Sunday, 20 March 2016

That Is Not a Good Idea

I love this picture.

It's a Pug in an UGG on a rug. I'm totally going to use it to reinforce the short U sound. So cute.

On to other things I love. This is a great story and I always read it this time of year and introduce my kids to the wonderful world of chicks, well actually they're goslings.
Kids love this story and they especially love the baby geese. Each time I turned the page to reveal a new baby in action pic, the AWWWW's ensued. It is honestly a page turner from beginning to end. And as always Mo Willems does it up right with the illustrations. It's adorably funny, unpredictable and totally entertaining from beginning to end. 

This ended up being a story, that even my littles who struggle so much, were able to sequence and fairly easily recall the events correctly. Chalk that all up to its overall appeal. 

I managed to put together a book companion to go with it and it's on sale for the first day of Spring. You can check it out here.

Happy Spring.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

The Leprechaun's Gold - Interactive Style

Just stopping in to give my new Interactive Powerpoint a quick shout out. I am always looking for ways to stir up a little fun in my class and my kids LOVE these. So, this is my latest one, it's all about a cute little leprechaun who is searching for a pot of gold. If you want to see a sample of this, just click on the pic below.

It's on sale right now. You can check out the entire product here.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

A Thanksgiving Freebie

Hi again
I am linking up this week with Teaching Blog Addict for their Freebie Friday.

Since it's getting closer to Thanksgiving, I thought I'd share and re-share (if you already have it) a Math and Literacy freebie with a Turkey theme.
It's a great skills review and so fun to do. Just click on the pic above to download.

Still on a Thanksgiving theme, I created this Interactive PowerPoint to liven up my class a bit. It's fun, it's a mystery and it requires your kids to pay attention to clues and try to find which character is helping the Turkey escape. You can click below to play a sample. Remember you need to download it completely first, then play it as a slideshow for it to work.
You can check out the entire product here.
Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Haunted House: An Interactive PowerPoint

I love Halloween! Always have, always will. It's such a fun time of year for kids. My kids never cease to amaze me with their costumes, check out this couple Belle and Darth Vader, quite a combo.
Who knew that Darth Vader wore sneakers like that?
Anyway, I am always on a quest to make Halloween fun and a little spooky at the same time. So, I made this interactive Haunted House.
Here's how it works. There are 12 rooms in the haunted house, and for each room there are 2 identical slides that you open in powerpoint.  In the first slide, your kids read the riddle that is there (or you read it to them) and then they try to figure out, from the clues in the riddle, what character is in that room. They record their answer on the sheet provided, then you go to the next slide where the character is revealed.  You can have kids come up to click the answers in every room. Check out how the slides work by clicking the sample below. Remember to download, don't just open in preview, then play it as a slideshow. It's a fun activity you can do with your class this time of year. Plus the spooky sounds that play when the mystery is solved make it even scarier.
The haunted House is on sale in my TPT store, but if you'd like to win a copy, leave me your e-mail and tell me what scares you. For me, it's snakes!! I wish they didn't but they do.

Have a great week.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Tricks & Treats: A Halloween Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Happy Sunday!

This weekend, I am joining some amazing bloggers to give you tricks and tips to help Halloween run smoothly in your classroom. Let's face it, it can be a day like no other...
There is so much going on in my school on that day. I teach in a school that has all levels, Kindergarten right through to Senior High School, so the big kids plan lots of stuff for my little ones. In the afternoon, my kids visit the "haunted house" and they always, always come back from that visit totally pumped!! And wired! So, I have an activity ready to go when they return. You can click on it below to download. 

Have your kids color the patterns. It helps to bring them back down from whatever candy induced haze they might be in. 

Now onto the best part - the Giveaway! Your chance to win 1 of 4 $25 TPT gift cards. So much fun. My secret word is
Remember this word when you enter the Giveaway!

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Now, it's time to haunt on over to the next blog. Happy Halloween. Hope you get lots of great freebies from the blog hop.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Perfect Picture Books - Pete the Cat

I'm back with another picture perfect book. This time, I couldn't pick just one.
Pete the Cat has saved the day for me soooooo many times. But, I think what is truly great about him, especially for younger kids, is that they make an instant connection with him and in turn with you, their teacher. I love him and the love, I'm sure, shines through as I am reading his stories and this just spills over onto the kids. Then, the fact that they can sing and dance to each of his stories…well, that's the cherry on top, it really is. 

So, to start your school year off right, I am giving away the first 3 Pete the Cat books and CD's. If you've never had the chance to read these stories to your kids, enter my giveaway for a chance to win your very own copies of the books. Or if you already love him, then these are great to add to your collection. 

Just use the rafflecopter below to enter. 
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For some Pete the Cat Freebies, click here

Good Luck and have a great back to school.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Pete the Cat Rocks It Back to School

I have a stash of books that I use for the first week of school. I love them cause they are fail safe and of all the times in the year, this is the week I need things to go super smoothly. One of my absolute faves is this one.
I love it for so many reasons - it's cute, kids love Pete the Cat and we can sing it after. But, it became part of my B2S book collection a few years ago when I had a little boy in my class who just wasn't adjusting well. He missed home all the time. Usually all I wanted to do was grab him, hug him and tell him I kinda missed home too, but I digress… I needed him to feel good about school, about the routines and the new surroundings and so I picked up this book and started reading, hoping the whole time that he'd connect with it. As always, Pete saved the day and this kid was hooked. Hooked on Pete, hooked on the music, the rhythm, the story, all of it. As far as school was concerned, he was good to go and I had Pete to thank for it. The story just gave this kid the little bit of reassurance he needed and a great character to fall in love with.

Later that same school year, I was looking through my library for my Pete the Cat books and the basket was completely empty. After some searching, I found every single title in this little boy's read to self folder. Pete - the Cat that lasts and lasts.

Check out this great story for starting the school year off right. Plus a great freebie to go with it. Just click the pic.