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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bright Ideas April

Welcome to another Bright Ideas Link Up!

My tip is something I think a lot of people do but maybe you don't realize it.


The other day I was in Walmart.  I very often stop in there before work.  Our Walmart opens at 7am and I love going in there without kids while it's not busy.

Now I'm always on the look out for a deal.  I mean, what teacher isn't?  You know you're a teacher when you get excited by a sale.

So Easter was what? One? Two weeks ago?  I was keeping my eye on the left overs, but the sales weren't all that good yet.

Well, lo and behold, the other day, everything Easter was 75% off.  What a steal!
This was what I came home with.
I think it cost me just a little over $6.



Originally I thought "Score! I'll have some new items for Easter next year."  But then I thought, why not use some of items before Easter for different themes or projects.

These cute little bunnies are suppose to be Jacks, but I think they will make perfect counters.
They would fit in with a farm theme.
The set ended up being 25 cents.



These little bins ended up being 50 cents for 3.  I picked up a few different colours because I thought they would be perfect for sorting and counting.



Turns out, the bunnies fit in them nicely. 



I had picked up one of these tic tac toe games earlier in the season at regular price.  Now it was 50 cents.





The X's and O's are removable and again the duck would work with other themes other than Easter.


I was thinking that the X's and O's could be used separately as a tic tac toe game by drawing a grid on a piece of paper.  Or they could used as a patterning or sorting game.


These gummy bunnies are so cool.  They are stretchy and would be perfectly as a fidget toy. 


I was also thinking that we could use them for measuring.


This was a biggest item I bought at $3.50.  I don't know if I can wait until next Easter to try it.  I might have to break it out for a craft project before that.



So, I hope I have inspired you to think outside the box when you are looking at the sale racks after the holidays.  You never know what you will find.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tax break sale

It's tax day today so I'm having a tax break sale.
Everything in my store is on sale for 15% off today and tomorrow.



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring blends - No Prep

It looks like spring is finally here.  

Our playground is open and we were able to get outside to play without snowpants.

We are moving on to blends for our word work.  I love these sheets because the children can be independent doing them while I work with a small group.  They are an excellent tool for me assessing their knowledge afterwards, as I can gauge pretty quickly who has "got it" and who hasn't.

It doesn't hurt that we are also working on fine motor skills with the cutting and pasting.  This is also great for my students that don't have any printing skills.  No printing involved.





I had the children colour in the pictures on the right.



Then they cut them out.


Once that was done, they glued the pictures starting with the blend on the bear's tummy, in the box at the top.




For this activity the children had to put the correct flower on the stem.



We cut out the flowers.



and then we glued the flowers on the stem with the correct blend.


Then we coloured them in.



Spring blends will be on sale for 1/2 price until Friday.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Brown Bear - Day Five

Today was the last day of our Brown Bear book study. 

We made sentences again.  

This one was a little more difficult.  "The (animal) sees the (animal)".

At this point the children are really good at remembering what comes next.


Dont' forget the period at the end.



After we completed the sentences with our communication boards, we then made our own sentences.  I had pictures already made for my students who can't draw.









Friday, April 10, 2015

Brown Bear - Day Four

It's day four and the children are loving Brown Bear.
Today we worked on making sentences.  As I read each page, I had the children make the sentence "The (animal) is (colour)".







We made sure that we put the period at the end of the sentence.


Once we were finished making sentences, I had the children complete a take home book with the same sentences in it.  Today I had them trace the words and colour the pictures.






Thursday, April 9, 2015

Brown Bear - Day Three

Today is day three of our brown bear week.
Today's focus  is on ordering the animals.
As I read the story I had the children find the correct animal and place it on the Velcro at the top of the communication board.







Once we had completed the story, I had the children do a copy that they could take home and retell with their families.








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