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Whew!!! This is one tired chick!

Goals. That's the keyword for today. More importantly, how I didn't reach them, lol. I totally thought that I would be introducing new centers today, I was so pumped, especially after Spring Break. Well, after two days of PD, and then teaching yesterday and today, I'm really pooped! Teaching blends, and getting them back into the groove of reading, writing and math wore me out! Not to mention finalizing the stinkin' wonderful hand written report cards, and making copies of them, in case they don't come back. After laminating everything, and getting the centers all together, I realized that instruction and our same old routine was what they needed.  So, I'm going to start introducing them tomorrow, when they're a little more focused. So, hopefully I'll have some pictures for y'all soon!

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Talk to y'all later!

Nothing like PD on the 1st day back from Spring Break!

Well, today was the 1st day back after a great but awfully short Spring Break! Who knew that so many days could fly by? So what was ready for me when I arrived at school? Day 1 of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We are going through this training in preparation for becoming a Leader in Me school this fall. It is totally awesome, because as teachers, we tend to work, work hard, and then work harder, without stopping and taking time for ourselves. It's a great reminder that we all need balance in our lives.

 Now, don't get me wrong, I've been so ready to attend this training, but the only thing I could think about was it being the first week that we teach blends, not to mention that they were already out for a week! Especially for my struggling babies! *sigh* Well, tomorrow is day 2 of training, so I'm definitely going to teach my heart out on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday!

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Off to complete my 7 Habits homework (yes, we have homework!) and be proactive! Is there anybody out there who has completed 7 Habits training? Let me know!

Talk to you later!

Rain, Rain, Go Away!..........

It sure has been raining a lot in Alabama over the last day or two, I'm so glad I finally cut my grass, because it was getting kind of high! I definitely got wet yesterday! As my Spring Break winds down (boo!) I finally completed my newest unit, Rain, Rain, Go Away! It's a rainy day themed math and literacy activity packet, and I'm really excited about it. I can't wait to laminate it and use it for my centers! For more information click on the picture below (still working on making the best thumbnails!).

I was so excited to get home today, and see that I have 95 followers! That means when I reach that magical number 100, it will be time for an awesome giveaway! Make sure to check back within the next few days to enter!

Well, I'm off to enjoy the rest of my Spring Break, before it disappears completely!

Talk to you later!

If you didn't know about Symbaloo....

Hello everyone! I have been enjoying my Spring Break, and I can't believe it is already Wednesday! I have been trying my best to stay away from my computer, but today I brought it out again, I think I'm addicted! While creating some new goodies, I thought about something I'd learned in the past few months that might be worth sharing with my blog friends!

How many of you have tons of bookmarks and favorites on your internet browser? And that's just the one at school. Of course, you have to have them at home also. If you're like me, you may have went through a few computers at school, and you tend to lose your bookmarks and favorites, especially if you get the blue or black screen of death. This is where Symbaloo comes in, which is lifesaver!

Symbaloo is a website where you can store all of your bookmarks online, so that you can have access to them at school and at home.

It stores them all into one convenient place. You can create what they call webmixes, and you can name each one. The picture above shows a webmix of K-2 websites that another teacher has compiled, which you can follow if they allow their webmix to be shown publicly. You can also create a webmix that features those great teacher created sites and pages that we visit on a daily basis to add to our curriculum. It is also great for younger ages, because we know that our children can have a difficult time typing an address into the address bar, etc. This can be the homepage, and the students can easily click on the picture, because only so many shortcuts to websites can be placed on the desktop.

This is one of my webmixes, which I am currently working on! You can also use a webmix for a unit study, with links to different types of media such as webquests, videos, etc., that your children can visit. The webmix in the picture below is all about dolphins.

There are two options to starting with Symbaloo. There is Symbaloo, and SymbalooEDU. I've heard that in some schools SymbalooEDU can be blocked by the filters, so some teachers are having to use Symbaloo.

I am totally excited about this, because I bookmark a lot of things, and my favorites bar is completely full! Let me know what you think!

Talk to you later!

Spring Break!

I am totally enjoying Spring Break this week! I decided to take a break this weekend, and I felt as if I was going through withdrawals, especially since I wasn't blog stalking like I normally do!

On Friday my kiddos and I ended our St. Patrick's Day activities with a bang, and created our St. Patty's Day crowns! We wrote our numbers 10-20, which was great, because we just completed our numbers 11-20 unit.

I've dreamed of relaxing this week, but I can also see my week slipping away from if I'm not careful! I totally plan to enjoy it, we'll see how it works out!

Talk to you later!

Let the countdown begin!

It's official, one more day until Spring Break! I'm so excited it's ridiculous! I'm trying really to hard to not fill my calendar up too much, without leaving any time for myself.

Well, we learned at the last minute that we had a program to attend this afternoon, and all I could think about was our skittles graphing that I had promised my kiddos we were going to do as part of our St. Patrick's Day Celebration. I was determined to get it in, and I did! It was totally awesome, because I feel that this was the first time that ALL of my children really enjoyed it AND learned something. Now, they have always enjoyed the candy part, but some of my students who still struggle with math, have not enjoyed analyzing the graph at all. I felt as if today they were all excited and ready to complete the analysis page. It gave me a little tingle inside!

