Sunday, February 24, 2013

Peek at my Week-do overs and writing..Link up!

We had two snow days last week!  Can I get an A-MEN?

So my lesson plans are a little different next week but I am leaving my stations the same.   We expect more snow this week and I suspect we will be out again.   Brace yourself... this post is LONG!  

Anyhow, during these snow days, I have been preparing for this!

I am presenting one day!  Yay! and Oy!
Are anyone of you going?   If so, do you own pom-poms that you can bring??

Anyhoo... in preparing for this conference I have been scanning writing samples and reviewing video.   If you ever start to feel like you know what you *might* be doing... video tape yourself... so humbling!

During the video tapes, I started to REALLY listen in to my language (and the child break dancing in the background).   I asked myself, "Am I teaching with precision?"   "Am I concise?"

Here is my challenge to you:   Take your iPhone out the next time you confer with a student.  There is a little voice recorder on it (they have one for Android too). Record a few of your conferences.  Listen to it.  Where do you need to add precision?  Will you let me know if you try it?

After I recovered from my low of seeing my man-hands on video, I remembered this awesome piece and smiled.  He has garnered a lot of knowledge on how books work.

Here is another one that made me smile (hmm...I wonder why?)

I assure you the feeling is very mutual my sweet friend!

Speaking of Dojo [you can read my post about it here]... we are using these cute cards as our rewards.

I bought this at the beginning of the year and we LOVE them!!!
Click of the picture to see these in Laura Martin's store.

Are you still with me?

Here are my lesson plans!

Have a healthy and happy week!

Link up your visual plans!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Celebrate Reading Week- GiveAWAY!

Let's Celebrate Reading!!! 

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Robin and her husband are also providers for AdvoCare which supplies nutrition supplements   Check out her site {here}.

As you are planning your week's event, here is an article that you might want to be aware of.   Teachers have been threatened with legal action for their perceived copyright infringement.

So we will Celebrate Reading in our own way... thankyouverymuch!

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Friday, February 22, 2013

March Poetry Unit is DONE! 30% off

Good Golly Miss Molly!

It is finally here!

Because you are my sweet followers, it will be on sale for $6.00 until tomorrow night at midnight (CST). 
Then the price will return to $8.50.

The poems cover these themes:
St. Patrick's Day (naturally)
The Human Body
Oviparous Animals
Spring Weather

Each poem is set to a familiar tune.   
My kiddos love them and still singing Gingerbread Man and 5 Little Bats! Those tunes help the poems stick with them. 

Be quick!  

Thank goodness for snow I only have 32 things left on my "to do" list!

I! Have! Issues! and Giveaway alert!

First let me tell you that I AM REALLY working on the March Poetry Unit...REALLY!   Thanks to Mother Nature, I (as if I am the only one)  have been given another snow day... can I get a hallelujah?

I am super excited because THE Ashley Hughes is making a graphic set for one of the poem sets!  Yippee!   So, that poetry unit should be up today or tomorrow (thank you Great Mother AND Ashley)!!!

Here is my problem... I! Am! Addicted! to Clip Art and Fonts... Like BIG Time!  I used to think it was shoes, but now I know it's clip art (which is easier to hide from your husband... just saying).

I did not even bat an eyelash when this set came out.  I joked that I *might* have broken a finger as I rushed to purchase it (as if it would be snatched away). 

These all come as JPGs and PNGs  AND you get the black-lines for them as well.  
You can blink now!

Ashley is giving away a set on her blog! But hop to it... because it will be over fast!  
You might also want to check out her Friday Freebies...they are always adorable (and guilt free.)

These fonts are from Cara Carroll and they me giggle!   That is all I am going to say about that!

Click on the image to see these in her store

Tech Question:   Is there a way to organize your fonts so your "favorites" come up?  I know I can delete some fonts... gasp! But system fonts {boring fonts} appear to be here to stay.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Peek at my Week-Celebrating Reading!

Last week was a blast.  We ended up having a little extra time (NEVER happens) so we read Love, Splat and my class did these activities. These are from Cara Carroll's adorable unit!

Now, 19 of them turned out THIS cute!

but then ...

Someone was just not feeling it!


Don't look at the clock!  Don't look at the calendar!  I am so VERY behind!

I was finishing this unit today to help us Celebrate Reading this week and next!

I also love Growing Kinders Unit, so I added a bunch of her activities to my week!

Here are my lesson plans for this week!

Have a great week!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

iPad Linky and a Give Away

Thank you Teachers!  I just purchased two iPads for my what?

I need your expertise!  What apps do you love?   Which ones should I purchase for my kindergarteners?

You can comment with your app suggestions or link a past post!

I will select a winner Monday evening!

The winner will receive a $25 iTunes gift card!

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Peek at my Week-Valentine's Day

We had a great time last week learning about American symbols.  I love how these eagles turned out!  We have been creating these from Deanna Jump's America unit for the last two years and they are always adorable!   We wrote what we learned about eagles on the back.

