Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Have You Heard The News?

Earn PD Credits in Your PJs & it's FREE!

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I'll be coming your way on 
July 15 
at 1:00 pm 
(Pacific Daylight Time.)
I'm so excited to present this 
free webinar: 
 "Back to School with Virtual or Classroom Assessments"
for the 
Returning to school in 2020, whether in-person or virtually, will be different than any other year.
Many students completed only three fourths of their last school year and there was no time to update their assessments before schools closed.
Get ready to quickly and efficiently assess your students with tips, tricks, and freebies!
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Did I just say, "Freebies?" 
Yep!
Whether you watch the webinar live or the recording, EVERYONE will receive a link to a FREE  Self-portrait & Name Assessment Pack that shows growth over the school year. You will also receive a link to a free handout filled with ideas and inspiration.

But that's not all, no, that's not all...
If you watch the webinar live
you will have a chance to win
a FREE year of ESGI
(I'm giving away 3 of these!)
and
One of KFUNdamentals' flash drives 
(filled with PDFs that are perfect for TK & K)

This webinar is part of a FREE Summer Series.
Watch as many webinars as you like. They will all be available free for 1 week after each live broadcast. Up to two credits are available too!
And if you would like to access ALL of the webinars, even the ones that have already aired live, you can just by joining the CA Kindergarten Association. The annual membership is $40 and it comes with a variety of benefits

So, what are you waiting for? 
Register by CLICKING HERE.

Join me, via Zoom, 
on Wednesday, July 15 
at 1:00! 
I'll see you there!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Testing From A Distance:

Solutions to Distanced Assessments:

So, how do you assess your students from home?
This is just too perfect and it's FREE!

If you don't already have an ESGI account, get one now while it's free through July 2. 
Just CLICK HERE to get your FREE account started with my code KFUN (no credit card required) and you will also automatically qualify for $40 off your 1st year if you choose to continue after the free trial. 
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Once you have your account and you have entered your students' names, just scroll down and click on  the purple box on your profile and you will get a code to share with each child's family. 
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Set up a testing appointment with each student via the phone or any video device, such as a laptop or notebook, give them the code, and they will be able to enter that code at esgiss.com and see the screen you want to use to test their child. 
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You can use the built-in tests already on ESGI, or you can even create your own custom tests! My ESGI tests are listed under "Friends of ESGI" and they are geared for TK, but also work well for kindergarten. Other tests may be found for pre-k, 1st, and 2nd grade.

There is more information and user-friendly tutorials on ESGI too. CLICK HERE for more info. 

So, what are you waiting for? Get started today with ESGI and get the data you need to send your students off to 1st grade! CLICK HERE to get started with your FREE trial!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Hoping This Helps:

How To Make A Hospital Mask:


First, I want to say that these are NOT surgical grade masks. They are meant to be used when nothing else is available and you are left using a bandana. They may be used alone or over an N95 mask you might be forced to re-use. It is a last resort as something is better than nothing. That said, let's begin:

I got my instructions from a link my friend, Paula, suggested and watched this video. 

And...
(There are other patterns on her site, too.)

Then, I added a little pocket and a twister tie so you can pinch the top of the mask over the bridge of your nose. 

Let's Get Started:

I gathered up fabric (100% cotton is best), 1/4" elastic, & twister ties.

Cut rectangles of fabric 9"X7" for adults (children size = 7"X5").

Cut 2 pieces of elastic 7" long for each mask.

Cut a twister tie pocket 1/2" longer than your twister tie and 3/4" wide.

I centered the twister tie pocket on the wrong side of one of the 9" edges of the rectangle and stitched 3 of the pocket edges leaving the bottom edge open. Backstitch all of your sewing.

Tuck in a twister tie and pin the opening closed.

Flip it over to the right side and attach one elastic piece on the 7" edge of the rectangle, about 1/2" down from the 9" edge. Do the same on the other 7" side. 


Now, pin the loose ends of the elastic 1/2" from the bottom on each side.

Repeat on the other side.

Place the 2nd rectangle over the first one with right sides together and elastic bands inside. Pin and stitch leaving a 3" opening at the bottom for turning. Be sure to use catch the twister tie pocket while stitching so you enclose the twister tie inside the small pocket. See both photos below before stitching.

(The 2nd rectangle is peeking out from under the dotted one.
It it a white fabric with a black design so this mask will be reversible.)


Now, clip corners close to stitching and turn right sides out. 



Iron flat. Then, fold in half (hot dog style) and iron a crease. Open and fold both long ends in (hot dog style again) to the center crease. Photos of this on on the Sweet Red Poppy web site. CLICK HERE.

Fold, pin, and iron 3 pleats towards the top (where the twister tie is), and stitch in place. Continue stitching along the bottom edge which will close the 3" opening. 

Here, you ca see how the twister tie allows the fabric to bend and stay in place over your nose.
I made 18 of these today. I plan to make more tomorrow. 


I made lots of happy, colorful ones, but now I'm making lots of the more popular plain ones. 

Hospitals will wash these. I washed mine with Tide Free & Gentle (which is not free and not particularly gentle, but it's fragrance free) and they did fine in a dryer on the low (delicate) setting. Since they are cotton, an iron helps, but I kept it off of the area by the plastic-coated twister tie. 

Do check with your local health care providers as not all are accepting these. For those of you who live near me, our local hospital is requesting a different pattern which I plan to work on tomorrow. Thanks to my friend, Kathy, for sharing this link with me: CLICK HERE for another pattern.

