Monday, April 18, 2016

iPad Mayhem

I have tried so many different procedures for storing our iPads and headphones when not in use.  Needless to say, I have YET to master this dilemma. I set aside two cubbies to designate for these supplies and THIS is how I picture it to work........

Well, THIS is actually as good as it usually gets!!

I am now off to search iPad storage ideas on Pinterest!!! lol

Also, while we're talking about technology....One of our report card standards for writing is that they explore digital tools to produce and publish writing. We have taken this standard very slowly, but have loved using the Paint Game on  I know a lot of you use this website, but I never really considered using the Paint game until a co-worker suggested it. My students love it and think they're just playing a game.  We began the year by just playing with it. I required for them to type or write their name and to attempt to spell something.  Here's a few of their works. Oh ya, we printed these pages out from the game and formed a class book.

We've recently been working on Silent E words, so I thought it would be fun to make a new book of nothing but these type of words. I thought they did a great job. Here's a few....

Friday, April 15, 2016

Freebie Friday!!

Testing Time!!! We've adopted a 3rd grade class to give some motivation to! I thought maybe you could use a few ideas. The starburst and mint cards were not mine, so I had to make my own version to be able to give away free.  Enjoy your freebie!!

Click HERE for a freebie!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Freebie Friday! Let's Go Fishing!

Who remembers this game?? I found this one at our local thrift store and knew my Kinders would love it! I simply added some sight words to the fish, provided them a 1 minute timer, and created a recording sheet.........instant sight word center!! Check them out!

For the FREEBIE, I've given you a color and black and white copy of the recording sheet, along with some fish cards in case you can't find this game. Click HERE to get yours!


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Freebie Friday!!

Once upon a time........... Yes, we are studying FAIRY TALES!!! Fun!! I thought I'd throw out a freebie this Friday of some SMART board games featuring The Little Red Hen, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Cinderella. (Sorry, you must have SMART board software for this freebie)

Click on the pic below to get yours!!

Middle vowel sort/Hide the glass slipper behind a sight word

Comprehension sort/ Practice reading fluently

ABC Order/ Word family practice

This week we used The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I also have a file for these. You can find them HERE!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Pizza Palace

My Kinders have loved having our new Pizza Palace theme in our dramatic play center!!

You can get this Pizza Palace bundle HERE!!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter fun and Dollar Store finds

I love creating my spring centers and I want to just share a few with you. The first one is to simply get some Easter eggs, mix up their colors, and write a two letter sight word on them. See the pic below.

Use a computer program to make an oval in one color and a semi-circle shape in the other color of the egg. Type in the letter, add a border and you're done. Place these cards on a ring, break all of your eggs apart, place in a cute Easter tin and let your students build their words. HERE are mine, that you're welcome to use!

Another fun center I added was this fun car Easter eggs I found at Dollar Tree. I wrote sight words on them and used our sensory table to hide them in crinkle cut paper Easter grass. I found my parking lot sight word game pages and placed it nearby for students to find the cars with those words and "park" them in the right spot. Get the Parking Lot page HERE!

One last center game.............If you own my spring bundle, then you have the base ten Easter eggs. I recently received some base ten stamps from a grant and decided these eggs would work great with the stamps and a recording sheet. I made a recording sheet and you can receive it HERE
 I also decided to do a freebie Friday and make a summer flip flop version of this game also. You can get that one HERE.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spring Break Resolution

So this week is our SPRING BREAK!! It is much needed time for me to go through and clean and organized my classroom. I've also decided to make a spring break resolution (I think I'm making up that term) to start blogging more! We've been doing so much fun stuff in our classroom and I just don't take the time to blog about it anymore. Also, one of my favorite things to do is go back through my old posts and reminisce. It's kind of like a digital scrapbook. So, I will try to start posting every week and I'm also going to go back to posting freebie Fridays.

One thing I've already completed over this break is creating a new system for storing my "Rainbow Words". Each drawer holds rings of sight words, book box cards, and their mastery bracelets.  My old drawers were tiny and overflowing with the rings of words and I had to keep the bracelets in buckets.

These are my new drawers.

I've added quite a few more fun components to the Rainbow Word sight word system so if you have previously purchased it, please go back and see what all I've added!...........Go fish game, 2 bubblegum SMART board games, book box cards, a portable word wall, a class data sheet, rainbow writing activity, an editable race to the top game, a gumball small group game, and these drawer labels. In case you're wondering about the polka dot level, it's simply a way to keep those few kids going who fly through your levels and want to keep going.  I continued testing my student using our Literacy First 2nd grade list. I began with pink polka dot and create a list of the first 10 words that she missed and then continued on to purple polka dot, then blue, etc.

My next project is to change out my dramatic play center. It has been the doctor's office for the last month. The kids LOVED it, but it's time to move to something else. 

I'll be up there tomorrow changing out our center. Can anyone guess what it's going to be next???

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Starting a new year off right!

I'm not sure if you saw this post or not, but
 posted a 30 Day Happy Teacher Challenge! I'm so excited to do it! I challenge you to join me! (Click on their logo to download yours!)