Friday, July 18, 2014
I know it's early but…..today is my BIRTHDAY so I am going to give away a quick back to school item!! It will help with your meet the teacher night! Inside this pack you will find 1 parent sign up form (for virtual/media permission and for Classroom Volunteers. You will also find 2 Classroom scavenger hunts (one backwards and one regular of the same hunt) plus a recording sheet. P.S., I just linked up with The Teaching Blog Addict and with A Tender Teacher For Special Needs. If you are looking for more Back to school Freebies, head over to Teaching Blog Addict or A Tender Teacher and link up your freebie too!
Posted by Cara at 3:25 PM
Monday, July 14, 2014
I had a great time in Vegas for the TpT conference. I met tons of inspiring teacher authors and learned tons of tips from the break out sessions. If you didn't go this year you need to put it on your calendar for next year!! Here are a few pics:
This is where we stayed.
I made the guy at registration pose with me! LOL! He thought I was a complete DORK!!
Ready to go learn some tips!
Let the show begin!!
It was a packed house at every session!
Paul giving the keynote presentation.
I MET (and hugged) PAUL!!
I met so many of the people that I love to follow and gab with!
It's Mr. Greg from Kindergartensmorgasboard
SUPER fun Selfie from these FABULOUS gals from FREEBIELICIOUS! Top left is Maria from Kinder-Craze. Top right is Marsha from A Differentiated Kindergarten. Bottom right is Jennifer from First Grade Blue Skies and last but not least is yours truly on the bottom left.
And here we are with Deanna Jump herself!! Starting from the left it is me, Alexis of Math Mojo, Deanna Jump, Andrea Knight from Creating Readers and Writers, Elaine from Kitty Kitty Kindergarten, and Robin from Class of Kinders
I met so many people and I didn't get photos of the all. I wish I would have!!
Well enough of that, I also wanted to share this giveaway that I came across. Just head over to Teachers Lounge you can enter to win a $50.00 gift certificate to TPT!!!
Do you plan on attending the conference next year??? It is well worth it!! Have a wonderful night!!
Posted by Cara at 9:06 PM
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Sorry no school stuff in this post. Why? Because……... We went on a mini vacation to the Keys and I didn't lift a finger to any work. I had a blast with my own kiddos instead. It is super important to take a step back, get your head out of the "work" and enjoy what God has blessed you with. I am now back and getting down to business. Up next, VEGAAAAAASSSSSS and I AM SO EXCITED for the TpT conference (can't you tell??) Meanwhile I thought I would share a few of our pictures from the Keys! I hope you are having a fabulous summer vacation AND that you also remember to "unplug" for awhile!! :0) Here are a few pics of our fun:
Jumping in the middle of the ocean!
Rock Wall Climbing in the middle of the ocean!
The famous Key Deer!!
My 4 kiddos doing some hammock time!
THe kids and I at Mallory Square! (Jeez…. I just realized that I look like a Munchkin standing beside my oldest - and he's only 16!!)
So that's what we have been up to! Your turn……….Have you ever been to the Keys? Do you have a fabulous trip coming up soon so that you can "unplug" your busy/hectic life??? I hope so!! :0) Happy summer y'all!!
Posted by Cara at 9:03 PM
Friday, June 13, 2014
Well the year has come and gone. It has been such a fabulous 2 years with these kiddos. For our last week of school we had a "Classroom Camp Out". Everything we did was centered around the theme of camping. We had a campfire, sleeping bags, pillows, amore's, marshmallow math, and so much more. They had a blast.
Our classroom campfire. Simple to make with the kiddos. Each team was responsible for making one part of it. Team 1 made the logs, Team 2 made the yellow flames, Team 3 made the red flames, Team 4 made the rocks, and Team 5 made the orange flames. Then we all came together at the carpet area and built our fire. Everyday we spent our story time cuddled beside the fire with our sleeping bags.
Of course we still had a ton of work to do so to keep it fun we built ourselves as Campers, gave each other camping nick names, and built sleeping bags to keep all of our End of the year work inside. The sweet sleeping bag poem came from First Grade WOW.
Now there were a ton of wild animals in the forest and we had to get rid of them so we could work. I challenge each kiddo to eat their wild animals (animal crackers) without using their hands. I placed one cookie on the top of each kiddos forehead and they had to use only their face muscles to eat it. It was HILARIOUS!!!! This was a fabulous brain break for these little guys!!
On the last day I present each kiddo with their End Of The Year gifts. I filled a bucket with lots of Florida Camping Necessities: cookie, binoculars, magnifying glasses, bug catchers, hershey's treat bar, star sun glasses, fire work poppers (your welcome parents!) The cute little tags came from A Cupcake For The Teacher. I had every intention of adding a book but my scholastic order didn't arrive on time. (I'll save them for next year).
How did you end your school year? Did you have a theme? I'd love to hear other ideas!!
Posted by Cara at 11:26 AM
Saturday, May 24, 2014
We finished up our Money and Economics study a couple of weeks ago. We began with studying money. The different types and amounts. Then we learned all about producers, sellers, buyers, goods, services, and opportunity costs. We used several online learning games, texts, and songs to study these topics. The students were able to earn money throughout the day for acts of kindness, following directions, staying on task, and just being present. Each team decided on a good that they would like to sell. They each built their products, made commercials and advertisements for them, then set up shop and played store. The kiddos LOVED this and the creativity was flowing. Here are some of the pics of our classroom explorations…..
Good Will Book Store Pick A Puppet Store
Rings and Things Fun Bracelets
Overall this unit was very successful. They learned so much about purchasing, selling, creating, and money. How do you teach economics in your classroom? Have you had any success with your littles and this topic?
This team built cute little summer journals.
This team built beautiful bracelets and necklaces.
This team built lovely magnetic picture frames for kiddos to hang on their fridges at home.
This team decided to build puppets: sock puppets, bag puppets, etc.
This team made gorgeous rings.
Then the kiddos came up with stores names, created commercials using iPads, posters for advertisements, and set up shop.
Rings and Things Fun Bracelets
After setting up shop the kiddos took turns playing the part of "buyers" and "sellers".
After purchase their goodies, the kiddos got together with their teams and counted their money made vs. the money they began with. I may have created little monsters!!
Posted by Cara at 9:08 PM