Monday, December 31, 2012

Sale Sale Sale

Check my TPT store.  I'm throwing a sale, so hurry up before it ends!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

It's been too long!

So with the holiday season approaching and last minute shopping, preparing, celebrating and closing up things at school, I have been soooo bad about blogging!  I did want to share some Christmas cheer though.  We had a closing staff meeting before Christmas break.  It was an early release day so many classrooms had pajama day.  Well to lighten things up, little did our principal and staff know, a few of use were planning a "Flashmob" for the meeting.  It was sooooo fun and now I want to do it over and over again.  The videographer did not catch the beginning, where our music teacher raised her hand and said, "I have a question about last Christmas".  Then que the music.  Check us out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSGzWgtNXWU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Friday, December 7, 2012

LINKY PARTY

I'm throwing a linky party!  Here are the rules:
I'm looking for your favorite IPAD app that you use and how you use it.  Maybe you use one in your daily 5 rotation or during math?  Let me know the app you use and how you use it!  This will be FUN!
Make sure you copy my linky button onto your blog and and link it back to me so that we can spread the word.
I will also feature the apps on my blogs weekly.
Also, please follow me and I will follow you :)


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Martin Luther King

I've been working on trying to find appropriate books that my teachers can use to help teach the common core and integrate ALL subjects.  Therefore, I am going ahead and throwing out this "Follow the Common Core".  This unit pulls language, writing, and social studies all together in a bundled mini lesson.  Hope you enjoy!  Check it out here at TEACHERSPAYTEACHERS.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Snowmen at Night

The specialist at my school, art, pe, music, science, and me (media) are doing a "Snowmen at Night" theme this month.  The children are loving it so far.  PE is doing "Snowmen games" based on the book, Science is talking about snow and it's components, Art is working on symmetry with snowflakes, and Music is working on snowmen songs.  Looking at Common Core, first grade and second grade are working on Opionion writing.  Therefore, in Media we are going to look at the different "Snowmen" books and tell our opinion of which is our favorite.  I also love the ideas on Scholastic's website.  Here is a circle map from there that I am using to make predictions about the book.

Don't forget to check out my Snowmen Literacy Stations on TEACHERSPAYTEACHERS

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New Product

Since I graduated from East Carolina, I am a pirate at heart and LOVE pirate stuff.  I started to go with the purple and gold but I resorted to the traditional red, black, and white for this pirate themed classroom.  I have 79 pages of pirate themed labels, from name plates, to behavior chart, to Daily 5 and CAFE signs.  I hope you enjoy.  Thanks for looking.
Click HERE

Friday, November 23, 2012

New adventure...or not

We are on our Thanksgiving holiday break now and other than spending time with my kids, hitting the stores for the Black Friday deals, and baking for my next cake order, I am enjoying the time off.  Did I mention I put my Christmas decorations up on Veterans day lol?  It was a first for me but I am really enjoying them and the kids are too.  So I am thinking about venturing in to creating my own clip art.  I am thinking about having me 6 year old help as I love the elementary style clips that are simplistic and so fun.  Stay tuned!
  Also, if you are looking for Black Friday deals, check out teacher pay teacher, they are having some of their own.  As I was shopping in the wee hours of the morning I was wondering, what in the world does Best Buy have that people camp out for?  Still haven't figured it out.  I do it for the sport of it all and it's the one time I can go shopping for such a long stretch of time without worrying about having to get home to the kids.  I always go witha friend so we can shop and laugh at all the craziness.
Wishing you and yours a door busting holiday :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

LADYBUGS!

Nothing is cuter that ladybugs!!! That is why I made seven background ladybug images to use as you please other than selling them as is.  Great for classroom printables, letters, and more.  You can see them at my TEACHERSPAYTEACHERS STORE

English Language Learners

I had the opportunity Friday to attend a workshop with our two English Language Learner teachers.  Our population of ELL students is over 30% so I really could use any extra help in my instruction.  Really all the tips could be helpful to all of our population.  The main point was that ELL students can answer higher order questions and do high level task, they just lack the language to get there, therefore you have to start at the basics to help give them the LANGUAGE tools to accomplish the higher level task.  They really encouraged visuals and graphic organizers to help students who speak no English understand.
On another note, three more days till TURKEY day, what is on your plate :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

BOOKMARK Freebie

Our school has a literacy night tomorrow night and I am preparing for it today, YIKES!  Normally I would be serving food to our parents, but this year, I get to stay in my room, the media center that is.  So I created a powerpoint to have playing in the background, "Helping Your Child Read".  I also plan on having these bookmarks available for hand out.  The bookmark has a couple of Bloom's Reading Response questions for parents to ask their child as they read together or for students to ask themselves.  On the back is the infamous "I PICK" choosing a book strategy.
Link me to YOUR BLOG LIST and I will send the bookmark file to you for FREE!!!!!!!!!

                                                     

Friday, November 9, 2012

More products and a FREEBIE

I wanted to share with everyone the curly cute borders I made for teacherspayteachers.  I hope you enjoy and can use them for your classroom needs.
Wish everyone a wonderful weekend.  I am going to begin working on our thematic snowmen unit all the specialist at my school are doing.  We try to incorporate reading in to all of our subject areas, pe, music, art, science, and of course it is not hard for me in the library :)

Here are some FREE POLKA DOT graphics for you to use however you would like except selling as is.
Please reference me when using :)


Thursday, November 8, 2012

MY FIRST SALE YAY!

