Friday, June 27, 2014

5 on Friday: Furry Fun!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for:

I think the most exciting and coolest thing that has happened this week is these 3 little guys (well 2 guys and 1 girl):


Aren't they adorable? The blonde one was pretty cute anyways :) The two drinking the milk are so little and cute.... and the poor little things look like they were born without a paw missing. They are so, so sweet! We have tried to find another home for the sweet kitties but it's been a no-go. So I called the local shelter... not something I like to do. They will take the kittens once they are 2 lbs.... if they are under 2 lbs (the size to be vaccinated) then they will be 'humanely euthanized'... SO not going with the shelter! I told my husband that and (lord I love that man!) he told me," We may be keeping 3 kitties instead of 1." My son has named them Snowball, Flury, and Soft...what crazy names!

Summer is the time to get things done right? Since it is, we've started working on a couple of projects here and there. This is one we did the other day: Clean off the carport. Successful!

After this picture my husband also took down the old glass door and it's 'prop'. I can even park in the car port now. Yay!!

How funny do I look? Seriously though. It was H-O-T last Sunday! I went to a shooting competition with my hubby (date afternoon). It was a lot of fun!

I hope you didn't miss out on the Bright Ideas Link Up last week. My post about quick and easy spinners (no laminating) can be found here:

 You can check out my past 2 ideas here:

Don't forget to check out the on-going book study. Last week's even had freebies!!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What I Want to Wear Wednesday: Must Have Website!

Oh my goodness! I absolutely have to share this website for shopping with you!

This wonderful ad popped up on my Facebook wall the other day and I clicked to check it out. This amazing site is called Jollychic. I promise I'm not getting anything back in return for sharing this site... but I am totally ordering some of these great finds!!

Here are a couple of my favorites that I am totally going to order for back to school!!

How wonderful, right? I have over 10 things in my basket and haven't even hit $100!! I am in love!!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tech Tuesday: Smartboard Success

At my old school we only had 2 Smartboards Similar to this one
 and everyone else had a Mimio similar to this one.
 So when I learned that I was going to be getting my very own Smartboard... I freaked a bit since I've never really used one myself. I plan on taking a day during preplanning to teach myself the ins and outs. 

After my big freak out, I decided that I should research it some more... because surely there are some hints and tricks out there somewhere! And sure enough I found this wonderful site:

My favorite tip is number 3 with the magic pen. I'm betting kindergarten would be ALL over that but for 5th grade I'm thinking for of a 'Race the Clock' situation. I like the idea of a review game where they have until the question disappears to answer it correctly. 

How do you use your Smartboard?
What's your favorite 'trick'?

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Assement... blech... What a Word!

Welcome back readers!! Week 2 of our Book Study is live and ready to go! I am excited to announce that this week's host is Jennifer Tice at Rowdy in First Grade. Make sure to click over to her site to see her thoughts and grab a freebie!!

Rowdy in First Grade

This whole week was about assessment... which, as a teacher, is not the most favorite word to hear. But I do completely agree with Jan Richardson that it is one of the most important parts of Guided Reading.

1.  What part of the reading caught your attention?  Maybe it's something you never thought about.  Maybe it's something that you've been trying to get a grip on.  Maybe it's something that you've never heard quite they way it was put.
Assessment is the most important part of STARTING Guided Reading. When you think about it, guided reading groups can not even begin to form in your classroom until you have assessed students for their levels. 

2.  How do you already incorporate this into your guided reading routine?  There's probably at least some part of the chapter that you're already doing!  Tell us about it!
When teaching Kindergarten, you have to assess everyone of your students. At my last school, every teacher was required to pass on the students' last reading level from the previous year. This saves so, so much time at the beginning of the year for the next year teacher.

3.  What is something new you want to try next school year?  How do you want to make your guided reading time better or what new things do you want to try?
Again, because of how my new job is... I actually won't be doing Guided Reading at all next year. If I was, I really love the idea of using word lists with the upper grades as a starting point to assess students levels.

4.  What are some resources that you ALREADY HAVE that you can use to teach what you read about in this chapter/section?
Assessment resources abound at my school as well as on line. When using the new Fountas and Pinnell leveling set, there are word lists included that allow teachers to pin point about what level to start new students on. It's a wonderful resource to use!

Don't forget about my recording pack! I have 15 hours left on my giveaway for 5  people to get a pack!!
Guided Reading Recording Success

Because my set has been such an amazing help to me, I'm going to giveaway 5 of them!! Just register in the rafflecopter below!

Don't forget to read what others have as well! There might even be a freebie or two :)



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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Winner, Winner-- Chicken Dinner!!

So excited to announce the winner of the $20 of 'Your Choice' prize!!
-Insert drum roll here-

So excited for you Rachel! I am e-mailing you to find out your choice(s) of prizes!! Don't forget that y'all can still enter to win 1 of 5 copies of my Guided Reading Recording Success pack!

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Spinning with Bright Ideas Link Up

Welcome to June's Bright Ideas Link Up! This is one of the best link ups out there since it is filled with super awesome and super QUICK ideas!

My idea this month is for spinners. In Kindergarten, I loved to use spinners but because I'm impatient usually in a hurry I don't have the time to prep all the backing pieces with lamination and what not. But I really want all of my kiddos to have a spinner to use. I discovered a very quick and sturdy way to have the back piece for my spinners without having to go back to the laminator one more time:

Recognize the yellow backing? Yep, that's right- file folders! These were even better since they had previous student's names on them. Instead of throwing them away, I simply cut off the names, cut them to size, and put the spinner in the middle. It made for a sturdy backing and I was able to make enough quickly for my students to use them later that day in a center.

If you enjoyed this bright idea, please consider joining me on Facebook, Instagram or checking out this Bright Idea on a new seating arrangement for more great ideas.

For more bright ideas more than 100 different bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!


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Friday, June 20, 2014

5 on Friday: Summer at it's Finest!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for:

I am in L-O-V-E with summer! We spent a wonderful couple of family days enjoying several of the more fun things that Atlanta has to offer:


It was HOT, HOT, HOT in the ATL! Seriously, hot! But my kiddos seriously enjoyed it!

GA BLOGGERS UNITE! I love being apart of the blogging community. You meet awesome people who are all as insane dedicated to teaching as you are! This week (yesterday actually) was the beginning of our Georgia Blog Hop! You can check it out by clicking on the state picture below. The best part? Each person has a freebie on their page AND you can enter into a giveaway to win a TON of awesome products from our stores. Check it out:

Guided Reading Recording Success

I seem to be having giveaways out the ying yang this week! I'm telling you what! I have the giveaway for $20 in my store, the giveaway for 5 people to win my Guided Reading Recording Success pack, AND the GA blog hop giveaway. Love summer!! 

Tomorrow is a HUGE blog post coming! I love this blog post every month. If you've been around the past 3-4 months I bet you've heard of it: Bright Ideas! It's a great blog hop where OVER 100 teachers share a quick and easy Bright Idea that has worked for them recently. There are no products, no advertising-- just awesome ideas to learn from! You can check out my past 2 ideas here:

We had our book study launch on Monday. I loved the awesome ideas that I heard from all the others. If you missed out you can click HERE to go back to the post and catch up on everyone's awesome thoughts! Our next chapter share will be on Monday of this coming week. I can't wait!!

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