Friday, 16 August 2013

Classroom Rules Freebie Updated...Just in Time!

In my effort to gear up for back to school, I just realized how little I have done over the summer to prepare for this. Now, of course, it's getting closer and I"m finding myself making endless lists of things I need. It doesn't matter really how well I get my classroom ready, I ALWAYS end up shifting things around once I meet my kids. Do you do that too? I mean, I get everything looking perfect, but the kids come in that first day and mess it all up and I look around, in a dizzy blur at 4 o'clock that afternoon, and I realize that - NO, that cute dog puppet, that cost me a fortune, much prefers to be facing upside down in between 2 books with legos in his mouth rather than the sweet way I had him displayed standing outside his doghouse, tail wagging. Yep. I love my kids loads, but on the eve of the first day of school, I always take one last look around at my handiwork and then think to myself - Now, if only the kids wouldn't come!!

With all that preparation in mind, I did actually take the time to update my classroom rules. Here are a few, you can download all of them by clicking on any of the pics. Now, if we could just get ALL the kids to follow ALL the rules each and every day for the next 180 days. That's the easy part, right? :)

Hope you will find some or all of them useful. If you are looking for a chance to win some great Math resources to help you out this year, my friend Casey at Second Grade Math Maniac is having her 1000 follower giveaway, you can check it out here
And, I'm sure you know...but TPT is having their Back to School Sale this Sunday and Monday. It's a great time to get all those things on your wish list!
Happy Shopping! 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Remembering Education While On Vacation

Hello Readers! My name is Kendra Thornton, and I am so happy to be able to share some traveling tips with you today on The Groovy Teacher! I am a long time travel expert and mama of 3 who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I've found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home.  I hope you enjoy, and feel free to connect with me if you have any questions at all!

Remembering Education While on Vacation

Family vacations are a great time to get away from the hustle and bustle of real life and relax, but it’s important for your kids that you don’t neglect their schoolwork and their studies. Summer vacation is supposed to be about relaxing, but we have to be certain not to leave behind academics all together! Getting away during the summer can create lasting memories for both you and your family, and there are tons of opportunities to make studying fun while on your family getaway! Help keep your kids’ education at the forefront by incorporating these tips in your family vacation.

1. Creative Cameras  

Many people’s best memories come from family vacations. Help harness your child’s creativity by teaching them about photography! Before leaving, give your child their own disposable camera so they can photograph everything they find interesting. When you return home, develop the film and spend time with your kids putting together a scrapbook. This is a great way to bond together as a family upon returning, as well as an awesome way to bring out your children’s creative side.

2. Research Your Hotel

Look past just the price tag when searching for a hotel for your family. Most destinations have resorts that have kid-friendly activities, such as horseback rides, water parks, or craft centers. This is a great way to provide your children with certain study-based incentives! If they complete an hour of their summer reading, make sure you reward them with a family trip to the waterpark later in the day. Also, look online and read reviews about the hotel rooms. When traveling with my family in Florida, I used Gogobot to read user reviews and search through a great list of Orlando hotels. Look for rooms that are big enough where your family won’t feel cramped being together, and so that the kids have the necessary space to read or write at a desk. If the rooms don’t have much space at all besides just the bed, it will be difficult for your kids to accomplish much studying.

3. Easy Flying    

Planning ahead can make going through security with your family easier and less stressful. Print out your boarding passes ahead of time to skip the check-in line. This will let you bypass the initial wait for tickets, and you can go straight to security. If your kids are old enough that then need to remove their shoes for security, have them wear slip-ons or sandals instead of shoes with laces. Try to keep all your belongings consolidated so that you don't leave anything behind, and make sure to check what you can and can’t bring through airport security.

4. Vacation Routines    

While on vacation, it is very common for families to get so caught up in whatever the day’s activities are that meals get pushed back, or even skipped. If kids skip a meal, they often become cranky. Make sure to try to keep eating schedules the same, even while in a new place. The same goes for maintaining a studying period. If your children are on a regular eating and reading schedule at home, make sure they stick to the same schedule while on vacation. Also, keep this in mind with sleep as well. Kids may actually need more rest, as traveling can be very tiring. Going on vacation does not mean that regular routines should be thrown out the window.

5. Instant Entertainment

Electronic devices are great for traveling, as they provide an outlet for the children (and even for us adults!). This means less crabbiness as the hours in the car or airport build up. Instead of letting your kids get consumed by videogames and texting, provide them with an educational movie or an audiobook. The options here are endless, and you can even let the kids get involved in picking what they want to watch or listen to. This will likely make them more receptive to the idea, as it provides them with some ownership of the task.

A summer vacation is an excellent time for your kids to continue with their summer reading and studying as they prepare to head back to school soon. There are also lots of fun, educational, and creative things for your kids to do while away from home, so be sure to take advantage! I hope these tips come in handy for your family, and remember: have fun!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

A Groovy Glimpse Inside my Other Life and...a Giveaway

Hi There!
If you're anything like me, you have realized that summer is the only time that you can really love your "other" life fully. Once school starts, I become so divided that my carefree, all kinds of time on my hands life, is a distant memory. I feel a bit like Spiderman when he puts on his suit and he's not just Peter Parker anymore, his spider sense is tingling. Well my multi tasking, juggling 99 things at once sense starts tingling. So... I thought I would just share with you a bit of my "other" life.

First up, my sweet daughter.
Isn't she just the bomb?!! Not to mention, she is sweet, kind and all kinds of wonderful!

This is my family...look at my cute Mom, she is the hardest working person I know and no wrinkles on her face, she could seriously pass as a much younger lady. My brother is as smart and talented as he is cute! I LOVE them!

And then, my cutie pie boyfriend JF...he just did his first Triathlon this past weekend and he was an inspiration to watch, I was so happy for him, he was awesome and persevered til the bitter end. Loved being able to cheer him on! He is the sweetest, kindest man ever!Last but not least, the BRAT!! Here she is passed out on the beach! She will be 8 years old this fall and she gets more adorable each passing year. She loves to bark and chase squirrels. I love it when she's like this though.

So, there's a quick peek, hope I didn't bore you. I have 2 and a half more weeks to enjoy this part of my life fully and then I am back to work. Speaking of work, I just finished a new pack for Back to School. If you would like to win it, just leave me a comment and I'll choose the winners tonight. 
Thanks for reading! If you are still enjoying your other life fully, I wish you the best of it. If you are already back at school and multi tasking, I'm thinking of you and I'll be following in your footsteps soon.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Currently and a Back to School Freebie!

For those of you who are already back to school, I totally feel for you. I hope that all is well so far. In that mad rush to get everything ready, if you need a little pick me up, I've gotcha covered! Just click on the cover to download!

Since it is the first of August and I now find myself counting how many days of vacation I have left, may I just say first that I LOVE JULY!! It is seriously my favourite month. I mean how could it not be?
So I am linking up with Farley for the August Currently.

What are you Currently up to? I'd love to know. You can stop by Farley's blog to link up.