Monday, September 1, 2014

Currently.. the baby is sleeping. :)

CURRENTLY... September?!!!   

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

LISTENING  the absolute silence..... My newborn is sleeping before midnight.  I feel like a rock star because she is fed and in bed!  My husband is catching up on his shows that are on DVR and I am doing a quick post! 

LOVING that today I got to see my grandma, mom and dad.  ALL in one day!  Success. 

THINKING that I really should get some stuff done around the house.  Maybe unload the dishwasher, do laundry,.... you know normal household chores. 

WANTING a fresh new haircut.  

NEEDING nothing..... just maybe  a few more hours in the day.  But then again don't we all! 

3 Trips  I have traveled to many exotic places.  Some of them multiple times.  However, Alaska, Phuket and Saychelles are still on my list.  I will get there one-day... someday.

Thank you for joining me this month.  As promised from the last currently when I was on bed rest.  Here is the Little Itty Bitty Baby.  My little sweetness.....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Oh Baby.... It's Back to School!

Ever feel like things happen and then everything else gets put to the side.  Well these two feet happened!  My last post was my June currently where I was "currently" on bed rest.  Since then, this little package arrived 1 week early, putting all my last minute to-do's on the now it's never going to get done list.  Oh well!  

Between feedings, changing and  family coming to visit I managed to complete these resources.   

My kindergarten colleagues asked me to create this NO PREP beginning skills resource for them.  It covers, alphabet practice, colors, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds and pre-primer sight words.  I added a little extra treat for them and give them color and black-line student awards.   
I know that my students love getting recognition for their work!  

Another custom resource was this Successful Writers BOOK OF WORDS 
This resource is a useful interactive tool that allows student freedom when they write.  This resource is adaptable for your students.
 For your higher more independent writers, give them the high frequency word pages with blanks to add their own words. For the newcomer, reluctant writer, or students will more demanding needs, copy the pages that have visuals and the word. 

For themed writing or just additional topics, copy the additional 24 pages of categories, that include picture and words. These categories are endless and allow students to use pictures to help develop their writing. Some categories include, family, food, clothing, seasons, and a whole lot more! 

A follow up to the BLENDS and DIGRAPH resource is a sister resource focusing on long vowels and vowel teams.  This resource has 19 interactive student booklets and multi-sensory learning mats to master these tricky sounds. 

A nice addition to tricky vowel sounds are these classroom visuals and charts.  These are great visual cues for all students.  This year the English Language Learners in first and second grade will be using  these during their RTI and AIS times.  

To accompany my beginning blends and digraphs, I created the final consonant charts and posters.

This year my theme is going to be primary polka dots.  (Shhhh don't tell my husband I bought new baskets and accessories!  He will not be happy to know that all the bright baskets are staying in the garage a little longer!)  
I created this calendar time set, to keep a changing pattern every month.  Also included, are 19 student resource pages for printing ease and additional reinforcement  during calendar time.  

Oh yes and for those of you who haven't started the new year yet, or those of you that want to snag a good deal!  My whole store is on sale...  Check it out.....   

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.