Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A Different Kind of Read to Self

I'm linking up with Christina from Sugar and Spice today for Wordless Wednesday. So, here it is…

This is what happened one time when Read to Self went in another direction completely and I just didn't have the heart to stop it. It was too adorable. They were both so into their books. I had no choice, I just let it be. 

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Yay for Canada Day and a Sale!

Hi There! On July 1st, we celebrate Canada Day. I am linking up with some great Canadian Teacher bloggers to show you all the great Canadian resources that are out there.

Remembrance Day is very special to me. So every November, we spend a lot of time learning about this day in History and I use this Pack to help me teach my kids all about it. It has a special Animals of War section that my class loves.
And then there's the Canadian money. I really wanted some resources to help me teach about our money, so I created this Pack that is exclusively Canadian.
I made a little freebie out of this pack, so it will give you an idea of what kinds of activities are part of it. You can download the freebie by clicking on the pic below. 
If you want to snag any of my Canadian products this weekend, they are on sale until Tuesday.

Enjoy your Canada Day weekend, no matter where you come from. I'm off to go see something truly Canadian - the RCMP Musical Ride. This is an amazing show put on by the Mounties. The horses are extraordinary, I am just in awe of how beautiful they are.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Portfolio Covers - Finding Ways to Describe Us

School is finally finished for me. Sigh. At the end of every school year, my Mom always asks me - So, what are you going to do first this summer? And I always answer the same way - Reclaim my life. Cause all the little things we need to do kinda get lost in the shuffle of a busy school year. Can you relate? I try hard to create a balance, but it's hard sometimes when you're up to your eyeballs in report cards, end of year activities, testing, managing and not to mention portfolios.

My first graders have a portfolio, but it continues to be a work in progress for me, I haven't gotten it all perfected yet. The one thing I do consistently though is the cover page. We always do an acrostic poem with our names. And since my kids are ESL, I need to stretch my boundaries in terms of what I accept for each letter. In the end, if I read their poem and it gives me a good feel about them, I'm happy with it. But, since my kids are a bit more limited with their English vocabulary, I give them as much help as possible. We start with these guys.
My daughter has an amazing collection of these, so after Spring Break I let my kids "adopt" a beanie and they keep it on their desk for a week. They have to give their beanie a name and each day, they need to come up with a new adjective that describes their beanie. It's very fun and helps my kids with their vocabulary. After a week, they switch their beanie for a different one and start the naming process again. 
From there, I move to their favourite characters, Elephant and Piggie. We spend some time describing them. Here is a bit if what they came up with.
Then, they were ready to try it on themselves. Here's a sample of what they came up with. Keep in mind, I allow for a lot of freedom, so the descriptions are not always just one word.

So, there they are. Apparently, I've got a lot of apple lovers! If you ever want to try this, I made the page so that it fits with any name from 3 letters to 9. You can download it by clicking on the pic below.
Until next time...

Friday, 13 June 2014

Five for Friday - Cuties, Cookies and Some Organization

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching this week for Five for Friday.

This was a very long week and I'm so glad it's over. Part of the reason it was so long had to do with the fact that on Sunday night, we got hardly any sleep cause of these 2 cuties. The little one was not feeling well all night long and so was pacing back and forth, back and forth. And of course, they had to eventually do the pacing in unison. Talk to me Teddy. Luckily after a visit to the vet, he's much better. 

Want some more cuties? These two are sitting very patiently waiting their turn to go up onstage for the Spring Concert at my school.  Aren't they precious?

I have been trying really hard this week to cut out desserts from my diet. Probably not the best week to do it, but still trying. So, I finally found a great excuse to have a cookie if I really need one. Who can argue with this guy?

Just got this great set of organizing drawers for my classroom. Haven't taken it into school yet cause I'm still so in love with it. Can't wait to use it!

Finally… Another cutie. This is my sweet daughter, off to her summer job, early in the a.m. on her new bike. I don't get to see her as often anymore and miss her so much. 

Hope your week was good. I'd love to read all about it.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

June Currently

I'm linking up with Farley this month for the June Currently. So, here's what I'm up to…

I am literally counting the school days I have left, 3 weeks!! 13 teaching days, thank goodness cause I am wiped. I was so busy last week that I didn't have time to notice that the gas light was on in my car. Luckily I looked down in time. So I want to spend my time this summer looking up and noticing all the stuff I miss cause my mind is too crowded during the school year.

In my class, we finally finished our dinosaurs and they are awesome.

I love how they turned out!

DONE! and oh so cute!
That's what I'm currently up to, I'd love to hear all about what you're up to.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

I Confess…Please Forgive Me

Please forgive me, but here a few (not so little) things I do that I probably shouldn't. I'm linking up with my friend Jennifer from Rowdy in First Grade.

1. I deleted the Count to 100 page that's part of my Smart Board Calendar cause I had seriously had enough of it. Plus, every time I looked around, some of the kids were counting but most were just mumbling. You know how long it took them to notice it was gone? Still waiting... 

2. I use my beautiful Erin Condren lesson planner to write notes to myself. Nothing else, just that.

3. I had the kids keep quiet 2 extra minutes on the carpet the other day cause I wasn't finished gossiping with the French teacher.

4. I almost gave one of my kids a detention the other day cause he was wearing a ball cap of the hockey team that is playing against my team right now. They who shall not be named. Seriously I considered it.

5. I would give anything for all of my kids to be able to read in their bubble space for the 20 minutes that they are supposed to, so the other day I watched and the usual suspects did everything else but read. When it was over, I gave a big, fat gumball to all the kids who had stayed in their bubble. Very sad faces.

6. How many times am I going to have to send someone back to fix their writing cause they forgot one or all of these 3 things? - Uppercase, finger space, punctuation. I'm sure, to them, I sound like a broken record. 

7. Lucky and last # 7 - There was a box of chocolates in the office last week. I discovered them fairly early on, but the ones I wanted were already gone, so I lifted the whole layer up and dipped into the 2nd layer. Bad I know.

There I feel better. Do you have anything to confess? I'd love to read about it.

Monday, 5 May 2014

All the Way Back to Earth Day, Some Dinosaurs and A See You Later 1st Grader!

What have we been up to? Lots! I have to go all the way back to Earth Day to show you my great little workers and what they've done.

And now we're onto the Dinosaurs! Love them, they are my favourite thing to teach. We started with this famous guy. Sorry for the glare.

They cannot leave these alone, but I don't blame them. I present the first 4 Dinosaurs to my kids as The Famous Four - Apatosaurus, T-Rex, Triceratops and Stegosaurus. We learn as much as we can about them first before we move on to the others. Eventually my kids will choose a Dinosaur to report on and build. If you want more info on how I teach this unit, click here.
If you're lucky enough to be close to the end of your school year, Congrats! I have about 33 days to go! And for the last part of the year, I created a pack to help my kids wrap things up and reflect on their year.

It's got a little bit of everything, but the thing my kids LOVED was the Brochure they created for the Kindergarten students. They had so much fun working on that! And just so the workload wasn't too heavy, I put them in groups and they shared the creativity. I love how this turned out. You can click on any of the pics for more info.

Just in case you've been out of the loop lately, there is going to be a Teacher Appreciation Sale on TPT staring tomorrow for 2 days, May 6th and 7th. So all these products I blogged about will be on sale:)
Have a great week. This button is courtesy of The Printable Princess - Love her store!