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.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Why I Love Summer

Aloha friends!  I am kicking back relaxing at home again and decided to link up with my sweet friend Aimee over at Primarily Speaking.

What do I love about summer?  The question really is What don't I love about summer?

Me Time

This year I became a full time single mama and I have been one busy lady!!  With work, running my girls around to all of their after school activities, cooking, cleaning, etc... there hasn't been a lot of time for me.  My girls are spending the summer in California with their dad and I honestly didn't know what to do with myself when they left!


My favorite time to surf is summer.  The waves are small and the water uncrowded
because everyone is at work. I can also stay out there as long as I want!
One morning I met BU the Surfing Pig out in the water.  
He definitely caught more waves than me!!

He even has his own YouTube channel!!


It is so nice to dress up and talk with adults!

Working Out / Eating Right

On June 1st I took on the Whole30 challenge.  It is now Day 18 and I have stuck with it and I love it!
With the girls gone cooking for myself and sticking to it has been much easier than if they were here.
I also started PiYo.  I'm not a fan of yoga.  Everyone tells me it is so good for you, but every time I do it I am so bored! I need to move!  Then I saw a video from Chalene Johnson telling about how she created PiYo which uses Yoga and Pilates and you are moving around the whole time.  So I thought I would give it a try.   I love it!!  In just a few weeks with clean eating and doing PiYo everyday I have slimmed down and feel so much stronger.


I am so stinking excited to go to Vegas in 2 weeks!!  I will be there for the whole week so I need 5 different outfits for each day along with some accessories. I have been doing lots of in store and on line shopping to get ready!  The dress above is one of my purchases.  I bought another  dress and some new shoes.  I picked up a bathing suit yesterday, and I may need a few new shirts too.  Whether I was going to Vegas or not, I love shopping.  However, my bank account does not!!

What are your favorite things about summer?  Head over to Primarily Speaking to link up!