Sunday, August 18, 2013

School, School, Back to School!!!

I am a little excited to start school next Monday! I can't wait to meet my new kinders and love them and teach them all sorts of things!! This week I am finishing up my classroom, and planning my first week. Our school is starting some new changes which I am very excited about and I hope that this year is AWESOME!

Teachers Pay Teachers is having an awesome back to school sale today and tomorrow only! My small, little store is 20% off and if you use the promo code BTS13 and get an extra 10% off your purchase!!! CLICK HERE to go to my store.

I'm off to spend some money and clear my TPT wishlist!! Have a great rest of the weekend!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Freebie :]

Hi yall! So teachers have to report back on Monday. I always stress out around this time and its I am stressing a little more because I have a whole new team this year. I am the only returning Kindergarten teacher at my school and they will be looking to me to remember what we did last year. Did I mention I have a HORRIBLE memory, I would forget my head if it wasn't screwed on.  So anyway you are probably here for the freebie so CLICK HERE to get it. I hope you like it! Im off to make a million to do list and hopefully hangout with the fiance before he goes to work:]

Happy last Saturday of summer!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Nominated for TWO Liebster Awards!

I am so excited to be nominated for the Liebster award by Tiffany over at Middle School Stories. This award is given to new bloggers who have less than 200 followers [ that's me!] and is used to help other bloggers get to know the new kids on the block. 

There are a few rules/guidelines:
1.  You have to link back to the blog(s) that nominated you.
2. Answer the questions posted by the person that nominated you.
3. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 5 more blogs that have less than 200 followers.
5. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answers

So here goes....
1. Where did you go to college, and what was your degree in?
- I went to Stephen F Austin State University in Nacogdoches Texas. My degree is in Elementary Education EC-6th.

2. What is your dream teaching job?
- My dream teaching job would be in the school district I grew up in. In teaching you make an impact in many lives and I would love to make an impact in the lives of children of my hometown.

3. What is your favorite professional book?
- To be honest I haven't read a professional book in some time [bad, bad teacher!] Last year was my very hectic and crazy first year teaching. Although reading a professional book might have helped last year.

4. How many years have you been teaching?
-This will be my 2nd year teaching. I love it!

5. What is your must have food/drink/candy to get through a day at school?
- EVERY morning I have to swing by sonic and get my morning dose of Dr. Pepper! I am a grumpy teacher if I don't have it. Believe me I tried it a few times when I was trying to watch my caffeine intake. It wasn't pretty!

6. What career would you have if you were not a teacher?
- That's a hard one because honestly I can't see myself doing anything else but teaching :] BUT if I would have to choose I would like to think I could be a wedding planner.

7. What is your favorite time of the school year?
- My favorite time of the school year is meeting all my new kinders and finding out which skills and experiences they each bring to the classroom.

8. What do you do to keep yourself organized?
-I have to admit it, I AM A LIST MAKER! Sometimes I even put things on my to-do list that have been done just so I can get the satisfaction of crossing it off :]

9. What is your favorite lesson?
- I love 100th day! 100th day is the day that we have been in Kindergarten for a 100 days and we celebrate that we are 100 days smarter by counting to 100, making things out of 100 pieces..etc. Okay I know this isn't one lesson but it is my favorite!

10. Morning-person or afternoon-person?
- Definitely afternoon person. Mornings...I would love if mornings started about 10:30am

11. What makes you most excited for the new school year?
- New school supplies and of course NEW KINDERS!!

11 Random Facts
1. I'm a ginger. Red-hair, pale skin, a bajillion freckles..yep, ginger!
2. I love roller coasters.. I will ride the tallest, fastest roller coaster all day long, if I could.
3. I eat Ketchup on everything! Like...Mac and Cheese, Cooked broccoli, mashed potatoes, taco bell tacos.. I could go on but I don't want to make you sick:]
4. I love the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys.
5. I love cats.. I would take every one of them from the shelter if I could.
6. I'm engaged to a video gamin' sports fanatic.
7. I have been best friends with the person who nominated me for this award since high school.
8. I am an alumni member of Zeta Tau Alpha. 
9. I LOVE the Disney princesses.
10 I'm left handed
11. I share my birthday with the good ol' USA.

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Your 11 questions to answer
1. What is your favorite school supply item?
2. How many years have you been teaching?
3.  What is your favorite part of your room?
4. Morning or Afternoon person?
5. If you could have any super power what would it be?
6. How many years have you been teaching?
7. Who was your favorite teacher and why?
8. Do you collect anything?
9. Why did you decide to start blogging?
10. What state are you from?
11. What made you decide to become a teacher? 

Have Fun

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Chevron Crazy!!

Ya'll I just LOVE all the chevron stuff that has come out for the classroom. I went to Mardel's earlier this summer for their education and sale and stocked up on Chevron, Polka dots and zebra prints in turquoise, lime, and black and white. I am so excited to start decorating with all my new CUTE stuff. I know all those prints together sound and look very busy but I hope to do it in a very subtle and non-busy way, if that makes since. SOOOO because I love chevron stripes so much I have made some super cute Dolch word cards for your word wall. This pack includes All words Pre-Primer through 3rd grade! Take a look HERE! I hope you like it! 

If you have any requests you want me to make for you, just email me at :]


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Where oh' where has summer gone?

Okay, I'm trying to get my head in the back to school swing [even though I am sad that my summer in 8 days:( ]. Last year I started the first day of school of with read "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn. We also talked about our first day of school feelings. Many of them had the same feelings because they had already  been to school before. [our school has full day headstart and Pre-K.] We didn't do much else with that book BUT this summer I have stumbled upon some fun extensions for this book on Pinterest. I just love Pinterest!! I might be a little addicted to it. 

I found this on Pinterest from Mrs. Cates' Kindergarten
Mrs. Cates' Kindergarten: Beginning Of The Year

I love the look of this anchor chart and I love the little raccoons. We are going to practice our table material procedures and expectations while making this craft. 

I also plan this year to start out with a mini-color unit. Last year my kinders had a hard time remembering how to write their color words even though I had color word posters on the wall. I plan to add them to our word wall even though they aren't on the sight word list. If you have any book suggestions for colors and color words let me know! Well I'm going to enjoy the rest of the Rangers game and pin some teaching ideas![YAY!] Have a great Sunday!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Follow me on TPT:]

Along with my new blog I also have a new store on TPT! Its very small (only 4 items so far) please follow me and rate me!  
Here are some things that are in my store :

FREE!! Editable polka dot labels

My goal is to be more organized this year. Last year my room was a complete mess and I plan to use these in my library center and to label various things around the room.

Polka Dot and Chevron Curriculum calendar for 2013-2014

Plan out your whole year with these curriculumcalendar that includes September through June. Enjoy! I hope you can use these in you classroom.


Hello Blog World! Welcome to Kindergarten Sparkle and Shine!

Hello blog world I am so excited to be here! Ever since my student teaching semester in college I have been "blog stalking". I had the opportunity to work with the ever talented Jeannie Partin ( as her student teacher that semester and she introduced me the world of blogs and TPT! Her enthusiasm and passion made me fall in love with kindergarten!

Currently, I am a 2nd year teacher at a small school district in Texas! I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2012 [Axe Em'!]. I teach kindergarten and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE kindergarten. It is so thrilling and rewarding to see how much each little kinder kid grows and changes in 10 months. I hope to share lots of ideas and experiences with you just as you have done with me!

That's all for now! See you soon!