Sunday, July 21, 2019

Summer So Far & B2S Freebies

Five months. It's been that long since I've blogged. Yikes. I'm back today to share about our summer so far and to offer 2 back to school freebies.  

Summer So Far

Right after school let out Gabrielle, Seth, & I visited Plimoth Plantation and the Wampanoag Homesite in Plymouth, Mass. I hadn't been in about 27 years, and the kids had never been. At the Wampanoag homesite, different individuals from New England tribes answer questions about Native American life.  The first photo is of a mishoon (dugout canoe) being created. In the English village, all the interpreters represent actual people from history, and they stay completely in character when you converse with them. We ended the day with fish and chips and a walk along the Plymouth Waterfront.

My husband & I took the kids on a short hike in a nearby bird sanctuary. 

And of course...the beach! If you have been a regular reader of my blog, you know that we beach it up in the summer. We live relatively close to the ocean, so we could go there. However, we usually prefer ponds. The kids can swim and it's usually less crowded with more shady spots. We've been 5 times already this year. The picture of Seth has a story. I once asked him to get down from the wall carefully. In the photo, he's sarcastically getting down OH SO SLOWLY with a look of intense concentration on his face. The sassiness is strong with this one!

Blast from the Past Beach Photos
I just needed to include a few photos from 2014 when the kids were ridiculously little. (Relatively speaking...) Gabrielle was 5. Seth was 10. 

And, here are the FREEBIES you've been waiting for!

This year, I want students to have fun and get to know one another, but I also want to start some academic tasks right away. I created some equal groups task cards. They could be used as a repeated addition task OR a multiplication task. Click here or on the image below to grab them for FREE. 

The other freebie is a first day get-to-know-you activity. I always set out play dough on the first day. Students have something to do while I show one group at a time how to sign up for lunch, put always belongings, etc. It also gives kids a chance to get to know one another. The task cards I made give kids some possible discussion starters.  Grab them for FREE by clicking here or on the image below. 

These can be printed in color, but I chose to print in grayscale on colored paper. Each group of desks had a different color. That made it easy to gather up sets of cards at the end. 

I hope you'll find these freebies useful. Thank you for visiting!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Slacker's Blog Post with a Multiplication Game FREEBIE

Yes. I've been slacking. My last blog post was in November! Why, you ask? Real life! There are times when I want to blog about my life, and there are times when I just want to enjoy it. If you are a regular reader, I apologize for disappearing. I'm here to share some highlights from the last couple of months instead of from the last week! Thanks for visiting!

As usual, the kids and I made Christmas cards to bring to the nursing home. The photo above shows Gabrielle with the concentration face that she's been making ever since she was little. It always cracks me up. On Christmas Eve, we went to my niece's house to celebrate with family. That's my big sister and me. That's the exact pose we almost ALWAYS sit in. We have photos from 25 years ago. I weigh a LOT less in those photos, but the pose is the same!
We've been to Bible quizzing meets in December, January, & February. Seth is crushing it. One of the teams has been bringing a chicken with them as a mascot. In February, the owner of the chicken could not attend, so they brought ducks instead! The whole idea with Bible quizzing is to be the first to jump off your seat. All the quizzers sit on pads hooked to a computer. The first jumper gets to answer the question.

We've been doing an animals through time unit in science. Mystery Science is the basis for my science lessons, and I've been loving it! We made salt dough fossils at work. I added cold coffee to the dough instead of water so there would be a brownish tint.

During math we've continued to work on multiplication and division concepts and finding area. Right now, we're working on rounding, estimating, and addition & subtraction with regrouping. 

I'm always looking for simple different ways to get the kids practicing their multiplication facts, so I created some paint dotter games.

You can grab them for FREE by clicking here or on the image below.

And, of course, no blog post would be complete without at least one cat photo! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Saturday Sum Up

Welcome to the Saturday Sum Up! Please join in the weekly linky by sharing a post with a picture (or two or more) about your week. Use the image above in your post if you'd like! 
As I shared last week, we've had our first snow here in Connecticut. At our school, the kids play on the blacktop when the usual playground is covered in snow. Kids who bring ALL of their snow gear are allowed to play in the field. Usually the first time, only a few kids have snow pants, etc. By the second storm, many more kids come prepared.
My birthday was on Wednesday. On Sunday, my pastor announced my birthday and presented me with this lei to wear! It's a tradition. 
One of my students gave me this as a gift. Her mom made it. This particular student is very kind and always patient with her classmates. She sets a wonderful example for everyone, including ME. It's a blessing just to have her in the room. 

When I got home Wednesday, there were gifts on the table for me. And my cake was yummy. I love fruity, whipped topping kind of cakes. (I also wouldn't turn my nose up at a chocolate cake.)
One of my friends got THIS little cutie and brought her to youth group last night. This is Abby, and she spent quite a lot of time just sleeping in my arms. A few minutes before this photo was taken, she was hyper as could be. Then she just zonked out. 
Another of my friends surprised me with these socks. Socks isn't the right word for them though. These are no ordinary socks! They are lined with some seriously soft fluffy stuff that is WARM and cushy. 
This week I decided to start creating digital scrapbooking pages again. A few years ago, I was very involved in the hobby. The scrapbooking site I really liked went out of business and I lost interest. Creating some layouts this week was fun. I did this one using products from Designer Digitals

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Saturday Sum Up & Wigwam STEM Freebie

Happy weekend! Welcome to the Saturday Sum Up Linky. Please join us by by writing a post about a few highlights of your week. Then, go to the bottom of this post to link up! If you'd like, you can right click on the image above to save it and use it in your post. After you've linked up, please leave a comment for the person above you.

This week the students have been working on one of my favorite projects: wigwam construction! We've been learning about Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands. After learning about wigwams and how they were constructed, the students were issued a challenge. More about how I conduct this activity here. To grab a freebie that I created, click here or on the image below. 
I found a great time-lapse video that shows the construction of a wigwam from start to finish! My kids were fascinated. 

We had our first snow of the season and our first 2-hour delay. Thursday night it snowed quite a lot. It changed over to rain, which just made the snow that remained wet, slushy, and heavy.  

My son cleaned off my car and shoveled around it for me! It was so nice not to have to do that. I was so thrilled about not having to wear boots that I took a picture of my new L.L. Bean mocs on the cleared driveway. I know. I'm kind of ridiculous, but I was so happy!

Foolishly, I thought my car could push through the snow at the end of our driveway. Nope. Didn't really work out that way! Grumpily, I trudged back to the garage to get the shovel in my NEW shoes. Rats! As I shoveled, my neighbor noticed me and putted over in his tractor to plow! That was a nice surprise. 

As he does every year, Herbie has responded to the cold weather by spending lots more time in our laps. Gabrielle was thrilled to hang out with her cat, a blanket, a book, and a cup of tea. 

Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll join the fun by linking up to share a bit about your week! 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!