Monday, August 26, 2013

Have you seen this????

Oh.My.Word! I just happened upon this site when I was in search for more engaging math lesson.  I am super excited to try it out! AND best of all, IT'S FREE!!!!Take a look!
 Enjoy your week!!

Monday, August 19, 2013

No More Computer Disasters.....

Don't know about your classroom but I have an issue with kiddos forgetting to plug their computers in after using them. If by chance they do remember to plug them in the cords are so tangled that they have the wrong cord so it doesn't reach the correct computer.  Then you have to go through and untangle the huge Christmas light ball of cords. Ugh! Always a mess.  So a neighbor teacher came up with this FABULOUS idea.  So simple its one of those things that you hit yourself over the head and think, "Why didn't I think of that......"  Any who, I followed her example (Thanks Mrs. Brown!) bought two dish racks and color coordinated all of the cords and computers.  Follow the steps below if you are interested in trying this out for yourself:

1. Purchase dish racks.  (I got mine at Walmart for 4.77 a piece.)

2. Begin to wrap the cords from the back up and around the white metal dish holders on the racks.  Be sure to leave enough cord hanging out the front for the kiddos to be able to plug in the computers.

3.  Use permanent marker (don't worry it does come off with a Magic Eraser) and draw a shape in a certain color on the cord plug and the computer itself.  (I used a purple circle on this one. I happened to have enough different sharpie colors to make them all circles.  However if you do not have enough different colors, you can always do different shapes and colors.)

4.  Finally set them all in the dish rack and explain to the kiddos that when they bring a computer back they need to match the cord with the correct computer.

And viola!!! NO more messy cords!
Do you have any quick and easy ideas to keep your computer area in order?? I would love to hear about them!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Yipee!!! TpT Sale!!!

I am participating in this HUGE giveaway hosted by my friend Jennifer over at Crayons and Cuties and Common Core.  There is only one more day left to enter.  There is over 100 prizes to be won! Click CrayonsCutiesCommonCore to enter to win!!Good luck!!

On another note, this is my favorite time of year! Fresh faces, fresh beginnings, and HUGE savings!!  From August 18-August 21 EVERYTHING in my TpT store is 20% off!!!!  IF you shop on the 18th-19th, you can get a total of 28% off of your total!!!  I have a ton of stuff on my wish list and I bet you do too!

Click Kindergarten Boom Boom to go to my store!!

Don't forget to enter the promo code BTS13 when you check out!!
I hope everyone has a FABULOUS start to a new school year!
Happy Shopping! :0)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Pizza Boxes

I was trying to think of something for my kiddos to do at Open House night that would give them a since of belonging in the class.  I usually do the typical Scavenger Hunt, family picture type stuff, but really wanted something different this year.  I started thinking about storage space for all our crafty lessons.  In Science and Social Studies we create a lot of great stuff.  We also take notes and observe using Journals.  I have had trouble storing all of these "tools" together.  This year I decided to use Pizza boxes to store our experiments, projects, and journals that we are working on.  They turned out super cute!

First I spray painted the outside of the boxes black:

Then I folded all of them up.  I found these great foam space stickers from Michaels.  Then on Open House Night (Meet The Teacher Night) I let the kiddos pick 4-6 big stickers and 2-3 small stickers to put around the outside of their box.  (While they decorated I was able to talk to parents!!)

You can see through my example but the rest of the boxes are completely covered.  (I just was running out of paint and didn't want to get more for only 1 box.)

The kids had a lot of fun with this.

Do you have any other activities you do at Open House?  I would love to hear them!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

WHAT? $50 to TpT...& MORE!

Are you ready for this??? I am so excited I can't stand it! I am hosting a FABULOUS giveaway this week.  I believe that all teachers are winners. So to celebrate us all as winners 9 TpT stores (and some
of my FB/Blogger Besties) have come together to offer you a choice from any one product from their stores!!!!!! But wait, there is can also win a $25 gift certificate good towards any Miche purchase (from Katie Choate's Miche page).  Oh yeah, 1 more thing, you can also win a $50 Gift Certificate to TpT just in time for Back To School!  All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.  Here is a quick look of the stores participating. (Remember the items shown are just a sampling of what they offer in their stores. You will win your CHOICE from ANY of their items in their stores!)

of the Creating Reading and Writer's blog

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for playing!! Good Luck!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Is it going to be you??? I have something HUGE planned coming soon!  I promise you will NOT be disappointed! Check back on August 8th to find out what it is!!!!

On another note, I just wanted to share one of my favorite center ideas!  I wrote a grant a few years ago for more technology in my classroom.  I was able to get 4 Tag Readers and over 40 different titles to go with them!  These Tag readers are FABULOUS!!! The kiddos love going to them.  IF you have a chance to get some of these in your classroom you should.  The kids LOVE all of the titles and learn so many things while using them. (One to one, phonics, picture clues, stretching sounds, and much more.) It has been worth every penny!

Do you have an extra special center that you have found to work really well in your classroom?  I would love to hear about it!
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