Friday, August 12, 2016

Five for Friday!

TGIF! Especially for all you teachers that just started back to school this week. Luckily, I still have two and a half weeks before training starts! But once the end of May/beginning of June comes around and all of you are done with school, I will still have a few weeks left and will be jealous of you!

Okay, so I don't know if you heard, but Starbucks is FINALLY bringing almond milk to their stores. YASSSS! And all the non dairy people rejoice! I am! This was seriously probably the best news I've heard all week. BRING ON THE PSLs (Pumpkin Spice Lattes)

I really really REALLY should stay off Pinterest. Every time I go on, I'm like "Oh look! I should add ____ and _____ to my classroom." or "I'm going to change my classroom theme 1 week before school starts!" (That was me two years lie) Pinterest is a wonderful tool that I love, but it just makes me see more awesome ideas and want to start even more projects for my classroom! But I think this one is worth it...
It's a portable word wall! I used to have an entire bulletin board devoted to a word wall, which would inevitably be blank until November rolled around and I realized I need to add words from after Week 2. I tried using dry erase strips and write the word when students needed it but it was in the back of the room and I was walking back and forth a lot. So I took it down after Christmas Break and used it to display writing instead. But I still wanted to have a word wall. 
So thank you for the inspiration Literacy Spark, Teach Two Reach, and Buggy for First! It's bright ideas like this that make me thankful for social media and Teachers Pay Teachers. I can't wait to show you the end result of mine! 

Like the rest of the world, I have been watching the Olympics all week. (My favorites to watch are swimming, diving, gymnastics, and volleyball!) I loved watching Simone Biles and the rest of the Final Five take the GOLD! And of course, the greatest of all time, Michael Phelps. Especially when he made THIS face, which started a whole meme making frenzy... Here are a few of my favorites that I saw... 

Find and follow these two hilarious ladies on Instagram- @jugglingela and @theclassroomkey

I did it. I finally caved and bought myself my first pair of Tieks! After reading sooo many teacher reviews and hear y'all rave about them, I decided to try them out! Because you know, TREAT YO SELF! (Especially if you are a teacher)
I got a size 8, in cream because they will match everything. I am usually an 8 or 8 1/2 and they told me to size down, which I did. They are snug, but they are supposed to form to your feet. I can't wait to wear them once I go back to school! 

I just had to share this ADORABLY CUTE pineapple print! I have a teeny bulletin board behind my desk where I put student drawings and "love mail" on display. 
And I finished this product this week! My kinda new theme is Chalkboard with Turquoise, Lime Green and Pink (I had like every color in my classroom last year, so I narrowed it down to those three) Grab it here at TPT for only $1 for the first five buyers! 

 And... I had to leave you with one last Michael Phelps meme- Who else shares my love for some GUAC?!?!

Cheers to the weekend!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Five for Friday

Happy Summertime!!!!

I promise I did not die, get kidnap, or run away to a tropical island for the last 6 months. (Although, the last option sounds wonderful...) More on what I was doing the last six months will come later...

So, I am finally getting back into the blogging world, and TPT swing of things, and figured what better way then to do a Five for Friday!

So I gave into the new, cool thing this summer (and NO, I'm not talking about Pokemon Go) the pretty pink Starbucks drink! Now when I go to Starbucks, I am strictly a "givemecaffeineorIwilldietoday"
kinda order. I don't think I have ever ordered a drink that does not have some form of coffee/espresso. My go to drink is an iced doppio with a pump of classic and a splash of almond milk. Or black coffee. When it comes to coffee, I am pretty hard core.

Anyways, I kept seeing these pretty pink drinks all over Insta. My first thought was, "Who goes to Starbucks and doesn't get caffeine?" And my next... "This would make a super cute Snapchat." So I caved in and got one. The pink drink is actually a Strawberry Refresher with Coconut Milk instead of water. And it is delicious! The perfect refresher (haha, get it?) for a hot SoCal day. And of course I Snapchatted and Instagrammed it!

