Pineapple Planning

Aloha my sweet friends! I hope you summer is progressing well and that you are relaxed and enjoying some much needed down time!


I have been out of school for 3 weeks now and I have been mixing it up a bit.  Last week I had a three day class that I really enjoyed and then spent some time going to the movies, getting my toes done and hanging out with sweet friends.  I even got in a bit of surfing!


Did you know that June 17th is International Surf Day!?  Well I had to get out there and partake in the festivities.  My sweet boyfriend made me a board and it is just perfect for me.

Along with all of these other activities I have been doing some work.  I promised that I would get the Pineapple Planner done and I finally finished!


It took me so long to make this planner because I had so many ideas.
I ended up including 24 different cover choices!




With all of these choices you can create exactly what you want.  Just change the text on any of these examples.  I also included ink friendly organizational and planner pages.




Unless I develop another idea I like better I am pretty sure this is going to be my planner this year.  Now I have to decide which cover I want!

If you are a pineapple lover this is for you!  It's available in my TpT shop.

Mahalo for stopping by.  I hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I am!



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Flamingo Love Lesson Planner

Aloha friends!  Are you on summer break yet?

I've been on break now for a few weeks and I am catching up on some much needed sleep and relaxation!

I have also been able to catch up on some much needed work for TpT.  I am a little shocked at how many teachers contacted me to see if I had updated my teacher planners for next year!

Lol, I have to admit I have been a slacker with the end of the year activities and I really just wanted to veg in front of the TV!!

But all joking aside I have updated ALL of my planners and they are ready to roll for the 2017-18 school year.

Not only did I update them all, I was inspired to create a brand new planner!


I call it Flamingo Love!

The hardest part about designing planners is choosing the right graphics and deciding which covers you like best.  There were so many options I just included them all!  
Most backgrounds include either the double or single flamingos.


You can add your name, date, school name or  whatever you would like.



I also included a variety of planning pages to choose from.
I really love the colors of the grade book and the calendar is just fun and pretty!

You can grab this planner in my TpT shop or just put it on your wish list for Back To School time.

I was so inspired that I have a Pineapple and an Aloha themed planner in the works!  

If you have purchased a planner from me previously then you can download the update for free.
Just a heads up, I plan on raising the price of all of my planners in July.

Hopefully you are relaxing and enjoying your break or getting ready to!  Mahalo for stopping by and I look forward to sharing more fun this summer!


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Light Frame Giveaway

Aloha Friends!! I hope the end of the year activities have your students engaged and happy. Or not!



Well your students might not be fully engaged, but the end of the year chaos is a promise of the quiet summer months ahead. My students are in full chaos mode right now! They are writing animal reports and have tons of school wide activities and celebrations that are keeping their enthusiasm high.

I recently received a cool new toy for my classroom from Green Light Innovations.  This fun Light Frame can be used in so many ways in your classroom or around the school.


You can use the neon markers that come with it to create your own design and the lighting options are really fun too.




video


I posted this in the classroom on Friday and the kids were mesmerized by it, lol.  It definitely got their attention and they read every word that was on the board.  It is super easy to clean too.  I created a board for my kids who met their math facts goal.  I'm sure they will love it when they see it tomorrow.



Green Light Innovations is giving away 20 of these Light Frames to teachers!  Just check out their link to enter and submit a picture of your classroom.  It's that easy!

Click Here---> Light Frame Giveaway

You could end up starting the new year with a great way to grab your student's attention.

Good Luck!!


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Teacher Appreciation Sale

Aloha out there all you hardworking teachers!!!

It's that time of year again.  Winding down another year of hard work and dedication to our profession.  We do so much for our students and I hope that you are receiving some well deserved perks.

I appreciate everyone of you who stops by my blog and leaves me a little love from time to time.  Without other teachers to share and collaborate with, I wouldn't be half the teacher I am today.

Teachers Pay Teachers is also showing a little love by throwing their site wide sale!!

