Thursday, July 24, 2014

Printing Assessment Journal Redo

I finally finished redoing my Monthly Printing Assessment Journal.  To celebrate, I'm putting them on sale for 1/2 price.  Don't forget, if you have already bought them from me, you can download the new version for free.  Click the picture below for the link.

I use a binding machine like the one below to bind my books together.

Click on the picture below to go to my blog post on how I put these books together.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bright Ideas - Bubbles

Who doesn't like bubbles?  Especially on a summer day.  There are so many bubble recipes, how do you pick a good one?  I thought I would share my recipe with you.

You will need: Dawn soap (I don't know why Dawn, but apparently it works the best), water, Jell-o powder (a no name brand will work) and a container.  If you want to make your own bubble maker, you will need string and a straw.

Don't forget the measuring cups.

You need 2 tbsp of powder.

and one cup of Dawn.

 Fill your container about 2/3 full with warm water (warm works better).  Add the powder and the Dawn.  Stir gently. 

To make your own bubble maker: cut a length of string and cut a straw in half.  Thread the straw through the string and tie.


Then make bubbles!!!

It was a windy day and the bubbles were plentiful.

It was a bit too windy for our bubble maker.  I had also used cold water and didn't work as well as the day I used warm water.

I hope you enjoyed this bright idea.
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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Daily 5 - Chapter 9 and a Freebie

This is the final chapter of the Daily 5 book.  If you don't have the book, you can still pick up the book below and go back and follow the book study from the beginning.

Chapter 9 is all about returning to your core beliefs.  

A big part of the chapter is about barometer children (those children that have trouble attending) and how to support them in building stamina.  

The sisters outline 4 levels of support:

Level 1: Reflection
You need to take a look at yourself and make sure that it’s not something you, yourself are doing to set off the barometer child.

Level 2: Extra support
Have the child stay in for a few minutes each day at recess to practice the most desirable behaviours.

Level 3: In-class modifications
Provide the child with sand timers and small manipulatives and a carpet square or laundry basket.  

The carpet square or laundry basket is to give the child a visual and physical reminder of their space and where they need to stay. I have some of these squares that fit together.  You can make the size different depending on the child's need.

The sand timers are to work on stamina.  Start with one minute timers and increase to two or three minute timers as the child’s stamina increases.

The manipulatives are to give the child a brain break without having them disturb the rest of the class.  They must stay on their square.

I made a stamina chart that you can pick up for free.  The children can use it to keep track of their stamina.  The visual will help some children. Click on the picture to grab it.

Level 4: Gradual release of in-class modifications

This level involves checking in on the child in-between working with the other children.

Following these 4 levels should allow even your most needest child some success.

Thanks for following along over the past few weeks.   I hope we have inspired you to try the Daily 5 or given you new ideas if you are already a Daily 5 user.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer work stations

Finally, something new.  I didn't think I was going to finish this one in time for summer but here it is.     It's 1/2 price until the weekend.  Grab it by clicking on any picture.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Farm Math Work Station Activities

Even though my summer vacation has just started for me, I haven't stopped thinking about school.  I've already been working on my long range plans and I've been thinking about how I'm going to organize my classroom.    This shelf is being taken down because I'm getting a new Smart Board.    My shelves are also ugly and in need of a face lift.

I also want to redo my calendar books.  I'm going to use most of the pages I used in the past but the binders and covers need a face lift.

The Daily 5 and CAFE books have been taking up a lot of my time.  I've been reading them in preparation of finally putting them in place this year.  I literally can't put these books down.

And so with back to school on my mind, me and my girls at Freebielicious have teamed up with Educents with some instant downloads for you! Loaded with great products for back to school including book studies, craftivities, classroom prep, and content materials for back to school!  With 24 instant downloads... you have to check it out!  

Over the summer I've had a chance to update some products.  My Farm math work stations activities was one of the first I did.  Here are a few pictures I took when the children were working on these activities.

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