Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Trip to the Zoo

If you are like me, field trips are STRESSFUL!  Don't get me wrong they are educational and engaging, but making sure all kiddos are safe at every minute can stress a person out!

I was given a chance to try out a fun virtual reality game that brings the zoo to life in your own classroom.
The kit I received came with a virtual reality headset and reality flashcards.  The app is free to download.
Once the app is downloaded your kiddos can scan the cards to watch the animal come to life!

There are also food cards that you can match with the correct animal and watch them gobble that food right up!
The app also allows you to use it without the cards.  You can click on an animal and see it in 2D or 3D plus they give you a short paragraph about that animal.

This part of the app would be perfect for researching and writing about one of the animals.
I forgot to mention that there is an animal for every letter of the alphabet, so you're also practicing those letters along with learning all about the different animals.
You can use the virtual reality headset or just watch on your smart phone or tablet!

This trip to the zoo is a lot less walking, but still just as engaging!
Check it out for yourself HERE!






Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bold and Bright Decor Collection Giveaway

This may be my biggest giveaway yet!  My friends at Creative Teaching Press sent me the ENTIRE Bold and Bright Decor collection this summer.  Everything is so cute and there is SO many pieces!  They are also letting me giveaway an collection to one of my readers!  Enter HERE or scroll through this post and enter at the bottom!
This is going to be picture overload!
Borders different colors and styles.

These are magnetic borders!  Perfect for filing cabinets or whiteboards.

Posters-class rules, schedule, blank poster, Welcome, and a birthday poster.  They have a couple birthday board options!

Welcome kit!

MANY different cut outs!  They have different sized paper clips, binder clips, and tack cut outs.  Perfect for gluing to a clothespin to display work!


Did I mention the LLAMAS!  They have different llama pieces too!

Awards and behavior charts.

Birthday displays!

Letters, stickers, and library pockets!

I took pictures of the lesson plan book!  Check them all out below!












 And with any collection there is a calendar set with everything you would need to set up your calendar!

Like I said before, I am giving away the entire collection!  
Enter below for a chance to win!


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Pumpkin Number Order FREEBIE

We are working on all things numbers 1-10!  I created this quick pumpkin themed number order FREEBIE for you!
Your kiddos will cut out the pumpkins, then glue the numbers in order on the ten frame above. 

Click HERE to grab yours!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bouncy Bands

I was sent a couple Bouncy Bands to use in my classroom.  These bands can be placed on desks or chairs.  They are great for those kiddos who have extra wiggles while they work.  It allows those kiddos to move while working without bothering those around them.
Each band comes with two connectors that will slide onto your chair or desks.
Setting up is a breeze. Simply place the band over each of the plastic support pipes.
When you're ready, simply stretch the band to put the pipes on the end of the chairs.
I used mine during our center time.  I put on on a chair by our Word Work center and one by our Computer center.  My kiddos loved them!  They were able to work quietly and still get movement in while they worked.
Bouncy Bands are even on Donor Choose!  If you start a campaign, you will get a $50 donation when you submit your first request for classroom supplies (Bouncy Bands included)!






Friday, September 22, 2017

Fun When You're Done

I started "Fun When You're Done" a long time ago.  It was a quick, quiet way for my class to find something to do right after they finished their work.  I usually had a tub with fun worksheets, old worksheets, or coloring sheets.  Yes, they loved redoing worksheets we had already done.
I wanted to share with you a "fun" sheet that you could use in your tub.
Here are some fun mazes from Education.com.  They come in different themes and get your kiddos thinking.

I have a fun Ocean themed maze to share with you!  Click HERE to access this fun FREE worksheet!
Become a deep sea diver as you make your way through this ocean themed maze! This printable from Education.com is just one of many educational resources for Kindergartners.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tub Time

I was all set to jump on the "Morning Tubs" bandwagon, but then the school year started and I went back to morning work.  My only reason is breakfast.  At my school every student receives breakfast for free and I am afraid if I put out Morning Tubs they will skip breakfast to play instead.
However, I have managed to put these tubs out at a different time during the day.  A first grade teacher called her tubs "Tub Time", so I stole that name.  Now I don't have to put them out in the morning, if I end up changing my mind on the morning.

Right now, after my kiddos finish their handwriting, I let them pick a tub to play with until most of the class is finished.  I LOVE it!  It gives my kiddos free time and if that scares you, most of the "toys" I have out are fun STEM activities or building type activities.
Check them out!

Like I said, a lot of the things I put out are building activities.  These connecting shapes were a huge hit this last week!

These cool connectors are as cool as their name.  My kiddos loved building towers.

These pipe connectors comes with a big board to use.  I usually have 3 kiddos per tub, but for this one I have two.

This last one reminds me of tinker toys!  This wheel building kit comes with 30 wheels and 36 sticks, so I would get two sets!  And the price will allow you to get two!


* Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Classroom Storage

Every teacher knows storage is key!  And let's be honest CUTE storage is also key!  You're in luck because I am about to show you both :)
I love the bright colors and have used those colors in my room for a long time.

These bright colored baskets I have used to hold books.
They are the perfect size and hold all books!  My leveled readers will fit perfect :)

I put a question in my Instgram story a couple weeks ago asking everyone what they did in the morning when the kids were coming in.  I was always a morning work kind of girl, but I had a lot of responses about doing Morning Tubs.  

These colored buckets are big enough to put in manipulatives, toys, etc!

Another bucket that is cute and BIG!  I put different kind of blocks in these.

They also can house reading buddies in your literacy centers!

One last basket that I wanted to show you are these small, square baskets.  They can fit different school supplies you need for projects.  Or different pieces you are using for projects in your classroom.  There are enough that you can pass one basket out to a table with supplies inside.  For our orientation day, I will put pens in each basket for each table.


* Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own