Sunday, November 1, 2015

Currently & Flashback to October Fun!

We went on a field trip to the farm last Friday. Our kinders were able to "milk" a cow, go through a corn maze, play, and pick pumpkins!

They had a blast and passed out when we returned to school! (Red ribbon week, Halloween, field trip, and a full moon??? All in one week.....???) Yeh this teacher about passed out too....

Now for what's Currently happening!

 Listening: The Carbonaro Effect---If you haven't watched this guy...he's a magician and amazing!!

Loving: Ok seriously....I have a sweet tooth problem. And it doesn't help that Chips Ahoy makes Chocolate Chip Brownie cookies. Seriously. Put them in the fridge. Then eat them. Oh. My. Word.  That is all.

Thinking: No lesson plans for me. My intern is starting her all days tomorrow. So this begins 15 days of me NOT teaching. Weird! :)

Wanting: I need some new black boots. Mine have bit the dust.

Needing: I have so many projects I need to finish. My creative juices have stopped flowing...probably b/c of all that binge Grey's Anatomy Netflix watching I've been doing. :/

Yummy: Chicken & Pastry with some corn bread. Goodness gracious.....making me hungry right now!

Friday, October 30, 2015

HalloWEEKEND Sale!!!!

Teacher's Notebook is having a HUGE Halloweekend Sale this weekend! My entire store is 50% off! 
Plus if you use the code: TNBoo4U  They are offering up 10% off of everything!

Click here to take you to my shop!


Here are some items up for grabs at 50% off!!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Last Week of October--Freebies!

I'm sure you've seen posts like this going around!!


So why not grab some freebies to get you through the rest of the week!!

Here you go! Click on the picture to grab them up!

 Read a little story!! 

 Spin and Cover!

 Spin and Graph!

Enjoy the rest of your week!!!


Thursday, September 17, 2015

A+ Images Blogger Shirt

During the summer, I saw where A+ Images was offering up free blogger t-shirts! Well...of course I didn't make it to Vegas, but I definitely wanted to grab a shirt to go with my blog!

I've used them before when I won a contest for a class set of Classroom Faces t-shirts! 


So of course I knew I wanted to grab up a t-shirt to wear that matches my blog but also fits in for those comfy days that I need at school! :) I ordered the shirt and the NEXT DAY it shipped!!!!
But LOL---the post office made me wait forever for it! But I worked with Doug over at A+Images and they checked it out immediately and tracked the shirt down for me! :)

They are awesome to work with and have great quality material! :) Thanks A+Images for my awesome shirt!


Make sure you follow them over on instagram @aplusimages or FB!! 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Have You Heard of Speakaboos???

Have you heard of Speakaboos? I found it a couple of years ago just exploring various sites to find some great stories and books to use with the technology piece in my classroom. 

It offers up a free 7 day trial and you can explore everything from nursery rhymes to fairy tales to farm animals and MORE!

I LOVE using all kinds of resources to engage my students and sometimes listening to me read all day can get old! So providing a different way for them to engage in books is key to active learning in my classroom.

Once you log on, this is what the student's would see, and of course if you click on the purple arrow to the right, there's even more to explore! 

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Once you click on the activity, the students will see this screen---which will allow them to hear the story being read to them, read it to their self, OR (my personal favorite) read and play! 

I love read and play because it's interactive! 

Some stories do not offer each option so it's a great way to differentiate instruction based on your student's needs.

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In the teacher/adult's section, you can filter your searches by clicking on:
  • type
  • genre
  • theme
  • educational concept (subjects)
  • characters
  • ....and even LEXILE measure if you want to choose levels!

Again, there are also various modes for each book: some are Read To Me, Read It Myself, Read & Play or Sing To Me!

Here are a few other pictures that show various stories available! There is something available for everyone. It's also great for nonfiction stories! I'm excited to use the Fire Engine story and All About Firefighters for Fire Safety week! (not shown)

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Here is some more information about Speakaboos and their mission!!

Speakaboos is an award-winning reading motivation platform for early childhood literacy. Our mission is to provide highly engaging and educational interactive stories that motivate every child to read. 

Speakaboos features a catalog of over 175 interactive stories with rich illustrations, animated characters and story-driven touch-screen interactions that bring favorite stories to life and keep children engaged through active learning. 

Head over and grab your free trial! I promise it's worth it! 
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Speakaboos, but all content expressed in this post is exclusively my own! 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Back To School Linky

I've been back to school since August 17th and the kiddos came back August it's back to the grind. Busy busy busy and wondering how in the world I'm going to get these kids to remember the procedures! 

How easily I forget that I have to do this EVER.SINGLE.YEAR. and it always works out but my brain is still in end of last year mode, when all of my students knew how to do everything! ;)

I haven't even posted pictures of my classroom to show you! Nothing really has changed but it's still fun to see everyone's room. 

So with it being back to school time, even if you've been back for a while or haven't started back yet (who might that be???), this linky is for you! The Primary Pack is hosting this fun do you or how did you really feel about heading back to school?

I always get asked, "are you ready to go back?" and I always say, "eh!". LOL I do love my job but I know the first month is always crazy chaotic! 

