Saturday, September 13, 2014

Five for Friday: A Day Late

Why yes, I am blogging three times in one week!  Kind of crazy, huh?  I know it's Saturday, but I'm linking up with DoodleBug's Five for Friday post.  Love her posts!

Late last week we had a Reading Night with different centers for students and parents to visit.  I did a session on iPad apps.  My favorite part was this little trick.  For around $10 to $15 you can download a program for your computer that allows you to "Reflect" what's on your iPad onto your computer screen.  It made it so much easier to show parents what things looked like.  Here's a picture of my iPad screen on my Activboard.

Right now we are working on shapes.  I swear friends, I feel like there is so much to cover and definitely not enough time in a day.  On this day, we were supposed to do a lesson on making objects using different shapes.  I decided to nix the workbook pages and go for a more hands-on activity.  I gave each group 20 squares, 15 rectangles, and 30 triangles and told them to build one house in eight minutes.  This is the winning group.

Honestly, it was one of my favorite random lessons this year.  I had four groups and every group worked differently.  Two groups couldn't grasp the concept of working together, so their groups had multiple houses.  Another group worked together, but they also spent a lot of time arguing.  The winning group worked well together and they ended up with a house.

May not be the best math lesson in the world, but definitely worked on some teamwork skills and listening skills, too.

When the time was up I took pictures of all the different houses on my iPad and used the Reflector app to show the kids the pictures.  We talked about the positives and the things we need to work on next time.

So, if you are wanting a quick working together lesson or you want to make your shapes lesson a little more interesting, there's an idea for you to try.
Alright, this one makes me nervous, but I have really been wanting to do choice boards for word work and math, so I grabbed these carts from Sam's Club.  The math one isn't completely ready yet, but I finally finished putting together the word work one this week.  Next week, will be our first week using our choice boards, so wish me luck!  Change is good, right?
I just love my parents and kids!  God blesses me year after year.  I stayed to work late Thursday and when I left, I found this little note waiting for me.

I'm really trying to be more consistent with my Reading to Self/Read to Someone time this year.  I tried to let my students choose their spots, but they aren't quite ready for that, so for now they have a chart.  Last week, I was thinking that if I was sitting on a cold floor against a wall, I probably wouldn't want to read, so I decided to grab reading mats.  These are just small, circular bath mats I grabbed from Target.  I got red/black because they match my room they don't get dirty as easily.  The kids LOVE them!  Honestly, I have to go back this weekend and grab more because there aren't enough of them and the other kiddos are begging.  I took five minutes the first day to show the kids how we fold them and put them in the basket and they have done great!

Have a great weekend friends!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Full Moon Freebie

So, tonight I spent some time working with a few of my favorite PTO girls on Fall Festival stuff, flyers, etc.  The good news is I convinced them that we should multitask and eat dinner and work.  We seriously knocked out some work and I definitely got my fill of caffeine.

After dinner, I'm driving home, rocking out to the Pitch Perfect soundtrack.  Yes, I know completely sad, but friends I LOVE that movie!  I've seriously watched it at least 100 times.  Some days I watch/listen to it three times.  I'm just rocking along, pull in my neighborhood, make a turn and... Bam!  I see this massive, beautiful moon and I think, "Ah... that's what happened today!"  My kiddos are seriously SO much fun!  Love them and they make me laugh and smile all day.  Today though (as sweet as my little munchkins are), they were slightly (way more) talkative and more excited than usual.  Now I know why :)  So, if today you thought, "What happened to my sweet, perfect angels?" just know that we have a beautiful full moon.

In other news, I am teaming up with The Learning Station to do this awesome giveaway!  Friends, I'm going to be honest.  I am the world's worst giveaway girl.  I hate clicking through hundreds of links and liking tons of things.  So, when I created this giveaway I wanted to keep that in mind and make this short and sweet.  It's literally four clicks - like my Facebook fan page(which hopefully you already do), like their Facebook fan page, like my TPT page, and like their Pinterest page.  It's that simple.  Plus, I have to say, I have these CDs and their DVDs and they are awesome!  I just know you guys will love them!

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Alright, now, for the freebie.  So, my school has a fairy tale theme this year, so we've been trying to find ways to incorporate that into things we do every day.  Well, this week we started flex grouping which is awesome!  We are breaking the kids out into skills groups so they can work on areas that are weaknesses or so that they can get extra enrichment.  Seriously friends!  Even our principal has jumped right in to help and took a group today.

Anyway, I'm teaching my group how to record the books they read and how to do book reports this week, so today we did a fairy tale book report.  I thought you guys may like it, so click the picture to grab it.  If you have my FAIRY TALE BUNDLE it fits right in with that bundle.

Hope you enjoy and have an incredible Wacky Wednesday!!!

