Friday, April 18, 2014

Five for Friday {Easter Edition}

Hello y'all! I know I've been MIA for some time. I am just enjoying being a stay at home mom while I can. We've been busy playing outside, working on house projects {which are never-ending}, finishing our first soccer season, and other fun things. I just had to link up this week to show y'all some of our Easter fun! 
I picked up these cute, little, glittery eggs at The Dollar Tree. I wasn't sure what we would do with them, but I knew we could use them at home and that I could hopefully use them in the classroom when I go back.
We sorted by color and used them as manipulatives for another activity. 
Number-Dot Activity - I wrote numbers on one half of the egg and made that number of dots on the other half. We mixed them all up, sorted them into eggs with dots and eggs with numbers. E had fun matching them.

Easter Egg Addition - On another set of Easter eggs, I wrote simple addition sentences on half of the egg and the answers on the other side. This is where those cute, glittery eggs came in handy as manipulatives. E did so well with this activity! 

Easter Egg Jump - This activity involved lots of movement, which is always good! I did this activity too and wore my Polar FT4 watch to see how many calories I burned, which was 47 calories {although it felt like it should've been a lot more}. I wrote numbers on pieces of foam {you could use paper or any material you can write on}. When E picked an egg, he read the number aloud and we jumped that many times. I did numbers 1-12. So, we jumped 78 times. Then, we started all over and did the same activity, but with jumping jacks. It was a really FUN activity and E really enjoyed it!
Sadly, I don't have a picture for this but I wanted to share how I used Easter eggs in my fourth grade classroom. I love using seasonal manipultives and you can use them no matter what age you teach. In my fourth grade class, my partner teacher and I wrote down Math problems and put one in each egg. When the student got an egg, they solved the problem and then got a piece of candy if their answer was right. If it wasn't, we'd talk about where they went wrong and they were encouraged to try again and if they needed assistance, they could ask a classmate for help. It was a fun way to have some Easter fun while using standards! 

Happy Easter, friends! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Currently

Can y'all believe it is already April? It sure doesn't seem 4 months since I packed up my classroom mid-year and moved to Georgia. It also doesn't seem like I've been a SAHM for 4 months. The time is flying by!  I know I've been a little absent lately - just enjoying life as a SAHM and putting the "teacher" on pause for a minute. 

I had to link up to Farley's Currently series, though!

Most of mine are self-explanatory so I won't repeat them now! We are ready for a trip to the zoo on this beautiful day! 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Still Here!

I wanted to pop in real quick to let you all know that I am still here! I've been a little out of the blog loop for a few weeks. We've taken a break from our "school" stuff each day - hey, that's the beauty of having half of the year off and being a SAHM! ;) It's like an early summer, if you will.

We haven't been totally lazy. We've played a lot outside since our weather is beginning to warm up. Baseball, soccer, puppies, and I've been exercising!
We've played games like Operation. I am hoping the Easter bunny brings another fun board game for us to play.
We've (or I've) focused on my health, fitness, and weight loss. I'm documenting it over at soundsofsummer1 on Instagram if you would like to follow. Losing weight & maintaining weight loss has always been a struggle of mine. I really enjoy getting out in nature and just running, but I went "too hard, too fast" and have awful shin splints. It's been 3 weeks and they still hurt. Blah. So I've been working out with the elliptical instead of running.
I've began working on my resume, my cover letter, and my applications to teach this fall! Eeeekkkkk. I'll be mailing them out tomorrow. 
We've just been enjoying life, friends! Be back with school stuff soon! 

Sunday, March 9, 2014


One of my best blogging buddies, Erin (The Short & Sassy Teacher), nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thanks so much, Erin! I just love Erin and her cute blog!

The rules for the award are:
1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions written by the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 bloggers you think bring sunshine to the world.
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

11 Random Facts:
1. I am currently a SAHM.
2. I keep chapstick with me at all times.
3. I've moved three times in six years.
4. I grew up on a farm and loved it. I enjoyed horse rides, riding four-wheelers, and other country fun.
5. My elementary school was K-8. 
6. I went to St. Lucia on my honeymoon. It was beautiful!
7. I love to watch reality TV.
8. I enjoy running, but often get shin splints.
9. I am getting ready to run my fourth 5K.
10. I love that my son wants to play sports. I think sports are so great for children. He just started playing soccer.
11. We are in the process of totally re-doing our home office! Think lots of organization, new flooring, built in's, etc.

My 11 Questions from Erin:

1. What is your favorite subject to teach? I loved teaching Social Studies! I think it's so important to learn about our nation's history.

2. What is a piece of advice you'd like to give to new teachers? Take your time & don't get overwhelmed. It's easy to get overwhelmed with Pinterest and teaching blogs because everyone's classroom looks amazing and seems like the "perfect" classroom - and it's not. Focus on one area at a time and take your time. It took me 6 years to get my classroom like I wanted it...and then I moved mid-year. *sigh*

3. What's one of your guilty pleasures? Hmmm, maybe shopping?!

4. How would you describe your classroom using three words? Organization, community, and expectations.

5. When did you know you wanted to be a teacher? I've always wanted to be a teacher. For a while I considered nursing, but teaching has always been my career choice.

