Another book we will be reading this week is Farmer, Farmer What Do You See? I left it with the sub today as I have another full day of IEPs...one more day and I am done! Whew! They are so exhausting! Emergent Readers at my language center seem to be the easist thing to leave with the sub as all my little ones can color or at least scribble. Well, have a great rest of your Monday!


Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

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My mom saved me this article from the Detroit Free Press, My Sweet Adorable Tyrant is Turning 2 and it could not have hit home more so than today. After the day I had with Ethan I am looking forward to a day full of IEPs tomorrow just so I can sit and sort of relax! Ethan refused to sit in the cart at the grocery store and instead was running up and down the aisles at full speed and I was attempting to throw what I needed into the cart while keeping up with him...needless to say I didn't get everything on the list this week! At my brother's birthday lunch he was doing laps around the table and would then run to the back door and who was following him?! Me. As soon as I got him changed out of his clothes to go into the tub...what does he do?! But open the bathroom door that I didn't completely shut and ran to the hall and peed on the floor. During the bath he decided to just splash like crazy and I think there was more water outside of the tub than in the tub by the end. He has been VERY energized today and I am just exhausted now.
While reading the article I was checking off everything that was so true of my life now...
1. No More Sleep 2. You start talking toddler lingo 3. the temper tantrums have begun! 4. not being on time for anything 5. shopping is like the daytona 500 6. refusing to eat things that he use to love. 7. you do crazy things to keep them entertained. 8 and 9. Your child's successes and failures become your own 10. As he grows older he is no longer the baby that I still consider him to be.

All of these are my life right now to a tee! It is nice to know I am not alone in feeling the exhaustion, craziness, and endless amount of love I have for my little guy. I sometimes take for granted all of his cuddles and I definitely need to remember to savor every moment because pretty soon he will be a little boy and not my baby anymore. Enjoy every moment and definitely read My Sweet Adorable Tyrant is Turning 2 it will put a smile on your face! :)


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This upcoming week we are going to continue to talk about farm animals. This past week we made some really cute farm animals.
We made some sheep. The afternoon class made these.


We made some chicks...I loved the eyes on this one!
 
We also fed the horse some apples. The students used their fingerprint to be the "apples" and had to count out the apples.


 
I got these fine motor activities from Lakeshore. The kids use a scoop or tweezers to feed the animals.


 
A kindergarten class made these but I just thought these cows were adorable!

 
I sorted out the farm animals from the zoo animals and the kids just had to match the farm animals. We will use this puzzle in a couple of weeks to match the zoo animals and farm animals. You can get this cute puzzle at Amazon

Now for a fun freebie. We are going to be doing this fun sensory activity next week. You can get it at my tpt store or


Make sure to check out my On the Farm Literacy and Math Activities! I have made some updates and now there are 145 pages of fun activities for the kids to do.


Have a great weekend! I think it suppose to finally beautiful out here so I can't wait!


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1. Two of my four full day of IEPs are done! They are exhausting and I am so thankful to have two days under my belt.

2. This week we talked about farms and made some of the animals you find on the farm. Here are some of our clothespin cows.
 
3. We made some sheep.

 4. The morning class sorted the farm animals by color. As you can see we need some practice.

 
5. This was my car window on Thursday. Yes...snow and ice and next week starts May! Then, by the time I got home it was sunny and 50s. Only in MI!

 
 You can get this shape rhyme on my tpt store here or


Freebie Fridays




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After last week's craziness with Boston and Texas and the end of the school year craziness sharing something good is just what I needed to think about because I have been feeling really bogged down, negative, and just overall in a bad mood. :(
So it is time for some positivity!

At Home:
My husband works A LOT and has not had two days back to back off since Novemeber. This weekend it sounds like he may have the whole weekend off and I think it finally suppose to be nice out here in MI so we may be able to go out and about as a family! Also, Ethan is now 18 months old and saying a lot more and into everything. Also, I just found out after being a bad friend and not staying connected with one of my college roommates that well she sent me some pictures and one was showing me that she is having a baby May 1st! I am so excited for her!

