Monday, July 30, 2012

'You might be a teacher if'...linky party!!!

I'm hooking up with Mrs. Dwyer's A+ Firsties to join the "you might be a teacher if..." linky party!
You might be a teacher if....

...you cut this for HOURS on a Saturday night!

..you find ecards like this hysterical!
...you get so STOKED about finding awesome deals at garage sales---everything in this picture was $.25 each!!!
 
...you are addicted to
and you think this is SO TRUE!

...you teach kindergarten and live by this saying!
...you are a hoarder and your storage space looks like this!!! (Don't judge me!)

...this makes you giggle!

.....you love this saying!

Link up and join the fun!!! If you haven't already, I'd love for you to follow me and leave a comment! I can't wait to see what y'all come up with!!! :)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

School is starting soon!!!

So, where did the summer go?!? It seems like just yesterday I was hugging all of my little kinders goodbye for the summer and relishing in the fact that I was going to be able to be home with my 2 kids all summer! Now, I've got about a week and a half before I have to return to school and 2 weeks before all of our new kinders start school!

I have so much to do still---so many pinterest projects to complete and my to-do list gets longer by the day! AGHHHH!!!  And it doesn't help that my school is getting a new roof put on and all of the skylights taken out (of which I have 3 of in my classroom).  Don't get me wrong I LOVE that we are getting a new roof (mostly because I won't get dripped on when it rains anymore) but the downside is that everything in my room is covered with trash bags and I can't decorate or organize anything!!! This is making me very anxious!!!

Well, I can't control the new roof schedule but I can work on my growing to-do list!!! These are few projects I'm still hoping to complete before school starts....

These are the ones made by Once Upon A First Grade Adventure. My background on the balloon will be candles or cupcakes I think!
How cute are these??? It will be perfect to welcome my new kinders to school!
I am going to buy these soon! Since I'm a math word wall this year this will be perfect for my room! Click here to purchase this wonderful set!
I want to make a board similar to this one to display student work! I feel like the kids would LOVE to see their work posted in the classroom- and since our theme is 'jungle' this year, it will be perfect for my room! Click here to check out the original post where she showed us this!
I need to set up my work stations!!! I read this book this summer and will be implementing the stations in my room this year! I can't wait! Click here to check out the awesome book study that was done with this book!
I really want to make this! Maybe not exactly, but something very similar! How cute would it be do take this picture on the first day of school then change 'my 1st day' to 'last day' a few days before school ends.... I think parents would love this!! You would be able to see how much each kid changed over the year!

Well, these were a few of my future projects.  What about you? What are you trying to complete on your list? Have you done any of these already? I'd love to hear how you changed some of these great ideas to make them more you!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Giveaway?!?!?

So, I've been thinking about doing a giveaway soon!

I really want to mark my blog reaching 100 followers--which I think will happen rather soon!  Then, yesterday, I stumbled upon a great blog post by Teaching With Love and Laughter on how to use a rafflecopter. Click here to see her AWESOME detailed post on how to use it!


I've seen that it's the site that a lot of other bloggers use when they are doing giveaways. I've been curious as to how it really works and after reading that blog post, I think I understand it now! She gave tons of pictures and walked you through each step of how to use it! She made it so simple to understand. Be sure to check out post if you're thinking of doing a giveaway soon.

So, what do you guys think?  Do you want a giveaway?  Have any of you ever used rafflecopter before? Do you like it? Leave me a comment letting me know how you feel! Happy Saturday everyone!!!
 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Another award!! :)

Wow y'all! I've just been given another award by two wonderful bloggers! Thank you to Teaching Fabulous Firsties and Classroom Compulsion!  You both have made my day!!!


Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Include a link to their blog
3. Include the award image in your post
4. Give 7 random facts about yourself
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award
6. When nominating, include a link to their blog
7. Let other bloggers know they've been nominated

Here goes my 7 random facts:::

1. My birthday is 11-11... when I was younger I always wanted to started a club with people who had birthdays that were the same number month and day! I know, weird right??

2. My oldest child will be in Kindergarten this year---boy, has time flown by!

3. My ENTIRE family is red-headed!

4. I absolutely LOVE the smell of a new box of crayons!!!

5. I love being a military wife... deployments SUCK but it's a small price to pay, right?

6. I recently attended all 4 days of the I teach K conference---- and LOVED every minute of it!!!

7. My husband recently found out that he made his next rank in the Air Force! :)


Now, for my nominations---drum roll please.....

http://teachingjoys.blogspot.com 
http://www.msbsclassroomcapers.blogspot.com
http://readerstars.blogspot.com
http://saunderslovelies.blogspot.com 
http://wilkieclass.blogspot.com

Congrats to the award recipients!!! I'm heading over right now to follow you all! Hope you do the same! :)

The Lovely Blog Award- Yay!!!

Yay for winning another award! Mrs. Smith at Kindergarten Love passed on the Lovely Blog Award to me!!! I couldn't be more excited!!!

Now for the rules...

1. Follow the person who gave me the award: As of yesterday, I found her blog and was happy to become a follower! Her blog is so very cute!!!

