Monday, December 31, 2012

Manic Monday and a great FREE site!

Happy New Year's Eve!  I am busy working on my professional New Year's goal of working more efficiently and still effectively!  (Ok I really need to be out walking and working on personal fitness goal too, that is coming!)  I came across this great site I love and it is FREE!  (This helps with my financial goal!)  It is called ScootPad.  Check out this video.

I can not wait to get this started with my kids.  There is also an iPad app and Kindle app (I wish there was an iPhone app, maybe it is coming?)

On this Manic Monday! I am busy working an planning.  I go back January 2nd if you can believe it!  I only have a 3 day week, but I really could use a little more Christmas Break!  Here is a "Snowman Says..." writing activity I will be using. You can download yours here FREE!

When I go back to school I have to FAIR test my kiddos.  The FAIR test is a reading test I have to give the kids on a one-on-one basis.  It takes 5-10 minutes for each child (sometimes up to 30 minutes).  The question is what to do with the other kids while I am testing!  What do you do while you are giving one-on-one assessments with your kids?

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Sunday, December 30, 2012

My Holiday Break FREEBIE

Hi everyone!  It has been a while since I have been blogging.  I have had a great and fun filled Christmas break and it is quickly coming to an end!  We go back to school January 2nd if you can believe it (I am having a hard time accepting it).  I am getting ready to welcome all of my little firsties back.  I know they will be so excited to tell me all about their break; I plan to turn their excitement into a fabulous writing piece.  I made a 3~2~1 graphic organizer to do with the students and then coordinating writing paper.  Click here to grab yours free (download the preview).

Then I just kept going...  I added am "All About My Holiday Break" booklet for the students to complete.  Then got to thinking about about having the students make mini-presentations.  I created a Keynote and PowerPoint template for the students to complete using their graphic organizer.  I also included a foldable thank you card for the students to make.  If you would like these goodies you can download them all for only a $1! 

I hope to will be a much more frequent blogger and creator this year!  I learn so much from all of the fabulous bogs out there.

My Christmas Break is passing by so quickly!  When do you have to go back??

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Happy Holidays and a Gingerbread Freebie!

WOW have I been busy, as I am sure you have too.  My oldest daughter and I just returned from Disney World with her Pop Warner cheer team national competition.  They were took home 5th place in the nation!  (They also took away two of my important holiday prep weekends with regionals and nationals.)  This is why I have been absent in blog land for a little while.  Now I am playing catch up! As I am writing this post I am sad to say my house doesn't have one decoration up, and for me that is surprising. 

Here is a cute Gingerbread Fact Family freebie!  Download it here.

I am excited that my class is finally getting this, I think!  It amazes me how every class is so different.  Last year my class had fact families down very early in the year, this class not so much.  I guess it is just my year.

We are getting ready for some pretty cool things at school this week!  Each of our 9 first grade classrooms has adopted a country for the holiday.  We have decorated our hall with information on how this country celebrates the holiday, the flag of the country and a map to show the location.  Next weeks we will tour the hallway with our classes as we learn all about holidays around the world.  I will be taking pictures and sharing with you all.

Hope you are further ahead with everything than me!
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