Friday, April 11, 2014

Positive Fridays - Week of March 7th, 2014

It's Friday!!!  Happy Friday to each of you!


I hope everyone has a terrific week and saw some terrific gains made by my their students!  It is always exciting to see those gains!


  • Starting off on a personal note, as I mentioned before I found out why I kept getting sick, I had a kidney stone.  Thankfully, I am fairly certain I passed it on Monday morning and without any pain!  I went through a lot of pain before that having to miss a couple of days of work.  I am so thankful that it didn't hurt when I passed it.  I am off work today due to a doctor appointment, hoping for that clean bill of health!
  • A student of mine who has difficulty with behavior was a shinning super start this week.  She was able to read a Reading Counts book with perfect, 10/10 comprehension!!!  Remember I teach Kindergarten.  When I checked her DRA in January she was an instructional level 8 with some comprehension.  The principal, assistant principal, another lady who has been helping out in my class from time to time who had the child read the book, and myself all made such a big deal out of it.  She will not be reading books and taking quizzes every day, which I believe is going to help with the behavior problems.  I have another child who can read much higher, but he can't comprehend so she's the only one on Reading Counts right now, which she is going to love!
  • Another student of mine who held the door on the way to Music this week, raised his hand at the door and said Mr. Hopkins you are my favoritest teacher ever.  He filled my bucket right up!  He has a wonderful family as well.
  • I've been busy DRAing children this week and many children have shot up making huge reading gains.  Our goal is a level 6 by the end of the year and I have 4, possibly 5 children reading level 8 books already.  I have several others on a 4 that I am hopeful will make the splash to a level 6 in mid May.
I hope each of you has had a terrific week.  Don't forget to leave me your positives.  I look forward to reading them all.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Open Word Sorting in Kindergarten

I mentioned about the fun Open Word Sorting that I did last week with my students.  I thought I would write a little bit more about how I got it to work so well.

First I printed off pictures off of the FCRR website under letter sound correspondence.  Next I divided children into groups and gave them cards with sounds that some are having difficulty with W, V, U, and Y.  The tricky part was I gave them both long and short U pictures.  This was to challenge my higher level students.

I instructed the students to put pictures into rows that had the same sounds.  I did not tell them what the sounds were so it would be an open sort.  In a closed sort you give them the sounds.  I also gave each group 5 index cards to write the beginning sounds on once they had sorted them.

The interesting thing is the group that had no high level students happened to be the group that finished first and had separated the long and short u cards!  It was also very interesting to see who stepped up to be leaders.





I plan to do more of these in the future.  Has any other Kindergarten teachers tried this?  If so what were the results?

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Positive Fridays - Week of March 31st, 2014

I was happy to be back to work after a great start to Spring Break for my birthday where I went to 3 days of country music concerts.  It was so much fun seeing Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Sarah Darling, Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins, The Band Perry, JT Hodges, Neon Summer, and more!  Toward the end of spring break I ended up at the doctors twice and found out I have a Kidney Stone.  Your thoughts and prayers would be appreciated!  Enough of the unfortunate news, let's get to the positives!


It was great to be back with such a wonderful faculty and students.  My students really shined this for me!


  • One child who was having a rough day raised his hand and said Mr. Hopkins, you're the best teacher.  I think you should be the teacher of the year!  How sweet is that?  That is bucket filling at its finest!
  • They worked on making some wonderful bunnies and wrote about why they are a lucky bunny.  They did such an amazing job, I'll try to get pictures and try to find sometime to get that up on here for everyone to see how cute they turned out!
  • They worked so hard in groups together doing an Open Picture Sort with cards.  They had to figure out the beginning sounds and then group them together and write the sound on each card.  I challenged my Kindergarten children and had both long and short u.  Surprisingly the group that had low/average children (all in my 2 intervention groups) was the group who figured out the long and short u as well as the rest!  
  • I started doing DRAs on my students again and I am so pleased that 2 of my girls have jumped considerably.  In fact so much that I need to hear them read again!  One has jumped at least 2 levels and the other 3!  Our goal is to read a level 6 at the end of the year and they read a 4 independently!  I was so excited and so were they!  The smiles on their faces told it all.
  • We said goodbye to an intern I've had for awhile.  She is a freshman in college and worked so well with the children, always asking me what else can she do to help me or the children.  This wonderful lady is going to be amazing teacher.  She wrote me such a sweet card thanking me for everything and said she got some great classroom management tips and classroom ideas.  I also helped her see that she truly does still want to be a Kindergarten teacher.  I'm glad I could influence a future teacher!
Anyone have any group student success stories?  Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Positive Fridays - Week of March 17th, 2014

