Friday, June 13, 2014

I'm moving blogs!

I am ready to share my new {and fingers crossed- the final} blog that I will be using.  In two years- that I know are gonna fly by- I will finally be a school psychologist!  I wanted to keep my blog, but also wanted to bring in some psychology to it.  So I came up with The Therapeutic Teacher.  I will be posting resources made by myself and research on therapy in elementary classrooms.  I've learned so much about different therapies and I've realized how effective some can be in a psychotherapy setting; I am wondering why there isn't more awareness of how to effectively use it in classrooms.  I believe teachers should be aware of the simple, therapeutic steps they can take to make their classroom a more calm, productive environment so more learning can occur.

You can follow my new blog here- just click the picture! :)








Monday, May 19, 2014

Great Student Resources

Just made lots of updates and changes to my healthy food blog so I'm going to make this post a quick one!  Just wanted to share a few things that have been working so well in my classroom this year.


I made this resource to help my ELL students with their number sense.  They are loving it and it really is working!  I have one copy at the math center and when a student needs it they use it.  (I only have two students that use it so there's never an issue of it not being available.) If you have lots and lots of extra time like all teachers do you can make multiple copies for each student to keep at their desk ;) *summer project*




The flip book has numbers 1-40 in English and Spanish and has a ten frame for each number. You can get it here from my TPT store!

I've also been busy making a super ABC pack for my kinder babies next year.  I started with full page sized alphabet letters.  These were so fun to make. :)

I'm thinking of cutting out and laminating them to post on the wall.  I am also working on shrinking it down to 4 per page (if possible) so each kid can have their own flip book.


Last but not least, I wanted to share this AWESOME resource that I bought from one of my TPT idols, Reagan Tunstall.  These little flip books are so neat. My students are obsessed with reading them- OVER AND OVER.  It literally drills these hard to teach vowel and blending sounds into their little brains.  I definitely recommend all first grade (and I'm SO excited to see how they work in kinder next year) teachers to purchase them.  I promise they are worth the money! You can see the preview of them here! :)




13 days left of school!!! The countdown has officially started!! 


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

4 weeks left!!!!

Wow! I cannot believe how fast this year has gone by.  This time last year I was ready to jump... a little exhausted to say the least. It's amazing how different this year has been- all thanks to my sweet little students and an amazing administration.  I am so happy to be returning next year as a......... KINDERGARTEN teacher!!!! :) SO excited.

We have been up to so much.  Our garden friends turned out so funny!



How adorable is this picture?

The PreK class hatched some baby chicks! OBSESSED with them. I totally want to do this next year!!



My door is ready to go for the rest of the year! Eeeek!



So now that you are all caught up!..... 

I was really needing something to help one of my ELL babies with number sense so I created a flip book with ten frame pictures and numbers in English and Spanish.  It actually turned out really cute.  The student using it loves it and flips through it daily.

Get it here at my TPT store! 



I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. :)





Monday, March 17, 2014

Playing catch up! Lot's to talk about!

Spring break is over already?! How did it go by so fast.... I really did nothing- which was so refreshing.  Waking up when I want to, grabbing lunch in the cafeteria at an actual restaurant.  I had so much time to work on some new TPT products and do lots of things that I haven't been able to finish in awhile.  The not so fun part was that our break was SO early this year.... Is it too early to start counting the days left of school? Nah.... It's 58!!


I sent my students home with green bean seeds over spring break in these really cute greenhouse pockets that are from Lakeshore. (I had them donated to me through Donors Choose earlier this year!) I thought it would be so much fun to compare the heights of the sprouts when they got back to school... I should have known...





I had about 5-6 students completely squish the seed...

Four of them didn't return with it...  Although I did take a big risk sending them home for a WEEK.  God only knows where some of them ended up.. I'll be making some phone calls soon.

But, I also had a handful of kiddos come back with healthy little sprouts.  They were so proud. 





Before break started, I had a really cool opportunity to try out a bilingual book called Bosley Sees the World.  The book comes in so many languages- Spanish, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Hindi!  I tried out the French version and I thought it was really great.  The illustrations were adorable and the length of each page made it easy to decode the translated version.  



The book is set up like a normal book, with the English text near the top of the page and the translated version towards the bottom.  What I really thought was creative is that the important vocabulary words are color coded in each paragraph, both English and French.  It was really easy to see what the vocabulary words translated into English/French were.  The other really cool feature of the book is that it comes with a teacher/parent guide with tons of activities, lessons, and songs in it.  The guide really ties into the story and gives children a deeper understanding of what they are reading and saying.   I definitely recommend this book to any parents or teachers who have a child who is bilingual and also to anyone interested in their child learning other languages.  These books seem like an excellent way to expose children to other languages and cultures.  You can find the book on Amazon or check out the author's website at www.thelanguagebear.com.      


I've recently added two new units to my TPT.



Each unit has common core worksheets that can be used for homework or classwork!  
Click the pictures to check them out! 


Check back soon for a new math interactive journal that I will be adding to TPT.  I'm finishing up testing it out on my kiddos and will post it as soon as I can!  It will be similar to my Interactive Reading Journal, but all math based.  My students LOVE them!  They are also coming in great use while we are reviewing for the very stressful Stanford Achievement Test.. womp womp... Here's a link to the reading journal if you haven't tried it out yet! 



I hope every has/had a great spring break! Thanks for stopping by my little ol' blog.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Phew!

The new year is flying by!  It's already the end of February!? I have been up to so much... I am officially a graduate student in school psychology, I started uploading recipes to my food blog again, and I made a new TPT product!! Life has been busy, but wonderful.  I have school once a weeknight and one full weekend a month- not too bad.  I am already in LOVE with my classes.  Two more years of teaching and I will be ready to move on to my first school psych job! {eeeeek!}

I haven't been blogging, but I have been working on a few TPT ideas I started last year.  I finally finished my Common Core NBT Unit for first grade.  I am hoping to make a unit like this for each math standard.  Here are a few sample pages.  Click any of the pictures to take you to the download. :)



Leave a comment {including your email address} for a FREE copy of this unit! :) 

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Happy Sunday!