Saturday, August 1, 2015

Snap, Share, Win! for August

First of all, how is it already August? Where did my summer go? I start back to school on Monday and I'm really trying to be mentally ready. I'm not quite there yet.

Today I'm introducing a brand new contest to you. It's called, "Snap, Share, Win!"

Here's how the contest works:

- Take a picture of you using any resource that you got from my store. Make sure your picture shows the product in use. You don't have to be in the photo. Be careful if you use student pictures due to privacy.
- Share the picture on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or on your blog. Be sure to tag me (@swimmingintosecond) when you share. (The post must be public so I can see it.)
- Enter the Rafflecopter. You can enter once per day for the entire month of August but you can only enter one share one time.

You can win $25 worth of products from my store just for sharing. I'll pick a winner on September 1st. 


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Back to School Books

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by. This is my last week of summer vacation. As much as I love summer, I love the beginning of school too. Meeting a new group of kids, decorating the classroom, setting expectations, and all that jazz is so exciting. 

This year, I decided to look for some new books to read at the beginning of the school year. I have some great ones but I am really looking forward to new books. I'm a bit of a book addict so it's an exciting day when I have new books. 

I've ordered a few books off Amazon and found some new ones at Barnes and Noble. As much as I love Amazon, there's nothing quite like going into a bookstore. I've included Amazon links if you click on any of the images of the books to make them easier for you to find.

In this book, the students share something that they do best. This will be great to share about what makes us special.

This book is in the same style as "Who Will Carve the Turkey this Year?" Kids will find it funny as to how to girl gets to school with animals.

I love the Pout-Pout Fish! This is a really cute book.

The kids are going to love this book. The illustrations are funny and so is the text. Personally, I love the font they chose for the book. I think this one is going to be one of my new favorites.

This book is about a surprising new friendship. Very cute story!

This is a great book for those students who may be talented in different areas besides knowing all the answers. I think this book will be a great confidence booster and also lead into a discussion of how each person is smart in different ways.

This book would be great for the first day. Murphy is talking about how nervous he is about school. This book has very little text and relies on the cute illustrations.

These books are by the same author. These are just fun reads that the kids will enjoy.

The kids are going to love this book. It kinda reminds me of "The Black Lagoon" but so cute.

I haven't received this one yet from Amazon but I just couldn't resist the cover.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Moving Beyond the Workbook: Questions and Answers

Hi everyone! Today is the last day in my blog series about "Moving Beyond the Workbook." Now I'm not really finished but next week is my last week of summer vacation so I don't think I'll have time to keep posting. I'll be back periodically with other ideas for you.

Today I'm going to answer some questions that I received about my posts.

(Q1) Do you ever use worksheets?

I do use worksheets. I just use them periodically. I may do one or two worksheets a day. My students usually do a morning sheet and we may do a sheet in math. I would really like to move away from doing a morning sheet but I haven't worked that out yet.  When I use a worksheet, I like to make sure it provides plenty of practice in a fun way. That's why I get most of the worksheets I use from TPT. There are some great printables there that are also fun for the kids.

 (Q2) What do you use instead of worksheets?

In my previous posts this week, I mentioned that I use apps (HERE), would you rather questions (HERE), and songs (HERE). Besides those things, my students do lots of group work. We play games and create our own items. I'll post more about those things later.

(Q3) All the apps you mentioned were for Apple devices. Do you know any for other systems?

No, I don't. I'm a complete Apple girl. But if you know some that you use that aren't Apple apps, please leave the names in the comments.

(Q5) What does your schedule look like?

Well, I'm not really sure what it's going to look like this year so I'll let you know about that one.

Last year, it looked like this:

7:30 - 8:00  Morning sheets, morning announcements, etc.
8:00 - 8:30  Reading groups 1 and 2 (Other students in centers, reading in self, writing, etc.)
8:30 - 9:00   CARE (our phonics program)
9:00 - 9:30    Reading groups 3 and 4
9:30 - 10:00   Reading minilesson
10:00 - 10:45 Special areas
10:45 - 11:15 Grammar/writing
11:15 - 11:45 Math warm-up, minilesson
11:50 - 12:20 Lunch
12:30 - 1:15   Math rotations
1:15 - 2:00     Finish up reading or writing
                     Science or social studies integration
2:00              Pack up
2:15 - 2:35    Recess
2:45              Dismissal

If you have any other questions, please leave them in the comments and I'll try to answer them. I usually email you straight back if you aren't a no-reply blogger.

Thanks for reading this blog series! I hope it helped!