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My Dilemma…DO you Teach Halloween? October? Fall? Want a FREEBIE?

So my dilemma.

We have a two week vacation

 from Oct. 1-Oct. 17.

(NO COMPLAINING HERE!)

BUT…

We return on Oct. 17.

 MONDAY

14 days (exactly ) until….

YOU  KNOW  IT

MONDAY, October 31, 2016

HALLOWEEN!

Parties,

CANDY,

Kids who can’t wait to get home ( highly DISTRACTABLE!)

(some schools…not mine….)

COSTUMES!

So …

My  dilemma.

When we go back,

Do I put out HALLOWEEN themed centers?

Do I keep it OCTOBERish with Columbus, Halloween, Fall, Pumpkins,etc?

Do I just “touch” on the “HOLDIAY” stuff…and Promote the FALL  stuff?

Do I  add  THANKSGIVING?

Should I keep it ALL going until THANKSGIVING?

What to do?  What to do?????

BTW…   I  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE   FALL!

My favorite  season.

YUMMY!

But…

CONTENT is EVERYTHING!

My student’s MUST take a BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT in December.

I want them to do well.

( I don’t tkink there will be a HALLOWEEN question on it.)

Unless it’s about

HOW MANY CANDIES DID YOU EAT ALL TOGETHER?

So ..what to do?   What  to do?

INTEGRATE!

I must teach SCIENCE and SOCIAL STUDIES!

( Living things…life cycle…Plants/animals…Lifestyles Long Ago..)

So here is MY plan:

Reading:

  • Nonfiction about pumpkins, apples, plants
  • Biography about Christopher Columbus, Squanto
  • Fiction about Fall, Halloween, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving

I am checking my district curriculum ( yes, we have one )

for REQUIRED (Tested )  Skills & Strategies for this quarter.

As we delve into our reading…I make SURE to incorporate TESTED strategies.

Questioning? Sequencing? Retelling? Etc..etc…

Vocabulary?   Again…check NECESSARY vocabulary for success!

I spend A LOT of time on necessary vocabulary. I have 10-12  English Language Learners.

They need visuals, modeling, & practice before they can “TAKE ON” the new information.

Phonics?   Spelling?   Grammar?

 Required phonics skills for this quarter.

What to use for  Spelling?

BOTH!

  Required spelling skills AND  thematic vocabulary words.

WHAT?      WHY?

Because…I want them to have some  INTRINSIC vocabulary to use easily in their..

WRITING!

I want MY Mummy!  🙂

Sorry….couldn’t  resist.

Writing:

  • “How To”..grow..carve…etc… about pumpkins, apples, plants
  • “Informative”  about Christopher Columbus, Squanto,Pilgrims
  • “Narrative”  about Fall, Halloween, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving
  • Thank You cards, Invitations, Lists, Etc.

Again….I am checking my district curriculum

for REQUIRED (Tested )  Skills & Strategies for this quarter.

Whatever our REQUIRED writing prompt will be

( I already know mine  is INFORMATIVE)

We will practice, practice, practice!

I won’t skip the other genres.

Just FOCUS on the INFORMATIVE!

BUT wait!

I want crafts! I want CUTSIE! I want products!

I Love BOOKS!

And so…we will make CUTSIE lapbooks, paintings, charts, stories & crafts

 about???

Fall, Halloween, pumpkins, apples

, plants, Christopher Columbus,

Squanto, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving

DON’T  tell  our FIRE MARSHALL..

I might HANG THINGS UP!

Definitely!

I won’t tell,  if YOU won’t tell.

MATH:

  • addition / subtraction
  • missing addends
  • place value
  • graphing
  • story problems

And MATH??

Lots of Graphs, addition & subtraction, problem solving, story problems

ALL ABOUT THEMES!

How many apples, pumpkin seeds, candies, turkies, indians, etc, etc.

(Math Journals are GREAT for this!)

and, yes..

