Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday - School's Out!




I can't believe that the school year is actually done, and it's time for some much needed rest and relaxation.  I'm hoping to spend a few sunny days at the Dockside, watching the boats go by on Torch Lake.  We had a beautiful spring Saturday a couple weeks ago, and Jake and Maddy were able to enjoy it with us!




It's been a busy couple of weeks, and I don't have any fun summer photos yet.  I'll just have to resort to a couple cute pics of Barnaby...

Winnie the Pooh loves his honey, and Barnaby loves getting out every single toy, even the ones at the bottom of the crock!




Barnaby is honestly the best behaved puppy!  I can't believe we don't have to put him in a crate ever, and he's only five months old.  He does have one weakness though...toilet paper!




Though I am definitely nowhere close to being ready to start thinking about back to school yet, (it's only been one week for me!) I do enjoy planning fun things like bulletin boards and classroom decor. I love creating cute covers for our homework folders like the ones I used this past year.


Our school orders plastic take home folders, and I just slide my cover right into the front pocket.  It lasts all year!  I created a freebie you can grab for back to school along with an editable version.  They are both in my TPT Store!



Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It's always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies!





Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday - May


Here's my quick Show and Tells in the middle of a busy week!


Barnaby took his first trip up to the cottage last weekend.  He seemed to enjoy exploring the new space!



And Jake enjoyed trying out his hammock up there for the first time!  What a great place to enjoy your coffee!



We had lunch at the local brewery right after I had picked up a friendly duck to add to the cottage decor.  The waitress didn't miss a beat, and had a beer at the table for him within a minute!  



Our Mother's Day projects turned out very nicely!  The students wrote cinquain poems, and we framed them accented with a tissue paper flower.  




Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It's always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies!



Monday, May 1, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation week begins on May 8 this year, so now's the time to plan how to tell the teachers you work with or those having an impact on your own children's lives how much you appreciate the time and effort it takes to do this difficult job.

There are tons of great ideas to be found on Pinterest, and here are just a few of my favorites!


Crazy Little Projects has a bunch of gift tags that you can grab for free and attach to candy bars.  So sweet!


Fun Squared has a bright idea for a fun little gift that could work for lots of occasions!

The Boy and Me shows you where to go to make this adorable graphic which can be used on a thank you or could even be framed for a lasting gift.  


Two Silly Monkeys has a cute poem that you can print out and tie to a jar of M & M's, a great go-to stress reliever!


I thought this ice cream scoop idea and free printable tag from Moments That Take My Breath Away was a cool idea!

My favorite idea was this fingerprint art!  I thought this would make a great retirement gift for a teacher too!


I especially like the dandelion picture but Balancing Home offers a free printable of a fingerprint tree which would make the project a breeze!


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday - It's Testing Season!

Spring break went by too quickly, and back at school we are jumping right into the M-Step test!  We did get to start our week with a fun assembly though. 


Lomas Brown and Roary from the Detroit Lions came to talk to us about making the right choices to become leaders in life.  This is part of the NFL Play 60 initiative, and here in Michigan, it's part of a program called MIKidsCan.  You can read more about it here


Two teachers were chosen to have a push up contest against Roary!  Thankfully, I did not have to show everyone my lack of upper body strength!


All of the kids received calendars that come with stickers, so they can keep track of each day that they make healthy choices. 


Our latest Donors Choose project got funded right before break, and all of our books arrived and were waiting for us when we came back!  The kids can't wait to get their hands on them! 




For our first day of testing, I made my kids some bookmarks and gave all of them some Extra gum to provide a little extra motivation!




I created a few more candy related motivational bookmarks and put them together in a new freebie that you can find in my TPT Store!  


Of course, I have to thrown in at least one picture of Barnaby who is getting bigger every day!  He barely fits in one of his favorite napping spots now!


Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It's always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies!









Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday - Spring Has Sprung!


We are one day into spring, and I am definitely ready for some warmer weather!  Mother Nature in Michigan doesn't really pay attention to the date on the calendar though.  We had snow just a couple days ago!



Barnaby loves the snow!  Here are a few more of my favorite pictures from our first few weeks with the newest member of our family!


It took some time for Barnaby to win Emmitt over, but now they are best buddies!






This year I once again did the Certified Kind Classroom Challenge with my class while reading the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  The students were encouraged to do kind things for others both at home and at school.  Then they would write about what they did in our Kindness Notebook.  


A couple times a week during lunch, the "Kindness Ambassadors" would read all the entries in the notebook and let me know how many marbles should be placed in our kindness jar (one marble for each act of kindness).  At the beginning of our challenge, they also placed hearts around the room for each act of kindness, but that became overwhelming after a while!


When we filled our jar, we sent a picture of it in to become certified kind officially!


A couple weeks later we received this awesome banner to hang up in our room!


If you would like more information about this challenge, you can find it here.  


We have been dealing with a bit of spring fever, and Class Dojo seemed to have lost its power.  So, I needed to change things up a bit until 4th marking period rolled around.  I thought I would try doing a group challenge.  Each group would earn points for following directions, being ready quickly, staying on task, etc.  At the end of the week, the group with the most points wins.  I decided to offer my students two prizes, free time on the ipads and a spin on the prize wheel!  



The prizes on my wheel are homework passes for their reading log and word work, free popcorn next popcorn day, and sitting in the reading area to read all week.  I have spinners that go with my math materials, but I have also seen easy directions for making a spinner with a paper clip and a brad.  You can have your own group challenge and make your own prize wheel by picking up this free set at my TPT Store!


Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It's always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies!