Do you know what augmented reality is? Neither did I until I was introduced to it by JoAn over at Tiny Toes. And let me tell you......it is super cool and your kids are going to LOVE it!!! Google defines augmented reality as: "a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view." JoAn used the ColAR ... Read More about Augmented Reality with the ColAr Mix App!
Plickers will change your classroom! You're probably wondering what in the world a plicker is.....well see that funny Minecraft shaped card up there??? That is a PLICKER! It's basically a paper clicker sort of thing. You ask a question, and students use the plicker to answer it. Really. They use a PLICKER to answer it!!!! And guess what???? It's ... Read More about Plickers!!!! Free student response system!
I am starting to get ready for Valentine's Day! I created a Valentine math and literacy set to keep my kiddos on their feet and learning during the week of Valentien's Day. There are three math and two literacy activities in the pack that you can use as write the room activities, independent practice, or group work. My kids love any "write the room" activity! They really ... Read More about Valentine Literacy/Math & a FREEBIE!
Happy New Year everyone!!! I started the new year off with an awful stomach bug, so here's hoping the rest of the year gets better!! I wanted to let you know about a new adventure that I am going to be a part of this year! I'm super excited to be teaming up with Hilary over at Rockin' Teacher Materials on a brand new collaborative blog! The blog is called "Who's Who and ... Read More about A cute story, a new blog, & a freebie!
I love Christmas break! I mean, who doesn't???? It's so nice not to have to worry about setting my alarm clock....or what to wear....or what to pack for lunch.....or what my hair looks like LOL! I've heard that a lot of teachers actually have to go back to school this Thursday! Luckily we have the rest of this week off. We return to school on Monday, Jan. 6th along ... Read More about Enjoying the break!
Sorry for the bad picture, but this was too precious not to share. One of our 2nd grade teachers had her students write letters to Santa today. I read through several of them (because they are ALWAYS fun to read!!) and seriously got teary eyed reading this one from a very sweet little girl. I adore how she opened her letter with a wish for other kids. Naturally, she ... Read More about A Precious Letter to Santa
Have you seen these laser light finger pointer things? This year I switched positions and am now teaching special ed....K-3 Resource. I absolutely love this new adventure, but after 8 years of teaching Kindergarten, it's been a learning experience for sure!! I actually have a really fun Kindergarten group that I see each day. They definitely keep me on my toes. So ... Read More about Motivating Kids to Read!
I am linking up with Crystal over at Kreative in Kinder for her fun linky about all the funny things kids say!! The conversation below happened between me and a very funny Kindergartener. He seriously was hilarious!! He was so precious and sweet, and honestly didn't have a mean bone in his body. He was always saying funny things, but this conversation was one of my ... Read More about Kids Say the Funniest Things!
This week the teachers got to have a little Fall Fun and decorate some pumpkins!! It's a small fundraiser to help buy books for our library and it's lots of fun for the kids and teachers!! On Monday, several teachers brought in their fun, pumpkin creation! A jar was placed in front of each one and the students get to vote all week for their favorite one using loose change. ... Read More about Pumpkin Decorating Fun
Do you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom? If you do, consider yourself very lucky!! I've always been so jealous of teachers who have Smart boards or Promethean boards in their classrooms. There's just so much you can do with those things!!! Last year I started looking all over the internet for "cheap Smart boards"....I seriously googled those exact words. ... Read More about Interactive Whiteboard using a Wii Remote
Each year in Kindergarten we count down the last 26 days of school by having an "ABC Countdown." It's something that everyone looks forward to and it's so much fun!! Today was Aloha Day for A! Hawaiian music and colorful leis were waiting for my kiddos as they arrived in the classroom this morning. Most kids brought beach towels and dressed in bright tropical colors. ... Read More about A is for Aloha Day!
So as soon as St. Patrick's Day was over, my mind turned to Easter and all the fun things that we are going to do! There are so many neat things you can do with those plastic Easter eggs!! Last year when I found some that had three parts that snap together, I thought I had hit the jackpot!!! CVC word building suddenly got a whole lot more fun for my kids! Since ... Read More about Easter Literacy Practice