Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Learning

Hello Everyone!!
I can't believe how long it has been since my last post. School has been out for 2 weeks, but we've had our staff retreat, a facebook bookstudy, another writing curric. to study...and don't forget all the family fun and the stuff I want and have to do around the house for which I don't have time  during the school year. 
Every summer for the last 33 years since I started teaching, I inevitably hear someone say that teachers have it so good, getting summers off.  Off? Summer for teachers is yes, a little time to rejuvenate, reconnect with fam., catch up on reading for pleasure, etc. after the crazy busy school year. But it is also a time for learning and growing as teachers. Sometimes I feel as though I do some of my best learning and growing in the summer because I actually have time to research, reflect and internalize.  My brain isn't scattering in a gazillion different directions. 
As I said earlier, some of us are participating in a district book study via facebook.  The book we are concentrating on is "No More Phonics and Spelling Worksheets" by Jennifer Palmer and Marcia Invernizzi.  It is all about engaging our young learners in word study.  Those of you who know me and have followed this journey know that I am all about getting my kids excited about learning and worksheets don't always fit that bill.  I can't wait to implement some of the ideas! You should check out this little book!! I'll be back later with a more complete report.
We are also working toward incorporating Lucy Calkins "Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing" into our first grade writing curriculum.  I love Lucy Calkins books so much, I went ahead and bought the whole unit myself, so I can start reflecting and organizing. Be on the lookout for more posts on this tool for writing teachers!!!  Can't wait!!

I hope you are having a good summer so far. Please visit again soon! I want to leave you today with a collection of quotes that I keep close to my heart.  Each one reminds me of why I teach and why I learn! 

My plan is to print these off and hang them in my classroom behind my desk.  I use a lot of primary colors in my room.  If you want these with a different color background, let me know and I will send you the set with your preference! 
Keep Learning!!! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Camping Unit

Hello Everyone!!
I know I said I probably wouldn't post again before school got out, but I wanted to quickly share this little pack that I hope to have time to do the very last week!  I wanted to save time to have a little end of year camping theme. I took some of the ideas from a camping theme we did several years ago, added some fun new things and came out with some anticipation for a fun week!! Here are a few things I hope to have time to do with my little learners!!



These are just a few of the fun little learning opportunities included in the unit! 
If you think you want to try to fit it in  SIMPLY CLICK HERE!  It is about 76 pages!
I'll try to click some pics as we are engaged in the unit to show you more. Till then...have a super duper week!! Are you counting down yet???  I find myself getting a bit teary eyed at this time of year.  I am going to miss these littles!!!
Thanks for stopping by for a peek at what we are up to!! Don't forget to leave a comment. We love hearing from you!!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Lick, Lick! Drip, Drip!

Hello Everyone!
Are you ready for the last few weeks??? I love the last bit of time I have with my littles! They absolutely shine in everything they do!  Their confidence has skyrocketed and they feel like big kids.  I love to end the year with some cool fun that all kids love!  Popsicles and Ice Cream! I shared my little unit about popsicles last year, but I have updated and added an ice cream component. This 115 page pack is filled with lots of review activities, including math, writing, poetry, book lists, science, hands on visuals, and so much more. There's also a mini personal finance component. I hope I have time to fit it all in!  The kids will still be learning, but having some cool fun along the way.  Here are a few pics of what is included.

If You think you can use even a small part of the pack,

I hope you have a great end of the year! I hope to be back to post a few more things, but wow! This time of year is also Crazy Busy at home and at school, so I can't promise anything!  
Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Soil and Rocks!

Hello Everyone!
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there...and to all the dads, grandparents, friends, and others who also fulfill the mom role. Your job is so important!  Celebrate your commitment and love!
 I had a wonderful day spoiling my mom and hearing from both my babies---from afar!! Yes, they will always be my babies no matter how old they get!!!  I love you, Jordan and Toby!!!
I have so much to share from last week!!  We had one jam packed week, which about took me out, but we do survive, don't we? I haven't had time to go through all my pictures, so that post is going to have to wait.
I do want to share what we have coming up...our study of soil and rocks!!!  Oh. My. The kids loooooove this!!!  Sometimes we forget how much kids get into our little science studies!! I have shared my soil unit before, but I worked on adding to it, cleaning it up, and am now ready to share.  Here are some pics from the 39 page unit.

you can get my unit....

Hope you can use a bit of it!!  I know my kids are going to have a blast!! 
Well, that's it for today.  I promise I'll be back to share our week.
Thanks for your patience!  And thanks for your support of this little Window On Wonder!!