2. Link back to the person that gave me the award: Click here to go to her blog....you'll love it!

3. Pass to 5 new bloggers and then let them know they have received the award::: Okay, folks, here they are.......
 
1. Mrs. Goodwin at ilive2learnilove2grow
2. Jessie at Look Who's Teaching
3. K. Almaraz at Our Future is Bright
 
Go check out all of these lovely ladies!!!!
 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Newbie Blog Hop!!

I'm linking up with Grade Three Is The Place For Me and joining in her newbie blog hop! Since I'm only about a month into blogging, I thought this would be perfect for me! It's just 5 questions so here we go:

1. what state you are in: I currently live in Kansas but I'm a Georgia girl at heart! (We are a military family!)

2. your current teaching position: Kindergarten teacher :)
   
3. your teaching experience: This will be my 3rd year teaching
   
4. when you started blogging: Oh, about a month ago or so...I wanted to start a long time ago but with a new baby and a toddler, my time was rather limited... Now that the kids are a year older, I finally took the plunge- and so glad I did!
   
5. share a blogging tip / blogging resource: My best blogging tip would just be to comment often on other bloggers post! Not only have I found new followers through commenting, but it's just nice to always get a comment on something you've written! It's kind of like Christmas when you check your mail!

Thanks for reading! Go link up if you haven't already! :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tell me more, tell me more--Linky Party!

Since I'm still pretty new at blogging, I thought I'd take a few minutes to link up with Mrs. Lemons and participate in her linky party to let y'all get to know me---please no judging my little quarks! :)


1. I LOVE my family!!! My husband and I just celebrated our 6th year of marriage and life has never been better! He's such a caring, loving husband who will do anything for his family! We have 2 beautiful kids- Madion and Kayden, both of which just celebrated their birthday! Madison is now 5 and Kayden just turned 1! My husband and two kids are my absolute life!!!

2. Speaking of my family, we are ALL redheads!!! My husband, 2 kids and I all have red hair--and before you ask, yes, EVERYONE comments on it when we are in public!  Up until recently, we had two dogs-- both of which also had red hair! We kind of like that we are different from most everyone else.  Crazy fact:: not long ago, we heard a crazy fact on a news report that less than 1% of the world's population are redheads- that seems so crazy!!!

3. I LOVE BIG BROTHER!!! I don't know when my obsession started or even why it started but I love the show Big Brother! I think maybe because it is a TRUE reality show and you know that NOTHING is contrived.  And yes, I've secretly always wanted to be a contestant on the show---I mean really, how fun would it be to trapped inside a house for a few months and do some really cool challenges and maybe even win cool stuff in luxury competitions??? 

4. I'm a military wife! My husband has been in the Air Force for 10 years now.  It's always kind of weird because we can't plan out our life too much, because the minute we try to, the military always shows us that THEY have the ultimate control of what we do and where we end up! It is cool though not having to pay for medical bills or insurance.  Just to know that we never have to worry about medical care is such a relief deep inside! I'm originally from Georgia and my husband is from Florida.  We have lived here in Kansas since right after we got married in 2006. 

5. It took me 8 years to finish college!  Okay, before you gasp, let me explain. I started college in the fall of 2002.  I thought I wanted to be a physcial therapist...and later, I learned that since I couldn't pass an Anatomy and Physiology course, I probably needed to choose another profession!  So after changing my major, then moving (when I got married) , and then having to retake classes at my new college (since they wouldn't accept some of my previous classes from GA)....I finally eneded up graduating in May of 2010! Hey, better late than never right?!?!?
My alumni school!

6. I love the beach- bottom line! It's where I really get to think about life and really enjoy God's natural beauty! (And I love that my husband's parents home in FL is only minutes away from the beach!)

7.   At 19 years old, I was diagnosed with a heart defect that is pretty rare in young people- it mostly affects people in their later years. It is called WPW (Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome) and it was the scariest time in my life! I thought I was going to die. We discovered it one Saturday morning when my heart was racing.  I ended up going to the doctors office right away because it wouldn't stop racing--it felt like my chest was going to explode.  They hooked me up to an EKG machine and then called the ambulance right away! It all happened so fast! After it settled down, they decided to monitor me for a few weeks to see how many episodes I was having and within 3 weeks, I had heart surgery! WOW- talk about a life changer right?!? Since then, I've been checked yearly and I'm happy to report I'm doing just fine! :)

8. I love Japanese Hibachi food! It's so yummy!!!!! I think I could live off the fried rice alone!  :)

9. I love my job! I think I have the best job ever---getting to shape little minds everyday and see thier smiling face makes my heart smile! Kindergarten rocks!!!

I hope you've enjoyed getting to know me.  Thanks to Mrs. Lemons for letting us all link up and if you haven't linked up yet, go do it now!!!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I recieved The Liebster Award- YAY!!!

I feel so honored to have been passed on an award from Miss A's Kindergarten! Have you been to her blog?  If not click here.  She's awesome!!!


She awarded me the Liebster Award--- what is the Liebster Award you ask?

