Saturday, August 23, 2014

Suzuki Saturday: Counting Blocks

 When I saw these in the Target Dollar spot, I was thrilled!  They make great counting blocks for learning new songs, or practicing a tricky section of a song.  We had great fun building towers as we would play the same section again and again.  I also thought it could make a fun game!

Target Dollar Spot: Counting Blocks

I placed all the shapes in my trusty monkey bag, and made this worksheet.  I broke the song up into different sections, and had her play each section three times: right hand, left hand, together.  We had fun reviewing a difficult song. She enjoyed trying to pick out the different shapes and building towers with the shapes.  Not bad for one dollar!  

Suzuki Practice Game
You can find the worksheet in my drive--enjoy!  

Sunday, August 3, 2014

T-Minus Nine Days

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Although the sale is going on right now at Teacher Pay Teachers!  Buy, Buy, Buy!  
But really, where did the summer go?  We have had a great time this summer: we had a great vacation visiting New York and Boston.  The kids were able to enjoy some fun camp experiences.  And with Emily, I was able to enjoy so many Munsch books.  
For this week's Monday Made it, I made sponge balls.  This is probably the third summer that I have made them, and I've become quite an expert!  

For this round, I made a dozen.  I bought the sponges at Target--three sponges per ball and that turned out to be about $20.00.  I did find this picture from PBS.   PBS has a great website for crafting with kids.  It's nice because so many of the ideas are located in the same spot!  
Now I'm going to try and enjoy the last days of summer with my children.  Yes, only 9 days.  I see more sponge balls in my near future, a trip to the arboretum, swimming, and best of all sleeping in.  I wish the alarm clock would just quit working all together.  I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!  
For more great ideas, take go to 4th Grade Frolics!  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made It

Finally, I've added another product to my TPT store.  I have slowly been going through the If you give a ...... books and creating circular story maps.  My latest is If You Give a Pig a Pancake.

If You Give a Pig a Pancake, Story Map

You can buy it here!

I thought I would also share my yummy pancake recipe with you!  It is super easy, and super yummy!

Light Fluffly Pancakes

2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup chocolate chips

We have these every morning during school.  I usually add a bit more milk, and also use whole wheat flour.  I also just heat up some frozen berries for homemade berry syrup!  A great breakfast for school!

Find some great ideas for school at Monday Made It with 4th Grade Frolics.  

If you want some yummy recipes--go to Eating and Linking!


She has some yummy cinnamon rolls posted!  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Five for Friday!

 Today I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her five for Friday!  I chose to share some of the great things we did in July!  Had so much fun on our trip, and it is nice to be home.  

Love this boat--and all the history these boys learned on the tour!  This was a boat used in the war of 1812.  Very cool!  

What could be more fun than being able to feed a baby calf.  We had a great time at the Farmer's Museum. The museum tries to farm in the same manner as the 1800's.  So fun!  

Beautiful rest stops with fun rocks to explore!  These kids were troopers on our one day drive back from New York.  Love that we took the time to enjoy the rocks and stretch our legs!  

Nothing says summer like tie-dye shirts.  We dyed 18 shirts.  My niece came over to help me rinse out the shirts.  We had an assembly line going.  It was great!  

They turned out great!

Can't wait to see your week--well this actually represents my month, but it also says summer!  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Subway Stops

I'm back from my two week vacation!  We had a great time visiting family and seeing many historical sights.  I think I almost caught up with my laundry as well.  We are also back to doing some school.  My daughter loves Robert Munsch, and I let her choose the stories we read together.  So this week"s book talk is about Jonathan Cleaned Up--Then He Heard a Sound.  

Jonathan Cleaned Up--Then He Heard a Sound

In this great story, Jonathan is left in a sparkling clean living room.  When all of the sudden, he hears a sound. The wall opens up, and a train full of people walk through his living room.  This happens several times, until Jonathan decides to talk to the Mayor about the situation.  Well the mayor is no help at all!  Jonathan finally comes across a very old man who happened to be the computer of the town.  (The actual million dollar computer didn't really work, so the old man ran the city.)  Of course in Munsch style, Jonathan changes the subway station from his living room to the mayor's office.  Who would build an office at a subway stop?

