Calling all Illinois Kinder Teachers! 
I'll be presenting a session at the SDE December conference...will you be there? 
I'd love to know ahead of time if you're planning on being there so that we can meet! 
As you can see, I'll be giving a presentation on enhancing science instruction in your classroom. My focus or goal is to equip you with resources that will help you feel confident  and excited about teaching the NGSS standard you an opportunity to relax and have just as much fun with the activities as your students are!

So let me know if you plan on being there. I look forward to meeting some new Kinder-teaching friends!

Til next time,

All are invited to enter my Halloween Giveaway on my Facebook page (click below):

FIVE lucky winners will win $20 in TheBarefootTeacher store credit!

Good luck!

Every time I think of bats,
I think of an old Sesame Street clip
that had the Count singing
about bats.
Know which one I'm talking about?
Ha! And now YOU are going to be singing it for the rest of the day!

Here are some Bat related activities for you littles this week. Use them in the classroom, or send them home for them to enjoy on Saturday (Halloween) morning.
This set of emergent readers... 
...includes 3 different levels so that you can differentiate with your littles.
Check out some of the pages included in this resource:

If you're wanting some quick, simple crafts to do, here are two that don't require too many extra supplies. They are quick and easy for a last minute center or party idea.
My kids had a blast putting these together and hanging them around the room.

If you're looking for a quick break to clean up from a craft or center time, put on this quick informational video about bats. I know it says Discovery Girls...but if you don't mention it, I guarantee your boys will be so interested that they won't even notice...or mind! 

The next activity is a FREEBIE and includes five sample sheets of a larger resource. The reason I'm adding it in with bat resources is that some of the pages have bat graphics on them. 
So you can be reviewing various math and reading concepts, while still sticking to your bats theme!

These are some of my favorite fictional books about bats.
There are some great resources that go with the Swallowing Bat Lady story. I posted about them a few Halloweens agos. You can read about it here. There are some additional bat crafts, snacks, and activities on that post as well!

Til next time,

November is almost upon us! 
I know, I know...Halloween is still a few days away...
but I'm thinking ahead on your behalf 
(and maybe I could sense your 
Friday-Halloween Party-Full Moon 
anxiety from here).

I've put together some activities that
will have you relaxing (and recouping?) this weekend instead of fretting about the new week.

This November Quick Prints pack... 
...has 45 print outs for you to use in centers, as morning work, homework or even for your sub tub. It includes a wide variety of activities including skip counting, measuring, rhyming, short vowel practice, patterns, ABC order, and so much more. 

Here are a few thumbnails from this pack: 

Another favorite for this month is the
It's packed with 25 Common Core aligned math and literacy practice. They are set up so that you can review/teach/go over the skills on Monday, and the students will then be able to work independently Tuesday-Friday. 

Here are a few thumbnails from this pack:

You can get BOTH of these sets combined in one large DOUBLE PACK for a discounted price.

Print these out this week...before the Halloween that your mind can sigh come Friday afternoon, knowing that you have a wealth of activities for the kids to do come November. 

~Til next time

Hello, Friends!
I have a very exciting announcement to make! 
I have decided to team up with some of my very best kinder buddies to write for a collaborative blog! 
That means ONE blog with TONS of great ideas from several super awesome Kindergarten teachers!

One thing I L-O-V-E about this blog, is that you will know exactly what to expect each day of the week.  For every day, there is a blogging theme.  Check them out! 

I'm SO excited to get started on this new adventure, and am thrilled to invite you along for the ride.

So, let's celebrate with a little giveaway!  

Here's a peek of what they include:

Ocean Habitat Pack

 Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension Pack

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave comment below and then go check out our new blog
When you get there, you'll have to read about the FREE SAMPLE resource I'm giving away on there for Sample Sunday.

~Good Luck my Friends!

Tomorrow celebrates YOU! 

YOU are a hard worker. YOU are positive. YOU are creative. YOU are humble. YOU are a leader. YOU are inspiring.  YOU are resourceful. YOU are organized. YOU are a team player. YOU invest in the future.

It's time to honor YOU!

If you get a chance, check out these

Feb. 25th is a "Teachers are Heroes" sale on TpT.
Everything in my store will be 20% off. 
PLUS, if you use the promo code: HEROES
you will be able to save an additional 10% off of that!

There are TONS of new releases that have been added to The Barefoot Teacher store this month. 
Here are just a few...





This bundle was created to raise money 
for Megan Bugg's cancer fund. Normally, these 3 packs would cost you $30. Purchasing them bundled allows you to save $15 and support Megan!

Megan Bugg is the 13 yr old daughter of our school's superintendent. She was diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma cancer over Christmas break 2014. 

To read more about Megan Bugg's journey through cancer, as told by her father, visit MEGAN BUGG'S BLOG.


(Thank you in advance for joining Team Megan!) 


~Til next time

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