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Friday, October 10, 2014

Autumn Fun with a Treat!



How is it possible that we are enjoying Autumn already?  Wasn't it just summer!?  I am still home enjoying the last few weeks of my little peanut. My Family Leave is coming to an end.  It won't be long before I am out the door at 6am and home by 5.   I head back to work right before Halloween.  I am not sure who will be more scared, the kiddos or me?   I haven't seen them or any of their work.  I left it to the leave replacement.  I figured why waste time and energy telling them how I would do things, when I will have to re-do it all!  Teaching special education is always a challenge, why not throw more into the mix and be a new mom too!   One of the push in support teachers called me and wanted to know if I had won the lotto so I could stay home,  because the class was CRAZY!  Just as I suspected.  So now I will enter the class with firm, routine activities and they will thrive on the "newness" and my excitement for meeting them and sharing all about my wee little one. 

Even though I have not been in the room, I have been sending in activities for the kiddos to do.  The recent one I sent with the Autumn Centers. This center set is really light on the prep..... basically no prep.  Some colored copies for table labels and desired math centers.  Straight cuts nothing fancy and all student response forms are black and white.

So since I created this set of centers, I thought it would be a good idea to ask the teacher taking over for me to takes photos.  Right, not to hard.... she did.  She took photos on an ipad that she couldn't figure out how to download and send them to me.  So the clever one took a picture of the ipad screen!  REALLY.... is this what I have to deal with.  I apologize in advance for the blurry and not so pretty pictures.  I can only imagine the mess that awaits me.   So here are some photos of photos of my class and our buddy class do Autumn centers.





The students did weighing measuring with unifix cubes, counters, and CANDY CORN too!


Everyone loves to paint.  So this group  is doing some pumpkin detail work.  The girls always love to be creative and draw/paint.  The boys always want to cut open the pumpkin.  But I tell them they have to use the details from the pumpkin to create a scene




Pumpkin Circumference  Students are working together to determine the circumference of this big 'ol pumpkin. 

(Don 't you love the lil Educlips kid heads?)

Also included but not photographed are writing centers that have students writing informational writing How to GROW a pumpkin and How a Pumpkins Grows!  More math activities with Autumn counting learning mats and student interactive  worksheets.






I am also sending this in for them to get started on too.  Hoping these little monsters will be little angles by the time I get there!  Otherwise we will not do anything fun.    I am actually secretly hoping that these activities give me rock star status with them and they will want more!  
       



PSSST... you made it all the way to the end!  Here is a little TREAT for you.  Enjoy and thank you for following me.  









Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fun On the Farm

City kids love learning about the farm!  The first grade teachers in my building have be getting ready to begin their farm units ending with a trip to the farm where they will pick pumpkins and enjoy the farm.  This trip is really a fun trip for our students, due to the fact the we teach in a very poor part of the inner city.  The little kiddos go crazy for all the farm animals.   The children have an opportunity to milk the cows, get eggs from the hen house, and go on a hayride!  

  I created this hands on activity to get the kids even more engaged about the farm.   This activity includes addition and subtraction problems.   

Students choose a card and create the number story using the hands on manipulatives (farm themed counters are included in this set)







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All pieces are included, learning mats, student answer sheets, and counting manpulitves,  just add paperclips or your own spinner!!!!  
Easy prep, color or black and white learning mat options.  
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Currently.. the baby is sleeping. :)

CURRENTLY... September?!!!   

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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.  



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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.   
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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
SLIDE


                              SHOW                                TRADE
SLIDE



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.