So Back to School time:

Remind me of: Standing in front of English class or any class for that matter....ugh the nerves. I hate talking in front of people (weird I know---but 5 year olds are a completely different!) so the nerves that come with that just tear me up! Just the nerves of not knowing who's on your class list, the behaviors coming in, the parents that come with those behaviors ;), the group of kiddos you'll be getting, the staff meetings, the paperwork.........the new staff, just's all a big bundle of nerves.

Makes me want: To scream and run and then just take a nap because it's the most exhausting time! I want to scream because of all the meetings and paperwork, just let me work in my room please!

Drives me to: Eat more junk food than necessary and by junk I mean whatever chocolate is around. Or maybe chocolate milkshakes.....have you ever tried the chocolate chip brownie cookies....oh my word. Seriously. D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.

Makes me need: More school supplies. You always need them. You need more than what you already have or you find something you didn't think you need and then you realize you do need it but not sure what you'll use it for. Yeh...all of that.

Causes me to: Realize I'm not as prepared as I like to think I am. Don't get me wrong, the room is always finished and lessons are done, but there's still something that ALWAYS need to be done. Things I lay awake thinking about, or something I saw someone else do that reminds me that I need to do it too. Whew. It's kind of exhausting if you really break it down.

Makes me think: That I do love this job and I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

Now---your turn. What are your thoughts? Does back to school time scare you or do you secretly love it??


Sunday, August 2, 2015

All Things Bulletin Boards!

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When talking bulletin boards, these things come to mind---fun, creative, bright, work, interactive, back to school, how much work I'm creating for myself....!! Or---how long can I leave this up before changing it?! :)

And as far as my classroom goes.....I don't have any room for bulletin boards. I have 2 boards that are your typical bulletin boards. I have a white board and then a shower board I use as a word wall, that my dad and I hung up. 

We have an open classroom concept at my school, so we have to be very creative in how we hang up any back to school boards or student's work.

I'm going to take you through a few pictures of what I have in my classroom and what I've already completed for back to school for this year! I have been teaching summer school so I've been able to go ahead and get a few things done! 

Are you ready??!! :)  

First thing I decide on is what do I want my background to look like. I personally am not a fan of the butcher paper as a background. It tends to fade if I want to leave it up for long periods of time. So I LOVE using the plastic Dollar Tree tablecloths!!


They come in all colors...I always use black. It makes everything pop. I've been using the same black tablecloth on each one of these boards for probably 4-5 years. 

It does look a little wrinkled but I promise once you put stuff on it, you don't see the wrinkles. Make sure to get ALL of the air out and take your time when putting it up. Then you won't have so much of a problem with it.

Next I want to figure out what my board will be used for. These (above pics) are the ONLY bulletin boards I have in my classroom. So I need to make them very useful.

The pic with the blank board---every year changes. It might have a job chart and my station rotation charts. The other board is my student work board. It's been updated since this pic, it has numbers on each paperclip.

Now that these boards are figured out, the hard task is coming up. What do I put up for the beginning of the year. We have a wall that is hard to describe. I really am not sure what it's made of but you can put tacks in it and staple things.

So outside of my door I have a small board I created out of butcher paper (no tablecloths in the hallway---they wouldn't last 2 days!!) and border!

This is what I've put up for this year. I'm IN LOVE with the black border and blue paper!!! So cute and the black again just pops!!!! 

Now with paper and border up, here comes the fun part!! What in the world do I put on there that can last for about a month or so?

So I did some Pinterest searching (who else is a constant Pinner????) and came up with some ideas!

We have Ellison die cuts at school but I wanted something different for my letters. So I created these on PowerPoint! I just made a black circle, added a text box, found a cute font, and bam---printed!!

It was so easy to cut out the circles.....

Then I drew an Ipad (it looks crooked in the pic but it's not!) HERE'S A TIP----Don't staple anything until you used Push Pins to put everything where you want it. It's so much easier to move things around, change it up and then staple once it's perfect!

Finished product!!! I love it!!

When you first come down the Kindergarten hallway, we've (the K teachers) have created a bulletin board so it's the first thing the kiddos and parents see. Again, we had to create it like the one above by my door. 

For the past couple of years we have used Pete the Cat as our board, but this year we decided something a little different.

After searching again and tweeking some ideas we found, we came up with something that goes along with the big Minion craze this year.

I wanted a huge minion and then some smaller ones which would each represent a K teacher.

I grabbed some butcher paper and began drawing. 

Once I had the big one put together, we created smaller versions. Again we played around with the wording (so we did NOT use staples to begin with---we pushed pinned everything until we had it the way we wanted it!) and we used Ellison die cuts for the letters. 

Here's the final! Sorry for the horrible glare (and the little white strips of paper the minions are holding---they will have each K teacher's name on it!)

Once the boards by my room were completed, my teacher friend wanted to get a head start on hers. She found a cute idea for a tree using tissue paper!

We figured a hula hoop would make a great circle and paper bags would make a great trunk! Here are some pictures of the work!

We began putting up the parts of her bulletin board......she was going to finish it while I was gone on my mission trip this week so I haven't seen the final!

But here's what we had so far (the letters for the word EYE were changed....we ran out of the color letters we needed (this time we used punch out letters from the Dollar tree). But we needed to measure out the word so we put up what we had!


There you have it....just a few things I do for bulletin boards....remember our big trick----PUSH PINS first!!!! Then staple!!

Now head over to the linky to check out more about bulletin boards!

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