Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, a sale, and some freebies!!

Wow last week feels like it went on forever. We didn't get Monday off like we were hoping because Issac turned west but we did have a whole day stuck inside because of the rain...thank God my projector was working that day! (it's currently on a truck being sent out on its second tech call of the year). We also had open house Thursday night and I spent most of the evening Wednesday watching my mom get her finger stitched up after a minor onion cutting incident. This teacher is popped...hooray for Labor Day!

With all that excitement we had such a fun week with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. We started doing "rotations" this week. Just literacy stations for now, hopefully math will start next week. When my kids start rotating in the beginning of the year I feel like I can breathe again. I am in awe of those of you who can start centers the first week of school. We started learning with play centers and got down the routine of staying at your station, cleaning, and safely getting to your next station. This week I added some work stations into the mix so we could start learning staying on task and doing good work. I am not ready for my big rotations yet but my goal is to get there by the time I teach apples in 2 weeks. This week we did 4 rotations with 4 stations so I had bigger groups and it was all done in 1 works for now. The kids did GREAT!

I only have a few pictures to share of some of our stations and some other fun stuff we did.

 Shape this great idea from Julie Lee :)

Our shape trees with our name trees. So fun and colorful in this corner.
 I used a Fiskars hole punch to cut out these little coconuts to use at this math center. Counting and fine motor practice. You can download the paper from Scribd at the bottom of the post.
 This is from my Chicka Unit. They picked out magnet letters and matched them on the cookie sheet.
 ABC matching fun

 Mr Dale came and cracked a coconut for us! The kids got to taste the milk, eat the raw coconut and then compare it to some shredded coconut. SO.FUN.
Now that I have student work up on my walls my room is starting to really feel like home :)

Finally here's your freebie.

Chicka Counting Trees

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


  1. I am in awe at how amazing your classroom looks! And I love the idea of the kids watching a coconut being cracked open and then getting to taste it! What a great experience!!!

  2. I love the shape tree! that is so much fun!

  3. Thank you for sharing! I'll save these for next year since we have already finished our Chicka Chicka unit. Sadly, our coconut exploration did not go well at all! We had a grandparent bring us a coconut...evidently he didn't realize we wanted to open it up and it must have been many years old:P Smelled horrible, no milk, and nothing white inside! NASTY! We'll have to try again after that horrid smell gets out of my nose!

  4. Super cute! Thanks for sharing your freebies with us. I will be using these when we start numbers 0-5 next week. Thanks again!

  5. Wow - great ideas!! Thank you for the chicka freebies! My Kindies will love these next week.

  6. I like your counting trees! Thanks for sharing. I'm purchasing your Chicka Bundle. ;)

  7. I'm your newest follower! I love your stuff!! Thanks for the awesome Chicka trees! Definitely filing those away for next year!

  8. Hi,

    I just found your wonderful blog. I'm trying to download the Chicka freebies from Scribd and it says that I have to be a premium user. Would you be able to send me PDF's of the freebies?

    Thanks so much!

  9. I am doing Chicka Chicka Boom Boom with my incoming kinder class at summer school, so this is perfect! I'm having trouble getting the document from Scribd though. It says I have to pay for a membership to print them. Could you possibly e-mail them to me?

    Thank you!
    bmaguilar at gbaps dot org

  10. I would also like to use the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom freebies but I am unable to download from Scrib without paying a fee. If it is possible would you email the files to me as well. Thank you for your resources!