Saturday, July 23, 2016

New stuff for my art room!

I am not ready for summer to be over by any means, but y'all, I am just DYING to get into my new art room to organize and decorate! It is always fun to have a blank slate, and I cannot tell you how excited I am to just focus on ONE subject!

This summer I have really spent a lot of time finding great art lessons and units. I really have no curriculum map to follow, I just need to hit the required skills. So really I have a TON of freedom! Talk about exciting and overwhelming all at once! There are soooo many amazing ideas out there, that I almost don't even know where to begin. I am looking forward to getting in touch with some of the art teachers in our district to see how their year looks at a glance.

Besides all of my Pinteresting, I have made a couple of things for the classroom that I am just loving. You will probably be able to tell that the second grade teacher in me had a lot of influence! I hope the regular ed teachers appreciate it :)

I just love the way my art alphabet turned out! It will give my kids some extra exposure to some art vocabulary, and I hope it will help the littles if we are doing some writing about our artwork.

Aren't these little artists by Educlips just the CUTEST?! They were perfect for these posters! I can't decide if I will have these guys hanging up all year, or use them as we study different artists. I am leaning toward having an artist board that is displayed all year because they are just too dang cute not to!

And here are some clock hands. I figured it would be an easy way to reinforce some telling time with our kiddos. And the second grade teacher in me made me do it :)

Well I had Mia help me choose a winner for their pick of my new literacy centers! I scrolled the screen up and down and she picked a winner by touching the screen! Super scientific, I know :) Congrats to Michele B.! I will be emailing your Apple Literacy Centers to you :) Good luck on your first year in second grade! You will love it!

Friday, July 15, 2016

News to Share + a GIVEAWAY :)

Hey sweet friends! Are you there? If so, thank you for still following along, even though I haven't blogged in a REALLY long time! That little girl of mine keeps me super busy! And I will be real honest.. I just didn't feel very motivated to blog. Amy and I had the sweetest class this year. THE sweetest. We were so lucky! But long story short, micromanagement sucks, and I didn't think posting about our basal and our report card assessments was much fun :) 

So, some big changes are happening for this school year. At the end of April, I accepted a job in our district to be an elementary art teacher! I am beyond excited for this position! I had actually thought of going to school for art education because I have always been pretty passionate about it, but the realistic, worried side of me knew that it would be much harder to find a job where I wanted to be, since there is only one art teacher per school! So I majored in elementary ed instead (and later got some extra certifications), and ended up in second grade, which I ended up LOVING. It is such a fun grade! But in the back of my mind, I always said if an art position came about, I would try for it!

So I found out in the spring that there was a need for two art teachers in our district, and I was offered both positions! I ultimately chose the new school in our district, and I am THRILLED to be a part of it! I know a lot of the staff there, and I can already tell it is just SUCH a positive place, which is just what I need. And did I mention it's a new school, only going into its third year? So everything is still so nice and pretty and new :)

After nine years in second grade at the same school, this is going to be a HUGE change for me! I've only ever taught 2nd (unless you count my semester student teaching in 3rd). I am a little really nervous about those kinders.... they are so leeeeettle! But I am ohhhh-so excited to do teach and do art all day long, and not have to worry about all of the other "stuff" that comes with being a regular classroom teacher. 

I am not sure what the future of this blog will be. I can't decide if I should make it all about art, start a new art blog, post past ideas I would do in 2nd.... I am not sure! What I DO know is that I am still creating resources for TPT because I just really, really enjoy making things for kids, and things I know I would use in my own classroom! In fact, I wanted to show some of my newest ones to you!

I had a request to do some monthly literacy centers, and I have really enjoyed making these over the summer! I am excited to know that even though I won't be able to use them, that other teachers and students will get to! 

I am going to give one follower their choice of centers! Please leave a comment with your pick along with your email address, and I will choose a winner soon! Click on each picture to see the previews in my TPT store! I hope you will love them :)

Again, if you're still checking out this blog, THANK YOU. I appreciate it so very much!

