Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I'm throwing a SALE!!!!!

I'm throwing a sale!!!!!
Everything is 20% off until July 12th.

Check out two of my latest Language Arts Units
Super easy to prep and great for K/1.
Also - very very cute!

or click on the photo to check out that particular item.


  

  

Thanks for stopping by today!




Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Flip Flap Book - Where I Live - American and Canadian Version and a big SALE!





After a lot of hard work I am really proud to announce the release of my next item on Teacher's Pay Teachers.  This little flip flap book is an excellent project for teaching Social Studies, Mapping, and Writing.
The Common Core standards which apply are included too.

Just click on the picture to go to my store and check it out.
Or scroll down for the direct links.

       

This is a project which I have used for years.  Included in this item is a suggested bulletin board idea which allows the children to show off some dramatic creativity and is a popular board for others in the school to read.  Included in this are flags and maps for every state or province for you to personalize.  Plus, there are also details on how you can create your own cute map of your own county, town or neighbourhood.



Hop on over to TPT and get your own copy now






Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Currently

It's July 1 and so that means it's time for Currently over at Farely's blog
Hop on over to check out the blog hopping fun!


It's been pretty hot this past month here in Vancouver.  Hotter than we're used to, this time of year, and it looks like the summer is going to be a scorcher.  So I'm so very happy we installed a heat pump a few years back.  Air conditioning is such a luxury in this part of the world.

Anyway, as far as my currently above, we've been really stressed out that my 80-ish aged Dad was going in for surgery last week, but it went well, and I think he's just thrilled to be alive!  We've been visiting him in the hospital every day and looking forward to him coming home tomorrow.

I'm thinking and worrying about my current job situation.  We're currently on summer holidays, but yesterday the deadline passed for the government's offer and now it looks like we might not be back at work anytime soon.  (ie; - not until October at least).  Living in the most expensive city in Canada, means that we depend on our incomes, and the fact that I'm married to a teacher, makes this uncertainty doubly scary.  But we'll see what happens right?

So due to the stresses above, I could really use a visit to the spa but for today, perhaps a bubble bath with a glass of wine will do - I have air conditioning after all right?

Today is July 1 - which is Canada Day.  We went tot the parade this morning, just came back from a family BBQ at my Aunt's and are planning to go visit my Dad in the hospital this evening.   July 4th is my Dad's 82nd birthday, so we will be having dinner with him hopefully!

Hope your July starts off great !




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

My Favorite F-Word

What's my favorite F-Word????   Take a guess?   It might be your favorite too.
Can't figure it out?  Well here it is...

FREE

Yup - free.  I don't know about you, but it always perks my ears up.


to get this great little activity.


This little freebie is perfect for the year end, like I am doing now, or a great kick-off to the year.
I did this lesson with my class recently, and I'd like to walk you through how I did it.


Because I teach a Grade One/ Two split, I needed to brainstorm with both groups.
Here's a view of the split screen on the Smart Board.

Next the kids did their own web on the Line Master in my packet.
I tried to show a variety of skill levels below.  I have a Grade One child who cannot write, so he drew in the bubbles and I scripted his words.  most of the kids copied ideas from the board, but some came up with their own ideas.




 

Then the kids did their own writing.  They took their brainstorm and wrote it out in full sentences using the line master in the packet.  After the kids assembled their own balloons, they decorated their writing and I mounted them on construction paper for display.


This one above is my non-writing Grade One.  He drew a picture and I scribed it for him.





This little girl wrote so much she needed two pages.



Here's a few closeups of some of the people.



I have added this to the linky party over at 4th Grade Frolics.


Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Huge Chance to Win!

I am thrilled to be part of this amazing giveway over at My Kinder Garten Blog.  
That's my little "Graphing" Unit in the middle with the adorable little bunny.


to go over and enter to win this fabulous pack that is detailed below.  
She'll draw a winner on June 14.

And I'm running a little contest of my own at my Facebook Page.


Hop on over and like my page.  Then like my post about my giveaway to enter for a chance to win a copy of my Graphing Unit.  I'll decide on a winner on June 14th as well - it's my birthday!




Thursday, June 5, 2014

How to Draw Spring

I found this cute little drawing tutorial over at Art for Kids Hub.
Hop on over and check out his site - he has some great videos and tutorials.


So we did this as a class directed drawing activity.  First I traced a small plate to make the circle for the umbrella.  This gives the kids a better sense of scale in their drawing.
Then after they drew their picture I gave them a sharpie and they traced over it.  I asked them to colour in their hair with the sharpie.  I showed the boys how to turn their person into a boy by adding pants and giving it a short haircut.

 


 


 

I told this little boy that it looks like his person is jumping.  
When they were done with the sharpies they painted it with liquid watercolours.  If you haven't tried them yet, you need to get some - the colours are so vivid!!!!



Here's one of my bulletin boards full of these little kids - so cute!

Thanks for stopping by again today!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Father's Day Language Arts and Craftivity


I was looking through pinterest the other day and came across a simple, punch art card with a little girl, paper doll on the cover, and I thought, I wonder if I can turn that into a craftivity.  Well after a lot of tweaking, I did!  Then I decided that to make this more interesting, the kids would probably love to write about it, and voila!  Paper Doll Project was born.  This one is for Father's Day, and check back tomorrow for one about end of the year/ start of the year.


As you can see from the preview above, there are clear, step-by-step instructions with photos.  Below that you can see the line masters for photocopying on coloured paper.  And below that some of the line masters for the Language Arts Activity.   Very cute and simple to prep!

If you are interested in checking it out


to go to my TPT store.

Thanks for stopping by again today!