Friday, May 22, 2015

Five for Friday

Hi, Everyone!

I'm linking up with
Kacey from
for another

Let's get to it!
I'm a tad bit late 
but I wanted to share with you 
unique way in which 
Teacher Appreciation Week 
was celebrated at my school.

We are usually a very quiet, 
very rural school... 
however, when a local real-estate agency 
offered to bring this balloon 
to celebrate teachers...
We all said "Yeah, BABY!"
in our best Austin Powers' voice.

Teachers who wanted to participate 
were asked to sign a waiver 
and since there wasn't time 
for a lengthy question and answer session,  
I quickly scribbled my name at the bottom and 
prayed for the best.




Yes, it was tethered but great fun, nonetheless.
Our end of the year AR celebration involved some
serious
sumo-wrestling!
This lovely second grade teacher 
channeled
her inner beast 
and swore to defeat her opponent.
Even my assistant principal 
could not resist 
the challenge 
issued to him by our coach.

Both men hit the mats.
 Despite the smile,
I'm actually very disappointed 
that I allowed 
my own sumo-wrestling credentials 
to expire.

 I couldn't participate so
 I helped with crowd control 
with my new friend
Big Mo,
the Montgomery Biscuits mascot.
My kiddos recently completed 
the Alexander Graham Bell story 
in the Reading Street series.
We discussed how great ideas 
often lead to inventions 
so I naturally wanted to extend the conversation 
with this craft.
When asked to tell about one of his own great ideas,
I got this...
I totally agreed with the little fellow, however... no.
My lovely niece got married. 
Her wedding was absolutely perfect,
 even though it was a tad bit on the warm side. 
 I especially love that my dad
(her grandfather) 
was able to walk her down the aisle.

And finally...

School's OUT!
Are you approaching the finish line?

Friday, May 1, 2015

Five for Friday

Happy Friday, Folks!

I'm excited to link up with
Kacey
from Doodlebugs Teaching
for another


Here we go!

My Donor's Choose project 
was fully funded by
a sweet librarian 
who provided the funds 
for our new Poppleton books!
Seriously, who doesn't love 
the Poppleton series?






Aubie, 
Auburn University's mascot,
visited my school for a recent celebration and I was so, SO excited 
(and a tiny bit embarrassed) 
to have my picture made with him.

Auburn is my hometown 
and for those of you 
who've never visited, it's truly
the loveliest village on the plains.


WAR EAGLE!


This lovely librarian
 served doughnuts to my class when all of my kids met their reading goal for the quarter. 
We've now met her challenge 
for the entire year!


 Of course, I celebrated this achievement with my kids and I may or may not have but definitely did consume more than the
recommended daily allowance.   


I actually had to pause in my driveway this morning to allow this lovely goose to cross.


Strange, but true!

And finally...


Friday, April 24, 2015

Stop, Swap and Roll!

 Jungle Learners
is hosting another product swap and
I'm so pleased to participate.
 It's round TWO for me!
Thank you so much, Melissa!

For this event, I was partnered with 
Gina from
Miss Peluso’s Kindergarten

Gina is a chocolate lovin' 
kindergarten teacher 
from Connecticut 
who recently adopted 
a furry pup she calls Dexter. 
  Is he not the cutest 
bundle of furry goodness?



Oops, I digress...

 Shortly after 
Gina and I were introduced,
I was able to go shopping in her store
where this product caught my eye.




 My own classroom lacks the space necessary for the traditional writing center... 
you know, the one in the corner of your classroom stocked with several types of writing paper, access to the word wall, pencils, crayons, office supplies, etc...

 Gina's product eliminates the need for an "official" writing space by taking the
 writing center TO YOUR KIDS!

  They're customizable for grades K-2 and I especially liked being able to select the resources best suited for my kids.  
Score!

Need to see it in action?

 Gina's adorable office cover sets the stage for a serious writing time.  

My kids were so impressed with the 
April dictionary of words. 
  
Maybe you'd like even more options?
 Gina is so sweet to make a new monthly dictionary available for you to download at the beginning of each month.
How cool is that?!


