Friday, July 24, 2015

Five for Friday: 7/24/15

Hey guys, guess what?! I'm alive!!

I know I've been gone for while but I was busy having babies and stuff.  Aren't they cute?!  I've also been blogging on my family blog over at swing by for a peek into my home!

I wanted to start out slow with a little Five for Friday, so I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs for some of my favorites.

I have been really inspired to really put a better effort towards my morning meeting.  This year our specials are first thing, (half an hour after the bell) so it's a great chunk of time to get a good rhythm going and using this time effectively. I recently came across Kristen's post about how she uses her time in morning meeting and I got so motivated!  She has a ton of ideas in this post if you're interested.

I also have been pinning away onto my Pinterest board. 

You guys!  I have been obsessed with this show! I am in LOVE with Joanna Gaines, she's my  designer hero!  If you haven't seen this show, you must go to HGTV RIGHT now and record one or twelve episodes.  You won't be disappointed!  Ahh I love summer!

Here's a little behavior calendar I just finished and it's in my store.  It's only $1.50 so if you need one for this school year, go check it out!
Click the photo to take you there or click {HERE}.

I'm assuming all of you are on Periscope (because it's taking over the teaching world) but if you're not.... you must get it.  Now.
Periscope is a live video app that you can interact with the person filming.  Teachers are sharing their best tips and tricks. It consumes meeee! Everytime I hear that little whistle I run to my phone, find a quiet spot and start watching and chatting.  I have made a few videos (that weren't too great) but I have a few ideas for my next videos.
Find me and join the fun!!!

I can't believe it's time to start planning for the school year.  I opened up my first day lesson plan and it gave me a little anxiety lol. It made me really excited but also nervous for a new beginning and the weeks of procedures we must model and teach.  We can do it, right?! Here's what it looks like...

Is the first day too soon to start Go Noodle brain breaks?!

Head on over to link up!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

TPT Vegas 2015

It happened... I went to Vegas and schmoozed with the best of them! I still can't believe all the wonderful people I met and all the amazing things I learned.  I came back SO motivated and READY to work! 
I had been chatting with Crystal over at Kreative in Kinder (who is amazing by the way) and she mentioned they had room for me to crash with them during Vegas week.... Umm YEAH!

So I booked my flight, printed my session notebook and said goodbye to my babies... the first overnight without Mia (yes, I cried) but they were in good hands with Daddy.

 As soon as I got there I headed straight to the Blogger Meet Up hosted by TPT and SDE and it was a pretty cool event. I can't believe I got to hang out with these awesome bloggers!! And they gave out a TON of fabulous prizes!
I am so thankful for these ladies to introduce me to everyone, they were so so so sweet!
Erin (Erin's Ink), Katie Mense (Little Kinder Warriors) and Crystal (Kreative in Kinder)

My very first picture was with this awesome lady! Cara Carroll, y'all! She was the most amazing woman to talk to... she is exactly who you assume she is, a down-to-earth girlfriend that you can just chat with!  I can't get over how cool it was to talk to her like a real person, she was awesome!

If you don't know these people you must be living under a rock!  Jk But here are their names from top left.
Top row: Jennifer from First Grade Blue Skies, Maria Manore from Kinder Craze, Kim from Kinder Gals and Elizabeth from Kickin' It In Kindergarten  
Middle Row: Holly from Mrs. Ehle' Kindergarten Connection, Amy Lemon's from Step Into Second Grade, Kristin from Teeny Tiny Teacher, Caitlin from Kin, dergarten Smiles, Hadar from Miss Kindergarten
Bottom Row: Erin from Erin's Ink, Katie from Little Kinder Warriors, Reagan from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits and Elizabeth again ;)

Holly and Hope in their fab outfits, I was so starstruck.

I got to catch Katie's awesome session about how she does centers, so many great ideas!!

I also got a glimpse of these up and coming frames for fast finishers!

I was very impressed that TPT had such a smooth and orderly conference.  Everything was so well done and organized, it was great!
I got to meet and chat with the founder himself Paul Edelman.  Wow, thanks to this guy we have our amazing marketplace that most teachers can't live without!

Great sessions all day and a little dinner and fun that evening.
Buddy V's was so amazing!

Teachers know how to have a good time!
Every session was outstanding and I have notes and notes about each one, but here were a couple of slides that really hit home...
That is A LOT of money teachers are making for creating products.

Of course this spoke to me because I always use the excuse "there's no time" but Erin Cobb said it best, "you make time for what you love". So I need to create a quiet work time each day for products and blogging, I love doing it so why  not?!

My last night was a memorable one for sure!

One more snapshot wih this girl
And the Queen herself Deanna Jump was so cool. I loved chatting with her about family and kids, she is so sweet!

Then it was time to get back to my babies!

Thanks for sticking through this entire post I know there were a lot of pictures to go through but so glad you did. I have a couple of freebies that I've been working on that I'll be posting next week. Be sure to follow my TPT store  to be the first to grab them!
CLICK HERE for my store.

Oh yeah and if you're not Periscope yet you need to jump on that! Teachers everywhere have taken over and it is dangerously awesome!  I have seen so many good live videos from other teachers that inspire me so hop on and find me at Moore Fun in First.

Have a happy week friends!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Contraction Surgery

Contractions are way more fun when you can pretend to be a surgeon!

My kiddos did so great with this lesson.  Check out what resources I used and how we made contractions fun with med school. :)

First of all I must say how amazing my team is!

I'm not sure if I've said it before but oh my word, these ladies are incredible.  They are all such hard working, dedicated and loving teachers.  They have set such amazing standards for each of their students and they truly expect the very best! Each one of these women has an incredible ability to engage their kiddos and they LOVE what they do!  Thank you ladies for inspiring me everyday!

With that said, we plan everything together and teach the SAME things!  How's that for team teaching?! Everyone participates and finds great lessons so we can make the most of every skill for our students. I could not have made it through this year without each one of them!

This week we taught contractions and the kiddos had a blast! We used this packet from Christie over at First Grade Fever and it inspired us to turn our students into surgeons! 

The first day we introduced contractions with an anchor chart and these cute little word cards that each student helped to find it's match.  We talked about an apostrophe and what it looked like.  We talked a lot about the shape and how it replaces some letters.
After the students had a little practice on their own of putting them together we had surgery day!
Here's Dr. O'Donel.. I know that's not how that name is spelled but I ran out of room, so that's what you get. 
At least his name has a contraction in it. :)

I got this idea for an anchor chart from Fun With Firsties... no, I can not draw but she made it pretty simple to copy so thanks for that Sam!

Here's what the operating table looked like...

They were so excited when they came back to class to see their classroom transformed!

Here's our anchor chart after we filled it with contractions!! 

We are licensed Doctors ready for surgery!

I was sure to pin all the ideas I got from Pinterest. For a more detailed look check out my Pinterest Board {here}.

Happy teaching!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Subtraction Roll

This is one of my favorite "go to" activities when introducing subtraction.  I love the fact that all the students need is one die to play!  This is also a great game to use when you pull students in a small group for extra practice.  It's super simple to implement and an easy resource to grab when you don't have much time to prep.

I also love playing this wih my students whole group with a large die or two dice for a bigger number!  Just write the subtraction sentence on the board and fill in the blanks as you play together.  The students love calling out the answer and really get the extra practice when you model it whole group.

Just click the picture below to grab yours free!

Thanks for stopping by!

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