Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tpt Challenge: goals

When I originally started blogging and using TpT I had no real aspirations as to where I was going to go with things.  As I have learned and grown I now have some goals that I am hoping TpT will help me reach some day.

1.  Pay off our mortgage.  Yes, I know we just bought our first home yesterday, however, I would like to take less than 30 years to pay it off.  I can imagine how freeing it would be to not have to make a house payment each month.

2. Pay off my college loans.  I have high aspirations with my education.  I do plan on getting my doctorate some day just so I can be called Dr. Orsborne.  I am currently working on my master's in Special Education Research.  I am not exactly sure what I will focus on specifically for my Doctorate, but I am sure it will have something to do with Special Education.

3. Vacations!!!  I want to be able to explore the world with my family.  Unfortunately on a teacher & survey managers salaries, it will not happen with out a lot of skimping and saving.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

TPT Challenge

I know everyone probably knows about the TPT challenge and I am participating.  I  am just late to the party.  We went on vacation to Pigeon Forge, TN last week for a family vacation.  We went to Dolly Wood, Splash Country, and Ripley's aquarium.  Today we are closing on our first home (Talk about stress!!!).  Since I knew we would be gone I was focusing on getting my grad school work complete so that I would not have to do school work during vacation.  Busy, Busy!!

The first part of the challenge is to know your stats before you start.  So here they are!! I wrote them down on 6/14/2015, but never got around to post them.  

The next two parts that I have not done yet are Makeover Madness and Blogging about my goals so be on the look out for those posts later this week!!  What are you all up to? 

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ladybug craft & Happy Summer!!!

Hi Everyone!!!  I am not lost.... just been a bit crazy around here.  My husband and I decided to buy our first home.  Yay!!! That has been stressful, but exciting at the same time. I also have been continuing to work on my Master's degree.

Then at the end of April some not nice person (I will not use the words I want to use as sensitive eyes may be reading) had the odasity to  drive into our school parking lot in the middle of the afternoon and break out my car window to steal my purse.  This person then when to Walmart and spent close to $1,000 on my debit card.  It took a week to get the window fixed and all of the financial stuff was just a huge hassle.

In spite of the whole window fiasco and other stresses, my students and I ended the year with lots of fun.  We did a unit on bugs and my 2 year old group (Who are now all 3!) made ladybugs out of paper plates.  We took this opportunity to talk about circles (plate, eyes, dots, head), colors (red & black) and work fine motor skills (peeling the stickers to put on the dots, using the hole punch, & adding the legs and antennas).  I just love the way they came out! To make the bugs, we used:

  • small red paper plates
  •  black circle stickers
  •  black pipe cleaners
  • google eyes
  • circle made out of contruction paper (We used a die cut to make the circle)

I have a lot more to share from this school year that I have not had the opportunity to write about.  Is there anything specific that you would like to hear about from my classroom?

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Jelly bean numbers & sight words (freebie)

Last week while working on the sight words with one of my students he requested that I put sight words in plastic eggs.  I have posted about how I do this before with a sight word egg hunt, but this is a student that I only work with for 30 minutes a day so I wanted to figure out another way for us to do this.  I sat down at the computer and this activity is what came of it.  

This really simple.  All you do is print out the page with the numbers & sight words (I chose to print them on brightly colored cardstock) and stick the numbers or words in eggs depending on which ones you are using.   Now that Easter is over, I am going to see if I can find some of the jelly bean eggs on sale.  (If you see them let me know!)  To complete this activity the kiddo pulls an egg from the basket, opens is (fine motor), reads the word/number, and then finds the matching jellybean on their paper, color it in, then close the egg back up.  With my sight word kids, I had them put the egg back in the basket so if they pulled it again then they practiced the word again.  With the little one in these pictures I put the egg to the side after she opened it.

This activity went over great!  The little one in the picture has been giving me a run for my money lately since I try to push her at the end of the school day.  I have not been able to get her to work on anything for any length of time.  This activity however, caught her attention right away.  I plan on using this again after spring break to keep the learning and review rolling.

So after all of this are you ready to download this activity.  It is posted for free in my new Educents store! While you are there look around and see what goodies you can find.

I would love to know how you use this and what your students think of it. Please leave a comment letting me know

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Interactive Board books

April Fools!

I bet you thought I wrote a post for today on my blog!  Well, I tricked you!  I wrote one, but you need to hop over to Mrs. H's Resource Room to read it.  I am guest blogging over there today.  I promise it is a post that you don't want to miss!  It is all about making interactive books and there is a link to a limited time freebie!

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Easter-ish activities

It is almost Spring Break here in my small corner of Virginia.  I wanted to share some of the things I have done with my students in the past in hopes it may help you get through the week before break.

I love doing a sight word egg hunt.  The kids love the egg hunt part and I get to sneak in some sight word practice at the same time.  Win-Win.  I have the kid run an errand of some sort while I hide the eggs.  Then they come in and start looking!  They get so excited.  After we find all of the eggs, then we open them and read the words.  This year, I am thinking about graphing the words we find (or the colors of the eggs) just to add another skills in there. I posted more about how I do my sight word egg hunt at this blog post.

Something I did last year with my preschoolers that I also just loved was pom-pom painting.  We did this to follow up reading the book  The Easter Egg by Jan Brett. First the kids had to cut out their egg (lots of fine motor practice in this activity). Next,  I had the kids attach their clothes pins to the pom poms to continue work on their fine motor skills.  I also let them decide which 3 colors they would like (color recognition and making choices).  I demonstrated how to paint with the pom poms.  We also discussed how to make the eggs pretty like in the book.    The kids really had a blast painting their eggs.  You can see more pictures of this activity by going here. 

I would love to know if you have anything special planned for this week.  Please share in the comments.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Virginia is for Book Lovers (Freebie & giveaway!)

Hello again!!  Yes, I am hopping again.  All of these hops give me a focus (and you lots of freebies).  I have been networking/collaborating with the Virginia Teacher Bloggers since last summer.  It is a great group and we talk way more than blogging.   A few weeks ago (maybe even months ago) we decided we were due for another blog hop.  Virginia is for book lovers was born!! 

I have always loved to read and I have shared that love with my children.  We all get super excited about going to the book store or library.  I also think our school librarian gets excited when we get to the book fair.  We have been known to buy a few ton of books. 

Today I am sharing with you one of my favorite books, Aliens Love Underpants. (Feel free to giggle!!) I found this book last year and it was a favorite of my preschoolers.  This year, I have been reading it  my K-2 kids and they also love it.  I think it is the underpants that wins them over. The great thing is that there is a whole series of underpants books.  You can check them all out at http://www.underpantsbooks.com/.  Yes, that is really the website.   There is even a new book coming out (Monsters love underpants) just before my birthday in May.  It is on the top of my birthday wish list

Today I wanted to share with you part of what is becoming my Underpants Bundle of activities.  This is a matching game to practice rhyming.  Some of the words are from the book, others were just added.  Kids can play this like a simple matching game during literacy centers or you could put one half of the pair in a pocket chart and hand out the other half.  Read the word and have the kiddo with the match come up and put it in.  So many options!!  You can get it by clicking  here.

Be sure to keep your eye out for when I finish more activities to go along with this book.  Also, make sure you enter the giveaway below to try to win your own copy.  Keep hopping through to make sure you get to the HUGE giveaway at the end.

Keep hopping along to Owls  & Lessons Etc.

Owls and Lessons, Etc.

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