The picture below shows the graph of a lower student, who still struggles with writing numbers, and she was so excited, her face was brighter than the sun, because she could actually do what everyone else was doing!

Earlier today, we also learned more about the clover, and read our reader, the Lucky Leprechaun, written by me! My kiddos were amazed, one asked, "You wrote this book? I was so proud to say "yes, and you can write one as well". They really made my day today!

I've also been informed that my 7 Habits of Happy Kids training has been switched, and that it will now be the Monday and Tuesday after Spring Break. Yikes! That means that I've got to get 2 days work of sub plans together, and it's also the week we introduce consonant blends(oh boy). I have a feeling that when I get back into my classroom Wednesday it will be buckets of fun, hehe!

Talk to you later!

Almost There Wednesday!

Three days down, two more to go until Spring Break! I came into the classroom this morning, and they had took the big ole brown air conditioner out (which was louder than a freight train) and put a nice, new one in with a remote. It is digital, and I can turn it all the way up to 80 degrees, which will be great for when it is cold again! Today was a scorcher, at 80+ degrees today! Whew!

We have been working on the numbers 16-20 this week (when I'm not testing) and some of my children have had a hard time with doing the tally marks of higher numbers. I found a cute anchor chart on Pinterest, and decided to do it with my class. It seemed to help a lot!

As they were working at their desks, I could hear them just singing the chant in their heads! Anything that helps! We were unable to do a St. Patrick's Day activity, because of their behavior, but they're working hard at earning it back! We'll see!

I FINALLY received my wireless headphones in the mail, along with a few games for the Promethean Board. I've always used the board as part of a center, but it normally has something to read, such as roll and read, and I have pointers and huge dice for them to use. I've never allowed them to use websites such as Starfall, or Education City, because the volume can't be too loud, and it's boring without it. I got the headphones and the games from Lakeshore Learning

This is an example of one of the games, where students match rhyming sounds. I've already had their beginning sounds app, for students to use on the iPod's, so they already knew how to use it, and they really had a blast!  

This pic shows a few girls playing the beginning sounds app on the iPad.

This kept them actively engaged, and I didn't have to worry about them acting up because they were bored. I bought several other games, including a set that is focused on phonemic awareness, because I still have some who struggle with this daily! This is a screen shot below of one of the games.

We had to have a serious talk about cutting the headphones off when it is time to clean up centers, and being careful with them, handling them the same, careful way that we do the iPod's.

I'm so amazed at how much my sweet kinders have grown, and I'm almost, almost sad that it is the end of the school year! Ah, I think I get like this every year!

Talk to you later!

Late to the Linky Party and testing, oh my!!

It seems like this week has just been testing, testing, and more testing! That is one thing that I definitely miss about 1st grade, just put the grades into the computer, and ta-dow!!! Here's an average!! This individual testing is a bummer!! It seems as if all day today and yesterday I was calling names and saying ,"come to my table, come to my table, come to my table". Not to mention the math common assessment!! Which is also individual! And of course we also had a walk-through, and they came to my room after my kiddos had been gone for an hour and a half. Can you imagine teaching math to 5-year olds after lunch, PE, and then music?  Whew! I am determined to have some St. Patrick's Day fun the rest of this week. I've been getting my things together, because my kiddos are definitely ready for Spring Break, and you can tell by their behavior!!

Weeelll....apparently I'm a little late to the linky party, but better late than never I say! Jeannie at Kindergarten Lifestyle is hosting a Kinder-2nd linky party for all of our blogs! I'm so excited, and I just had to link up! Click on the picture below for more information.

Note to self: Complete all individual testing, transfer all data to their respective spreadsheets (Yay! j/k), transfer all data to the individual report cards (handwritten). Hopefully my hand won't fall off, and I can share with you guys tomorrow what we are doing in the classroom! 

Talk to you later!

Where did the weekend go?

My goodness, I was just so happy that it was Friday, and weekend just flew by! Well, that's how it goes I guess. I've been gathering all of my St. Patty's Day items and activities together, and I'm so excited. Not to mention getting ready for the walk-through on Tuesday (ugh!). Well, I realized that I wanted to teach my kiddos about some of the most popular symbols of St. Patrick's Day, so I created a little something to help me with that. I've posted it in my TPT store as a freebie, so click on the picture to get your copy!


I also finally finished my easter-themed Spring packet, Blooming in Spring! I have some kiddos that still struggle with phonemic awareness, and are just now hearing the initial sounds in words! So, I created a initial sound sort for them, and for some of my highers kiddos I did an initial and final sound activity, where they have to put the correct letters at the beginning or the end. It also comes with a recording sheet and much more! Check it out!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Friday, how I've missed you.....

