Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kinderglynn Giveaway

I am super excited to announce a new giveaway sponsored by Donna Glynn from Kinderglynn. Donna has so graciously agreed to give away her brand new Summer Packet. The packet is a great way to help students reinforce skills over the summer. It has a calendar with an activity to complete for each day of the month and a recording sheet so they can write their answers.




To enter the giveaway, here is what you need to do:

1) Follow Donna's blog Kinderglynn.
2) Follow Donna on TPT.
3) Follow me at Chalk Talk.
4) Share an idea for a fun end of the year activity you do with your kids or a way that you encourage your kids to continue learning over the summer.
5) Be sure to include your email address.

The giveaway ends Sunday, May 15th at midnight. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing and announced on Monday, May 16th. Good luck everyone!! I can't wait to read everyone's great ideas!!

122 comments:

Workshop Classroom said...

Hi! I follow you, Donna, and her TpT store! My favorite end of year activity is writing up a summer "reading" plan in which they promise to read everyday over the summer. They also plan out places where they will read and books/genres they want to read.

workshopclassrooms@gmail.com
http://workshopclassroom.blogspot.com

weety said...

I would love this! I already follow Kinderglynn--it's great!

Deda said...

Hi! I also follow you and Donna and now follow her TPT store. My favorite end of the year activity has been to create a learning calendar which lists ideas the students can use to practice our K skills and prep for 1st grade skills using things around their house or experiences they might naturally have during their summer. One item on the calendar is to go to the library and sign up for a library card. I also offer a trip to the prize box if they bring back their completed summer calendars or a list of books they read over the summer.

Thank you!
maloshell@bellsouth.net

weety said...

I also follow Donna's TPT store.

weety said...

I already follow you as well!

Ms. Lopez said...

I already follow your blog.

imakteechur@gmail.com

weety said...

My email address is tillack@verizon.net

Gina said...

I follow your blog, Kunderglynn, and her TpT store. I'd love this packet to help my Kinders stay sharp over the summer. At the end of the year, we reflect on the goals we set at the beginning of K. Then we set goals for the summer of things they want to work on before entering 1st grade.

gburns2@gmail.com

Kari said...

I follow Kinderglynn!

Karianne1120@gmail.com

Kari said...

I follow Donna on TpT too!

Karianne1120@gmail.com

Kari said...

I follow ChalkTalk!

Karianne1120@gmail.com

Kari said...

At the end of the year my kindergarteners and I put on a little concert for our families. We sing a lot of our learning songs and do a little readers theater. The children love it, but I think the parents enjoy it even more! After our concert is over we have some treats and the children get to share their kindergarten scrapbooks with their parents.

Karianne1120@gmail.com

The Reading Teacher said...

I follw Chalk Talk and Kinderglynn! I buy my students sand buckets and fill them with reading goodies!

janettegonzalez3@msn.com

Anna said...

I follow your blog!

repsisan@dist102.k12.il.us

Anna said...

I follow Donna's blog!

Anna said...

I follow Donna's TPT store.

repsisan@dist102.k12.il.us

Brandy said...

I follow Donna's blog!

thelacy4 at windstream dot net

Brandy said...

I follow Donna's TpT store!

thelacy4 at windstream dot net

Brandy said...

I follow Chalk Talk!

thelacy4 at windstream dot net

Brandy said...

One end of the year activity, which is completely fun and nothing educational, is sponge tag. Bring a bunch of sponges, one per kiddo, and a few tubs of water outside. The kids dip the sponges in the water and tag each other. They always end up inventing different types of tag to play with the sponges. Obviously, there are rules (no tagging on the head or throwing sponges), but I've always invited parents to watch and that probably keeps everyone in check. SO MUCH FUN!

Here is another activity that is also totally not educational and mostly for the teachers and best for the last week of school. Set up little beach chairs, kiddie pools, blow up palm trees, beach umbrellas, etc. outside of the classroom in the hall. Teachers wear , grass skirts, and hold drinks in plastic coconut shaped cups with umbrellas. This is how the kids are greeted each morning...teacher lounging in the chair sipping coke from a coconut. The kids love it! Sets the mood for summer!

Finally, when you have nothing else for parents to help out with, start giving them things to do that will help you get ready for the next school year. Need something copied for the new reading binders? Check. Need something cut out for the welcome back bulletin board? Check. Think of all the little things that you have to do to get ready for the beginning of school and let them at it.

thelacy4 at windstream dot net

Amber said...

