Thursday, June 27, 2013

Book Talk Thursday

Do you know what day it is?
I know its hard to keep tack during the summer.  Or at least it is for me:)
It's Thursday and its time for another book review with Andrea @Reading Toward the Stars.
This week I decided to review a book that I usually look at a few times before school starts to get an idea of how to manage my first few weeks.

This was one of the many books I needed in school when I was getting my master's degree in teaching.  I have to say it is one of my favorite books.  I learn something new every time I read it.  I think it would be especially good for new teachers or teachers making a big move from one grade to another. 

Here are the features of the book:

Learn how to structure the first six weeks of school to lay the groundwork for a productive year of learning. Discover how taking the time to build a solid foundation in the early weeks of school can pay off all year long in increased student motivation, cooperation, responsibility, and self-control.

This comprehensive guidebook for K-6 teachers features:
  • Daily plans for the first three weeks and commentary about these plans at three grade levels: primary (K-2), middle (3-4), and upper(5-6
  • Detailed guidelines for:
    Building community
    Creating rules and teaching routines
    Introducing engaging curriculum
    Fostering autonomy
    Integrating social and academic learning
    Establishing high expectations for learning and behavior
  • An extensive collection of games, activities, greetings, songs, read-alouds, and resources especially useful during the early weeks of school
As with any book you have to make it work for you.  I can remember my first year teaching first grade.  I tried to follow this book exactly and I can tell you it didn't work out so well for me.  Now I don't do everything it has in it or even the way it says but I do get lots of great ideas each year to start school off. 

Do you have a great book that you use each year?
I'd love to hear about it.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

News Sad and Happy

First for the sad news:(
I'm sure by now you have heard the sad news that Google Reader is on its way out.
I'm sad to see it go but Bloglovin has come to the rescue. 
I promise you it is super duper simple to do.
I was able to upload all my blogs {347 of them}in a matter of a few minutes. 
I have added a new widget to help you follow my blog here too.
It's in my sidebar at the top.
I'm sure you have already seen several great tutorials on other blogs so I won't go into all that.
But it is really easy, pinkie promise.

On to more Happy News.
Today is my 9th wedding Anniversary!!!!

My Hubby and I have actually been together for 21 years.
We got together when I was 16 and have been together ever since. 
We now have 3 beautiful kids that drive us crazy but we wouldn't have it any other way.

So in honor of my anniversary I am going to put my TpT store on sale 20% off starting today and ending on Saturday, and run a few flash giveaways over on my Facebook page.
You haven't like my page yet?
What are you waiting for?
That's my go to place to find reviewer of my new products.
And I love to give away things over there.
Just click the like button on my sidebar and join in on all the fun.

Also don't forget about Andrea's huge 600 follower giveaway.
You still have a little bit of time to enter so hop on over there.

Have a great day and I hope to see you over in Facebook Land:)


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Giveaway and a freebie

Happy Saturday Everyone!!!
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.
I know I sure am:)

I have to give a big shout out to my bloggy buddy Andrea.
She is the magic behind the blog Reading Toward the Stars.
Andrea has reached over 600 followers over on her blog and is having an awesome giveaway.
I'm helping her out by donating any 2 items from my TpT store to the winner.
Click on the button to enter.  You don't want to miss this one. 
Someone has to win it might as well be you!!!

Now for a freebie:)
I have another set of digital papers that I just uploaded onto TpT.
Click on the picture to grab it!


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Book Talk Thursday and a FREEBIE

I'm linking up with Andrea from Reading Toward the Stars for her first linky and its a great one for the summer, Book Talk Thursday.  She also just reached 600+ followers over at her blog too!!!  Way to go girl!!!!!

Every summer the Free Public Library has their annual reading program.
Every child from birth to 5th grade can participate.
All they have to do is read 10 books this summer by Aug 10 and turn in a card that states what books they read.
If they do this they receive several prizes, like a baseball hat, a free frosty from Wendy's and lots of tickets for free admittance into Louisville basket, volleyball and other sports events.
Click Here to see all about it.

