Monday, February 23, 2015

Snow Days - how I loathe thee



Is this how you feel?  I certainly do!!  I'm not even up north where it's been even crazier. I've not even had snow!! It's all been ice, ice and more ice! 

I hate to say it, but I'm ready to go back to work. I've had a blast being home with my sweet boy, but cabin fever has reared it's ugly head and I need to get back into a routine. 
I'm hoping tomorrow is the day.

So how many snow days have you had? What have you been doing to occupy your time?

I am printing out more Ball Words from Marsha McGuire

I only have one kiddo left to get on the Banana tree and am only 3 away on baseball words. Soccer words have begun and I need to get ready for Basketball and Football.
It's amazing how quickly my kiddos picked up on this and I can't wait to get it started earlier next year!

I also created something for my store...say what? I got creative??  It's a Snow Day Miracle!

Since my kiddos are getting so much better at their sight words, I decided to make a few new games for them to play. I plan on introducing these next week and will be working on the Fry 200 later tonight. Wow!

Time for me to get dinner together for the little man.  He's two by the way! We celebrated his birthday this past Saturday with friends and family and I am so glad the weather held off for us to get together.


Friday, February 6, 2015

Product Review: Living Things Up Close Library

I was recently asked by Lakeshore Learning to do a review for an item of my choice. They sent me a list of items and I chose one that seemed to be the most appealing to my class.

I chose the "Living Things Up Close Library". 


In this box are 26 beautiful cards! There are several for the following categories: Animal Coverings, Butterflies, Flowers and Leaves. Each card looks like this:


They are heavily laminated and the square where the artifact is is clear on both sides so you can see the front and back of whatever you are looking at! 
These are amazing little cards! There's not too much information to send my kiddos in to overload. They have 2 facts for each card. One is a serious "Did you Know" fact and the other is a "Fun Fact". 

I let my kiddos explore these first. They were able to use magnifying glasses to look at the front and back and explore their card more in depth. 
Along with the actual artifact, there is also a brilliant picture on the left of each card to show the living thing in his habitat and they loved looking closely at this too. 



The next day we took another look at the cards and we took the information on the card and turned it into our own writing. 




My class thought these were the coolest things ever! They are now in my writing center where they can look at them and write about them whenever they want. 

If you think this is something right up your alley and you have a Science or Writing Center waiting, click on the picture below and it will take you to Lakeshore and to a 20% off coupon!!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Hibernation!



I seriously wish I could hibernate right now!
It is SO stinkin' cold outside and my bed just seems like the best place to be. I'm also pretty sure I've stored up enough fat to get me through the winter! =)


Hibernation is one of my favorite units of study! I usually do it in December before school is out, but my schedule got moved around this year and so did my unit. 

We've been talking about what animals hibernate, why they do it and for how long.

We read Bear Snores On! by Karma Wilson


We watched a great Brainpop Jr. video that my kids loved to watch! If you don't have an account, I would definitely talk to your administrator. They have a video for almost every unit I do and they are only about 6 minutes long. There is also a quiz afterward.

We made a chart about hibernating animals to help us write about our bears. My chart isn't the prettiest, but it worked.

The most exciting thing is that my kiddos are actually understanding how to follow the chart and are writing their own sentences!  Yay!

Every year, I ask my students to bring a stuffed bear from home. I find a place somewhere in the room and we turn it into a cave! Here is our cave this year.

It's not the best one I've made, but the kids love it. All of their bears are tucked in tight for the rest of winter. They will come out when we return from our Spring Break. 
This is a great way to show them how long hibernating animals actually sleep.

What else do you do with Hibernation? I'd love to hear some new ideas!


Friday, January 2, 2015

Currently...

I'm going to attempt to do these every month!
I love them and don't know why I stopped.

So here is month one!


Listening - Mason loves Curious George and loves the iPad. He can work it better than I can and he's not even 2 yet!

Loving - I was surprised when Mason came and jumped on me and said, "wake up mommy!" and it was 11 a.m.!  I never sleep that late. Thanks to my awesome husband who let me!  He even had breakfast cooking when he sent Mason to wake me up.

Thinking - I always love my days at home with Mason and hate how much I miss during work. I really don't want to go back. Maybe this will be the year to get my act together and start making money elsewhere so that I can retire or at least move to subbing.

Wanting - An organization fairy would be the best person in the world! Just someone to come in to my house and clean it and get me jump started. I am the worst at cleaning and organizing!