I follow Kinderglynn!

Amber said...

I already follow her TpT!

Amber said...

I now follow your blog! :)

Amber said...

Oops, forgot my email on all of those. amberlazenby@gmail.com

Ashley said...

I follow your blog! aelankey(@)gmail.com

Ashley said...

I follow Kinderglynn- love it! aelankey(@)gmail.com

Ashley said...

I follow Donna's TpT store! aelankey(@)gmail.com

Michele said...

I am already a follower of kinderglynn, her tpt store, and your blog! At the end of the year we read Leo the Late Bloomer then students make flowers and write one way they have "bloomed" in Kindergarten on each flower petal. Then hang them up for parents to see when they come for our end of year program.

michele.vasi@ironmail.org

Meghan said...

I follow Chalktalk and love it!

TrutterM@hotmail.com :)

Kelly B said...

I follow Donna's TpT store!

kellybbrown@gaston.k12.nc.us

Kelly B said...

I follow Kinderglynn blog!

kellybbrown@gaston.k12.nc.us

Kelly B said...

I follow Chalk Talk!

kellybbrown@gaston.k12.nc.us

Kelly B said...

This year I am going to make time capsules for my kids to open when they graduate!
kellybbrown@gaston.k12.nc.us

Ali said...

I follow Donna's blog!! She has so many great ideas!!

Ali

What happens in kindergarten... lasts a lifetime

Ali said...

I also follow Donna's TpT.

Ali
What happens in kindergarten... lasts a lifetime

Ali said...

To keep our K students going into 1st grade writing over the summer, I created a writing calendar to go along with their writer's notebook. There are various prompts for July and August for the students to write. We ask that they do at least 2 a week. In September we have the first graders bring back their writer's notebook to share with the kindergartners. It helps our new students see what the writer's notebook will become! We also give a prize to those students for all the hard work over the summer!

Ali

What happens in kindergarten... lasts a lifetime

Ali said...

I also follow Chalk Talk!

Sorry I forgot to include my email in the previous entries!

Ali
What happens in kindergarten... lasts a lifetime

alischepis (at) gmail (dot) com

Cindy said...

I follow Kinderglynn! :o)

Cindy
ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

Cindy said...

Donna is on my favorite sellers list at Tpt!

Cindy
ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

Cindy said...

Of course I follow the Chalk Talk blog!! :o)
Cindy
ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

Nancy Wilson said...

I follow Donna's blog!
Thanks, Nancy
The Apple Basket Teacher
Nancydwilson@hotmail.com

Nancy Wilson said...

I follow Donna at TpT! Thanks, Nancy
The Apple Basket Teacher
Nancydwilson@hotmail.com

Nancy Wilson said...

I follow your blog! Thanks, Nancy
The Apple Basket Teacher
Nancydwilson@hotmail.com

Nancy Wilson said...

Since Father's Day is in June, I like to have the students make a personalized checkerboard for their dads. They do no need to stick with the traditional black & red, but they can use any two colors they choose! Thanks, Nancy
The Apple Basket Teacher
Nancydwilson@hotmail.com

Ms. Thomas said...

I follow both our your blogs! I love your ideas and how I can change them a little for my first graders!

At the end of the year, I always do superlative awards with them. I usually have ones like, "most likely to break their pencil" or "most likely to make us laugh". My favorite is "Smart Cookie Award" The kids love them, since it so personal to them!

Ms. Thomas
ffion86@gmail.com
thefirstgradejungle.blogspot.com

Gwendolyn said...

I follow both your blogs and now I follow Donna's TPT site.
For the end of the year, my favorite activity is the Kindergarten Graduation. The teachers do a fabulous job preparing each student for his/her part to showcase what they have learned during the year. Each child speaks/sings and it is absolutely adorable.
At the end of the ceremony the students are paraded through the audience of parents, family, friends, and even the student body. Everyone stands and claps.
It is so precious and the students beam from ear to ear.

Gwendolyn Atkinson
gwendolynatkinson31@yahoo.com
http://gwendolynscurriculumcafe.blogspot.com/

Cheree' said...

I already follow Donna's wonderful blog!

Cheree' said...

I also follow Donna's TpT.

Cheree' said...

I LOVE following your blog!

Cheree' said...

Forgot to include my email address on my previous comments. It's chereemeans@gmail.com.

