Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
September screams APPLES to me.
My dear friend Michele shared her caramel apple dip recipe with me years ago.
I always pull it out this time of year.
It's a winner...
only 5 ingredients,
and super delicious on apples, ice cream (or straight on the spoon ;)
Monday, September 22, 2014
We've been working in our Fast and Fluent books the past few weeks...
and I must say they are doing a great job.
They love the speed thing and the timers are just an added bonus.
FYI... I bought these timers at Walmart in the kitchen area for $6.97.
They are fabulous... easy to use and handle and durable with a
big magnet on the back to hang on the board.
I've taught my kiddos to sit knee to knee (to make a square).
That helped with body management and noise.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Coming soon... GRADE 3 October Math Stations
September 26th is Johnny Appleseed Day.
I'm not one to cook apples and make applesauce however,
I think it's a fun day to read a Tall Tale...
...do a bit of:
and story problems
(using Apple Jacks as manipulatives) and...
...continue our writing skills over a cup (or box) of apple juice.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
We are starting our 4th week of school Monday...
I can honestly say, I feel like it's coming together.
We have started a routine... the schedule is sure and the expectations are clear.
My fabulous team (I love my girls) are working on the new reading program together.
We are finding things that work, things to tweek and things to skip.
It's a process (an exhausting one at times) however, I feel like we are making progress...
and progress is good!!
Homework is working (I posted that a couple weeks ago).
Spelling and vocabulary tests are finally figured out.
I wasn't sure how the best way to assess the vocabulary was... but this 'form' has worked for 3 weeks now. The kids 'get' it and it's easy to correct.
Reading Skills (homework) is bound, handed out, taken home and beginning to be mastered. It is fabulous!! If you have not checked it out... you really should.
Michele has created a fantastic step by step reading structure for kids.
This file is all you need to construct a solid reading packet for each of your students to review OR master OR learn. It is valuable for all 2nd graders.
I appreciate how it is ready to place in the copier and create!!!
No fuss but TONS of phonetic opportunity for the little ones.
I created a couple mini lesson packets to go along with our language arts (specifically our new reading program). They've been very helpful for the weekly instruction.
Next up is Number Bonds.
Have I mentioned how grateful I am that my math isn't changing this year!?!?
Math Helps - Number Bonds
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
It's a day I'll never forget...
I was in Newport Beach on vacation with my mother, sisters, nieces and nephews.
We were planning to take the kids to Disneyland that day.
I turned the news on while getting ready only to view the horrific scenes on the TV.
We couldn't believe our eyes and yet couldn't pull ourselves away from the television.
We stayed close to the condo that day and hugged each other all day!
My little 2nd graders weren't even born yet...
however, I love to use this day to remember the many heroes, blessings and opportunities we have of living in the United States of America.
Sweet and talented, Nikki (Melonheadz) created these beautiful images to help us remember and honor our heroes. I printed these pages back to back and let the children color them while I read the picture book above. These became a special page in their portfolio on this patriotic day.
I'm Proud to be an American!!
Sunday, September 7, 2014
This week it's 2.OA.1... DOUBLES!
I just finished up some posters, cards and student booklets...
Have you seen this Doubles Rap... hilarious...
I have task cards all over my computer right now.
I made them very generic so that I can use them a few times throughout the year...
as a pre and post assessment and review for the end of year.
There are 9 sets (of 12 cards + recording sheet) for each standard.