Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bright Ideas Round-Up!

Hello there!

This month is when the craziness begins for the holiday season. It's wonderful and exhausting all at the same time.  It also is the time of the year that lots of families travel.  Traveling is a great time to catch-up on your blog reading!  This month we are throwing together a little Round-Up for our Bright Ideas. So kick off your shoes, throw your feet up on the dash, and enjoy your left over turkey sandwich as you read these Bright Ideas!

This way of organizing the apps on our classroom iPad was a game changer for me! Read all about how I organize them HERE.

Sight words are always a struggle for some of my little friends.  I do my best to use them EVERYWHERE! Check out THIS POST to see how I use them on their tables.

Teaching in a transient school has a whole different set of obstacles to overcome.  One of them is keeping up with student's school supplies. Read HERE to see how we help tackle school supplies.

This is ALWAYS a hit in my classroom- the Birthday Chair! Hop over HERE to read more about how we celebrate birthdays in our class!

This is one of our most favorite activities to do when the weather is nice outside! HERE I shared what we do with chalk paint and the recipe to make it!

This is an "oldie, but goodie" in the classroom.  Read more about changing things up and reinforcing positive behavior in the classroom HERE.

Are you headed out on a field trip soon? There is always a lot to keep up with before you go, but check out THIS post to see what I do to keep track and get the students involved and motivated! 

Do your students spend too much time erasing during writing time? Do you miss out on the chance to see their thinking because they erase and start over so much? HERE is a great tip that I learned from a wonderful teacher my first year of teaching! 

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you found something new or were reminded of something old that you want to try in your classroom this year!

Check out these other wonderful Bright Ideas!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lots to be SUPER Thankful For!

Hi there! I don't know about you, but this fabulous season just OOZES thankfulness for me.  It's the time of year that most everyone stops and recognizes everything--big and small-- that they are thankful for. 

Today I am linking up with Primary Powers for a Super Thankful Thread Linky.

I am SO thankful for my little munchkins! While Canaan gets to be home with us now, our precious little girl doesn't.  I am still thankful that the Lord chose us to be their parents.  Every day that passes, I am thankful for time with Canaan. I know I am missing lots of sweet time with our little girl, but I'm so very thankful for the sweet person who cares for her until she comes homes forever.  You can read more about our adoption journey HERE.

 This guy. I'm so thankful for him. He loves me and pursues me even when I'm stressed and crazy! He loves our munchkins to the moon and back and provides so much for us.  He is my best friend and teammate.  I am thankful that the Lord allows us to go through life together!

I am so very thankful for my friends! I think friends are special because you choose them.  The Lord has been so gracious to provide me with wonderful friends who have walked through so much with me! College, dating, starting our family, being a new mommy, being a wife…the list just goes on and on! I don't know what I would do without these prayer warriors by my side!

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season? Head on over to Primary Powers and link up!

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Monday, November 10, 2014


Hello there!

Today I am blogging at Primary Powers.
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Be sure to head over and check out my post to snag this freebie!

Click the picture below to head over!

Have a wonderful day, sweet friends!

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Five for Friday!

Happy Friday!!! I'm linking up with Kacey for a little Five for Friday linky fun


I haven't taken the time to stop and blog about this, BUT I got to visit the TpT office two weekend ago.  I missed out on Vegas because of little bit being born so this was my mini-Vegas.  I had SO much fun meeting all of these fabulous people!!

 Marcy from Saddle Up for Second Grade put together this fabulous fundraiser for Post Elementary.  Those teachers and students lost EVERYTHING.  They are a tiny town in west Texas and they need all the love they can get! Click the image to hop on over and check out the fundraiser!

I am so excited to have finished up this little product! Right on time for the Thanksgiving season! Click on the image above to snag it in my TpT store

My sweet baby boy just celebrated 5 months about  a week ago. He is growing so fast.  I totally understand why people say, "they grow up so fast".  I am officially that crazy mom who says, "Stop growing!! Stay tiny!" 

This little guy celebrated his first Halloween-fussiness and all! He was fast asleep and was not happy that mommy woke him up to get dressed up as a scarecrow.  The dress rehearsal earlier in the day went much smoother than the real thing! When you are 0 years old, you don't really care! 

I hope you all have a wonderful fall weekend!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Favorite Websites for K-2

Happy Tuesday!! I wanted to pop in to share some favorite websites that my little friends always love to learn with in the computer lab! 

 My kids always LOVE ABCYa! One of my favorite things about it is that I can easily differentiate what they are working on! I can put my higher kids on a different grade level, my on level kids on their current level, and the below level kids on a lower level.

Here is a peek at some of the games for Kindergarten.

Another website I love to use in the classroom for a listening station or whole group during Read Aloud time is Storyline Online.  They have several of our FAVORITE books and they are read out loud by famous people! That always makes it extra special! 

Cookie is a favorite, but can act-up sometimes.  I love that it has vocabulary-rich games for my ELLs!

Here is a peek at a sight word matching game!

Do you want to find more fun websites? Head over to My Silly Firsties with Haley and see what other wonderful sites people are using!

Click the picture to check them out!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Integrating Spiders into Your Curriculum

Often times I hear Texas teachers say, "I'd love to teach more thematically, but those things just aren't in our curriculum."  They are right. We don't have scarecrows, bats, or spiders.

But we do have Science standards and Reading standards that allow us to work in these FUN things!

The Reading TEKS are too many to list, but here are the Science TEKS!

We always begin with reading LOTS about our topic--in this case, Spiders!!! Depending on what we need to cover that week, we may read fiction or we may read nonfiction. If we read fiction during read aloud time, then we read nonfiction during our science time.  We use lots of graphic organizers and anchor charts to record our learning and thinking. 

We also use our Shared Reading time to integrate our little topic or theme. Sometimes this is tricky.  It's always easy to find a poem on the topic, but it's not always easy to find a poem that is on the topic AND meets the needs of the students.  I have to think, "Is this what my students truly need? Do they really need work on noticing how sentences begin and end? Do they really need work on phoneme substitution? Do they need more practice on finding sight words and reading them fluently?" It can be tough sometimes! I often times will just write my own poem! ;) 

Then during Science time we hit the Science standards and we ask questions, organize our findings, and tell about what we found through graphic organizers.

Spiders are a BLAST! My little friends always enjoy them! All of these activities and MORE can be found in my new Spider Science and Literacy unit

Click the image above to check it out!

Have a wonderful week!!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bright Idea for Positive Behavior Reinforcement!

I don't know about your class, but in my class at this time of the year the honeymoon is over.  The kids are making themselves at home in our classroom and they are warmed up to me quite well!

They know our short list of rules.
They know what is right.
They know what is wrong.
And the kids who test me and testing me daily!

I want to share something so simple that I use to help reinforce positive behavior.

My fabulous mentor teacher taught me to create something called "The Happy Picture".

It's SUPER simple and works like a charm!

Usually I will reward the students with a sticker if their name is in the Happy Picture at the end of the day.  As the year goes on, I let the students pass out the stickers in the morning.  They love being responsible for this little task and it helps them learn to read each other's names, too!

Sometimes simple is best, my friends.  Simplify.

For more Bright Ideas, click through the blog posts below! You can choose a topic that interests you or a grade level that suits you best! Happy Reading!!

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