Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Getting Crafty {Silhouette Black Friday Sales Event}

I can't say enough how much I LOVE my Silhouette.





 If you're not sure what that is, a Silhouette basically cuts all the things in the world for you.  Here are a few of our favorite projects made with our Silhouette Cameos.  AND great news! They are having a HUGE sale for TEACHERS! Use promo code SAVE4TEACHERS on Black Friday, November 27th (see details below).


I made the Oh, Hello above my door and the arrows on the side with my Silhouette Cameo.



The READ letters in the frames were made from my Silhouette. 



1st Grade Words: Silhouette Cameo



For my bestie's daughter's birthday, I made a cute Minnie Mouse themed pennant banner. 




Seriously...having any model of the Silhouette is a TEACHER'S DREAM! You can use any fonts or clipart from your computer. They also have a library of graphics you can purchase from. The best part is that it is VERY easy to work!  


Check out these AMAZING deals!!









Sale Details:


  • Portrait machine & 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $179.99
  • CAMEO machine, Designer Edition software upgrade, Dust Cover, 4 Tools and $25 Download card to the Silhouette Design Store for $269.99
  • CAMEO machine, Design Edition software upgrade and 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $299.99
CAMEO & Portrait Bundle (One for you, one for a friend!)
  • CAMEO machine, Portrait machine and 2, $25 Download cards to the Silhouette Design Store for $299.99

Already a Silhouette user?
  • Use my code for 40% off at SilhouetteAmerica.com (*excluding machines, design downloads, download cards, subscriptions and gift cards) PLUS Free Shipping on orders over $25 for the lower 48 states
  • 50% off all designs at SilhouetteDesignStore.com – no code needed!


Don't forget to check out with code:
 SAVE4TEACHERS

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

25 Ways to Thank a Teacher

I love being a teacher! Even though some days are hard and I come home tired and exhausted at the end of the week, there are lots of reasons why I love what I do!

Feeling appreciated by my students and their parents is definitely one of the most rewarding parts of the job. We asked our Facebook followers to help us make a list of some of the small and easy ways that their students and parents have helped feel loved and appreciated. 


Here is our list of ways to say thank you to a teacher





  1. Give a sincere thank you in person to let them know how much you appreciate them
  2. Slip a thank you card on their desk
  3. Write a special note in your child's homework folder 
  4. Send a kind email to thank them for something specific they did for your child
  5. Have your child write a note or draw a picture 
  6. Stop in real quick before or after school just to say thank you
  7. Tell the principal and other administrators how much you appreciate your child's teacher
  8. Send in supplies for the classroom (soft tissues, sanitation wipes, etc)
  9. Volunteer in the classroom
  10. Chaperone a field trip
  11. Volunteer to help with something at home (cutting out lamination, organizing files, etc.)
  12. Offer to come in and help make copies or work on a special project
  13. Give them a gift card for Christmas or during Teacher Appreciation Week
  14. Donate an iTunes gift card so the class can download new apps 
  15. Buy a book to donate to their class library
  16. Bring in a homemade treat
  17. Deliver a cookie, doughnut, or cupcake from a local bakery
  18. Find out what their favorite snack/treat it and bring it to your parent teacher conference
  19. Recognize them on their birthday
  20. Surprise them with some take out for lunch
  21. Make a bouquet of pencils or highlighters or other school supply
  22. Compliment them on Facebook
  23. Bring in their favorite drink 
  24. Give flowers on the first day of school - or the last - or any day in between
  25. After parent teacher conferences or another stressful time of the year, bring them something to help them relax - a gift certificate for a pedicure, bottle of bubble bath, etc.

Of course there are lots of ways to show teachers how thankful you are for them, but this list is sure to give you some good ideas.



Chevrolet would also like to say thank you to teachers!

     Chevrolet is offering teachers a special educators discount on a brand new car!

    If you're a teacher looking to buy a new vehicle, Chevrolet would like to say thank you by helping you save thousands of dollars! 



    Help us add more ideas to our list!
    Comment and share ways that you 
    have been thanked by a 
    student or parent.


    Disclosure: We have been compensated by Chevrolet for advertising their Educators Discount Program. 

    Sunday, November 23, 2014

    Random Acts of Christmas Kindness

    I know it's not even Thanksgiving, but this Random Acts of Christmas Kindness pack was one of my favorite projects that I've ever done with my kiddos! It's best to start it right in December...so that's why I'm posting about it today!

