Sunday, April 22, 2018

Skittle Graphing

This week, we had a lot of fun working on graphs in math.  The favorite activity was of course the skittle graphing.  I found this graphing page on TPT.  We got skittles and graphed them by color and then talked about our graph.  The kids enjoyed the skittles when they completed their graphs. 

We also took a big piece of paper and broke up into groups.  Each group created their own bar graph.  They had fun making their own graph.  (Sorry, I forgot to get pictures of it).

Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wisdom for Wednesday-Asking Why???

Welcome to this week's:

Have you been there?  Asking God that question of Why?  I know I have and feel like I have been there a lot recently.  For me, when things haven't worked out the way that I wanted them too, I have felt disappointed and unfortunately at times have become upset with and have even questioned God about the situation.  I will ponder at times why he didn't change a situation because I know he is capable of doing that for anyone.  Sometimes, I just feel like if only God could let me know why certain situations have happened, then I could be satisfied and possibly move on.  But, in reality maybe God only tells us what we need to know.  Or it may be that he only tells us what he knows we can handle.  Possibly it's that he only allows us to know so much because he knows all of it could hurt us even more in the future.  Therefore, I need to stop asking him why and begin to ask him what I can learn from these situations and know that he will get me through them.

Have a great week!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Fun with Sequencing!

I found this cute activity at The Teacher Wife about writing how to blow a bubble.  I had the kids sequence the steps down on paper and then they got with their shoulder buddies.  They switched papers and followed the directions that their shoulder buddy had written on how to blow a bubble.  They thought this was so much fun!  It was fun to watch them read the directions and do each step.  Here they are:

Have a great week!

Sunday, April 8, 2018


Our phonics skill last week was ou/ow.  I found this cute activity on TPT called Ouch! What Happened to the Teacher?   It was a fun way to review the ou/ow sound and work on predictions.  I started it off by having my hand wrapped up in a bandage when the kids came into the room.  

I told the kids that they were going to work with partners and do some predicting to figure out what happened to me.  I gave the clues that were in the packet that I got and they gave predictions as to what happened to me.

We discussed their predictions and the sound ou/ow makes and then each one of them got a band aid.  They wrote ou/ow on their band aids and then put them on.  They had a good time posing for a picture with their sad/hurt faces to show off their ouchies!  

We finished up by practicing the ou/ow sound by playing the TPT games of connect four with ou/ow words.

Have a great upcoming week!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

We Are Laughing So Hard...and a Freebie :-)

Hey there! Kristi and I are actually together right now. We haven't seen each other since Christmas break, and we are having such a good time. It seems that we just pick up right where we left off...which, of course, explains why we are teaching besties.

What brings us together? 
Other than spring break, I mean.

Well, we actually reached a TPT milestone recently. We can hardly believe it! THANK YOU to those of you who have supported our store. We are humbled to think that there are teachers who enjoy our resources as much as we do.

So...we have a FREEBIE for you! Hooray! 

This is one we have been thinking about for awhile. We always introduce sounds one at a time and love the targeted practice that our games offer. However, this year I've been working with Kindergarten and they are now ready for something that covers all of the short vowel sounds in one game. Kristi thought this was a great idea and plans to use it at the beginning of first grade for review.

Click on the picture to grab this forever freebie!

We hope you are enjoying a wonderful Saturday! 


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wisdom for Wednesday-Why?

Welcome to this week's:

I recently had a friend asking me why God allowed some of the hard things that she was dealing with to happen in her life.  That was a tough question for me because I personally have asked and wondered the same thing at different seasons of my life.  That is something I believe I may ask my whole life.  I will say that I can now look back at some of the trials of my life and see how God has connected me with others and I've been able to have empathy for them for what they were going through because I had been through similar things.  Then there are some trials that I still haven't understood.  I'm not sure why God allows us to go through some of the heartaches that we experience and I'm not sure I will ever understand it in this lifetime, but I will try my hardest to trust his will and have faith that there is a purpose for each one of the trials.  
Have a great day!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sight Word Practice

We have been spending some extra time on our sight words each week and I'm excited to say that the kids are knowing them when I test them on the words at the end of the week.  YAY!  We begin our week by introducing the sight words and talking to our shoulder buddy about what they mean and they try to use them in a sentence.  If we can act out the word, we do that as well.  Then the practice is on!  Here is what we have been doing to master those sight words:

1.  Quiz Quiz Trade-This is a Kagan strategy that is very simple.  I make the flashcards of our sight words and give each kid a sight word.  They walk around the room and find someone to read their sight word.  Once they both have read the sight word, they switch cards and move on to someone else. 

2.  Around the World-The kids never get tired of doing this one.  They form 2 lines and see who can read the sight word first.

3.  Tic Tac Toe-They get a tic tac toe board with their words on it.  To put an X or O down they have to say the word first. 

 4.  Connect Four-They always love playing the connect four game that we have several on TPT.  If they say the word correctly then they get to mark it.  Whoever gets 4 in a row wins.  

5.  I Have Who Has-they always love playing I Have Who Has.  I time them and they try so hard to beat their time.  (sorry I didn't get a picture of this one).

They love practicing the sight words with all of these and the best thing about it is that they are starting to master the words!

Have a great day!

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