Thursday, July 24, 2014

$20 to My TPT Story-Last Day of the Giveaway!

It's the last day to enter my Giveaway to win $20 at my TPT store!

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I just finished revising my Halloween Math Tub Station Unit.  If you already own it you can download the revised file for free!  Hope you like it! 
For Everyone else it is  20% off until July 26th as part of my Christmas in July sale. 

Also on sale 20%Off

This bundle includes the following Write the Room's at a great discount!

Polar Freeze
Brown Bear-Color Words
Bug Catching (12) and Insects (6)
Naughty Cat
Community Workers
Gingerbread Family
Oviparous Animals
The Mitten
Tooth Fairy
Position Words-Goldilocks

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Classroom Pics and Big Time Blogging Challenge!

I went to school today.  

My friend Amy told me we only had 4 weeks until we need to be there for real so I figured I should get my act together. 

The news was a bit shocking.  

I prefer not to study the calendar sometimes. 

This is what my room looked like when I walked in.

  Please excuse my terrible pictures with strange lines in them.  
It appears that the iphone may have been dropped a few too many times. 
I need a new one but someone seems to think I should wait until my contract runs out so we can switch carriers.  
I don't know how much longer I can live with THIS!

Anyhow, I worked A LOT today.  
I know my pics are not pretty, but this is the after.
The ocean canopy will go above the couch.  It's turquoisish.  
Not sure about the colors, but I'm trying!

Behind the tables is a little work area.  
My Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree that needs new letters, and the back of the shelves is going to be for magnetic letters.  
I'm still deciding about the turquoise chevron curtains on the shelves.  
I want a lot of navy mixed in so maybe the middle shelf will have a navy curtain.  
We'll see what turns up at Hobby Lobby!

This is just another view, but I'm so glad I was able to "hide" the microwave and refrigerator behind those shelves. 

This will be my reading area.  
I'm trying to decide if I should take down the letters and add some navy.  
I'm also not sure if my word wall should go back here, or on the whiteboard by my carpet?

This is where most of the magic will happen.  
I Finally ordered a directors chair.  
White with navy.  
I can't wait to see it. 
Live and in person.  

Also, I'm thinking of taking down my beach numbers and using my old stick kid numbers under the board.  

That way my kid drawn alphabet can stretch across the top.  


After doing all of this work there is a heating pad on my back.  

I kind of think it was worth it though!

In other news, Coco Channel got a new collar today.  
It has spikes and rhinestones.
It totally fits her personality.
She runs from me when I need to catch her. 
She bites me when I want to love her.  
But she listens to my husband. Argh....she was supposed to be MY dog!
But then again, she is currently sleeping on MY lap. 

Don't forget to check out Big Time Literacy.  

I'm so proud of myself for mostly keeping up with the Big Time Blogging Challenge!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday, a Freebie and a Giveaway!

Hi Friends!  Today I'm linking up with Mrs. Jump's Class for Book Talk Tuesday!  There were so many great books talked about at the I Teach K conference, I wanted to buy them all!  Sadly, I can't afford to do that.  Plus I don't exactly have that much space in my classroom!

When I saw Deanna's linky party I decided to buy one book per week for the rest of the summer!  This week the book is the newest by the fabulous Mo Willems.  I love all of his books, but this one is about friendship!  Gerald gets a bit nervous when Piggie makes a new friend, but in the end he learns that it's okay to have other friends and still have your best friend.  I think it's a perfect book for kindergarten because this is something we deal with all the time!

You can get the book anywhere but I'm an Amazon Prime addict so that's where I got my copy :)
You can get my Text-to-Self Connection page for free here!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!

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And my Christmas in July Sale - 20% off my Leter Sound Interventions Pack ends tomorrow!
And don't forget to check out Big Time Literacy!  I'm still blogging (almost) everyday this month!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Field Trips and Reminders :)

Hi there! I'm linking up again today with Big Time Literacy for the Big Time Blogging Challenge. Today's topic is to write about what experiences you would give your students if money was no object.  In this dream reality I'm choosing to also eliminate the hassles and stress too because a girl can dream!