Happy Friday and Happy Birthday to me!  I am 35 years old now if you must know.  The week started off very tough for me, which ended up being a very short week.  I unfortunately caught a horrible stomach bug late Sunday night and had to miss St. Patrick's Day with my kids and Tuesday.  I had so much planned so they would think a Leprechaun actually came and wasn't able to do anything. :(  I'm feeling much better now. So let's get to the positives!


I am so blessed to have such absolutely amazing kind Kindergarten teammates.  These ladies pulled through for me yet again when I really needed them.  I called in at 3am so I went to work on sub plans at 3am in the morning and being an hour away and so sick there was no way I was bringing sub plans in.  So I e-mailed plans to my teammates and they got everything printed for me and printed a couple of extras for me too.  Then when I couldn't come in on Tuesday, again one of my teammates stepped to the plate and printed my plans, worksheets I asked for, and another one went to get the paper that I had on my shelf so the sub wouldn't have to hunt it down.

Then on Wednesday after school they surprised me with a birthday party with brownies without nuts (my favorite), a Caprisun, and a very nice card that they all signed.  The very first card I have gotten for my birthday this year.  They said they kept it simple because I wasn't feeling well the past 2 days and simple is best if you ask me!  They rock!

The kids went on spring break after Wednesday so I only had 1 day with them this week and I made the most of it.  I read them a St. Patrick's Day Book called "Jack and the Leprechaun."  We also made a fun clover man and put rhyming words that rhymed with luck.

One little boy looked at me as I was reading the story and raised his hand, he said Mr. Hopkins I missed you.  Later on he raised his hand and said I really like your hat.  I wrote a St. Patrick's Day hat that I didn't get to wear on St. Patrick's Day since I was sick.  These are the kinds of moments that melt my heart and why I love to teach.

I also did a lot of assessment and I'm thrilled that we went from 5 recognizing all their numbers to 20 to 11 knowing them all.  I have 14 children so that is all, but 3 and 1 is within 1 number, and one was not there to see if she improved.  My kids rock!!!

We had a teacher work day, working in our rooms all day on Thursday and now I get to spend my birthday at Runaway Country Music Festival Friday (my birthday) through Sunday!   Yay!!!!  I get to see Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Joe Nichols, Toby Keith, Charlie Daniels Band, Gloriana, Sarah Darling, Rodney Atkins, LoCash Cowboys and more!!!

Don't forget to leave me your positives!

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Positive Fridays - Week of March 10th, 2014

TGIF friends!  I actually have some time to blog!  YAY!!!  When is everyone's Spring Break?  The kids start spring break here on March 20th, which is a teacher workday!  I get to spend most of it in my classroom, except for a new teacher meeting, which I think is very kind of the principal and assistant principal to do!  Then I'm off starting on the 21st, which is my birthday!  I'm heading to a 3 day country music concert to see Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Joe Nichols, and more!  What fun!!!


This week I got some great wonderful comments about my Lincoln's cabins that I've had up there since the week of President's Day.  I'll have to try to remember to get some pictures before I take them off.  I plan to do a St. Patrick's Day craft of some sort on Monday to pop up there.  I was only able to put a few up due to a lot of glue that many used.  I also have some cute Snowmen Glyphs on the wall that some teachers loved!

We went on a super fun field trip to see Frog and Toad the play!  The two men who played Frog and Toad were simply fabulous at what they did.  My Kindergarteners did a great job of sitting still and watching it for an hour and 10 minutes, plus having to wait 30 minutes before it started.  That is not easy for 5 and 6 year olds, but they made me proud!  I also had 5 wonderful chaperones, the most I have had for a field trip yet this year by far!  They did a great job of helping!

My kids earned their 25 dog bones last week and they wanted to play board games so they brought in a board game from home and we played those games after the field trip.  They had a blast!  We are already working hard on our next 25!

We have also started growing bean plants in class.  My kids are super excited each day when they come in and see how much their bean seeds have grown!!!  Most of them have shot up big time, better than the one I did as an example go figure!  Mine they can see the roots, which is really cool!