Needing - seriously, wouldn't that be awesome. Just get my office/craft room in order and I'll be good to go.

YES - I will blog more this year! No slacking, no excuses!

MAYBE - If that fairy shows up I can create more. Create for TPT and get my Little Boy Store back off the ground.

I WISH - I really do wish I could stay home more. I'd love to be a SAHM!



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!



2015 - A new year with new resolutions goals to set. 
Taking small steps toward a bigger goal is key. 

My BIG Goals:
1 - Better my relationship with God - become a better Christian, a better example for my family.

2 - Better my relationship with Family - less tech time, more play time, less eating out, more cooking at home, less bringing work home, more bringing love home!

3 - Better my organization skills - at home, in the kitchen, at work, everything!

4 - Better financial skills - be a better saver!

5 - Be a better, more fit ME!



Sometimes I feel like I make the same goals every year. And each year the results are the same. Actually, last year I said - no resolutions, no goals.
Last year is gone, it wasn't my best, it wasn't my worst...sometimes, it just WAS. 

Last year I celebrated joy: 
Mason survived his first year on earth - he continues to amaze me every day! 
My husband and I celebrated 5 years of marriage - Five wonderful years with a man who knows and loves me more than I know and love myself. 
I got the chance to work for my State Dept. of Educ - working with teachers from all over our state and training other teachers in my area. 
I also moved to a new school district and new school which I love.
God works in mysterious ways - he brings joy to us when we least expect it.

Last year I suffered sorrow:
In May, we found out I was pregnant with baby number 2 - On July 24, my sweet angel went to be my guardian at only 10 weeks.
We laid to rest 2 of Clint's Great Grandparents - a sweet man who lived to see 100 years and that's all he wanted to see, then his lovely wife followed only a month after. 
So much has happened in our country that makes me sad. 

This year, I'm sure the same will happen - joy and sorrow. How I handle those situations this year will be different. My goals have been set - goals that I hope will help me in the new year.  I'm just glad I still have followers to go along this journey with me.

Here's to the first day of my 365 page book!

Day 1 is being spent with family and playing with this guy. 


Bring It On 2015!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Syllables

School has been going strong for FIVE weeks now! I can't believe it.

My kiddos are super awesome <----sure that's grammatically correct.

We just finished our study on syllables and I wanted something for my kiddos to do in Word Work.  We have clapped and clapped and clapped until our hands were red. So I figured, why not continue the agony (not really) in a center.

I came up with this little diddy (Who now has Jack & Diane by Mellenkamp in your head?)

Kids can look at the picture and clap the sound. Then they put a paper clip on the number that they clapped. I did the paper clip so that they can remember what number they clapped. If they can hold it in their head, then you don't need the clip. Then they find the letter in the top left corner and find the corresponding letter on the recording sheet and write the number.

I am using the dry erase covers so they can be used over and over. You could also make several copies and have students fill them out and turn them in so you can check. I also made a few copies so that more than one student can use this center at a time.

I put smiley stickers on one set and rainbow stickers on another so that I can keep all supplies together.

You can check it out here:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Counting-Syllables-for-Word-Work-1433820

They are loving this one. It's super simple and they learned how to play it fairly quickly. I hope your kiddos can have fun with it too.




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Floor

I did something different with my carpet this year and I am loving it!

I am also kicking myself for never thinking of it before. 

I've always used duct tape to tape spaces on the floor and I never like my arrangement or the tape gets totally stuck to the floor and I'm having to scrape it off and it's just a mess.

Well, this year I used duct tape, but I didn't do little pieces to mark spaces. I made a GRID!


No, I did not live on the floor and mark out the squares to make them even. I'm not THAT OCD. I just needed a space for them to sit in. 
The best thing about this is that everyone has a square and they can turn in their square as needed. They can face the wall when we are using my projector, they can turn to the left to see my calendar, they can turn and face their partner for Turn and Talk. Anyway they turn, they never leave their square.
When we do GoNoodle or other activities (like playing Sight Word BOOM! <--- their absolute favorite game right now) they stand in their square and keep their feet and hands inside it.

This is working perfectly. My kids are in their number order. I was going to put numbers in their square, but they learned their places quickly so I'm not going to. 

I figured, later on, it can be use as a ten frame for practice. 

Cheapest "RUG" ever - since I can't have a rug in my room (I can't afford it if I could or not).

Have you used a grid before?