Friday, March 29, 2013

I Have... Who Has? Freebie

This is the time of year for REVIEW, REVIEW, REVIEW!  Because I love games, I also love to engage the students in review by using fun whole-class games.

Here is a cute little "April Showers I Have... Who Has?" place value/understanding numbers freebie. This is a perfect activity to introduce some April fun.

Click on the image to download

Have a great weekend
Granny (Cindy)

P.S.  Stay on the look-out for my 500 followers give away!  I'll be posting it soon.

Freebie Fridays

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Let's Get Acquainted Linky- Noun Game

I'm linking up with Flying Into First Grade for her Let's Get Acquainted Linky - Noun Game.  I've been reading so many posts by other bloggers and this is just too much fun to miss, 

My Favorite Person:  Just can't name one person here.  I have a WONDERFUL family - a fun-loving  husband, 4 great children, 3 terrific grandchildren, an amazing son-in-law and my son's adorable steady girlfriend.   These are my favorite people!

My Favorite Place:  Hands down my favorite place is Barcelona, Spain.  I spent a week there last summer and I fell in love, love, love with the city of mosaic, art, music, and dance.  Can't wait to go back!

My Favorite Thing: My favorite thing is my swimming pool!  If you live in Arizona, you try to live in a swimming pool as much as possible.  There is nothing like jumping into cool water on a 115 degree day!

My Favorite Animal: Baby quail. They are the cutest dang things!  We have them all over Tucson and this is the time of the year they'll begin to hatch.  I have a momma quail that uses my front flower bed as a nest every year.  Pretty soon, I open the front door and see these little critters scampering around our front porch.  Just too cute.

Now before you go, I MUST tell you about Kimberly Ann's 300 Followers Give Away.  Live, Laugh, I Love Kindergarten is having a HUGE celebration.  There are so many opportunities to win so many great items.  (Thanks Kimberly Ann for including me in your party!).  Please head right over for your chance to win many great classroom packets.


Have a great rest of the week!

Granny (Cindy)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Hippity Blog Hop and Graphing Freebie

I thrilled be joining Mrs. Leeby's (Learning with Mrs Leeby) Hippity Blog Hop. 

Thirteen "bunny bloggers" are all leaving fun freebies for you to collect.  That's right, put on your Easter hat, decorate your basket, and start the "Easter freebie hunt".  Hop from one blog to the next gathering your spring freebies.  Don't forget to leave a little love along the way :)

Once you have completed the full circle, do be sure to head back to Mrs. Leeby's blog for a chance to win a $25.00 gift card and 13 learning packages donated by all the participants.  

Thank you Aimee at Pencils, Book, and Dirty Looks for sending your followesr along the route to my blog. Aimee has a really fun symmetry freebie that your students are sure to enjoy.    If you are starting your hunt at my blog be sure to go back and take a look at Aimee's adorable blog and great freebie! Just click on the image below to be on your way to a visit Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks. 

Now for my freebie... have you been to the Dollar Tree lately?  If not, head over ASAP because they have some wonderful spring and Easter goodies.  I picked up this cute flower table scatter. I love graphing and math practice using table scatter,  so I created a 2-page math center activity that includes, sorting, tallying, analyzing, graphing, a greater than/less than/equal to exercise, and  adding and subtraction practice.  Yup - it's a great math review center activity.  I also included a page of colored flowers to be printed and laminated in case your Dollar Tree has run out of the scatter.

Click on the image to download the PDF

Also, If you are looking for a last minute Spring/Easter activity packet to use in your literacy and math centers next week please check out my "Some-bunny" Loves Spring packet (with 9 activities, craft patterns and directions).  The craft is easy, uncomplicated, and really cute.   It's on sale this weekend for only $2.00. 
Click on the image to go to my TpT store for the sale!

Now on to the next freebie!  It's time to hop over to Brenda's blog at  Primarily Inspired for her fabulous freebie.   She is offering a fantastic Color by Place Value activity pack.   Brenda is a 1st/2nd grade looping teacher with lots of great ideas.  You don't want to miss her blog or her freebie. 

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

Granny (Cindy)
Freebie Fridays

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patty's Day and Great Give Aways!

 Here are few little jokes to share with your kiddos on Monday:
Q: What's Irish and stays out all night?    (A: Paddy O'furniture!)

Q: Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day?   (A: Regular rocks are too heavy.)

Q: Why do frogs like St. Patrick's Day?    (A: Because they're always wearing green)

Q: Why did St. Patrick drive all the snakes out of Ireland?   (A: He couldn't afford plane fare)

Knock Knock Who's there? Irish! Irish Who? Irish you a happy St. Patrick's Day!

O.K. enough silliness, I want to wish you a happy St. Patty's Day and remind everyone to use your St Patty's Day luck and enter these great give-aways! 

