Leap Day SALE! Feb. 29-March 3

It's here!
It only comes every 4 years!

LEAP DAY!
February 29

So.. to celebrate..
cake?  balloons?  Party hats???

NO!

A SALE!


Stop by and say HI!

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Nibits for Newbies 2.28.16

If it's SUNDAY
It's time for
NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!

This week's theme...

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART!


My school is ALL in!

We have been practicing...collecting our $$$...and earning our 
PUPPIES!
Our WHAT?
Our PUPPIES!
Necklace lanyards with PUPPIES for each $$  level  earned!

These are MINE!

Just enjoying the FUN!

You knew this was coming..

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT????

So get out there!
Get physical!
Jump rope for heart!
Click below for info.


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Nibits for Newbies 2.21.16 HFW

If it's SUNDAY
It's time for...
NIBITS  for NEWBIES!

This week's theme:

High Frequency Words...or  Sight Words
(depending on your generation..) :)

Back in the "OLDEN DAYS" when I became a teacher...
( um...Let's just say in the late 80's..)

I was taught to work on HFW (High Frequency Words) DAILY!

These are the words my student's would see in their daily reading.
Some can be "sounded out" and some JUST HAVE TO BE MEMORIZED!

In order to memorize a word...a student MUST work with it at least
30 times!

WHAT???!!!!

Each word???   YEP!

So we do...DAILY!

Now the list of grade level words is ever changing.
You can see FRY WORD LISTS, DOLCH word lists, CURRICULUM word lists...

BUT the main focus is NOT on the LIST,

BUT WHAT YOU DO WITH IT!

Again...to embed a word into a first grader's BRAIN..
they must work with it at least 30 times!
(Some kids more..some kids less)

HOW??

READ.....WRITE....SPEAK

Say it with me, "READ..WRITE..SPEAK"

OK. Now the work begins.







These samples came from Pinterest..
MANY,MANY,MANY boards to help YOU
create a class list &
MANY, MANY, MANY
different activities to help your kids
WORK WITH HFW!

They need to practice DAILY!

I myself, am a KINESTHETIC learner...HANDS ON!
NOT a SUPER fan of worksheets.
( Yes..we do some..I AM ONLY HUMAN!)
Thank You PINTEREST!





And so you see...Practice..practice..practice..

This year my class is a One-to-one classroom with ipads!
(THANK YOU TO WHOMEVER DREAMED OF THIS!)

My newest LOVE is an app called

"SHOW ME!"

It's an individual interactive whiteboard!

We play word games, I SPY, word ladders, etc.  each on their own tablet..
and then SWISH! CLEAR ALL...and we start again!

We do daily practice for about 10 minutes.
That's about ALL they need in a "chunk" of time 10-15 minutes.

Later in the day...they each have individual word rings.
I have sets available in my store or you can search TPT for others.

Here's a sampling...




Available at:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/1stgradefireworks

And so...

HI  HO 
HI  HO

It's OFF to HFW
WE GO!

Enjoy! :)

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Get Your Hands DIRTY! :)

The SUN is SHINING!
The birds are "chirping".
My chickens are laying EGGS!

It's almost SPRINGTIME folks!
We gotta get ready!

So ...how?
What do I do first? Then? Next?

( Sound familiar? )

We in NORCAL are ready to...

GET OUR HANDS DIRTY!
We have 3 raised gardens...

And an extra large garden.



 Yes...We have our own windmill.
( NO..it does NOT pump water...BUT IT LOOKS SO COOL!)

Last year.. 12 ft. tall SUNFLOWERS!

Corn, tomatoes, garlic, onions, tomatillos, cilantro, peppers,
green beans, squash, pumpkins, grapes


In the beginning...(sunflowers)

And our helpers...
Our granddaughters ( & new grandson) LOVE DIRT!

Best friends with WORMS!
(Put your coffee grounds into your garden...worms LOVE THEM!)



We also have 2 chickens..
Snow white (Black..I know...SNOW WHITE has BLACK HAIR)
and Rapunzel (  She used to have yellow feathers..)
Granddaughters named them..
Thank You Disney!

We also live in the suburbs...NO FARM!
We just grow what we use & use what we grow!

So Valentine's DAY is usually the "day".

START YOUR SEEDS!
HUH?
How? Where?
HUH?

We use seed starter kits.
( Lowes, Home Dept, etc)
We put one seed in each "pot", water daily,
and keep in the sun..
INDOORS!

(Usually on MY kitchen table for a while). :(

As the seeds sprout...we move them into a small greenhouse outside for acclimation.


As the seeds gain height and leaves...
We plant them in the garden(s).
We try to plant/ sprout / acclimate/ plant in the garden
at different times.
That way we always have produce ripening.

I also have herbs:
cilantro, parsley, basil, rosemary, chives, mint
growing year round.

This year we are trying something new.
( In addition to what we already have..)


Straw Bale Gardening!

Researching it now.
Looks promising!
(I think I may propose this one at school too).
Great for growing plants in a small space!

OK..then what?
We have ALL of this summer produce!
What do we do with it?
(You can only eat so much...so fast!)

Well...
Hubby cans!
(Yes...HE  CANS!)
* This year SANTA brought him a new pressure canner!
Happy hubby...Happy  wife! :)


Peaches...yummy!

Salsa, spaghetti sauce, tomatoes.

ALL kept in storage for WINTER!

And me?

I dehydrate..I dehydrate WELL!



I Love my dehydrator!

My new LOVE is
PERSIMMONS!


I can't wait to dehydrate them this fall.
Persimmons to snack on..ALL YEAR LONG!
YUMMY!

And so...
it's time..

( Actually..we are just starting seeds..you see,

The farmer's time table for planting is:

"When you can put your bare behind on the soil
& it is WARM..
time to plant!"

I haven't actually tried that...
I  think I will wait for a little more SUN and make a good GUESS!

It's almost time!

GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY!  :)


If you are looking for a fun gardening unit for your CLASSROOM..
*click on the FREE PREVIEW..:)









Full packet available from:


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MATH FOR THE WHOLE YEAR?????

Really?
Math practice...DONE?
For the WHOLE YEAR???
YEP! YEP!
Math Practice ...Common Core Aligned
Daily skills for kiddos to practice!
My newest packet requires..
NO   LAMINATING!!!
Really?
I mean REALLY?    YES!
I Mean NO! NO  LAMINATING!
HOW? Tell me HOW?

First...Print  the  cards  on paper  or cardstock.
I choose...FLUORESCENT!
Pink, green, blue, orange , & yellow!
BRIGHT    BRIGHT   BRIGHT
I have Black walls  ( Wal Mart  Twin  Sheets!)
LOVE THEM!
Bright cards LOOK GREAT!
So how do I put them on the walls?
Sheet Protectors!
Cut them to size....
( I added tape to the bottom of some to make a "POCKET")

and
VOILA!





To see the whole wall....
Close your eyes!  READY??



Love Love Love it!
Here is a preview!

















And here is the best!
The kiddos use this printable
doing 4 sets a day, for 5 days 
AND THEN...
take the cards out of the pockets...place a new card in front...
AND DO IT AGAIN!
New card...same skill!
Here is the student printable:
YOU SEE?
LOTS of Practice...Little teacher WORK!
Work Smarter....NOT HARDER!
Now available at 1stgradefireworks







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