Meet the Teacher Freebie

Here is a easy freebie to tape onto a book or a gift for your students when they meet you on “meet the teacher” day.

I usually have my students do a meet the teacher scavenger hunt. At the end of the hunt the students come to see me for a book  and a family picture.

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Click Here for your freebie!

Click here to check out the editable scavenger hunt!

Quick and Easy Volunteer Gifts

I love my classroom volunteers! They help me reduce my to list and that is so valuable to me. I make sure to keep track of my volunteers throughout the year, and I send them a little thank you at the end of the year. 2016-05-23 11.53.32

I just went to the 99 cents store and picked up these cute glasses. I found all the yellow candy I could and filled each glass. Its thoughtful, adorable, cute, and easy.

Click here for volunteer freebie!!!

Winter Unit! What went well….

My students have been having fun with the winter themed units so far this month. Here are a few things that went well. 

These were the books I focused on for my winter unit.

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We worked a lot on retelling the book The Mitten.


We made retelling bags.

mitten writing preview

We made a class book with this template.

the mitten screen shot

mitten inspired pic

Here are the units I used click on them to link to my TPT store.


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I made individual rekenreks for each student. These tools helped with their addition so much. I have putting this project off for so long. I am so glad I did it!

math centers

We also are working on teen numbers. The students match the quantity to the number for practice.

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teen numbers match up screen shot

Click on the file to link to my TPT store if you want this great teen number matching.


snowman roll and cover screen shot

Click link below for a free math center.

snowman roll add cover by ms murrays kindergarten


classroom photo for blog

Finally it was time to bring a little snow to this las vegas desert! I covered the room with plastic and poured insta-snow all over the ground. The students worked all day in the snow. Talk about exciting!!!

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More winter wonderland photos.

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On our snow day we made “good stuff” snowmen. We were inspired by the book Snowballs by Lois Ehlert. The students brought in anything they could find from their junk drawers and created their snowman. This project is a hit every year!

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snowman project

Now on to peace week and to celebrate Martin Luther King. Stay tuned!

Happy 2016!!!!!!

happy new year

What are your goals for 2016?

I want to blog more for sure. I want to learn how to make my blog look cute and inviting which I am a little unsure about how to do that at this point.

I want to take more pictures of my classroom for the blog.

I want to not get wrapped up in work drama. In the summer  and the beginning of the school year I am so motivated and happy to start teaching my new students! Then the work drama seems to start….. So and so is mad at so and so…. Ugh.. It’s easy to be pulled in and forget why you’re there in the first place.

Stay organized! This always seems to be my goal! At home and in the classroom. I will never fully be organized, but I will always be working on to better myself in this area.

Make more stuff for TPT! I love making my own stuff, but once I am teaching everyday, I tend to forget about my TPT store. I want to make it more of a priority. Probably less TV is the answer, but I can’t not watch my shows! How do you balance your favorite shows and making stuff for your store?

This is a BIG one! I will not try to be like other teacher bloggers/TPT sellers and compare myself. It just brings you down when you are trying to be like others or compare yourself with others. I will not do that. I will be myself and not worry if anybody reads my blog or buys my stuff on TPT. I will not worry about being the most creative or the best teacher. I will not worry about who likes me and who doesn’t like me. I will just be myself and remember to breathe and enjoy my life.

I am excited for 2016!

Positive Vibes!!!

Kindergarten Week 2

Welcome! Yay we had a great 2nd week!


We had another successful week in kinder this week. I had a lot less crying which was great! The students are really getting into the routines well. I am ready  and excited to really start diving into the curriculum next week. Here is a peek at our 2nd week in kinder room1. I hope you had a great week too!






The First Week In Kindergarten

We made it! The first week is done and complete. I love my class, and I can tell I will be able to take them far this year. Here are somethings I did during this past week. It is not everything, but its what I remembered to take photos of. I need to remember to have my camera attached to my hip to capture all the great blogging material.

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Quick and Easy Classroom Management Tips


I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it!

Well I went back into my classroom yesterday to start setting up. I found that my large group carpet was not cleaned AT ALL!!

Of course I try my best to erase all those memories of throwing up, peeing pants, and other gross stuff that happens in Kindergarten, but I just can’t bear to have my new kiddos sit on last year’s dirt.

So I threw the carpet out the door to the endless pile of not wanted furniture.

I had to come up with something else, and while I was shopping at JoAnn’s Fabrics I found a solution!!


These are in the baby blanket sewing section of JoAnn’s. I have no idea what they are really for, but they are velcro and they stick to my carpet! Not the carpet I threw out, but the one they actually are required to clean. The main classroom carpet.

Even better they are colored! They are colored in my classroom colors too! I am so excited!


I am going to give them all a number (my students all have assigned numbers), and stick them right to the floor. They stick super good, and if I need to change the carpet seating arrangement I can easily.

The best part… THEY ARE ONLY 6.99!!! for 10 of them! Plus the teacher discount or one of JoAnn’s many coupons it’s a great deal!

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Once they are numbered just stick them onto your carpet and you have assigned seating for all your classroom meetings! I hope you get as excited about this as I am! No more carpets that don’t match your classroom decor!

I am really big on matching. It’s almost a sickness I think.