Saturday, July 5, 2014

Monkeying Around on the Fourth

                                                                  Four on the Fourth
      One of my favorite teacher bloggers, Ms.M,  is having a Four on the Fourth linky party, so I thought I'd add 4 of my latest shopping finds.  I didn't really plan on doing more school shopping for a while, but my husband had some Bass Pro Shop gift cards that were burning a hole in his pocket.  The 4th of  July seemed like a good time for a drive to Concord Mills, the huge outlet mall about 1 1/2 hours away, and oh, joy! It has an Education Express store! So while Sam was in fishing supply heaven, I headed for the teacher store.
       My first mission was to find some bananas to use with the Top Banana letter recognition unit
that I use at the beginning of the year.  (Thank you, Marsha McGuire). What do you know? I found bananas. But then I saw these really cute monkeys with the bananas, and thought, Wild about Kindergarten, or maybe Welcome to the Zoo? So I put the bananas back and got this instead.

     So I am not exactly sure about how I will use them, but there are lots of possibilities.

     Then I found this chart -- perfect for charting the mastery of letter recognition and later sight words.


       Now all I can see are monkeys, so I added these stickers and incentive charts to my cart.

    That was enough with monkeys and bananas!

    My other purchase was some new sticks for my "BANG! Game. I think I got that idea from Reagan Tunstall several years ago.  My kinders always love that game, and my sticks were pretty dirty, so I got new sticks that I color coded to match the sight word lists -- now I can differentiate. The kids can choose a stick by the color that matches the sight word list they are working on.

     I have turned in my supply order, and I don't intend to buy any more school stuff - until TPT has a nice sale sometime before school starts. I have a couple things on that wish list.  I need to make one more trip to school to do a little more sorting and purging, then I hope to forget about it for about a month. 
Happy July!


  1. Oh my word you are so sweet. :) thank you for your comment and for linking up. That set is so cute. I have looked at it before and wondered what I could create with them. A fellow teacher at my school has them and she uses them to decorate her student work display. She has a whole monkey theme. I look forward to seeing what you create.

  2. I have the Monkey set you bought and use it on a bulletin board in my room. I hang the vine and monkeys across the top. I also added "Great Work Hangs Here". I found the saying on a link on Pinterest.


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