Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Math Stations

Hi friends! I wanted to share with you all how math stations run in my room. First off, my stations are far from perfect. If you were to walk in my room during this time you would see real life! Kids are all over the room and lots of talking (even giggles) are going on! I do not expect my kids to be completely silent during this time. I like to see and hear my kids working together.

I put together a couple of pictures for you all to show you how things look. Let’s start with storage and rotations!

Slide2Slide1Slide4 The above activities are from my Back 2 School Math Centers and Number Fun. I also use stations from Cara Carroll, Amy Lemons, Reagan Tunstall, and Jessica Travis.

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Slide6Slide3  Activities above are from my Number Fun pack and Amy Lemons Addition Strategies pack.

How do you do math stations in your room?

 

 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Main Idea

Tomorrow is Friday my friends! This has only been my second week back in the classroom {last week we were in Houston for our angel baby’s surgeries}, and I am in need of a 2 day nap like non other! I need some serious sleep y’all. Like for real.

This week we have been learning all about main idea, what it means, how to find it, and all that good stuff. Last year we started off with this, but this year, I wanted to change it up a bit. I don’t know about y’all, but Moby from Brain Pop Jr is HUGE in my room! He always makes the kids giggle! To get things going, we watched his main idea video. Afterwards, we read Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey! We found lots of details along the way, and then discussed the main idea of the story.

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  The kids then worked in partners to complete their very own Hally Tosis and wrote about the main idea and one detail from the story.

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In math, we have been learning about the different types of graphs so we threw that in with reading to see how many friends would want Hally as their pet.

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You can find the Hally craft below for free! This book is also great for teaching problem/solution and good hygiene!

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And, before I go,….because you all know how much I love to find a cute and cheap top for my closet, I must share how fabulous this online store is that I came across.

Poppy and Dot!

I snagged this insanely adorable kimono for cheap!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

First Week Recap

It seems like every year I forget how much energy I use during the first week back. You can bet Sonic got my business every single afternoon! There’s just nothing better than a Dr. Pepper right after school!

Our internet is finally back up and running! Thank goodness! When you live out in the country….the internet is few and far between!

To recap our first week, we read lots of back to school books and talked a LOT about 3 star coloring, cutting and gluing! One of my very favorite B2S read alouds is The Recess Queen. It is such a wonderful book to discuss bullying, recess rules, character traits, and comparing/contrasting. After reading, we discussed ways we could be a recess friend like Katie Sue.

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The kiddos loved this book and beg to read it every day!

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We also read Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun! Adore! Have you read it? It’s a back to school must!

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After reading it, we compared the two characters in the story and followed up with comparing ourselves to a friend.

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We ended our week with another one of my favorite back to school read alouds, Ememy Pie. After reading, we talked about different characteristics we would want in a friend. We added those characteristics to our pies and decorated them with all the things we think our friend would like to eat! I love how the pie on the left says “food” as a characteristic! I agree! There’s just no way we can be friends if you don’t enjoy food with me!

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All the activities above are from my Back to School Read Alouds pack.

I’m going to back up for a bit to the week before the kids came back! As some of you may already know, I received the honor of being the District Elementary Teacher of the Year this year. The Texas Rangers held a Teacher Appreciation night at the ballpark so taking the teacher car was a must!

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Part of being the District Teacher of the Year at our district is giving a speech at our Convocation. I have sweated puddles over giving this speech since May! I thought that maybe a cute pair of heels to go along with my outfit would calm my nerves! Um, notsomuch. First off, I couldn’t even walk in the heels (I’m a flats and sandal kinda girl), AND then, I started to get all sweaty armpits thinking about falling in them in front of the district! Oh brother! So, needless to say, I ended up wearing flats!

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I hope you all had a wonderful first week back! This tired momma is off to bed!

 

Monday, August 18, 2014

WHO Monday #b2s14

Before I head out the door for my first day back I wanted to link up with Blog Hoppin’ to share a little bit about me! Don’t get your hopes up, I’m not too exciting!

I’m 28, but feel every bit of 90! I’m a momma to two little beings. Miss P is my oldest. She just had her 6th birthday. She tried to convince us that it was really her 10th! She brings us a ton of laughter, has a huge heart for the Lord, and loves with her whole heart. She’s a trip!