I hope everyone had a great week!  Leave me your positives in the comments.


Friday, February 28, 2014

Positive Fridays - February 2014

Happy Friday to everyone!!!  It has been awhile since I've done by Positive Fridays because I have been just so busy and also ended up with the cold, which we all know is no fun.  I do want to share some highlights from the past month or so.


I have been going to some wonderful workshops learning about different ways to do Formative Assessments that are fun!  Many work well with cooperative groups or partners.  I hope you caught my last blog post to learn about 3 of the fun ideas!  I would love to hear how you use formative assessments or collaborative work in your classroom.

My children are growing in leaps and bounds!  It is so exciting to see so many of them starting to blend words together who couldn't do it before, and start to take off reading.  Even one of the parents mentioned it today that wow, her child read all of this to her!  Hard work pays off that is for sure.  

We had fun celebrating President's Day by making Abe Lincoln's cabin.  I have a couple up on my window and will try to snap a picture to share with everyone.  The children loved using craft sticks to build his log cabin!  

We had fun parent night where I was partly in charge of child care.  I also stayed to help set everything up.  They were so kind to feed everyone KFC chicken, that is a favorite of mine!

I keep getting so many compliments about things I put up on the windows for everyone to see.  Many of the ideas come from Pinterest or TPT and turn out so cute!

We practiced a tornado drill yesterday and most of my students did a super great job of staying quiet and under their desk for it.  They also did a super job being quiet for a fire drill this month.

I also got a nice picture and note from a student saying I am the best teacher ever! I love getting those. :-)

In case you haven't heard TPT is throwing a sale today.  Use code TPT3 at checkout.  My things are all on sale for 20% off, but you can get another 10% off that making it 28% if you use the code.  Click HERE to see my shop!  I have so many new ideas now that I'm back in the classroom, I just need the time to make them!

Let me know what positives are going on with you and your class.  Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling!


Monday, February 17, 2014

I'm Back With Cooperative Learning Activities

Wow, it has been a full month since I last blogged.  I was really hoping to at least keep going with my Positive Fridays, but I have been so very busy.  The hour trip to work and back takes extra time from me especially when I have an inservice.  I am not complaining though as it is so worth it to work in an incredible school with amazing students, administrators, fellow teachers, office staff, custodians, etc.  Next Thursday night I will be staying for a parent after school thing, where I am in charge of helping out at child care until 7pm.

Anyway here are some cooperative learning ideas that I learned at inservices lately that will help keep your children engaged.  You can use them as formative assessments.  I will try to do another blog post with some more of these ideas in the future!


Inside Outside Circle - Divide up your class evenly.  Have half of your class get into a circle and then turn around.  The other children find a partner and face them in a circle so they are on the outside.  Call out a question from any subject or a get to know you question and have either the inside or outside give the answer.  The other side can either praise/coach their partner or add on to the answer.  Then give the other side a question.  Next call out a number and have everyone on the outside move that many partners over. For example move 3 partners.  So they would move over to the 3rd new partner!  Then do it again.  I gave mine each a lowercase letter and they had to give the name of the letter and the sound.  Share in the comments how this could be used in your classroom.

4 Corners - Put a different concept or answer on 4 different posters and put them on each corner of the wall.  Give a question that can be answered going to one of the 4 places on the wall and students move there.  I have done this by putting 4 letters on the wall and giving a word and they have to move to the correct place.  You could do it with Seasons of the Year, 4 numbers and give a math problem, cardinal directions, etc. Share in the comments your grade and how you could use this your classroom or have used it?

Commit and Toss - In this activity students write the answer to an open ended question on a piece of paper or draw it and crumble it without their name on it.  Then they toss it around at each other for a few minutes. When you tell them time is up they each pick up a paper.  Everybody stands up.  Call on one student. Anyone with that answer or close to it sits down.  Keep going until you have gone through everyone.  This is great to get background knowledge or find out if part of a lesson your students didn't quite get.  I'm trying to figure out a way to use it in Kindergarten as I have heard this is a one popular activity.  If you have an idea send it to me in the comments!

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Positive Fridays - Week of Feb. 12th, 2014

Happy Friday everyone!  We had a weather change here in FL again going from nice weather to chilly cold weather, but I survived.  I know many of you have to deal with the snow and ice.  I do not envy you at all!  I am blessed not to have to deal with that here in central FL!


