Classroom Library Makeover

My classroom library was looking a little boring these days.  It didn’t quite fit in with the rest of my classroom, so with a little help from Oriental Trading Company, I fixed it up!  IMG_9430

Read more here about how I quickly got it looking new again and for some tips to make your classroom library cozy too!

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Tpt Giftcard winner

Lori Raines you are the lucky winner!! E-mail me at fuzzlady77@hotmail.com to claim your $10 Tpt gift card!

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Tpt Back to School Sale & A Giveaway

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I’m throwing a SALE!! August 1st and 2nd, my entire Tpt Store is on-sale.  Stock up on all your back to school needs now while they are on sale!! Don’t forget to use the code “BESTYEAR” to get 28% off your purchases!

 

I also have a $10 Tpt Gift Card to giveaway to ONE lucky winner.  Click here to enter!!

 

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Science Aprons

If you’ve been reading my blog for anytime at all, you know how much I like {ok–LOVE} science!! I was thrilled to be able to create some cute aprons for my students to wear when we “do” science experiments! They were super easy and quick to make and each one of my students will get to wear one each time we are investigating.

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Check them out here and be sure to check out the book, “What is a Scientist?” to use to introduce science to your students!

 

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Super Fun in a Super Science Test Tube!

There’s a TON of science and sensory learning packed into these terrific tubes! Using a few simple materials, you can create your own super fun in a tube! Check out these simple and exciting science and sensory learning tubes I created!

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Chick Cam 2016

We were so lucky to be able to hatch chicken eggs again this year!  In all, we hatched 8 eggs out of 17, so not a bad hatch rate.🙂

Each year, its so hard for each of my students to watch a chick hatch in real time, so for the past two years, I’ve put my iPad stand on top of the incubator and prayed that the wifi signal held and that the iPad didn’t fall off, but not this year!

This year, we had the new and improved Chick Cam 2016!! My HUE Document camera!!

It saved the day and made it SUPER easy for ALL of us to be able to see our chicks hatching on the BIG screen, in REAL time, no wifi connection needed and no iPad perched perilously on my incubator!

This set up was SO much better!! Did you enjoy the serenade of “Call Me Maybe” in the background by my sweet kiddos?🙂

I just put my HUE Document Camera on top of the incubator, plugged it into my laptop, fired up the HUE Intuition Software (that comes with the Document Camera) and we were in business!

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I loved that each time a chick hatched, I could reposition the HUE Document Camera right over the hatching egg, so we could see everything that was happening in real time!

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Once everyone had hatched, we moved Chick Cam over to the warming box where we watched them be cute and run around! Each one of my kiddos wanted to see what the chicks were doing, every minute of the day, so having the HUE Document Camera set up helped us ALL see what they were doing.  We quickly noticed that the quieter we were, the quieter they were, so it helped us regulate our voices as well!

Did you check out my guest appearance on the HUE blog?  Click here to check it out and get some great ideas from other teachers how to use the HUE Document Camera in your classroom!

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A fun & easy Father’s Day Project using Neon Kwik Stix

Are you looking for a fun and easy Father’s Day project that won’t break the bank?  Check out what my son and I were able to create in about 20 minutes!

We have a tradition in our house that started 11 years ago for my husband’s 2nd Father’s Day.  Each year my son makes him art on canvas, personalized just for him.  He’s painted DAD in so many different ways, that we wanted to do something a little different this year.🙂

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We created this one of a kind subway art in just minutes using the NEON Kwik Stix (with a few Metalix Kwik Stix colors thrown in too)!  I’ve told you how much I LOVE the Kwik Stix since I received them at the French Lick Blogger Retreat in March–and I’m still LOVING them!!

All you need to complete this simple project is:

-a blank canvas (we used white, but I bet black would work too!)

-6 pack of NEON Kwik Stix

-6 pack of Metalix Kwik Stix

-pencil

Begin by writing out your words (LIGHTLY!!) with a pencil on your canvas.  I had my son think up words to describe his daddy (Daddy-isms he called them!!) and I transferred as many as I could fit on to the canvas for him.

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Then I set my son to work tracing over my letters.  The Kwik Stix went on smoothly and we loved the texture they left on the canvas!  My son traced over each work twice because he really wanted the words to stand out.

