Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Superhero Products Linky


With the upcoming  TPT sale, I want to share with you a resource that has saved my (homeschool) "classroom" and really helped my son achieve mastery.  My oldest fella learns best by being active and through fun and games (I mean who can blame him?) and that's why Place Value Rock Star was perfect for him (and will be for your kiddos too!!!)

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This packet addresses K.NBT.A.1 which focuses on place value of numbers 11-19.  Here are some highlights of his favorite activities!  He LOVED playing "Headbands" to reinforce place value (it is great to practice questioning skills too!)


He was super excited about wearing his Place Value VIP pass and completing Write the Room kind of activity called Collect the Tickets.


Here was a simple clip activity to work with tens frames and look at that guitar clip (it quickly upped the cool factor, lol!)

                                                  

These were just a few of the fun activities included in this packet.  If you are interested in this product, click on any of the picture above or click here.

                                       
Hope you get lots of goodies at the TPT sale!  I can't wait to stock up on some things I've had sitting in my cart! =)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Peek at Last Week

Hey y'all!  I thought I'd do a little update of what we were up to last week.  Sorry I don't have any ideas from preschool but we only had one day this past week!!  So I'll show you what we've been up to in homeschool.
These are the kind of wake up calls I get from my littlest dude!  He is an early riser and often plays on his own for awhile before he comes to get me up saying, "I'm weady for bweakfast, Mommy!"  This morning he scared the mess out of me!!!  Any other Mamas out there get crazy wake ups???

The boys and I absolutely LOVE National Geographic's books.  Since we were learning about penguins this week, we just had to read one of their books on penguins.   Not only is the content age-appropriate and the pictures amazing but we just giggle and giggle over the jokes!  This one was our favorite!
We've been highlighting nonfiction text features so my oldest completed Teaching Owlet's Penguin Text Features Freebie booklet.  It's super cute and really helped him apply text features.
Then he did a little penguin symmetry painting.  Does this guy look like he enjoys homeschool or what???
In Math, we're working on building place value knowledge of numbers 11-19 so he completed a few activities from my newest product, Place Value Rock Star.

 We worked on building ramps to help for force and motion and did some study of Martin Luther King Jr.  I didn't snap any pics of those though (insert sad face).  But I did catch a pic of the boys making a fort with the couch cushions (which is pretty much a daily occurrence)!
We even went to a local kid's museum and the park this week so all in all it was an excellent week!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Homeschool

Hello!  (Tap, tap!)  Anyone there?  Not sure if anyone is still reading this blog or not but if you are, well hey!

It's been a long time since I've last blogged (like over 4 months if you're counting).  The reality of it is my life has slowed way down (which should give me more time to blog)!  But by slowing things down, I've been able to be really intentional and purposeful with how I spend my time (and to be honest, blogging hasn't been on that list).  But we've had a big shift in our family and I feel the need to share.  And truly want to try to keep up with blogging more regularly.  =)

The big change is that we are homeschooling our kindergarten son!  There are a lot of reasons why we decided this but it really just boils down to the fact that we truly felt convicted that this is what the Lord wants for him and our family and we're being obedient!  We've gotten off to a great start so far. 
We've been having loads of fun and I'm really enjoying planning activities that appeal to his interests and the fact that he's all boy (and likes to move!)  We had fun playing hopscotch to practice counting by tens.
And both of my boys loved mixing up some baking soda and shaving cream to make "snow" ('cause I'm sure that's the only kind we'll see this year!)
He's been reading the first Magic Treehouse book and writing summaries of each chapter.
In math we were working on K.OA.3 and used so many great activities I found on TPT for free (I am so grateful for all the wonderful freebies)!  His favorite was the Decomposing Monster by Jennifer Drake.  So fun!
 Well, that's it for now!  I'm hoping to post more regularly and let you know what we're learning.  Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Classroom Reveal {FINALLY}

Happy Sunday, friends!  I hope y'all are off to a great start this school year!  I have been blessed with the most amazing group of preschool kiddos and we are having a blast! We've had 3 full weeks of school so far and I just realized that I never showed you my space.

Before I show you the room, there are a few things you should know:
1. The room is long and narrow (and not all that big).
2. My space is shared with lots of other ministries at our church so I had to be intentional about where I placed things.
3. A mini blind is missing but has since been replaced (so the lighting in the pics isn't that great!)
4. I am so thankful for all of the awesome products available on TPT!!! They saved me lots of time!