PS I'm on Instagram more than anything, so follow me! @sweetforkindergarten

Being on Summer break means a lot of Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, etc, which means a lot of finding new ideas. "Ooooh, light boxes, hmmm maybe I'll do brag tags, okay I can totally redo my entire classroom!" (Yes, my brain is running wild)

I decided to find 1 (yes, just ONE) project to complete over the summer. When I came across this pin, it was game over. I'm just a little bit obsessed with organization. Seriously, check out Teaching Outside the Boxes' blog post to read more about it.

These files before... You CAN'T sit with us!!! 

Michael's was having a 40% off craft supplies, so I only paid a little over $4 per project cases. They only had 6, so I bought all 6.
And then, I HAD to make cute covers for each one. I put two months on one until I can get more. (This sounds like If you give a Teacher, a Pinterest...story coming along)
I can't wait to get all the files nice and neat in there! My OCDness is so happy! 

Who else LOVES the sun as much as I do?!?! That warm feeling on your skin has to be the best feeling in the world! So this past week I have been enjoying the sun at my apartment pool! Except for today, because NO ONE should be outside with this killer heat wave in SoCal. 

(Plus, I LOVE Lilly Pulitzer, so I couldn't resist!)

It's like Christmas in July every year when this baby comes in...

It was so not hard to pick which cover I wanted. I saw pineapples and I was sold! (Although, the pink flamingos one came out a week later...there's always next year.) Oh, and it has my new last name!!! That I am still getting used to. I had to give my name to a hostess and I said "Kristina Severine...wait I mean Harrill, my last name is Harrill. She looked at me like I was having some kinda of crisis identity, but I kinda am since half of everything I am still Severine, and the other half is now Harrill, ha! Anyways, look at this new feature!!! 
All the heart eye emojis!!! I can't write to do lists with dry erase. My OCDness is SO SO super happy!
Last, but not least....It really is Christmas in July! Check out my Christmas in July sale from July 25th to July 26th! Just click on the picture to go to my TPT store. Merry Christmas to you!!!! 

See ya in another 6 months! Just kidding, I'll be back next week. :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Target Dollar Find- Dry Erase Sentence Strips

Oh, Target, how I love you! And your conveniently located Dollar Spot right at the front of the store. I HAVE to look around, even if I am just going into Target for shampoo. I always end up leaving with some fuzzy socks, another metal pail, $10 worth of bins and those seasonal pencils. Well, I decided to make my Target finds a little more useful and share how I use them in my classroom!

Here is my first Target Dollar Spot find! Dry Erase Sentence Strips- $1 for about 30 strips.
(These are not the hard board ones- but the more paper-like ones)

I found these at the Target Dollar Spot this past summer. So of course, I had to buy 5 sets of them. They have really come in handy while doing word sorts, teaching my small group reading centers, and writing sentences to use. But my best idea for them came to me earlier this week. You could make your own using sentence strips and laminating them!

While I was looking at my {still bare} word wall, an idea popped into my head. I should use those erasable sentence strips for my word wall. I can add and erase words as I need to! This really comes in handy when we are working on writing and we need to spell a new word. All I did was cut them in half and staple them up! No more switching out words every month or quarter, and its super easy to change up. The students can even write words!

Here is what my new word wall looks like! 

A close-up of the words.

Just erase...

 And it's ready for a new word! 

Thank you Target! Reason #3125 why teachers love Target.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Writing "October" on the board today didn't feel real. I don't know where September went, but I'm glad October is here! Although it's "fall", it still feels like summer in Southern California. Thank God for AC in my classroom, so at least I can start wearing my cute fall outfits.

I am linking up with Oh Boy! Fourth Grade for her monthly Currently link up, so I am keeping it short and sweet!

Listening: Scandal is on! It is my must watch fall TV show. I LOVE Olivia Pope!

Loving: My go to Ben & Jerry's flavor- Salted Caramel Core... and really anything that is salted caramel {or pumpkin- you can never go wrong with pumpkin}

Thinking: After a few {many} disruptions today, I didn't finish my next week's plans like I normally do. Usually I plan a month at a time, but I haven't seem to catch up this year, between moving, new school, new curriculum, etc... So, I will be at school bright and early!

Wanting: This weather needs to cool down already! It was cool in June, but sweltering hot in October? I can't wait for it to cool down just a bit more. I know there's no fall here, but it will still get cooler than South Florida, so I am happy!

