Sunday, April 15, 2012

Random Thoughts plus a review!!

I have been so far behind on life in general.  Haven't been feeling the greatest lately and the end of the school year is kicking me in the hiney!!  We officially have 25 days of school left and as all teachers know it is the craziest, busiest time of the year.  I apologize for leaving all you wonderful followers in the dark lately.  I have also been trying to complete two classes I am taking for ESL and I have no motivation to read my last three chapters and write my last paper.  GRRRRR!!! 

Weather was crazy here in Kansas, with a total of 112 tornadoes that touched ground.  I hope all my fellow Kansan teachers are safe.  We spent our Saturday evening following and watching the weather hoping our family and friends were safe.  My 8 year old daughter also made her First Communion today, so we celebrated with friends and family.

I also want to take time to share with you a K-5 Reading and Math program that I have been using for the last six weeks. It was a free trial and it provides some great activities to help your kiddos with Math and Reading.  The one thing that I really liked about it was that students can take a pre-test to see what level they are on.  Then lessons are set up just for them on their individual level.  Each activity is split apart with a game to keep the kids interested.  It's also great because parents can log into their child's account and see how they are doing.  If you are looking for another great technology resource to use in your classroom, you can check them out at any of the following places.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!!  Twenty-five more days, can I do it????  Yes, I can!!!!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Easter Activities!!

I am getting Spring Fever!!  It has been so nice here in the midwest, upper 80's today and hardly any wind.  I am so excited our KU Jayhawks beat Ohio last night and are in the championship finals Monday evening.  Go KU!!!  We are down to about 33 school days and I am getting pretty excited to spend the summer with my two girls, but there is still a lot that I need to get done with my kiddos.  I love Easter and all that goes with it. 

Here are some ideas you can use with your kids for review of compound words and math facts!

This first basket, kids are matching words to make compound words.

Click on the image to download the recording sheet!!

 This basket, kids will match an addition or subtraction sentence to the sum or difference.  You can really do anything with this and the kids will love it.

Here is the recording sheet for the math egg activity!
Some other ideas to use with those plastic eggs are:  synonym matching, antonym matching, or even send an egg home with each student and have them fill it with an item.  The kids have to guess what each kiddo brought by shaking it and making predictions.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!  We only have a four day week,  whoo-hoo!!  Anybody else have only four days this week??