Friday, August 22, 2014

Long Summer. glad to be back!

Good morning everyone!

I know I haven't posted in awhile, but I've been having an awesome summer visiting family in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Here's a few highlights:

It was my daughters first flight ever so I was very excited to create these treat bags to hand out to fellow passengers.

 See how excited our girl is? This is of course before the plane took off and she learned how to undo her seatbelt...

Our first weekend home we went with my mom to learn about African drumming. Our girl couldn't decide if she liked drumming or dancing more.

What summer is complete without a little chalk drawing?

At a local zoo in Saint John when we were visiting my in-laws they had a beautiful garden designed like the Medicine Wheel. So neat!

She really liked the waves at Roseway Beach. We roared at them when the were crashing into us.

On the day we went to the buskers we took the ferry across the harbour to Halifax. No trip to Dartmouth is complete without a ferry ride. Here is my husband purposefully photobombing my selfie.

We celebrated our third anniversary while home for summer. We had dinner at Jack Asters as part of our evening out, and both got a big kick out of the name they chose to call the Tax. Thank you Stephen Harper for the laugh!

Our local Science Centre, the Discovery Center, was hosting a sesame Street exhibit about the body, so we went during our last week home. Our girl loved the part with the sinks best and the grocery store second best.

A day or two after we got back to Saskatchewan we went Wild Berry Picking. Not a bad end to the summer if I do say so myself! Here's our girl picking  eating some.

How was your summer?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My first Educents Deal!

Can you believe it's time for back to school already? 
I'm so excited to be starting back to my second year at my wonderful school.

I wish I had some good pictures of my room so far, but I will this weekend for sure.

Do you see my 360 yesterday?

I'm continuing with my Superhero theme this year, do you do a theme?
Stay tuned for some awesome ideas I've stolen from pins on Pinterest.

As some of you know, I attended a workshop by Adrienne Gear last year. I'm really looking forward to implementing her ideas into my reading program from the start of the year this year. Great for mini-lessons and for guided reading!

Here's my Reading Power Freebie Poster on my wall last year.
I focused on Connections last year, and will start the year with it again, but I can't wait to break into my Visualizing product and start using that power as well!

I'm also jumping on the Daily Five Bandwagon this year!
 I really struggled last year finding enough time to do assessments and running records throughout my literacy block, so I'm really excited about modifying this framework for my room.

Here's some exciting news from me, I'm participating in my first ever Educents deal. Two of my most popular products were chosen to be included!

Here's the bundle:

It's Loaded with great activities like interactive notebooks, !  Literacy, math, science that stretches throughout the year!  

My product included will surely be loved by your students!

Here are the two products of mine that are included in this bundle. The Visualizing product is the one I mentioned above that I created after attending the Reading Power Workshop last year. My favourite product in it is the visualizing glasses, check it out on TPT too.

This squiggle art product is one of the earliest I uploaded to TPT and is in need of some tender loving care in terms of the cover, but the pages are still awesome and is my number one selling product outside of seasonal. Check it out on TPT too.

For a limited time it is $24.99 from Educents which is about 78% off!  24 products for  literacy, math, and science - resources that will stretch you long into your year.  And over 1200 pages of materials ready for you to use - there is sure to be tons you will love!

You can also take peek at some of the other products included in the bundle at any of the links below!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Into school once this summer...

Just a quick post showing I'm not lazy. I've been into school once so far this August and rearranged some of the furniture in my new room. Hopefully I'll be going back this afternoon to figure out some more stuff.

Here's a 360 of the whole room. I can't wait to see the finished product!

Things I'm excited about with this move to the room next door:
1. the risers in the corner are perfect for story time and Daily Five.
2. I have a fridge and a stove which means I don't have to remember to go back to the staff room to store my lunch and I can do baked ornaments at Christmas!
3. Lots of Windows!
4. Carpet is warm under feet.

Things I'm not excited about:
1. The risers are very tempting for fooling around.
2. I have to figure out again the best/logical places to store things.
3. The Carpet should we do MESSY art with paint or sparkles or BOTH.

Stay tuned for updates as I finish.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Canadian Product Blog hop and Sale!

So here it is the first post in our Canada Day Blog Hop and TPT sale.
My entire store is on sale!

If you get lost, just leave a tab open to this blog to get re-oriented!

I'm in the midst of creating a bunch of products for my first grade classroom next year that I can use in the early fall, and I thought why not make them fall leaves, specifically Maple leaves? This way my Canadian colleagues can use them as a social studies connections, and my American followers can also use them as a fall/autumn theme. I think it's win'win!

My Freebie is a fun centre activity where my students use clothespins to mark how many maple leaves are on each card.

Maple Leaf Clip Center centre freebieMaple Leaf Clip Center centre freebie

If you like this, you may also like the other three finished maple Leaf products:

Maple Leaf Ten and Twenty frames center/centre activityMaple Leaf Fact Families Numbers to TenMaple Leaf Numbers Emergent Interactive Reader

Check out the rest of the hop here (expect links to start Saturday morning):

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bulletin boards around my school

Here is a series of bulletin boards I snapped around my school at the end of the year.

These first five are from our lovely third grade teacher. She and her EA are awfully talented!

Our LNC teacher (Literacy and Numeracy catalyst) put up this board just before she went on Maternity leave. I love the tissue flowers!

Our 2/3 grade teacher gets official credit for this, but it was actually one of our wonderful subs who did it for him when she was covering his class for a week. It's awesome!

Our Librarian put this up at Easter, so pretty!

By our Elementary office, put up by our lovely secretary.

Are you inspired for next year?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

First grade supply list 2014

I had to edit the supply list for my incoming firsties so their parents know what to send the first day of school.

Here's what I came up with:

I wanted WAY more glue than they brought this year. We ran out so early in the year.
I also requested earphones so in the computer lab and for when we sign out the iPads we can have more quiet and less conversations while I do my running records.

Do you notice my last item?
At my school the students all bring their supplies to school on the first day of school in their book bags, and then the bags are never ever seen again. I felt that was a ridiculous expense, so I decided my kiddos would bring their supplies to school in the much less expensive canvas tote! I think it's genius. time will tell if parents agree. I really want to spare them an unnecessary expense.

Monday, June 23, 2014

5th Annual Elders Gathering 2014

This past week our community celebrated it's fifth annual elders gathering. Here are a few pictures of my students enjoying a few events from the week:

Pigging out on Yummy fried bannock.

Trying our hand at beading.

Watching the guy do some awesome wood carving/burning.

We checked out the hide the elders were scraping. All pretty cool, right?

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