Thursday, June 21, 2012

Winners and More Pete =)

I am so excited to announce the winners. Thank you so much to everyone who participated and a HUGE thank you to the wonderful ladies who helped be a part of this giveaway...y'all ROCK too! =)

2nd- Heather at

Way to go ladies! Check your inbox because the goodies will be coming soon! =)

The winners will each receive my Groovy Math Fun packet. For those who have been with me on this blogging journey might realize that I don't put things on TpT very much. I find it such a blessing to give *freebies*. Every now and then I will and when I do I try to set a very reasonable price....just enough to hopefully earn me some $$$ so I can buy clip art to make more *freebies*! =)

My Groovy Math Fun packet is in my TpT store now. It can be used ALL year long. =)

Here is a preview of the packet:

*Paws at the Top- adding and writing numbers to 12
*50 chips- counting and adding/subtracting
*I have...Who has- reading and recognizing numbers from 1 to 20
*Measurement Meow- measuring objects with buttons ordering by length
*Tick Tock Pete Rocks- telling time to the hour

*Button Detective:  using 5 frames to compose ways to make 5
using 10 frames to compose ways to make 10
using 10 frames to compose ways to make 10 and more
*Order Up Some Pete- ordering numbers from least to greatest by understanding place value
*Groovy Math Sort: composing numbers with sums less than, equal to, or greater than 5
*Missing Buttons: decomposing numbers with numbers with a difference of 5 and less

*Pete "Plus"ing Power: adding +1, +2, +3, +4 +5 and doubles
*Pete, Pete, Equal, Equal: understanding the equal sign by adding to balance equations
*Pete Puzzles: understanding the 100's chart- 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less
*Sweet Treats: recognizing coins and their value

There are a total of 20 games! =)

Here is a sweet treat for those who did not win.

If you buy my Pete Math Fun packet, you may choose any item from my TpT store and I'll send it to you for FREE!
Just email me and attach the game. Be sure and tell me what item you want in the email. =)
Click on the picture to go grab it! =)

You must go check out this awesome giveaway that Erin is having.

You can win 3 items from my TpT store plus prizes from 10 other bloggers! WOWzers!
Click on one of the pictures above to go enter. You don't want to miss this one. =)

I am working on a HUGE Back to School math *freebie* packet. This will include TONS of math activities to get your math workstations started for the year!

I'll be back in a couple of days to share about Chapter 1: Encouragement in the CD book. I LOVE this chapter because it is the beginning of the foundation of building your school family. =)

Here is my question of the day:  Do you have kiddos sit/stand/owe time on the playground during recess?

From My Heart to Yours,

21 heart notes:

Crayons and Curls said...

Congrats to the winners!
I think I already know what I should be doing with regards to recess, but sadly, yes, they do time. But I make sure they move by walking a square area. I know there has to be something better. I really need this book! :)
Crayons and Curls

Jennifer Tilton said...

Yes, that is the only thing I can take away. It is usually just for 5 minutes.

Stephanie said...

This was a great giveaway! Congrats to the winners!! To answer the question, I use loss of recess time as a consequence. It's not my favorite but it's usually just a part of their recess time. At some point I feel it is in everybody's best interest to let them run!! I think it's ok to use except for in the cases where it's the same child losing time every day. At that point there is clearly a bigger issue going on and it is not an effective consequence.

Falling Into First

Jennifer K. said...

I try not to take recess away as a consequence because it usually makes things worse if they can't run off some of that energy! I also think that playing and socializing is very important, plus by the time recess rolls around it's usually too late for the child to make a firm connection between the negative behavior and the loss of recess. Plus what if they turned it around and made good choices after that negative? Our school is also going after a grant and part of it will be no physical activity as a punishment so instead of walking laps at recess kids would just have to sit on the wall which goes back to my first point about letting them get out their energy! I am anxious to see where you're going with this - my CD class didn't cover taking away recess!

Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

Lisa Mattes said...

Hi Heather! I'm trying to email you and the link to your email address is not working on my computer. It just says email but doesn't show the address. Would you be able to send me a quick email at so I can respond with my Pete Math Fun attached? I would so appreciate your time - I really love your stuff and am really looking forward to using the Pete activities!