So I got to work this morning with an email in my Inbox that says I have sold an item on TeachersPayTeachers!  YAY!  I am so excited about this new venture and look forward to coming up with more creative things to match the Common Core and Daily 5.  Here is a link to what I sold, a snowman themed Daily 5 center signs and word work!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Daily 5

Our school began the "Daily 5" last year and ever since we started, I have been trying to incorporate it in the media center.  This year, after talking to several other media specialist in my county, I decided to try sort of a Daily rotation.  I thought this would give me a chance to work one on one or in small groups with students, teaching some library skills.  We have been working in centers for a couple of weeks now with my 1st and 2nd grade students.  I have not tried it yet, with the kindergarteners yet.  Now that we have rotated to the different centers, I want to organize it more and really focus the students in the centers.  They have I CAN statements at each center but I wanted a way to track their center.  Thanks to some help online, I found this smartboard file and I changed it to fit my needs.  You can find your own at Smart Exchange.
I have been allowing students to use the IPADS freely but now I am ready to focus them on reading.  Therefore, we are going to use "Tom the Cat" app and have students read the books to him for fluency.
I just need to purchase some earbuds, hopefully from the dollar store.  I would love to hear what you are doing in your classroom or media center.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Turkey Time!

I can not believe it is already November.  Seems like we just started school and now we are close to winter break.  One of my favorite series of books are the "I know an Old Lady" and what would be more appropriate to read to my kindergarteners that, "I know an Old Lady who swallowed a Pie" by Alison Jackson.  The kids love these books as well.  We start out by discussing November and what it reminds us of.  I usually get responses like: turkey, sweet potatoes, pies, Thanksgiving, pilgrims and more.  Then I share with the students that November reminds me of Thanksgiving and I share with the students how my family celebrates Thanksgiving by all getting together and eating.  This usually leads in to them discussing all the things they like to eat for Thanksgiving.  Then we share how we eat so much our belly's are full which of course leads into the story.
There are a lot of great resources free.  Makinglearningfun.com has math, literacy, carpet time and more printables for this book.  Also, lilcountrykindergarten.blogspot.com has a bunch of cute printables as well.  I plan on using the retelling printables for my mini lesson with the kindergarten. I would love to hear what your favorite read alouds are for November.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Cutesy!

So I am always searching for cute fonts and borders and I found the cutest border free by http://the3amteacher.blogspot.com.
Thanks so much, I love it!

It's Friday!

Had a busy night last night.  As you can tell from my bio and blog title, I bake and decorate cakes at night.  I had my first "Tiffany" Box cake order and my first "Gender Reveal" cake order.  I also made chocolate chip cookie cupcakes for my son's class and chocolate chocolate chip cupcakes for my other son's daycare.  Busy, busy, busy.  I decorate cakes for fun, because I definitely do not charge enough to make anything from  it, but I have a good time doing it.

So back in school mode, are there any teacher librarians who incorporate any of the Reading Daily 5 in their classes?  I am beginning centers this year based on the daily 5 and am really enjoying it.  It has freed up some time to give some personal attention to students.

Here are my center signs if you would like to use them. Click HERE.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Where to begin...

Had a wonderful workshop facilitated by Jen Jones.  You can follow her blog at helloliteracy.blogspot.com.  She has such a passion for reading and teaching.  Not sure where to start from here.  There were so many "Ah ha" moments.  I just need to figure out now what I can do as the media specialist to support our students and staff in literacy.  I teach k-2 classes for 45 minutes, once a week.  Therefore, I need to figure out what I can do that will make the most impact.  Stay tuned.

Hallowreads

It is a teacher workday so it is quiet in the halls.  I am excited about the workshop our school has planned today for our state's "Race to the Top" initiative.  One of my favorite bloggers is coming to talk to our staff.  You can follow her here.  I hear she is a real literacy whiz, (and I can see that in her blog) so I am excited to see what I can take with me and use to help our students and teachers.
So I am wondering what your favorite "Hallowreads" are?  This week I read "The House that Drac Built".  The kids had a good time predicting what was next in the sequence.  We talked about the illustrations and how they showed the next creature in the sequence.  Then we discussed fiction and nonfiction characters in the book.  Wishing everyone a Spooktacular Halloween.  I have two small children so it is still a fun time at our house.  My 6 year old also has to choose his favorite book character Friday and I am thinking he is going with Darth Vader.  Being a teacher librarian, you would think we could be a little more creative, but that is what he wanted to be, so I'm going with it.
Here is a printable to use with the book.  I let my kindergarteners color this paper and then they came up with "at" words using this printable.  It is free at my teacherspayteachers store.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stepping Out

This is my first post in the blogging world.  I am excited to jump in head first but not sure where to start.  I am a media coordinator/school librarian/teacher librarian/media specialist/whatever new name they come up with next.  I work at an elementary school in a rural town.  My challenges are keeping up with the new curriculum and technology and engaging students.  I look forward to where this blog leads me.