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Sunday, April 23, 2017

My LOVE/HATE relationship


Classroom Library

I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with my 
classroom library.

I LOVE BOOKS!

I Love my kiddos to LOVE books!

I Love the organization of a classroom library.

I HATE PUTTING BOOKS AWAY!

I HATE  A MESSY CLASSROOM LIBRARY.



And so...

What's a teacher to do?

REDO IT AGAIN!

So, How many times do I have to do it..
before I LOVE it?? (Again )

Here is the BEFORE...







So, why? Oh, why?
Why mess with a GOOD thing?
( Can you hear the shame in my voice?)

BECAUSE.
Because I know what wonderful books are in the tubs.
BUT ...  the kids DON'T!

They know their favorites.
They go to the same tub over & over.
I LOVE THAT.
BUT....

How do you know... there might be a BOOK you would LOVE BETTER!
They don't search. 
They just go to what they know.

SO..
I am expanding their KNOWLEDGE BASE!

I have decided to TAKE AWAY THE TUBS!
WHAT????
I know...you with OCD will HATE ME!

WHY?
Because..it's not MY library...it's OURS!
I am going to dump EVERY book in a pile in the middle of our carpet area.
AND WE WILL SORT!

Common core says NONFICTION is a PRIORITY!

My kids don't even know WHAT Nonfiction books we have!
So...we shall sort!
Fiction...Nonfiction...author study...science...etc..etc..etc...

NOT ME!
Not my SUMMER! (again )
OURS...ALL OF US!

(Do not do this the day your admin is observing YOU!)
This will take time...time well spent!


My thoughts are to have the kids make labels..NOT ME!

And put them right ON THE SHELF!
YES...ON THE SHELF!

They take ownership,  so they can put things away!
Not ME!



Others have perservered..

IT IS POSSIBLE!

WOW!

 A Classroom library that mimics a PUBLIC LIBRARY!???

They will know HOW to USE a PUBLIC LIBARY!

Not "What tub is -------  book in?"
Hmmmm...

Food for thought.

So...if you are thinking of 
RAISING THE BAR
in YOUR classroom library..

LET THEM DO IT!

Close your eyes...
change your MINDSET..
and collaborate
 WITH YOUR STUDENTS!

They might surprise YOU!





Saturday, April 22, 2017

I confess...I am a CLIPART Addict!


I am sure there is a 12 step program somewhere.

A "group"  where  I can 

"beat" my obsession.

I AM ADDICTED TO CLIPART!

Others go to sales for the products.

I go for the clipart.

Holidays, kiddos, animals, backgrounds, frames...

I LOVE THEM ALL!

And so..

Here I go again!

DJ INKERS is having a SALE!

 DJ Inkers is so excited to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with YOU! The fun begins on April  27  with fabulous teacher FREEBIES & incredible SALES all week long!  You’ll find adorable classroom clip art, fabulous fonts, educational printables & smiles... ALL ON SALE for the celebration!

{Click here to sign-up for their email list,
 so you won’t miss a thing!}

Sale ends 5.3.17

DJ Inkers is giving away  a

Top Of The Class CD ($39.99 value)


to ONE LUCKY WINNER!

And I am adding 

Robby Rabbit's Garden ($7.00 value )


AND

I have a FREEBIE for YOU!


I used
and

in my  FREEBIE!



So now...  
Who wants to win CLIP ART???

I DO!  I DO!

Enter the rafflecopter  HERE!




Good LUCK!


Monday, April 10, 2017

You are "EGGSTRA" Special..KinderFriends Giveaway!

It's that time of YEAR!

BRING ON THE EGGS!



Primary classrooms 

ALL OVER the WORLD

are 

"SCRAMBLING"

to hide, decorate, dye,

 fill, hunt for, and incubate...

EGGS!

You "CRACK ME UP!"

And so my friends & I at

KINDERFRIENDS

are having an

"EGG-STRA" Special  GIVEAWAY!


April 11-15

Each of us has donated  a
SPRING  or  EASTER product
for
1  LUCKY  WINNER
to win!



Enter the RAFFLECOPTER
TODAY!

I am so "EGGcited"!

You are "EGGstra" Special!

This will be "EGGstraordinary!"

OK...I'll Stop! :)

"HOPPY"  EASTER! 

I know..  I "crack me up"  too.

Enter the rafflecopter ...
Good Luck!







Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Would YOU rather???? SURVEY...& a FREEBIE!

Just a quick ...

HELLO!




I am asking for YOUR help!

😊😊

Please ,
take my quick ( 8 questions )
"WOULD YOU RATHER..."
 survey

and then...

grab  a  FREEBIE!!!



YOU  JUST  MISSED  US






THANKS!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Break has WORN ME OUT!

I LOVE Spring Break!

I LOVE not having to set the alarm!


I am an EMPTY Nester...NO KIDS at home.

When I am on vacation...hubby goes to work..

and I take care of our house, work on my TPT store, and

relax...  Ahhhhh.

NOT THIS YEAR!

