Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cheers! New Year Sale!!

Happy New Years Eve!! 2014 was a year worth celebrating at the Stewart house. A few words that help sum it all up: nesting, fitness, Hawaii, TPT conference, 5K, family, new & old friends.

I'm dropping by to let you know about a little sale my friends and I at Blog Hoppin' have going
on today and tomorrow as we ring in twenty-fifteen!
My TPT shop will be on sale Dec 31st- Jan 1st!!
Click {HERE} to head on over now or click the picture above.

And stop back tomorrow to snag yourself an organizational treat.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Book Exchange Story

Christmas Break has finally rolled around to my neck of the woods. PTL and Hallelujah... ;) I wanted  to stop by and show you one of my favorite moments from our Holiday party this year. The class book exchange!! Two weeks ago we asked all the first graders to bring in a new or gently used wrapped book. You can see most of them here under the tree. 


When it was time for the exchange we all sat in a circle and I read them a little story I typed up on the fly below. I remembered seeing various versions of "Right" and "Left"stories in the past, but since I definitely procrastinated on looking one up until the last possible second, I decided to make one up.  The idea is, every time the class hears the word 'Left' or 'Right' they have to pass the book in their hands in that direction.

The Right Children

"The Right children always left out the milk and cookies before they went to bed on Christmas Eve. Little Wendy Right asked Tommy Right if their stockings had been hung up with care? Tommy Right told her he had left them in just the right spot. Mr. Right heard his children talking downstairs and asked them why they were up past their bedtime. He told them Santa only left presents for the children who went right to bed. So off the children scurried, and right in the nick of time! When they got to their bedrooms they could hear footsteps on the rooftop. Left and right feet could be heard walking towards their chimney. In the morning, the Right children found their stockings had been left full of presents. Only a few crumbs on the cookie plate were left untouched. They knew right away the magical Christmas fun was just beginning! This left a big smile on both of their faces."

It was a huge giggle fest mess for a few minutes! Books were going left, right, and even across the circle. Everywhere but the right direction it was supposed to at times.  But it definitely added lots of fun and laughter to the exchange!! I'll be doing it this way for years to come! 

Here they are, new books in hand! The boy in the center back cracked me right up! HA!! Just another idea to add to your Holiday tool-belt for next year! 

Sharing a few more highlights from the week over on Blog Hoppin.


 Wishing you all the very Merriest Christmas in just five short days!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PK-1 Fiesta & Conference Giveaway

Have you heard about the California Kindergarten Association's Annual PK1 Conference?  Well, it's an outstanding 3-day event designed by teachers for teachers specializing in early childhood education.  If you teach TK, Pre-K, K, 1st Grade, or Homeschool and live in the California area, this is definitely an event you don't want to miss. This year's conference is scheduled to take place in Santa Clara, California (just outside of San Francisco).  The festivities kick off on Friday, January 16th with a Pre-Conference Institute and lasts through Sunday, January 18th.  Oodles of professional development workshops ranging from behavior management and the importance of play to integrating the Common Core Standards will be offered throughout the weekend.      

But, wait!!  There's more.  Some of your FAVORITE bloggers are going to be taking part in this amazing conference.  Just look at this fun line-up of blogger presenters that will be at this year's PK1 Conference  . . .





Don't go yet . . . we have even more for you.  Guess what else is happening?? We are thrilled to announce that the PK1 Conference will be hosting it's very first Blogger Fiesta.  At this fun evening event, you can meet and chat with your favorite bloggers over a plate of yummy Mexican apps.  Each attendee will receive dinner, a Blogger CD (filled with $60 of free products), and a raffle ticket to enter to win oodles of other fabulous prizes!  To purchase your $35 Blogger Fiesta ticket, click HERE.

Are you excited yet?  Let's up the ante a bit.  How about a chance to win a FREE conference registration?  Well, it's your lucky day!  The generous folks at CKA have given us one FREE conference registration to give away to our followers. Enter to win via the painless Rafflecopter below.  But, hurry!!!  This giveaway closes Friday evening and our BIG winner will be announced on Saturday, December 13th.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To learn more about PK1 and/or to check out the conference sessions in detail, CLICK HERE!  Thanks for taking the time to visit us today.  We hope to see you at this year's PK1 Conference :)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas For The Classroom Giveaway

Christmas is just around the corner and I am THRILLED to be teaming up with some of my favorite bloggers to spread a little extra Holiday Cheer across the blogland this year!!!  We know it's a busy time of year when teachers are busy replenishing supplies and also adding new goodies to their classroom bag of tricks. So let us help fill your stockings this year!!

