Pirate Party Free Printables!

October 12, 2011 § 1 Comment

Dear friend,

Last weekend my cousin Tiff threw a pirate party for her cutie little girl that was turning 4.  When McGilly was turning 1 I made all these printables for a pirate party but then decided to go simple since she wasn’t really even going to know what was going on-I finally got to see these printables in action and now I am sharing them with you!  Tomorrow I am going to post a party planner with games, food, crafts, and music to use at your party.  Take a look!


This is the invite, it can be given presented in lots of ways but the idea was to create an invite that was cheap to print and interactive.

  • My idea was to print this on 11X17 and fold it in 6th’s and put in a  5X5 black envelope {When you fold it that way and put it so the bottom middle panel shows it says, “You are invited” as soon as they pull it out.  Then deliver with a mini sized watercolor set or a set of crayons so that the invited child could color the invite.
  • My cousin Tiff rolled it up like a treasure map and wrapped it with an eyepatch.
  • Another fun idea would be to clean out pop bottles and roll up the invites and slide them in and then recap…did you know you can ship just about anything?  Take it to the postoffice, have it weighed, use a permanent marker to address them or slap on some labels and ship.

These are the thank you cards.  Tiff had her cutie sign the cards and she put them in the favor bags {her favor bags included: a pirate flag, a pirate telescope, candy from the pinata, a captains hook, a cardboard pirate hat, and all kinds of goodies gathered in the treasure hunt and pinata blow out.


Check back soon for a party guide with all kinds of ideas from this party and my pirate week I celebrated in my kindergarten class.  For now I hope you enjoy these pirate printables.  Download them below:

{Banner Alphabet}

{Happy Birthday Banner}

{Cake Topper}

{Cupcake Toppers}

{Pattern Paper}

{Invitation Back}

{Invitation Front}

{Pirate Icons}

{Thank You Card Girl}

{Thank You Card Boy}

{Thank You Inside}

Thanks for visiting,



5 Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate: An Interactive Reader

October 7, 2011 § 2 Comments


Dear friend,

This is the pumpkin book I have been telling you about.  In Kindergarten the children loved this song during the month of October,

  • 5 litte pumpkins sitting on a gate. {Putting 5 fingers up with the bottom of your palm resting on your opposite forearm}
  • The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late.” {Pointing to the wrist on your opposite arm like a watch}
  • The second one said, “There are witches in the air.” {Pointing into the air and ducking a little}
  • The third one said, “But we don’t care.” {Putting hands palms up to the sides of your shoulders}
  • The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!” {Using your arms to mimic running}
  • The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!” {Nodding your head to the rhythm}
  • Then whoosh went the wind. {Use arms to make sweeping motion across body}
  • And out went the light.  {We would turn off the light switch briefly}
  • And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight. {Rolling arms one over the other}

McGilly loves this song, so it is my next interactive reader.  Compile this one just like the Itzy Bitzy book but put on the pumpkin instead of the spider.  This book is great for introducing ordinal numbers {1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc} and it is so fun for Halloween.  THIS FILE IS LARGE IT WILL TAKE A WHILE TO DOWNLOAD-hint just click download and then hop in the shower or exercise and then come back to it.  I am working on trying to condense them.

{Pages A}

{Pages B}

{Pages C}

{Binding Cuff and Pumpkin}

In honor of the new reader I also wanted to share some of my favorite Halloween books with you.

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Halloween Books from my collection:

  • Halloweiner by Dav Pilkney
  • Dem Bones by Bob Barner
  • The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
  • One Halloween Night by Mark Teague
  • Just a Minute: a counting book by Yuyi Morales
  • The Halloween Kid by Rhodes Montijo
Books about Pumpkins from my collection:
  • Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
  • The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
  • It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall
And pirate books are a whole other genre…coming next week!
What books are you sharing this month?
xo Ash

Happy First Day of School!

August 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

I woke up this morning and checked Facebook and my little sister was up at midnight talking about how she can’t sleep because she starts Jr. high tomorrow–ahhh, my little sister is in Jr. High.  I am so excited for her, she has good friends and a great head on her shoulders and she is the most beautiful and kind girl I know.  I also thought about this post I put on Two Penny Blue back in February.  It expresses a lot of how I feel about not teaching anymore and especially on this first day of school…I do miss it terribly.  

Original Post:

I love teaching and I especially love the students that I have had in my classes over the years-every single one.  I have been avoiding thinking about how much I miss it until today…and I cried.  Really cried-cried like I was in mourning.

I loved teaching for the paper & the pencils & the crayons & the bulletin boards & crafting special days & newsletters & salt dough & prizes & dandelions & bubbles & hugs & I missed you’s & fun lesson plans & exploring & creating & building & “Good song Mrs. Winterrose!”  & nature walks & playing in snow & giant snowmen & recess & slides & kindergarten Hokusai & “Can one person really change the world?” & story time & sink or float & graphs & book orders & new reading levels & SEP’s &”You rock Mrs. Winterrose!”  & fieldtrips & parents & collegues & free choice & fairy tale day & pirate week & shared writing & Ah Ha moments & happy eyes & squeezy cheeks &…Well, I could just keep going and going but most of all I loved that in my classroom, for 2 1/2 hours a day, my students knew I believed in them, I cared about them, and that I knew they could do anything.

I just wish I could put all that, the potential I saw in them, combined with an armful of protection in a pretty package and give it to them on the last day of kindergarten.  I would give it to them so thay could peek in whenever they needed, through whatever struggles were ahead, and remember how great they are and what they can become.

Today I heard that one of my sweet students from the first time I was in a classroom is going through a really difficult time-too much for his little shoulders.  I wanted to give him a hug and tell him it will all be okay, he is strong, he is smart and he can get through it…but…I am not at school, I don’t see him anymore and it made me sad, sad I can’t be there for my kids.

It made me think of all my kids who had struggles to heavy for their shoulders and I just prayed–prayed they have good teachers every year, or good neighbors, or good church leaders, or good friends.  Someone to remind them how great they are and that everything will be okay. 

One of my many sweet parents gave me a plaque- it hangs in my living room:

“To the world you may be just one person but to one person you may be the world!”

My kids reminded me everyday of the simple joys in life, now, 

my sweet baby McGilly does.

Isn’t it great to have so many things to love?

I feel better.

Thank you,


P.S. Check out the sources for the photo collage -beautiful, right?

1 + 2 + 3     Cwarrendesigns {Beautiful invitations, go take a closer look!}

4               Simmy DIY {I think I got 1 a day from my kidergarteners, the real ones}

5 + 7          The Sweetest Occasion {Free printable recipe card and goodie box}

6               Monnaie {I love bubbles too!}

8 + 9 + 11   Minhee & Trumans Wedding {Minhee is creator of Papercup Designs}  

10             The Sweetest Occasion {A school themed baby shower}

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