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Friday, May 25, 2018

Write a Letter to Next Year's Teacher

It's the end of the year and with that comes the end of many things. You've finished the Math book, or the reading groups are done, or you're no longer switching rooms to do science and social studies. 

These are good things, but they also leave you with some time that you have to search for things to do. 

I have an idea for you. 

This is a replay of a post I did 6 years ago. But it's easy and it's worth it. Click here to see something you can do in your spare time. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Making the Bus Ride Better on a Field Trip

Many of you are getting ready for field trips. Some of those field trips require a long bus ride. Here's what we do to make the bus ride less painful for the kids and YOU!


We prepare a clipboard for each seat on the bus. Two kids will share this clipboard.


If you don't have enough clip boards, use your white boards and a clothespin to attach the papers to the board.


 Each clipboard has two Tic Tac Toe and 
Dot to Dot games on it.


They also have a word search puzzle that has to do with the place we are going and two blank pages to draw on.


I grab some spares just in case! Extra sharpened pencils are a must too!


This crate of books (or two) will be slid back and forth down the aisle so they can read books if they choose to.

We also provide a juice box and crackers or pretzels for the ride home. Bring along a garbage bag and pick up the trash before you reach the school, so you're not leaving a huge mess for the bus driver. 

And most importantly teach your kids to thank the bus driver as they get off the bus. A few kind words and deeds make their day more special too!

All of these things help to pass the time on the bus ride. What do you do on your bus rides?





Sunday, March 4, 2018

March Into More Fun!

A lot has happened since I last wrote. How does time fly so fast? 

First and most important is that I have a new grandson. He was born just hours after I got off the plane! I am so glad I was able to be there with my daughter at this time. Kyler Quincy was born on Feb. 1st and is perfect in every way!


My granddaughter Kennedy is thrilled to be a big sister now. 


Yes, they are both Happy Dudes!

My 3 other grandchildren keep me busy right at home. I am very fortunate to have such great kids that I can call mine!

My granddaughter's school is decorating their doors for March is Reading month. Their theme is Kindness. So I picked this one to do for their door. 
She is the Queen of Duck Faces!

The little Kindergarteners that I work with are trying to learn their sight words. So I started with the Pre Primer list. I made them on shamrocks and printed them on green paper.  They take turns trying to read these words. If they can say the word, they can hold the card. I would love to share these with you. If you click HERE you can also grab them. I hope you like them and that they work for you. 

I just added two sets that will help kinders, first and second graders with adding. They roll 2 dice, add them together and then find their answer. It might be to find the 10 frame. 



or the words to the number

Or the actual number for the answer. 

When you get 5 in a row, you win! 
These are on sale until Monday March 5th at my bedtime. They are half off! That's a great deal. 
You can get them in black and white so you can print them on colored paper.


Or you can get them in color so the colors themselves pop!

I hope you find something to make your March more fun and academic!