I will need to keep it going until Thanksgiving.

And I will need to use EVERY MINUTE of EVERY DAY!

And yes… it will take planning, and prepping…

BATS!

Black  Cats

Growing  Pumpkins

Making APPLESAUCE!

Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed!

And YES

I WILL LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!

You see…

FALL IS MY FAVORITE SEASON OF THE YEAR!

To those of you who hung in there to the bottom of this LONG POST…

A FREEBIE FOR YOU!

Happy FALL!

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How to Make INTRINSIC LEARNERS! #Kinderfriends

How to Make INTRINSIC LEARNERS! #Kinderfriends

How to Make
INTRINSIC
Learners!
I am right in the middle of Teacher-Parent Conferences.
I work at a Title 1 school with 99% FREE LUNCHES.
LOTS of LOW INCOME, struggling families.
WONDERFUL people..
Just that education is NOT one of the top 3 items on their survival list!
AND THEIR KIDS KNOW IT!
So how do I…1 person…help the kids WANT to LEARN?
(Especially because  a lot of them…are FAR FAR BEHIND?)
HOW can you MAKE someone an
INTRINSIC LEARNER??
You CAN’T!
 You can’t MAKE anyone “want” anything!
BUT, you can give them 3 three things to HELP:
#1
You can give them MOTIVATION!
Find the “carrot”.
Watch, listen, talk!
Find the “thing” that will help add some “DESIRE” to change!
What “thing” will help spark the desire?
#2
Make it FUN!
As we all know….
If it’s FUN…exciting…enjoyable
WE WILL WANT TO DO IT AGAIN!
Spark their creativity!
Do something THEY want…
Add some SPICE to the day!
Laugh!  DANCE!  Giggle!
#3
Make them believe they can do ANYTHING!
A little FAIRY DUST…
A LOT of  “I BELIEVE IN YOU!”
And …They can FLY!
( You know what I mean…)
Show them how to be better, how to EXCELL..how to do it ALL!
 I think the conferences have made me rethink my day.
If I can keep them IN SCHOOL ( maybe even on time & ALL day!),
 If they know I BELIEVE IN THEM,
 and I give them fun & exciting reasons to be HERE…
We can learn…. from each other!
Help them, help themselves!
You can MAKE intrinsic learners!
Let’s start TODAY!
My friends and I  at
KinderFriends are having a
Blog Hop!
Lots of goodies & great ideas for
BACK TO SCHOOL!
My store has some BTS goodies marked down for YOU!
And a FREEBIE!
Check out #Kinderfriends at TPT
( Type in #kinderfriends in the search bar…Goodies for YOU!)
 Giggles, Grins, Hugs & High Fives!
NOW…Hop on over to
for more GOODIES!

September iTeach Giveaway, Linky & FREEBIES! Let the Party BEGIN!

September iTeach Giveaway, Linky & FREEBIES! Let the Party BEGIN!

We are BACK!
( Not that we went ANYWHERE…just back!)
My friends and I at
iTeach K-2 Linkies
are having our MONTHLY giveaway!
Sept. 8-11

You can enter to win
TPT GIFTCARDS!
(Enter in the rafflecopter at the end of this post.)

Also….
We are linking up to give YOU some FREEBIES
for Back to School!

School is back in session.
Life gets back into ROUTINES.
I kinda like that. Routines.
WE ARE BACK!
Every year I try to “BETTER MYSELF” in my teaching.
This is my 27th year of teaching GRADE 1!!!
( My kiddos ask me WHY I never graduated…  HAHAHA)
And  so I try to keep up on the newest & brightest teaching trends
WITHOUT  going OVERBOARD!
This year I have impelemented 5  amazing new “tricks” to my teacher “magic bag!”

