Thursday, April 30, 2015

Parts of a Flower Freebie!

We've been learning a lot about plants over the last few weeks!
Last week we made these little flowers to review the parts of a plant.
The kids always love this little craft!

This isn't a great picture, but they make a nice, bright display when they're finished!

Here are the stencils so you can make them with your kiddos too!
I'd love to see pictures when they're finished! :)

Have a Happy Friday! :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nurses Day Freebie!

Nurses Day is coming up!
Are you ready for it? :)
We have the best nurse EVER.
She does everything and more. 
I don't know what we'd do without her!!!

We are making her this class book and I thought I'd share it with you!
There are a few options for cover pages. :)

Grab this freebie to give to your school nurse!!!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Weekend Warriors: Open House & More!

We're back with another weekend of Weekend Warriors!
We love bringing you tips, tricks, and ideas!
This month, we have a few changes!

We have a new look AND we want you to link up with us!!
We've shared our ideas and we want to hear yours!!
Please link up with us! :)

Our school doesn't do an Open House this time of year.
Instead, we have Special Friends' Day.
It's our version of Grandparents' Day!

The kids each have 2 guests come.
They perform for them and have brunch together.
Then they bring their special friend back to the classroom!

This bulletin board is something we make at the beginning of the year.
I just love it!

We also make this class book for everyone to read.
It's always a hit!!

A few years ago, we made these for our special friends!

Each of the kids also makes a book about themselves to share!
They always come out so cute!!!

Here's my favorite part.....
We always plan our chick hatching around the time of Special Friends' Day!!!
Last year one of the chicks hatched RIGHT as the kids and their special friends were coming back from their brunch.
It was AMAZING.  Like the most perfect timing EVER!

 Link up with us and share your awesome Open House ideas!!!!
We can't wait to read them!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Daily 5: Read to Self!

Happy Friday!!
Friday of SPRING BREAK!!

Today I'm linking up with my friend Deirdre over at A Burst of First for her Daily 5 linky!
This week's theme is Read to Self.

We start slowly with Read to Self at the beginning of the year.
We model what it looks like.
We practice.
Then we model and practice some more.

At the beginning of the year, my kiddos could read 2, maybe 3 minutes, without stopping/talking/fooling around.
Now, my kids are Read to Self MASTERS!!
It makes me so, so, so, SO happy seeing them so engaged and into the books they're reading.
If I let them, I think they'd be perfectly happy just reading all day long! :)

There are really only two things you need for Read to Self:
book boxes and books.

I got my book boxes from Really Good Stuff.  
I absolutely love them!
They're so bright and color and they make me happy. :)
Each kid has their own box.
We add books every week so they have many to choose from.

Book boxes are important because the kids have a special collection of books they can read.
No more taking hours to choose one book from the library.
Only to finish it and have to spend more time choosing another.
If they find a book they like, they just add it to their box!~

This year our school starting using Reading A to Z, so I have started a library of leveled books.
The kids know their levels and they can easily find books that are "just right" for them.

My big class library is not levelized (yet!).
I have everything in bins, but I haven't gotten around to organizing them!

 I truly believe that Read to Self makes the kids better readers.
They know HOW to read a book. 
They can read for longer periods of time.
And they LOVE IT!!!

Link up with Deirdre to share your Read to Self tips!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Earth Day Freebies!

My poor little blog has been neglected lately!!
I NEED to be better about blogging! :)

I had to stop by to share a few Earth Day freebies with you!!!

The first is an "I Love Earth" headband. 
I can't wait for my kids to make them tomorrow!

You can grab it for FREE HERE!! :)

The second is a certificate for your kiddos.
There are a variety of different images on the certificates, so you can choose which one you like best. 

You can grab this freebie in my TPT store.

Oh, and don't forget about the SUPER giveaway happening over at Primary Powers!!!
You can win a bundle of fabulous goodies!

Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Daily 5 Spring Cleaning: Word Work!

I'm excited to link up with my sweet friend Deirdre for her Daily 5 Spring Cleaning linky party!

Over the last few years, I've used bits and pieces of Daily 5.
This is the first year I've used Daily 5 in full swing and I LOVE it!
It's so exciting to see the kids reading and writing independently!!
They know they have a job to do and they're excited to do it!
Everyday they ask me, "Is it Daily 5 time yet?"
{We're still working on telling time, ha! ;)}
It makes me a happy teacher!!

Here are some tips and activities I use for Word Work in my class.

You can check out my Word Construction pack for some fun word construction activities! :)

I'm always looking for more ideas for my Word Work area, 
so go link up with Deirdre and share your awesome ideas!!!