Sunday, November 6, 2016

Free Election Day Activity Book

Are you as sick as I am over this election?
I'm going to just have fun with my class this week and hope for the best.

My firsties flipped over the Halloween Activity book I made for them, so I thought why not an Election Day book!
And why not share it for FREE with all of you:)

Hope you and your students enjoy it!

Click on the picture to download the book
 Here is just one of the activities that is included.
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Monday, October 3, 2016

October Pinterest Pick 3

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These are just too cute!
I plan on starting this bulletin board on Monday.
Can't wait to add their little pictures under their ghost sheet:)

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Spookley is one of my very FAVORITE Halloween books.
I usually read the story and we watch the movie too.
This little craft is easy and cute enough that I might find a way to add it to the ghost picture bulletin board from above.

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Why can't I think of these ideas!
Easy, cute and kid friendly!
These would be a great early finisher or down time center.
You could even have students write a little story, poem, or sentence about their chalk image.

Check out my Pinterest Account for more ideas!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

September Pinterest Picks: Apples!

I know September is just about over but I couldn't resist linking up with these sweet ladies.
And I wanted to show off some great apple activities that I have and will be doing with my class this week.

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We did this today and it was my students' favorite apple experiment.
They were so excited!

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We made these cute and easy apple pie in a cup too.
As always half my kiddos liked it while the other half didn't:)

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I plan on using these great math games tomorrow.
It's always a good idea to review numbers

Thursday, August 4, 2016

August Pick 3 Pinterest Party

Holy Cannoli!
Where did my summer go???
Tomorrow is our dioceses opening ceremony.
Then on the 14th we have Meet the Teacher.  
I'm starting to panic a little about my room not being complete.
I know it will all work out but I still tend to get a little worried.
Perfect timing for Pinterest finds and this linky.
I'm currently all about bulletin boards and classroom decor.
Here are my finds and what I'm using to help inspire me this year,

I LOVE this photo booth bulletin board from First Grade Blue Skies!
I want something similar but with color poms and possibly fans.
Not sure yet but my mind is working on this.

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I've did something like this before and the kids really liked it.
After I made and printed out each kids name, they were allowed to decorate them anyway they wanted.  I placed ours on our word wall but I'm really liking the idea of a subway art collage. 

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This board has been on my Pinterest board for awhile and every year I look at it and wish I had made it.  This year I am DETERMINED to make something like it in the hallway.  It's just too cute not to have.

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I hope you found an idea or got some inspiration from my pins.  You can always check out my Pinterest feed for more ideas.

Have a blessed weekend!!

Friday, June 3, 2016

June's Pick 3 Pinterest Party

Summer Break, I think I was more ready for it than the kids.
I know some of you aren't on break yet but Hang In There YOU got this!!!

I'm linking up with my friends Pawsitively Teaching, Just Reed, and Inspired Owl's Corner for June's Pick 3 Linky Party.  I can't wait to see what everyone has pinned for the summer!

My kids are very active so I have to find things to keep them occupied during the summer.  Sure we are going to be working on reading, sight words and multiplication to name a few things but I need to find fun ways to do that.

My first pin I think will hit the mark with my kids.  I'm thinking maybe my kids would like shooting ping pong balls at post-it note sight words or math problems they know that are on the wall.  I may even use this in the classroom next year.

Plus these would just be fun to make:)

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After all that playing and learning we will need a sweet/sour treat to help recover.  
My kids LOVE sour gummy worms!
Sure to be a big hit!!
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My daughter had a fairy birthday party in May and now fairy things are on my mind.
I want to make a few of these to have in my garden and even my classroom next year.
Just look how fun and creative the kids could get with these.

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I hope you found something you might like to try this summer.
If not I'm sure one of my friends that have linked up below will have just what you are looking for.
If you're on Summer Break enjoy your time off!
If you're not hopefully you don't have too much more before you're off.
Hang in there the end is near!
Enjoy your day and happy pinning:)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Little Linebacker Book Tour Review

Being a First Grade teacher means I'm always on the lookout for new books.  I especially love books that help my students with things they might be going through and this one, The Little Linebacker, fit the bill perfectly.  I enjoyed the message of Never Give UP and the wonderful encouragement of the characters in the book.  When things look hard or impossible keep going because hard work pays off.

I asked my students, after I had read the book to them, if they could name some things that were hard for them but they kept going to learn or do.  They all said tying shoes and this is still a struggle for some of my sweeties.  Learning a new game and reading were other answers.  They all agreed it was important to not give up and to continue to practice and work hard to learn all of these.

The message in this book was wonderful for ending the school year.  Some students are ready to Give Up before the school year ends.  This story helped them to keep going through the end.  I plan on using this story to start off my school year next year and I can see it would be great to reread around the middle and end of the year too.

Below you will find a summary, book synopsis, book trailer and the download of a free readers  guide to go with this wonderful book.

Stephen is a little kid with big dreams of playing football. The odds are against him when he is tested and faced with challenges. This is a story of a boy who worked really hard to defy the odds and become a leader.

Have you ever wanted something so much, but it seemed impossible? That’s how it was for Stephen growing up. The odds were against him when all he ever wanted to do was play football. Read to find out what happens when a young boy decides to never say never!

Check out the book trailer below.

A Complete Readers Guide is available to go along with this wonderful story.
Click here to download

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April's Pinterest Pick 3 Party:)

Ahh April!
I LOVE this month.
It could be because Spring is really starting to show up.
Or maybe because of Spring Break,
But mostly because it's my birthday month:)
Not that I'm excited about turning another year older but I enjoy celebrating my birthday and my Hubby's birthday.  Mine is the 16th and his is the 14th.  Yep we are almost 5 years apart to the day:)
Anyway I also love joining my sweet friends for the Pinterest Pick 3 every month too.
Check out what I plan on trying with my first graders this month.

Look how much fun Earth Day will be with these wonderful arts and crafts!
My students always do so much better learning when the activities call for some creative ideas/crafts.
They LOVE to make things!
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EWW worms!
I'm not a worm kind of girl but my kiddos loved learning about worms a few years ago.
I think it's time to bring these critters back into my classroom with this group.
I'm sure they would be a hit!
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I LOVE teaching about weather during April.
The science experiments and crafts that go along with the subject are always enjoyed.
Who doesn't like making shaving cream clouds that rain!?!

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Five for Friday My Random Life

Have you been as busy as I have been lately?
This school has been one for the books for sure.
But luckily things have started to calm down and get back on track.
So without further adieu I'm ready to share some insight in to my random life;)

I just recently got a new to me desk!  
I LOVE it!!
So of course I had to get a few new things to place on it:)

The book fair came to school.
We haven't had a book fair in so many years I can't remember the last one.
It was a huge success and the kids really enjoyed it.
I'm pretty sure we will be have them from now on.

These two keep me on my feet ALL the time!
If it't not one thing it's another but I wouldn't have it any other way.

My Hubby, Archbishop Kurtz, and me:)
My wonderful Hubby has decided to become Catholic.
We have raised all 3 of our children in my religion and he has always been involved too but was never really a member.
He will be fully welcomed in to the church on Easter as he receives his sacraments and becomes an official member of our church.
I couldn't be more proud!

Seriously the weather he in Kentucky has been crazy!
No lie one day is in the 70's and the next it's below freezing and snowing.

Luckily we had a really nice day and I was able to get my class outside.
They really needed it!
Flu and strep throat has been rampant in our school so fresh air was a requirement.

Spring Break for us isn't until April 4th.
When is yours?

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