Friday, March 20, 2015

March Blogger Match Up

Y'all, I am sooo excited to team up with some amazing bloggers for a March Madness style Blogger Match Up!  
Ashlyn over at The Creative Classroom had this fun idea to help us cheer on our favorite teams and teacher bloggers at the same time!  There are 64 competitors and I can't wait to see who wins!! 


Each time a team loses that blogger will be giving away a product on his/her blog!  Be sure to follow the blogs below so that you can have a chance to win!!!

Learning with Mrs. Langley cheering on Belmont
Second Grade Stories cheering on Indiana
The Neat and Tidy Classroom cheering on UC Irvine
Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten cheering on Coastal Car.
Miss Johnston's Journey cheering on Maryland
The Creative Classroom cheering on San Diego State
Fifth in the Middle cheering on Wichita State
Lessons with Coffee cheering on Arkansas
The Kinder Garden cheering on Notre Dame
Exploring Elementary cheering on NC State
Inspired Owl's Corner cheering on Oregon
Frampton's Fundamentals cheering on New Mexico State
Learning in the Little Apple cheering on Michigan State
NC Teacher Chick cheering on Utah State
A Tall Drink of Water cheering on Baylor
Sara J Creations cheering on Oklahoma
ELA Everyday cheering on Duke
The Blessed Teacher cheering on Lafayette
Mrs. 3rd Grade cheering on VCU
Rock & Teach cheering on Albany
Create Teach Share cheering on North Dakota State
One Happy Teacher cheering on Gonzaga
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas! cheering on Iowa State
First Grade Roars! cheering on SF Austin
The Learning Chambers cheering on Hampton
Teaching is Sweet cheering on Eastern Washington
Sounds Like Fun cheering on Louisville
Confessions of a Teaching Junkie cheering on Cincinnati
Year2tastic cheering on Kansas
Sparkling in Second cheering on Wyoming
Making Meaning with Melissa cheering on Purdue
One Sassy Teacher cheering on Villanova
Brittany Kiser cheering on Texas
Coach and Teach 24/7 cheering on St. John's
Hardcore Teacher Resources cheering on LSU
The Whole Wheat Class cheering on Oklahoma
Mixing It Up In The Middle! cheering on Mississippi
Teaching Maddeness cheering on UAB
Its Elementary My Dear cheering on Ohio State
Live Love Serve Teach cheering on Providence
 Education Kingdom cheering on North Carolina
A Dab of Glue Will Do cheering on Dayton
Learning to be Awesome cheering on Kentucky
Technology Timeout cheering on Harvard
Kovescence on the Mind cheering on Butler
Blossoms of Blue in 2 cheering on North Eastern
Mrs. D's Corner cheering on Robert Morris
Where the Wild Things Learn cheering on Buffalo
Bright Concepts 4 Teachers cheering on North Iowa (UNI)
A Trendy Teacher cheering on Valparasio
Lucky to Be In First cheering on Wisconsin
O-H So Blessed! cheering on Virginia
Tales of Teaching with Tech cheering on Woffard
Very Perry Classroom cheering on Arizona
A Kindergarten Life for Me cheering on Georgia
First Grade Buddies cheering on Iowa
Miss Case's Classroom cheering on Georgetown
A Grace-Filled Classroom cheering on West Virginia
Third Grade Cupcakes cheering on SMU
The Class Couple cheering on Xavier
More Time 2 Teach cheering on Georgia State
Owl-ways Learning cheering on UCLA

I'm rooting for Gonzaga (and side note, I mistakenly said Gorgonzola last night to my husband and he was in stitches, lol) and they play tonight!  Check back tomorrow to see if I'm still in the running or not!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Five for Friday


It's FRIDAY {insert happy dance here}!  We've had a busy week in homeschool so I'm linking up with Kacey again for her Five for Friday linky!



What boy doesn't love dinosaurs?  My oldest's recent birthday party was totally dino-mite!  Here are a few pictures of his fun day.
                              
These dino balloons were a simple, cute (and cheap) decoration.  They did take a little time to take but the kids loved them.                                           

When each kiddo arrived, they grabbed a dinosaur hat (that I found at Dollar Tree) and some foam feet (that I made for the kids).  Then picture on the left is just a T-Rex bean bag toss I painted.  The bean bags looked like steaks but I forgot to take a pic, lol!



Here's my birthday boy in his hat!  Isn't he the sweetest??


