Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday April 30th: Bloggy Friends!

It's Time for Wordless Wednesday!

We have had some YUCKY weather lately and the playground was way too muddy to go out on.  We went out yesterday and I had three kids come in with our wonderful GEORGIA red clay all over them.  SOOOOO, we stayed in today and had a LEGO day from my huge tub of legos in the classroom!

18 more days of school!  Woot! Woot!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fantastic GoNoodle Brain-breaks for Your Classroom and FREE!!!

Have you heard of the fantastic free brain breaks for teachers?  Yep, that's right I said FREE!!!  Let me tell you about GoNoodle for the classroom.  

I use GoNoodle in the mornings before we start our day to get our brains moving as well as our physical bodies.

After lunch we have a brain break time with GoNoodle.  I was struggling with keeping my first graders awake after lunch each day and GoNoodle came to the rescue.  Now we have a GoNoodle moment right after lunch!

We took a vote the other day and my kids love the FREEZE activities and of course we do the math ones after lunch!

Here are a few pictures of my firsties doing our morning routine with that crazy chicken!  

So why should you take a look at GoNoodle?

GoNoodle is a free brain break resource for teachers all around the world!
GoNoodle is easy to use - no prep required! 
GoNoodle uses technology and a familiar game-like experience to engage students in brain breaks.
GoNoodle offers a variety of activities for anytime of the day.
Most teachers use GoNoodle to transition from one subject to the next.
Research shows that short bursts of classroom physical activity improve student performance.

Are you convinced yet?  

There is a premium version available in our giveaway on the Primary Chalkboard Blog.  So go visit and find out all about how you can get your GoNoodle Plus version for free by clicking the image below...


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday for April 23rd - Sharpening Your Hole Punch!

 Wordless Wednesday
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Yep, you CAN sharpen your hole puncher, who knew?  I am going to try this with my three hold punch too!   Have you ever tried this?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Five for Friday Linky with Doodle Bugs Teaching!!!

It's time again to link up with Doodle Bugs on her Five for Friday Linky Party!

Too lazy and ordered Chinese for dinner!  I don't eat meat so I ordered the vegetable medley with the fried rice.  Oh My Gosh, I love vegetables and rice together!

Wednesday and Thursday of this week were CRCT testing which means that first grade did not get specials.  All for the greater good...    

This week we did our frog life cycle projects and here are some pics of what they all created.  Aren't they adorable?

In art they all did flowers and I fell in love with the faces on the flowers.  What do you think?

The grand prize winner of my heart was this picture.  I have fallen in love with this little girl and she has had such a struggle with life this year.  She is sweet and adorable but I know life is hard for her and her family and I am looking forward to seeing her grow.  

"I love you Ms. Tohmas", is what she wrote.  I have a "T" over my head and she has an "N" over her head for our names.  I can't think of a better reward for being a teacher then a child's heart that totally shares her love unconditionally.  Sometimes the small things make all those struggles fade away!!!  

What a FABULOUS FRIDAY and three more days of the CRCT next week!  We can do this!!! 

Here's to teaching and I love the soft and gentle reminders God feeds me to bring it all back as to why I chose this profession over fifty years ago!  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bright Ideas Blog Hop! HOORAY!

Gotcha! Are you already thinking about what you are going to do differently next year?  Of course you are, we are teachers and we always think ahead.  
I am going to touch on four different areas of organization:

1. DESK-What is with my desk and where did all these papers come from?
2. SUPPLIES-Where am I going to put all of these supplies anyway?
3. TECHNOLOGY-I love technology but why does it come with so many cords?
4. CLASSROOM-Do these kiddos really need this much construction paper? 

I would bet that you can relate to almost every single question on the list so lets get busy......  

1. DESK-What is with my desk and where did all these papers come from?

I am always seeking the answer to this one so where is Yoda when you need him most? One thing that I did this year was an organizational binder that contains all the information that my brain does not want to carry around.  There are many binders out there but we all want one that meets our own needs right?  Where do I put this binder so that I can grab it easily and find it on my desk?  I have this wonderful desktop organizer that I use from Really Good Stuff that looks like this.  


2. SUPPLIES - Where am I going to put all of these supplies anyway?

This year my class did not have "community" property and all my kiddos had to keep up with their own supplies in a shoebox that fit nice and neat in their desk. (Yeah right, in a perfect world)  The overflow materials are going to go into one of two of these fantastic three drawer containers with labels laminated and glued to the inside of the drawer.  I also have a little slip of paper that has all their supplies listed that they might need to have replenished.  So, all I have to do is circle what they need to have for class and send it via their mailbox.  
 Maria Manore's Decorated Organizer!
3. TECHNOLOGY-I love technology but why does it come with so many cords?
Unfortunately technology does come with a lot of cords and they always seem to end up in places where they can't be seen or reached.  This is great for both 
school and home.

4. CLASSROOM-Do these kiddos really need this much construction paper? Really?

Yes, they really do need that much construction paper but I have the best solution to this E V E R!  Put the same color in a hanging file folder and you don't even have to go and get it, the kids can do it all by themselves.

OK, we are just about there and just when you thought it was safe I found one other tidbit I thought I would share.  When you do Math/ELA journals (the composition notebooks) have someone cut them in half and they go further. (Check with Lowe's or Home Depot)  


I found this easy to do idea on Pinterest and it helps out tremendously.  The only thing I did differently was I rearranged my paint sticks from A to Z going from front to back.  

I hope that as we close our time together that I have inspired you to try something new for next year. 

For more bright ideas from 150 different bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Life Cycles Bundle and Product Giveaway!

Brand New Product on TpT!

 TpT Life Cycles Bundle
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I have been wanting to do this product for a long time and it is finally done and available on Teachers Pay Teachers.  If you are interested in purchasing the bundle please click the above image.  This is what the product includes:

Frog Life Cycle

Butterfly Life Cycle

Apple Life Cycle

Sunflower Life Cycle

Chicken Life Cycle

Watermelon Life Cycle

In each of the life cycles listed above it includes:

Book Recommendations
Fun Facts about each life cycle
Research Templates for writing/researching
Sequencing Life Cycle Flash Cards
Six Interactive Life Cycle Activities
Six Crafts (one per life cycle)

Hope you are all having a warm, sunny weekend like I am!