Saturday, September 13, 2014

Five for Friday: A Day Late

Why yes, I am blogging three times in one week!  Kind of crazy, huh?  I know it's Saturday, but I'm linking up with DoodleBug's Five for Friday post.  Love her posts!

Late last week we had a Reading Night with different centers for students and parents to visit.  I did a session on iPad apps.  My favorite part was this little trick.  For around $10 to $15 you can download a program for your computer that allows you to "Reflect" what's on your iPad onto your computer screen.  It made it so much easier to show parents what things looked like.  Here's a picture of my iPad screen on my Activboard.

Right now we are working on shapes.  I swear friends, I feel like there is so much to cover and definitely not enough time in a day.  On this day, we were supposed to do a lesson on making objects using different shapes.  I decided to nix the workbook pages and go for a more hands-on activity.  I gave each group 20 squares, 15 rectangles, and 30 triangles and told them to build one house in eight minutes.  This is the winning group.

Honestly, it was one of my favorite random lessons this year.  I had four groups and every group worked differently.  Two groups couldn't grasp the concept of working together, so their groups had multiple houses.  Another group worked together, but they also spent a lot of time arguing.  The winning group worked well together and they ended up with a house.

May not be the best math lesson in the world, but definitely worked on some teamwork skills and listening skills, too.

When the time was up I took pictures of all the different houses on my iPad and used the Reflector app to show the kids the pictures.  We talked about the positives and the things we need to work on next time.

So, if you are wanting a quick working together lesson or you want to make your shapes lesson a little more interesting, there's an idea for you to try.
Alright, this one makes me nervous, but I have really been wanting to do choice boards for word work and math, so I grabbed these carts from Sam's Club.  The math one isn't completely ready yet, but I finally finished putting together the word work one this week.  Next week, will be our first week using our choice boards, so wish me luck!  Change is good, right?
I just love my parents and kids!  God blesses me year after year.  I stayed to work late Thursday and when I left, I found this little note waiting for me.

I'm really trying to be more consistent with my Reading to Self/Read to Someone time this year.  I tried to let my students choose their spots, but they aren't quite ready for that, so for now they have a chart.  Last week, I was thinking that if I was sitting on a cold floor against a wall, I probably wouldn't want to read, so I decided to grab reading mats.  These are just small, circular bath mats I grabbed from Target.  I got red/black because they match my room they don't get dirty as easily.  The kids LOVE them!  Honestly, I have to go back this weekend and grab more because there aren't enough of them and the other kiddos are begging.  I took five minutes the first day to show the kids how we fold them and put them in the basket and they have done great!

Have a great weekend friends!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Full Moon Freebie

So, tonight I spent some time working with a few of my favorite PTO girls on Fall Festival stuff, flyers, etc.  The good news is I convinced them that we should multitask and eat dinner and work.  We seriously knocked out some work and I definitely got my fill of caffeine.

After dinner, I'm driving home, rocking out to the Pitch Perfect soundtrack.  Yes, I know completely sad, but friends I LOVE that movie!  I've seriously watched it at least 100 times.  Some days I watch/listen to it three times.  I'm just rocking along, pull in my neighborhood, make a turn and... Bam!  I see this massive, beautiful moon and I think, "Ah... that's what happened today!"  My kiddos are seriously SO much fun!  Love them and they make me laugh and smile all day.  Today though (as sweet as my little munchkins are), they were slightly (way more) talkative and more excited than usual.  Now I know why :)  So, if today you thought, "What happened to my sweet, perfect angels?" just know that we have a beautiful full moon.

In other news, I am teaming up with The Learning Station to do this awesome giveaway!  Friends, I'm going to be honest.  I am the world's worst giveaway girl.  I hate clicking through hundreds of links and liking tons of things.  So, when I created this giveaway I wanted to keep that in mind and make this short and sweet.  It's literally four clicks - like my Facebook fan page(which hopefully you already do), like their Facebook fan page, like my TPT page, and like their Pinterest page.  It's that simple.  Plus, I have to say, I have these CDs and their DVDs and they are awesome!  I just know you guys will love them!

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Alright, now, for the freebie.  So, my school has a fairy tale theme this year, so we've been trying to find ways to incorporate that into things we do every day.  Well, this week we started flex grouping which is awesome!  We are breaking the kids out into skills groups so they can work on areas that are weaknesses or so that they can get extra enrichment.  Seriously friends!  Even our principal has jumped right in to help and took a group today.

Anyway, I'm teaching my group how to record the books they read and how to do book reports this week, so today we did a fairy tale book report.  I thought you guys may like it, so click the picture to grab it.  If you have my FAIRY TALE BUNDLE it fits right in with that bundle.

Hope you enjoy and have an incredible Wacky Wednesday!!!

This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by The Learning Station.  I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Learning Station CD Giveaway

Alright friends, if you've been following me for awhile you know how much I LOVE The Learning Station!  I found their videos on YouTube around two years ago and last year I decided I wanted to buy a DVD.  Well, after I got the DVD, I decided to ask them if they would do a giveaway with me because I just knew that all my fans would adore them as much as me.  Who doesn't a few new brain breaks for their classroom?

Well, The Learning Station jumped on board and that giveaway was just incredible, so a few weeks ago, we decided we wanted to do another giveaway together.

They sent me a few CDs to review and I have to say, I LOVE them!  They are loaded with their hits and I'm not kidding... my kids literally request brain breaks now.  Their favorites right now are A-Root-Chy-Cha, Boom Chicka Boom, and Baby Shark.

The Learning Station CDs and DVDs are part of our daily routine.  Last week, we were taking tests and my kiddos even asked for a brain break during tests.  I decided to try it this one time and the kids did great!  They went to the carpet, spread out, did their brain break, and went right back to work.

Anyway, I doubt I could ever sing enough praises since I fell in love with them from the beginning.  Since I loved the two CDs that were sent to me, The Learning Station is giving me a set of the same CDs to give to one lucky winner.  All you have to do is enter in the RaffleCopter below by following my Facebook page, TPT store, and their Facebook page.

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Good Luck!

This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by The Learning Station.  I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.