Archive for June 2014

Summer Stock Up! FREEBIE ALERT!

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Primary Gal sure was right when she said, "What teacher actually takes the summer off?".  Totally true.  I am linking up with the Facebook Free For All group and giving away some goodies in the Classroom Decorations category { with a freebie sneak peek at my Math Manipulative Bin Labels thrown in for good measure :) }.  Here goes...

In honor of my birthday this week (June 16th- any other Geminis out there?!) I decided to put my birthday bulletin board PDF file on the link up.  I use these files along with adorable little cupcake cut outs to create my decorative classroom birthday bulletin board.  I find it helpful that these labels are smaller.  They can fit nicely on a small cabinet rather than taking up a precious bulletin board that could be used for student work.  This file contains the months of the year labels pictured below plus general classroom labels {finished/unfinished work, sharpened/unsharpened pencils, book bin labels, supplies etc} and a little freebie action with a few of my Math Manipulative Bin Labels.  

Below is a picture of how I styled the Birthday Bulletin Board.  

And here is a sneak peek of my math bin labels.  There are 15 labels for you to choose from, each with a clear color photograph of each image.  

                     Link up here with some other fabulous teachers for  this terrific summer linky :)

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"A Brave Year of Firsts" EOY Writing Activity

Monday, June 2, 2014

Quickie blog post here for those of you still battling through the last few sweltering days of school... I was cleaning out my "teacher books" today (aka the books I store up on a very high, very out of reach shelf) and stumbled across this FABULOUS book written by Jamie Lee Curtis.  I just love all of her social/emotional books; they have such a great message.  How did I forget that I bought this book way back when?!  So glad I came across this treasure.

This one in particular is so fitting for the end of first grade (sob).  I threw together a little response to literature activity to go along with this precious read aloud.  You can grab the FREEBIE  here,

I read the book to the kiddos and then talked them through a meditation.  By "meditation" I mean, they close their eyes and I talk them through the relaxation process.  Then I shift their focus to whatever I want them to ponder.  I have the say, the quality of work that I get after a "meditation" is remarkably better than when I don't do a meditation.  I usually do these with response to literature activities or a writing activity.  I have to say, I am pretty proud of the finished (and not quite yet finished!) products.

Oh boy, I sure am going to miss this batch of littles! :(

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