This year we chose to redo our house.

We had new granite counters put in.
We had new tile backsplashes in the kitchen.
We had new appliances put in.

Then...

We had new granite, sinks, faucets, lighting, paint, & mirrors
in 3 bathrooms!

WOW!

So fun to see it coming together.










If YOU are thinking about doing this on YOUR SPRING BREAK...  2  weeks...

Here is some advice from one TIRED teacher:

1. If you have ALL of your sinks done at the same time...
YOU WILL NOT HAVE FAUCETS OR WATER!
It takes a few days for grout, caulking, etc to dry.

I feel like we are camping. 
Brushing my teeth in a CUP of water.

Washing dishes in a bowl of water.
No stove...eating out!

I just made coffee in the LIVING ROOM!
Can't use the counters, yet!

And so on...And so on.

Hubby is putting up the bathroom light fixtures.
Then paint.
Then mirrors.

Then...Then...Then...

NON-STOP.

I think Lowe's has me on their
CHRISTMAS CARD LIST!

2.  Don't  STRESS... Things NEVER go the way we plan!
Go with the flow.
2 steps forward. 1 step back.
YOU ARE STILL GOING FORWARD!

3.  DON'T work on SUNDAYS!
No matter what!
relax, go to the park, out to lunch..just get away!

Your "new" frame of thought will be AMAZING!

All is good.
Just taking a long time.

I go back to work next week.

SPRING BREAK has WORN ME OUT!
:)




Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring is HERE! Wishing you warm weather & READING ROCKERS!


Spring is in the air!


The flowers are blooming, birds are singing,
 and 
students  are
  
LEARNING!

The 120+ days of reading, writing, math
skills, strategies, methodologies, & minilessons...

ARE  WORKING!


Happy  DANCE!

So how...when..what did we do??

Read.  Write.
Practice. Practice. Practice.

No MAGIC.
(Sorry)


I love, love, LOVE  
Daily 5.

If you don't know 
DAILY 5
click  HERE.

I have a few posts about how I use Daily 5.
Here, here, & here! :)

My kiddos beg for reading time.

I am stepping into flexible seating.

Reading RUGS!
Makes a "Personal" reading SPOT!
Can be moved ANYWHERE in the classroom.

Stools at the GUIDED  READING table.
LOVE  THEM!  


Reading Rockers.
I only have  6.  I wish I had 24!
Book Clubs...first!




Kiddos LOVE it!

And so...
SPRING  is  here!

Keep working.
Keep smiling.
Breathe.

Summer will be here SOON!

To help us continue our "journey,"
we are using some 
fun and engaging SPRING products
from my  store!



 I wish you a warm & relaxing SPRING..

Put on YOUR CAPE!
Use your SUPERPOWERS!

Summer  is  almost  here!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Kinderfriends...Spring gardening 101..FREE CHICKEN DANCE!

I love SPRING!

DID I MENTION...

I LOVE SPRING!



I am an AVID  Gardener!

LOVE to get my fingers in the dirt.

We call my hubby "FARMER WITHOUT A FARM!"

We are "suburbanites" with a backyard farm. Chickens included!




More on that later.

So...I have instilled my LOVE of gardening into my students!

This year we installed

PALLET  GARDENS!



So easy!  
Lay down wooden pallet.
Fill with potting soil & steer manure.
Plant!

We did seeds.
And more seeds. (Rotate your crops)
Pick your seeds carefully.

We didn't have a lot of room for "vines".. so we did NOT grow pumpkins.

We did grow some BEAUTIFUL SUNFLOWERS in the back.
They need A LOT OF room. They got 10-12 feet TALL!

Grow vegetables that you eat. I wanted to show the kids
ROOTS, STEMS, LEAVES, FLOWERS, etc.
Choose plants that will help with that!

We also made individual planters for the kids to take home.

As we had been studying EARTH DAY...

We RECYCLED 
water bottles as seed planters!
Start with water bottles.
Cut them in half.
Poke a hole in the lid.
Tie a knot in string & thread through the hole.
When lid is ON...string hangs DOWN.
Flip the  TOP of bottle..into the  bottom.
The bottom will hold the water.

Add soil.
And seeds to top.
Fill the bottom with water.
The string acts like a wick...to water itself!



Soon... sprouts!

We took them HOME at OPEN HOUSE!
The kids were SO excited to show off their garden.
Maybe THEY will become MASTER GARDENERS some day!


My friends and I at KINDERFRIENDS
are LOVING SPRING!



We are having a 

SPRING IS IN THE AIR

FREEBIE..yes  FREEBIE

Blog Hop. 

Hop from one blog 
to the other 
to get..FREEBIES! 

In honor of my 
CHICKENS...

Chicken Dance is FREE!


Check out my SPRING activities
ON SALE
March 19-22..  :)

Just go to TPT and search

 #kinderfriends 

Now..
HOP ON OVER TO my friend

Cristina @  The Primary Besties

for some MORE

SPRING IS IN THE AIR

FREEBIES!!!