Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Year of Awesome - Week 7

Monday was the Thanksgiving holiday here in Canada, and that means a 4-day work week! :) Combined with a sick day at home, I worked for only three. Then why is it that this week feels about 6 weeks long?!

Woo hoo!! Who doesn't love a holiday on a Monday?!  I spent time with family, got some creating done, did some laundry, and had a lovely supper with my hubby!
I finally finished my initial reading assessments today!! Home reading is now underway and I can finally get into my Daily 5 program! Last year, The Daily 5 was one of my favorite parts of my day. I loved listening to my students read, providing them with strategies and watching their skills absolutely take off!! Having two of last year's students, I am excited to watch them continue to progress as readers! I created a Daily 5 & CAFE freebie last year as I was putting together my own classroom display.
If you're interested in grabbing a copy, click the image below! You can also grab some new posters that I wrote about HERE.

I am thrilled to have my Guided Math groupings started and my kiddos engaged in the first activities. I am only doing one rotation at this point, and using this time to observe my students' problem-solving skills in action. My rotation board looks like this:
I have the activity choices written on the large cubes, and the student names written on the small ones. As I get initial assessments completed and have more obvious needs jump out, I will create groups that will rotate through the activities together.

The first of my Guided Math centers is published and available. My Basic Addition and Subtraction Centers includes four activities for each of the stations (except Teacher's Choice!).

Math With Someone Activities - 

This includes my "Candy Run" board game, Addition Bump, and Addition Go Fish games...

At Work On My Own Activities - 

This includes work with fact families (adorable Melonheadz families, that is!), comparing sums and differences, "Spend It" - a menu activity, and a color by sum or difference page!

Hands-On: Manipulatives - 

This includes four activities involving dice, dominoes and cut-and-paste matching tasks! 

My students are so engaged and I'm gathering such informative data! Awesome!! I now have my second unit, Data Management & Graphing, finished as well and I'm so excited to share it with you!

Today was my first sick day of the year. Not awesome. It was a rainy morning, perfect for snuggling back under the covers. Awesome. Being away from school is a lot of work... plans take forever. Not awesome. My hubby is retired now and took great care of me all day. Awesome!

One awesome thing about Thursday was the writing my kiddos did when I was away. You have to see some of these...
Haha! "Shopping for clothes and makeup and shoes and accessories. So much accessories!"You'd think I was a diva! (I'm not!)

Not much of a donut eater either, but Donut Mania sounds like a great place! ;)

Thanks to this little one for sending me to Punta Cana for the day. That WOULD be "the life"!!

I just loved this picture!

I promise I was NOT at a bar in Toronto!!
AWESOME!
The most awesome part of today is that it is Friday and it is over. Let's just say that I sure didn't find my room in the state I left it on Wednesday. The mess was ridiculous, things were ruined or misplaced, and that's really hard for this organized girl to take. Add indoor recess into the mix today and you can probably feel my pain.

I AM part of a fun Halloween Blog Hop this weekend, and that IS awesome!! If you haven't already, hop over to THIS POST to enter to win one of 5 TpT gift certificates! While you're there, grab a freebie, then pop over to the next blog post to grab some more! That's awesome for sure!

Do you have an AWESOME story to share from your week in the classroom? Link up or leave a comment below! 

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Friday, October 17, 2014

It's a Halloween Blog Hop and Giveaway!!

Halloween is a favorite time of the year for children of all ages! That's why I'm joining a group of Teachers Pay Teachers sellers for a "How We Celebrate Halloween" Blog Hop and Giveaway this weekend!
Halloween has traditionally been a pretty low-key event at my school - no costume parades or dressing up. Most years we have orange and black day and teachers have their own fun events planned in their classrooms.

This year, I am planning on celebrating Pumpkin Day in my classroom - a day of everything pumpkin with some Halloween safety thrown in... keep reading!

We are going to estimate and measure pumpkins, cut them open and empty them out, and estimate and count the number of seeds inside.
All this weighing and measuring and counting will be documented in a Pumpkin Investigation Notebook, one of my newest TpT products!
When our investigating is complete, we are going to dig in to some pumpkin treats - pumpkin pie, tarts, cookies... whatever I can find or convince someone to make for us! ;)

Now, Halloween in my classroom wouldn't be complete without spending some time talking about trick-or-treating safety. I would never want to have a student injured by not following some simple safety guidelines. We'll be reviewing these using my Halloween Trick-Or-Treating Safety Sorting Cards. Grab them for FREE!
Finally, what would a party be without some prizes?! Since this party is for you, so are they! FIVE lucky winners will be walking away with Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificates!!
What are you waiting for? Grab your freebie, enter below, then head over to my store and start your wish list! Have a hauntingly Happy Halloween!!

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here in Canada this is the Thanksgiving long weekend! Hooray for long weekends!! I am ready for some sleeping in, time with family, good food, pumpkin pie, and R&R!

I am thankful for so much, and that includes YOU! I'm thankful for each person who has chosen one of my classroom resources for their own students, and to show my thanks I'm joining some other amazing Canadian teacher-sellers by holding a sale this Sunday only!
You can get all of my products (including bundles!) at 20% off on Sunday only! Be sure to check out the other awesome stores participating as well. You can find direct links to each of them below.