Saturday, May 23, 2015

You Oughta Know Blog Hop ...BINGO!

I am linking up with
Jasmine @

Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

for 
This month is our LAST MONTH OF SCHOOL!
Paper is running low,  not making a lot of copies ( of anything ), and 
we are ALL TIRED!
But...the kids are still here & need to stay focused & on task!
So..
WE PLAY BINGO!
Not just ANY BINGO...make it yourself BINGO!
Here's how it goes...

First,
 I use a HFW list we have used ALL year.
Next,
 I give the kids a "recycled" paper...
I like to keep those I print on one side.
Colored  is ALWAYS preferred.
Then, 
We fold the paper into 16 squares.
( If the kiddos fold it "differently" it really won't matter).
After we have our "squares"
I put the HFW list on the doc camera.
I try to use 50 words or so.
We have studied these words ALL year...they SHOULD be able to read them!

SO...they write 1 word (of their choice ) in each square.
(If a "friend" made 20-24 squares...it's OK)
Once EVERYONE has written their choice of words..
WE PLAY!

I have them put their paper into a 
plastic report sleeve.
(We use the one in our desks that have the 120 chart on it.)
They get out their expo marker & get ready to play!

I use a blank white board  on the doc camera & write 1 word at a time.
We chant it, spell it, read it.
Then another word from the list, and another. SLOWLY!
IF they have the word, they cross it out with their white board marker .
ANY 4 in a row ( we call it a line ) is a 
WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER!

That is why it doesn't matter how many squares they use...
4 in a row is a WINNER!

They win 1 SKITTLE candy.
I choose 4 winners per game!

Then we erase our boards...
and PLAY AGAIN!

FANTASTIC  HFW  practice!
They begged to play again tomorrow!
We shall see!

Here are some pictures of our
make it yourself BINGO!




Have Fun!
We DO!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wordless Wednesday 5.20.15

What a week!
FYI.....Totally NOT school related...
If you have been following along..
MY DAUGHTER GOT MARRIED 
THIS WEEK!
I have 4 kids...twin boys, another boy, and then...our baby...
A GIRL!!! WAHOO! ( Thought she was going to be a boy...)
SO...little one got married!

I am linking up with
Christina @ Second Grade Sugar & Spice
for




If you are married....How did YOU celebrate?




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wordless Wednesday 5.6.15

Happy Wednesday!
Special Wednesday for ME!
My twin boys trun 30 years old today!
They are the nicest men you will ever meet!
One had a wonderful family ( wife & 3 kids )
the other is a volunteer at heart..a teacher, too!
Hubby & I have raised 4 fantastic kids..
TODAY is their DAY!

I am linking up with Christina @ Second Grade Sugar & Spice

for.....
Wordless  Wednesday!


Today...multiple   photos...  :)




Animal Reports are  DONE!

How do you complete major projects?



Sunday, May 3, 2015

What's on MY WISH LIST for next year?

My WISH LIST?
Oh...it's A LOT!
I am linking up with
Chandra @ Teaching with Crayons & Curls
for
WHAT'S ON MY WISH LIST for NEXT YEAR???



WOW! 
A girl can wish...can't she? :)
Now hop over to 
to see other 
WISH LISTS...   :)



Saturday, May 2, 2015

Currently May 2015

MAY????
ALREADY???
WOW!
I am linking up with 
Farley @ Oh' Boy 4th Grade


for...

CURRENTLY


What are YOU doing TODAY???
:)



Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tricks & Tips for teachers 4.30.15 For the LOVE of READING

Hi everyone!
It's THURSDAY!
TGIF..almost..Hang in there..
I am linking up with 
Becca @ Foxwell Forest



My trick this week is...

READ  TO  SELF!
Anyone do DAILY 5 ?


I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

My kiddos come in after lunch, grab their book boxes, and
READ!
They can go anywhere ( away from others ) and they read.
 We increase our reading STAMINA as the year progresses.
We started at about 3-5 minutes.
We are now at about 18-20 minutes of independent reading DAILY!





When the timer goes off...they say 
NO!
More...PLEASE!
 I have to say...
MY KIDDOS LOVE TO READ!
Is it QUIET?
NO...
But reading to yourself, 
whether out loud or whisper quiet
is VITAL to literacy!
And we are LITERATE!
HURRAY!
Thanks for sharing our LOVE of READING!





Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday..and a $5 FREEBIE! 4.29.15

I am linking up with my friend
Christine @ Second Grade Sugar & Spice


for...


OK ..... followers...



What are THESE????

The first person to leave a comment & guess correctly...
wins   a   $5  product  from my store!


Happy Wednesday!






Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Do YOU feel...APPRECIATED??? I DO!

I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!
(Shhh...NO..I KNOW there is only 24 days of school..YES!)
But what I 
REALLY meant is...
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!
I hope you get warm fuzzies when you think about the job you do!
I hope you WANT to go to work each day!

Someone once asked me 
WHY?? WHY??? 
WHY, do you WANT to teach FIRST GRADE?????
My GO TO answer.....

EVERY DAY I get...
Giggles, Grins, Hugs, & High Fives!

Can YOU say that about YOUR work?
HA HA HA???
I can!

So..TEACHERS....HERE'S TO YOU!

My friends and I at...
     iTeachFirst
are having a giveaway ...
for  YOU!


So...


WOWZA!

Who doesn't want...
TARGET?
STARBUCKS?
AMAZON?
TPT?

OMG! I want them ALL!!!  :)
So my friends...

HURRY!
GO HERE TO ENTER...
(Click on Picture)



 PS.....From ME  to YOU...Thanks for ALL you do!
YOU make the world a better place! :)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!

Isn't it nice to feel appreciated?
To feel LOVED for what you do?
Well..there are times when teachers feel loved & cared for
AND
times when we feel OVERWORKED & UNDERPAID!

WAIT!
We LOVE YOU!
The bloggers at iTeachFirst know 
YOU WORK HARD!
We want to do a little something special  so we are
throwing a super awesome giveaway
to show how much we care!


You can win a $25 giftcard from 
Target
Starbuck's
Amazon
or
TPT

We got to thinking..Hmmmm...what if I won a card?
What would I want?
Thank You Laura Numeroff...


WOW! $25 from  Target???  Hmmm..

I am working on my classroom libraries...so...


$25  at Starbucks ?


Who doesn't LOVE a DESIGN YOUR TUMBLER?
(Of course...filled with COFFEE!!!)

Amazon...MY LOVE!

I already have 2 laminators & a wonderful printer...
so I always (always) need

Laminator pouches ( on sale of course )
AND
TONER!!!
With all the printing I do...always need black & color toner!


and / or  $25 at TPT
Hmmmm...let me check my WISHLIST ( there are LOTS of goodies on it)




and I am a clip art addict...ANY clip art would make ME feel APPRECIATED!

OK..so there it is!
MY wish list for Teacher's Appreciation Week!
How about YOU?
All you have to do is click the LOGO and go to
iTeachFirst.com and enter!
Good Luck!

and..
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!