This award is named for the German word "Liebster," which translates to "beloved" or "favorite", and is given to a "new, up and coming blogger."

What an honor right?!?!? I think so!
Here are the rules:
1. Link back to the person who gave it to you.
2. Post the award to your blog.
3. Give the award to at least 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award.
So these are the wonderful blogs that I'm passing it to... be sure to show them some love!

Megan at  Miss Murray's Kinder Monkeys
Kathy at Kath is Math...and Science in Preschool 
Sandi at Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes
Stacey at Piles of Pencils  
Lauren at Teacher Mom of 3


I teach K--Day 4!

First off, let me apologize for this delayed post! This past week my husband and I got carpet installed in our basement! All week we were rushing around trying to finish up a few things that needed to be done before it was laid on Friday, so needless to say, my blog post got put on hold for a few days! So without further delay.....

Day 4 was the last day of the conference and I woke up that morning a little sad that it was all over! I was sad to know that all of the great sessions would soon be ending, all of the wonderful people I met would be returning home, and of course my week long vacation from "life" was coming to an end! On the flip side, I was very excited to get back home to share all of the good WONDERFUL ideas that I learned with my teammates, to start changing things up in my room and most importantly, to see my two children again (1 year old and 5 years old)!

For the morning session of day 4, I saw Dina VanderWilt talk about Kindergartners and SMART Boards! Since I've used a SMART Board for more than 5 years now, I felt pretty confident in my abilities to use it, but boy, did I learn a lot in this class.  She really showed us how to utilize it more than just using it as a projector (which many of us have been guilty of at some point)!  She helped us think of ways to keep the kids engaged while other children were using the SMART Board.  A good tip she shared was having every student that was sitting, to have their own personal SMART Boards too---which was merely a dry erase board.  That way, even though every student couldn't be at the actual board, everyone was still fully engaged and working! Too often, I find my kids that are sitting on the carpet, are daydreaming and not paying attention!

Another wonderful idea she shared was that she made her kids a class set of seat pillows.  The students were allowed to sit on the pillows and the pillow held all of their supplies in them! On one side of the pillow it was just the fabric and on the other side, there was a built in pocket that took up half of that side.  In that pocket is where they kept a dry erase board, a marker and any other papers and charts that the teacher wanted them to have.  How brilliant-- AND SIMPLE! She was so energetic and so schooled in the world SMART Boards--I was so jealous!!
 If you use Handwriting Without Tears, you can put the Mat Man pieces on the board to show letter formations!
 Other manipulatives that are available to use on the S.B.--shapes, ten sticks, one's cubes, hundreds blocks, snap cubes and coins that looks real.
Here is Dina showing us how she uses the S.B. with The Very Hungry Caterpillar book.

Later in the morning I attended the session by Deanna Jump called Math Magic! And you guessed it, this class was amazing too! Soon, she will be finishing this unit called Math Magic--I would suggest getting it once it is available!!! We talked about all things math and the basics that your students should master - thing like one-to-one counting, cardinality, conservation of numbers, and subitizing (instantly recognizing the number of something without having to count it).  She also told us that there was a second stage to subitizing--when the children are able to add 2 sets of something quickly. (I admit- I didn't know the official name of this action!)

She also talked about other math concepts that are important such as doubles, part/whole, number relationships, one more/less, anchoring the number 5 and 10 and dot cards.  I've used dot cards in the past but I've seen a lot lately about their importance so, for this upcoming year, I am going to use dots more in my class-- maybe even during calendar time and for the lunch count check in???

All of these math concepts we do everyday but I think it'll be important for me to reevaluate how I'm currently using them in my class.  I'm going to do them more purposefully this next year!
 Using the dot cards to match to number cards.
 Building sets using numbers and dots.
 A little blurry but it's all the different ways to make the number 9.
The kids put down the monster eyes using ordinal numbers and critical thinking.

After lunch, I went to my very last session. It was hosted by Shari Slone and called Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Fun--and it was a make-and-take session! :)   Her website is www.kidscount1234.com and it's full of great ideas!!! Go check it out--after you're done reading this post! I was able to check her calendar book that was created by her and Kim Adsit and yes, I'm going to have to give in and buy it! It was cute and had TONS of great pages to use at calendar time.  Again, I love that idea that ALL kids are engaged at the same time, even though they may not be standing at the board. 

One cute idea I loved that was so simple and she said her students loved it.  When her class is whole group practicing stretching out and blending sounds in words, she tells them to move slow like a turtle when stretching and move fast like a rabbit when blending. You could use puppets or pictures on a stick. I love putting visuals with things that are abstract.  It gives the kids something to really link with the action.

Another great idea she had was phonemic substitution with the song, Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, which can be found on her School is Cool CD. Check out her website that has the words and a picture of her book she made with the words too.  I love the idea of doing phonemic substitution with popular songs! I bet the kids would love to hear the original song and then love to change the words to make it sound silly!

 Phonemic Substitution





Well, that concludes my I teach K conference trip! It was a great trip that I will never forget! It was well worth the money! Hopefully, I'll see you there next year!