6. How do you try and spread your sunshine to others? I just try to be myself, in person and through social media. I try to be a good friend and care about others.

7. What's your song anthem? I'm not sure what this means. Like, our school song? Or just a song I love? Sorry! I may be having a blonde moment.

8. Name your teaching necessity. Organization! I just feel more prepared when things are organized.

9. What's your favorite snack food? Chips!

10. Who is your favorite children's author? I don't know if I have a favorite author. I know, so un-teacher of me! I love so many books from so many different authors.

11. Why did you decide to start blogging? I began blogging after my first move-when I moved out of my childhood home to another state. I was sad, I missed my family, but I was excited to be a fourth grade teacher so I blogged all about it. It gave me something to do and a way to share it with my family. I actually blogged about it on my personal blog. Eventually, I didn't want my personal and professional "stuff" to be together so I created this blog. Over time, my blog became more of a way to share my ideas and get ideas from others! Teacher blogs have blossomed over the past few years!

I'm going to be a bit of a rule-breaker and not nominate 11 specific people because I think so many of you are fantastic and spread sunshine! And...I've got to hurry and get ready for puppy training class...these puppies are keeping me on my feet! :)

On another note, I was a bit "out" of the blogging world for a couple of days. I decided not to do "school stuff" this past with my son. I felt that we both just needed time away from that. My intuition was right because he ended up with strep throat AND the croup! I'll be back soon with other things to share! Have a good Sunday, friends! 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March Currently

Four days late, but I am finally linking up for Farley's Currently series for March!

Most of mine are self explanatory so I won't go into too many details, except to say that I am FINALLY back on track with my exercise and weight loss. I am not officially back on Weight Watchers, but I am using my materials from the last time I was on it (thankfully it hasn't changed) and I have lost 5 pounds! Woohoo! LOTS more to go, but it's a journey that I'll continue. I've also been running two miles a few times a week. I have a 5K coming up at the end of March so that was good motivation, too!

How many can guess the ???? answer?!?! I'll post it in my next post - but you can take a guess in the comments! I will tell you that I did not run a 5 min 29 sec mile! I wish! :) 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Letter Bb - BEARS

Last week we finished our letter Bb for bears! I found these letter Bb puzzles online. They were good to see how the letter Bb is formed.
I also really liked this bear coloring page. For a non-reader, it was easy to see what color the bear should be - except for white and grey. Of course, the word "white" couldn't be in the color white since you wouldn't be able to see it. That confused E - the color it was written in was gray so naturally, he thought that two bears were supposed to be gray.
Even though this printable from Confessions of a Homeschooler uses butterfly for the letter Bb, we still used it to find letter Bb's.
We also worked on some basic bear addition! Note to self - work on writing numbers ... I had to help him with all of these.
Our last activity was too difficult so we made our own rules! At first, I called out #s for E to put a dot on. He got frustrated easily because there were lots of numbers he didn't know (20+). So we took turns calling out #s that he knew and then just put dots on the rest!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Bosley Sees the World - Book Review

Today I want to share a book with you that we have read this week. Tim Johnson from The Language Bear contacted me and asked me to review the book "Bosley Sees the World". It worked out perfectly since we have been working on the letter Bb for bear.
The following is a book description from Amazon:

Follow Bosley Bear as he discovers how big the world is and how much there is to explore and learn. Bosley is a confident and curious little bear who looks for new challenges around every corner. This is a dual language book that is designed to teach your child new words and phrases. The teaching methods used in this book allow children to learn at their own pace and enjoy the learning process. These methods include: repeat words, simple phrases, opposites, highlighted vocabulary words, contextual learning, and corresponding imagery.

This book is a dual language book and is available in Spanish, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, and Hindi. All of them provide line-by-line translations in English and the second language.
This is a very cute story about an adventurous Bosley who wants to explore the world around him - all children can relate to that, right? The illustrations are bright, colorful, and appealing to the eyes.
Throughout the text you will see green highlighted vocabulary words. At the back of the book, there is a "New Words" section that shows the both translations of the vocabulary words.
In my previous school, we did not have many learners who spoke a different language. All of my students spoke English. I did have one student once whose father spoke Spanish and a little English, but the child spoke English and only some Spanish. 

I picked out the English/Spanish version of the text because in the area that I am now in, I think it may be the most useful for me in the future. If you had learners who spoke English as a second language - or had parents who spoke little English - this book would be great! I imagine that with my previous student whose father spoke mostly Spanish, reading to the child at home might be difficult. This dual language book would be great to help encourage reading at home, even if English is the second language. Or - if you have a new student who speaks English as second language - this book might help them feel more confident and be able to enjoy reading with his/her classmates. 

This week we read the story and E seemed to really enjoy it. Even though he's Pre-K aged - this book would be suitable for older students. Overall - I would definitely recommend "Bosley Sees the World"!