Thursday, July 24, 2014

Made In Utah **Giveaway**

Happy Pioneer Day!
Yes, it's a holiday today in UTAH. 
We are celebrating the day the Mormon Pioneers entered the valley in 1847. And to celebrate Nikki from Melonheadz Illustrating got a bunch of UTAH blogger together for a BIG, no HUGE, no GIGANTIC GIVEAWAY!

All you need to do is follow some TERRIFIC blogs, facebook pages and/or TpT shops.
Check out Melonheadz blog for all the details HERE.
HURRY because the winner will be announce on Saturday 7/26/14

Happy Pioneer Days!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Morning Meeting for the Smart Board

One of my favorite parts of the day is MORNING MEETING!
It's a great daily routine for the students and well as for me. It's an essential way to build a sense of classroom community and belonging. Morning meeting may look very different in each classroom. Some teachers use it primarily for socio-emotional development while others use it for a focus on academic skills and some use it for a little of both. Some morning meeting range from 3 minutes to 30 minutes. It all depends on what your purpose and objectives are and what grade level you teach.

There are some great books to read to get you started or to jump-start your creativity if you're getting stale. Here are a few recommendations: 
This one also come in another book for grade 3-6.
Lots of great ideas!

My morning meeting went through a huge change when I got my Smart Board. My kiddos are much more engaged and excited about Morning Meeting. I've had several request to explain how I use my Smart Board for Morning Meeting. So here goes.

I have 2 'Happy Helpers' whose job it is to conduct Morning Meeting. We start off with the pledge every morning and the Star Spangled Banner on Mondays. Then we move on to calendar.
I have the kids write the numbers on the calendar, then track the weather, plus find yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We also note birthdays and holidays.
We keep track of 'How Many Days' we've been in school on a chart making a pattern as we go.
Then it's time for any business that needs to be discussed. We'll talk about our schedule, celebrations, or goals we need to work on.
Next comes spelling or wordwork review. We have several different activities that I rotate through so the kids don't get bored.
Then we go on to Math review.
I like to link videos and songs right on the page so I remember to play them.
It's a great time of me to do some observations and see who is really getting it, who really has it, who doesn't get it, and who is forgetting it.

I've been working on a packet most of the summer and I finally got it finished.
There are blank calendars for each month of the year and activities for spelling, language arts, and math. Also included are the charts for 'How Many Days in School, Star Spangled Banner, Pledge, Months, and Days of the Week. The spelling activities are editable so you can program YOUR words into the slides. Plus lots of fun math review slides as pictured above.
So if you have a SMART BOARD you might want to check this out. It is on sale until Saturday 7/19/14.

Well that about covers it in a nutshell. Morning Meeting is a vital part of my day. Even before my days without a Smart Board I would use my document camera to project charts and activities. I had laminated charts on my calendar that we would discuss, we'd play games and sing songs. The Smart Board just is a great way to organize it all and have all my resources together. No matter what tools you have, Morning Meeting can still be a powerful part of the day.

I'd LOVE to hear how you do Morning Meeting!!
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 4, 2014

20% off SALE!!!

I'm having a SALE!!!
July 4th & 5th

Darling graphic courtesy of Traci from Dragonflies in First.

Check out either of my shops by clicking my shop sidebar on the right.
Even my newest packets are on sale!

Plus some of my best sellers and favorites!

Happy shopping and Happy 4th of JULY!!
Be safe and have FUN!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Sight Word packet

Hi Everyone!
I hope you are all enjoying the summer. I can't believe it is half over. I only have about 5 1/2 weeks left. I've still got a ton of things I want to get done but it sure is nice just relaxing and doing nothing!

I finally finished and posted a new packet to my shops. It's another sight word packet. It is the color and number words.
There is a FREE download for the number zero if you head over to either of my shops and download the preview. It has a fun little game for centers or homework too.

It's the holiday weekend here in the USA. I'll be celebrating with all my family having a BBQ, water fight, and watching fireworks. I sure do LOVE the crazy, lazy days of summer!

Ruby Slippers Blog Designs
Blinkie courtesy of my dear friend Barb from 'Ruby Slippers'. Thanks Barb!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

We Love Books! Some Favorites by Julia Cook

I can't believe I haven't posted in almost a month. Sorry! I've been a little busy. My summer started just one week ago after all my professional development and collaboration meetings. Then I've been doing some much needed cleaning and organizing at home. Plus some shopping and spending time with the grandkids! 
I don't know if you're like me but it takes me a few week to settle into summer. I'm on the go, can't sleep in, working to get all the things done on my 'saved-for-summer-project-list for at least the first 2 weeks. Then I start to RELAX and CALM down!
One thing I have been doing though, is keeping up on my blog stalking. I haven't been commenting like I should (vow to do better) but I have been reading. Deanna Jump is doing a fun linky this summer. Every Tuesday she is sharing some of her favorite books and then has a linky for others to share. If you want to find some great books you'll want to head over to her blog every Tuesday. Click Mrs. Jump's class.

The books I'm sharing are by one of my favorite authors Julia Cook. Julia was a former school counselor and teacher. She couldn't find a book to effectively teach children the differences between tattling and telling. So she decided to write her own (A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue). Now she's written over 50 books. She says, "In order to teach a child, you must enter their view of the world." I LOVE that! I think when teachers 'enter their world' they will be more successful educators.
If you haven't read some of her books, you really need to. They are great!
I read 'My Mouth is a Volcano' SEVERAL times during the year. It really helps those kiddos who blurt out all the time.
At the beginning of the year, I do a little unit about tattling and bullying. These 2 books help start the discussion.

I'm sure you've had kids in your class that need to learn specific social skills like: appropriate space, sharing, confidence, paying attention, taking NO for an answer, and so on. Julia has a series called 'Best Me I Can Be' to teach children social skills. You can recommend them to parents or use them one-on-one with the child.
If you click on the books above you will link to for more information.

If you can't tell by now- I LOVE everything Julia Cook writes!

Happy summer reading!