This was our first full week after Winter Break, the week before was a 4 day week!

  • My school has started an awesome dog bone behavior system.  The children earn dog bones from other teachers (we can't give them out to our own) for making amazing choices in school.  I have had a blast handing them out to children whom I have caught walking responsibly in line or in pairs coming back or to somewhere.
  • My class earned 5 dog bones today alone!!!  Our goal is to get 25 total so they can earn a reward.  I also love this reward system because it ties into math with me as my children keep counting or adding 1 more each time we get one!  whohohoo!
  • We have had a fun week learning about Penguins and writing about what we would do if we were a Penguin.  They came up with some super cute ideas!  I need to get some pictures of these adorable Penguins that I have received a bunch of compliments on from other teachers!  We have also been having fun learning to add, worked on the letter Ff, and learned about different kinds of weather.
  • It is also fun seeing all of the smiling faces and children who greet me who I don't even teach, not just the little ones, but the older ones say hi to me and call me by name with a great big smile on their face. These children in this amazing school are incredible bucket fillers.
  • Finally, I had 2 terrific parent conferences and I look forward to another one next week.  Together we will help my smart students continue to soar!
I hope everyone else had a fantastic week!  We have Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday off.  So it is a 3 day weekend here.  How about where you live?

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Positive Fridays - Week of January 6th, 2014

Happy New Year to those that missed my New Year's post!  Happy Friday as well.  I am so excited to be back with my amazing Kindergarten students.


This was a busy week of working hard on reviewing our rules and procedures, but I also made sure they had time to go to their reading centers, learn new skills like addition, and play a fun game!

  • I am thrilled to have had my full class 2 of the 4 days and only missing 1 the other 2 days this week!  
  • We played a fun game of Quiz, Quiz Trade using letters.  Each child had a letter card and they had to find a new partner each time the music stopped and quiz them on the letter and the sound.  I had another amazing teacher stop in to help me make it run absolutely smoothly.  She had some great ideas and I was able to get them all engaged!
  • I gave each student a white board.  They thought it was crazy when I passed out a sock with it.  Well the sock had their dry erase marker in it and that way there were no fights over colors, they got what they got.  I was also able to have them use the sock as an eraser!  I called out words and they wrote the beginning sound.  It was a great formative assessment.  My students did an amazing job!
  • My morning 3rd grade helpers continue to do a super job.  They are always so polite and eager to jump in and help.
  • I had 3rd/4th graders from next door one morning due to the cold weather, they sat in my room so quietly waiting for the bell.  I didn't even tell them to be quiet, they just did!
  • At the end of the day on Thursday, the wonderful teacher who helped me earlier came in with my amazing assistant principal and set up a cart with my ladybug (document camera), Mobi (they got this to work for me!), and laptop.  That way I can move the cart around and be closer to the whole class and not have to sit way down or bend way down to reach the laptop or the ladybug!  These ladies have helped make teaching even easier!  I will also be able to get to students quickly to stop problems that may come up in nonverbal ways like walking by them, hand on shoulder, hand on table, etc.  I am looking forward to starting it on Monday, Friday I had off due to the dentist.  That was no fun!
Ok now it is your turn!  Tell me how was your winter break?  How was it coming back to school with your kids?  Any positives you care to share?  I LOVE reading them!  If you teach Pre-K to 2 do you do any collaborative learning or fun things on white boards?  Share them with me!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year/Blogiversary

Happy New Year to each and everyone of you.   May your new year be filled with loads of happiness, laughter, and joy!  Good luck filling your New Year's resolutions.  Thanks Glitter Meets Glue Designs for creating the frame!



The past year started off rocky for me, but ended up with full filling one of my big dreams, the dream of teaching Kindergarten again.  I am so thankful for my amazing administration for giving me the chance to prove that I am a capable teacher and for hiring me to teach in the grade that I have been told by some that I was born to teach!  I have the best students as well, which makes teaching fun!

My blog turned 2 years old on the 28th of December.  Wow where did time go?  To celebrate my top 10 TPT items are on sale for just $1 through January 2nd.  Plus as a bonus my top selling Kindergarten I Have Who Has games!  Click the links to go get the products.  I will also be putting up something free on my Facebook page periodically through the 6th, which you will only be alerted on that page!  So join today!

