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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!
:)




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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!

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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!!!

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Read to SELF..LET THEM READ!

READ TO SELF...

I think this is my favorite time of the day.
My class is NEVER quiet... NOT even during READ TO SELF.
But the hmmmmmm of firsties reading ...
IT'S THE BEST!

My kiddos each have their own book box..
(Donor's Choose ladies...gotta get going on that!)
I got mine at REALLY GOOD STUFF.
Mine are the older model...LOVE THEM!
But if I was purchasing TODAY...
I would get the book boxes with 
STABILIZERS..
They take up a little more room on the bookshleves..
BUT...They won't fall over when the kiddos put the bigger books (ANTHOLOGY) in it!


My kiddos get 10 books. 
3 are leveled readers from our Journeys Series.
1 is their Journey decodeable that WE ALL have read together!
2 are THEIR CHOICE ( usually picture / theme books that are a stretch for them to read )
and 
4 from my leveled library. 
They can choose any 4 from the numbered tub
 ( I tell them their reading level ).
I must admit...
my library is NOT exactly where I want it to be.
CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS
(as always)

So how do we do READ TO SELF???
We do READ TO SELF every day after lunch.
They come in get out their book box AND
 their Journeys ANTHOLOGY
(which we have read MANY MANY times!)

They are excused by "quiet groups"to 
GO ANY PLACE IN THE CLASSROOM
(not underdesks / tables ...Safety )
where they can read quietly.
Then they..
"TURN YOUR BACK TO ANYONE NEAR YOU!"

Some face the wall...some stretch out..some stay at their desk..or move to someone else's desk!

We say "Everyone...  WHISPER...and  READ!"
And they read! 

I use an online countdown timer
 and when the timer goes off..we are done!

At the beginning of the year our 
STAMINA 
was about 3-5 minutes.

Then we discuss what we liked..what changes we wanted to make..etc...
They now read for 20-25 minutes.

They would read longer, but really...
we do math next & I run out of time!

What do I do during READ to self?
CIRCULATE THE ROOM!
If you want kids to stay on task..they have to SEE you!
I also take a few notes on what I hear, I can sit next to a child & assess, whisper discuss any problems, changes, growth I have noticed!

This is a time to let them 
ENJOY READING!
And they DO!

PLEASE.....don't give up independent reading!
I have heard teachers say...I DON'T HAVE TIME!
You always have time to let them READ!

Here's my cuties in action!







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It's FINALLY Finished! And an Earth Day FREEBIE!

You know that project you
STARTED...
LONG AGO ( I mean really long ago)?
The one that sits there...staring at you 1/2 finished?
The one you think " Yeah..I SHOULD work on that today."
But...SOOOOO many other things to do...
Well, I finished it!
YIPPEE!!
Here is my newest packet!

SUMMER FUN in the SUN


10 centers!
Yes, you heard me right....10!
Here are some preview pages...

 Nouns, Verbs, Adjective  Sort



Contraction Action!



Punctuation Practice


Three (3) HFW  Games!!!





Writing Prompts

Math
Even/Odd Sort
Using Numerals, Place Value Cubes, & Ten Frames




Double Digit Addition & Subtraction

AND.....

Math Fluency Practice / Assessment Cards!

WOWZA!
( No wonder it took so long to complete! ) :)
Check it out at my TPT store:
Click HERE


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