Apr 9, 2015

Bridges Math Series Fun

Our district is in the process of finalizing our math adoption for next year.  It looks like Bridges will be the series that will be used for grades K-5.  So, kindergarten has 2 more units left for the school year which is 3D shapes and Measurement.  Bridges has given us the opportunity to use their materials for these 2 units for us to explore around before our summer training.  
Since we only had 4 days this week due to spring break vacation.  We are reviewing our flat shapes through their work places (centers) that were used in their Module 5 Unit.  We are introducing 2 centers each day.  One of the BEST parts about work places are the apps that go with the different math strands.  We have only done 2 days worth of the Bridges 2D shape items and my kids are loving it!!

Apr 2, 2015

Farley's Currently

I am linking up with Farley's Currently.  I am on spring break, so this one was SO much fun for me.  Here you go...
 I feel the beach calling my name, so out of here...

Mar 31, 2015

Teddy Bear Picnic and Spring Break

On our last day before spring break, we had a teddy bear picnic.  Each student brought in a teddy bear or a stuffed animal.  The parents donated a ton of "bear" themed snacks that the kids absolutely loved all day!!!  I gave them some teddy bear stuffing which was cotton candy.  They were not allowed to eat their teddy bear stuffing until 3:10 since we dismiss at 3:30.  Let's just say this
"Veteran Teacher" knows how to manage their sugar levels!!  I wanted to make sure that we all went out excited at the end of the day that we were off for 10 days!!!  

My husband treated me this spring break to a trip to Grand Cayman Island.  I think I am in love with this beautiful island...hoping my vacation goes REAL SLOW!!!


Mar 22, 2015

Presenting At Leader In Me Symposium In Columbus, Ohio, Ron Clark, and Teddy Bear Picnic

This week is going to be a cuh-razy week!  Grade cards go home on Wednesday, so you all know what that means I have been doing this weekend.  However, when you begin with the end in mind, you get it done.  I told myself I could NOT leave the house yesterday until it was done!  I love having fun on Saturday's, so I got busy and got grade cards off of my TO DO LIST!!
Sunday's Begin With The End In Mind is to finalize our presentation for How To Embed Literature With The Seven Habits.  We have all projects collected and done, we just need to wrap up slides by taking pictures. We will post some of our fun projects this week for you!!
We present on Wednesday and are so excited.  Once we are finished we get to watch RON CLARK!!!  He came to our district a couple of years ago for to kick off the school year for teachers and let's just say he was AWESOME!!
After our presentation, we will travel back home and go back to school on Thursday.  Thursday night we have some spring conferences and then we have an Leader In Me Open House for parents where the kids can bring their families back to school for activities on The 7 Habits.  Once Thursday is over, Friday is our last day before spring break so we are having a teddy bear picnic at school.  We will do fun bear activities the entire day!!  Thank goodness I have awesome parents in my classroom because I am sending a note home on Monday for them to donate items and give them some PINTEREST ideas that they can go cuh-razy on and bring in on Friday.  I think I will be ready for our spring break vacation by the weekend!! 
This is an example of one of the ways we embed literature and the 7 Habits in our classroom.  We read Squirrel's New Year's Resolution by Pat Miller.  We discussed the habit Begin With The End In Mind.  Next we discussed our steps that had to take to reach this goal by the end of January.  Our district uses 6 Traits for our writing "program", so using vivid descriptive words in how you get a 4 on the writing rubric under word choice.   


Mar 21, 2015

Editing Writing and Teddy Bear Picnic

I am just in love with how much my students love to write.  They have become very confident writers.  I wanted them to start editing this writing products, so I purchased Punctuation Police from Elizabeth Hall.  This has made a huge difference with my kids wanting to go back and reread their writings.  I also added my own version of an editing ticket so that the kids could match up the items on our 6 Traits Writing Rubric.  They love doing the Editing Ticket individually, but many of them love conversing with one another to make sure they are checking off things and being "honest" about their ticket!!!

 Just got item number one off of my to do list which was grade cards.  Now it's time for me to plan for our teddy bear picnic.  We have done this now for 3 years in place of Easter eggs filled with candy and it is soooooo much fun and no candy!!  I will post pictures in the next couple of days!