Write YOUR name!
This sounds EASY enough.
BUT…We ALL know it isn’t!
THEY FORGET…A LOT!
SO…..
Each time we do a paper, a project, ANYTHING together…
I say..” Here is where I write my name. DON’T WRITE MY NAME…”
and they chime back (LOUD)…
“WRITE MY NAME!”
So far…so good!
Call Backs working GREAT!
Entering the classroom.
I greet them on the playground line where we line up.
( 5 minutes BEFORE the bell rings..BEST 5 minutes EVER!)
We smile, chat a little, and then…
EVERYONE get out your homework folder and Read at Home folder (Books)
HW in your left hand…RAH in your right hand!
And..we walk to the door.
As they walk in…
Homework in the HW basket, RAH in the RAH basket, Backpacks on the shelf!
(No more getting into backpacks at the door!)
No one ON THE GROUND looking for something as the whole class walks in!
We put stuff away & sit down to work.
ONE MINUTE OR LESS!
“HALLELUJAH”
I hear trumpets! 🙂
Ipads…we are a 1:1 classroom.
I AM THANKFUL!
BUT…
25 first graders getting out, putting away, closing apps..
ICK!
2 GREAT ideas…
first …take their picture and use it as their desktop/wallpaper!
No more guessing WHOSE  ipad is it??
AND…
I choose  an extra 2 HELPERS each day.
TECH TEACHERS
Their job is to “pick a helper” ( now there are 4 )
so pass out, collect, stack up, plug into the charging cart, help with apps…each day.
( Sometimes I have to “FUDGE” at least two f them..to make sure there is at least one who can help with the apps.)
They LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
ME too!
BRAG  TAGS!
I love them.
I hate them.
I know…Love – Hate relationship!
LOVE the idea. Made ALL of them.
BUT…my kiddos could NOT open the chain necklaces
BY THEMSELVES!
My plan for independance…just add 25 MORE things for ME to do each day!
NO WAY!
I DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR THAT!
SO…
I went to rings!
They can open/close them.
Brag Tags fit.
ALL  GOOD…
BUT…
They fill up too fast!
NO WAY will they make it to the end of the year!
SOOOOO…
On the last day of each MONTH ( one so far )…
We take ALL of their BRAG TAGS and beads
OFF of their ring!
WHAT????
Yep. And then I gave them a string.
Good old white string ( NOT YARN ).
They restring their Brag Tags & beads onto their string.
Voila!  Necklaces! To wear home!
AND THEY LOVE THEM!
MORE! MORE! MORE!
They are working like a charm!
LOVE it!
Parent Communication.
I am NOT a fan of teachers using their phones IN CLASS!
It is NOT OK to call a parent while you are teaching.
(We are NOT here to embarass kids, to point them out while talking on the phone, texting, etc)
That is to done at recess, lunch, after school, etc.
So …I have started using
REMIND
on my phone to communicate with parents.
(Go to the app store & download it today! FREE!)
Send a note to your parents
telling them how to sign up.
It will tell you on the app.
You can text parents, one or ALL, without them seeing YOUR phone # AND
You can’t see theirs.
Total privacy!
I send out QUICK texts about minimum days, library books, book orders,etc.
AND
I send out classroom pictures to those families who have joined!
(Keep a list handy!)
After my first picture…I got 4 more families to join who heard about it from the other families!
Not all will join. But much better than sending home a bunch of notes and
HOPING someone reads them!
Loving it so far!
OK..LONG  BTS  POST…sorry.
Here’s a FREEBIE for hanging in there!
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

It’s THAT time AGAIN! BTS Freebie & Giveaway!

It’s THAT time AGAIN! BTS Linky & Giveaway!