Lisa at Growing Firsties is having a "MEGA-giveaway" to celebrate her 500 followers mark.  It's an amazing give-away celebration.  You REALLY don't want to miss it!  Lisa, thanks for including me in this give-away. 
Click on image to head over and enter.
Mrs. Key at Adventures in First With Mrs Key is celebrating her 100 followers milestone with a fabulous give away.   She has gifts from 11 of her blogging friends (I'm thrilled to be one of them :).  Just click on the image below to head right over and enter her give away.
Click on image to head over.

Teresa at Fun in K/1 is celebrating her blogging birthday with a wonderful give away and amazing sale.  Everything in her TpT and Teacher's Notebook stores is on sale for $1.00.   She is giving away a week of daily freebies and having a drawing for 10 fabulous prizes.  I am thrilled to be included in this celebration.  You don't want to miss this! 

Click on image to get to the celebration site!
Remember, you've only got 2 days left to enter Jessica in Fun in Prek-1 give away. Be sure to cursor down to the bottom of her page because although she is announcing winners, there is a second give away that runs for two more days. 
Click on the image to head right over!
And finally, you've got until the end of today to enter my It's My Lucky day Blog Hop Freebies and Target Card Give Away.  Please be sure to do ASAP!
Click on image to head over and enter
Have fun, safe and lucky St Patty's Day.
Granny (Cindy)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring Chick Freebie

Here's a cute little "Spring chick" craft.  It's so easy and best of all it's a great way to review basic shapes.  This chick is made out of circles, half circles, triangles, and rectangles.

Step 1:  Copy the pattern sheet onto white card stock.  Note: Card stock really does work best for this project.
Click on the image to download the pattern page.

Step 2:  Cut out the pieces.

Step 3:  Glue the head to the body.

Step 4:  Glue on the wings (one on top of the body, one underneath).

  Step 5:  Glue the legs on under the body.  Glue the two triangle beaks on the head (not pictured). 

Step 6:  Mix equal parts white glue and water.  Have your students "paint" squares of yellow and orange tissue paper on the chick.  Note: I have the chick on resting on wax paper.  It helps protect the table.

Finally:  Have your students use a hole punch and black construction paper to make an eye.  Just lay it on the head.  The wet glue water will help it adhere.  

The wings and feet curl slightly as they dry.  This makes each chick look like she is flapping her wings and running around.  Each chick looks different and adorable.

Granny (Cindy)
Freebie Fridays

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Let's Get Acquainted Linky Party

I'm joining up with Mrs. Reed at Flying into First Grade for her first ever linky party.

Here are the rules: Share 3 things about yourself that you like or like to do using your initials. 

My initials are CYC.

C is for "crafty".  I love doing artsy things.  As a matter of fact I do a TON of mosaics.  I make my own tiles (I have a kiln) and create all sorts of benches, garden plaques, trivets, tables, etc.  I even laid mosaic on my back patio (500 square feet) during the month of July in Arizona.  My family is afraid to stand still for fear that I'll mosaic them! Here is a link to my mosaics website.

Y is for "yen".  I have a real yen for travel.  Last summer my husband and I spent three weeks in London and Spain.  This summer we'll be going to Germany, Austria, and Croatia.  I am really looking forward to this" road trip"  in Europe. 

 C is for "cooking".   I love to cook and especially love to bake.  I went to the Pillsbury Bake-Off about 18 years ago.  I also won a three week trip to Europe (about 25 years ago) as the grand prize winner of a baking contest.  Haven't won anything since then but I can always look back and remember :)   My greatest fans are my grandchildren.

On a side note,  the winner of the $65.00 in educational games from Blue Orange Games is:

Congrats Rachael!

Have a great week-
Granny (Cindy) 

Monday, March 11, 2013

"Some-bunny" Loves Spring!

"Some-bunny" loves Spring and it's me!  We are in the thick of Spring here in Tucson.  We'll see temps of 90 degrees this week.  My garden is blooming, the birds are singing, and I've got Spring fever!

So of course, it's craftivity time for me!  This little bunny is such an easy assembly it can be an independent learning center.

Click on the image to see activity samples in my TpT store
Welcome the Spring season with your students using this fun craft, writing, and math activities.

This 26 page packet contains:

* "Some-Bunny Loves Spring Because..." writing prompt/primary lines
* "Some-Bunny Loves Spring Because..." writing prompt/secondary lines
* A, B, C, Order (to the first letter)
* A, B, C, Order (to the second letter)
* Describe Spring (graphic organizer)
* Read the Room (syllable sort)
* Read the Room (matching numbers to number words)
* Number Patterns (center or seat work activity)
* Read the Room (word problems)
* Number boxes (center or seat work activity) (by 1's)
* Number boxes (center or seat work activity) (by 2's)
* Illustrated craft directions (Very easy craft)
* Patterns ready to be copied onto construction paper, no tracing necessary.

