Monday, July 14, 2014

Back to School. Wait...WHAT?!

Hey Friends! I am back from Vegas! And boy oh boy did I have a blasty blast! So I have started thinking already about the B2S. I don't think that I have shared the good news yet! BUT...

Lookie at my NEW classroom!!

I AM GETTING A NEW ROOM!! I am tickled pink!! So I have started packing up my stuff and moving it over. My favorite tip is, store your classroom materials in tubs by month. 
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I love storing my stuff this way! Top row is "stuff" and bottom row is books. I know that it is painfull to think about Back to School, but I am already scanning B2S add to scoop up the deals!! And speaking of deals, me and my girls at Freebielicious have teamed up with Educents with some instant downloads for you! Loaded with great products for back to school including book studies, craftivities, classroom prep, and content materials for back to school!  With 23 instant downloads... you have to check it out!  


My product included will surely be loved by your students!

This is one of my FAVORITE products!! 


I love how hands on it is for my kiddos and we just LOVE making the anchor charts! 

Making Anchor Charts with your Students

There are some extra pictures that aren't in my pack, but you get the idea :) I love love love doing this to build the beginning sounds :)







For a limited time it is $34.99 from Educents which is 69% off!  Twenty-three products for your kinder and first grade classrooms and over 1200 pages of materials from some of your favorite teachers!  It's a bundle you are sure to LOVE!



Take a moment to take a peek at some of the other teachers featured in this bundle - what that have going on for back to school and what they are featuring in this deal too!



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fun in VEGAS

Hi Friends! Long time no see, I don’t know if ya’ll have figured it out from my Facebook or Instagram, but right this VERY Second I am in Las Vegas for the I Teach K and TPT conference! We are having a blast!! Having WAY to much fun, and meeting some pretty AMAZING teachers!!
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Any who, a while back I got an email from ESGI, asking if I would review their product and give one away. I said, what better time then when all 600 of my closest bloggy friends are all together!! So let me tell you ALL about it!!



Some of you might know that my Mother is a principal in the same district that I teach in, and she came home from school one day asking me if I had heard about ESGI?  I said no, tell me about it. She told me it was a program to use to test your kids. My first thing out of my mouth was “Really mom, I have to do ALL THESE ASSESSMENTS! WHY, would I add another?!” She said “Kaci, just promise me you will look at it, it will change your life”. Um HELLO she was RIGHT!!

ESGI did change my life! And it isnt ANOTHER assessment, it is a bigger and better assessment  to replace all the paper and pencil ones you keep in piles around your room. When you log into your account, you can see at a glance how well you class as a whole is doing (This was taken mid year)
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I love it because as you can see, I have all of my Ball Words set up as a test. Each of my kiddos come over and they see the word on the screen, they say what they think it is, I press yes or no, and it moves on to the next question. Easy Peasy. And did I mention Easy!!
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I don’t know about you, but I always dread when I get a new kiddo because off all the assessments I have to copy. Well worry no more! Because now all you have to do is add a new kiddo, no copying! Just add their name and keep on trucking!
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I am tickled pink that my new Principal, used to be a Kindergarten teacher AND she used ESGI! I am hoping she will spring for it! Because let me tell you! It is worth EVERY dime!! And speaking of dimes… If click here to purchase you can get it for 400 less dimes at only $159 per teacher! 
 
OR You can win this for free by entering this Rafflecopter!!



Make sure if you are in Vegas, stop by and see us at Booth 115! If I am there, tell me you entered my ESGI Giveaway and I will send you off with some goodies!!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

How about a Little Stich Fix?

I caved. I finally ordered myself a Stich Fix! I took pictures of my first go around, just never showed them off Smile

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May Fix~

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Dress was okay, but I wasn’t in LOVE with it, The price might of influenced me a bit too!

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Again, the price was kinda high, so I sent this necklace back. Also I don’t really wear necklaces.

 

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I LOVED this shirt, but when I asked for Officer Hofficers opinion, he didn’t so I sent it back too Sad smile

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Do we even need to discuss the Skinny Jeans?! (They didn’t fit)

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Then this cute shirt, but I don’t wear gold. Like ever.

 

So my first Fix was a no go, but I am not the easiest person to shop for, so I filled out my survey like a good little girl and tried again!

 

June Fix~

I was SO excited when I opened my June Fix! There was not ONE stich of Clothing in it!! I LOVE me some accessories!!!

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My first item was a clutch, I don’t ever carry a clutch, and this thing was HUGE!

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Necklace- Again, don’t usually wear little petite necklaces unless it is the one Hubs gave me!

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Same with earrings. unless they are my wedding present, I don’t wear earrings!

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Now I LOVED this scarf! I loved it so much I already have one JUST like it in my closet Smile And you gotta love this look with the Thunder tee!

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And then the purse! I loved it, except…You guessed it… it had Gold hardware Sad smileAgain, isnt the outfit to die for Winking smile

 

I am signed up to get another the beginning of July! Hopefully they will send me something good to take with me to VEGAS!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, June 9, 2014

AR Flashcards

I know, that sounds so boring. Why do I want to even know about AR Flashcards. That is what I thought when I heard about them at the Technology Conference I went to a couple of weeks ago. She told us to download the app, and I did hesitantly. But WOW am I ever glad I did. AR doesn’t stand for “Accelerated Reader” it stands for “Augmented Reality”. The app looks like this when you go searching for it in the app store.

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Looks interesting enough right? Well just wait until the next part! When you open the app, it looks like this:

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You are going to click the button that says “Get Started”, but before we go that far, you need to go to arflashcards.com and print the ABC Flashcards, laminate and cut.