 Each of the participating bloggers will be giving away a classroom goodie of their choice. For mine, I just knew I had to go with these magnetic tens frames. They've quickly become a favorite of mine this year!! Use them to display the date, during your math lesson, centers... so many fun ways to use these!

Then it's time to enter for the grand prize for an HP Laser Printer!!!!  Just follow the Raffelcopter below and you could have prints that are merry and *bright* for life!! :)

Now make sure to stop by and visit each of these sweet bloggers to see the fabulous goodies they have coming your way! All giveaways will run through Friday Dec. 12th so hurry and enter today!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cranky Franky Freebie

You know those days when you have a bunch of things planned out and then on the whim you change it all up? That was what happened today with this activity. And I'm glad it did because it was fun and not to mention funny for me to hear my kids share all the things that make them cranky! 


This was after we read the story Crankenstein. The kids wrote about their text-to-self connections using this little sheet. If it's too late for you to grab the book this year you should definitely put it on your list for next year. Go ahead and PIN it now so you have it on hand for next year!

Then I typed up this quickie one too for anyone who is going... I JUST NEED ONE MORE THING FOR TOMORROW...but doesn't have the story. Ha!!!

 And last but not little shop is ON SALE today and tomorrow!!
Godspeed tomorrow Friends!!! ;)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Preppin' For Conferences {Freebie}

Hey guys!! A little late night blogging action coming at ya tonight. Why? Three little words: Parent Teacher Conferences. Yep, it's that time of year again! Anyone else pulling some late night conference prep?

Parent Teacher Conferences prep freebie

Prepping for Parent Teacher Conferences

But tonight all the action is going down over on  Blog Hoppin'!!

You can read more about how I prep for conferences and grab yourself a little freebie over on my post. Click HERE to hop on over! Go on, get your prep on. ;)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bats, Owls, Spiders...oh my! GIVEAWAY!!

October is the time of year when the creepy crawlies come out!!! Kids are fascinated to learn all about these creatures!! It's the perfect time of year to dive into a little Non- Fiction palooza with your crew. A few of us are teaming up to  bring you some our very favorite resources we've created  to help you teach all about bats, owls, and spiders this month!

Check out the amazing packs we're offering up below!

We're keeping this one real easy. You can enter quickly using the Raffeclopter below. We'll each be giving away our packs to a winner and one lucky winner will win them ALL!! The giveaway is open through midnight on Wednesday. We can't wait to see whoooo all our sweet winners will be! :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Smart Apple Science

It's here....officially!! The first day of Fall! {{Happy dance}} It's also the last week of September, which around here means is Apple Week in first grade. We're only on day two but my smart little apples are pretty thrilled for our first official Science unit.

We've been learning new apple vocabulary words, because *real* scientists use the scientific terms when they're speaking and writing, don't ya know? Posting the pictures along with the words really does make a big difference for some of my little learners. The majority of them have never been apple picking before, so the visually really helps when we use these words so frequently.

My class started with this experiment today: Sink or Float? Almost everyone's hypothesis was that the apples would sink, especially the big red one. First, they had to share their hypothesis with an elbow buddy and explain their thinking. Did they think all apples would sink, or just the big ones? Did they think all apples would float, or only yellow ones? Next, they wrote their hypothesis down so we could test them out together.

I think this is the easiest experiment we do all year but you'd think it was magic happening in front of them. One of my favorite things about teaching 1st grade is getting to see all the "firsts" all over again through their eyes! By the time we had two floating apples one girl announced she was changing her hypothesis to all apples would float. Floating apples, who knew? ;)

Jenna from I've Got It Made in Second Grade was sweet enough to send me some pictures today from the first few days of  her classes Smart Apple investigations! These are her students testing liquids to determine which one will keep their apple slices fresh the longest. It will be observed over the next three days and they will keep track of their observations to help them draw conclusions! My favorite part about a multi-day experiment is that the kids come in first thing each morning eager to look for any changes. They can quickly record their findings when they come in for morning work or even independently as part of a literacy/writing center later in the day.

