New Look Coming Soon, Happy Holidays and Kids being Kids

Hi Everyone,

I hope by now you have gotten some rest away from the classroom.  Those last couple of days were doozies….Enough said. I know you know this but we teachers contribute to the craziness all in the name of a little holiday fun. I mean school is supposed to be fun..right?? Even with all the mandates I still maintain the littles need time to be kids and they really need to see that their teachers love them as kids.  Here is some of our last day before the break.

We did Gingerbread Theme Rotations with the First Grade Level on the last day. My wonderful teacher assistant and I created this big Gingerbread House in the Hallway for the kids to decorate as our part of the rotation.

Really Big Gingerbread House

Really Big Gingerbread House

As each group came to our class, they got to color some candy to go on the house.  The next picture is after the house is full of candy. They loved it!  We also danced to Harry Kindergartens Gingerbread Man Song.

Lots of Candy

Lots of Candy

After we decorated the house and had a snack we got ready to go home.  We got ready early on this day because we had parent gifts to pack and our recess is the last 30 minutes of the day.  I know…gasp..we have adjusted but it wasn’t any fun in the beginning.

As the days have progressed our tables have gotten very dirty (oh my what you can find under a name tag-scary!!!) so it was time to break out the shaving cream.  We had a blast cleaning our tables before heading outside.  It was a great way to end a fun day. Kids being kids and having fun.  I don’t know about you but some days I just don’t want to hear about time on task and maximizing instructional time and neither so the children.  So we enjoyed every minute of this small and gross motor development task so there now.  It was fun, fun, fun!!!

Lots and Lots of Shaving Cream

Lots and Lots of Shaving Cream

NEWS!!! NEWS!!  I am getting a new blog design and making a move to a more responsive host and site.  I am so happy and I love working with my designer. I can’t wait to share it with you all. My address will still be the same so please come visit.  I’m so excited to share it with everyone.

Love you all!!! Enjoy!!

Sarah

 

 

Hectic Crazy Days What about you?

It seems that everyone has the holiday crazies right now and if you have looked up into the same night sky we all share something else is about to happen…a full moon. Just about every teacher and everyone who works in a hospital can tell you what happens during a full moon. Why even my student teacher said “I don’t even have to look at the sky to know when the moon is full!” Smart girl…she catches on quick. Lord help and let’s hope the creek don’t rise (means hoping things don’t get much worse) What could be worse you say?? Rain!! There better not be any triple plays here in North Carolina!!! How are things where you are?? Is that Elf on the Shelf working for you? Are the holiday crazies wearing you out? My bucket of chicken I picked up sure made me feel better this evening and so did that hug I got right at the end of the school day. Little things can make a big difference!!
Cheers,
Sarah

Kid Lit Giveaway Hop Holiday Extravaganza

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One of my favorite new books for winter is Mice on Ice by the father and daughter team of Rebecca and Ed Emberley.  It is part of their  “I Like to Read” series.  There are not that many words in the text and some phrases are a little short without much meat but I love , love the illustrations!!  It knocks out the winter blahs with bright colorful illustrations that are fun to look at.  The cat is absolutely fun in this book.  I can see teachers planning so many fun literature and art connections with this book.  The beautiful oranges and yellows make the cat fun not menacing at all toward the skating mice.  The mice sketch the cat in the ice before it springs up.  This could bring in a connection to the Winter Olympic Games with figure skating.  A cat and mice figure skating together well that is unexpected harmony in any setting.  Much like the Olympics!!  You will love this book for the illustrations if nothing else about it appeals to you.  Young children will enjoy the  mice, the cat and the colors not to mention the rhymes in the book.  My kinders and first graders continually ring out “that rhymes” when I am reading a book!  Please enter the giveaway to win your free paperback copy of Mice on Ice and a Target Gift Card.

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Sarah

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Math Bingo App One of Our Favorites

Math Bingo App

Math Bingo App

This is absolutely one of the children’s favorite apps during math centers! They ask to play it everyday.  It is a great pass along app.  What I mean by pass along is that the children can play it in a circle or with a small group.  Each math problem is asked individually so one person can answer or two can work together.  There are several levels of play and there is addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. For .99 cents this app is great!! You will love using with your children. The children love it!

Math Bingo Addition

Math Bingo Addition

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Sarah

Free App ChatterPix by Duck Duck Moose You Can Make Anything Talk!

Chatter Pix Can Make Anything Talk

Chatter Pix Can Make Anything Talk

Chatterpix can make anything talk — your pets, your friends, your doodles, and more! Take your own picture or use one you have already taken.
You can draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, or creative cards.   You can share by email, facebook or YouTube.  ChatterPix would work with children who are developing language and those who need to practice saying phrases. You could also use it for children to create characters.   You are given 30 seconds to record something for your character to say.  This is plenty of time for a nursery rhyme, a song or a couple of sentences!

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Free App Chatter Pix by Duck Duck MooseFree App Chatter Pix by Duck Duck MooseI did some Chatter Pix with my family.  We had a blast with it. You do need to practice a couple of times when you are drawing the mouth.  We had fun putting all sorts of fun hats and mustaches on my husband’s pictures and making him say funny stuff!!  Even he was entertained!!  Poor fellow…….This is a very entertaining app and loads of fun!  It’s free so give it a try and let me know how you like it.  There is also a Chatter Pix Kids that you can check out here. The only difference is that is doesn’t offer sharing on social networks.

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All the best,

Sarah

Blog Hop The 12 Days of a Teacher’s Christmas

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We will be picking 13 winners for the 13 units. In addition, 1 lucky winner will receive a TpT gift card to purchase whatever they want, 1 winner will get a brand new pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies and 1 winner will receive a $25 Target gift card. Woo hoo!!

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Please check out my app recommendations for classrooms!

2 Great Free Apps for Teaching Reading

I hope you will enjoy learning about these apps and using them in your classroom! I love, love Endless Reader by Orginator. This app is free but you can purchase more word packs if you want to extend it. I purchased the Reader Pack 1 because I wanted more words. There are six words in the free version but this app explores each word through spelling, word meaning and sentences. The words are animated after the letters are dragged into place. The app also reads the sentences. Words can be dragged into the sentences. The little characters are irresistible.

These are screen shots I took using my iphone. The app works on iphones and ipads.

You can get Endless Reader here.

Another app I really like is Little Speller by Grasshopper Apps. This app is very versatile and allows you a lot of control of the words that the children can work with. This app is also available for the iphone and ipad.

As you can see from the screen shots I’m sharing with you there are a lot of variations to choose from. You can really concentrate on the sounds you think the children need.

This app features great images for words. The letters are out of order but the correct spelling is under the images so even your most hesitant spellers and readers can feel confident with this app. The app says the letters and then reads the word after the letters are in place.
You can get Little Speller here.I hope you can use one of these apps or both in your classroom. I always teach the apps before letting the kids do them without supervision. Sometimes I teach them as part of my guided reading lesson and other times I work with a group during a Daily Five Rotation. I am teaching both Kinders and First Graders this year and my smart Firsties are great teachers so they often get the first lesson on a new app!
All the best,
Sarah
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