Friday, July 25, 2014

Beginning of the School Year Blogger Bonanza!

My friends Amber and LuAnn from Kindergarten Rocks had a FaBuLoUs idea after they returned from the I Teach K Conference.


Exciting, right?  Here is everything you need to know:


Here are the bloggers that will be there.  
Casey Jane from Wiggling Scholars
Amber and LuAnn from Kindergarten Rocks
and Me!

I hope to see you there!  If you are coming and are struggling with a part of your school day, let me know what you hope to learn at the Bonanza!  I'll be sure to include something to help in my presentation!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My Poor Blog!

Yikes!  Has it really been that long since I've blogged?  I'm afraid it has.  I've been mentally thinking of blog posts but by the time I get home, make dinner, help my kids with homework and do a little of my own work for school, I am beat.  Tell me I'm not alone!

Anyway, here are a couple of things I've been meaning to blog about :)  

Because of the cold/snow days we have had quite a few days off.  Nice, right?  Well, now our district wants teachers to make up 30 of the hours.  I went in one day to finish leveling my library.  I have a pretty large library.  36 bins to be exact!  That doesn't include my leveled library that is on the other side of the room.  
  I was using the Scholastic Book Wizard site to level my books but the other day I finally noticed there is an app!  A FREE app!  
Here's how it works:
1.  Download the free app to your phone.   
2.  Find a book you want to level. 
3.  Scan the barcode.
4.  Ta-da!

If your book doesn't have a barcode or doesn't scan, you can type in the name of it for the same result.

This app helped me whip through the last of my books!

I also did my first Run or Dye run last weekend.  A coworker and I braved the cold and wind. 

We decided next year our whole team is going to go!

 Last, I want to share some of the fun things my kids made during inside recess today.
 It's been crazy cold, windy and rainy here in Minnesota.  Today I even saw the dreaded sNoW!

I promise not to take so long for my next post.  Let me know if you use the Book Wizard app!
 

 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Fever?!

I officially have Spring Fever!  Today it got up to about 60 degrees today.  If you live in the south you have no idea how amazing that feels after dealing with temps like -20.  Love it!

I have to share a non-school related picture quick.  This weekend we celebrated my youngest daughter's 5th birthday.  This girl is larger than life and is so excited to start kindergarten next year.  This about sums her up...
I am also excited to blog about a really cool app I had the opportunity to test drive called Rhyme to Read.  The Rhyme to Read app features 20 books that each focus on a word family.  There are 4 stories for each short vowel.
I love that they give the option of purchasing individual books for only $.99 or the whole enchilada for $9.99.  Seems like a bargain to just buy the entire thing!

Here is a snapshot of one of the pages inside the book Pat (-at word family).
On the left is a running list of all of the -at words from the book.  The top right shows all of the sight words on the page.  Kids can touch those words and it will read them.  That way they can try to read the center text without trouble.  My birthday girl played with this app on the way to grandma's house today.  She was so excited that she could read! 

The ladies who made this app know their stuff.  Notice the color coding?  It encourages kids to use visual and auditory discrimination.  They also have made sure to introduce 35 sight words in these books.  Awesome!


I also love that they give so many ideas for how to use the books.  It makes it super easy for both teachers and parents to use.   I plan on using it during Daily Five: Listen to Reading and at the guided reading table. 


Here is the link for the app so you can get it for your class!  Let me know if you do and what you think!

Please note that I did receive this app for free BUT my review is entirely my own. 


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Currently-March 2014

Friday was our end of tri and now we are on Spring Break!!!  It seems very early but I'll take it.  My two girls DON'T have Spring Break so I'll be home alone.  Yes...you heard that right...alone!  Monday is chock full of boring doctor and dentist visits but I have nothing on the agenda the rest of the week until Friday when my girls have off for their end of tri. 

I need to catch up on some blogging, too!  Here is my Currently for March!



Pretty self explanatory, right?

My thinking is that I am NOT going to go into work during Spring Break.  I brought some stuff home but that is it.  Scouts honor!

The last one you have to figure out.  I left the answer and you have to guess the question.  Any guesses?

Link up with Farley for your Currently here.  Don't forget the rule of 3!

Also...if you have purchased my Tally It Tuesday pack, go to TPT and download the updated version.  I fixed a couple of pages that needed better spacing.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Job Day!

Today was Job Day for us.  Kids could dress up to show what they want to be when they grow up.  It was a great way to end our Economics unit on Goods & Services, Needs & Wants and Community Helpers.  My kids rocked it this year!
From the front on the left:  astronaut doctor, ballerina, baby sitter, dentist, mad scientist, engineer  Next row:  nurse, cop, pastor, president, artist, copy, professional football player.  Next row:  athlete, hairstylist, tooth fairy, nurse, construction worker & mathematician.
  
I was a cupcake baker but forgot to get a picture of myself.

I love seeing what they want to be.  This is how we start the day:
 
My favorite part was going on a Job Day parade where we show off what we want to be to the rest of the grade level.  So much fun.

I had to giggle during guided reading:
I don't often get to read with the Tooth Fairy and an Astronaut Doctor!

Our 5th grade buddies also came down to help us make a neighborhood about of paper bags.  I love how they turned out.
I put a bunch of paper out but ended up taking out glitter, cotton balls, pom poms, and popsicle sticks.   

One more day of the BIG TPT Sale!
Don't forget to enter the code! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I'm in love with...

Molly over at Lucky to Be in First is hosting a fun linky just in time for Valentine's Day.
http://www.luckytobeinfirst.com/2014/02/are-you-lucky-in-love-linky.html

Here are some of my favorite things...in no specific order.



I love all things Mac!


I'm counting my two girls and my new niece Abby :)


I can never resist a good cupcake :)


I can't imagine teaching anything else.  It is where I feel at home.


I love being a part of the blogging community and feel very lucky to be a seller on TPT.


I actually have more of a love/hate relationship with my cat.  He is currently sleeping next to me so I am feeling the love.

Link up with Molly with your loves!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Big week!

This was a week full of Wows!

Tuesday morning (1:21am to be exact) I got a text from my sister that she had her baby!  I jumped into action and raced to the hospital to meet Abigail Joy!

Boy, was I tired that day at work....but it was totally worth it to meet her.

I was on a big high until about Thursday when I had conferences.  That was also the day we noticed that Harry Kindergarten's songs weren't working on YouTube.  I use his songs All.The.Time.  He has put some back on but has to rework several of them before putting them back.  Phew!

I took my girls to go see Abigail yesterday.

Fast friends for sure.

In school related news, my friend Colleen from Fun and Fearless in First is celebrating 200 Followers with a Giveaway!  I'm donating an item from my TPT store.  There is also a $10 TPT Gift card up for grabs!
http://fun-and-fearless-in-first.blogspot.com/2014/02/200-follower-giveaway.html
Click on her button to enter!