Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{Almost} Wordless Wednesday

I am on Spring Break this week {insert happy dance!}, so these photos are from the end of last week and over the weekend when we went to Natural Bridge Zoo with my family.
building sight words
roll, record, and add

addition I Spy

graphing with jelly beans
Hat Day!


feeding the goats

Katie kept running off, until Uncle Josh grabbed her!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Happy April!
I am linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for April Currently!
I have created the school slide show for the last 5 years and this year I am the farthest behind I've ever been!  I am listening to songs suggested by several of our teachers and trying to figure out how they can all be used!  Last year's show had more than 1200 pictures set to 14 songs.
Today's pollen count was an eleven ... tomorrow goes to 12!  Yuck!
We haven't had Spring Break yet ... 8 days and counting ... and the end of the year is in sight, which is so hard to believe!
New freebie has just been uploaded to my TpT store!  Easter CVC I Spy - 3 black and white printables (as seen below) and a set of Write the Room cards - all with recording pages and answer keys.  I hope you enjoy!
Have a great week!
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Saturday, March 22, 2014

random post (updates, shout-outs, word work freebie)

It has been FAR too long since my last post - life has been busy!  So I'm going to jump right in.
My husband, Josh, and I are becoming foster/adoptive parents.  Our home study is on Thursday and we are very excited!  Here is a picture of the bedroom that we are working on putting together.  A friend is giving us the beds that her twin girls have outgrown and they come tomorrow!  We are praying for a young girl, hence the pink in the room!
School things ...
a fun sight word activity for several of my children who are having a hard time with these important words
I just purchased Marsha McGuire's (from A Differentiated Kindergarten) I Spy Word Work unit and here it is in action!  Check out her work - it is a lot of fun!  And like all of Marsha's work, there is something for everyone in these units!
We have been working on our matter unit in science the last two weeks.  One of our activities was dissolve or not dissolve.  Here are some pictures from our lesson.

This week we started sink or float.  After making our predictions, we placed several items in a tub of water.  Here are a couple of pictures.

 They LOVED how the match box car landed!  The children then started looking around the room and through their desks to find more objects to test.  I use a clip system with clothespins.  One of the children took his down and we tried it - it bobbed and then went to the bottom ... so we took it apart and put the two pieces in the water.  The part with the metal on it sank, while the other one floated.  They were SO excited!
We just finished our time unit.  In Virginia, first graders are only required to tell time to the hour and half hour.  I have several children who were ready for a challenge, so I used Tabitha's St. Patrick's Day Time QR code task cards.  In a short 20 minute enrichment lesson, these kiddos were pros!  If you don't know Tabitha from Flapjack Education Resources, be sure to check out her blog and store!
And for hanging with me during this long post, I have a freebie for you!  This is not in my store, so be sure to grab it here!  We use the SuperKids reading program for our reading instruction and I made these to practice using the y sounds at the end of words.

Have a great rest of the weekend!
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Friday, February 28, 2014

Five for Friday! {February 28}

I am linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for my Five for Friday!
February is birthday month in our family - father-in-law, mom, and 4 nephews!  My family lives in town, but Josh's family is in Indiana, which makes it hard to celebrate with each of them.  The 2 nephews who live here had a double party since their birthdays are so close together.
Today a park ranger who works in our county on the Blue Ridge Parkway visited the kindergarten through third grade classes.  The first grade presentation was to build a habitat for various animals found in central VA.  The children then saw what happened to the animal habitat when they "built" roads, houses, and a school.
We have been very busy learning and working on ...
 counting collections of mixed coins and finding more than one way to show an amount
and how "y" can be a vowel
Last night the family got together again for my mom's birthday.

 Today was Camo Day at school.  This is as camo as Brittany and I get! 
Have a Happy Happy Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Time to Go Shopping!

It is time to shop!  Teachers Pay Teachers has a HUGE sale planned!
PSSSSSSSST!!! Have you heard?! Teachers Pay Teachers is having a HUGE site-wide sale starting TOMORROW! Use code TPT3 to save 28% off everything in my store! :)
I have my store on sale for 20% off.  Use the promo code TPT3 to receive an extra 10% off!
I have just finished some new activities:
My March Words bulletin board/word wall set has been updated

 Long Vowel Printables - perfect for morning work, homework, or use as enrichment and intervention as needed
Don't forget to leave feedback on your previous purchases and use the points towards a future purchase!
Happy Shopping!