Well, it seems Friday came after all, even though it took its dear sweet time to get here! I remembered my camera today, but apparently I didn't take as many pictures as I thought! That's alright, I'll share with you what I have. We read There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover, and my kiddos absolutely loved it! After one reading, they seemed to have memorized the order of the story! I was so proud of them! We also worked on sequencing the story independently, which they did a great job of. We also talked about making sure that our colors made sense! Some of my kinders learned that clovers aren't purple, and that the old lady couldn't be green! We used the packet from Live, Love, Laugh Kindergarten, and my kids had a blast.

We're also working on numbers 11-20, which I'll show pictures of next week (apparently I didn't take any pics during math!).

Kaleigh from Kaleigh's Klassroom was gracious enough to award me the Top 10 Blog award!! Thank you so much!

I in turn nominate the following blogs for this award!!

Daisy Days for Learning
Teachery Tidbits
Heather's Heart
Mrs. Plant's Press
Miss Smartie Pants
Young & Lively Kindergarten
Just Add Clipart

Ok, I did 7, my mom is ringing my doorbell for dinner!  Talk to you later!!



Well, I had planned to post our activities from my classroom, but I someone left the camera on top of my someone's desk at work! So, I decided to join up with Farley's Oh' Boy 4th Grade, so here you are!! Hopefully I can remember my camera tomorrow! It's almost Friday!!!

Talk to you later!

Whew! What a full day!

I know it's been a bit since I've posted, but I've been so busy! I had a Interactive Whitebaord Level 3 PD day yesterday, and I'm glad to say that I learned a lot. The first two days, in December and January, I learned nothing at all and that made me so mad! Well, I did get ahead on lesson plans those days!

We've been working on labeling, using a lot of the pages from the labeling units of First Grade Blue Skies and Kim Swoveland. Since we're at the new school, we're on their new schedule, and we pick them up 30 minutes earlier, with nothing but eating breakfast to fill the time. So, instead of wasting the time, we label! My kids really like it, and they have no idea that they are learning at the same time! I've taught them that even though they may not know how to spell a word, they can use what they know about initial and final sounds to figure out which word to use. With this in mind, I decided to do an anchor chart on labeling, I saw it on Pinterest the other day and I was so excited! It is from The Inspired Apple. Now beware, I'm not much of an artist!

I have also been testing out a few things, especially since I'm getting ready to read The Daily Five. It's still my Word Work station, but I've implemented more writing at this stage of the year. We recently began doing the Writing Stations by Ms. Wills at this center, and my kiddos have done so much better. Since we began this after labeling for a few weeks, the transition was extremely easy. I'm hoping to implement a little bit of the ideas from The Daily Five this year, just to help my kids.

 I wanted to put my writing tray right here, but the table isn't big enough to hold all of it! My fabric seems to be coming off, so I think I'm going to try what Jennifer did to her table at First Grade Blue Skies!

This has helped my kiddos so much, especially with making sure that what we are coloring and writing makes sense, and also looking for information in their surroundings. We have also been working on sorting real and nonsense words in the pocket chart center, and recording our answers, which some of my children do not like to do! These are from my St. Patrick's Day unit, which can be found in my TPT store. 

We seem to actually be doing a great job this time around!! Maybe we finally got it! I'm almost finished with Teaching with Intention by Debbie Miller, and I love it so much! I can't wait to implement some of her strategies! Until next time!


End of Seuss week and a bloggy award!

First of all, thank you to everyone who purchased any of my items on Leap Day! That was so much fun, I can't wait to do it again! I bought a few things as well, I can't wait to use them!

Well, unfortunately, all great fun must come to an end! Our celebration was cut short today, because of tornado warnings, so we let out at 12:30 today. My plan today was to let them eat green eggs and ham, finish up some last minute activities, and then after lunch watch Horton Hears a Who! Since we had to cut it short, we ate in the morning, and then after lunch we watched a portion of the movie. Yesterday, we made Oobleck, which was a great freebie from Ms. Plant's Press. Check out the pictures from yesterday and today!

 I want to say a big thank you to Kaleigh, from Kaleigh's Klassroom for giving me a great award! If you haven't had a chance, hop on over and take a peek!

     There are a few rules for accepting this award:
          1. Link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
          2. Pass the award onto 15 other lovely bloggers.
          3. Follow the person who sent it to you :)

I hereby nominate the following ladies for the One Lovely Blog Award:

1.   Vickie at Ms. Plant's Press
3.   Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies
4.   Natalie at Teachery Tidbits
5.   Erica at Sprinkles to Kindergarten
6.   Ashlee at Peace, Love, Learn
7.   Lauren at Just Add Clipart
8.  Mechele at Barrow's Hodgepodge
9.  Edana at Color Me Kinder
10.  Ms. Patterson at Pocket Full of Kinders!
12. Jenn at Pirate's Life for Us! .  

So, I think I'm going to stop at 12, sounds great to me! Check out all of these great blogs if you haven't already!

I finished my final paper last night, I spent all of today laminating and cutting out my St. Patrick's Day centers and activities, and boy, what a pain joy! I think my thumb and forefinger might think otherwise! I think I might just settle down and read The Daily 5!!! I'm so excited about that!! Or maybe I'll work on my next packet, I have so many ideas rolling around in this old brain! 

Talk to you later!