Monday, February 20, 2017

Sickness and Valentines

For real.  I always get some type of stomach bug or cold around February or March.  It happened again this year.... started out feeling like allergies, turned into a full blown cold, and then BAM...stomach bug.  It was not fun.  But you know what was so fun??

Valentine's Day!

Look at these sweeties sending a love message to their moms and dads!  :-)



We had a blast being all sweet and eating tons of sugar.  :-)  But, having a class party on a Tuesday is tough stuff!

While I was on the couch being all icky sick, I spent some time adding to my huge fluency card growing bundle!  You should check it out!  There are 19 different products in one!  It has word and sentence cards for long vowels, short vowels, digraphs, inflectional endings, vowel teams/patterns....it's a huge deal!  Click on the picture to check out this product!


Enjoy your week!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Grateful :-)

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher.  I used to play "school" in my basement when I was little - my tiny chalkboard hung up on the wall, making worksheets for my mom and sister to complete, and feeling that crazy JOY when I got new pens or markers to grade with.  :-)

I'm so grateful that I followed my childhood dream and was able to make it my adulthood passion!

I'm also SO grateful for DonorsChoose.org.  FOR REAL.  Since my first project in 2010, I've had over 20 projects funded.  I'd say that my students are extremely lucky because they are using and benefiting from the materials I received 7 years ago.

We had 4 more projects funded this year!
 
My class received a bunch of materials that will help make my Math Rotations run more smoothly. Side note - this is my first year doing Math Rotations and I LOVE THEM.  I've always done small group rotations for Reading...but, doing it in Math has helped my students tremendously!








We also got a lot of seating options because I will be switching to flexible seating very soon!  It seems overwhelming for me right now.  How can I have all of my students sitting at chairs and desks and then the next day come in to a room without those chairs and desks we're all used to?! I know my students will do amazing with the switch.  I'm more concerned about LITERALLY how I'm going to move out all of those desks.  ;-)

We also got a project funded that had tons of building/engineering blocks and activities.  My students use these things in the morning as part of their STEAM bin activities.  They also use some of them during inside recess.  They are OBSESSED with these things!


Lastly, we received these super fun coding mice and activity sets.  I need to get to the store for some batteries so these little guys can start moving around.  Here it is:Code & Go Robot Mouse


Anyway, I just thought I'd share some happiness and some of the things I'm grateful for!