Sunday, March 1, 2015

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Hope everyone had an awesome weekend!! We can't believe how fast the year is flying by!! Before we know it, it will be Spring Break, then the Statewide Assessment then time for Summer Break!!

Happy early Birthday Dr. Seuss!! We love celebrating his birthday with dressing up and doing Seuss Rotations, where each teacher reads a Seuss book then does a learning activity.

Check out our post from the past! See if there are any tips that you can use to celebrate Seuss!! Just click the image below for some "Seuss-tastic" Fun!  Happy LEARNING!!





Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sale Continues TODAY!!!

The TPT sale has been extended through tonight at midnight! Woohoo! Time for us to get our shop on!

Remember...you can save 28% when you use promo code HEROES at checkout!  

You can save 40% or more on our already reduced BUNDLES!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Teacher HEROES...you deserve a SALE!

We are SOOOO excited that it's FINALLY time for another BIG SALE on TPT!


Hit up TPT on Wednesday, February 25th for 20% off our ENTIRE store. 

Enter the code HEROES at checkout and TPT will give you an extra 10% off!

And you might want to hop on over to TPT on Thursday too...just sayin! :)

Here are a couple of our newest packs that might interest you!

         


Here are a few of our SEASONAL packs that might work perfectly for you!




 And as always, check out these BUNDLES for a savings of 40% or MORE!





Happy Shopping!  You TRULY are a HERO!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

FREE Sight Word pack!

Thanks to all of YOU, our little store reached a TPT milestone! We are beyond thrilled that you guys find value in the items we create. We love planning units together, finding cool clip art, and hopefully saving you some time that can be spent on all the other blessings that matter...our kiddos, our families, God...!

As a little thank you, we changed our best selling sight word pack to FREE for this entire week! Please visit our TPT STORE to grab this pack!


Have a super week!


Monday, February 16, 2015

STEM Day!

Our county has really put a huge emphasis on teaching STEM lessons! Most of you probably are familiar with this, but if not...here's a quick what's up!

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Teaching STEM lessons means you create plans that involve all 4 curricular areas.  There's a big focus on children having the chance to work with ideas or materials to engineer their own designs.  There's also a focus on giving them the time to experiment with their designs, learn from their mistakes, and make modifications to enhance it.

It's really quite amazing to watch. The best part is the teacher basically sets the task and let's the kiddos take the reigns. We move throughout the room encouraging their thought processes and asking questions that help them further their own thinking. We are constantly amazed at what our 5 and 6 year olds come up with!


To make sure we keep our school focused on STEM, we have our annual STEM Science day!  We usually work with our grade level teachers as well as some non-homeroom teachers to create, plan, and execute science rotations.  This year our K team set up 3 classrooms with 3 different lessons in each. The principal and counselor worked with us this year to guide the lessons. 

We basically made sure materials were ready, packs were printed and ready to go, and groups of 3 had been predetermined based on focus, writing ability, and cohesiveness!

We used Fairy Tale themed lessons that we purchased from the awesome Regina Davis on TPT! 

Lesson 1: Rub-a-Dub 3 Men in a Tub! Kiddos had to design, test, and record the outcome of building a boat from aluminum foil. 


Lesson 2: Run, Run, Run as Fast as You Can! Groups worked to construct a bridge for the gingerbread man out of toothpicks and marshmallows.


Lesson 3: I'll Huff and I'll Puff!  This last lesson had kiddos building a structure that would keep the pigs safe and withstand the wolf's huffs and puffs.



We always take time after the lessons to talk with the kids and reflect on how things went.  What modifications did they make that worked/didn't work, how well they worked with their groups, basically anything that gets them thinking.

The science and engineering are pretty evident.  The math comes in when they measure the height of structures or count and record the number of bears their boat held.  They count, measure, tally...the sky is the limit.  The technology comes in in a variety of ways. We let the kids use the IPad to take pictures and videos of their work. We've used them in the past to put them into a PowerPoint. We show that on the Activboard and the kids make notes right onto the photos.

So... If you haven't tried STEM yet...what are you waiting for? Grab a lesson from TPT or create your own...and go wild!!!

Here are 2 lessons we've created, tested, and added to our store.  We loved them both and so did our kiddos. 



Let us know if you give it a try, or if you're already a STEM expert and have some great ideas to share!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

50%off TODAY ONLY!

Happy Valentine's Day! What better day to share the love than today! We put 5 random items (mostly hot selling seasonal items) on sale for 50% off TODAY only! Hopefully you'll find the perfect discounted goodie for you! 
And be sure and visit our store tomorrow for another surprise freebie! Annnnddd... Be sure and check out the TPT newsletter tomorrow...eeeekkk! We might just be making a small appearance!

We hope your day is filled with laughter, love, and chocolate...lots of chocolate!!!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Ruby Bridges and Jackie Robinson

Happy Groundhog Day friends!! Did the groundhog see his shadow in your part of the world? Here in GA, we were sad to learn that we will be having 6 more weeks of winter. Boohoo! We love spring!!

We are so excited about our new units for Black History Month. We just finished Ruby Bridges and Jackie Robinson for Early Learners. Check out the links below and let us know what you think. We would love to pick a few friends to email you your favorite out of the two if you leave a comment and email address.