Any way my 2 youngest kiddos are participating this summer.
Yesterday we went to the library and they both picked out a book for this week.
My little review is over my son's book because it is just so cute.

This adorable book is about a little kitty that always has something else to do before she goes to bed.
As her mother asks if she is ready for bed she is playing peekaboo and pretending she is in outer space.  She does calm down when mother tells her it is time to read a book.  My favorite part is at the end when she finally goes to sleep.  The way she is sleeping is exactly how my son sleeps.  He is always half off his bed or in some other strange position.    This is a book I bet I have to end up buying for my kiddos and maybe even my classroom for next year.  Love it!!
Got a good book you'd like to share a review about? 
Head on over and link up and tell us about it.
Now for the FREEBIE!!!
I just started making digital papers and I am having so much fun. 
I'm still learning so anyone that has tip of wisdom they would like to share
I would be greatly appreciated:)
Here is my first set.
Click the pic to grab it from TpT.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday Made It and a FREEBIE

Wow I didn't realize I hadn't blogged in awhile.
Summer hits and time just gets away for me.
Lol who am I kidding, I'm not a very dependable blogger.
I do tend to do better during the summer when I have more time so I hope to start better with today:)
We shall see how it goes.

I'm linking up with 2 Monday linkies today.

So for my Monday Made It I have a few things.

1. My 2 littlest kids and I made stepping stones for our flower garden.
My sister actually got this little kit for my daughter for Christmas and we are just now getting around to making them.  We had so much fun that I think we might get some more for later.  I might even get some for my class for next year.  It was a lot easier and not as messy as I thought it would be so that's always a plus.

We still have one to paint.

2.  I started to make up some classroom decor for my classroom for next year.
I have so far: {Click on the pictures to see them at TpT}
Color Posters- These have both full and half page posters.

Number Posters- These have full and half page posters.


 Alphabet Posters-
with 2 font options {Print Arrow and Print Line} These are Full page posters.

My favorite is the alphabet posters and I can't wait to use them in my room this year.  The ones have up now have been up for the last 8 years that I have been teaching and they actually were left from the teacher before me so no telling how old they really are.  These will help spruce up my room and go with all the yellow too.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Here's my freebie.  For the last day of school we made Homemade play-dough.  It is one of my favorite activities to do with my kiddos each year and it is always one of their favorites too.  This year I made up some easy little recipe directions to add to each kiddos bag.  This way my kiddos can make a new batch at home over the summer.

{Click on the pic to get.}

Saturday, June 1, 2013

June Currently

It's June 1st and it's time once again to link up with Farley with the wonderful currently linky.

It's pretty much what it says this time nothing mysterious or surprising.
The Hubs is flipping through every channel on our TV.  I'm just glad I'm not trying to watch anything.  As soon as you get interested in something he changes the channel.
I'm loving that I'm on summer vacation.  My kids have been fighting but I still have time to enjoy reading and just relaxing.
I'm thinking about trying to teach by themes next year.  At least I want to give it a try.  What I need to do is try and plan out what themes I plan on using and when.  Anyone have any ideas or themes you teach?  I'd love some ideas, suggestions, HELP:)
It would be really nice if it would warm up so I could use my pool.  It has rained the last two days and it's going to cool off the early part of this week.  I really hope it warms up the end of this week because the kids next door are going out of town from Wednesday - Sunday.  I know they are going to want to get in but they don't listen and I don't plan on babysitter other people's kids on my break.
I finally updated all my simple centers but I have only been able to upload the unit 1 & 2 games.  I'm praying my kids will leave me alone long enough to upload the updates this week.
My 3 Vacation essentials are:
1. IPhone for my camera and games so my kiddos will be calm for about 5 minutes.
2.  Sunscreen so we don't burn.  My Hubby and 2 daughters don't usually burn but my son and I burn easily.
3.  Sunglasses- I love all kinds of sunglasses and I have them with me ALL the time.  I need to get a few more pairs to keep in our other car and my purse.
If you haven't linked up hop on over and do it now:)

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