Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Currently June

First of all, I have to say that I am in <3 with Farley's Currently design this month!  We have quite quickly become a soccer family.  It is all to blame on this guy.....


Once he started playing, I quickly learned how much I enjoyed the sport.  Now, we can't get enough.



Listening:  Everyone is still asleep in my house, which is completely rare.  The only sounds I am hearing are the birds chirping outside.  It is wonderful to just sit and work with that being the only sound.

Loving:  I feel like I have been saying this forever, but Grad School is really almost over.  I should be finished with my classes *hopefully* before the end of the month.  The actual last due date is July 31st, but I am hoping to get my booty in gear and get it all done ahead of time.  (And for those who have asked...yep, I went through the graduation ceremony in May, but had to finish up two summer classes to get my degree)

Thinking:  Next week my hubby and I are surprising our kiddos with a mini-vacation.  I love surprising my kids with a little vacation.  We are just waking them up in the morning, getting in the car and going.  :)

Wanting:  I know, I know, it's summer and I should enjoy my summer.  I definitely am, but I do wish I could get in to work on my classroom.  I have a ton of new ideas that I want to start getting ready for the new school year.

(A picture of my classroom as I left it)

Needing:  We are in the process of giving my daughter's room a makeover.  She just got new furniture and bedding.  Now we just need to get all the decor and accessories so we can make it cozy and fun!



All Star:  I like to make people laugh and I like to diffuse situations with humor.  My hubby is the same way.  I am so glad we are on the same wavelength for that.  ;)

And with that, I will leave you with this funny!




Saturday, June 27, 2015

Camp GoNoodle!!

I am loving this sweet summertime....are you?  I hope that you are taking some time for yourself to just relax and enjoy with your families. 

Moms out there know though that as much as we love to spend time with our families during the summer sometimes our own kiddos can get a little restless.  At least, I hope I am not the only one who this happens to.  

The problem at our house lately has been this darn weather.  It is has been raining a ton which makes my kids even more restless and more likely to argue with each other.  

I have the perfect solution........

CAMP  GONOODLE!


Camp GoNoodle is a free online program for kids to stay active and be creative this summer!  If you already know and love GoNoodle for the classroom, you'll love Camp GoNoodle -- a summer extension of the GoNoodle experience kids love at school.

If this is your first time hearing of GoNoodle then Camp GoNoodle is a great introduction that you can do with your whole family!  Your kids will flip for this!

Here's How It Works:
Head to GoNoodle "camp."  Each Monday starting June 29, a new set of five adventures will appear at campgonoodle.com.  

Go on new adventures each and every week!  Each adventure uses GoNoodle.com's active videos and games for inspiration, and challenges kids to use their imaginations, get moving, and be outside.  Just picture its.....building your own DIY jetpack, creating an obstacle course race, or making sushi with things you already have at home.  

Sing along!  Each week includes two brand new camp songs to inspire creativity and movement.  (Maybe now PopSeeKo won't always be stuck in my head ;)

Connect with fellow campers!  Share your adventures using the #campgonoodle hashtag to join the camp commenty.  

Each week, Campers of the Week are recognized as all-stars and earn exclusive Camp GoNoodle prizes.  

Earn badges!  Complete each week of adventure by printing the weekly badge to hang up, loud and proud.  

There will be 4 weeks of camp and each week will have it's own theme!  (I love a good theme don't you?)


All you need for Camp is.....

a free GoNoodle account

a device with internet access (computer, chromebook, iPad, smart phone, etc.)

a family ready for adventure

(A family that plays together....stays together)

Ready to Register for Camp?

Go to campgonoodle.com on Monday (June 29th) and let the fun begin!

NOTE:  If you are a teacher who already has a teacher/school GoNoodle account, you will need to go to this link to sign up to receive Camp GoNoodle emails:
http://gndle.me/1ldCN2F

Don't forget to do this because Camp emails are only being sent parent accounts.  

Who is going to join in on the fun and celebrate summer with Camp GoNoodle??
We are kicking off camp with a summer celebration linky party!!

Share a few of you SUMMER loves...while sharing Camp GoNoodle with other Mom's and Dad's!

Here are some of my summer LOVES!


Now come on all you campers, link up with us!  

Below you will find all you need to link up with us.

Copy this image and insert text boxes to fill in your favs!



Copy and post this little camp pic on social media to spread the word about Camp GoNoodle!



And as a BLOGGER BONUS....GoNoodle will be doing a random number generator drawing next Saturday (July 4th) to choose one lucky "linker" to win this awesome Camp GoNoodle prize package!  #swoon



Now link up YOUR post below!!



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Easy Center Ideas

Are you looking for some fun and easy ideas to make engaging centers in your classroom?  Then you need to head over to Ellison's Education Blog and check out my posts.

Want to see how to make a fun ice cream themed math center?  Click on the picture to read all about it.



Want to see how to take one set of Ellison dies and create four different centers?  This may be my favorite activity of all time.  My students absolutely love these centers!  Click on the picture to find out more about it.



So what are you waiting for?  Head on over to Ellison and check out all the great ideas!  :)


Friday, June 19, 2015

Makeover Madness

I am sure by now you have heard about the TpT Seller Challenge hosted by these lovely ladies.






I decided to join in the fun.  Unfortunately, with taking a very difficult grad class, I wasn't able to fully makeover this product.  Just gave it a facelift.  :)

This farm unit is the first "unit" that I ever made for TpT and it needed some major help.  You can click on the picture to see the product on TpT.


I plan on adding a lot more activities to unit as soon as my grad class is over and before school starts. Once I do, the price will go up so grab this now before the price increases.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

End of the Year Gift Idea

For the past four years, I have given out the exact same gift at the end of the year.  This year I needed to change it up a bit.

(If you would like to see what I had previously done click here)

This year I decided to give each of my students a pair of sunglasses and a glow bracelet.  Then I added a tag that said "Your future is so bright!"


I picked up the sunglasses and glow bracelets at Walmart.  It was inexpensive, easy, and the students LOVED it!  If you would like to download the tags, just click on the image below.



What do you give for end of the year gifts?  Sound off in the comments below!


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ABC End of Year Countdown

I know this may be coming to most of you a little LOT late, but I wanted to post about it anyways.  You can pin it and save the idea for next year if you want.  :)

Each year for the last 26 days of school I do an ABC Countdown.  This is not my original idea in fact it has been around since before I started teaching.  I have seen it where some schools start at the letter Z and work their way to the letter A, but I do just the opposite.  I start at the letter A and the last day of school is the letter Z.  My students always love doing this and it helps promote good behavior during those last few weeks when the students (and teachers) are just excited for summer to arrive.

Each year I go over every single ABC countdown I have done and look to see what ideas I want to use for the current year.  If you want to see my last year's countdown, you can click {here}.  This year I decided that it would be so much easier to just compile one big list and then add to it as I get other ideas.

I wanted to share this wealth of ideas with you.  If you would like to see my list of ABC countdown ideas, please click on the images below.  Some of these may not be right for kindergarten, but I put them on there anyways.  It is a list that I have basically been creating for the past nine years.  I hope you enjoy.



If you have other ideas we can add to the list, please comment below and I will update it.  :)



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Shoe Sheriffs

Want to see a fun way I encourage my little kindergarten friends to learn to tie shoes?  Hop on over to the Ellison Education Blog and take a look.  You can find my post {here}