Thursday, July 23, 2015

Educators Night Out

Last night, one of my best friends and now blogging buddy, Desiree (You can check out her blog at Paper, Pencils, and Progress Reports) and I went to an Educators Night Out that was sponsored by our local mall.  It include door prizes, free gifts from merchants, free food and drinks and discussion of how our local PREIT mall is supporting the community and educators.  They have teamed up with Donors Choose to help fund projects through a program they are calling KickStart Your Class.  I also provided an interview with a local photographer , Susan, from Fowler Studios. The interview was conduct in the fashion of  People of New York (I had never heard of this until tonight!).  She was delight and I can not wait to see the final product!

Now to decide what to write my Donor's Choose project on...... Do you have any current projects?  You can check out some of my past blog posts for help to get started!
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

5 little pirates (freebie)

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's freebie!

Today I am going to share another activity I put together.  This one used a song that I found on Strong Start and modified it just a tiny bit.  I put the song on one sheet and laminated it so that it can be looked at for reference, but also so that students can look for words and circle them with a dry erase marker (Mr. Clean erasers work great to get the dry erase marker off!!).   I then took a work glove (I tried to find an example on Amazon, but no luck) and added velcro to the finger tips.  Then cut out the pirate pictures and added velcro to the pictures so they would hook to the glove.  Now the glove can be use with the poem to act it out.  As each pirate leaves, a student can pull it off the glove.

You can get your own copy of 5 Little Pirates by going here!  Please leave a comment on this post if you download.   Also check out my previous pirate freebies and classroom activities and my pinterest board to see some of the other activities I included in the box.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Pirate box & a freebie

I spent some time this week working with our local TTAC working on developing literacy kits that teachers can check out of the library. The library is really a neat thing to have access to.  All we do is browse online, click check out and it it is mailed to us at school with an envelope to mail it back.  The library has curriculum materials, testing kits, teacher books for professional development, and best of all assistive technology.  It is great to be able to trial something with a student before we buy it and this gives us just that opportunity.

This past week I spent two days working on a pirate literacy box. I included lots of fun stuff in this box such as Shipwrecked to work on sight words, Communication boards for a Go Talk 9+, Beginning Sounds cards and a wheel, Pirate alphabet cards, a rhyming pirate file folder game and activities to go with the books Shiver me letters and How I became a Pirate.

I, of course, forgot to take a picture of the whole
box all put together, but I did take pictures of two activities that I want to share. The one I am going to share today is Pirate rhyming.

I made this to go with some of the other books included in that kit that had a rhyming theme to them. My thought process was that they rhyming activities could be used as a follow up to the book.   It is really easy to put together.  Simply print the pages.  Glue one page of cards to the right side of open folder and glue the directions to the font of the folder.  Laminate the folder and other set of cards.  Cut out cards and use velcro to adhere the cards to the folder to store.  Add velcro to the set already glued down so the student can put the match on top.

You can get your own copy of this activity by going here!  Please leave a comment on this post if you download.  Make sure you come back tomorrow to check out another activity that I put together.  Also click here to check out my previous pirate freebies and classroom activities and here for my pinterest board to see some of the other activities I included in the box.

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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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