Sunday, November 1, 2015

NOVEMBER Currently

Can you believe it is November? The first marking period is OVER! This is going too fast! I don't know where the time goes! So much more to do and hopefully enough time! 

Listening - Football! This is really the first Sunday all season that we have sat down and watched some games! We planned on making some dinner tonight - wonder if we will get off the couch and do that! LOL 

LOVING - Really! I am LOVING being a empty nester! Do you know how many grocery bags we used today???? FOUR! That's it! FOUR! It will last us all week too! And there was no junk in it! There was fruit that we will eat! I do LOVE and MISS my "babies" while they are in college. They are good though! They are doing their thing. They are getting ready to fly! That's how we raised them! They know they have a home whenever they need it. But I we are really enjoying being just us too. 

Thinking - Well, that was the plan all week in my head! HAHAHA Hubby had plans yesterday and I thought it would be a good day. Well, I woke up in a quiet empty house. I just stayed here all day and got stuff done. I did do report cards! I didn't have tons to put away. I actually want to clean out some closets. After cleaning out my mom's house, I am all about down sizing. I know I have stuff that I don't need any more. I know I have stuff that I will never use again. IT'S OLD! It's going out - soon, some day, whenever I get in there! LOL

Wanting to get my mom's house done. We have most of it done. Now what to do with the rest of the stuff! Trying to find a good home for everything. We don't have to rush but I want to finish. It will get done. A little at a time. WE are getting there! Thank goodness for my brother and sister- in-law helping! 

Needing - seriously! NOTHING! I have way too much here! I am going to start cleaning this house out when I finish with her house! It's all just stuff! I am done with stuff! My 50's are going to be about cleaning out and simplifying!  

Yummy - well Thanksgiving dinner! All of it is YUMMY! I did always like my mom's sausage stuffing. It has sage in it. YUMMY! I love the stuffing in the bird too! We'll see what we do for Thanksgiving. 

Oh, now I want a little cooler weather for November! 70's is too warm for November! I put the AC on! I am thankful it's not freezing, but I would like some fall weather! Be good people! Enjoy! November will go fast! Parent conferences and Thanksgiving break! Woo hoo! It will be December before we know it! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Carson Dellosa Applying the Standards Evidence Based Writing

Here is another good resource for writing. Carson Dellosa's Applying The Standards.This is a good resource to help students with using evidence based writing. It is a good start for teachers also. As we all get use to the new standards, we need some help too. This can not be used independently - at least with my kinders- but I will certainly use this as a resource to help keep me on track!  I would love to have these in a Smart Board format to share large screen with the class. The book has included a lot of information - Common Core alignment chart, assessment rubric, writing checklist, writing process packet and a key for planning and implementation.  They have graphic organizers too. I really think this is a resource that I will be able to use to model and work together. I like the fact that it has checklists for the students = there are visuals and words. What a good way for the kids to make connections. There is a checklist for the five steps of writing- brainstorm, draft, revise, edit, and publish. There is also one for peers to check. The stories/ideas are good and relevant to kindergarten (although not independent reading). The graphic organizers are helpful and appropriate too. We can use them other times also - always coordinating things! The ideas for think and revise are very appropriate also. These will be nice to do whole group and then hopefully move onto independent skills! It will certainly make a good foundation for the student's writing! Here is a video to watch about them also! 
I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Carson Dellosa Story Starters: Opinion Curriculum Cut-Outs

Always looking for new ideas for writing. Not my strong suit. As I sit and type a review! lol Anyway - I like these Story Starters for the ideas. This is the opinion set. There are 36 cards. More than enough for kindergarten. I can't use these independently in kinder. That is ok - at least I won't have to think of ideas when we are writing opinions! I can see these being great at a center in older grades. I think that K-5 range is so broad! I like that they give them different things to think about on each card. This will help the younger ones see what they need to include in their writing. Has some great higher level thinking skills going on! I like the different topics - can use them at different times in the year with different units. Great to use different writing skills with the different units. Here is a little video about the Curriculum Cut-Outs.  I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Carson Dellosa Math Challenge Curriculum Cut-Outs

OMG! These Math Challengre Curriculum Cut-Outs are so great! There are 5 for each skill. They are a great quick warm up, partner work, center activity, ticket out the door - whatever you need! There are cards for missing numbers, shapes,writing number sentences,counting, skip counting, missing numbers,and matching numbers to sets. They are aligned to the common core - very importatn.  What a great value! And they don't take up much space! I'm loving these! I haven't tested these to see if you could use a dry erase marker or not. I am just going laminate them to make sure. :-)  I love that I can use them for different skills and don't need to buy a whole bunch of different sets. I was afraid that they might be too difficult for my kinders to read and understand, but they will be fine! YEA!!! Great job +Carson-Dellosa Publishing I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.
 I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Learning Targets - Carson Dellosa

OH LIFE! It has been a crazy busy beginning of school. NOT BECAUSE OF SCHOOL! lol Family issues- it will all be ok- someday!

So I got another package in the mail! In the box was Carson- Dellosa's Learning Targets and Essential Questions! I can't post a picture of it cause technology and I are not friends tonight apparently. :( Here is the link for them though: Complete Common Core State Standards Pocket Chart and Cards Starter Set  Any way - I was a little skeptical at first. I had Complete Common Core State Standards Pocket Chart and Cards Starter Set. I wasn't sure what the difference was going to be. I really like these those. These make much more sense for my classroom. We use essential questions. These have essential questions. The cards are sturdy and they are two sided. Essential question on one side and I can statement on the other. The pocket chart is great - not too big. Doesn't take up precious wall space. I love that the cards are divided by subject ( two colors  - red and blue; language arts and math). Makes it so much easier to find them. They are also divided by strand too- ie- counting and cardinality; measurement, etc. These just seem more kid friendly. Carson-Dellosa is so cool they even made some videos about them! Check these out!  and  The first one is information and the second is a workshop video! Super cool! 
I usually do my essential questions for each lesson on a Smart Board document, but I think this might be easier to post for the standard that we are working on. I'm excited to use these and for once I know which bulletin board I'm going to hang the pocket chart on! Go check it out!! You know it's good quality stuff! 
I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Carson Dellosa - Interactive Notebooks- Math!

So these interactive notebooks have been everywhere! The blogs are full of them. I haven't gotten around to trying them yet. It's on the to-do list for this year. Now I know where to start! Carson-Dellosa has made a great resource for Interactive Math Notebooks! It has some great features! The pages are perforated so you can easily take them out to copy. Or do you like to take them out and put them in page protectors in a notebook - by topic or as a whole book? Do you file them? I'm trying to get away from files! I don't mind books (well, I LOVE books) but the less paper around the better for me! I'm trying to keep things digital. Any how! Back to the book - It is set up with the 5 domains from common core. There are a few - EASY TO READ!-information pages with some visuals. OK - I teach kindergarten - I have the same attention span some days! LOL It explains interactive notebooks, how to get started, how to organize, plan and manage and even has a grading rubric. Then it gets into the domains and activities. There are several for each domain, except "Numbers and Operations in Base Ten", that has only one. It has the most for addition and subtraction. There is a page for instructions and a page to copy for the student notebooks. There is also a whole section of reproducibles for the pages. They have included different flaps, folds and pockets. :) The directions are quick and simple. They give ideas for independent work for the students. So you get teacher directed and independent learning from each activity. This makes this so simple! I'm not as overwhelmed as I was thinking about interactive notebooks. I also think this is a great starting point. This makes it easy to start with notebooks. It's all set up. It's all in one place. Then you can use your creativity to expand on the idea. Thanks again Carson-Dellosa! I was just on their web page and this book comes in an ebook also!! How cool is that? How much more storage will we all have when the books are on our computers! :) AND... there is a language arts version also!! As always Carson Dellosa made a video to show how great it is too! Check it out!!  I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Carson Dellosa #2

Well, I am loving this new Carson-Dellosa Colorful Chalkboard D├ęcor. Here is an official link!  This is a really a cute set!

 It has a lot in the set too! There is a bday chart, calendar, incentive chart, all-purpose chart (this has one of those cute and popular banners going across the top), calendar pieces and a door label. I LOVE the colors – they are bright but not overpowering. It’s somehow perfect bright! It’s got that nice chalk look too – you know like you colored it in. So here are some of my thoughts about how I will use this – I haven’t started decorating my room yet! AGHHH!!! Well, I’ve been in rearranging and pairing down on furniture. Now it will be time to start decorating! So – the bday chart is pretty obvious. ;-) I’m going to laminate it first so I can write the names and dates on it year after year. I’m planning on adding the kinders pictures to it also. I’m thinking around it – each one by the month. I might use the cute matching border, which is straight edge- as a frame for each picture. That would look super coordinated! 

The calendar is so cute and colorful. It has little birthday cover ups too. I’m not sure how I will use this. I usually do calendar on my smart board. So I will be thinking about what to do with this one. The cover ups I could use in different ways. I will laminate those too- laminate everything! I thought about using the numbers as place markers for the kinders to line up. I also thought about using them as center labels. The incentive chart – I really like how they did this. The color is on the sides but the main part is plain – easier to read and use! I’m not sure about this one yet either. So many ideas- improving behavior, building stamina, sight words learned, standard learned, etc.  I don’t want to put things on there that would cause some kinders to feel like they are not keeping up with their peers. I want it all to be positive! The all-purpose chart – yes, I will laminate that too! I think that may be outside the door. I would love to use it for parent info but the parents don’t come to the door for drop off or pick up. :-( I could use it as “Where is Our Class?” sign. I could use it for sight word of the day/week. I could use it as a message board to the kinders. I could use it for an exit ticket. I could use it as a “password” out the door – you know –they have to read the word to get past. So many plans! The door label- well,, duh! That will be on the door. I’ll write our class room number and my name on it. WAIT …. I could use some of the letters to spell my name. Well, might need to check the size! Could combine the two to make a cute welcome sign!

 I’ll be sure to post a picture when I figure out what I’m doing! Lol Won’t be this week though! Taking #2 child to college – 20 hours away! :-0 OK can’t talk about that anymore! I love the letters from the Colorful Chalkboard set. They have different patterns- solids, stripes, polka dots! All in that cute chalkboard look! The border is two sided also! Polka dots and stripes. I like that they are straight borders too. I know I said that already! So I must really like it! It’s just a nice change. I think you can use them for more than just borders that way! So ingenious! WOW! If it wasn’t almost my bedtime, I think I would head into school and get decorating! LOL That’s what tomorrow is for! Carson-Dellosa did a very nice job again! Way to go!! Here is a video of ideas to use this cute stuff too!  I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.