Monday, May 2, 2016

I Appreciate YOU!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week, sweet friends! I just wanted you all to know how much I have appreciated your support over the past several years that I have had this little blog and a TpT store! To show my appreciation, everything in my store will be up to 28% with code CELEBRATE at checkout! 

Below are some of my new products, as well as some great year end activities to check out! Click on each picture to check them out! Happy shopping!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

April Fools Day FREEBIE!

Hey sweet friends! April Fools Day is a little over a week away! Do you like to play pranks on people? Or do you just try to go about your day like normal? I usually don't even bring up the fact that it's April Fools Day to my students, just to avoid some unnecessary craziness :) However, I did just make this fun little following directions page  to do with our kiddos for morning work that day! It will have your kids doing some silly things, if they do not read very carefully! Pick up your freebie by clicking HERE or on the picture below! Let me know how your class does if you try it out next week!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

February Photo Dump!

Hey friends! Can you believe February is just about over? I feel like it was just Christmas break, and I blinked and now it's almost March!

We've been having fun in 2nd grade! We learned all about penguins and celebrated Valentine's Day and the 100th Day! Take a peek at what we've been up to :)

We started our penguin unit by having our students infer what "regurgitate" means. A few knew what it meant, but most were shocked and disgusted by what it meant :)

Then throughout the week we read lots and lots of books, especially nonfiction text, about PENGUINS! We kept track of some new vocabulary words as we learned their meanings. 

We reviewed facts and opinions and recorded our ideas on these adorable anchor charts. 

We made penguins out of butcher paper, and the kids measured the heights of all 17 species of penguins. This was a huge hit! 

And of course we had to write all we learned about penguins! Sometimes you have limited copy counts, so you can't use cutesy paper :) We did a quick directed drawing to go with our writing instead! They turned out pretty stinking cute!

We also celebrated Valentine's Day! We had our very first Valentine's breakfast, and then we made our giant heart sacks to store our valentines. While kids handed out their valentines, they worked on several pages from my valentine printables. Then in the afternoon, we opened up valentines and did some candy heart fun!

It was also the 100th Day! Students were greeted with a banner, which was just the coolest thing ever!

The class had to come up with 100 ways to make 100. We gave them each a couple of sticky notes and displayed them on this poster made out of butcher paper. 

We had the kids estimate how many times they could write their name, how many smiley faces they could draw, and how many 100s they could write in 100 seconds. This was just a quick little time filler, but was fun! Nothing fancy :)

We did several activities from my 100th Day Fun pack, too!

We also used the Aging Booth App and had our kids write about themselves when they are 100. This is what Mr. Hubby gets to look forward to, HA!

We started our space unit this week and have had lots of fun learning about the sun and moon! Next week will be all about a special Dr. :)


Monday, February 1, 2016

Free, Low Prep 100th Day Activities

Hey, sweet friends! I wanted to share a few free, low prep ideas for the 100th Day! Our 100th Day is coming up on Monday, and I can't wait!

We like for our kids to come in that morning to a banner, and butcher paper does the trick! Quick and easy, and the kids think it's the coolest thing ever! Here are a couple versions we have done.

One activity we always like to do is 100 Ways to Make 100! All you need to do is hang up a big piece of butcher paper and let the kids write 100 ways to make 100! You can do this a couple of ways... let them come up throughout the day and write their ways to make 100, or give them each a couple of sticky notes to stick up. I personally like giving them sticky notes, that way they aren't having to wait on each other and it's done a lot quicker :)

And of course, we have to make ourselves when we are 100 and then write about it! I know there are old age "photobooth" apps you can use now, but here are some easy peasy craftivities if you don't have time to print photos of your kiddos! Or you could always do both :) You just need some construction paper and cotton balls to make these cuties!

We do lots more activities all day long, but those were just some free, low prep/low copy ones :) You can read more about our past 100th Days that have more ideas by clicking here

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Get Inspired... With a SALE!

Hey friends! Get inspired this new year with a SALE! Everything in my store will be up to 28% off with code START16 at checkout! Click on the image below to check it out.

Here are some fun winter goodies that I am sure you and your students will love! Click on each picture to check them out :)  Happy shopping!!