Miss Hakanson said...

I follow both blogs and now her TPT store! Right now I am preparing the students summer fun buckets. I buy the sand pails at Target and fill them with fun summer surprises. I also give them a pack of Forget-me-not seeds with a little message that says It's been an UNFORGETTABLE year! Don't FORGET to stop by next year and say hello! I will miss you over the summer! Love, Miss Hakanson =)
email: lhakanson@webster.k12.wi.us

Becky said...

I follow both blogs. As an end-of-the-year activity, the kindergarten classes put on a performance for the families. We do not call it a graduation because they are staying at the same school next year. We do 6 songs all together, have a slide show of photos from the year, and have desserts. Before the performance the children have to make invitations for their family, which is a good writing project.
Becky, bneumann24@yahoo.com

Laura Starnes said...

I follow Donna's Blog

Laura Starnes said...

An end of the year activity that I do. I give each child an 8x10 flat canvas already painted blue with seaweed and sand. We make an assembly line and each child dips their thumb or finger in paint and places it on the canvas. Then with a sharpie right their name under it. We are the Sea Creatures so their prints are turned into fish! And now they have something to remember their K friends.

For Summer enrichment, I send home the first grade reading list, a bookmark, some silly glasses (plastic sunglasses from $ store with lens popped out), and one of our "magic pointers" (cocktail stir sticks). I put them in a cute little bag with a little note from me. They love it!

Laura Starnes said...

Email address: laurastarnes@ymail.com

Kristin Young said...

I follow your blog & Donna's! At the end of the year last year I bought cheapo journals and hot glued construction paper to the front in each child's favorite color. Then I used fun stickers to put their names & some decorations. I told them to practice writing over the summer and that if they brought them back to me at the beginning of the next school year I'd let them go to my treasure box. I was surprised at how many came back with good writing! :)

Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten
kristinmockler@gmail.com

Luv2Teach said...

I follow your blog!
jdsargo@sbcglobal.net

Luv2Teach said...

I follow Donna's TPT store!
jdsargo@sbcglobal.net

Luv2Teach said...

I follow Donna's blog!
jdsargo@sbcglobal.net

Luv2Teach said...

At the end of the year, we make keepsake pillowcases. I have a darling little poem that I iron on to pillowcases. Then each student gets to paint a handprint on each pillowcase. After the handprints dry, I write each student's name on their handprints. The students not only have a great keepsake of their Kindergarten year, but the pillowcase also serves as a great way to transport supplies, etc. home on the last day!
jdsargo@sbcglobal.net

Marcie said...

I follow both blogs and the TPT store... I starteed eyeing this summer packet yesterday!!

To be honest, all I've done in the past is had children fill out a summer book log and offered a reward for a log that was filled out and signd 5 times a week... but you ladies are inspiring me to "take it up a notch" ;) I hope I win so that will be a litte easier!

Thank you both for all you do!

Mrs. Erickson said...

Donna's Summer Packet caught my eye right away, it looks fantastic! I happily follow you both! At the end of the school year my kindergarten students make graduates for the graduating class. They each chose a graduate, study their yearbook photo (to copy their hair/eye color and other facial details) and make a graduate to look just like them. We hang the graduates in the gym for graduation ceremony. I wish there was a way to post a picture because they are pretty cute!!

Mrs. Erickson said...

Hello! I happily follow both of your blogs and on TpT! At the end of the school year, each kindergartner makes a graduate to match an actual graduating senior at the high school. We use the yearbook to study their hair color/eye color and other facial details. They are a lot of work, but so worth it! If anyone would like a picture, I would be happy to e-mail one to you! They are CUTE! We hang them up in the gym for graduation and many seniors display them at their Open Houses. My e-mail is jerickson@pp.mn.us.

Laura Starnes said...

I follow your blog

Laura Starnes said...

I follow Donna's blog

Laura Starnes said...

I follow Donna on TpT

Laura Starnes said...

Something I do to encourage learning over the summer: Each child gets a pail with a stack of sight word cards, shovel, reading glasses ($1 store sunglasses with lens popped out), bookmark, and a list. They play a game where they scoop up the sight word, read it and put it in the pail. I have a note in the pail to them about getting their parents to take them to the library and read books. They can use their glasses and bookmark and write the titles that they read on the paper. When they come back in August, ready for first grade, they bring me the paper and get a prize =)

Laura Starnes said...

