Friday, February 26, 2016

Read Across America!

It's coming!!!
Read Across America Week is one of my favorites!
There are so many fun things to do!

We do a themed week at my school.
Each day is something special. 
This year, we have:
Red, Black & White Day
Crazy Sock Day
Wacky Wednesday
Crazy Hair Day
and Pajama Day.

These are a few of my favorite activities. :)

We make ourselves as Things!
The kids even get to add their own faces!
Their Thing number is their class number.

We make One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish fact families!!!

This is one of my TOP favorites!

Then we do some colorful goldfish graphing. 

One Crazy Sock Day, we celebrate our craziness!

On Wacky Wednesday, we do some pretty wacky things.
The kids' favorite is usually working under their desks!

I also turn lots of things upside down that day too. :)

We talk about the places we'll go.

On Crazy Hair Day, we wear our hair like Whos!
 The kids always have some pretty crazy dos!

We also keep track of how many books we read during the week.

On Friday, we make OOBLECK!!!!
So. Much. Fun!

It makes a gigantic huge disaster of a mess, but who cares! ;)

Here's a little Read Across America freebie for you! :)
Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Plan Your Planning Time!

Sundays used to be crazy.
They consisted of lesson plans, newsletters, and grading piles and piles of papers.
Not to mention food shopping, laundry, and cleaning.
I didn't really like them all that much!

This year, I decided things had to change. 
Weekends are for family and fun!
(and creating!)
So I started planning my planning time. 

I made a list of all the things that needed to be done each week.
Then I sorted them out over the week. 
Made myself a checklist.
And BAM! 
I think my little list has changed my life. 
For real! :)

I always plan a week ahead.
Mondays I print our A to Z books and sight word flashcards for the next week.
Tuesdays I get copies ready for my volunteer and prep my centers (I change them on Wednesdays).
Tuesdays I also meet with my team to plan for the upcoming weeks.
It makes my own planning much easier!
Wednesdays I sort and file my copies and do my newsletter for the next week.
Thursdays I start writing my plans and grade papers. 
Fridays I get my centers ready for Monday and grade, grade, grade!
Saturdays and Sundays, you ask?
I relax, have fun, and create things that I WANT to do! :)

My little checklist even motivates me to get things done early in the week.
There's just something about checking an item off that makes me so happy!!!

Of course, there are things that don't need to be done weekly.
Things that come up that need to be done.
Those things I just add to a sticky note!
(Not one that gets lost in my lunchbox or jacket pocket, 
but one that gets stuck right next to my trusty little checklist. ;) )

Now, I have to say, that I don't know WHAT I was doing during my planning time before. 
I'd have a bunch of things that I wanted to do each day, then forget about them.
I'd write myself a note and then forget to look at the note.
I'd get sidetracked and do....I don't even know!
So things had to be brought home. 
Not anymore!

Planning your planning time is THE WAY to go. 
I made my little checklist editable so you can use it too!
Give it a try.
I don't think you'll regret it. :)

Happy planning!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Play Doh Valentines!

I'm so excited about my little Valentines this year!!!
I think the kids are going to love them. :)

They're a freebie...
Because I love you all so much! :)

The tags are 2 inch circles.
My jars of Play Doh were 24 ounces.
(They may be too small for regular size jars!)

I found these little jars of Play Doh on Amazon.
They came in a pack of 24 for $15.
If you have Prime, you can get them before Valentine's Day! ;)

I also added spelling with Play Doh to our spelling menu this month.
They're going to be SO excited! :)

Have a happy weekend!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Groundhog Day {freebie!}

Will the groundhog see his shadow tomorrow?!
We voted today. 
Most of my kids think spring is coming!
Maybe the 60 degree weather had something to do with that?!

I hope they're right!!!!!!
(How cute are their little groundhogs???)

I also wanted to share this little Groundhog Math mini pack with you!
It's nothing special, just a little math practice for Groundhog Day! :)

It has a page for finding the missing part.

There's an addition true/false sort.

A little skip counting practice!

And of course a groundhog addition game!
(YES it can be a bump game.
Do your kids ask you that for EVERY math game like mine do?)

Happy Groundhog Day!