It’s really been a while!  I got a new computer a while back and couldn’t get into this account.  I definitely had the right password- it even told me I couldn’t use it when I tried setting it as my new one since I had already used it- but oh well!  Anyway, for those of you teaching summer school or for parents who work with your children over the summer, here you go!

I teach summer school.  When I was in college, I stayed home with my son during the summer.  I would plan all sorts of activities for us and make little lesson plans for what we would do.  We never did them.  So good for you for the parents who actually follow through!  I still haven’t learned how to do that at home!  🙂

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Free on TPT!

Wow, I haven’t posted anything in a while!

I’ve made things for my classroom, but not enough to make a full set.  Either that, or compiling the document and making preview pages and credit pages just seems like more trouble than it’s worth at that moment.

I also spent a few hours making 40 bokeh papers…and then wound up not liking them.  I started new watercolor papers as well, but wasn’t thrilled about how they were turning out either.

I just posted a number sorting activity on TPT.  Students take dog bone numbers in different fonts and sort them on mats.  I’m using it for independent work and an introductory lesson for the number I am working on with a student.

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$1 on TPT

It feels like the weekend is over already.  Yesterday was spent away from the house, and I don’t feel like I accomplished much today.  Tomorrow I have quite a bit of cleaning to do, and before I know it, Monday morning will be here!

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and that your break doesn’t feel over already.  🙂

I took a break from working on teaching materials last night (which meant that I had hours of fun today, and I’m still not done, but I wanted to get this up!) to make some watercolor tags.  I also made bokeh papers the other day, but I still have to package them up, and I don’t think that’s happening today!

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18 tags, $1.50 on TPT

I just added chevron and polka dot glitter papers in fall colors to TPT.

These took me waaayyyy longer then they should have.  I made quite a few rookie mistakes, like not performing quality control after making each paper, and I wound up having to go back and making a lot of the papers over again.  I’ve done this before, so one might think that I would have learned by now, but of course not.

But they are done now!  There are 102 papers in all.

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$3.50 on TPT

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  How fast do they go??

A lot has gone on in my classroom in the past two weeks!

We went on a field trip to the zoo, and it was an amazing experience!  First of all, we didn’t lose any kids, which is my biggest fear, so it’s automatically a successful trip.  Second, all of the kids and adults had a fantastic time.

Our science unit is on land animals (although I was kind enough to let them see water animals 😉 ), so I chose the zoo for that reason.  When we arrived, the penguin exhibit was our first stop.  The penguins were just leaving the water when we got there, and they were all shaking off, which was adorable!  After a few minutes of watching them, I told the students it was question time and asked them if penguins were mammals, birds, or reptiles.  One boy yelled out, “They’re all mammals!” very excitedly.  It was great.

The favorites by far were the monkeys, who were eating and throwing out the leftovers into a bag; the giraffes; and a stingray touch tank.  One student really wanted to go to the touch tank, and he asked about it continually.  We went there right before leaving the zoo, and he wouldn’t touch the stingrays, which amused me!  He loved when they splashed him, though, and he was happy that they got his clothes wet.

We also received a new student a week before going to the zoo, and, of course, going on a trip with a student you don’t know very well is anxiety-provoking, but she handled it well.  However, the class sizes were uneven, and I had twice as many students as another teacher, so they decided to move one of my boys down the hall.  It will be better for him in that class for a few reasons, but I do miss him and made him promise to come and visit us!

I haven’t been making much for the classroom, instead using resources I find on the interwebs.  The most time-consuming part (or at least it feels that way) of creating resources is keeping track of whose products I’ve used and making the credit pages.  Plus, I don’t want to put incomplete units up, and it feels wrong to charge for a product that’s only a page or two, even if some of them take more time to make than some of my ten page products!  It’s a mental thing.

So, since I have that guilt, here are two free worksheets for students to record their observations after going on a fall nature walk.  We are going to take one on Monday.  First, we will go outside and read a short book called Fall by Gail Saunders-Smith.  After we’ve read the book, we’ll walk around the grounds and use four of the five senses (saving taste for Tuesday while we’re in the building!).  We’ll talk about the changes that happen in fall and how animals prepare for the winter.  Our Monday mornings are rather long, and this should be a nice way to break it up a bit!

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Fall Nature Walk Observation Worksheets, Free on TPT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two of my students are working on multiplication facts.  I give them three to four facts at a time, and we go over them until they are mastered.  We skip over multiplying by 0 and 1, as they understand those properties. This is working well for them so far, but I’m running out of activities since so much is mixed practice!  I put together this file folder game pack.  It has 12 sets, one for each times table 1-12.

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Now I really need to get myself to bed- I have a new student tomorrow and that means more to get done in the morning!

Have a great week!

 

I survived my first back to school night.

I’m not sure how I did it.

When I was an aide, I loved meeting the parents.  I still do, I just don’t like talking in front of a group.  Luckily, only two sets of parents came, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

These were my opening lines: “After I found out I got this teaching job, I was excited for about five seconds.  Then I realized I would have to do back to school night.  Whatever happens tonight, I promise I am much better at teaching your children than I am at talking to you.”

Thankfully, they laughed, and that helped.  I didn’t stumble on any words, which was a huge surprise, as I constantly trip over my words, and I didn’t turn bright red, which was another huge surprise.

I have been working sixteen hours a day nonstop.  This is the only thing I have made for TPT since whenever I posted the self-monitoring behavior board.

Speaking of the board, it is helping one student, but not the other.  When student A gets to yellow, he can take it back to green.  Student B repeats, “I don’t want to be on red.  Red is bad.  I don’t want to be on red.  Red is bad.”  Over and over.  I never said red was bad, just that it would mean they had to take a break and calm down.  But, I can definitely see his line of thinking!  I stopped that with him.  Time for something new!

Anyway, here is my new product.  I made it for my students who need to work on one-to-one correspondence and counting.  There are ten mats, and you can use any manipulatives you have sitting around for it.

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$1 on TPT

Have a wonderful week!