Kristen Smith said...

Heather-- Your Pete packet looks SO cute!! As for your question, I have the same answer as the other teachers who responded... It's the only thing that I can take away so, yes-- they do have to owe me time. I started off by having my kids sit but then I changed it and now I have my kids "walk laps" during recess. (Our playground is fenced in so the kids have to walk along the perimeter of the playground) This way they are moving and getting some of their energy out and once they are finished walking their laps, they have to verbalize to me what we are going to work on and can then go play.

Have a great day!! :)

A Day in First Grade

Monica said...

I do have kids lose recess (5 mins or the whole recess)because of poor choices. If they lose recess they have a choice of running the track (not really a track but a made up track for PE) or sitting in a square of a 4 square space.

Kristy said...

Yes, we do take recess time from the kids, but when they have time out, they have to walk (or run, if they want) laps. This allows them to still get their energy out.
Teachin' First

amy said...

When I taught first/second (four years ago) I did take away recess because I too felt there was nothing else to do.
However, I am not going to do this again. Notes home, visits to the principal, helping out the custodian, etc. will replace the loss of recess. I firmly believe children need to get out energy, plus we ALL need a break!
Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

Miss Kristan King said...

Recess isn't taken away - they just "walk the line" as others have mentioned before. I rarely consequence in this way, if a child walks the line repeatedly I talk to parents because missed recess isn't working (and I want the firsties to PLAY!).

I'm Sara said...

LOVE Pete the Cat! The creators of Pete were actually at a conference I went to and they were so crazy, but so cool!

By the way, I just wanted to let you know that I have chosen to award you The Lovely Blog award! Stop by my blog to pick it up and put it on your blog if you would like! :)

Miss V's Busy Bees

Erin Eberhart said...

Thanks for the shout out! You are just too sweet! :) Congrats to the ladies who won YOUR giveaway. Your new pete packet looks usual! :)
Eberhart’s Explorers

Mrs. Wilson said...

Heather- thank you so much for your sweet comment and stopping by my blog. I LOVE your blog! My students are obsessed with Pete the Cat! I love your packet!
Anyway, I'm so glad ya found me! I'm excited to catch up on your blog :-) & thanks for following me- it means a lot! It's always a little hard and intimidating starting out in the blogging world!

Sarah said...

Love your Pete packet! I need to buy some more of the books. Thanks so much again for helping with my giveaway. You are so sweet! I can't wait to read your CD post soon,

Mrs. G said...

Congrats on 1000 followers! I'm 1865...that number seems so big =) I love the verse in your profile. I use that one with my third graders all the time. We do "arm torture" during PE (really just arm circles) and when they would be whiny about it I would say, "Whatever you do, do it for the Lord. Even arm torture!" They always laughed, but it kept them going.
Teach on a Limb

Dixie Selva said...

Hi Heather! I just want to say I changed those docs from private to shared, I didn't realize they were private! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I am a new follower of yours too!

And for the recess question, I don't take away recess. Our school doesn't allow it but I don't think I would any way. I found that the kids who usually get in trouble are the ones most in need of physical activity. I had a really challenging kiddo this year and I would actually send him to run errands or do something to get him out of his seat before he had a melt down...and it worked really well for him. You have to be careful though so it's not a reward for bad behavior, if you know your student really well you can usually sense when he or she is at the point of breaking down, and that's a great time for a quick walk or activity.


Teachin' Little Texans

ms.emily said...

Your blog is adorable! My kids LOVE Pete and I can't wait to get this packet and let them dive into it next year :)

Your questions is a tough one...I agree with some of the other comments that kids need that time to play and that it is difficult for them to connect the action and the punishment. They need something more immediate and recess sometimes isn't until the next day!

Heather said...

Great post and AWESOME give aways!

I work in a school where many (if not all) of the teachers sit students out for behavior at recess. I do not strictly because I believe students behave badly in the classroom because of the extra energy stored up inside of them. I ask my very naughtiest children to run, run, run! on the playground to get that energy out. I always try to connect the behavior back to something in the classroom, to make it relevant to the child. And if that does not work I make that call or note home.
Great question! ~Heather