    I was inspired by that AMAZING Cara Carroll and her family Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar she did with her family. 

     Since I have no children of my own, I decided I wanted to do RACKing it in my classroom!  
    Now you can RACK, too!  





    Here was our first RACK that was for our principal last year.  My students were so excited and they loved that this whole thing is secretive.  ;)





    Click {here} to check it out!


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    Can't do Christmasy things in your classroom or just want to do random acts of kindness all year?  Check out this Random Acts of Classroom Kindness pack that you can do all year round!


    Click {here} to check it out!


    Here are some books suggestions:
      



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    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    Rhyme to Read (App Review)

    As the computer specialist at my school, I am always looking for great apps that will get students excited about learning. I was recently introduced to a fun reading app for beginning readers called Rhyme to Read





    Rhyme to Read is a fun reading app that helps teach students word families and sight words.  It was developed by two teachers who both have advanced teaching degrees. 


    The app contains 20 books that each focus on a word family. The books build upon each other for a cumulative review of each word family. 


    One of the great things about this app is that all the word families are color-coded. This will help students learn to discriminate different word patterns.




    Rhyme to Read is ideal for beginning readers and for any student who needs RTI in reading. I would recommend it for children ages 4-6 or anyone else who is struggling with reading.



    Rhyme to Read is available in the app store by clicking HERE!





    Want to try it first? Download the 1st book to try for FREE.


    *Disclosure: This post was paid for by the creators of Rhyme to Read. All opinions expressed are my own.

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Equal or Not Equal?

    Can I just start by saying that I'm not quite sure I'm ready for winter weather?  This week at school it has been FRIGID and we've already had an inside day because of it! WOW!  How's the weather where you are? I feel like teachers are the only profession who check the weather right when they get up in the morning. HA!


    Anyway, I just wanted to stop by and show you how I introduce equal and not equal to my students!  I would not do it without these scales....for real... the BEST:


    I actually love the Monkey Math scales so much that I bought 4 of them so my students could play this game in large groups:


    On the left side of the monkey there are 7 bananas and on the right side there are 3+4 bananas.  The monkey's arms are even and straight because the equation is equal.  If it wasn't equal, the monkey's eyes go crazy and the arms aren't straight. 


    The students draw a card and place the bananas on the according sides.  They find out if the equations are equal or not equal.  Then, I have them check the equations by adding the numbers (if applicable).



    Clipart and/or fonts copyright Dianne J. Hook (djinkers.com)

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

    A Veterans Day Celebration

    Veterans Day is coming up and I love finding great ways to integrate my curriculum with anything social studies related.

    Last year I made this fun Internet-based activity called 
    'A Veterans Day Celebration' where students are led through the six steps of a webquest: introduction, task, process, resources, evaluation, and conclusion. In this activity, students will learn about the history of Veterans Day, conduct a research project, and they will get do a fun activity where they plan their own Veterans Day celebration.  


    Here is what's included in this download:
    -Teacher instruction page
    -Student instruction page (includes web quest information)
    -QR Codes to the websites (for iPad use)
    -Student research page
    -Activity graphic organizer
    -Two activity templates




    Here are some more great Veterans Day ideas:




    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Ideas for CVC Blending

    I've been working with one of my students who is still struggling to blend simple CVC words.  I honestly found that he LOVES my little word slider game that I made years ago (but just updated it with cuuute clipart for y'all).  He begged to play it and it's really helped him slide those words together to blend a CVC Word.
    The teacher pulls out one letter at a time from the slider.  The student says the name of the sound and the teacher moves on to the next letter.  To make it a little easier, I have them blend the first two sounds together and then add the last sound on. The student says the word at the end. They can check to see if they got the word right by looking at the picture at the end! They LOVE it and it's so simple (the slider is made from a letter-sized envelope).

    You can check out this pack {here}!






    I also use lots of CUPS in my RtI and Guided Reading time.  I got this fabulous idea from Kathy Griffin's Blog.  She is so smart!


    You simply write letters on plastic cups (I, of course, used Red Solo Cups). I can easily switch any of the sounds out and my student can blend the new word. It works on real words and nonsense words (um... hello DIBELS practice!). 





    Here's another one I've been doing for my student to give them the letter-sound fluency. I just use Styrofoam cups and a Sharpie marker.  You can also add a "silent e" and have them say the long vowel word.  It's fun...especially when you let them hold the cups and twist. :)  




    Enjoy! :) 



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