My email: laurastarnes@ymail.com

P.S. I did this the other day, but heard that several comments were erased when blogger did their maintenance. I did not see my comments so I redid it. If you can still see my other comments, then I apologize for duplicating. =) Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I too follow your blog, Donna's blog, and her TPT store. We have a HUGE Promotion ceremony each year. The students wear caps and gowns too. It is held at night. We sing a variety of songs that go with our theme and the students receive certificates and "rings" from our school board members. This is usually held several days before the actual last day of school. Those last few days we really try to do "fun" review activities, like phonics bingo, math workplaces, reading of books, etc. One year we gave each student a ball labeled with "I had a ball in Kindergarten!" to take home and use over the summer. Last year the students got seeds and a pot with soil to grow at home since we had been taking care of our school garden. They also had a journal to write in about their plants. This is a fun time of year to do all of those "fun" activities that might not fit in with the "testing" culture of many kindergartens.
jaynedane@yahoo.com

Heather said...

I am already a loyal follower of you blog as well as Donna's.
tcottiero@sbcglobal.net

Heather said...

I also follow Donna's TpT store. Love her stuff!
tcottiero@sbcglobal.net

Heather said...

To promote summer learning, I buy each of my kids a "summer-themed" book from Scholastic. I also send home a homework calendar, similar to Donna's packet. If the kids return the packet on the first day of school, I always give them a special treat.
tcottiero@sbcglobal.net

Deedee Wills said...

I follow your fabulous blog!

Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

Deedee Wills said...

I love Donna's things on TpT and I follow her!
Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

Deedee Wills said...

I also follow Donna's blog.

Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

Deedee Wills said...

I also encourage students will a summer reading challenge. Those students to meet the challenge have a treat on the first day of school.

I always worry about the "summer slide". Especially now since summer school has been eliminated.

Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

Jennifer said...

I follow Donna's blog! :)

lofgrenj@vail.k12.az.us

Jennifer said...

I follow Donna on TPT!

lofgrenj@vail.k12.az.us

Jennifer said...

I already follow your blog! :)

lofgrenj@vail.k12.az.us

Jennifer said...

One way we encourage our Kindergarteners to continue to learn over the summer is to send home a shared reading folder. This folder contains a list of sight word poems & songs that we learned throughout the year. The students love looking back at their work and reading all of the words that they have learned. This will keep them practicing their reading skills in preparation for 1st Grade!

lofgrenj@vail.k12.az.us

yvonnee said...

I am a follower of your blog.

yvonnee said...

I am a follower of Donna's blog.

yvonnee said...

I also follow Donna on TPT. Thanks for the opportunity.

kaci.medley said...

I am a new follower of Donna at Kinderglynn!

kaci.medley said...

I have been a follwer of Donna's TPT store for a while and I LOVE it!! :)

kaci.medley said...

I love following you at Chalktalk! Such wonderful ideas and I got a teacher friend of mine hooked on your site too! :)

kaci.medley said...

I am a first year teacher and I LOVE reading everyone's ideas! One of my end of the year activities I plan on doing is to reenforce our K and 1 sight words. Many of my kinders mastered the K list after Christmas, so we moved on to the 1st grade list!
We are going to set up different stations (inside and outside) and have them write sight words, use them in a sentence, put them in ABC order, etc. We will have painting, modeling clay, sponges, water shooters, chalk, and rocks for them to use. They just rotate around when the whistle blows! They are super excited about this fun day and we talk about it EVERY day!

kaci.medley said...

My e-mail address is:

kacibell86@yahoo.com

:)

Mrs. Saoud said...

I follow Donna's blog.

Primary Graffiti

Mrs. Saoud said...

I follow Donna's TPT store.

Primary Graffiti

Mrs. Saoud said...

I follow your blog.

Primary Graffiti

Mrs. Saoud said...

I break down the classroom the last week of school and set up a campsite. Our unit is called Camping with Books. I teach the kids about camp safety and survival. We explore various insects and record in our camp journals. The mornings are based around literacy centers on a specific insect with the use of books. The afternoon involves science experiments and a video to align.

Primary Graffiti

Jessica said...

I follow your amazing blog- Chalk talk! =)

Jessica said...

I follow Kinderglynn!!!! =)

Jessica said...

I follow Donna on TPT!

Ms. Lopez said...

