Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fact cards and a New House!!

Hello everyone! Happy Saturday! I don't know about you, but this felt like the longest week ever. The days literally jumbled together for me. So glad it's the weekend and I can catch up with everyone AND relax! :)

So I wanted to let you know of a new product I have up in my store. I have a lot of kiddos that get done with workshops early and I have early finisher activities for them to do, but since we are working our way closer to 1st grade, I also want to make sure they are fluent in their addition and subtraction facts. I created this set and all you need to do is print, put them on a ring and have fun! I made 3 for me to use in small group time and 2 for early finishers to flash to their partners. :) 
(click on the pictures to go to my TPT store)

I also print each fact set on different colored card stock. :)
The possibilities for this set are endless, so head over to my store to purchase it! :)
The other wonderful news I wanted to share with you is that our offer was accepted on a house! If you follow my posts, you know we've been actively looking for about 3 months now, and I know that's not a long time by any means, it definitely felt like one with house and house that we liked getting multiple offers and then our offer not being high enough. 
This house seems to be the one! We looked at it and put in a bid right away and they accepted a few days later. So we are in the inspection process and our closing date is set for mid-May. I am really excited! It was built in 2007 so a fairly new house. I like it because it's move in ready (including new carpet) and my husband likes it because the 2nd floor in unfinished and it's going to be his litter project over the next year or so! :) Can't wait to move in and be first time homeowners! 
front of the house..sits on 1 acre
back...HUGE deck! :)
open concept living and dining room
nice big kitchen...LOVE!

tub in master bdroom..can't wait to soak in it!   


Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Peek at our Week

Hey Friends! I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. It is a cold, and rainy day here. Yesterday was beautiful in the 70's and now they are expecting snow on Tuesday...crazy weather!
So we were pretty busy this week especially with introducing place value and base ten. (PS. if you have any ideas of getting the kids to grasp the concept let me know!)
We celebrated St. Patrick's day with some Lucky Charms graphing!

We listened to one of our friends share his book he made.

We started off our unit on place value by reviewing ten frames and using play dough!

We transferred our knowledge to tens and ones and used popsicle sticks and kix for ones. We'll be continuing this skill again next week because some kiddos haven't quite grasped it yet.

This upcoming week will be a stressful one for me. I'm going through 3 observations!! All back to back...on Tuesday (if we have school) we are having head honchos from Michigan coming to observe all the classrooms and give feedback. Then on Wednesday my mentor is coming to watch me teach small group math and on Thursday I have my first formal observation by my principal. (eek!) Wish me luck this week, I'll need it!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Reading Street Game

Hey friends!
So at my school, we use Scott Foresman Reading Street for our reading curriculum. I have mixed opinions about the kinder version. It seems the upper grades get more resources with their kits, but oh well, I make what use I can with it. :)

In small groups, when I have extra time, I like to play word games with the kids. I created this spring-like word game that focuses on all the sight words from the reading series. Directions are simple and included in the game. Head over to my TPT store to check it out! :)


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Another Day off Due to Ice

Hey Friends!
What a crazy winter it has been here...lately we've hard warm temps, low temps, snow and ice. Today my school was off because of another ice storm. This wasn't as big as the one we had a few weeks ago, but still enough to keep people off the roads. So I decided to make today a day to relax and work on school stuff and see what you all have been up to! :)

Lately we have been very busy in the classroom trying to get all the standards covered before the end of the year (which is fast approaching isn't it!?) Here's some of the highlights...

In math, we've been learning how to measure with non-standard measurement so I hung up pictures for the students to measure with cubes.

This was a milestone! One of my little friends read us The Foot Book all by herself! My heart was so happy to see this :)

We made some great leprechaun traps (we didn't catch him but he did leave us gold candy treats!)

And yesterday for St. Patty's Day, we graphed Lucky Charms marshmallows in math. :)

This week, we are starting to talk about place value in base ten. I made a tens and ones mat to use and I will be using popsicle sticks for the tens and kix cereal for the ones during a whole math lesson on Thursday. I thought I would share with you the mat. :) Click the pic for a copy! I just printed mine on colored cardstock and laminated.
Well I'm off to organize my pinterest boards and get ahead for next week! Enjoy your Tuesday! :)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

New St. Patrick's Day Product

Hello friends!
Whew...what a weekend! On Friday, we didn't have school because it was sleeting and central NC got about 1/2" of ice. Trees were down all weekend and our power was out from Friday afternoon through Saturday night. Unfortunately, there are still many people still without power. :( What a storm. I hope this is the last of winter. Ironically, it was 70 today and tomorrow and Tuesday, it's supposed to be in the 70's as well. 

I just wanted to update you with a new product I put in my store. It's just in time for St. Paddy's Day. I have bundled 4 great literacy games for your kiddos to play for centers/workshops. Head over to my TPT store to check it out! :) Have a great rest of your Sunday night!


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Yay for March!!

Hey Everyone! I cannot believe it's March already, but I am happy because that means spring is almost here and with it (hopefully) warmer weather! I live in the south, but we have had an awful winter so far! :/

So I haven't done these in a while, but I did get my march Currently completed! Here we go! (and be sure to head over to Farley's blog to link up as well!)

listening-I LOVE country music, but lately, I have been obsessed with FGL. My husband took me to see them back in October. I can't wait till they come out with another cd. :)

loving-this week we had 2 half days for PT conferences and a full day off for PD in Charlotte yesterday. We didn't have to sit through any speeches or was a day of pure grade level collaboration and I was so excited to see what the other Kinder teachers had in the way of ideas. :)

thinking-as you know, we have been on the look for a house for the past few months, we've bid on a couple, but nothing has come through yet. Just bid on another one today, it needs some work, but I can see the potential. We'll see what happens!

wanting-my spring break is in mid-april this year and depending on if we get a house, I cannot wait to drive home to Ohio and see my mom. We are so close and I haven't seen her since Christmas..missing her like crazy!

needing-my poor hubby has been working his tush off this week and coming home late, he got up early and has been working the whole day today as well. I can't wait to see him and spend some quality time together this evening and tomorrow :)

and finally...can you guess my question based on that answer?? It's a tricky one!

Have a good Saturday night!


Sunday, February 23, 2014

What a jam packed week!

Hey friends! Happy Sunday!

We have had a crazy winter in NC, Valentine's week we had 3 days of no school because of the big winter storm. On Monday this past week, we celebrated 100 day AND Valentine's day! It was a busy day! Here's what we did...
hard to see but I made a 100 day banner for the kids to walk through
the kids decorated their 100 hats
counting their 100 collections
experimented in science with valentine's candies
ending the day with the Valentine exchange!
The week ahead, we have half days on Wed and Thurs for parent conferences and then on Friday no school for students as teachers travel to Charlotte for PD. I'm ready for the short, but again, jam packed week ahead! 
Have a wonderful week!!