Stop by my store to receive up to 28% off all of my items.  It's the perfect time to grab some Hawaiian themed products for summer or a new planner for next year.  Don't forget to use code THANKYOU17 to receive the full discount!!!

Mahalo again for stopping by and Happy Teacher Appreciation!!

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Earth Day

Happy Aloha Friday!!

It's been a long, busy, fun week in my classroom.  We have done tons of writing, reading and art this week.

We started off the week discussing Earth Day.  We watched some great videos and read a few books.
Check out this POST to see what they were.

We discussed lots of ideas on how we can help the Earth every day.


This was a great info graphic that I used to start a discussion. (Courtesy of  BMW Manhattan)

I then had my students write 5 things they could do each day to help the Earth.  We have been working on informational paragraphs, so this fit right in.

We then put it all together and created these cute little guys.



This particular class is very artsy and loved making them!

If you would like this template you can download it HERE.

I think this is such an important topic to discuss at any time of year.  Especially here on our little island.

I hope your week was fun and eventful as well, and that you have a fantastic Earth Day weekend!!




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Woven Easter Baskets

Aloha friends!! I hope you are having an awesome week getting ready for Spring and Easter!

This week we only have 4 days of school.  Friday is a holiday here  (Good Friday) so we are finishing up our Easter goodies this week.



I posted a picture of our Easter Baskets we were making on Instagram and I had a lot of requests on how to make them.


It's pretty easy, it just takes time and patience!

The materials you will need are:

-Yarn-About 4 skeins for a class of 20
-Easter Basket Template
-Tagboard or Stiff Paper

Here is a quick video to show you how to make them, along with a picture tutorial.

Click on Template to Download in Google Docs



Weave Over and Under
Leave about 1/2 an inch at the top

Glue on a ribbon border and handle

Fill with Easter Goodies!

My class loved making these and are going to be so happy to see them filled with goodies when they come in tomorrow!!

Have fun making these and let me know how they come out!!



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The One and Only Ivan

Aloha friends!  Happy Springtime!  I have just finished my Spring Break and am headed into the 4th and final quarter of school.  So much to do in so little time!! It should be fun though.

In my last post I shared a list of Favorite Second Grade Read Alouds.  One of the books on that list was The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.


I decided to read it to my class and they really loved it.  I honestly didn't know anything about the book, but decided to give it a read.  I happened to mention to my boyfriend that the kids were just loving it and what it was about.  He told me that Ivan was a real gorilla and he had seen him many times growing up at the local mall near him in Washington.  I had no idea that it was based on a true story! 

We finished the book on Friday and then I discussed with the kids that it was based on real events. When I told them my boyfriend had really seen him they thought that was the amazing! I found a few videos and shared them both with my students.  The first is a bit sad and tells how poor Ivan was all alone in his cage for over 20 years!


The kids and I discussed how his real life was similar to the book and how it was different.  I then showed them the following video that tells about the book and Ivan's real life and his move to Zoo Atlanta.  


My class loved hearing about Ivan's adventures in the zoo and what a sweet creature he really was.  I checked in our library and it didn't have the picture book edition so I just ordered it from Amazon.


I can't wait to add it to our class library.  They will be thrilled about it.  We have just finished up our unit on Opinion Writing as well and I wanted to tie this in.  I came up with this template and thought they would enjoy writing about Ivan or Ruby.


Just click on the picture to download it in Google Docs.  I can't wait to see what they come up with in their writing, which by the way has really improved over the past quarter.

I'm sure some of you already know this story and the background details, but it was really interesting for my class and I to discover so much about Ivan and his story.

If you haven't already checked out my last post on favorite Read Alouds, click on the picture below to take you there.





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Favorite Second Grade Read Alouds

Aloha friends!  I hope you are all surviving these last few weeks before Spring Break.  I just have this week left and then it's time to sleep in, drink lots of coffee, surf and play for a week.

My class this year is moving right along and they are ready for a much needed break as well.  These days it can get a bit rowdy in class and I seem to lose their attention way to often.

