the Monster Mall:

This is the perfect time for your students to shop at the 
Monster Mall!  
We met Common Core State Standards in the most un-common way!
Here are some of our monsters and one of our menus.

I started by cutting squares of green construction paper to 7" X 7".

I created some monster pieces (like eyes, noses, scars, hair, necks with bolts, and mouths) and made a menu:
I gathered or made hair, eyes,
noses, mouths, necks, and scars.
I got my craft supplies from Oriental Trading Company. They have wiggle eyes, pom-poms for the noses, yarn for the mouths, and foam sheets for the head, neck, and hair.
Each item on this menu cost one cube.

Then, I called up 4 students at a time and I gave them each 5 cubes, counters, or plastic coins to use as money.
Each of the 4 children I met with used a different
colored set of five cubes so I could keep track of
how many cubes each child gave me.
Each item cost 1 counter, so they did not have enough cubes to buy every item, but they did have enough to buy 5 items.

You can also use any counting blocks or play coins.
You can use stacking counters for money.
Plastic coins are always fun for children to use as they shop for pieces for their monsters.
(Available online at Discount School Supply.)




This menu used 1 cent
 instead of 1 cube for each item.  

Some students bought hair, some did not.  The ones who bought hair got to decide if they wanted the hair to point down like bangs or up like spiked hair.

Some bought a scar to use on the side of their monster's face.  Some used the scar as a mouth.

If they bought a yarn mouth, they got to decide if they wanted the mouth to smile or frown.

Each monster looked different from the others, but they all cost 5 cubes.

We put them up in the school showcase.
Our monsters look great in the showcase
along with our stories.

We displayed our menu in the showcase too.
I love how each monster looks different.  
You can add more parts or increase the prices of the items to make it work for your own class. 

I have shopping receipt templates for 3 other stores:  
Meow Mall:  Students shop for parts to decorate their black cats.
Snowman Shop:  Students shop for parts to decorate their snowmen.
Leprechaun Store:  Students shop for parts to decorate their leprechauns.
You can find these receipts and directions here.

And, I created all of the parts you will need for a Meow Mall, Snowman Shop, & Leprechaun Store.
You can find that set by clicking HERE.

Click the image above. 


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Lets-Go-Shopping-Addition-Subtraction-Halloween-Cats-Snowmen-Leprechauns-2786201

Click the image.

The Common Core State Standards call for real world math.  Shopping is as real as it gets, even at the Monster Mall!  Here are the CCSS covered in this lesson:


  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4 Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
    • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4a When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
    • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4b Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
    • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4c Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Buttons, Bows, Eric Carle, & Van Gogh!

Art Really Teaches!

Join us for some hands-on fun this summer, 
earn up to 3 graduate-level semester units
& receive a free gift:

Discover how you can link math 

to almost ANY of your 

favorite art activities!

Come and create an adorable hat 
using unique art materials from 
and learn how your students can 
"buy" everything they need 
to embellish their creation.


This workshop is Presented by


the CKA Art Team with special guest 


Palma Lindsay!


For Pre-K/TK/Kindergarten 

and Grade One Educators


Tuesday, July 30th

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Click the image above for more info.
Contra Costa County Office of Education
77 Santa Barbara Road
Pleasant Hill, California

A Gift from the Art Team:


Each attendee will receive a copy of CKA’s publication, 

ART Really Teaches!

This book is filled with amazing art ideas.
$40 value!


Your day will include: 

~both CA Visual Art Standards 
& Pre-School Learning Foundation Standards

~the style of 7 master artists

~techniques on how to integrate 
oral language, literature, and math with art

~a rich portfolio of project ideas

~a hands-on session where you will 
get to express your own creative talents

This sample is from Creative Connections for Kids. 
To Register:  CLICK HERE


Monday, April 29, 2019

Two Give-Aways & Two Sales!

So, we are giving away stuff!

Yes, you heard that right! 
We are giving away 2 gift certificates for DJ Inkers fonts and clipart! (Enter below.)
And...
I'm putting all of my products from TpT
that have DJ Inkers graphics or fonts on sale!

This is a GR8 time to stock up on my most favorite products AND win a gift certificate so you can create the cutest flyers, classroom signs, or custom products for use in your classroom!

The 2 DJ Inkers gift certificates give-away will ~run for a week (April 29-May 6).
~the 2 winners will be announced here, 
and Instagram 
on Tuesday, May 7

My TpT sale will run from April 28-May 6.
I will feature different products each day. 
Be sure to check back often by 

And here is a bonus: DJ Inkers 
is also having a sale! 

From May 2-8 
you can stock up 
on DJ Inkers fonts and adorable graphics 
and save a bundle!

Click the image above.

Here is the Rafflecopter. 
~Enter here to win one of two $15 gift certificates   
  for DJ Inkers. 
~You MUST complete at least TWO of the 
  DJ Inkers options to win. 
~Winners will be notified by May 7th. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winners are:
Donna Pulley 
&
Patty Rutenbar!
Congratulations!
DJ Inkers will contact you this week.


Here is my MOST POPULAR product on TpT which features graphics and fonts from DJ Inkers:

Instant Writing: You students will beg you to write by using this set.
Click the image.

Students get to cut out 
1 pink picture,
1 green picture,
& 1 blue picture:
Click the pink page.











You get 6 pages nouns,  for the subject, verbs, and nouns for the predicate which gives you 48 images for each category!





Click the green page.

Click the blue page.




 Students glue the 3 colored cards to their writing template and verbally express a sentence. 
Click the writing template. 

The teacher helps the child to locate the additional "extra words" needed to write a complete sentence. 
Click the "Extra Words" page. 
Students LOVE to create silly sentences
 and have fun writing!
Create a copy of 1 of each of the 6 pages on cardstock and laminate the cards to create a writing center. 

You can grab this set, 
made with DJ Inkers graphics & fonts,
 by 
It will be on sale from 4/29-5/2.






Good luck!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

If You Have EVER Thought About Trying ESGI, NOW is the Time!!!

Now Through March 8...

Click the image above. 
Be sure to use my code, PalmaBonkers to get all of this:

All teachers who sign up with ESGI for a new ESGI free trial account between March 2-8 will...
1. be entered to win a $500 Amazon Gift Card or an Apple Watch!
2. qualify for a $40 discount off your first year purchase!

And if you purchase between March 2 and March 8, you will receive...
1. an additional 6 months to your license!
2. a $40 discount off your purchase!
3. a FREE ESGI t-shirt!

And your students will LOVE testing! Really, they will. Your administrator will LOVE the data, and YOU will LOVE all of the info you will instantly receive once you have tested your students. 
Use the built-in tests or create your own custom tests. 

Enjoy this quick video and get started with ESGI. 
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