Sunday, June 1, 2014

Currently.... JUNE!

CURRENTLY The Last Month of SCHOOL!!!   

I am linking up with Farley at Oh ' Boy 4th Grade

LISTENING  the birds chirping outside and I enjoy hearing my husband use choice four letter words as he paints!

LOVING that by this time on the East Coast ALL the laundry is DONE!  No Sunday night stress here!   

THINKING that I really should be laying down, because bed rest means... lay down!

WANTING to a LARGE.... no wait EXTRA LARGE ice coffee with lots of sugar! 

NEEDING to get myself organized for the arrival of my lil baby coming this July.   I can't believe that time has flown by and the arrival is near.  If someone would have told me that 8 months would have goes this fast, I would have thought they were joking!  

Summer Bucket List  I have a few books on my IPad that really need to be read, so I think that this summer in between late night feedings and getting into a routine as a new mom I will try to READ!  

Thank you for joining me this month.  I will be sure to update you next currently on my newest arrival.  

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Spin, Spin, Solve--Hands on Math

After looping with my group of kiddos for the past few years they need to stay motivated to work and learn.   I have found out that they work best when they are "playing."  So I decided to add a few spinners and some hands on manipulatives to make adding and subtracting a little more exciting... I guess it worked because I got a parent letter, telling me she looked in Target for the game that her son was talking about.  I made her a set and sent it home secretly.  One rainy weekend  the mom broke out the game and was amazed at how much her son enjoyed "learning." Take a peek at the pictures to see how to make learning fun!   More themes and additional facts coming soon.  

This Fishbowl Math game comes with addition and subtraction work mats.  Matching manipulatives and blackline masters for on the go practice.

This set is on sale this weekend as part of my SPRING CLEANING SALE.  NO CODE needed.  Just fill up your cart and check out with the sale price.   
LOOK at all the other fabulous teacher authors have a sale too!  

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hands on Math.... Making a Trade!

Regrouping 2 digit numbers has become my number one difficulty with my 2nd graders so far this year.  The mixed level class, the common core, or the concept, I can;t put my finger on it.   So I created these hands on math mats to get my struggling kids more comfortable with regrouping.  

Students chose a board.  They show the top digit using tens and ones.  Then they show the middle digit with tens and ones.  They MAKE A TRADE if necessary and then SLIDE down to solve! Fun, interactive, and hands on!  

                                 SHOW                                   TRADE

                              SHOW                                TRADE

Looking for more challenging or less challenging math mats?  Create your own problems or have the students create them for each other!  Fun for everyone.  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Three Million Strong TpT Teacher Sale!!!

How AMAZING is it that 3 MILLION teachers are connected and benefit from Teachers pay Teachers!!!
Well in case you have noticed, on Thursday and Friday a little celebration will be happening.... A SITE WIDE SALE.   Who doesn't love a sale and then a coupon to go with it!   Start filling up your cart with awesome teaching goodies..... then when you check out enter the promo code TPT3.  I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' to show you some of my favorite classroom resources that will be on sale.   My entire store is on sale.


                                                                                         (2nd edition coming soon)

 Fry words also available

 Fry words also available.



Thank you for checking out my resources and supporting my store......  If you purchase something don't forget to leave FEEDBACK!  You earn TPT credits and then you can buy MORE.   I will be offering a special prize to those people who buy and leave feedback during the sale.   Follow my store to get the update and find out how you can win!  

Here is a lil something I made last year and updated it to work for this year.  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

All Hands on Math!!!!!

Multi sensory Fun!   My kiddos struggle so much with basic addition.  The mixed group of kids this year, are struggling.  So I tried to incorporate what they like into the activities.   These Show, Slide and Solve mats are just what I needed.   They are hands on, to make math that much more enjoyable.  Use food, math  manipulatives, mini objects, anything that will make your reluctant struggling mathematician want to do math.

Here are some pictures of it in action.  For this child pretzels are the go to motivator.   While looking at the addition problem, he puts 3 pretzels for the top number, then 5 more for the second number.  Here comes the BEST part.......  He SLIDES all the pretzels down into the last box and counts them to get the answer.   After he is completed with all 10 problems and his answers have been recorded he can eat the math manipulative.  


 Looking for your students use counters or other math manipulatives?  Use the colored boards with unifix cubes to show, slide and solve.   Other fun counting choices are mini Lego's, teddy bear counters, or fun shaped erasers.  

Want to create your own math problems, use the blank boards to create a problem just for your students.  Student math pairs can create unique problem for their partner to solve.  

This hands on set includes 5 colors of games with sums up to 15.  Mix and match math mats, or keep them color coded.  Included also are math mats without colored background.  

An additional unit is coming for my struggling 2nd graders!   Posted this weekend.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Currently the Sweetest Month***

CURRENTLY The Sweetest Month with My Sweethearts!!!   

I am linking up with Farley at Oh ' Boy 4th Grade

LISTENING  to the crazy quiet silence in my house and the kitchen clock ticking!

LOVING that my husband told me to stop leaving him Valentine's hints.... We are going away for Valentine's Day!  

THINKING that I really hope tomorrow does not bring snow!

WANTING to know exactly where this Valentine's trip is going to take place. I love surprises.... but I get so impatient. 

NEEDING to really get serious and start doing report cards.  Otherwise my Valentine's is going to be ruined with heartache of student comments. 

 2 truths and a fib  I do have two rescue dogs that are by babies.... I am NOT A twin, I think my parents are the most pleased about me not being a twin. They couldn't handle more than one of me.  And last truth, is I do read, write and speak Spanish.  It is my secret weapon, nobody knows that about me.  (actually it isn't a secret anymore I guess!)

Hope you have a month of sweetness and love!  Thanks for your support.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Chillin' and Hoppin'.... Winter Blog Hop


Have you made any New Year's resolutions?  Have you made new goals for your professional life, too?  If so, you will probably need some new materials to use with your students.  You are in luck!  Some friends of mine and I have organized a blog hop.  You can hop from blog to blog and get a freebie on each blog.  

We have some amazing prizes for you, too!  
  • Fourteen lucky teachers will win a bundle of lessons.

  • One very lucky teacher will get a $150 Buy Sell Teach gift certificate AND the bundle of prizes.

Be sure to enter the rafflecopter on each blog because each blogger will pick her own winner. The more blogs that you enter, the greater your chances are of winning.

We realize this is a busy time of year so you will have a week to visit our blogs.  The winner will be announced on our Facebook pages the evening of January 19th.  Make sure you follow our Facebook pages!

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Be sure to enter the rafflecopter on each blog because each blogger will choose her own winner!

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