Friday, April 4, 2014

Let Them Play! Future Engineers

So we were waiting for the call to go get our class pictures taken and I said, "Play with your cubes for a minute." (My kids keep about 20 cubes in their work boxes for math lessons and down times.) My sweet precious child that has severe language delays made this and explained it to the class.
Open window. Toss out lesson plans. 

"Who else can build a machine? And while you're at it, get out your journals and write about it. Oh, and can you accurately record the number of cubes needed to make your machine?"
I love moments like this.

The bottom if you press it will turn into a rock collection and it measures and it learns about rocks.
This is a water machine. The water is dripping. This is a juice machine.

This is my ice cream machine. But lift and this comes out easily. This is my ice cream grabber.

I made a helicopter. (10 yellow 17 green)
Different day, another happy play moment:
Have you had any "let them play" moments recently? Leave a comment!
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Blogger Buddies 4/2

It's Wednesday and that means it's time to share something fun or inspiring that you saw on another blog this week. Remember, primary teachers hold hands and share AND they are very good at following directions.
1. Share something on your blog that you liked on a friend's blog.
2. Ask permission before you snag photos from the friend's blog.
3. Always put the friend's blog button and link it.
4. Always put the linky image linked to this post.
5. Make sure you link up below!

My blogger buddy this week is Kelly Young from Young & Lively Kindergarten. I was chatting with her just this week to make sure my school has their promethean board calendars for next year. 

Her blog post this week will bring you a little spring cheer because she has a free mini flower unit you can pick up. My kiddos are going to use the addition sheets next week in a center. Thanks, Kelly!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Sure I'm happy with my day job…but who doesn't love spring break?!

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Cleaning and the STANK from the Boys' Bathroom

Yes. I'm posting about the smell coming from boys' bathroom. …cause if you are a Kindergarten teacher anywhere, you know that there is going to be a smell in the boys' bathroom. God bless their sweet little hearts (and other parts). You can preach and you can talk. The "miss" happens. I've found something that is saving our room from the smell that sneaks in from that small space. I try to avoid the chemical sprays that can be harmful and aggravating to my kiddos…especially my babes with asthma. Here it is: My $30 diffuser from amazon and PURIFY essential oil. (Click the pic to learn more about it.) I just put in a few drops into the water and turn the bad boy on. It puts a mist of lemon, lime and pine into my room all day. OK kiddos. You can the clothespins off your noses now.

Now on to more clean spring cleaning. The nasty fish tank. Poor guys. (I think they are guys because they also wee wee in their surroundings.)

The closets in my house where I store teaching stuff. Am I candidate for that hoarding show?

And my TPT wish list! See where it says, "Your cart is empty." ?? Not for long! I'm cleaning it out this weekend while hundreds of TPT sellers are having a sale.

If you want a quick link to the stores with sales, go to Georgia Grown Kiddos.

What are your spring cleaning projects?

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

ESGI & Friends Give Away Apple iPad Air, $300 in Merchandise and Year of ESGI!

Spring is here, they all did say.
Sunshine, laughs and no more gray!
Flowers, birds and skies of blue,
Bring good things from me to you!
So with that thought, we start to play
A thousand-dollar giveaway!
A thousand bucks, can that be true?
I want to win! What do I do?
Click these links in the giveaway
And you will find instructions today.
Prizes are but clicks away!

ESGI, HeidiSongs, Smart Kids, and Mrs. Wills’ Kindergarten are partnering up for a springtime $1000 giveaway! 

Follow the blog hop and register to win an Apple iPad Air, $300 in merchandise, and a full year of ESGI absolutely free!

Plus, every participant will receive a Free Downloadable Product on each blog! Click here to go to Facebook to get mine! Click the ESGI tab at the top of the page.

Click the picture above to hop to the next blog!

ESGI is an online resource created by a veteran Kindergarten teacher to help other teachers spend less time assessing and more time teaching. ESGI contains over 200 custom assessments that cover all of the CCSS standards for Kindergarten! With one click, teachers can access student data necessary for more effective individualized instruction. Parent letters and reports are provided in English and Spanish.

To read more about how I use ESGI in my classroom, go here and here.

What can you win?
  • $100 of HeidiSongs Products
  • $100 of Smart Kids Products
  • $100 of Mrs. Wills’ Kindergarten Products
  • Free Year of ESGI 
  • Apple iPad Air 32 GB, Wi-Fi
What do you have to do?
  • Click on the ESGI & Friends Blog Hop image above to start the blog hop.
  • "FOLLOW" each blog when you're on their site.
  • Be a current ESGI user or sign up for a 60-Day Free Trial of ESGI by linking from one of our blog partner sites. (No credit card required to register for a trial.) Be sure to use promo code B6336 to save!
  • Hop to the next blog by clicking on the ESGI & Friends Blog Hop image until you return to the blog you started from.
  • Rafflecopter will help you with instructions & track your progress to make sure you are officially entered in the giveaway!

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