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!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Currently-February 2014 Edition

It's here!  Hopefully the month where I can get on schedule and get stuff done!  I feel like January was kind of a wash since we had so many cold days, late starts and vacation days.  I only taught for one full week.  Ugh!

Here is my February Currently...

Listening...Anyone else a little sad that Good Luck Charlie is ending?  It's one of the only shows I can tolerate on Disney.

Loving...I used to dance.  For like 10 years.  I love it and can't get enough of the Just Dance games.  My youngest and I love the new 2014 one.  

Thinking...I signed up for my first 5K-The Run or Dye with a coworker.  I need to start working on running more!  Aargh!

Wanting...Yep!  I'm getting my students back on a schedule.  

Needing...my own two girls keep getting crud.  I have avoided it so far but it isn't fun to see them so miserable.

2 Truths and a Fib.

1.  I love to ski...FIB...I actually don't.  I'm not a typically Minnesotan because I don't ski, snowmobile, ice fish, snowboard or do much else outside in the winter.  I do go tubing with my kids but that doesn't take any skill.


2.  I love to cook...TRUTH.  I love planning my meals for the week and cooking.  It relaxes me.

3.  I love Redvines.  TRUTH.  There are two camps on my grade level team.  Redvines vs. Twizzlers.  What team are you on?

What is your Currently?
Link up with Farley and don't forget the rule of 3!


Also, there is still time go to through our lovely Valentine's Day Freebie Blog Hop!  Start here and go through all our blogs to score big!

http://www.polkadotkinders.blogspot.com/2014/01/fill-your-heart-with-freebies.html

Friday, January 31, 2014

Fill Your Heart With Freebies!

I don't know about you but February is my busiest month of school.  Valentine's Day, 100th Day, Dental Health, Groundhog's, 2nd trimester testing...the list goes on and on!  It is all fun but a little stressful.  I was so happy to hear from my friend  Jessica over at Fun in PreK-1 who set up a lovely blog hop full of Valentine's Day Freebies!   What a fun way to kick off my favorite month!


It is a good old fashioned blog hop where you can get some freebies with no strings attached!

Along with collecting some fun freebies, you can also enter our giveaway to win a product of your choice from each of our TPT stores.  

My freebie is a game I made to hand out at conferences (which are already next week!!).  
I have some kiddos who are still struggling with number identification.  There are 3 games included that parents and kids can use at home.  Or, throw it in a math station!  
Click on the graphic below to get your own copy.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-fZl9B8jZZ6aUtyQVY2ZFByajQ/edit?usp=sharing

After you've picked up my freebie, head over to Faith at Kindergarten Faith by clicking below.  Tell her I said hi!

http://kindergartenfaith.blogspot.com/

AND, don't forget to enter our giveaway! 

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