Once again on a Sunday night I find myself in a hotel room…this time in Charlotte, NC. To say the least, last week was a whirlwind of a week. I started off the week in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the two day Common Core Seminar. Can I just say, I don’t think I have ever seen that much snow. It was so deep that I actually looked into a snow bank outside of the hotel room window. I was able to catch up with my good SDE friend, Kim, and I also met a new friend Jill from ABC’s and Polkadots. Tuesday night Andy flew into Grand Rapids and Wednesday morning we headed out to Chicago…more cold and snow!
The ASCD Early Childhood Conference in Chicago is a HUGE conference…1,500 teachers! Good Golly! This is AN EVENT to say the least….Lots of teachers, great sessions, and super nice location, PLUS….. I get to see some of my favorite people! There’s Kim Jordano from KinderbyKim, Kathy Griffin from Kathy Griffin’s Teaching Strategies, Shari Sloane from kidscount1234.com, Deanna Jump from Mrs. Jump’s Class, Deedee Wills from Mrs. Will’s Kindergarten, and Linnea that keeps us all straight! Of course Andy was there, too. Someone had to take the picture!
This weekend I remade my two St. Patrick’s Day packs: St. Patrick’s Math Game Pack and Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day. If you have them, head on over to your “My Purchases” to download the revisions. I added a Rainbow Brace Map to the Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day pack.
I also made a sight word swat game freebee. You can get it (here).
Here are my St. Patrick’s Peek at my Week Plans.
When I see March on the calendar, I am ready to pack up my winter clothes and pull out my flip flops! So when I see it is going to be 7 degrees in Grand Rapids on Monday, I almost can’t believe it! Winter has overextended it’s stay, agree? That said, I am ready for two great days of training in Grand Rapids.
From Grand Rapids it is just a few hours in a car and I will be in Schaumburg, IL for the ASCD conference. If you live in that area, I am sure you have heard of this conference. It is HUGE! I have been there for more years that I can remember. It is like a family reunion of teachers and presenters…Deanna Jump, Deedee Wills, Kimberly Jordano, Kathy Griffin, Shari Sloane….and lots more!
From there I am home for a day before I head out to Charlotte, NC.
Then, guess what? Yep, a week off to spend with the every so cute grandbaby before some customized training in WVA the following week.
I finish up the month back in the south in Memphis, TN. Let’s hope by then, flip flops are part of our wardrobe! If not, I might look funny walking through the snow with my toes hanging out…
So here I go again trying to explain something “technology”! To tell you the truth, it’s reassuring to know that I am not the only one challenged with trying to understand everything that my kids and their peers “know” how to do without even thinking about it. So, when teachers started asking how to find that fan freebee folder, I thought I might just put the directions here.
First of all, as I understand it, you CAN’T see the folder on your phone or an ipad. You have to be on a laptop computer. You also have to have clicked on the “like” button on the kindergals facebook page. Once you have clicked on the like button, you should see this:
Now, click on the Fan Freebee Folder. Once you click on the folder, you will see the Fan Freebee icon again. Click on it.
That will open the folder where you can see the contents. Just click on the one that you want, it will open, and you can save it to your computer or external drive.
I’ve been in Oklahoma this week hanging out with Andy. We have eaten way too much and worked on getting his apartment a little more organized. While he’s at work, I have been trying to catch up and finish up! I finally finished up the two encore packs to the Magnify It! pack. Okay, Megan’s kids LOVE these…so I have gone a little crazy with making them. Magnify It 2! is all literacy. In this pack, the kids can practice reading cvc, cvvc, and cheerleader e words—some with blends and diagraphs. There are 10 games. Magnify It 3! is all math. In this pack, the kids decompose the numbers 10-20 using rekenreks, tens frames, hands, tally marks, and unifix cubes. There are also 5 games for working with number bonds. They practice combining sets, one more, one less, and how many to make a 10. They are both 20% off until Friday night!
Presenting on the road can be very lonely. I love people! But, when I am traveling I often find myself alone. I’m not telling you this so that you will somehow feel sorry for me, but so that you will know just how excited I get when I realize I am NOT going to be alone! So you can only imagine how super excited I was when I received a message from Katie of Little Warriors, that I was going to be working in her school district on Friday! When she went to sign up for her sessions on Thursday night, she saw my name in the listings! I didn’t know that she worked in the district where I was presenting! Now, if we had put two and two together, we could have planned to get a cup of coffee (or a diet coke!) or something together, but it was still fun to see her on Friday!