I Have Who Has Suffixes 
Place Value to 1 Million - Common Core
Addition and Subtraction Regrouping Word Problem Task Cards
I Have Who Has Prefixes
Input Output Task Cards
Elapsed Time Word Problem Task Cards
Common Core Reading Essential Questions for 2nd Grade 
 Patriotic Owl Themed Rounding Decimal Blast
Factor Football
Halloween Themed 2nd Grade Reading and Math Centers and Worksheets

Bonus:
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Sunday, December 29, 2013

New Winter Game

Life gets in the way when you are having fun with Kindergarten students!  I finally had some time to make something new and I can't wait to give this one a try with my Kindergarten students.  I think they will be beginning to play again and again, at least I hope so!

This game is like connect 4.  It goes to sums of 6, really to 5, except for 3 + 3 as I want them to work on their fluency to 5.  In my store a year ago I posted multiplication and addition to 20 versions so be sure to check those out if you teach a higher grade!  Click the picture to get Winter Addition to 6 Flip It Connect 4!



Pin it and the first 5 to leave a link in the comments get it for FREE!  Happy New Year!

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to each and everyone of you who celebrate this wonderful holiday!  I already got the best gift I could have asked for and that is my wonderful job thanks to my amazing administrators who believed in me from day!

Christmas is a wonderful holiday filled with so much joy.  Watching children open up gifts makes it even more fun and I'll get to spend the morning with my 2nd grade nephew.  How are you spending your Christmas?

Happy Birthday Jesus!!!

I'll leave you with some fun pictures from Sea World

Me with my parents


Freezing my bootie off at Sea World. hehe

Loved Sea World's version of the Christmas Story with live animals!

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Positive Fridays - Week of December 16th, 2013

Wow, this first semester has flown by!  The kids are home and it is teacher work day for me, my amazing principal did not schedule any meetings so I can work in my room.  Yahoooooo!  I wish everyone a great last Friday before Christmas!  I hope your shopping is done.


This week was filled with tons of fun and learning!

  • The part I like least about Kindergarten is the 1 on 1 assessment as I'd rather be teaching them during small groups during that time, but it is part of the job and I am so thankful that we do not loads of required tests and can assess how we want.  My assessment showed that 9 of my 16 students know every letter of their alphabet.  4 know all, but 1 letter with 3 of them just missing typewritten g!  2 more know all, but 3 letters, and 1 missed 8.  I have 1 struggler, but she is up from 35 to 39 is a new student and has missed several days so I am proud of the progress she has made!
  • 5 of my students know all their letter sounds.  The rest are very close, except for the one new student.  I can't wait to see the amazing progress I know she will make!  15 of 16 know all of their numbers to 10.  The other one knows all, but 1 number!  3 now know all of their sight words that we teach for the year and many I have not even covered yet!  Another knows all, but 2!
  • I am so thankful that the parents of my students are helping them at home.  When we all work together great things are achieved as I am witnessing!
  • We had a blast on Tuesday learning about Holidays Around The World.  The students went to a different class every 45 minutes.  I taught them about Kwanzaa and Africa.  I had 5 groups of Kindergartners, many were excited to have me teach them a lesson as they knew me before I got the job!
  • I made a big hit with my reindeer antlers and red glowing nose!  I even wore it on picture day, but took it off for the picture, then was begged to put it on for another picture.  I can't wait to see it!  I think it is going in the yearbook.  Teachers and children in all grades hooted with laughter and told me they loved it!  The same with the amazing office staff!
  • Parents really came through for our party as I got way more than I knew was coming in.  The children loved eating all of the cupcakes, candy, chips, cookies, etc.  It was a ton of fun!  I overheard several of my kids saying how nice I am, I threw the best party ever, I'm the greatest teacher ever, etc.  I don't think they even knew I heard them!  It melts my heart to hear things like that from children.
  • I also got some wonderful gifts from the children and their parents.  I am so appreciative of them thinking of me.  
I'll be back in 3 weeks for the next Positive Friday as we are off on vacation until January 7th.  Have a great break everyone!

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Positive Fridays - Week of December 9th, 2013

Wow, I barely got this up on Friday.  So sorry I am so late.  It has been a whirlwind of a week, but I am loving every minute and that is all that counts.


