Category Archives: Halloween

Meet Doodles & Kreations!

We’ve got another great duo to introduce you to this week –  Doodles and Kreations! This team is made up of Kim and Debby, we spoke with Kim about their store and teaching journey. These ladies are preschool bilingual teachers, so they definitely bring something different to the table.

Kim, like many teachers, knew from a young age that it was what she was meant to do. She used to play school with her neighbors in the front yard, teaching them as they played. Her friends would go home upset because she tried to give them homework before they left! Kim is sure that she was born to be a teacher and she would not be comfortable doing anything else. A principal once told her “A preachers is born to preach and a teacher is born to teach” and those words still stick with her today.

In the classroom, Kim always enjoyed creating her own materials. When she began teaching she found there was a void in the market for cute materials for Spanish speaking students. She got in the habit of making all her own games and activities. Her partner, Debby, collaborated and wanted to share with other teachers. That is when they found TpT. They have a stack of resources they are remaking with graphics by Debby and are eagerly waiting to share them with other teachers.

We’ll be looking at their Halloween Letter Match in a few minutes, but lets get to our fun questions for the week 🙂

Q: How old you would be if you didn’t know how old you are?
A: I would be 5 years old. I love to sit and color and make crafts and activities. Being a PK teachers give me the opportunity to do what I love to do. What other job lets you sing and dance and cut and color?

Q: If you could make a 30 second speech to the entire world, what would you say?
A: There are too many people in this world doing things that they hate. Everyone has a passion. Find what your passion is and try to find a job that allows you to do work while enjoying your job. We love our jobs and we are very passionate about doing them. Life is too short to hate your job.

Q: If you could be any superhero, who would you be? Why?
A: I would be Wonder Woman. I have 8 year old twins that keep me running all the time. It is all I can do to keep up with them. If I were Wonder Woman I would get the housework and laundry done in a flash so that I could enjoy doing activities with my munchkins. 

Now on to the Halloween Letter Match

This is a cute Halloween themed letter matching game. Essentially it helps your students learn the alphabet and the sounds the letters make. You can use this in two ways. You can either create a file folder game, as pictured, or use two cookie sheets for the game.

The game also comes in three versions!
1. Pictures-to help young learners practice visual discrimination skills
2. Lower case letters-to match to pictures
3. Upper case letters-to match to pictures

If you’re looking for an easy center for Halloween this would be a great addition to your collection. Drop by the store or blog for more information!

October Currently & New Centers

We’ve finally got our October Currently ready, so we’re going to keep this post short. Things have been busy around Creation Castle, we’ve been uploading a few new products to our store and began some new projects. Since things are so hectic around here, we are changing our blogging schedule a little bit, but we’ll tell you more about that tomorrow.

Check out two of our newest centers! We’ve also recently added a Kindergarten centers pack.

And now on to our Currently from the lovely Farley

Can’t believe tomorrow is Friday already! We hope you were able to enjoy a short week at school!

Meet Mrs. Jones!

We’d like to introduce you to Karen Jones, a public school teacher for the last ten years, who is currently teaching Kindergarten. Mrs. Jones lives with her husband of six years, Bob, and their two adorable children Brady (4) and Reese (2).

Mrs. Jones always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Check out the picture below for proof!

Yes, that sweet little girl in the picture is Mrs. Jones when she is five years old! She says that she cannot remember a time when she didn’t want to be a teacher and she cannot imagine doing anything else.

Like most teachers, Mrs. Jones loves that a-ha moment. The second when a student’s eyes light up and everything clicks. Being in Kindergarten, she gets to see an amazing amount of growth. In September the students can barely write their name and by the time they leave her at the end of the year they are starting to read and write sentences! Her favorite time of the year is spring parent conferences. Seeing student scribbles and nonsense turn into letters and complete thoughts is such an amazing privilege.

An educator through and through, if Mrs. Jones could change on thing about education today, she would make funding schools and education our youth top priority. She, like many of us, believe that students should come first and what has been happening with budget cuts, increased class size, etc. is not what is best for our students.

Mrs. Jones recently started selling her awesome resources on TeachersPayTeachers. Her journey to TpT is similar to many others. About a year ago she was searching for some materials for her Kindergarten classroom online, when she stumbled upon none other than Deanna Jump’s blog. After getting lost in her blog, Karen followed the TpT link and was blown away by what other educators were sharing. Finally, over the summer, Karen decided she should sell her materials also. So she set up her TpT Store and blog… then never looked back!

Just for fun, we asked Mrs. Jones five uses for paperclips other than their regular boring job. These are what she came up with…
1. To pin back your bangs when you can’t find a bobby pin
2. When you want to war long pants to work with a pair of flats – instant hem!
3. Add a pencil to make a spinner
4. The only want to unclog a glue bottle
5. To clean the crumbs out of your keyboard during those late night planning sessions!

 

Mrs. Jones graciously let us check out one of her products. We wanted to share what an awesome find this is – if you teach Kinder, this is for you!

This Halloween unit is packed with fun activities. Everything comes with teacher instructions, which is awesome! There are activities for pumpkin observations, making a pumpkin patch bulletin board, ordering numbers, comparing numbers, adding to 5, bubble maps, and much more! This jammed pack Halloween unit is 100 pages long!

All the activities/worksheet have fun graphics. Candy corn, spiders, bats, etc. everything to get you in a Halloween spirit. Since we couldn’t show you everything… wouldn’t want to give anything away, we wanted to tell you a little more about your favorite part of this activity pack.

Everyone knows the Five Little Pumpkins Poem, right? (No, we don’t know this adorable little boy.)

In Mrs. Jones’ unit, not only does she include an idea for making a bulletin board with this cute poem, she also includes an editable version of the poem for you to replace five with the number of your students. (She also changes the line “there are witches in the air” to “there are bats in the air”). You’ll also get a Poetry in motion guide with pictures of how to make the poem come to life. Then, on top of that, you get “small” poems for the students to add to a poetry folder or notebook. Keep in mind this is only 9 pages out of this activity packet. Check out the pictures below for a preview of some of the other items included.

Be sure to check out this awesome resource for only $5.00. Karen also has a first grade Halloween activity set. While you’re there, stop by our store for our fall sale!