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Now get your little iPod, iPhone, iPad out and get ready to have kindergarten jaws drop!

When you hover the camera over the flashcards something amazing happens…

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The pictures come to life! They are 3d! But what is going to make this great for me is, when you click on the picture, it says “P Penguin” so we are practicing our letter recognition! Yay!!

 

Well that is my fun little fact of the day, now go download the app and have it ready for Back to School time!! I can’t wait to put this in my “Listening to Reading” station! Smile

 

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Dun Dun Duuunn. The Daily 5

Have I told you guys recently how much I LOVE summer break?! That being said, I feel like I am busier now than when I had kiddos!! I have been work work working on my Silhouette! As you know I am a Police Wife, and Have been making these cuties and then some wine glasses for my teacher friends! I am up to my elbows in alligators is sales from Etsy!
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BBbuuuttt anywho, Have you heard the good news?! The Sisters have come out with a NEW Daily Five book! I have read the old D5 books, but have never implemented it. So this is something new that we are going to try this year, I am super nervous, but I know there are plenty of Kindergarten teachers who do it! So why can’t we Smile

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Along with all my Freebielicious girls, we are hosting a Daily 5 book study! Starting TODAY! So without further ado, here is Chapter One and Two!

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What I really picked up on in the first chapter was the engagement in Seat Work, Centers, Workshops and D5. My first year teaching I had to do worksheets at their seats. I quickly discovered that that wasn’t going to cut it with 18 5 and 6 year olds. So the next two years I went to centers. I loved centers, I gave them activities, they filled out the worksheet and turned it in. It was hands on yes? Each center had cards, and I ran about 6 centers, putting 4 kids in each group. I was a happy little camper, until this past year. I read D5 and Debbie Dillers books again (as I do every summer!) and decided I could add MORE to my centers. So I added Puzzles, iPads, Writing Center, Listening, Sensory Table, Blocks, Computers and SmartBoard. (If you want to read more check out this post here)
I had a very meticulous way of organizing my kids, and we stuck to our plan. (This is an older pic, so some of the centers are different)
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But I am now seeing the light! In a way I am already doing parts of the D5. Just not well enough. We will talk about how I am going to change my “centers” into a more D5 like rotations later on.

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The first section in Ch2 is Trust and Respect. I can’t tell you how many times I was told last year, “Oh my kids could NEVER do that” or “My kids can’t handle working independently”. I TRUST my kids. I teach them from day 1 that they are INDEPENDENT little creatures, who can do things on their own. Is it scary to let go of control of 22 little buggers, absolutely! But I trusted that they could do it on their own, and it was amazing at how independently they could work, (That is until I stepped out into the hall, then I had a tail of about 5 kids)

Then it talks about Community. In my class we talk about how we are a family, and we all love and support one another. I had a little friend this year, that had some problems, and I could always count on my little mother hens, trying to help and make sure he was doing what he was supposed to. We supported each other. We love Dr. Jeans cheers, and when someone benchmarked we would do a Cheer! (You can find those here, Thanks to Mary from SharingKindergarten and Dr. Jean for sharing those for FREE!)

The next section is Choice. I already said above, that I don’t give my kids choice. That is going to have to change. I heard a lot of “Awe man! I have to go to XYZ?!” If I give them the choice, if they don’t want to go to that station, they don’t have to right that second. I am going to try this. My kids LOVE their clip chart, so I am going to add one for what station they are going to go to. I just added this to TPT. Grab it if you can use it!
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The next section is Accountability and how we are moving the accountability from us to the students. Holding the students accountably for their own learning.

Finally, the chapter closes with Brain Research and Transitions. This is where I whole heartily agree with the D5. I have kindergarteners, I can’t teach Reading for 90 minutes straight. My kids have the attention span of a mosquito. I break my lessons up into ten minute sections. Ten minutes of Sight Words, Ten minutes of Word Families, Ten minutes of Listening to a Story, Ten minutes of building words. In between those sections, we need to get up and get moving. I use GoNoodle, YouTube, Adventure to Fitness ect to get my kiddos moving.

No go ahead and read some more posts about Daily 5!


Welp, that is my rambling on Ch 1 & 2. NOW I have to go do homework on Network Infrastructure… (I would MUCH rather be reading about D5, but college is calling)

Will see you next week for the next chapters!!

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ten Thing I want to do this Summer

I am going to link up with my sweet friend Deanna for what I am going to do this summer!
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1) I think this is the most excititng!! I am going to go back to VEGAS! Ya’ll I had a BALL last year, and this year I just know it will be just as fun, if not more!!
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2) Hang out with this cutie! I really miss spending quality time together, with our crazy schedules, it has been difficult! Also taking the little two for walks and such.
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3) I have a craft fair coming up in June. I am super nervous, and have been crafting like a crazy person!
4) Teaching Swimming lessons! I have been a fish since I was little, and I really enjoy teaching the little ones to love water too!!
5) I just bought this book, and it will be one of TWO books I will read this summer, that don’t involve a love story Winking smile
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6) I have applied for a job at our Library, I realllly hope I get it! It will be good practice for when I finish my Masters!
7) Spend lots of time doing this… with a book or twenty
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8) Spend some time here…
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9) Working in my classroom (Well. Duh you thought I would forget) I spend most of the time in my room during the summer, so this summer I am redoing it completely! Going from Owls to Ocean! I can’t wait!!
10) Last but not least! I want to RELAX!

Make sure you go link up with Miss Deanna!