Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Back To School Shopping

Aloha friends!!  I know you don't want to hear it, but yes for many of us it is Back To School time!

I have been avoiding the Back To School isles, but today I had to bite the bullet and go shopping for my daughters' school supplies.  I have one in 8th grade and another in 6th grade.  The schools provide grade level lists for all items that are needed.

So I headed to Walmart, which I knew would have everything I needed at the best price.  I got up early and was there by 7 a.m.

No one was there yet!! Ahhh, Back to School shopping in peace.

Is there anything more lovely than fresh pens, pencils and paper?

Colored pens weren't on the list, but these somehow ended up in my cart.

Did you know that you can get Bonus Box Tops on certain Back To School items?

Apparently everyone else does, because they were all gone!

I found everything I needed and was able to cross everything off the lists!

So happy to be done and not stress about having to go shopping last minute or over the weekend!!
My advice to busy teachers and moms is to head out early and just get it done!! It will save you time later, especially if they run out of something, which is why I ended up at so many different stores last year.
Now that's done I can concentrate on setting up my classroom and getting ready for my kiddos to return next Wednesday!  Wish me luck!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday Made It-Back To School

Aloha friends!  Can you believe my summer is officially over!!?  Yup I am back in my class and setting up for a new school year.  The students report on July 29th, but I have a meet and greet this Friday!

Honestly I am not prepared at all.  Our summer was only 7 weeks and I literally played all summer!!!

Last week I was lucky enough to be in Vegas with thousands of other teachers for the SDE conferences!!  I was there all week and attended a day of I Teach 2nd.  I promise to share what I learned soon!

I also attended the TpT conference and met so many amazing teachers from across the globe, but can I say I was so honored when Tara recognized me and approached me in Vegas!!!

I am such a huge fan of hers and I love linking up as much as possible for her Monday Made It linky!!  She was such a sweetheart and it was so exciting to meet one of my favorite bloggers!!

So here it is Monday and my Monday Made It projects for this week!

If you have followed my blog for awhile you may remember this lovely desk!

I gave it a makeover a few years ago with my tropical themed classroom.

This year I am going with a Super Hero theme and needed to figure out what to do with it this time.

Well I hit Home Depot and picked up some primer and Chalkboard paint.

Oh my gosh, what a huge difference this made!!  I plan to use it as a center area now. The kids can write on it or use magnets for different activities.

I also put together my new clip chart.

My phone does not take the best pictures under fluorescent lighting, 
but the colors are really fun and bright!

I am still working on my other Super Hero Decor 
and hope to have it all finished by Friday.
Wish me luck!!!  

Make sure you go check out all the other 
fun projects over at 4th Grade Frolics!!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Year of Wonders

Aloha friends!  Summer is flying by for me.  I cannot believe it is already July!!  I had a list a mile long of things I needed to do and I have barely made a dent.  However, I have been enjoying myself a great deal, swimming, working out, catching up with friends and binge watching lots of Netflix!!

One thing that I can cross off my list is finishing up my Grammar Centers for the Reading Wonders series.  Actually all of my Wonders products are complete now!!!

Each of these units covers the grammar skills that are covered in the Wonders units.  They are great for Daily 5 word work rotations or small group activities.  Each unit comes with activities that cover a skill and a practice sheet for reinforcement.  Much more engaging than a workbook! Each also has a color and black and white version to make printing easier and more affordable.

I also have Morning Work for each unit.  These include practice for grammar, spelling and vocabulary for each unit.  The skills begin simple and spiral through the year.  My kids did so well with this format this year!

Finally, I have Spelling Lists for each of the units that include printable lists for On-Level, Above Level and Approaching, vocabulary words and definitions, high-frequency words and sentences for spelling dictation.

Spelling Unit 1 is free in my TpT shop to give you an idea of what's included in the other packs.  It does not include everything that I added to the other units.  I guess I should add that to my list ;)

Hope your summer is progressing well and that these resources will come in handy down the line.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Interactive eBooks

Aloha friends! I hope you are having a relaxing summer vacation.  I have been enjoying my couch a lot more and catching up on a bit of reading.

I wanted to share a cool new resource that is available for your classroom.  

Bright World eBooks are non-fiction interactive books for kids.
I was fortunate to try their first ebook called Ocean Forests.

Basically this is an animated ebook all about Kelp Forests.  The graphics are amazing and the background music and sound of the ocean is awesome.  

The story is well written and is uses rich and authentic vocabulary.  There is a dictionary built right in to help students understand new vocabulary.  I learned so much about kelp forests!

Students can listen to the story, read it by themselves and even record themselves reading it.  I'm sure students would love to read it again and listen to their own voices.  Such a great way to practice fluency.

Students can also explore the kelp forest in the Explore section.  They can manipulate the screen by touching it and it will move around within the forest.  They can also touch the animals and it will tell them facts about each one.

The last section has some games for students to play.  Both are fun ways to learn more facts about kelp forest.

I am really excited to use this in class this year, I know my kids will love this story and it's a great ebook to add to our science section.  I'm looking forward to seeing what the next story will be.
The price of the app is cheaper than a regular paperback and it is much more interactive.

The app is available on iTunes.  You can click here to check it out ---> Ocean Forests

You can also learn more about Bright World eBooks on their website.  It's definitely worth checking out!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Freebie Friday

Aloha Friday!!

Just a quick post today to tell you I have a freebie for you.  
It's not a forever freebie, you can only get it until June 30th.

This is a modified version of my Blushing Pink planner to give you a little
preview and help you get ready for the school year.

Head over to my Facebook Page and click on the Fans Only Freebie tab.

If you grab it and use it let me know what your think or better yet
 send me a picture of your finished product!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday Made It-Seat Sacks

Aloha friends!  How is your summer going?  I am all over the place with creating, reading, cooking, cleaning etc... But I am loving every minute of it.  Today I am linking up with Tara for one of my favorite linky parties during the summer.

I have always wanted to get seat sacks for my classroom, but they are pretty pricey and I don't like the colors that are available commercially.  I borrowed a seat sack from a colleague to see how difficult it would be to make.

This is what it looked like and I wanted them to fit my 12" chairs that I have in my classroom.
Simple enough. Pocket in front and pocket in back to hang.
(These are available on Amazon, just click the picture)

So I headed out to the ONE fabric store we have on island hoping to find some Duck Cloth.

Score!!!  I found all of the colors I wanted and bought a yard of each. 
The pink, yellow and green were a poly/cotton blend and only cost $6 a yard.
The blue and purple were duck cloth and cost $9 a yard.

The cloth was 58" across so I was able to cut out 4 pieces from a yard - 14"x36".

 I sewed up the edges on opposite sides.

Then I measured 6" for the pocket that connects to the chair. 
(That was what the seat sack I borrowed measured)

 I pinned it and then I pinned the book pocket up to meet it on the opposite side,
but I did not overlap them.

Then I sewed right up both sides.

Turn it inside out and you are done!

I had a workshop at school so I took one with me to see how it would fit on my chairs.

They look awesome!!  
I was able to make 4 from one yard of material.  
That comes out to $2.25 a sack for the duck cloth!
The others were only $1.50 each.  I'm calling this a win :)

I can't wait to see how they all look when I head back to the classroom.
(Well I think I can wait, I'm not quite ready to go back yet!)

What crafty things have you been up to?  
Head over and link up with Tara or just check out the other awesome craftiness.