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Our littlest is Piercen. You can read his story here on Facebook. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I have learned from his 11 pound body. He has red hair, white eyebrows, green eyes, and a smile that will melt your heart. He’s our angel baby.

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This is my 6th year to teach 1st grade. I have taught both Pre-K and Third. I must say, 1st grade has my heart. There is just something about them that melts me in to one BIG puddle!

This past May, I received the honor of being our Campus Teacher of the Year as well as our District Elementary Teacher of the Year. The district gave me a free car!! I still can’t believe it’s true. We love it! My husband likes to drive it everywhere he goes! He tells me people stop him and congratulate him for winning DTOY. He smiles a huge cheesy grin and takes the credit! 

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I am a lover of finding a good sale and shopping online in my jammies.

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I have a problem with wearing non-matching clothes! I love to mix any and all patterns on myself as well as my priss! However, she is starting to pick out her own clothes and has inheritated my trait. It’s quite the outfit I tell ya!

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I am also a lover of a good arm party! Here’s a few places that make me drool over their jewelry.

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[Bauble Bar] [Charming Charlie] [Love Always] and as of late [WalMart] … I blame that one on Babbling Abby!

I am always wishing I had more time to sit down and read a good book. When I do get a chance – these are a few of my very faves.

Slide8[Mended] [Chasing God] [What Women Fear] [Parenting the Way God Parents]

And some I can’t wait to start. Maybe one day when life slows down a bit.

Slide9 [Ties that Bind] [Give Them Grace] [Hands Free Momma]

And lastly, I’m married to this adorable man. Life took us down one scary and crazy road in January. I wouldn’t want to travel it with anyone other than him. His heart amazes me.

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I’m off to start my first day back! If you’re headed back today, I’m wishing you the best! If you’re still on summer vacay – we can’t be friends right now.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Back to School Giveaway [Part 1]

Can you believe summer is almost over? Where does the time go? I have 2 weeks before we head back. I am anxious to get back in the room and meet my new kiddos! I love the smell of fresh new supplies, the feeling of a clean and crisp folder, and the sound of all those summer stories being shared! Don’t get me wrong – I am still savoring every precious moment that I have left staying in my jammies until dinner time and snuggling with my babies.

Over the next 2 weeks, I plan to throw a few giveaways of things in my store. This week’s giveaway is my newest Back to School Math Centers that includes 10 math centers! I love these. They are super easy to prep and are perfect for review of Kinder and First Grade skills.

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All you need to do is:

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(click on the banners to take you to each link)

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Leave a comment for each! I will choose a winner tonight at 10:00 pm (CST).

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

More Freebies!

I decided to change up my classroom theme this year. With all the changes in my personal life, I thought well why not just change up my classroom too!

Before we left for Houston to have our angel baby I began working on my room. I had most of everything decorated and just needed to set up the furniture when school starts. I felt so relieved knowing it was all decorated and ready to go…BUT THEN the painter’s decided to paint my room and take it all down! Deep breaths and lots of Dr. Peppers! So,…. I am starting over! Clean plate! Third times the charm right?!?

I will share more on my new room later, but for now I wanted to share a few freebies with you all. My number posters were in need of a major makeover, so I whipped up these! They include numbers 0 – 20.

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  My room does not have a theme, just lots of random colors and patterns. I love not having a theme because anything I buy for my room finally matches!

It was also time for a new birthday display. I wanted something cute, colorful, and simple so I made this bunting banner.

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I love how simple it is. All I have to do is clip on clothespins with my kiddos names and birth date. Slide1

  And before I go, I have to share a few pictures of my sweet babies with you all. We go back to Houston next week for more check up’s on Piercen’s hydrocephalus. Please keep praying for his healing.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Freebie!

I don’t know about y’all, but every year I say I am going to be more organized! I find all these fabulous organizational ideas and get super excited to start organizing, and then, school starts! All those things I wanted to organize quickly get thrown in a pile somewhere, and well, I’m sure you know what I am talking about!

I decided to start things off simple this year and organize all my binders first.

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Nothing fancy, just simple and cute.

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That’s one thing off my check list!

You can download these editable binder covers for free by clicking below!

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