It’s THAT time again.
EVERY teacher knows it…
the BACK TO SCHOOL nightmares have begun!
You know…the “class TOTALLY out of control..”
or
The …” admin moved me to another class today..and kids here tomorrow!”
or (my favorite)
“We are adding ONE more student to your class…and I see hundreds!”
The only salvation:
And so…WE BEGIN!
To “HELP” with all of the excitement…
My friends & I at…
ARE GETTING YOU READY FOR
BACK TO SCHOOL!
Each of us ( click on EACH of the links)
has a
FREE..( YES..FREE )
BTS “treat” for YOU!
I  am giving away a packet from my store!
 It is ONLY FREE…
You can PREVIEW it here.
We are NOT done YET!
Who wants to win some TPT giftcards?
(Hands UP…..frantically  waving…ME! ME! ME!)
You can’t WIN…IF YOU don’t enter!
You can’t win if YOU don’t enter!
ENTER today!
Now go get some MORE FREEBIES for BTS!

Primary Teachers are..QUIRKY! #GIGGLES #Freebie # Giveaway

Primary Teachers
are
QUIRKY!
HUH???
Quirky is defined as…
”  something that is strange/not normal but cool. Unconventional, surprising, odd.”
You mean ME?  I am…. ODD?
YES! YOU!
Here are the top 5 reasons PRIMARY Teachers are QUIRKY!
We like to “DRESS UP”!
Now in most professions there is a RULE of  PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE.
In Teaching…we are a little “QUIRKY”!
We tend to “go the extra mile!”
And it’s a GOOD thing!
( May have to add that to THING 1 & THING 2).
You get MY drift!
How many TEACHER Tshirts do YOU own?
Do YOU wear SCHOOL shirts on FRIDAY?
Do YOU OWN a Dr. Suess HAT?
Do you DESIRE a pair of shoes or socks that look like a PENCIL?
See?  Just a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
 AND …HEELS???
 Who can chase little ones
 or grab the glue bottle
 before it puddles
on the floor..
in heels?
You see…QUIRKY!
SMELLS..
Who doesn’t LOVE to walk into a room smelling of…
LAVENDER
COFFEE
FLOWERS
COOKIE DOUGH
etc.,  etc.
We all DO!
And so we PACK IN THE SMELLY STUFF!
And then …24 LITTLE ONES go outside for RECESS.
AND they come back in…
SMELLING LIKE WET PUPPIES!
UGH!
 And SOME of those 6 year old WET PUPPIES..
NEED  DEODORANT!
And so…we retreat to our OLD FRIEND…
* in MY district you NOW must obtain a 1 hr. PD and  get a “CERTIFICATE” to use CLOROX wipes in the classroom.
A Little QUIRKY!
But…we do what we need to do to survive!
Myself…I prefer cookie dough candles..  JUST  ME.
DON’T LIGHT THEM…JUST SMELL THEM! 🙂
Lunch.
A Primary teacher’s lunch is a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
First, it has to have pieces that can be held in
ONE  HAND!
I always laugh when someone says,
” You HAVE 40 minutes for LUNCH?”
Yeah…after I get 25 kids to the cafeteria.
AND…one doesn’t forget their lunch and we have to walk back & do it AGAIN!
AND…if I don’t have to call a parent.
AND..if I don’t need to run off papers.
AND..if I don’t need to correct spelling tests, prepare the SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS, write a note,
AND..HEAVEN FORBID..
GO TO THE BATHROOM!
( Don’t forget to EAT…it will be ANOTHER 4 hours until you are FREE!)
So…bring a lunch that can be eaten in ONE HAND!
The other hand MAY BE BUSY!
A LITTLE QUIRKY!
DIY
Those DREADED WORDS!
Do  It  YOURSELF..NEVER!  NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!
I don’t think I have EVER started a DIY where I didn’t involve someone else!
 Thank YOU to my WONDERFUL HUBBY..
He puts up with my QUIRKINESS!
Spray PAINT!
Did YOU feel your hands get clammy?
How your heart rate INCREASED?
You have a smile on YOUR FACE?
NEON    SPRAY   PAINT!
Do YOU feel the “NEED”…to  spray
SOMETHING?
I know..it’s OK..
I think some people are “wired” with it.
The NEED  to PAINT!
And we do..
We will SPRAY EVERYTHING!
And…it’s OK!
( I’m sure SOMEWHERE…there is a 12 step program for this!)
QUIRKY?
YEAH!
BAGS!
No.Not grocery bags.
I mean BIG, LONG HANDLED, BRIGHTLY COLORED, (maybe) on wheels,
BAGS!
“I Like BIG bags & I cannot lie…”
(I think it’s a SONG)
Me dancing…
But…
LOOK AT THE BRIGHT COLORS!
We will carry 50-80 POUNDS of STUFF in ONE BAG..
GOTTA keep MY hands FREE!
And not think twice about it.
I AM NOT walking BACK to MY classroom AGAIN!
Yes…I can carry it ALL in one trip!
(Why do my shoulders & my back hurt so much?!)
But LOOK at the BRIGHT COLORS! So cute!
No…I will NOT buy 24 folders at TARGET for 17 cents each!
 I just bought the CUTEST  “31”  BAG..  🙂
A LITTLE  QUIRKY!
And so..
Some of us were MEANT to be PRIMARY TEACHERS.
AND some are NOT!
To those who are…
HOLD YOUR SPRAYPAINTED FINGER UP HIGH..WEAR YOUR TSHIRTS PROUDLY…
AND  SMELL  the QUIRKINESS  in YOUR  WORLD!
WELCOME  to the CLUB!
If you have HUNG in here for this LONG  POST..
Keep GIGGLING..
Here is a FREEBIE  for YOU!
Who wants to win A TPT Gift CARD?
( For the BIG  TPT   BTS   SALE!)
My Friends ( BFF’s)  and I are giving YOU a chance to win a
 $40  TPT CARD!
YOU  WILL  WANT  THIS!
BIG  TPT  SALE  COMING!
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So, we all teamed up and we are giving away a $40 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card for you to spend at the back to school sale that is happening August 1-2!
Here are the amazing teacher-bloggers that are bringing you this gift card! Click on the blog buttons to go to their blogs. Then, below each button is a link to the stores where you can add lots of things to your cart for the SALE!
Adventures in Teaching
The Groovy Teacher
Curious Firsties
Learning is Something to Treasure
1stgradefireworks
Happy  BTS  my friends!
Stop by my TPT store ( BIG  SALE ) coming soon! 🙂