Thank you for helping your friends, community, and fellow humans. We are all in this together! Stay strong. We can do this!  



Wednesday, March 18, 2020

FREE, FUN, & FANTASTIC for Home Teaching!

FREE for Parents To Use At Home:

Are you wondering where to begin when teaching your children at home? ESGI has your answers and it's FREE!  CLICK HERE for the free link.
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Whether or not your child's teacher uses ESGI, you can use it for FREE with your child! 
(Directions on how to get started with ESGI for FREE are at the end of this post.)
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Creative Ways To Use Flashcards:
Yes, I HATE flashcards. Life should NOT always be a test! But, if you use them as "skill cards" they can change everything:

Here is how to use flashcards in FUN ways:

1. Print your child's flashcards from ESGI.
(Directions about how to use ESGI for FREE are at the end of this post.)

2. Choose a few "skill cards" (let's not call them flashcards any longer) and have your child cut them out. (Use fancy scissors to make it more fun and to build fine motor skills as they are usually a little trickier to use.)
Have them cut around the
 "perimeter"
1st (a great word to discuss)
and keep the scraps.

                 Use the scraps for an art project!


3. Place 2 skill cards, back-to-back, inside a sandwich size zipper bag. 

4. Remove the air from some of the bags and seal.

5. Add air, by inserting a straw and blowing air into the bag, to some of the bags and seal.

6. Now, let's play! In the bathtub, or even in a sink, play "Sink That Skill!" Let the bags with air in them float as your child scans all of the bags for the skill you call out. "Sink the letter Q." "Sink the letter P."
Imagine the tub filled with floating bags of skill cards!
Click on the video:

And use the bags without air to stick skills to the tile. And don't forget to talk about sinking and floating to get a bit of science in too! :)


What Else Can I Do With These Skill Cards?

~Stick individual cards to your child's bedroom door or at the bottom of the stairs and have them slap the skill card and say the letter, #, sight word, etc. as they pass by.
~Hide a skill card under each dinner plate at the dinner table tonight and each person gets to look at their skill card and give clues to the family to help them guess the letter, #, sight word, etc.
~Copy a 2nd set of skill cards, cut them out and attach them, face down, to the refrigerator with magnets. Let your child play the Memory Game as they peek at skill cards and try to match them up.
~Use skill cards as "brag tags" and let your child tape the cards that have the skills they have mastered onto their shirt and wear the brag tags all day long. 

Whatever you do, make learning FUN and don't forget to return to ESGI to re-test your child's skills. They will be overjoyed to see the results as their pie graph turns green and, once they see this, they will actually beg you to test them! Really, they will! :)
So, what are you waiting for? Get started with ESGI for FREE! Here is how...
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Getting Started With FREE ESGI:

If your child's teacher doesn't already use ESGI, NO PROBLEM! You can get a FREE account and use it at home.   Just CLICK HERE.
Then, just choose a few tests to run, such as letter names or sounds, number recognition, etc.
After you have tested your child you will have all of the information you need to work on the skills your child has not mastered yet. 
CLICK HERE to get started free.
If your child's teacher already uses ESGI, your child must have an amazing teacher! Just ask him or her for the link to your child's testing data. Then, you'll be all ready to print and play! 
CLICK HERE to get started 
until you get that link or password from your child's teacher.
The FREE LINK is good until July 3.

If you have ANY questions, just ask in by leaving a comment below and enjoy spending time with your child. You've got this, Mom & Dad! :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

So, Why Wouldn't YOU???

That's What I Asked:

I'm just wondering why you wouldn't try this!

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Why wouldn't you try this when you get:   
(Must use the code PALMAWILD when signing up.)

1. a FREE entry to win a $500 Amazon gift card or one of ten $50 Amazon gift cards,
2. a 60 day trial and you don't even have to provide a credit card number,
3. $40 off of your first year if you choose to purchase,
4. access to tons of amazing tests created by ESGI or teacher authors (like me!)
5. a testing platform that will excite your students so much they will beg you to test them!

So, WHAT ON EARTH WOULD STOP YOU from giving ESGI a try? 

You say you have to use your District's tests? No Problem! Just create a custom test on ESGI that matches your District's tests. 

It's super easy. I'll show you how!

Let's say you want to create a custom test that will tell you which students can identify the "Story Elements" such as the setting, characters, the problem or wish, and the solution. 

#1: Log in to ESGI with your FREE trial and set up your class (by entering the names of your students, their gender, and home language). 
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#2: Check to see if a test like this already exists on ESGI's website by searching in the "Test Explorer" tab. 


#2: If you like an existing test, or even if you want to change part of it, click on "copy" and then name your new test.
This box will pop up so you can type in the name of your new test.
#3: Change any test questions you like. 

#4: You may also add cute graphics from the image library which includes lots of adorable graphics from D.J. Inkers!
Aren't these graphics adorable?
#5: Save your test and you are ready to test your students!

ESGI also has tons of tests made by your favorite "Friend of ESGI":
I spy my KFUNdamental TK Tests!
So, that's it! You can even use your existing tests!
Just create the same test on ESGI and get all of the data, records, charts, and information you need to meet the needs of EVERY student!

for your FREE 60 day trial, entry to win a gift card, $40 off your 1st year, and access to tons of amazing tests!

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!
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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!
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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

Teaching 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

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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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