I was in South Carolina earlier in the week. I almost was caught by the storm, getting a flight only a few hours before the airport was closed! So, when I was in Illinois, and the snow started falling, I became a little nervous. But, no problem, I caught my flight to Oklahoma! Yep, Oklahoma! I was suppose to work here this week, but, the training was cancelled due to make up days. I came to Oklahoma anyway to spend the WHOLE week with Andy!
So South Carolina and Illinois teachers, as promised I have added a few freebees to my facebook in honor of your training days. They are there for anyone not just these teachers, so get them if you want. Just “like” the kindergals facebook page and you will be able to access them in the “fan freebee” folder. They will only be there a few days. Here’s what I added:
From the Dollar Store session I have added the making five recording sheet and clip art pieces that I used with the frog clips.
From the math center session, I have added the number bond game boards and the numeral cards.
And here are the Peek at My Week-Mail plans. I think I have shared how I lay them out in the past few peek at my week posts, so I am not going to do that. If this is your first time reading these plans, look back at other peek at my week plans to see how they are organized.
That was quick! While we are still planning our Valentine’s Day Party we have to shift gears and think about President’s Day. Now, many of you may have that day off. If so,celebrate on the 18th with your kids! I posted last year about some of our activities. You can read about those (here). Here are a few others that we are doing.
We gave the kids the letters to spell the word president. Then, we sat them in front of the word wall. They had to look at the words on the wall and see if they could make any of them with the letters that they had. We made a President’s Day place value book. Each page has a significant number and how it relates to President’s Day. The kids used the bingo dotters to stamp the number using the tens frames.
We took important vocabulary words for President’s Day. Then, the kids wrote their name in the boxes under the word. Finally, they had to decide if the word was longer, shorter or the same length as their name. We talked about characteristics of each of the presidents. Then, the children recorded their connections to that president.
We gave the kids a piece of brown bulletin board paper. They drew a map of their bedroom and made a key. Then, we wadded it up and spread it back out to give it that leather look of old maps. We made a stove pipe hat using a toilet paper roll. Then, the kids wrote a letter. We rolled up the letters and placed them inside the toilet paper roll.
These ideas are from the Hooray for President’s Day unit.
Oh my goodness! I arrived in Columbia, SC last night to find out that we are expecting more wintery mix on Tuesday! W.H.A.T.????? Anyone else ready to go south? Like reeeeeaaaaaallllyyyyy south? Like Bahamas south? I am so ready for some warm, southern weather! Back home Megan is getting all ready to start a week of valentine fun. Be sure and check out our peek at my week post from yesterday. Looking ahead…where are we going next? Well, next week we will do our unit on the Post Office. This pack contains the things that we will be using. These activities will be included in our Peek at my Week next Sunday.
This is the product description….Rain, sleet, or snow…The mail must go! This pack is just what you will need to help teach your little ones all about mail, the post office, and mail carriers. There are activities for:
Math: graphing story problem, comparing heights, adding and subtracting to get to a given number, how many to make a 5, number combinations, divide a number, and sorting by size and graphing results. Language Arts: a tree map for non fiction information, sequence events and a cut a sentence book, cut stack staple read books, building cvc words and substituting sounds in all three positions, making ail words, all about book with cut a ways, diagrams, lists, flow map, bold/fancy/colored fonts, planning and writing an opinion piece, and writing captions for photographs. Stay warm….
Kim is a retired kindergarten teacher! She taught kindergarten for 30 years and now works as a national presenter. Now that she is retired, she spends her time volunteering in Meagn's room. When she isn't working at Megan's school, she loves to garden and spend time with her family. She and Andy, her husband, have two children, Megan, who is married to Nick, and Tyler, who is married to Ginny. That also have a beagle named Katie Ann. Megan followed in her mom's footsteps and is also a kindergarten teacher. She loves building relationsips with her kiddos and their families. When she isn't teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family. She is married to Nick. They enjoy all the GA sports teams! She and Nick have a miniature dachshund named Lily Grace.
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