I’ll admit, at first I was a little bothered by my pencil line showing through his tracing–my OCD!, but the more we both looked at it, the more we liked the pencil lines showing through!❤

I just love how it turned out and we are ready to go for Father’s Day!

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We did use a few colors from the Kwik Stix Metalix 6 pack as well, my son liked the sparkle they added to the neon pack and he wanted to try to make every word a different color.🙂

The edges on the Kwik Stix made it SO easy for my son to trace the letters and get the color right where he wanted it to be.

Right now The Pencil Grip Inc. is offering a discount on their Kwik Stix and their fabulous Pencil Grips!! You can get 15% off your entire purchase, just use the coupon code YOUWIN15 at checkout!!

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Now it’s your chance to win some Kwik Stix!  Enter this giveaway for your chance to win one 6 pack of NEON Kwik Stix and on 6 pack of PRIMARY Kwik Stik!!

Good Luck!

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Frog Street SPLASH 2016

I am so excited to be a Frog Street SPLASH Ambassador this year!  There are so many other bloggers who I’ve wanted to meet in real life, but haven’t had the chance to yet, so this will be an opportunity to meet SO many of my favorite people!

I can’t wait to get some great PD as well!! Check out all these amazing speakers!

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This will be my first time attending Frog Street SPLASH, so I’ve been asking some friends who have been before to share their experiences with me!

Mrs. Hoffer has some great ideas on what to bring…and Simply Kinder shares her list of things that teachers want to do during the summer (check out #22!!), and Kreative in Life shares her goals for the summer (and one of them is Frog Street SPLASH!!)

Let me know if you’ll be there…it would be great to meet lots of you in person!!

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Flexible Seating

I decided to give flexible seating a try in my classroom this year and I was pleasantly surprised at how much my kiddos and I both loved it!

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I started out by having my students choose individual places to sit around the classroom during our Writer’s Workshop time.  We kept that up for about 4 weeks, until they had the idea that they needed to choose wisely, sit away from someone they might talk with, and to sit an arms distance away from the next person.

We also used our flexible seating options during our Math and Literacy Work Stations.  The children could choose to sit in the chairs as usual, or bring some flexible seating to their work area.

The quality and quantity of work that my students produced went up during this month, so I decided that I would present them with other options to sit on.

I introduced each type of new seating individually, waiting a few days in between until the newness had worn off.  We modeled how to correctly sit in each seating choice and how and when to put it back when we were done sitting in it.

By the time we were done introducing each new type of seating, my students had these choices to choose from:

8 Scoop Chairs (Wal-Mart)

4 Chair Cushions (Wal-Mart-patio section)

2 Camp Chairs (5 Below)

2 Memory Foam Mats (5 Below)

4 Rectangular Bath Mats (Wal-Mart)

3 Adirondack Chairs (Wal-Mart)

4 Outdoor Pillows (Aldi)

6 Wobble Seats (Debbie Clement–www.wobbleseat.com)

If you’re going to try introducing Flexible Seating into your classroom next year, here are a few tips to help you.

  1. Introduce the options over time; weeks even!  It will take time for your students to learn how to use each option and how to put them away.  Make sure you model the right way to use them, carry them, and how and where to put them away.
  2. Make sure you have a class set of clipboards or sturdy writing boards your students can use to finish their work on.  My students made three stops to collect everything they needed; their seat, their clipboard, and their work.
  3. Show your students how to choose wisely when trying to find a place to sit.  Sit near someone you will not talk to, and sit an arms distance away.  They will still be near enough to ask for help from each other, but far enough away to not chat so much.
  4. Don’t give up!  It will take time for you (and them) to learn to manage the responsibility of choosing their own seating!

 

Next year, I’m going to add in some standing height tables and some floor sitting height tables (by raising or lowering the legs on my existing tables).  I still want to keep 1-2 tables as is, for my students who prefer that as well.  I’ll be posting pictures as I make that move in late July!

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The Pencil Grip Winners are…

Congratulations to:

Barb Heitkamp and Lori R.!

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You are the winners of the Pencil Grip Packs!

I’ve e-mailed you both already!🙂

You can e-mail me at fuzzlady77@hotmail.com if you don’t get my e-mail.

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