At School:
I am turing this negative into a positive...2 full days of IEPs done and only 2 more to go! Yay! Full day IEPs are very draining, but I am half way done. Also, one of my little girls who wasn't talking much has blossomed and saying lots of words...her name, age, color words, and even came up to me the other day and pointed to her coat "stuck, help please". I love seeing the kids growth and hers seemed to happen overnight!

What is good happening in your life?! Link up with
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Also, don't forget to check out the giveaway I am participating in over at Kinder Krazy

 
Happy Thursday!
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 I was going through my class binder to see what things I planned on keeping and may want to try to next year with my kiddos. I came across this Geometry Hunt. It was originally intended for second through fourth graders, but I was thinking I could simplify this by using a picture from
Mouse Shapes . The kids could trace certain shapes in certain colors (can help with fine motor skills too!)
Here is the original lesson plan.
 
 


Enjoy!
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First off, today is my last class for my second Master's (Early Childhood Education)! YAY! I cannot tell you how excited I am.
Anyways, the next two weeks we are going to be learning all about farm animals and here is one of the emergent readers I will be using this week. I tend to use lots of emergent readers when I have a sub in my room and this week I have to be out twice for full day IEPs :(
I hate being out of the room, but once these are done I will be a little closer to being done with the school year. Yay!
 
Now for the freebie. You can get it on my tpt here or

 
 
 
 
 
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
 
Happy Monday!
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Topic: My Classroom

We spend so much time in our classrooms. It can be like a second home. We will get acquainted today by sharing three(3) of our favorite areas in our classrooms.

1.

My birthday board with their homemade crowns. My kiddos love decorating their own crowns and look forward to when their birthday comes to take them off the board.

2. My moveable sensory bin. I change it out for each theme or every couple of weeks and the kids have loved investigating what is inside.





3. Student Work Sample Board. I made glitter clothespins and have been displaying my student's work. They enjoy having their work up there and it is nice for the parents to see too.





Make sure to link up with Latoya at Flying into First Grade!


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This week we talked about dinosaurs and did some fun dinosaur activities.
1. We sorted dinosaurs by color.
 
2. We did a dinosaur dig. The students drew a dinosaur from the sand and then had to identify the letter and stamp it on their recording sheet.




 
3. We made stegasoraus.



3. These are an oldy but goody. The students match the designated dinosaurs to the mat and count them out as they do it. I got these from a retired teacher that lives down the street from my parents. The kids love them.

 
4. Last week we made cupcake flowers.


 
5. We made bubbly volcanoes. You need LOTS of baking soda, but when you mix it with food coloring and vinegar it bubbles up. The kids loved it. :)


Now for a freebie. Next week, we will begin talking about farm animals. Unfortunately next week I have two full days of IEPs so I will be missing out on some of the fun, but I am suret he kids will still have a blast. Here are some Letter Matching Mats and Oink, Oink Game. You can get it at my tpt store here




Freebie Fridays


Have a great weekend!

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Some of my co-workers attended an Environmental print conference and shared some of the ideas with me. Here is one of the things that I have tried. We made a We Love Breakfast book. Here is the cover. 
 
 
Each of the students brought in picture or the box cover of what they enjoy. I added their pictures and a simple sentence. My afternoon class traced the sentence. It was surprising to me how many of my little ones don't really know what cereal they eat or what they eat for breakfast. This was a great language activity.

 
After we finish letter Zz next week I will be going through the environmental print posters I made and we can talk about the items and add to the posters. I am curious to see what pictures my students know and don't know.
 
 
On a totally different note...our plants are growing! Whew! I was getting worried. All of them are growing except two, but I made sure to plant a couple more seeds in those and now they are sprouting too! My kiddos get to take the plants home tomorrow, which they are VERY excited about!
 
 
I hope everyone has a great Friday tomorrow! Yay for TGIF!


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