Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pete Saves the Day (Freebie)

Hiya Everyone!
     First of all, I'm having a gleeful moment of instant nostalgia. The Sound of Music is on and I feel like I'm 8 years old again, getting to stay up late on a school night to watch Maria twirl around and around on the top of a mountain. Love it! Now on to a great little freebie I have for you...
     If you're anything like me, taking a day off from school ties your stomach in knots. Sub plans to write, materials to prepare, checking the clock every ten minutes and wondering if everything's OK.   It's usually easier just to go in, even if you're under the weather. Taking a day off during the first few weeks of school is even worse - how can your little guys can possibly get through the day without you there?!?
     Well, I faced the unthinkable on Friday.  It was the 7th day of school and I needed to take a personal day - YIKES! My Dad was having surgery (which went VERY well - woohoo!) and I wanted to be at the hospital with my family. I debated for a while about whether I should take the day off, because my class is just settling in to routines and procedures and I felt a little bit like I was abandoning them during a really crucial time. To make things even more tricky, it was School Picture Day. After talking with my AP, we decided that picture day was manageable and the kids would be just fine without me for a day (imagine that).
     So I got to work creating very detailed sub plans that I thought would keep the kids busy, engaged and learning on their first day with a sub. I wanted to give the sub easy to follow plans, knowing that he/she would be not only facing the usual challenges of being a sub, but also tackling them with a class still relatively unfamiliar with each other and the routine. Enter everyone's favorite feline - Pete the Cat!
    I had just introduced my newest group of kinder kids to the first Pete book on Thursday, and as expected, they were in love. I figured that giving them a day full of Pete was the best way to keep them engaged and help the day moving along.  I came up with lessons and follow up activities for reading, writing, word study, math and science and wrote detailed directions for the sub. I prepared all of the materials, left everything labelled and organized, and left school on Thursday feeling OK about abandoning leaving my sweet class in the hands of a well-prepared sub.
     The day's plans came out so well that I thought I would share them as a little gift from me and Pete to make your life a little easier. If you have a day off coming up or just want to prepare an emergency sub kit, everything you need is in the packet.  Just grab a copy of the book, Pete the Cat - I Love My White Shoes, follow the directions for prepping the materials, and enjoy a stress-free day off!
Download Your Freebie Here
Have a great day off!

55 comments:

  1. This is awesome! My kindergarteners will love this! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  2. Holy cow! This is awesome! Thank you for giving this as a freebie - it is a perfect sub plan pack! I understand about taking a day off too - it is soooo hard!

    Arianne
    Ketchen's Kindergarten

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  3. Thank you! I am introducing Pete next week! Can't wait to use this with my kiddos!

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  4. oh my gosh!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  5. WOW this is AMAZING!! These activities are soooo good it will be hard not to use them with my Pete Unit this week, but I ALWAYS struggle of having an "emergency" plan in place, and this truly is PERFECT! I agree....it's so much easier just to go to work sick.

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  6. Thank you for preparing me for an emergency! I am commuting an hour and 10 minutes one way this year, so having something there and ready to go is a blessing (no running in to make copies the morning of this year!). Glad to hear everything went well with your Dad.

    Amanda
    www.averycuriousclass.blogspot.com

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  7. Thank you so much!I was just sitting down to make out an emergency sub plan...just in case...and of course had to check pinterest first. So glad I found you! This is perfect! My class LOVES Pete!
    Pam

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing. My class also loves Pete! Now,it will just be hard to save all of the cute activities for a sub.

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  9. I agree, missing a day can sooo stressful! Thank you so much for sharing all your hard work!! My kids love Pete the cat! I'm glad you were able to be at the hospital with your family and that your dad's surgery went well :)

    Jessica

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing! My boys love anything Pete the Cat!

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  11. AMAZING! THANKS for giving this for a freebie!

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  12. I just want to stop and say....THANK YOU...for the freebie. I am going to SAVE this packet for when I have a sub in my classroom and I am not able to get to school to prep for the guest teacher. THANKS again, Amber Kindergarten Rocks Blog

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  13. You are the best! Thank you!!!

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  14. You and Pete rock! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Love these activities. Thank you so much!

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  16. Thank you so much! My students love Pete!

    ~Jenna

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  17. Thanks so much for sharing these plans!

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  18. OH my goodness! You are the BEST!!!! I was just thinking how I have NO CLUE how I'd get through a sick day at this point! (I have two kids!)

