Friday, July 25, 2014

Florida Teacher Blog Hop


Welcome to the Sunshine State! Enjoy yourself as you take a tour around our wonderful {and large!} state! Grab some freebies along the way, and be sure to enter to win our Bundles of Sunshine!



I have not always lived in sunny South Florida. I moved to the Bradenton/Sarasota area when I was 16 years old with my family.  I currently live in a smaller town east of Bradenton (about 15 minutes inland) called Parrish. Here are a couple of my favorite things to do:





NOW ON TO THE FREEBIE FUN!!
This weekend, we have freebies for you to enjoy! Stop by each of our Florida blogs for an activity or idea to use in your classroom. 
My FREEBIE is a set of 8 posters to help with teaching Character Education and Manners.  To grab my freebie just click Character Education - Manners Posters!

Also, to celebrate your trip around the Sunshine State, I am having a sale on all of my products! They are discounted at %20 off.  So if you love the freebie posters, you can get this Character Education - "What Are Manners" Emergent Reader (click the link to visit my store} to go with them!  It is a completely interactive reader and your kids will love it.



The Florida teachers below have two fantastic giveaways for you! You can enter once from each one of our pages. All you have to do is follow my blog! Hop around to all the blogs listed below, and be sure to follow them to get more entries. The more entries you have, the more likely you are to win! Each pack also includes a Starbucks gift card (because, well, a teacher's gotta have a coffee!).




An InLinkz Link-up

So what are you waiting for????? Start finding out more about the beautiful state of Florida by reading about these other sweet teachers! Have fun!!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Back 2 School Freebie!!

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!







Well, that's all for now!! I hope you enjoy!




Monday, July 14, 2014

Vegas Baby! (and a giveaway)

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!


Whoop! Whoop!!

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.

 Another selfie with Robin from Class of Kinders and Kristin from A Teeny Tiny Teacher

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!!





Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Fun!!

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!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

End Of The Year Camp Out Fun

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!!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Economics: Team Stores

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…..

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.

 Good Will Book Store                               Pick A Puppet Store
        


               Rings and Things                                            Fun Bracelets
               


Dollar Store

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!!






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?
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