DJ Inkers GIVEAWAY & A FREEBIE..Hint..BRAG TAGS!

DJ INKERS Giveaway & A FREEBIE..HINT BRAG TAGS!

WOWZA!
You will be gald YOU are HERE!
My wonderful friends at
DJ INKERS
are giving YOU
a chance to win CLIPART!
CLIPART ADDICTS..UNITE!
I am giving away
 1 Clipart CD
“Kidillywinks” !!!!!!!
If you haven’t previewed this..HURRY!
DJ Inkers has a brand new website with
LOTS of FUN SMILES
for
BACK TO SCHOOL!
(Click HERE to go to DJ INKERS )
Go here to get goodies from the DJ Inkers email list!
Here is MY  FREEBIE for  YOU!
( Made with clipart from DJ INKERS Kidillywinks )
 COMMON  CORE
BRAG  TAGS!
CCSS  standards   listed on EACH tag!
I am going to use these after assessments, goal setting, report cards, etc
This set is ONLY  for
KINDERGARTEN  &  Grade  1
( sorry other grades…more  coming  SOON!)
Keep checking back…
Click HERE to get FREEBIE!
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GIVEAWAY!
The Rafflecopter giveaway will run from
July 27 – August 3
**BTW….IF you JUST CAN’T WAIT…
Kidillywinks
will be ON SALE
 from July 28-Aug. 3
Who wants to win?
(Hands up…ME! ME! ME! )
You can win
1  Kidillywinks Clipart CD ($40 value )
courtesy of
DJ INKERS!
Enter  HERE:
You can’t win….IF YOU DON’T  ENTER!!!
If you are interested in MORE BRAG TAGS…
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Is reading MORE..really ENOUGH??