Gina offers other resource options, too.
These include color words, prefixes, suffixes, blends, silent e, and many MORE!
Once again, you're free to select the resources that are 
best suited for your class.

It's just that simple!
  With 3 file folders and a bit of packing tape, my kids were highly motivated to write and I attribute it all to Gina's writing office.  

Want to win a copy of your very own?
You can enter to win down below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Don't forget to check out 
the product that Gina chose 
from my store.
You can find her review HERE.
  
And you'll also want to take a peek at the other product swaps and enter their give-aways, too!



Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring ABC Order Friday Freebie

Happy "Good" Friday Y'all!

Today is the last school holiday 
for the 2014-2015 year.  
From this point forward 
it's a mere 7 weeks 
before the end of the year.  
Has your year whizzed by 
as quickly as my own?

This week I'm linking up with 

for another week of fun.

At the request of a friend I created this springy ABC order 
(to the second letter) activity.


I hope you'll like it!
You can access it HERE.

Enjoy the Easter weekend, friends.
I'll be celebrating the resurrection of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
You're welcome to join me, too!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tippy-Toe Chick, Go!

Happy Wednesday, Folks!

Here are a few reading activities I have planned for the upcoming week.
 My district uses the Reading Street series, so we're going to be all about this story...


While I'm busy conducting 3 small groups, 
(19 children total)
my other kids busy themselves with centers.
They'll visit 5 (out of 6)
over the course of the week.

Next week's activities will look something like this...


and 

We'll cover commands and the consonant + le pattern to round out the week.  
Those activities are included, too!

I'd love to share 3 samples with other Reading Street teachers.
Leave your email address and a quick comment about the number of literacy centers in your reading block. 

If you've read this far, you need a freebie!
Here's a tic-tac-toe game that reinforces the high-frequency words from the story. 
You can access it HERE!
(To play, you'll provide your kids with dri-erase markers.  Each kid selects a word.
They'll play the game the traditional way with the exception they'll be writing their word, rather than an "x" or an "o".  

Need more information?
 You can find my product HERE. 

Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hoppy Easter Linky

Hi All!

I'm so pleased to link up with
Melissa 
from
for a fun "pre" Easter linky.

To participate, Melissa has invited everyone to link up with their favorite 
spring-themed ideas and freebies.

Basically, anything that will help us all survive these last few weeks of school!
(My district is at T-minus 39 days and counting!)

So... here we go!

My teacher friends and I 
will be preparing for an art show 
the week that we return 
from spring break.  
This project is one that 
I pinned sometime ago and 
I'd like to include it 
in our display.  
It's too adorable to ignore!
Just click the picture 
to take you to the original post.  

I also have a freebie for you... 
and it has a spring-theme, too!

It's a "scoot game" called
and you can access it HERE.

Finally,
here's another scoot game 
with a spring theme.  
It reinforces telling time 
and double digit 
addition/subtraction (w/no regrouping).  
I created it to last 
more than one day.


The recording sheet 
helps your kiddos 
pick right up 
where they left off 
the previous day!

Too simple!

If you'd like to win a copy, enter here!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

3 winners will be chosen in a few days! 
Happy Spring, Everyone! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Teaching Commands

Hi Folks!

Recently I read THIS POST
by Amy Lemons of
Step Into Second Grade
in which she challenged herself to teach
an entire week without using the copy machine
(with the exception of graphic organizers,
recording sheets,etc...)

Her thought process was the result of having read this book...

Many of you are likely already participating in the book study being conducted by
several other bloggers. 
I'll be ordering my own copy in time to read it during my spring break next week!

Anyway,
 as I wrote my plans Sunday afternoon I gave Amy's challenge a little more thought.
While I knew it has not been my practice to use many worksheets, 
I recognized the need for improvement. 

I started small... tiny steps, people...
with an activity on commands.

I scrambled the words for 
a few simple commands 
and duplicated them on fancy paper.

Each kiddo selected his/her own command.  
The strips were cut into individual words and reassembled in the correct order to form a command.

Illustrations were drawn and
we called it a day.




If you'd like a copy of the commands,

The challenge continues tomorrow...
Enjoy your week!






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