This week I had 2 inservices after work that lasted until 7:30 and then today went to see The Learning Station at a free holiday concert in Indian Harbour Beach.  Speaking of The Learning Station head over to their FB page if you see this before 6pm Eastern Saturday, Dec. 14th to get a FREE CD!  Click HERE!  It will direct you to where to find it on YouTube!

  • Last Friday, I had my first observation for the school and I am so thrilled by the great results I achieved.  I even had 3 distinguished marks, which are not easy to get.  My kids were completely engaged performing The Learning Station songs "Baby Shark" and "If You're Wearing . . ." (a color song).  I showed them how to sort worms by size and then how to count them.  Then we sorted bears by color whole class and counted them.  Next, I put them in pairs and they sorted dinosaurs or insects and counted them.  Then we ended with Munchy Math Fridays where they sorted and counted goldfish crackers.  They were so engaged and excited about learning.  A couple yelled across the room toward the end, but it was academic talk!!!  I was told my kids responded to my Class/Yes from Whole Brain Teaching instantly and I had 100% attention from it each time!  If that is an issue in your class please try Class/Yes you won't regret it!
  • I continue to receive wonderful compliments on my word family snowmen that I found on Pinterest.  I'll try to get pictures and post them soon!  Teachers and kids love them!!!
  • At my inservice classes I learned more about classroom management and student engagement.  I have a few new tricks up my sleeve, as well as some great data, and can't wait to attend day 2 of classroom management on Monday.
  • I am currently testing my students 1 on 1 and I'm thrilled by the growth I am seeing.  I know that I will continue to see this growth throughout the year and can't wait to see what they know by the end of the year!  
4 more days with the kiddos and 1 teacher day until 3 weeks of winter break.  I'm ready for break, but I sure will miss those smiling faces.  

Leave some positives for me!

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Positive Fridays - Week of Dec. 2nd, 2013

Wow, it's Friday again, this year is flying by!  It will be Christmas before we all know it.  We had another busy, but fun week in Kindergarten!  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break!  I sure did, I bought an mini Ipad for my classroom, waiting on it to come in so if you have any great apps for Kindergarten post them in the comments!


This week was a busy one for me as I had my preobservation conference, a meeting for a child going into speech, a training on Common Core for Language Arts, and a quick how to for doing the FAIR test with my Kindergarten students.  I end the week today with my observation, which will be the last hour of the school day as I teach sorting and counting in Math with the independent part having my students sort and count goldfish crackers.  More information on this lesson will be coming soon!

  • At my preobservation conference I was praised for how well I answered the questions about my lesson.  I was told I did better than some teachers who have done it before!  Then my amazing administrators gave me tips on how to make it even better.  I love how supportive they are of me and the other teachers at my amazing school.  
  • I continue to receive amazing help from 3rd/4th graders in the morning.  They are hard working sweet children.
  • At the speech meeting, I was praised by a mother, father, and grandma who all 3 stated their child absolutely loves my class and has made a terrific turn around since joining my class.  This child acted out before constantly and rarely does anything other than typical 5 year old behavior in my class.  He may have just needed a male teacher.  I am thrilled that they are happy and that I am able to help him.
  • My students made super cute snowmen with word families on them.  I found the idea somewhere on Pinterest.  I will have to take some pictures and share them soon!
  • My students are also starting to take control of their own learning.  We are working super hard on blending words as the majority of my students know most of their sounds and almost half know all their letters.  When we are done blending my students raise their hands before I move to the next lesson.  They start telling me words that rhyme, if they notice that all the letters have the same short vowel sound, or how many have short a, how many have short i, etc.  It's amazing to see them take control of their learning like that!  That has been a huge highlight of my week as they have done it without me encouraging it or mentioning it to them.
  • I also completed the FAIR part that I was told to do in just 2 days with my students.  My assistant principal was so pleased that I completed it so quickly!  When children are quiet enough for me to concentrate and their classmates to concentrate, I can get through a lot quickly!  They did well with the sounds and letters!
Don't forget to leave me some kind comments in the comment section about positives that you are having in your classroom or even in life!  Maybe you have something amazing to share about your child or grandchild!  Also, send me those Ipad App ideas!

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday TPT Sale

I am pleased to finally announce I will have my store on sale for 20% off Monday through Wednesday!  On Monday and Tuesday if you use the code: CYBER at checkout.  You will get an additional 10% off, making it a 28% discount!  Get yourself some great deals.  Click the TPT picture to head to my store, even my big zip files are on sale!!!


