Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fine Motor Skill Tips & Educents Blowout Sale

 www.educents.com/#crayonsandcurls
    Thank you Mrs. Russell for this adorable graphic!!
 
Can you believe it is almost time for back to school? In some areas, I know you are already back in school (so sorry - but, come May, I will be completely jealous of you!)  I still have a few weeks, so I am in full swing of planning, printing, copying, laminating, cutting, working on bulletin boards and updating my classroom! 

This is my back to school bulletin board from a few years ago. It is one of my favorites!
  
Do you have a child that is getting ready for Kindergarten?
I have some friends with children starting Kindergarten this school year, and they asked me for some tips  (this list has some great tips).

I always suggest children work on fine motor skills! My school has a list that I am sharing with you, {click here to grab this freebie}.

Here are a few more suggestions I always share to help children or students with fine motor skills:

* Grab a pipe cleaner and have your child make a bracelet by adding fruit loops (and they can learn about patterning while they add the colors)

* Use clothes pins and have your child open it and clip some papers together or put that clip on their favorite snack bag or finding letters in a magazine. (this is great to work their little finger and hand muscles!)

* Grab a spray bottle and have your child spray water on the plants outside! 

* Grab some play dough or clay and roll it out to make letters, numbers and shapes (they could even roll it out into a strip and cut it to work on their cutting skills)

I have a play dough station in my classroom and my students LOVE it! It has always been the favorite station in my classroom!
 If you would like some play dough mats for your classroom or home, my packet, I Can Read the Alphabet, has some play dough mats included in the packet.  But, right now, Educents has included my packet in a bundle that you can purchase, and many other awesome products, at a reduced price!



BTS_Newsletter 
I am excited to announce that Educents.com is having a HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! 
From July 30 - August 2 (Wednesday - Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF!  
There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year! Take a peak into what is on sale! 
Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK - 8th grade!

Preschool Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 72% OFF

Preschool

Kindergarten Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 75% OFF

Kindergarten

K-2 The Write Stuff ELA Bundle - 68% OFF

GradesK-2(writestuff)

First Grade Literacy Bundle - 74% OFF

1stGrade

School Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 2-3) - 74% OFF

Grades2-3

Poetry Curriculum & Activities Bundle (Grades 2-6) - 75% OFF

Peotry

Tricky Math Curriculum Bundle (Grades 3-5) - 69% OFF

  Grades3-5(trickymath)

Complete Full-Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 6-8) - 77% OFF

http://www.educents.com/school-year-curriculum-bundle-grades-6-8.html/#crayonsandcurls

Management, Decor & Organization Bundle - 76% OFF

Management(allgrades)

 
  Here is a peek at my I Can Read the Alphabet packet!

  www.educents.com/#crayonsandcurls

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Vegas Baby 2014!

Wow!   I can't believe I am home from Vegas!  What amazing 4 days!  I met so many incredible people and learned sooo much!

I got into Vegas on Wednesday and met my awesome roommates!!
 

That night What the Teacher Wants hosted an amazing 
Teacher-Blogger Meet Up! 
 
http://whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com/2014/06/are-you-ready-for-vegas-3rd-annual.html
 
 





 Okay... If you can't tell.... Vegas is a blast! When I got home, my besties at home asked if I had a great time.... How can you go to Vegas and not have a great time? 

I met some amazing bloggers that I have stalked the past 3+ years! I met some amazing friends that I have talked to for 3+ years! I laughed! I cried! I was in awe!  Y'all, these people were so sweet! And they knew who I was! I came home on cloud 9!




Natalie from Teachery Tidbits, Haley (My Silly Firsties), Chrissy (Buzzing with Ms. B)


 Our days were packed with learning and our nights were packed with food, Beatles Love, Fremont Street (Do you see the photo bomber? We didn't!) and just a little Vegas slots and roulette!







Friday I attended the amazing TpT Conference 2014. Talk about Wow! I learned so much! The presenters were amazing! Again, I was in awe!


  Of course we had to have a little happy hour fun on Friday! I love that Deanna Jump and Paul Edelman (founder of TpT) took pics together for the BlogHoppin Scavenger Hunt! They were the sweetest!
 