Ok, so here we go!  First up is the calendar area.  We spend a lot of time with our morning meeting, singing/dancing, and working on calendar concepts.  This calendar set is in my TPT store and you can click here if you are interested.  The numbers below the board are from Nicole Bunt's store!

 Next to the calendar is this canvas painting.  I first spotted it on Etsy and knew I had to have it!  It's my theme verse for my classroom and students!  If you like this, check out Megan's shop, On the Bright Side Art!



Here's the rest of the calendar area and Cara Carroll's adorable Alphabet Anchor Charts (LOVE THEM!!!)
Next up is my Word Wall.  I've seen lots of people use ribbon and it seems like an easy way to attach words.  I'm excited to see how it goes (and I need to straighten it up some, haha!)
Then I saw this super cute idea to use clipboards to display student work from A Year of Many Firsts and thought it would be a great addition to my classroom!

And here's my birthday board that I think it sooo super cute (especially with the pom poms I added to their party hats)! I bought it from Multiage Moments!

And here is my whiteboard area with my little makeshift tree and behavior chart!
 Last up is one of the owl lanterns that you've already seen if you follow me on Instagram (and if you don't, find me here!)
So that's a little peek at where I am spending my mornings (Tuesday-Thursdays)!  We are off to a great start and I am loving the Pre K world!  What's one thing that's going really well for you this year?  I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Five for Friday {It's Been Awhile}



Hey y'all!  It's been a hot minute since I last blogged and you've probably forgotten all about my little blog.  If you follow me on Instagram, then you've seen some of what I'm up to!  If you don't follow me, be sure to follow me there as I'm much better at updating it than this!!!
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So anyways, I figured linking up with Kacey for Five for Friday was the easiest way to let y'all know what I've been up to for the last month! {WARNING-Picture overload!!!}
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The main thing I've been doing is enjoying family time this summer.  Part of the reason I quit my full time teaching job was to be able to focus on family more.  We've taken a few day trips to the beach and spent a week camping in Tennessee.  We had a blast!  We went through Cades Cove almost every day.
My boys loved looking for turkey, deer, and bears.  In our family, it's a tradition that if you see a bear, you get an ice cream cone.  We may or may not have had ice cream cones every night, lol!
 While we were in Tennesse, we took lots of hikes, bike rides, and swam in the river.  We also decided to take the boys to Dollywood!  (If you've never been there, it is sooo nice!)  It was their first time at an amusement park and they had a terrific time!  I forgot how much I enjoy rides too.  Here's me and my little guy on the ferris wheel:
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So after the trip (where we may or may not have eaten ice cream nightly), my hubby and I decided we had to get our eating habits and lifestyle back on track (and not just because of our vacation).  I read the book It Starts with Food while we were away and so we decided to tackle the Whole 30!
                                 
After reading the book, I also I did a bunch research and created a meal plan to keep us on track.
Then I went shopping for healthy foods and a food processor (which I've used a ton...don't know how I lived without one before).
 And now we're on Day 12 and we are feeling AMAZING!  And we are eating well...this was a fav dinner Paleo Meatballs over Spaghetti Squash!!!  YUM!  Can't wait to share my results when I'm done.
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I was also super busy working with two other ladies to plan, create, and decorate for our church's Vacation Bible School.  It was Lego themed and we wanted kids to understand that God is the Master Builder and we are his masterpieces.  
 Here were our "Lego" walls...easy decoration that made lots of impact!

VBS was fantastic and the kids had such fun!  The song "Everything is Awesome" was our theme song (we revised it some to be about God) and is still being sang loudly in my house! Here are a few of the crafts the kids made:
 And every kiddo went home with a picture from our "photo booth" and with a T-shirt (and yes he has on shorts, the smallest t-shirt was big on him!!!)


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I've done a little (itty bitty bit of) crafting this summer.  I made this for a sweet friend who shares the same birthday as me!

 And we had some church friends moving and we gave them a bucket of trail mix as a little goodbye goodie.
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This week my oldest went to his Kindergarten assessment and we had his Open House where he got to meet his sweet teachers.  I can't believe how fast he is growing!!!

Well I hope you've enjoyed the update!  I hope to be back soon with some actual teaching blogging stuff!!! =O)

Until then, I'll leave you with a sneak peak from my Pre K room!  I hope to get some more pics of it up soon.