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A Few Activities to Keep Your Kiddos Going for These Last Few Weeks of School and Five for Friday!

Hello Friends!

The countdown has begun! We have four days with our kiddos and then 2 more days with teachers and then..... woo hoo..... summer break! Truly, I LOVE to teach, but at this time of year, I really, really need the break. It's hard to say good-bye to all those little ones that have been such a big part of my life, but they are ready to move on and I feel proud to send them onto first grade knowing they have been given the skills necessary to start!

So.... I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. I thought I would share a few activities that we did this week. You know those last few days when your kiddos are soooo ready to be done, but YOU still have to keep them going? Here are a couple of things that we did....

1.  This subtraction project is a favorite of mine. I LOVE attaching paper and glue to core subjects and this is one that I have done often at this time of year. Since we just finished our Oviparous Animal unit, the kids have much knowledge of eggs AND since it is spring, the birds in our area are laying their eggs, so this was a perfect project to do this week. The directions were to create a nest, 3-6 paper eggs, and a "Mama" bird. They then had to decide how many eggs hatched in their nest and how many did not hatch. Here are few examples of what they came with.... (I have the templates for this craftivity FREE in my store which you can find HERE. )

2.  Our chicks hatched this week!

 I love this picture... Look at those little hands touching the box.... so cute!

3.  Our Painted Lady Butterflies also hatched last week..... I am so glad that they hatched first because once the chicks arrived, the butterflies were not quite as fun......

4.  Here is a REALLY cute butterfly collage sequencing book. There IS some prep with this project. The kids have to pre-paint their paper and it needs to have a day to dry. We read tons of Eric Carle books and notice his art. Then we discuss the life cycle of a butterfly and the kids create the stages with their painted paper. I absolutely LOVE the way these books look when they are finished!

5.  Finally, we are working on our Ocean posters. I am not sure if we will be able to finish them all before the end of the year, but these seashore/tide pool posters look pretty cool!

The resource for these Ocean posters can be found HERE.

Make sure you check out these super Five for Friday posts by clicking the image below!

A Modern Day Teacher Planner Review

Hello Friends,

April, from A Modern Teacher, contacted me and asked if I would do a review of her 2015 - 2016 personal planner. Of course, I said "Yes!" and what a treat it was to open the package!

Wow! There are so many components to this GORGEOUS planner. I have all sorts of ideas running through my head and cannot wait to use this lovely planner when school starts in the fall.

First of all, the choices for the covers are lovely. I had such a hard time deciding which one I wanted. I finally chose Rainbow Chalkboard, but any choice I made would have been the right one.

Inside the book is a lovely signature page with a lovely verse from April.

When you open to the first page, you immediately find a 2015-2016 calendar and monthly boxes in which to add your major plans for the year.

As you continue through the planner, you find that the months are tabbed which I ADORE! At the beginning of each month, there are blank boxes in which to add plans for that month..... goals, to-do, to-create, and to-contact. You know those times when you have field trips, guest speakers, conferences, OR when you have to purchase supplies for a particular activity for that month and then the time comes and you did NOT do those things? Well, these pages will aid you in NOT allowing that to happen! Just jot what needs to be done on these pages and you have an instant memory jab!

The planning pages have nice, clean boxes in which to sketch out your plans. I actually do my daily plans on line, so these pages will be perfect for sketching out my days and then adding them to my on line plan book. PLUS.... This book will be wonderful to carry with me to faculty meetings to write down important dates and activities. It will then be right there for when I am typing my weekly lesson plans. April has given you 2 options for how you want to write... Here is Option 1....

Here is Option 2....

At the end of the book, April has added more organizational pages... Honestly, I cannot think of anything else you would need in a planner!

So if your goal is to get organized this next school year in both your personal and professional life, I highly recommend this planner! You can find April's link HERE.

Until next time!


Mother's Day, a couple of STEM activities, oviparous animals, and FIVE FOR FRIDAY!

Hello Friends!

I am linking with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday - once again VERY late, but.... it is STILL Friday!

1.  Seriously..... Could this Mother's Day picture be any cuter? We "planted" all our kinders in a pot, created this HUGE sunflower hat, added a cute border and words and HURRAY, a Mother's Day keepsake!

2. And speaking of "Wow ".... Could this tree be any more beautiful? I don't think I have EVER seen it so FULL of blossoms!

3.  This came in the mail today.... I CANNOT wait to try it! Stay tuned for a review of this awesome planner by April from A Modern Teacher!

4.  I just recently started using STEM activities with my students. I WISH I had started them at the beginning of the year..... My students LOVE everything about STEM. I am going to use the summer to plan activities for next year's class. Here are some picture of the great "Cup Wall Challenge." They had a ball with creating walls from cups. These are just 2 of the different varieties that were created.

We did this "rain" experiment after learning about the water cycle. Honestly, I could read FIFTY books about the water cycle, but until they actually could SEE how clouds hold rain until they get so heavy, rain falls, the knowledge just does not set in their brains like it does with this simple activity.

5. We finished our Oviparous Animal unit this week. We have chicks warming in our classroom incubator and caterpillars turning into a chrysalis. Next week things will be lively in our room!

So that's it for now! Make sure you head on over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun!

Until next time!


TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale - May 5 and 6!

Hello Friends!

TPT is sponsoring a site wide Teacher Appreciation Sale today and tomorrow and I am participating, too! Everything in my store is 20% off and with the TPT promotion code, you can get up to 28%! Woo hoo! And it is just in time for these last weeks of May when paperwork and end of year wrap up lessons could use a lift!

Some of the favorite resources in my store are:

Enjoy the sale, Friends!

Until next time!


If You Give a Teacher a Gift Card, What will She Get ...... and a Fun Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!

Hello Friends!

Well, we are looking at the last week of April and the home stretch towards the end of the school year! It's just so hard to believe the end is drawing near and there is SO MUCH that has yet to be done! End of year assessments, filing all those papers that I MEANT to file as I finished, but actually are all stuffed into a plastic box, making sure that I have covered all curriculum goals, making End of Year digital scrapbooks..... The list goes on and on and when I think about it, I get stressed and soooo..... I try NOT to think about it and just take one day at a time.... It gets hard sometimes and I wish that I could just snap my fingers and it would be all be done!

Unless you are a teacher, many people do not realize all the "behind the scene" work that is done to ensure that your students learn. It is not unusual AT ALL for teachers to spend their entire weekend planning for the next week - laminating, writing lesson plans, finding links to websites that either bring learning to their students or help them to teach a subject..... So because teachers are often under appreciated, we at iTeach Kinder would LOVE for you to enter the giveaway that we are hosting on our NEW blog! We are giving away FOUR, yes FOUR $25 gift cards to Target, Amazon, Starbucks, and Teachers Pay Teachers! And in true Laura Numeroff fashion, I thought I would share what I would buy if I won those gift cards.......

Scentos markers (can NOT have enough of these!)
 laminating sheets.....
and a movie from Amazon Prime!

I don't have a Gazebo, but I DO have a patio and I would love to light it this way for the summer.....

Hands down, no questions asked...... Iced Chai Latte - the ENTIRE $25!

Sooooo many choices here.......

ALL of Deanna Jump and Deedee Will's Guiding Readers packs....

and.......Clip art, clip art, clip art.........

So now that you know what I would use those gift cards for, what would YOU use them for? All you have to do is head on over to our iTeach Kinder blog and you can enter our giveaway for a chance to win really big! WE APPRECIATE YOU!!!

Click the image below to take you there!
All our iTeach members have written a post describing what they would use the gift cards for.... Click on the links below to read more! :)