I created this story map to go along with the book.   
Story Map for Jonathan Cleaned Up--Then He Heard a Sound
 I really love doing the Story Maps.  You can find this Story Map here.

I also make these subway signs.  They are based off the signs in New York City, but you get the idea!  

I made these Subway signs, just for fun!  Although they never seem to get on the train at his house, only get off.  But that again is the beauty of a Munsch story!  

Where would you want the last stop of the train?  Definitely not my living room, although you would think it might be! 

Happy Summer, and make sure to link up with Mrs. Jump for more exciting book finds!  

Friday, June 27, 2014

five for friday

My son has been able to go to band camp this week!  It's been really great for him.   We get to hear the concert tonight.  Amazing to think that the band has only been together one week!  

I started reading this book, and so far I find it interesting, but not as eye opening as The Book Whisperer.  I am not even through the first chapter, so I'll press forward!  

I've been trying to get ready for this trip!  We are going east to my parents house, and we are planning on sight seeing along the way!  My hope is to just have fun!  
More writing by my little girl.  

The Important Book Writing

I used Margaret Wise Brown's The Important Book as a mentor text and this four-square graphic organizer to help her write a cute paragraph about koalas. 

The important thing about a koala is that a joey eats its mother's poop.  They have two thumbs and a claw.  Their wide noses smell the best leaves.  Cars hurt koalas and koalas get into danger!  But, the most important things about a koala is that it east its mother's poop.  

I've been reading about Australia and its animals for my Australian unit.  I really wanted a picture of a joey coming out of its mother's pouch.  I found this great youtube video instead!  Even better!  

So join in the weekly linky post!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Made It--Pie

Today I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It, and Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road for a Recipe Linky!  There are some very productive teachers with great ideas and recipes!

I made pie last night--Yummy!  
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie!  
I used the recipe from epicurious.  But I can't wait to go to my parents' house this summer and get her recipe.  I love it!  

Can't seem to get enough of my little girl this summer.  It will be hard to send her back to school in the fall!  My boys play, play, play together all the time--so we get a lot of girl time!  We even went to Australia together.  

Join in the fun!  

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Five for Friday--on Saturday

Today I'm linking up with Doodlebugs for five on Friday.  

I finally posted a product for TPT this summer!!!!  I've been working on my Australian Unit--which is fun--but still had time to put together a fun comprehension package of Robert Munsch's book Stepahanie's Ponytail

It's at my TPT store 

Robert Munsch's Stephanie's Ponytail classroom activities

I loved doing the character poem with my daughter.  

I love how the character poem turned out. 

Character Poem for Stephanie's Ponytail

nice, silly, independent.
Who love ponytails.
Who feels angry when her friends copy her.
Who needs a new ponytail.
Who ends up with a nice ponytail coming right out the back.
The smartest character in a Robert Munsch book.
written by Emily.  

I have really loved using Story maps with Emily as a way to build her comprehension and comprehension strategies.  I really hope it builds a great foundation for her reading as she moves into second grade!  I also created some story maps for Munsch books that are free: Mortimer and I Have to Go Pee.  It's so nice to allow her over the summer to pick the books she wants to read, and just help her work on the skills with her top picks!  Munsch is such a great pick for her because she builds vocabulary, reading levels, and sets a great foundation for comprehension.  

I loved getting comments from Australian bloggers!  It's been so fun to read books about Australia!  It's been fun to see Emily's imagination grow as we've been studying about Australia.  We've been trying to save koalas from fires, cars, and construction workers.  

First Day of summer!  
Kid's Wash

Kid's Wash Slip and Slide! 

We are going to set up our kid's wash with the slip and slides to celebrate!  
You can always make one yourself!  


I cleaned out the crisper of the refrigerator and put in some delicious watermelon!  We can grab some whenever we want a healthy snack!  

Playing piano with my girl!  Love being able to connect with her through music.  I've also enjoyed nice walks with my boys, and reading, reading, reading!  

Happy Summer Everyone!