I follow Donna's blog.


imakteechur@gmail.com

Jessica said...

The last week of school I have my kiddos write a Kindergarten Memory book! Here is the link to it:
http://underthealphabettree.blogspot.com/2011/04/kindergarten-memory-book.html

I plan on editing a few pages for next year after seeing some other teacher's memory books! They are all so cute! The kids love doing this!

Mrs.Burns' Kindergarten said...

I follow you both as well. Love all the new ideas! Our kids do an end of the year show for their parents. We have all 150 kindergartners on stage...it's awesome! In years past I have done a big memory book for each child. This year I am going to do a memory DVD for each child. Staples had a great deal on the disks and cases. Only about .50 for each child! I will also send home a list with each child of summer events and opportunities in the community.

Thank you!
Laurie
LBurns812@yahoo.com

Melayne Marchese said...
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Melayne Marchese said...

One of my favorite blogs ever...Chalk Talk...I am an avid follower!! :)

Melayne Marchese said...

I follow Kinderglynn's blog...love it!! :)

Gladys said...

I follow you, Donna, and her TpT store! My favorite end of year activity is creating a reading plan and coming up with a reading pledge for the summer. Fun times...reading and relaxing!

Gladys
teachinginhighheels@gmail.com

Kathleen said...

I already am a follower of all of the above! My favorite thing to do with kids also involved their parents. Throughout the year, we make pieces for the students' portfolios. The last week of school, we invite parents in, sing a special song, view a slide show of the year and look through the portfolios. There are always tears, and it is so fun to celebrate the successes of kids!
Kathleen
growingkinders@gmail.com

Erica Bohrer said...

I follow your blog!
Erica Bohrer's First Grade

Erica Bohrer said...

I follow Kinderglynn.

Erica Bohrer's First Grade

Erica Bohrer said...

I follow Donna on TPT.
Erica Bohrer's First Grade

Cheree' said...

I follow Kinderglynn!

Cheree' said...

I follow Donna's TpT.

Cheree' said...

I follow your blog!

Cheree' said...

I just finished my student teaching, but I'm still visiting my firsties and also the kindergarten students I worked with last semester because I just love both classes so dearly! Anyway, for both classes, we will write out reading goals for this summer. Once I've seen their goals written out, I found these cute plastic gold trophies that I bought. I will write the word READER on all of them and give them a pack of Smarties: the smarties to help keep them such smarties and the Reader Trophy for them to set in their house to remind themselves what good readers they are and to follow through with their reading goals they wrote.

Linda Romana said...

I follow Donna's blog!

Linda Romana said...

I follow Donna on TPT

Linda Romana said...

I. Follow your blog!

Linda Romana said...

I'm just a kindergarten TA this year but am hoping for a class next year. I am giving the kids there own bookmarks and books to encourage reading.

Plants seeds of knowledge...for our future! said...

I am happy to say I am already a follower of Chalk Talk, Kinderglynn and Donna's TPT store!!! I do an end of the year Kindergarten Luau! Myself and the other kindergarten teacher set up centers in each of our classrooms that are Luau themed and divide our classes into groups. We then rotate the two classes between the two classrooms and centers. We also have outside activities to do at recess and we have special luau snacks! It is just a fun day to celebrate our accomplishments. We have individual awards for each student that are also handed out! We do NOT do this the last day of school but it is done during the last week of school!
Jenea
www.seedsofnoledge.blogspot.com
jmmidgett03@yahoo.com

Charme' said...

One of my favorite end of year activities is our big trip to the OKC Zoo. We are all excited about going tomorrow. We will follow up this trip with some fun writing activities next week! As a reward for all their hard work, we will spend one of our last days at a local park, playing and enjoying a picnic lunch.
Charme'
charmemccabe@rocketmail.com

Alicia M said...

Hi! I follow Donna's blog!

Alicia M said...

I follow Donna's TPT store!

Alicia M said...

I follow your blog April. I have become a better teacher because of it!

Alicia M said...

At the end of the year - we always complete a Father's day present so that our dads don't miss out. A few other things we do - we raffle off our class books by picking numbers out of a hat. We write letters. We look at our scrapbooks that have taken us all year to complete. We have a year end program with lots of great jazzy songs. It all goes by so fast at the end.

Alicia M said...

oops - my email is atmalec@sbcglobal.net

martha said...

i love chalk talk!!!
mcrittenden@lcs.k12.va.us