First off, Happy Easter! I hope everyone is having a fun and relaxing day with friends and family!

 
This week is
Favorites Survey
 
Favorite Place to Shop
 
 and
 
I love Old Navy's deals and all of the basics they carry. Target I always end up leaving with way more than I intended!
 
Favorite TV Show
 
I LOVE New Girl! I look forward to Tuesdays because it provides some comic relief to the beginning of the work week. Following New Girl and my other favorite is
 
Favorite Sweet Treat
 
Cupcakes!  I love oreo flavored ones!
 
Favorite Food
Pizza and wings! I only like sweet wings though, not super hot ones.
 
Favorite Restaurant
 and
 
I love CJ Mahoney's wraps! So delicious!
 
What are your favorite things? Link up with Flying into First Grade! Happy Easter!


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Here are 5 random things from this past week.
1. Spring Break started yesterday after school for me and the weather here in MI is finally starting to warm up a bit so Ethan and I went to the zoo today! Here's Ethan with the seals.
2. My document camera came in yesterday! I called the tech dept. to come in and install it. So excited!



3. I am having my first ever TPT sale! I put my top 5 items on sale for 20% off!


4. My assessments I brought home in hopes of writing up my IEP's. We'll see if I do that.


You can get the Butterfly Flip Book here


 Butterfly Noodle FlipBook
Freebie Fridays
 
Have a great Friday!

Well, Spring Break has officially started! Yay! It is definitely needed!
This year, we didn't do too many Easter activities, but here are a few fun things we did have the opportunity to do.
We made a rabbit hiding in the grass. The students had to cut the grass, which for some was a challenge.
 
We matched ABC eggs.


I also had spring vocab words. The students loved opening them to see what they would love.
 
We also sorted eggs by size. This one was challenging for some of my kids because of the medium eggs, but they still love it!

 
We painted some paper eggs and also made some Easter hats, which turned out cute. Well, happy spring break! Tomorrow Ethan and I are hoping to head to the zoo as it finally has warmed up a little here!

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The Noun Game

The noun game is where you simply just name your favorite person, place, thing, and animal.

So here is my favorite person (I have two!)

My husband, Matt. He is the opposite of me and keeps my type A personality in check. He makes sure to add some spontaneity to my life and reminds me it's ok if everything's not perfect. Ethan is my wonderful little guy that keeps me on my toes! He is learning so much right now, which is fun to see!

Place
Paint Creek Trail in Rochester. I love running and biking there! I also love seeing people I know and other runners and bikers too (it's motivating!). I also love that following a run Ethan go play at the park. Last year he loved the swings, but this year he will be able to play on the playscape, which will be fun! All we need is for the weather to warm up!

             

Thing
My Mizuno Wave Runners

These are seriously the best running shoes I have ever owned! I love them!

Animal

I love polar bears! I have loved polar bears since I was little! I don't really even know why, but I do.


Make sure to link up with Mrs. Reed at Flying into First Grade!



Make sure to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching's Five for Friday!

This week was was a super busy week! I was suppose to be observed, but that has been postponed, I had conferences yesterday, have had to start assessing for IEP's which are next month and we started to talk about spring even though here in MI it is still very much winter! I introduced spring with some Eric Carle books.

Here are a few things we did.

1. We made some crabs to go with Eric Carle's a House for Hermit Crab. These are the am's

and this the pm's.  

2. We played Spin the Pinwheel. You can get this game on my tpt store for free!




3. We classifed pictures. All the ones that are spring related were glued to the flowers.



5. We started our grouchy ladybugs and will finish those up next week.

5. We began using pointers when reading emergent readers to help with reading left to right and top to bottom.  


6. Lastly (I know this is 6) my morning class loves the Easter sensory bin! Although, my classroom has been very dry and the grass is clinging to everything and anything. I went home with some on my pants the other day, but they enjoy it which is all that matters!


Freebie Fridays
 
I have two freebies for you (three including the pinwheel games above!)
 
 



Have a great weekend!
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The object of the linky is to let someone know that you love their blog, feel free to blog about them, let them know, and then grab the button and LINK UP your post here so that everyone can go and find these amazing blogs!
I want to share Krista's Creative Chalkboard blog! I love her clip art! It is super cute! She always has her classroom  always decorated super cute with some great ideas for teaching.

Make sure to check out her blog, The Creative Chalkboard and her tpt store, Creative Clips!




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Another idea from the Shared Reading conference was the use of pointers. I have used a pointer for the special helper to point to the numbers for counting, alphabet, etc. but she suggested how to make these and they are much more durable then some of the fun ones I got from Target in the dollar section. I made these pointers out of large paint sticks, paint, glitter, and foam stickers.

Here are some small group pointers for students to use in books and I used them with my kids and they loved using them. It helped them point to each word and directionality.  



We also used the phones, which they love! We have used these many times before and the kids always love hearing themselves talk.



The next couple days are busy ones. An observation tomorrow (it was suppose to be last week and it was cancelled) and Thursday are conferences. I can't wait for spring break next week! It definitely can't come soon enough.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to a shared reading conference and it was great! I came away with a lot of new ideas and some reminders of things I use to, but have gotten away from doing. At the same time, whenever I leave a conference like this I always feel like I am not doing enough and need to be doing a lot more. So I have been making some notes and plans of implementing some ideas right away and others to definitely do next year. One of my biggest challenges, is trying to simplify these activities for my little ones in ECSE. There attention span is very short and making sure it is developmentally appropriate for all of them. There is a huge range in their abilities and what their needs are and circle time is a challenge.

Anyways, from this conference here are a few things I learned:

Here is a song that can be sang to Frere, Frere Jacqua. You can use highlighting tape to highlight the word (something new I learned). Wikki stix also work on laminated chart paper or sentence strips so the students can circle words, letters, or punctuation (another thing I learned).


Color poems. Put on chart paper and add a picture to help students join in the reading.


Morning message for preschool with picture prompts.


Purple and Black color song from Frog Street Press. Again make sure to use picture prompts to help your little ones!
You can get the songs on YouTube here (put in frog street press color songs).



Here is an example.






I have so much to share and will try to do that in the next couple of weeks! :) Happy St. Patrick's Day!


I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!


1. Today we practiced shapes (the morning class) and letters (pm class). Students would draw a shamrock and record what they found on their paper. Perfect for matching and identifying. Also, just for learning how to wait their turn.



2. We played a Humpty Dumpty color matching game. It is pretty old school, but the kids love it.


3. We finished Nursery Rhymes this week. Here is our Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

4. On Sunday, we celebrated St. Patty's Day in Corktown at the St. Patty's Day Parade! Yay!



 
5. Have a great weekend!




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