Looking ahead!   I found these WON-DER-FUL and FREE number fluency pages.  These will be great for my intervention group this week!  Thank you Donna Glynn!!!!

I am working on a numbers "Time Me" package, but I keep getting side tracked... so I was so grateful to find Donna's cute and purposeful activity!

Next... I want to implement more estimation in my day, so I was excited to see Sarah Cooley's Estimation Station.   I plan to have this as a quick morning activity that we do as a whole group.  I will set up one of the task cards and read the task for the kids.  Then they can estimate.  I'm not sure if this will turn into an independent station over time or not, but I am excited to give it a whirl this week.
These are waiting for the lamination fairy!

Here are my plans for next week!

I have added the word activities that I blogged about {here} to my small group.
The bookmarks are motivating my kiddos to practice for fluency.  You can also grab those {here}.
Have a great week!!!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Writing Work Station

From time to time I get questions about how I set up my writing work stations.   I recently gave that little corner some sprucing up.   Here is what it looks like.

I have a cinder block wall so it is difficult for ANYthing to stick.   So I placed the 3M Command Strip hooks on each end then strung some grosgrain ribbon across (think clothesline).  Then I found these super cute small clothes pins  to attach the vocabulary cards to. {I found my clips at Walmart in the stationary department.}   As you know, each month, the cards are swapped out, so these clothespins will make that process simple!

These cards shown above are from my February Writing Work Stations.
click below for The Complete Year's worth.
Save $10 by buying the bundled set
How do you have your writing station organized?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Updates, Small Group, and a FREEBIE

We started this week off with our Groundhog's Day Poem.  This is a poem that I wrote with my teaching buddy, Janet!

My class REALLY gets into it.  I have this one sweetie who is SO good for my ego.  Each week he exclaims,  "I LOVE this poem!!!!"  We don't just read or sing these poems... we "DO" them.  After we read/sing the poem, the whole class decides on the actions we will do with it. This is always hilarious (since I can rarely recall them).   The students correct me and we try it again.   Sometimes we see if the boys can sing it better or the girls... however, it always seems to end in a tie.  

This week we decided that we would show "an early thaw" by acting like we were on surf boards!   Ha!
Then we illustrate the poem!   I LOVE their little groundhogs!!!

A month or so ago, I updated my Word Explorer's product to include activities for small group and literacy stations.   Because the lessons are already planned out (see the little card in the first picture), it literally takes me less than 2 minutes to grab the magnets I need for the lesson.  The images below are from my most challenged group.  They grabbed a hold of this lesson like that (imagine I just snapped by fingers).   I will review this lesson with them the next time.   Practice makes permanent!

Finally... here is your FREE item!

For the last few years, I have paper clipped cards to my student's guided reading books.  This helps the parents to know which book in their book bag I REALLY want them to practice.   I check the next day for fluency.   If the child had practiced the text, they should be able to read it like they talk.  

So, I turned this card into a bookmark.  I have left stars at the bottom so I can reward those students who demonstrate fluency.   I can tell when the book has not been practice because of this lack of fluency.  Perhaps this is something you can use in your classroom.

I would love to hear what you think.  Do you feel this would be helpful in your classroom?   
How do you reinforce student fluency?

Monday, February 4, 2013

What did I snag?


I did it in two rounds so it would not seem like that much!
{each image is linked to the product}

These are some super cute...totally appropriate stations that I know my kiddos will love!   
They are perfect!

The the key to spending your rear off on these sales is to find the bundles... Then it does not seem like much {denial}.  I love these interactive sight word readers by Kinder Craze. This set says 33 books, but the right now this bundle includes 42 books.... and it will continue to grow!!!  I introduced one of these today and my kids LOVED them!  Smart! Smart! Smart!

When I was the literacy coach, I was put in charge of filling our guided reading book resource room.   Those little readers cost $6 EACH!!!  $6 for 24 words!   Sheesh that was expensive!

These are a much better bargain!

Speaking of great readers... I had to get these too!!!  These will be wonderful for my little friend who still needs help with 1 to 1 correspondence.   Thank you Tiffani Mugurussa!

I am hoping this next image won't reveal my true clip art addiction!   Yes!  I bought all of these on the same day.   I would have bought more until I realized... I think I already have the rest of her clip art.   Can you say "Intervention?"
 Speaking of addictions... yes, I have been bitten by the Pink Cat Studio addiction too!

There!   I have confessed it all!  

I, for one, would rather pay money to the teachers who TEACH everyday and give their hearts and souls to their classrooms.   These are the people who understand what teachers need.  They spend time away from their families, their evenings and weekends are drenched in teaching.   Even if I had paid full price for these items... they worth worth EVERY! SINGLE! PENNY!

Wanna see what others have bought... check it out below!

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