I think I would have to implement monthly field trips.  Regardless of the demagraphic area of where you teach, I believe that field trips are beneficial for all kids.  It brings excitement and novelty to their learning that you just can't replicate in the classroom.  Below are some of the Fabulous Las Vegas Field trips we would take!

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay is a great field trip

Anderson Dairy - this is such a fun field trip.  The kids get to tour the dairy and it ends with ice-cream!

The Springs Preserve where kids can explore the valley's vibrant history through interactive science and nature exhibits, botanical gardens, hiking, trails and live animal shows" 

Krispy Kreme is always a fun field trip...hmm hard to know I'm gluten free with these food choices.  This one would be torture!

Discovery Children's museum would be great!

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Giveaway, Christmas in July and Big Time Blogging Challenge!

I have seriously got to pat myself on the back because even though I've missed a couple days here and there, I'm doing great with Big Time Literacy's Big Time Blogging Challenge!  I've blogged almost every single day!
Today's topic is to write about the holiday you most enjoy celebrating with your students. I LOVE Christmas.  Around my house I'm known for my ridiculoulsy extravagant Christmas village.  When I'm at school I try to tone it down a bit and focus on winter holidays or gingerbread.  But the feeling is the same.  I love how excited the kids get and the spirit of giving!

I actually love it so much that I'm celebrated Christmas in July!  Hee hee.  I didn't pick Christmas because of my sale, it really is my favorite.  But, don't forget about my Christmas in July Sale.

July 19th to July 21st I have two of my favorite products 20% off.

Since you are here don't forget to enter my giveaway.  You can win $20 to spend at my TPT store!  There is lots for back to school!  

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Friday, July 18, 2014

GIVEAWAY and Big Time Blogging Challenge!

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It's been a LONG time since I've given anything away on my little blog.  So I would say that it is about time! Especially since it's Christmas in July!  So, for this giveaway you can get $20 worth of products from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  You can check out my products here.
Here are some things you can get!

Here is the easy way to win!
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Don't forget to also head over to Big Time Literacy's Big Tim Blogging Challenge to read all about our must have items for the beginning of the school year.  Since I make almost everything for my classroom there are two very necessary things I need-INK and card stock!

Thanks for reading my blog and good luck on the giveaway!!!
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Classroom Management & Big Time Blogging Challenge!

Today's Big Time Blogging Challenge topic is classroom management.  This is something that I've been thinking a lot about this summer.  For the last several years I've really been struggling with the use of behavior charts.  I don't like them.  The same kids end up turning their card over and over proving to me that having a child turn his or her card does not change their behavior in the long run (although it sometimes puts them back on track for the day).  For some it deflates their self esteem. You can see it in their faces.  They feel bad and so do I.  So, decision made.  I am not using it this year. This is going to be hard because parents seem to love that dang chart.  They love seeing the little behavior calendars come home.  Also, we use it as our behavior progress reports.  I'll have to do something else.  It will be more work.  I don't like more work :(  Do you see the problem here?????

Anyway, Last year I used money system for rewarding behavior in my classroom.  Our money is called Beach Bucks.  The kids love it and will work so hard to get a beach buck!  I think I would like to keep using this system.  You can check out how I did it last year (with the behavior charts) here.

I really think I want to use ideas from the bucket fillers books, but I'm not sure how that would work with kindergarten and/or if it should be used with my beach bucks.  I was thinking about teaching the bucket filling strategies but not literally giving them buckets.  We'll have to see. I also really love the strategies from the Love and Logic books.  I think that it's so important to give students choices and to focus on the positive.  

I've used Kelso's Choices in the past and loved it, but the program is so expensive.  I'm thinking about making my own method for helping students solve problems.  It could even be something we come up with together.

One thing has stuck with me from my first year of teaching-
Never ask students why they did what they did, they will almost always say "I don't know".  Instead ask-What did you do?  What are you going to do different next time?

Sometimes I find all of the things we have to think about exhausting!!!!  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you found something useful. 

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