Needing: Next weekend I am going to Vegas! For the first time! (Well...except for the time we drove through Vegas, but stopped so I could play one slot machine in Caesar's Palace) I so need a mini vacation already, so I hope this week goes by fast.

Boo-tiful: I am the biggest Essie fan, and my 20 something collection is proof... My newest favorite color is Essie Ballet Slippers! It is a pretty light pink that goes with everything.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

How to Boost Sight Word Fluency

Sight words, high frequency words, words to know, whatever you call them, is such an important part of Kindergarten and learning to read. They will always be one of the first steps to becoming a fluent reader. If you think about it, sight words are just a few letters, in a certain order that make a word that you can't "sound out", so you have to memorize it. Memorizing may be easy for some kids, but it is very challenging for others. If you are looking for new suggestions on how to teach sight words, especially how to differentiate sight words, then read on!

{Click on the picture to download Sight Word Bags for free!}

Every year that I have taught Kindergarten, I have used sight word bags. This idea came from a former teacher on my team, who also believed the whole "sight words are super duper important". It is just a sandwich size ziplock baggie with a set of 6 sight words.

I give them a set on bright paper to cut out to put in their baggie, and a set goes home to practice at home.

Anytime they finish their work early, or need something to do, they take out their sight word baggie to practice. If they don't know a word, they can "ask 3, then me". I have them practice them with a friend if we have 5 minutes to spare. They have even brought them to recess to practice there! Once they know those 6 sight words, they come to me for me to test them. I go through those 6, and they have to say them fast, or it doesn't count.  If they get them all right, (yay!) they get a sticker for a sticker chart, but if they don't they keep practicing them.

{I was gifted these sticker charts, but you can find them at any teacher store!}

Every student will learn sight words at a different pace and that's okay. All of my students are on different sight word lists right now, so I use a google doc spreadsheet to keep track. I pull it up every day, so I can write in if a student has mastered another list. This is a great way to differentiate your sight words every week, while still teaching the sight words the curriculum gives you.

Sight Word Cut and Spell is a go to word work center for my students. I have a set at my Teachers Pay Teachers store with an editable version, so you can put in your own weekly sight words. This helps them read the word and learn how to spell it.

{Click on the picture to go to this product.}

What are your ideas to teach sight words???

Monday, August 31, 2015

Teacher Week- 5 Fun Facts!

Today is my official last day of summer! I have been lucky enough to enjoy two extra weeks of summer due to moving... (more about that later) To celebrate/mourn the end of summer, I am sitting and relaxing ALL day by the pool.

 I am super excited to link up with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week!  

And since today is Monday, you get to read more about me! 

 My favorite place in the world is the beach! I have never lived more than 20 minutes from the nearest beach, so I consider myself very lucky.

I lived near Fort Lauderdale Beach until I went to college at Florida Gulf Coast University, which is located near Fort Myers Beach. I taught in that area for three years, then moved to California this past summer, where I live near Laguna Beach! Although the beach is different here, I am happy to be able to go there on the weekends, to enjoy the sun and sand.
Enjoying Laguna Beach!
When I get stressed, bored, or I'm looking for something to do, I turn to baking! I've always said that baking is my form of stress relief. I love to find a new recipe on Pinterest and tweak it to make it my own!
This is a homemade caramel apple pie that I made for Thanksgiving. So yummy!
A year and a half ago, our puppy, Jack came into our lives! He is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel (a smaller version of a cocker spaniel) and was even born on Valentine's Day! It has been quite the learning experience training and taking care of a very highly energetic puppy! Here are some cute pictures of Jackers!

Elephants are my favorite animal! When I was very little, my favorite movie was Jungle Book, and I told everyone that I wanted to go to Africa to see the elephants! Ever since then, I have loved elephants. 

My second favorite place in the world is Target. I have a serious addiction to Target. I can't go in there and not buy $50 worth of things. I go in for shampoo and paper towels,  but come out with half the dollar spot, office supplies, and hey- something new to hang on my walls.

These accurately describe my relationship with Target. I am serious about creating a shirt that says #teacherslovetarget because we all know it's true.