Now would be the time to hop over to TpT and snag a copy!

Other spring fun:

Jessica at Fun in Prek-1 is having her 100 Followers Give Away.   Her site is adorable.  If you haven't been there yet, head over right now so you don't miss her great celebration!  There are over 15 great prizes to be won and I am delighted that she included me in her give away celebration.

Click on the image to head over to the celebration.

Have you heard about the new website Educents?  It's a "daily deals" site offering between 30%- 90% off of educational supplies.  If you sign up before they launch on April 2nd, they'll send you a $15.00 credit to be used on anything you want.  I got mine within minutes of signing up.

Click on the image below to go sign up.  Who doesn't love a deal?

Click on image to get to Educents

Have a great week!
Granny (Cindy)

Friday, March 8, 2013

It's My Lucky Day- Follow the Freebies Blog Hop!

St. Patty's Day is around the corner and I've gotten together with 9 of my blogging friends to offer you a "Follow the Freebies" blog hop.  It's simple, it's fun, and most importantly, each blogger is offering you a St. Patty's Day freebie. (Blog Hop begins on Sunday 3/10/13 at 8:00 am).  

Start here, grab my freebie and then follow the link to the next blogger. She will have a freebie and the link to the the next blogger.  Feel free to leave comments along the way.  Just keep going until you're back here again. 

Once you have picked up all your goodies, do feel free to enter my $20.00 Target Gift Card Give Away... after all - It's your lucky day too! 

My freebie is a St. Patrick's Day themed "Roll and Cover" game packet that contains:

1- Skip counting by 2's (1 die version)
1- Skip counting by 2's (2 dice version)
1- Counting by 2's number chart
1- Skip counting by 5's (1 die version)
1- Skip counting by 5's (2 dice version)
1- Counting by 5's number chart
1- Skip counting by 10's (1 die version)
1- Skip counting by 10's (2 dice version)
1- Counting by 10's number chart
1- Skip counting by 100's (1 die version)
1- Skip counting by 100's (2 dice version)
1- Counting by 100's number chart
1- Teacher information sheet
1- Game play example sheet

These 8 games and number charts are a great addition to any math center.  Just click on the image to download.

Click on image to download

After you've grabbed this freebie, please head over to Rikki from The Hive for her fun St Patty's Day freebie.  She ALWAYS has some great ideas and products to share.
Once you've made your way around don't forget to return here for a chance to win a $20.00 Target Gift Card. 

And the winner is:  


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Have a great week!

P.S.  There are two days left to enter my "Win $65.00 in Educational Games" Give Away. Do be sure to enter ASAP! 

Granny (Cindy) 
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Earth Day and Spring Freebie

I guess I REALLY have spring fever... I'm enjoying our great Arizona temperatures knowing they won't last long!  We'll be looking at 100 degrees plus before long and then we'll start our "hibernation" season. 

Enjoying early spring also had me thinking about upcoming Earth Day.  Here's a cute little craft and a few prompts.  This mini-packet is only $1.50 and contains 5 writing prompts and a graphic organizer.  The craft is so easy and looks really nice on bulletin boards.  It's a great way to get your kiddos thinking about how they can care for the earth.  Click here to find it in my TpT store.

While I was in the spring mood, I also put together this spring "Roll, Chart, and Graph freebie.  It's a great way to get your little ones adding, charting, graphing, and analyzing!  Just click on the picture below to download it.
Click on image to download.  

Don't forget, you've got only 3 days left to enter my drawing for classroom games worth $65.00.  Be sure to enter now!

Have a great weekend,
Granny (Cindy)
Freebie Fridays

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Currently - March

Here's my first "Currently" link up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade. 

Listening: My cat thinks computer time is her time.  She insists on resting just over the keyboard and swipes at my hand as I work - this makes it quite difficult to type, but I do get a serenade of purrs!

Loving: We have had a week of FANTASTIC weather.  Temps have been in the mid 70's.  I just want to be outside every minute.  Spent yesterday afternoon with my hubby and sons at a beer festival.  Great fun even though I was the D.D!

Thinking: I am spending quite a bit of time thinking about what I want to do during my spring break next week.  So much to do... so little time :)

Wanting: I've never been to a St. Patty's Day party... I would really like to go to one. 

Needing: I'm needing a massage. (O.K. I may be confusing wanting with needing.) 

L. L. H.:  I must admit I have a sweet tooth.  I like candy - almost any type.  I LOVE chocolate.  I hate catty remarks... what happened to the old saying "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all".

Have a great week and don't forget to enter my Games Give Away worth $65.00.

Granny (Cindy)