Sunday, March 1, 2015

Directed Drawing Tutorial for Reading Celebration Week {FREEBIE}

We've been out for snow all last week, so I am excited to get back into my classroom (my home away from home).  I am a little behind though from being out and this week being our Reading  Celebration makes it even more jam-packed with stuff to do!
One of the things on my to-do list is a directed drawing of a cat...fun, right?
I've had a lot of comments about folks having difficulty with directed drawings. To help those teachers out, I created a printable and a very quick video for you!  If you like it, leave a comment and I will do another for my leprechaun directed drawing from last year {HERE}
The video should prep you enough so that you can lead your class in their own directed drawings! =)
Click {HERE} for the printable of the directed drawing below.
For more ideas, printables, and freebies, for your celebration week, check out my post {HERE}
Or check out my Reading Celebration Pack on TpT {HERE}
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I also finished my Alligator Close Read!  You can find it {HERE} and it's been added to my Close Read Bundle #2! (you may need to go download it again if you've already purchased it!)
 I hope you love it!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Read Across America and Dr Seuss {FREEBIES}

What do you do for Read Across America or Dr Seuss' Birthday?
We have a museum that comes and does an outreach program with our students...OObleck, of course and it's a HUGE hit!  I'm sharing 2 of my favorite FREEBIES today, hope you love them!!
 I like to create Thing One and Thing Two headbands, with Target dollar spot board trim! 
 If you'd like to get the headband pattern for Thing One and Thing Two Hair  FREEBIE, Click {HERE}
Here is a link to some FREEBIES I shared for Green Eggs and Ham (not my original ideas) {HERE}
And if you need the Thing 1&2 circles for your necklaces, get them {HERE}
I also use pages from my Reading Celebration Pack {HERE} on TpT!  There are a TON of pages and activities for your to complete with your class during that week! (or two!)

 Our green eggs and ham vote =)
 Here's the shirt I sewed last year for our celebrations...it's ready for this year!
 How cute are these cats??
Get the Cat Craft FREEBIE {HERE}  So simple and so cute...my favorite kind of craft!
I cannot wait for our celebration in a couple of weeks, it will be here before you know it!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Things I Love: minted.com

As you know, I have three kiddos and one of my favorite parts of having their birthday parties is the invitation. I keep a copy of them and each one is special.

 I love finding new cards and recently (for Maggie's Birthday) I found minted.com and their all new 2015 line of children's birthday cards.  These cards are DREAMY!
Click {here} to see the collection.  
Minted has invitations for every kind of party you can think of...bowling, soda shoppe, nails, laser tag, etc.  The cards are customizable and just plain beautiful.  
 Minted.com has more than birthday cards, they have artwork, fabric, home and children's decor, and so much more...and the best part?  Minted is a marketplace of independent designers.
Here is one of the snapshots from Maggie's birthday today...
It was a Barbie makeover party, which is why we're wearing makeup =)
We had a great day celebrating her 6th birthday.  Time flies, doesn't it?



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

LOVE Castle Blocks from Lakeshore Learning

Do you give your students free time?  I do every Friday...with the push for constant academics, I feel like it's ok for kids to play a little- in fact, I feel like kids NEED to play.  
I was asked by Lakeshore Learning to review one of their products new for 2015...I saw these Castle Blocks and KNEW my kids would LOVE them!  They are SO nice...sturdy and you can just tell the kids will get years of use with them.  I've bought blocks of all types ad styles, and these are by far the nicest ones I've seen!
 The only issue I've had is convincing Jack to let me bring them to school!
You can find them {HERE} if you'd like to use the coupon below...or check out on of Lakeshore's other 2015 products!
Here’s a link to a 20% off coupon to Lakeshore Learning (expires 3/31/15):
http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/general_content/store_locations/coupons/staticCoupon9721_033115.jsp

Do you have a free time for your students during your week?  I'd love to hear what you do!!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine's Day, Cinquain Poems, Word Work FREEBIE

Nothing like a last minute idea on a holiday...that also happens to be Friday the 13th.  I used Lyndsey's pattern for her "snowflakes on my tongue" craft {here} and just changed it up for a cute craft to go along with my all-time fav kids' book, 
Where the Wild Things Are! 

We also did a few candy heart experiments.  Do they float?  What happens if they are placed in water, soda, or vinegar?  Well, the kids had a ball finding out the answers.
 For fantastic printable for the experiments, go grab this one {here} by Curriculum Castle for next year!  The other printable is mine from my Valentine's Day Pack.
We started reading Junie B. Jones, Cheater Pants, last week and since she has t write one, I decided my students might like to write one also.  We had a quick mini-lesson on Cinquain Poems (or as May calls them, "Tin-Can Poems!")
I created the above anchor chart to remind us what goes in each section.  I have the printable below at school.  If you'd like a copy, leave a comment and I will share it next week when I get back to school!
This is one of my favs from the day:
I thought I'd also share something I made many years and so many of my students still enjoy using.  Simple, easy (my kind of activity).  Mix pom-poms, with words cards all in a plastic container.  
I created a little mini-pack freebie for you to use if you'd like to use this idea, too!
Get your FREEBIE {HERE}

We are bracing for some cold weather here in Alabama (or at least cold for us)...luckily we are already out on Monday.  Here's to hoping we all stay warm!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Naughty Leprechaun Giveaway

I love St Patrick's Day and adding a fun book with a cute tradition seems like a no-brainer!
The Naughty Leprechaun includes a book and a magic coin where your students can choose tricks or treasures for the night's visit.
The Tradition...
The Naughty Leprechaun Story, A St. Patrick's Day Tradition is a fun activity for home or the classroom that lasts for three fun days! What started as a fun family tradition evolved into an interactive teachable lesson about creating your own luck and not relying on random chance.
The moral throughout the story allows children to understand the consequences of their actions and take ownership of the outcome in a fun interactive way!
Learn More or buy your own {Here}

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chinese New Year Close Read Update

Chinese New Year is such a fun thing to celebrate and learn about in your classroom!  It falls on February 19th this year...so once we finish Valentine's Day, it will be time to prep for Chinese New Year!
This pack is packed full of crafts, info, activities, and a new close read!  I hope you love it as much as I know my kids will this year!  

Color patterns for the crafts below (Yes, I've been saying I would change them over to B&W...and someday I will!! Promise!!)

You can find this newly updated pack {HERE}
Leave a comment for a chance to win it!