Thursday, November 28, 2013

It's Here! Sales, Freebies, and more

Happy Turkey Day!

I'm loving this morning, watching the parade with my coffee, browsing through my blogs and mail and the quiet! For those of you with family coming or having to travel today, don't get to jealous... 
My Thanksgiving hustle bustle is tomorrow. 
You see I am at the other end of a family with grown kids. So in order to fit everyone's schedule and appease the extended families, we move our holiday. This way my daughter and son can spend time with us without having eat and run to their next commitment.
 [shh... plus it gives me a little leverage at Christmas :) ]
I think this is a win-win compromise for ME!

So right now my house is clean,
 pies are baked (we are going to my brother-in-laws house),
and I'm enjoying my quiet moment! 

Meanwhile I am excited to let you know that I am joining in on the
 Early Bird Sale,

tomorrow Friday,Nov. 29th and putting my entire store on sale at 20%!

This way you can get a head start on prepping for the very short month ahead!

However, if you can wait for Cyber Monday and Tuesday
you will receive an extra 10% from Teachers Pay Teachers.
Be sure to use the code CYBER,
A 28% savings!!

...okay now I'm beginning to feel guilty sitting here, on Thanksgiving doing what I have complaining about all week.

Using Thanksgiving to drum up sales!! UUk
so begging forgiveness here is a FREEBIE...
(and I will post another one later)

 FREEBIE Christmas Calendar Cards
Christmas Calendar Cards

Happy Shopping!! and a Safe Holiday

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Thanks ...

It is so nice to be off for a week, but even nicer to have the time to spend with family. Most of my family have their birthdays in November and December, and with a little grand daughter due after Christmas...well, Let the busy begin! This year is definitely going fast, but with only 3 weeks to do Christmas, December is going to be really fast.

Last week were began by learning how the Pilgrims were blessed by God and they were thankful for all He provided. We wrote a book and I was amazed at how well they illustrated each page.


After brainstorming things we were thankful for we did a guided writing Blessing. 
I was so surprised and blessed when I read them.
Several wrote...

 This one made me laugh: I give thanks for 'money'  so I can buy stuff.

And from one of littlest: I give thanks for my jacket 
because I like to 'dress' like a biker.
Turkey Disguise Project
The class was very excited about dressing up their turkey to save him from being eaten.
 There were many Nijas and Nija Turtles:
(What do you expect from a class of mostly boys)
 of course there was the Bling Turkey and of course the 'Cloud' Turkey...
 And the Santa Turkey!
Which will work well with our new Christmas book

Happy Thanksgiving all!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Quiet! We are trying to learn...???

This little group of littles are keeping me hopping, but I'm starting to see a glimmer of hope. 
We are making progress. 
Almost all are at least to grade level reading (decoding) and numbers are beginning to take on meaning. 
Writing is a different story but we are trying. 
It's hard to have enough time to teach to groups. My littles are, well little and everything takes longer for them. And my olders are having difficulty rising to the level they should be working when others are not. But last week I begin to see an excitement stir in their minds and no it wasn't left over Halloween candy or the fact that it is one week before Thanksgiving break...they were actually uh...thinking on their own! 
They were saying things like "If this, they it has to be that." or "I am finished may I do ..." I couldn't believe my ears!

I have been struggling to get sentences that contain more than 3 words.
 I've done guided writing, used various organizers, drawings, etc. 
Then finally it dawned on me I can't teach them to write until they think of themselves as writers. 
So I created little books and told them they could write anything but they were to take their time and only do one page a day. 
And they had to draw a picture to go with what they wrote. 
I think the lack of structure has at least allowed them to have the desire to write in their journals. I haven't exactly looked in them yet so I may be crowing to soon. But at least most of them are choosing that center. 
Second most popular to read to self!

Something that has helped the noise level in our class is head phones.
I have a class set of them
Got them at a local hardware store. It's the kind machinist use to help protect their ears from the noise. The kids love wearing them and they in turn don't talk so much. AHHHH!

In between school stuff, report cards, awards ceremonies, 
spelling bees (yes even though they are not sure what words are yet!), 
and my observation....
And then there's the baby showers and baby shopping, (only 7 more weeks),
we managed to have...

 our pumpkin investigation day.
How high is it?

Do they weigh more or less?
How big? How many ribs?
BTW did you now that pumpkin with more ribs have the most seeds!
How many seeds in this pumpkin?

I've used this for 2 years now and the littles feel so big having to write down their findings.
by Cara Carroll

We also finished our spider unit

But didn't get to our bats... maybe later in the spring??
But I did add the 2nd 100 fry words to my Detective word wall sets.

and in addition to my Rain,Rain, Go Away Game for practice with
 'ai and ay' words,
I have created a new packet with many different and differential teaching activities

ai or ay? Activities that Teach the Difference 

And for sticking with me through my catch up blogging,
 here is a little
 freebie song/cheer
from this packet

Thank you for stopping by and following the ramblings of a
 1st grade - soon to be grandma- teacher.