Consider this my DISCLAIMER…

I am NOT  A  College Professor.

I do NOT have a MASTERS ( or above )

in ANYTHING!

I am just a teacher.

A first grade teacher.

A Veteran (27yrs ), first grade teacher, in a TITLE 1 SCHOOL!

I have seen a LOT!

Done a LOT!

Hear me ROAR!!!!!

Ok. So again.

I am a teacher.

(Aren’t they cute????)

I have been through:

Whole Language

Environmental Print

Interactive Writing

Phonemic Awareness

Leveled Readers ( DRA, GSP, AR, Lexile)

Phonics

Words Their Way

HFW

Sight Words

High Interest Reading Books

SIPPS

Read Naturally

Daily 5

And 

A MULTITUDE OF PUBLISHER’S CURRICULUM!

New sets evey 7 years!

Having said this…1 thing most curriculum’s have in common :

READ!

READ A LOT!

And then…READ SOME MORE!

So …

My little sisters…

YES…both of my LITTLE SISTER’S are

PRIMARY TEACHERS!

We  were discussing school.

( I know..we are NOT supposed to discuss SCHOOL during SUMMER VACATION!)

But…um…we were discussing school…

and we are trying to WRAP our minds around the

“READ..READ..READ more”

and they will

“GET IT!”

(way of thinking.)

Well, maybe

I  LOVE reading with kiddos!

See my post here about the GUIDED READING TABLE!

My concern is…

When I “release” them to read,

When I want them to become INDEPENDENT readers,

Where do they “learn” the skills to use when they “get stuck”?

Will they use strategies, when they don’t know what’s happening?

When a story isn’t making sense…do they keep reading?

If they keep reading…

Will it ALL come TOGETHER?

At a recent PD, my little sis said she understood the

READ, READ, READ philosophy.

Integrate science, social studies, math, technology

INTO  READING!

YES!

Writing and Reading COMPLIMENT and Coexist WITH  each other!

You can’t have one without the other!

THEY NEED EACH OTHER!

BUT…

-Me  SPEAKING-

There needs to be a BALANCE of:

Skills & Strategies

in conjunction with independent reading & writing!

THERE!

I said IT!

Reading & Writing SKILLS:

Letter Sounds

Blends

Vowels

Word Families

Chunks

Grammar

Punctuation

High Frequency Words

Capitalization

Handwriting

and MORE!

Comprehension

Questioning

Summarizing

etc, etc, etc…

(I sound like my Education College Professors!)

I was listening!

ALL of these “lessons” MUST be taught

INCONJUNCTION with

Reading & Writing!

Yes…To be a better reader..

YOU  MUST  READ!

BUT…to be a better reader who UNDERSTANDS…

You must have skills and strategies

to use

WHEN

you read and write!

NOW…CAUTION!!!

Unless you are teaching ADULTS in a COLLEGE CLASS…

A 40 minute LECTURE on diagramming sentences

IS NOT…I REPEAT..

NOT

the way to do it!

If you WANT to spend 40 minutes discussing grammar…

CHUNK IT!

Do 2-3 MINILESSONS over a few days…

Let it SINK IN!

Show  kiddos:

  What it looks like.

Where to find it.

How to use it.

Why we use it.

When to ask for help.

Kinder-Grade 1-Grade 2 teachers…

UNITE!

Mini Lessons with a WORKSHOP!

Use SMALL Groups for STRATEGY & Skill Groups!

Let kiddos have a chance to PRACTICE what YOU have taught them!

Let it SINK IN!

And  Then..

LET  THEM  READ!

and

READ!

and

READ!

and then

WRITE…and write  some  more!

Skills, Strategies, Reading, Writing

They will become “BETTER”..

and isn’t that what we ALL want to be?

BETTER!

Need some HELP?

Here are some “HELPERS” for YOU!

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