This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by The Learning Station.  I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Learning Station CD Giveaway

Alright friends, if you've been following me for awhile you know how much I LOVE The Learning Station!  I found their videos on YouTube around two years ago and last year I decided I wanted to buy a DVD.  Well, after I got the DVD, I decided to ask them if they would do a giveaway with me because I just knew that all my fans would adore them as much as me.  Who doesn't a few new brain breaks for their classroom?

Well, The Learning Station jumped on board and that giveaway was just incredible, so a few weeks ago, we decided we wanted to do another giveaway together.

They sent me a few CDs to review and I have to say, I LOVE them!  They are loaded with their hits and I'm not kidding... my kids literally request brain breaks now.  Their favorites right now are A-Root-Chy-Cha, Boom Chicka Boom, and Baby Shark.

The Learning Station CDs and DVDs are part of our daily routine.  Last week, we were taking tests and my kiddos even asked for a brain break during tests.  I decided to try it this one time and the kids did great!  They went to the carpet, spread out, did their brain break, and went right back to work.

Anyway, I doubt I could ever sing enough praises since I fell in love with them from the beginning.  Since I loved the two CDs that were sent to me, The Learning Station is giving me a set of the same CDs to give to one lucky winner.  All you have to do is enter in the RaffleCopter below by following my Facebook page, TPT store, and their Facebook page.

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Good Luck!

This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by The Learning Station.  I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Closer Look Blog Hop

Hi Guys!
So, I'm going to let you in on a little secret.  Sshhh!!!!  Actually, it's a pretty big secret... one that you can tell to ALL your teacher friends.  Teachers Pay Teachers is throwing another SALE!  I know you just double checked and read that again, but it's true!  So many teachers went back early, but there are still tons of teachers that haven't gone back, so we are having another ONE DAY SALE on Wednesday, August, 20.  That gives you a chance to save 28%.  I'm not going to lie, I'm looking forward to going shopping.  If you want to visit my store, just click any of the images below.

Some of my blogging buddies and I decided that we wanted you to see some of our favorite/top selling items.  We are also all including a freebie that you can use with or in your class.

Well, I know you already know about my morning work, so I wanted to show you my editable binders.  I have multiple versions of them, so if you like stripes more than damask or damask more than chevron, then you have some options.

Here are some sample pics from one of my packets.

Also, so you can test out a portion of my packet, I've included a few sheets from it as a freebie.
Now, click below to check out the item from Christina from Second Grade Sugar and Spice.  I am certain you will LOVE her packet and her freebie.  She's definitely one of my favorites!!!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Five for Friday

Hey friends!
I'm linking up to Five for Friday.  Don't forget if you want to check out more blog posts, to click below and you can see what other bloggers have written.

 Where did summer go?  I love teaching, don't get me wrong, but I swear we just got out of school and we are gearing up to get rolling again.  I went to work on putting my room back together this week and had a fun little stack of treasures waiting for me.  There's nothing I love more than opening packages full of goodies.  So, what do you think I ordered?

I have created a new rule for me.  I have bought tons of books, but haven't spent a lot of time reading.  I decided if I'm going to make my kids work on their stamina, I need to work on mine a little.  So, for the next few weeks, I'm spending at least 45 minutes a day reading non-fiction school books.  Yes, I am a little crazy, but we all know once school starts that isn't happening.  If I'm going to try to be a better teacher, I better get on it and start reading all these books.  So far, I've finished Crash Course and now I'm onto Daily 5: Second Edition.  Friends, if you haven't read Daily 5: Second Edition, but you read the first one, definitely read this new one.  There are several changes and honestly, it aligns more with what I've been doing and my thought process than the first one.

This has no purpose.  It's my new "I'm working but need background noise" show.  Plus, if you are in your thirties (like me), you know this was one of your favorite shows.

Oh, boy!  So, not sure if you've heard my laptop story yet, but I had to get a new laptop thanks to an old injury a.k.a spill.  It took me days to add back software, fonts, and clip art.  Can you imagine if everything wasn't backed up to DropBox?  The good news is I'm starting to create again.  Here's an old freebie that I've updated a little.  Hope you like it.

Since I'm only off a few more weeks, my hubby and I went to breakfast this morning.  I love living in a town similar to the town where the Gilmore Girls lived.  There's something great about ordering breakfast, sitting in a window, and watching a small town.  I may just have to take my laptop up there one morning soon to work.  It's just a peaceful little place.

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Alright, one of my favorite bloggers is Christina from Sugar and Spice.  I'm joining her Wordless Wednesday linky party.  If you want to go check out some other awesome bloggers, just click the button below.

