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Round Rock, Texas, United States
I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and a Christian Kindergarten Teacher. Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy sewing, scrapbooking, quilting and creating innovative, hands on lessons for my students.

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Why teach Pre-K?

Because, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13

Because, I love it and am called to it!

For my children and my husband!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Time for a Valentines Day FREEBIE!

Hello All, I have just made my Dollar Store Centers free in my TpT store. I have found the dollar store to be an invaluable resource for classroom centers. If your local dollar stores are as great as mine you will have no problem finding the basic tools needed to use these center ideas. Do you like to have your students use bags or make mailboxes? This year I have a parent donating tin mailboxes with the children's names on them. I think they will be super cute! In years past I have done love notes where the parents write their kiddos a little note at the door for me to read them each morning leading up to Valentines day. I also have enjoyed having parents "sneak" me a teddy bear and a card to greet their child the morning of Valentines day and then having a teddy bear picnic. Since I have moved to Kindergarten at the same school I can't very well steal the Pre-Kindergarten activities so I am looking for some new favorites to make traditions out of in Kindergarten. What are your favorites? Do you have any activities that have been successes or failures? I would love to hear from you. Enjoy the freebie, use the link below to download!
Dollar Store Centers for Valentines Day
Dollar Store Centers for Valentines Day: 14+ centers

Monday, January 12, 2015

Kids with Dyslexia-How can we help?

As a Mom of 2 dyslexic kiddos I know it can be heartbreaking to watch them struggle to read and learn. It has been especially difficult with my 2nd son who is 7. He is repeating Kindergarten so that he can go through Dyslexia therapy without missing new concepts at school. He has already given up on reading, hates it and cries over every word. To say he is a severe dyslexic is an understatement. So a few weeks ago we had a talk about how to make reading easier, he loves to color, cut, glue etc. With that in mind I made a few worksheets after searching for some to buy and coming up empty. We did one worksheet a night for the last month and he was happy to do them. Little did he know he was truly learning how to see b,d,p and q without reversals. I think using large type with a very simple font also helped. I know there are specific fonts out there that SLP's feel are best but I wanted to use a different one to see if it truly made a difference. I personally think the simpler the font the better. Since my Collin liked these so much I have made them into a TpT packet of worksheets. As I come up with more for him I will add them to the packet. My hope is that these simple practice sheets will give him more confidence in reading. Also, they are great practice for any Pre-k/K kiddo, even ones without dyslexia. Collin especially liked finding the "b" on the coloring page below. He also really likes tape as your can see from the cutting page. He said these were his 2 favorites out of the pack. I won't post all of the pics but I always take one to send to Grandma so she can tell him how proud she is of him for doing his "homework."
Dyslexia-Worksheets-Help-with-bdp-and-q-reversals


So,we as parents and teachers will still need to support these kiddos with patience, kindness and love. Encourage them to read even though it is hard, do our best to foster a love for reading and be there to help when it is too hard. Hopefully fun, simple exercises like these can help  build confidence in these kids that need it the most. As always this is a work in progress and I would value any suggestions you may all have about this packet. I have a few more ideas for this weekend and hopefully more to come. I hope these can help your kiddos as much as I feel they are helping mine.
Till next time,Christine

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I'm starting a new Kindergarten Blog!

Hello All, I am so excited to share with you that I have just started a new blog just for Kindergarten. I often talk about Kindergarten here at The Crazy Pre-k Classroom and now Kindergarten will have it's own home over at The Krafty Kindergarten Teacher I will continue posting on both blogs and keep my TpT sore under the same name so there is no confusion. Be on the lookout for freebies, giveaways and new resources. I hope you will join me in this new endeavor! Thanks, Christine

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ring in the New Year with a Freebie and a Sale!

Hello Blogging friends, can you believe in just a few short hours we will be in 2015? Where has the time gone! I know I have not been as present online as usual so I put together a little freebie as a thank you for your following. I also have my entire store on sale (20% off everything!) from January 1st-January 4th, just in time to stock up on resources for the second half of the school year. Click the links below to go directly to the freebie and to my store. Thank you for a wonderful 2014!

Snowflake-Slap Freebie: Dolche Primer Sight Word Games
The-Crazy-Pre-k-Classroom TPT Store
Have a blessed 2015!
Christine

Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 My year in Review

Well, my post really begins in August of 2013 at the start of school with 14 pre-kers and a new school year full of fun and uncertainty. The excitement of new friends and families to serve, the start of a new class of kiddos, so incredible! However, if I had known the whirlwind I was about to be on I may have curled up in a ball in the corner! That is not to say all was bad. The one thing that kept me sane was my kiddos at school and the wonderful staff I was surrounded with. My class was wonderful, my Teachers Pay Teachers store was growing and all was well with my family and I. August and September were wonderful but for some reason every year October seems to be the month something hits home. Without question the first week of October we got a shock, my husbands Grandmother had died suddenly, which meant a trip from Texas to New Jersey for the funeral, That would only be the first 2 days I was away from my kiddos. You see I was out more than a month in the 2013-2014 school year, between the funeral, emergency appendix surgery, the flu, strep, a newly found heart condition and emergency gall bladder surgery it was a hard year. Not one of my days was taken of my own choosing and I did not have a regular paycheck from December through May. (Which caused another set of problems but we won't go into that!) Even with all of this sickness my kiddos were so wonderful and their families as well. I was supported with dinners, gifts and prayers. My co-teachers were wonderful picking up my slack and helping where needed. I cannot tell you how much I was blessed by everyone around me. I was incredibly loved and cared for by my family, friends and even people I hardly knew. To feel such love strengthened my faith in the midst of these trials. So, I spent the summer trying to get my strength back, I willed my way through February to May but my stamina an strength were not the same. I was exhausted as if I was a brand new teacher, taking a nap everyday when I got home and unable to show my family the attention and support they needed. The Dr. told me that having that much surgery and sickness that it would take a year to fully recover and boy was he right, even now in December of 2014 I am still not the same person I was before last year. This 2014-2015 school year came with a wonderful surprise, I was moving to Kindergarten! After the year before I was happy with a contract but a contract with a significant pay raise and into Elementary was a dream come true. I won't lie it was hard to move from  my nice new classroom, with windows and plenty of storage to a small space with no windows, no storage and barely enough space for 10 kiddos. It has been such a blessing! I have the greatest group of kiddos, wonderful families and I have gotten used to my smaller space. It is actually quite nice to be in my own space, where I can fully concentrate on my kiddos. The start of the year was hectic with a slight learning curve but I am enjoying every moment of it. My only negative is not having time to keep up with my Teachers Pay Teachers store as much as I would like but I have a feeling all of the new material I am creating for my class this year will get refined and posted over the summer. For all of you reading this post I Thank You for being supportive, for not forgetting about me and for your continued following of my blog even though I have been more absent than I would like. All in All I would have to say I have a pretty darn good life and even through the struggles and stresses God continues to show me His goodness through those He has surrounded me with. Especially all of you! I hope you all had a Wonderful Christmas and that your New Year is filled with love, excitement and health!