Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bricks 4 Kidz

My colleague wrote a grant for Bricks 4 Kidz

Our guide introduced what we would be learning about today with a keynote slide show.
After learning about the Lunar Rover, the kiddos set out to build one of their own.

There was a "shopper" and a "builder" in the group.
One got the parts and another built the piece. Then they switched. 

They were so engrossed in the project, they didn't even see me taking photos. 
Usually I get one or two photobombs. :)

Their finished projects.

They got to make a "person" and take them home. 

They had so much fun!
You should check it out if you have a chance.
We will be writing about their Lunar Rovers today! :)

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Friday, May 20, 2016

I'm Back!

Holy Cow! I cannot believe it's been almost two months since I have posted.
So, here's what's going on...

I am training for a triathlon. I never thought I would do one. I know how much time goes into these. I know how much you have to work...or did I?
I have a set schedule, run and swim on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Saturdays. Bike on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
I am only training for the Olympic distance triathlon. How in the world do people train for an Ironman?

I am working on some projects and posts for the future.
This week softball ends and then we can finally get back into a regular routine.
I don't think we have sat down as a family to eat in two months.
Well, except for Sweet Frog. :)

I had a little Teacher Appreciation going on in the classroom. 
Thank you to all for that! :)
I love notes and hugs!

Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining. I love to be busy, but there is busy and then there is BUSY! Right now, I am winding down from BUSY! :)

I hope you all are having a wonderful almost end of the year. I have been keeping up with you a little. :)

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Brain Breaks and GoNoodle Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Who uses Brainbreaks or Energizers in their classroom? I can't imagine not having them in my first grade classroom.
My kiddos need them.

Sometimes I NEED them!

We use some activities from our Morning Meeting routine, but most of the time, we are using GoNoodle.

We also use it during inside recess. All of my firsties don't use it at this time, but it has been wonderful for those who have been using it.
We have monitors for our recess time. I have set up the SmartBoard so it is ready when they begin their indoor recess.

It gets them refocused and ready for our next task.

Some of our favorites are "Peanut Butter in a Cup", "Milkshake", and basically anything on Zumba Kids. 

See how much Koo Koo Kangaroo inspires us!!!

Did you know they have their own FB page!!! Yep!!! I'm a stalker, I mean fan! :)

"When presented with new material, standards, and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments. We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional states and learning. They refocus our neural circuitry with either stimulating or quieting practices that generate increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, where problem solving and emotional regulation occur."

Read this article from Edutopia. It has some simple ideas for Brain Breaks and why it is important.

What do you use for Brain Breaks? Share your favorite!


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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Morning Meeting Chants and Songs

I have been going through things in my classroom.
I still use charts so my firsties can physically work with it, but I also wanted them digitally for the SmartBoard.

We have Morning Meeting EVERY DAY. It doesn't matter if we have an assembly, delay, scheduled delay...whatever. We always have Morning Meeting. I honestly don't know how our day would go if we didn't have it. :)

Anyway, I have been putting our little chants and songs onto my computer. So, here are a few. Click on the picture to download them. They are all free. :)

Happy Morning Meeting everyone!

Have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Character Ed. Responsibility

We have a really great Character Education Program in our school.
In the past, the Character Education committee had done all the work for our assemblies and everything that goes with them.
This year, each grade level has to choose a trait and present at the opening and closing assemblies.
At first, our grade level was very nervous.
Then, of course, we started coming up with ideas and... that was that.

Our trait is Responsibility.

We will be showing an introduction video from The Magic School Bus series.

It's very cute and perfect for elementary school.

We are beginning a canned food drive for a local business. 
This is going to be a long assembly. :)

The first graders also made up a song about Responsibility. We will be using some sign language with it. My firsties love signing. 

Click on the picture above to download. :)

I'll let you know how the assembly goes. It's this Friday!

What do you do for Character Education?

Have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

American Greetings Valentines Giveaway!!!

Click above to go to American Greetings to see what they have to offer. SOOOOO much!

Who doesn't want $250 to spend at STAPLES!?!?!
Woo Hoo!

Enter below for your chance to win!

American Greetings has some amazing cards. Have you seen them? 

Click on this picture to watch this card. :) Yep! I said watch!

What are you doing for your Valentine's Celebrations? 
I will share my little gifts for the students tomorrow. They are SOOOOO cute!

Good Luck!!!

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

It's a completely different year.

I know everyone has one of those years.

Mine was last year.

I was overwhelmed, putting too much time into worrying over silly things, trying to get things to be so perfect in my classroom, trying to get others in my classroom to be so perfect, etc...

This year is so different.
Don't get me wrong, I had a difficult class last year. But I should be able to handle it right? I am a seasoned teacher, I have handled many different situations, I should have been able to do this.
I looked for jobs in other places, not classroom teacher jobs. I didn't get any of them, obviously. :) I think that was the best thing for me. I needed to get back to the roots of teaching. I could blame it on APPR or high stakes testing that has funneled all the way down to our kinders. But I have to take responsibility for it also.

So, this year I have.
I am loving teaching. I am not worrying about my observations, parents, or even administration. I am teaching the way I know how to teach.

Being in the moment with my firsties when they "get" something, make something for me or someone else, or give me a hug.
This is what I am here for. I am having a blast this year.
I am in the moment, present in what is happening in my classroom.

Amazingly enough, it's also made my home life a whole lot better. :)

Have a wonderful day! :)

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

TpT Sale Starts Tomorrow!!!

I am loading up my cart right now. Oh my!
I have been holding out. I knew there was a sale coming up.
I am more excited about this than I have been for a while.

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Head on over to my store for 20% off and an additional 8% if you use the code...

I am so ready for this!

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