Here's a pic of our table set up.  By the way, I have to brag for a minute...my hubby made my table and bench, isn't it amazing??  I painted and recovered our chairs.  Anyways, I usually keep things simple and pick a few theme colors to run with and that's what I did here.



Here's the last pic, my fellas both helped me make paper mache eggs.  We used flour, water, and newspaper to cover balloons.  After they dried, I poked a small hole in them and stuffed them with some small plastic dinosaurs.  I spray painted the eggs and then at the party the kids got to hunt for and open an egg!




So one of my birthday boy's gifts was a Dinosaur Sticker Encyclopedia (love whoever thought of these!) and it has been the inspiration for our recent unit.  We are knee deep in learning about dinosaurs and loving it! My oldest is reading the book, putting on the stickers (instant motivation to stay focused when reading), and then is writing facts about the dinosaurs he's read about.



One fun project we did this week was to make salt dough dinosaur imprints.  The dough was so easy to make, just mix up 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of salt, and 1/2 cup of water.  We rolled it out onto wax paper.
             

And used these plastic dinos from the Target dollar section to make imprints.

                                                   
 

After microwaving the dough in twenty second increments (microwave then cool and repeat) until hardened, then we painted our dough imprints.  We used a bright green on ours.





 Then of course, we had to make a dinosaur inspired snack!  We made Rice Krispie treats and threw in some chocolate chips to make them look a little speckled.


 We didn't have an egg mold or anything so we just greased up our hands a tiny bit and then molded them into eggs (or you'll have a super sticky mess...trust me...I forgot this step at first!!)  These were a super yummy treat!




Finally, something that's not dinosaur related...although I do plan to share lots more about what we are learning later.  I got some of my spring decorations up and they are making me feel so cheery!!

My kiddos keep informing me that bunnies do not lay eggs, lol!  They think I should change this decoration, haha!


Love this banner that I printed for free from Whimsicle Design Studio!

And this adorable printable was free from Sandy Toes and Popsicles!


This last one came from Yellow Bliss Road and I am in LOVE with it!


Well that's all for now friends, I hope you have a terrific weekend!!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Five for Friday


Happy Friday y'all!  I hope that you've had an awesome week and have enjoyed your time with your kiddos!  We had so much fun in homeschool and I thought I'd link up with Kacey's Five for Friday to show you a bit of what we've been up to lately!

 We went on a little field trip and saw the circus!  It was our first time (I can't believe I never went as a kid.)  Here's a pre circus selfie with my sweeties!
Here's a view of the stage from our AMAZING seats!  We were on the front row to the left of the stage.  We had such a great view of the acts.
There are certainly some talented folks who are a part of the circus and my boys and I had a blast!  I did comment to my friend afterward that I felt like the elephants looked sad and I really didn't enjoy that part of the show.  Then a few days later, I saw that the Ringling Bros. are planning to phase out the elephants from their act.  I think this is a super smart choice!

 Early in the week, we read two of our Dr. Seuss favorites, The Cat in the Hat and the Cat in the Hat Comes Back.  Here are my fellas as the Cat-cutest Cats ever!!!  (And yes, we wear jammies a lot in homeschool as you'll see in later pics...who needs extra laundry?? LOL)
 To go along with The Cat in the Hat my oldest fella wrote about what would happen if Thing 1 and Thing 2 came to our house.  He said he and his brother would have a Nerf War with the Things!  Then we made these adorable Things!!!

Here's a close up, we couldn't stop giggling at them!!!



And of course, we had to read Bartholomew and the Oobleck and made oobleck!!!  They LOVED it and thought it was so cool how it had the properties of both a liquid and a solid.


After we experimented with it (and got it all over my new table), we made some observations, discussed adjectives that could be used to describe it, and talked about colloids!
Finally, we had some fun exploring some awesome free websites that are out there!  These may not be new to you but I wanted to share because my boys have been loving these!

My three year old adores the Curious George Games on PBS Kid and his number sense is amazing me!
He's also been loving this app called My First Alphabet Phonics.
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My kindergartner has been working addition facts and he's really enjoyed these two games!
First up is Marble Math Addition!

He really loved Space Lunchtime too and it is helping build fluency!

Well that's a peek at what we've been doing lately!  I'll be back soon to share!  My boys want to tackle dinosaurs so I'm planning lots of fun stuff!

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!!!)

                                                  Place Value Rock Star-{K.NBT. A. 1}

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!