Thanks for all of your purchases and the kind feedback you leave even on my free products.  It means the world to me that any one of you would want to use your hard earned money to buy things from me to use in your classroom.  Children using my things and having a huge smile on their face makes creating things fun and worthwhile!

Special deal for those that read my blog.  Buy 2 items get a 3rd equal or less value FREE.  After purchasing, e-mail me your username on TPT and the 2 items you bought.  Let me know what 3rd item you would like for free!  The same deal applies to Teachers Notebook!

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling.


Friday, November 29, 2013

Teacher's Notebook Sale and Giveaway!

I am pleased to be part of Teacher's Notebooks sale for the Holidays!  I have all of my products on sale there for 30% off through Tuesday.  This is the best deal you will be able to get from me for the rest of the year in any of my stores. Click on the picture to head to my store.   Happy Holidays everyone!




Oh I also am giving away 3 copies of my CVC/CVCe Cell Phone activities. Do you want to win one? If you said yes click the widget to go enter!



Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings!  Keep on smiling!


Positive Fridays - Week of November 25th, 2013

I'm a little late getting this out today, but I hope everyone in the United States had a super Thanksgiving.  As one of my student's parents told me we should be thankful all the time and not just on Thanksgiving and that is why I constantly thank each and everyone of you who have supported me through my blogging journey and creating things.


This was only a two day week so I will share some positives from those 2 days and last Friday!
  • Last Friday, I was blessed to have a couple of parents supply food for Munchy Math Fridays.  We used the food to count objects to 10!  It's nice overhearing my students saying how nice I am and how they love using food to learn.  They also each brought in a small bag of food and mixed it together with each others while saying 3 things they were thankful for.
  • This week we worked on learning about The First Thanksgiving and doing some of my Thanksgiving related activities like my letter match up from my Thanksgiving Kindergarten and Number Fun and my turkey color word craft.
  • On Monday, I had my example of "The Long Legged Turkey" from Deanna Jump's Thanksgiving packet on the board and the children were super excited.  They made some great turkeys and came up with some great alternatives to eat instead of turkey.  Click the hyperlink if you missed my post from Wednesday with their examples!  I had so many compliments from teachers and other students. I new I picked a great idea when they dished out those compliments.
  • We also made butter by putting whipping cream into baby food jars and shaking them over and over again.  This took a ton of shaking, but my students stayed with it and were able to make butter!  Boy were they excited, which was great to see!
  • We ended our short week together by having a party to celebrate Thanksgiving.  
  • I am also blessed to have 2 to 4 students from a teacher come in first thing in the morning to help me sharpen pencils, pass out papers, unstack chairs, trace things, paper clip things, etc.  These boys and girls are a huge help!
How was your Thanksgiving?  What are you thankful for?  Any positives that you care to share with us?

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Fun with Turkeys

We have had so much fun learning about Thanksgiving the past couple of weeks in my Kindergarten class.  If you've read my Positive Friday posts, you know we put on a fun Thanksgiving play and dressed up as Pilgrims, Native Americans (Indians), and Turkeys.  The children looked adorable.  Tuesday they got to dress up as what they didn't get to for the play and a wonderful parent came in to paint their faces!

We also had some fun with some crafts.  Tuesday we did this cute color word turkey pilgrim and Native American craft that I sell.  Click the picture if you'd like to do it after Thanksgiving or to store for next year!  It's only $1.50!



Monday we had a blast making Deanna Jump's Long Legged Turkey's that have the turkeys picketing wanting people to eat something other than turkey!  I got so many compliments on them.  I slightly changed Deanna's example as I didn't want to deal with paint so instead I traced plates on brown paper and the children cut them out and put it together.  Click the picture and it will take you to Deanna Jump's Thanksgiving Math and Literacy Activities, which you can get in her TPT store if you like this great activity.  




I wish each and everyone of you a great Thanksgiving.  Have a great time off from work.  I am extra thankful this year having been hired to teach in a wonderful school with amazing students, parents, administrators, grade level teammates, office staff, guidance counselor, custodians, and all of the other wonderful teachers and people who make the school run so smoothly.  Everyone has been so helpful and kind to me.

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling!



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