Here's my picture.  This quote came out of Kim Bearden's new book "Crash Course".  I just love it!  What's your favorite quote from a book?  Leave it in the comments or feel free to post it on my Facebook fan page.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Calendar Math

Alright, I feel like I need to introduce myself.  Seriously y'all!  I haven't blogged in several months.  So, here it goes.  Hi!  I'm Faith.  I have a blog.  If you are new to my blog, I love showing you fun ideas that you can use in your classroom.  Most of the time I try to be funny and keep things lighthearted.  Our jobs and lives are way too hectic to throw in any sort of drama, so my goal is for everyone to leave here with an idea and a smile.  I am so far from perfect and while hopefully my pictures look great, don't forget I've cut out the bag of garbage that needs to go out, the pile of clothes I haven't folded, and the stack of papers on the edge of my desk.

So, if you are new, that's me and if you've been around awhile, then I'm sure you are ready to roll.

If you've been keeping up with me on my Facebook page, you know I've been working on Calendar Math.  Friends, the cover stayed the same, but that's about it.  I updated almost every slide.  I also tried to add in several of the things that my fans asked for like money.  I'm going to be honest, I know weather was requested, but I didn't add it this time.  I may add it later, but by the time I finished dealing with my crazy computer issues, I was ready to be done.  Once I get a few other things finished up, I may go back and add it.  We'll see.

So, one of the questions I've been asked several times is how do I use this in my classroom.  Well, my typical morning routine is morning work and then calendar math.  We have Ladibugs in our classroom, so I use my Ladibug to go over morning work on our Activboard.  After that, I start calendar time.

Now, I'm sure when you see the size of this flip chart,  you will be thinking, "How does she do ALL of that in one day?"  Friends, I don't... at all!  I typically do the calendar slide and my number chart slide every day.  After that, I pick and choose based off what standards we are covering.  For example, if we are working on addition, then I'll usually hit on the the addition slides.

Then, I usually try to pick one or two slides that we have covered in the past.  Sometimes I base this off of something I notice my students struggling with that was on morning work.  Other times, I use it as a quick review or just to spot check.

Typically, when I finish I've covered around five to seven of the slides depending on how much time we spend on each one.  From the time I start until the time I end, I spend around 40 minutes, but keep in mind that includes reviewing our morning work, calendar, a few songs, and I usually go ahead and touch on our math lesson if I have time.  Sometimes, I even throw in a few extra sentences to correct (language arts) or a reading comprehension packet.

Hope this helps a little with understanding what we are doing.  Below are pictures of my Calendar Math packet.  If you are interested, you can click on any of the pictures and it will take you to store.

Have a great Tuesday!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Freebies and End of School Year Stuff

I know I haven't blogged in forever.  Honestly, I haven't created in a month, blogged in a month, or really done anything outside of my Facebook fan page in a month.  I haven't forgotten, but friends, I am just exhausted.

After Spring Break, we hit the ground running with reviewing, benchmarks, Field Day (which I plan), Relay for Life, and all the other little things you are trying to fit in at the end of the year.

With all the craziness, I always end up feeling a little sad this time of year.  There's something about realizing your year is coming to an end that makes you want to hold on while at the same time you are counting down.  I'm realizing that my sweet little rascals aren't so little anymore.  They are ready to go which is great, but at the same time hard because I know some will move.

That sad moment only lasts for a second as I realize I have awards to get done, Dollar Tree superlatives to finish, parent gifts, teacher gifts (for the people that work with my kids), and lots of little memories to try to give my little munchkins.

Anyway, here are a few pictures from the last few weeks.  By the way, I mentioned Field Day.  Did I mention that Field Day and Relay for Life were on the same day this year!  Let's just say, I got in 20,000 steps that day.  It was a crazy fun day and we definitely made some memories.
Also, below are a few more pictures of the things coming up that you may want to use for your Awards Day, end of year gifts, or to send home to prevent your kiddos from forgetting all that you taught them.  The book reports and labels are free.

The last few years, I have done summer buckets for my class.  I know it looks like a lot, but when you get parents to help out, it's a lot of fun and it doesn't cost quite as much as you think it may.  I usually find the buckets at Michaels.  Below is the list of items I send home to my parents.  I try to put things that the kids can use during the summer, but also things that they need for their summer packets like pencils, little pencil sharpeners (I found them at the Dollar Tree in packets of 8 to 12), erasers, crayons, and even flashcard packs for some of my kids that are still working on learning their math facts.

If you want to use the tags that I put on the buckets or the list I sent home to my parents, just click on one of the images.  It will take you to the file so you can download it.

I created these last year to prevent a summer slide for my kiddos.  Since I finished first grade pretty quickly, I went ahead and created a kindergarten packet and a second grade packet.  If you are curious about how they are set up, click on the grade level you are interested in and download the preview on TPT.  It will show you how it is set up.  Each packet also has a parent letter and reading log.  All you have to do is print the packet front and back and it's ready to go.  With it being the end of the school year, if you are like me, you don't have time for much more than that.  There's too many memories to fit into your day.  If you are tutoring this summer, you may also want to check out the packets.  I know several people have commented that they are perfect to use when tutoring.

Alright y'all!  Hope you have a great week!  Thanks for being the best fans ever!