One of the best strategies to get my class back in tune is to just gather them on the carpet and read to them.  It always calms them down and they look forward to our stories so much.  I read to them everyday, but somedays we have a quick 10 minute story break on top of the usual time.

We just finished reading The Boxcar Children which is a longtime favorite and I realized I didn't know what to read next.  Many of my favorite books seem to have disappeared over the years and I wasn't finding anything in my personal library that we hadn't read.


I decided to survey some second grade teachers on Facebook and ask them what their favorite read alouds were.  Here are the top 40+ Favorite Read Alouds that readers suggested:


You can see that favorite authors such as Roald Dahl, Kate DiCamillo and Beverly Cleary continually pop up.  Kids and adults seem to adore these books.

If you would like a copy of this list just click on the picture to download it in Google Docs.

I also created a list on Amazon that I plan to continue adding titles.  You can read reviews and decide which stories might be right for your class.  Click on the link or the picture above to check it out.


Are your favorite books included on this list?  If not leave a comment below to share some new titles that I may have missed.  Happy Reading!!



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Becoming A Millionaire Teacher?

Aloha Friends!  I feel like a bit of a stranger since I haven't written a blog post in so long.  With our fast paced lifestyles these days, who has time to write, let alone read blogs, lol!

Most of my posts are about teaching and improving our classroom strategies and environments.  We strive to be the best teachers that we can be.  Goodness knows we set out to change the lives of our students and not to become millionaires.  However, as I approach the next phase of my adulthood, I realize that I really should have learned how to care for myself more and invest in my future, not just for me but for my own children.

As a teacher there's not a lot of wiggle room for investing and now as a single mom of two teenage girls, I find it to be even less so.

Recently I came across this book by Andrew Hallman after hearing many of my blogging/teacher cohorts rave about him at the Teachers Pay Teachers conference.


I figured I would give it a read and see what he had to say and what I could do to start investing in my future.  Andrew Hallman is/was a high school teacher who learned how to invest in the market and became a debt free millionire in his late 30's. 

Let me just say the first two chapters really got me thinking about how I spend money.  I realized that if I were to really separate my needs and wants that it would be possible to sock away a little extra each month.  I think I am pretty thrifty, but it really gives some sound advice about making bigger purchases like cars and home appliances.

The rest of the book really takes you through the process of teaching you about investing in the stock market and what you should be looking for.

I know, I know....Stock Market?  Yeah, that makes me nervous too!  Honestly all of that is totally foreign to me and it makes me want to run the other way.  But, if you take the time to go through it and see what you CAN do, then it's not so scary.

I am by no means an expert now, but I realized I have been letting a financial company invest in my 403b each month and not really questioning the mutual funds they have chosen for me.  In the book Mr. Hallman reviews the difference between a mutual fund and an index fund.  There is a big difference. Right away I looked at my latest financial statement and realized what I have invested is not growing much.  It's time to meet with my financial guy and really get down to business.

Another big takeaway from the book is that you need to start investing ASAP!  There is a huge difference in compound interest when you start investing in your 20's than when you start investing at say age 48 (like me). Take a look at this example from the book:


So imagine you are investing $100 a month instead of a year.  That's a lot more to retire on than what I can possibly put away in the next 12 years before I plan to retire.

However, it does help me to invest in my daughters' futures and to help them learn to invest now in their teen years!

In the beginning of the book the author discusses how many of us were never taught in school how to invest and handle our finances.  It is such an important thing for all of us to know.  My parents didn't teach me to invest, but told me to pay my bills and save for a rainy day.  

If you are a newbie to investing, this book is a pretty easy read to help you get started, or at least thinking about how you can delve into your own investment portfolio.

I plan to meet with my financial advisor soon and use some of my new found knowledge to invest more wisely.

Are you on your way to millionaire status or at least a comfortable retirement?  How did you learn to invest? Did you teach yourself? Please share your wisdom for all of us to learn!!



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