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20 Dec
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YES… Christmas Break is here…  Time to recharge that teacher battery so 2016 can be as great as 2015. With the help of my teammates at my school we celebrated Grinch Day on Thursday.  It was so much fun!!!  We did it the day before the Christmas party craziness and it was nice to have a day of fun… because on Friday I knew I had to give three assessments before the party and fun had to be had today. You can see my schedule of events…  Everything I did I got from online or made myself. For am work they worked... 

25 Nov

Just a hodge podge of what Thanksgiving fun we had in my second grade class!  Through our Benchmark Literacy program we discuss how good readers visualize while they read.  Authors write in hopes that their readers will read their words and create a picture in their head.  My students visualized about their Thanksgiving Day and wrote down their descriptions of what they would see, feel, hear, smell, and touch.  Then they added pictures of what they visualized to the openings on their homes.  They turned out so... 

27 Oct
ghost under the sheet

Oh my, it has been since July since my last post.  My life has literally been a roller coaster the last few months…  I got the dream job.  I left a great second grade classroom 13 years ago and here I am back in second grade again.  I was hired 1 day before school started.  Now that I started school successfully with an empty classroom and no lesson plans, I pretty much think I can handle any teacher type of pressure you put on me.  I absolutely adore the school and staff I am working with.  I love, love, love my students!!! ... 

28 Jul
BAck to School HUGE Set 10 off

Who is getting ready to head back?  I have a free printable activity sheet to share with you that is from this packet… Look at all the items to make Back To School Easy in 1-3 grade!  Teachers give yourself a break and get this now…  Click here to order on EJunkie and here on TPT! You will have all of the above and this below… And you will have this graphing sheet below!  It’s free for you to check out! Here is a fun and free activity for back to school or really anytime of the year when you need to throw in some tally... 

24 Jun
eaSY AND eFFECTIVE bEHAVIOR mANAGEMENT

Tired of clip charts, need a new behavior management system for your classroom that is easy to use and set-up? I have never been a big fan of clip charts.  I have tried them in various classrooms and they worked ok, but I always forgot to have students move clips up.  I felt they were more of a pain then a way of encouraging good behavior.  However, I have made them for friends and even sell them in my store.  Some of my best friends use them and love them.  Over the last two years I have been reading all I can on Whole Brain Teaching... 

17 Jun
Last Day Balloon Pop

It’s been a bit since I have shown up in your inbox, right?  This year has been quite an adjustment for me!  Going back to work full time when you have been your own boss for 10+ years, has proved to be an adjustment.  Something had to give – I guess Teaching Heart gave! Anyhow, I finished the year with a long term subbing position in third grade!  I LOVED having my own classroom again – even if it was short lived.  It was nice to know what I was going into each day!  Plus I loved the group of kids I got to work with. ... 

23 Apr
Figure Me Out With Free Printables to Match

Getting ready to finish out the year in third grade.  When I start I want to do a few get to know you type of activities that are meaningful.  I was pin-inspired by this activity seen here.   So I started by making printables to create a board I could use for years to come….  I laminated the titles, questions, and numbers.  Since my answers will change over the years, I used sticky notes to display my figures.  I thought it would be fun to introduce myself this way.  Then have the kids make up some figures about themselves... 

14 Apr
Money Resources Centers and Games for Second and Third Grade

Money, money, money…  It’s an important functional skill for your students to learn.  Here are a few resources that I have found beneficial for review. My version of money Kaboom, if found in this math set! My version is a little different than others you see online because I include the money. money cards. You can view directions and all the printables for this game here. This is a great game to set out as a math center!  I’ll be using it in a few weeks! Another money center you may want to check out is our shopping... 

21 Mar
Spring Counting and Graphing Worksheet - Free

Yeah, Spring is officially here!  I am tired of the snow and ready for green and sun! Also with Spring comes a chance to throw a little Spring learning  or some review of previously learned skills into your lessons!  Teaching Heart has many free Spring themes with printables and more.  Start by checking out the Spring Topic Index by clicking here!  Here’s  a new Spring resource to review counting and graphing in Kindergarten or First Grade. Click here to download the Spring Count and Graph Sheet! Have you seen our Jelly Bean... 

15 Mar
Learning Games

I recently created a gift basket from Teaching Heart to be used in a auction for a fundraiser…  It included games for learning. I thought I would share the games in the baskets and the printables used to make them. Above is a regular Jenga game turned into a fun math game!  Played just like Jenga except after you pull your piece you need to solve the addition problem.  The printables for this game and the cover for the box can be found here!! The game above is a Spring Themed Roll, Double, Plus 1, and Cover game.  You can get... 

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