Here are a few of the other apple activities we have coming up this week...

Tomorrow we'll get rocking and rolling with some adjective taste testing and labeling. 

 Our morning message tomorrow. 

Each of the student will then craft and label their own apples.

A little later this week we'll be working on this interactive apple tree craft to tie in some graphing (math) and sequencing (literacy & writing standards).

We'll also be reading some differentiated Apple books in our guided reading groups to learn more facts about apples. I wrote two versions of this mini-reader to make it easier to differentiate.

I've bundled all my apple resources into one Smart Apples pack.

Click the here to see everything that's included. Also, check out some more Apple Week activities and FREEBIES  here and here from the blog last year!!

Before I go tonight, I wanted to quickly share my Cock-pot Applesauce recipe with you. The kids have so much fun making applesauce together each year in the classroom, and it makes for a great "How To" writing lesson using transitional words.  If you've never made it before it's not too late for you to get on board with the apple saucin' in the classroom. I promise, it's super easy to make!  
 Click to download.

 I'll share some more of our Apple Week activities in action later this week!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Find Your Treasure

Ahoy, me Hearties!

Today is 'International Talk Like a Pirate Day'! To celebrate, I have joined with some friends to give you the chance to find lots of pirate booty!

Each blog will have some different treasure for you to find!

I want to share with you, a free sample 'Play on the Page' game with a pirate theme.

You can find it by clicking on the image below, and downloading it from Google Drive:

You can also click on the image below to find my whole TpT store on sale! 
Blimey, that is good news!

Don't forget to pillage some other bloggers buccaneer's posts for more great teaching treasures!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hocus Pocus...What's Our Focus!?

Focus...oh, focus!! It's the thing we have spent so much of our time and energy working on these first few weeks of school. Focusing on our routines, Focusing on building our reading stamina, focusing on not putting strange objects in our mouths and returning our folders to the correct spot in the morning. Ya know, all those great things. We also spend time focusing on the new content we're learning each week. And this week, I found a new way to display Our Objectives with our daily focus and I wanted to share it with you!

 Me: "Hocus Pocus..."

My Whole Class: "What's Our Focus!!!"

That's what you will hear in our room when it's time to read one of our weekly objectives. It's amazing what those two little magic words can do to get kids excited about something like objectives! I even have a magic wand that the kids and I will use to point out our objectives on the board. {Note to self...come back and a add picture of the wand!!}

 Objectives, Learning Targets, I Can Statements....whatever it is you call them, I'm willing to bet there is a good chance you are supposed to post them somewhere, right? Well I didn't want them on a bulletin board, I wanted them on my white board. And I found a really simple way to do that with some page protectors from Office Depot and some stickki clips.

Just slide a printed copy of your objectives into the page protectors, then use the sticki clips to here them to your wall or board. Easy peasy and thrifty. Boom! If you like my objective signs you can view them, here.

They're editable, so all you have to do is type your objective into the text box and print. Two other options for display are laminating the signs and writing your objectives using dry a erase marker.

Also, I have to admit I feel like a bad "Back To School" blogger. I remember feeling the same way at the start of last school year. It's not that we're not doing awesome things, it's just that I'm too busy juggling all the balls to stop and take photos of it all. I felt really good when my friend Teeny shared the same sentiment last week. She gets me. Ha! But I did snap a few quick shots of us focusing on some things this week.

I introduced the Word Work center this week and it has been POPULAR!!! Look at the smile on this cuties face!! All the credit goes to Cara on this one for making me look like I almost have it all together with her Short Vowel Bundle. Newsflash...I get by with A LOT of help from my friends!

 Focusing on Math Stations! We've been using math mountains in our new program so I decided we needed to get a little more hands on with them. These were a great way for me to quickly see who has the concept down and who still needs some reteaching.

 And last but not least...getting our GoNoodle on!!! My last year's crew loved to GoNoodle and my new one is not different. Brain breaks help make the world go round' in the afternoons.

TGI {almost} F friends..!!!