Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday Made It!



I'm baaaaaaaack!!!  The Little Man had an ear infection for about a month. (Not joking!) Then, the day after school let out my mom finally came for a visit!  So summer break has been busy already!  I'm sorry I have been M.I.A., but life happens and summer break with The Little Man is priority numero uno!  Have you forgotten he doesn't sleep?  Saturday he took a 10 minute morning nap and a 13 minute afternoon nap.  The kid literally hits himself to stay awake, he hates sleeping!!!!  Needless to say, I do what I can, when I can.  We have company coming next week, my mom comes back two weeks after that to celebrate The Little Man's first birthday and then he and I are heading home with her to visit for a week.  Hopefully, I can use this summer to get re-energized and find my groove again.
I redid my entire word wall for next year.  Last year, I had sight words and vocabulary words listed under each letter, but the kiddos didn't use it unless we were having a spelling test.  What they needed was a better vocabulary, hence the change.  I went through each standard and wrote down all of the words that they would need and then made a vocabulary card for each one.  They are a little bigger than I would like, but I'm hoping they will be able to see them and actually use them.  I didn't use complete sentences, just key words or phrases for each word.  Some of the pictures are just for fun, but most of them are meaningful.  I am going to rotate out the words onto my focus walls for reading and math for each marking period so that the kiddos notice them a little bit more.  




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Sale

I am so thankful for all of my followers and wanted to show you just how much I appreciate you so I made everything in my store 20% off and if you use the code "thankyou" you can get an additional 10% off!

Friday, February 27, 2015

STEM Night

STEM Night was a success!  We had over 200 people show up.  We served them dinner and then they headed out to explore the upper elementary classrooms.  Each room had a STEM project in it for them to work on.  Then, everyone gathered in the gym for a brief chat to welcome everyone and thank them for coming.  The families then dispersed to their grade level challenges.  I was in charge of bottle rockets!  They were so exciting!  The families really got into it!  We had one that went 35 feet!

The bottle rockets were made by rolling paper to form a straw.  The kiddos then attached the paper straw to a flexible drinking straw and attached the plastic straw onto a ketchup squirt bottle.  (One with a pointy nozzle.)  The kiddos used card stock to make wings.  We launched them down the hallway and almost ran out of room!

Here is an awesome blog post if you aren't ready to jump in and get the book.



Here are a few of the activities we did.  Click on the pictures to see corresponding blog posts from other bloggers.




Wednesday, February 25, 2015

TPT Sale Extended!!!!

Guess what?!  TPT is extending the sale through today!  Scoop up the things you forgot!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Follow Us On Facebook!

I had a request for a Facebook page so that was today's project!  I have thought about a Facebook page for a long time now, but couldn't justify the time commitment.  Leave it to my new coworkers to convince me otherwise.

https://www.facebook.com/whoisonfirst

I promise to post articles that will make you think and others that will make you laugh.  If you don't have a sense of humor and a passion for teaching then this isn't the place for you.

I have been so busy at school!  It is difficult for me to find my place in new situations, but I am trying to make the best of it.

I got to put on my first professional development!  Our school started using Google Classroom and it is awesome!  I was able to modify it for the primary teachers so that even they can use Google Forms.

We had conferences last week.  Every semester I am surprised.  Let's just leave it at that.

Our school is hosting a STEM night tomorrow night and I got to design the posters that we put up around the school to promote engineering.  Making a product for TpT is one thing, but having it blown up on shiny poster paper is even better!  I used images from around the internet so I can't sell them, but I can give you a sneak peek.




We used this book to organize the whole thing:
If you click on the picture it will take you to their website.  The book is filled with engineering activities and the corresponding supply lists.  You can find most of the items as Wal-Mart.

More to come later!





Monday, January 26, 2015

Organizing My Pins On Pinterest

Those 2 a.m. feedings became a great time to plan.  I know it sounds crazy, but it helped me relax because I could either sit there and worry about how unprepared I was or actually get myself prepared.  It also helped me stay awake while I was nursing The Little Man so that I didn't fall asleep and drop him or something crazy like that.  

I had boards that looked like this:


But with over 5,000 pins on my boards, they were not very helpful.  So then, I did this:


I created a board for each standard!  It has made things so much easier.  When I am typing up my plans for the week, I pull up Pinterest and away I go.  What did we do before Pinterest?