Friday, June 27, 2014

Our FIRST Linky Party!!

I keep seeing these linky parties all over instagram, and I'm like...what's a girl gotta do to get invited to this party?! Today I decided to bite the bullet and jump in. I typed up this whole post, went back to link up with Doodle Bugs, and guess what? The party was full! So I was bummed. Then I realized I was looking at last week's party, and all was right with the world again. We are official.

http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2003/06/five-for-friday-linky-party-june-27th.html
 

 
Last week, Ashley and I presented at our first conference: iPadpalooza. We were so nervous, but it was so much fun! Our former teammate, Freddy, joined us. We presented on using ipads for research projects in a primary classroom. The presentation is on the blog if you are interested!

We also got to meet our blogger friend, Jennifer, from Rowdy in First Grade. So fun!
This one really makes me happy: My 6 year old is doing a camp this week, and he's loving it! This is giving mama lots of free time to work in my classroom...which is already cleaned and ready for set-up thanks to our fabulous custodians! (More on that next...) The camp he's doing is Bricks4Kids. If your kiddos love legos, you should check it out.
 
http://www.bricks4kidz.com/

With all this free time on my hands, I decided to work on some classroom projects. I love chevron, but I think I might've gone a little too crazy with it last year. I wanted to make new alphabet letters and numbers to go with all of the chevron accents in my room. I decided on a chalkboard theme and went to work. I actually love it, and I'm super excited to hang it up (as soon as I can get my hands on the laminator!)
 
I added coordinating numbers, word walls letters, and classroom labels. I also made it EDITABLE before I added it to my TPT store. (Yes, I had to google how to do this.) Check it out if you're interested in a chalkboard theme next year! (Click on the pic below to go to my TPT store.)
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/EDITABLE-Chalkboard-Classroom-Decor-Alphabet-Numbers-Labels-More-1295164



 
Of course, I'm not happy unless I'm doing 10 things at once, so I also decided to reorganize my classroom library. I had a hodge-podge of labels that I'd created over the years, and I wanted it to be a little more streamlined. I purchased this adorable set from Maria Manore (kindercraze), and I love them! It is a definite work-in-progress, but here are some pics of the mess that I've made.
 
 Old hodge-podge labels
 
The non-fiction mess


 Cute new labels and stickers for the books from Kindercraze
 
 
I booked my summer vacay! We are heading to Florida in August, and I can't wait! I might even leave my laptop at home... Ha!
 
 
 
Thanks for checking in!
 
 
 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

We Heart Learning

Click on the picture to get the presentation.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/a4jngf8sv0tw2s2/weheartlearningPDF.pdf