I learned so much!  But this post is long enough! I want to share my tips and tricks I learned on one of my next posts!  

I am linking up with A Burst of First!  

http://aburstoffirst.blogspot.com/2014/07/its-vegas-baby.html

Monday, June 30, 2014

I have missed you and Currently!


I am so sorry I have been away for soooo long!

My school year has been soooo crazy!

I promise to better at blogging this Summer!  

I am linking up with Farley for her July Currently


Listening: to my family watch television. They can not make up their mind what they want to watch! It is driving me nuts! For a few minutes it is the Star Trek movie (the 2009 one with Chris Pine.,,,need I say more!) and then they change it to sports... then they change it back! (I think my kids have been home too long!)

Loving: I have been reading Magic Tree House books with my son and Lois Lowry books with my daughter! So much fun! We are having our own little book club! I am loving it!!!

Thinking: I sooo need a pedicure!  I may have to give myself one tomorrow!

Wanting: a cleaning fairy! My house needs a deep dusting! And dust and I do not get along! I am about to resort to mean mommy tactics to get it done!

Needing: to organize my closets.  I have been dreading this!  It is my goal to get it done when I get home from VEGAS! 

4th Plans: I don't have any yet!  We are staying low key this year because of VEGAS! 

I am soooo excited about going to Vegas!!  Are you going? 

http://whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com/2014/06/are-you-ready-for-vegas-3rd-annual.html
 
 What the Teacher Wants  has a great post about the Meet Up! It is going to be so much fun!!! 

Now.... visit Farley and link up your Currently! I would love to hear what you are up to! :)


Monday, January 20, 2014

Today!




I am tired, but I wanted to share this awesome quote!  I had an amazing day, and I hope you did too! I hope to share more soon! :)


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Getting ready for Kindergarten! {freebie included!}

I am so sorry I have been away so long! 

My kids, classroom, husband, activities... have been really keeping me busy this year!  In my last post I mentioned I wanted to really spend more time with my family and I have to say I have truly been doing just that!  I love spending time with my two beautiful children and I think they are really loving the extra attention! Time flies and I am trying to soak it all up before they fly away (I have a high school freshman and it seems like these years are flying away!) 

Speaking of flying away.... 

Has this school year been flying by for you?  It has for me! I can not believe January is half over! It won't be long and my school will be discussing preregistration for Kindergarten for next year! 

With that in mind, I recently had a friend ask what her child needed to know to be ready for Kindergarten in the Fall, (recently I saw this list  and passed it on to my friend... It has some great suggestions).

I am no expert, but I personally think a child needs to know their first and last name and be able to say it if asked. Every year I have at least one child that may know their first name, but not their last name, (It would also be great if they could write their first name).

I also suggest they work on fine motor skills! My school has a list that I am sharing with you, {click here to grab this freebie}.

Some more suggestions to help with fine motor skills are:
* Grab a pipe cleaner and have your child make a bracelet by adding fruit loops (and they can learn about patterning while they add the colors)
* Use clothes pins and have your child open it and clip some papers together or put that clip on their favorite snack bag or finding letters in a magazine. (this is great to work their little finger and hand muscles!)
* Grab a spray bottle and have your child spray water on the plants outside! 
* Grab some play dough or clay and roll it out to make letters, numbers and shapes (they could even roll it out into a strip and cut it to work on their cutting skills)

I have a play dough station in my classroom and my students LOVE it!   If you would like some play dough mats for your classroom, my packet, I Can Read the Alphabet, has some play dough mats included in the packet.   But, right now, Educents has included my packet in a bundle! You can purchase it, and  many other awesome products, at a reduced price!  I just got mine and am so excited about using it!  

http://www.educents.com/featured-deals/preschool-rocks.html#crayonsandcurls 


















 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_YzxXBxooaheTJRMGNCMDRnRms/edit?usp=sharing
font:  Cara Carroll polka dot background: Ashley Hughes  frame: The Moffatt Girls


Be sure to grab this freebie! I will keep it free on my blog for a while, but will eventually put it in my TpT store!  If you love it, please leave me a note!

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