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  19. You are my HERO!! I have to go to a training on Tuesday (the 5th day of school!!) I was trying to figure out what in the world to leave my sub to do with my brand new first graders. We are starting a color unit tomorrow and I got my Pete-white shoes book in the mail from Amazon yesterday!!
    The stars have aligned and now I know what to leave my sub!!
    Thank you thank you!!!!

    ~Julie M.

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  20. My brother is getting married in two weeks, and we are GOING to the wedding!! Last year I didn't take a day off AT ALL. :) I am excited to have these perfect sub plans and enjoy the celebration on my end. Thank you so much!!

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  21. I need your help...when I try to download and print the package, the printing is all blurred out. What am I doing wrong? Can you leave any tips for downloading that I might be missing? Thanks

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  22. Thank you so much. Our principal has requested that every teacher have a full days worth of lesson plays in the office so in case we are not able to write lessons, he can give the file to the sub. This will be a fun lesson for all involved. Thank you again.

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  23. Thanks so much for this amazing freebie! We LOVE Pete!!

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  24. Thanks you so much for sharing. I have a sub coming soon. This will be perfect!

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  25. Wow! These are incredible! You just made my day! :) Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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  26. You are awesome! I love Pete the Cat! I totally know how you feel about having to miss school. Thank you so much for this freebie! Hope you have a great year!

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  27. Thank you soooooo much for this freebie! You are OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! So nice of you to share your hard-work!

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  28. Thank you! It is so cute. You are awesome!!!!

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  29. This is truly a wonderful gift to your fellow teachers. I just became a follower.

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  30. Thank you so much for the freebie. It is harder to plan to be out than to be in school. This will be perfect if I have to be out.

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  31. This is terrific! Thanks so very much. I know 32 Kinders that are going to love this :)

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  32. There's been a Cease and Desist letter from the author of Pete the Cat to remove all teaching materials using his title and this clip art. If you are a seller on Teachers Pay Teachers, check out the author's forum.

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  33. Thank you so much! (BTW- watched SoM 2x on Sunday!!!How can you NOT sing along to "So long, farewell") I love this activity. I will use it for my sub plans for when I go to NY in November. Luckily, my mom will be my sub!!! She's former K teacher--- Perfect!!!

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  34. Love it! Thanks so much! As Pete would say...."beacause it's all good!"

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  35. Very cute, I love the labeling page, just perfect for my K4 class.

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  36. totally excellent! thanks for sharing all your hard work!!

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  37. Thanks so much for sharing this!!

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  38. I love this!!! This will be so fun to use!!!

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  39. This is a great resource. I want to let you know of a typo though so it's a little better - on the matching shoes activity. The cut out mini-shoes don't have a shoe with a little square on them. There are 2 shoes with circles on them. So on the worksheet there isn't a match for the shoe with the square. I hope that makes sense. I loved the rest of the packet and this activity, but just realized there's one little error. Thanks! Laura
    http://laura-armstrong-martinez.blogspot.com

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  40. Amazing!!!!!! What an incredible gift you have given all of us!!! Thank you so beyond much!! You are an inspirational K teacher!! :) -Celina from Portland, Maine

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  41. I love Pete the cat! This is so cute - thanks for sharing!!

    Melissa
    Love, Hugs, and Ladybugs

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  43. This is adorable! I can't wait to share it with my preschool class. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. Thank you for your generosity in sharing this. I look forward to using it with my K class

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  45. This is great--thanks! What font is it? I can read it in Google docs, but when I try to download it, I only get black lines on the pdf. :(

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  46. Wow! This is awesome! I had to search around quite a bit to find it (from a link on Pinterest)...but I finally found it...thanks so much :)

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  47. Thank you for sharing your creative ideas on Pete the Cat with me I LOVE THEM!! You are so very generous to you to share them for FREE!! Can't wait to share them with my kindergartners!

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  48. Wow...what an amazing resource for free!

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  49. Thank you so much! This is great.

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  50. I love this, yet am unable to download for some reason! Can you email me a copy, please? maureenryan99@yahoo.com Thank you so much! If you can't...I understand; it's a lot to ask!

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  51. ooppss...my son's photo came up! I'm doug's mom, from the previous comment...Maureen ! thanks!

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  52. Thank you so much for the plans. My students loved Pete the Cat this year and I have been looking for sub plans for next year. This is perfect!!

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  53. Purrrrrr-fect! Thank you so much for all of your great ideas and for sharing!

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