Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bouncy Bands review

Hi everyone! Hope you are destressing and thinking about your blessings. I want to share a fun product that was sent a few weeks ago. This product is called Bouncy Bands. Scott, the CEO, has been an elementary counselor for 18 years so he know something about wiggly children.

These bands are designed for your active learners who may need a little help focusing on their work. I have a few kiddos who could benefit from something that could help them focus so I tried out the Bouncy Band with them.

I used the Bouncy Bands for desks with some of my kiddos. These were so easy to put on the desks and the quality is great. I've moved my students' desks probably 5 times over the time that I've had the Bouncy Bands (it's been one of those years) and the bands do not make moving the desks any more difficult.

My favorite thing about the Bouncy Bands is that they make zero noise. I've had a few students who had things attached to their desk to keep them calm and these things were always so noisy. To me, it's not worth attaching something to the kids' desks if the noise from it is going to drive me crazy.

If you are interested in checking out this product, click on the image below. There's a video there for you to check out the product in action.

Thanks Scott for letting me try out the bands! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Whatcha Reading for Thanksgiving?

Hi everyone! I'm back today to share some of my favorite books to read for Thanksgiving. I found some freebies and activities to go with them.

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Did you know that you can rent this book for free if you have Amazon Prime using the Kindle Lending Library? I love using the resource to borrow some free books.

These books go great with the free Scholastic virtual field trip for Thanksgiving. I love watching these videos every year and the kids always really love them.

I love "If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620." It lists questions that kids might have about the Mayflower and you can just pick and choose what to read. There's no need to read all the way through because it's a long book. "If You Were At the First Thanksgiving" is also great. It doesn't look like it's readily available right now but it's a good one if you can find it.

I love this series of books (Who Was.. and What Was...). These are so informative and easy for kids to read.
I love this freebie from Lory Evans to go along with the Scholastic videos.

Love "'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving!" The kids always have fun with this one.
First Grade WOW

Have you seen this book? It's new to me but oh so cute. It's about two kids who try to escape the family on Thanksgiving to go outside. What kid doesn't dread all the family obligations at Thanksgiving? Best of all, this book is only $1.99 for the digital version right now.

This book is going to be paired with my Scholastic Science Spin for this month.

Happy reading!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Whatcha Reading for Halloween?

Hi everyone! Can you believe that Halloween is next week? October flew by. 
I'm here to share some new reads that I found for Halloween. If I have time this weekend, I'll try to post some ideas to use with each of the books. Click on any of the book covers to view the book on Amazon.

How cute is this cover? The Fright Club's mission to really scare kids on Halloween so they meet to go over their plan. Things don't go quite by plan when some cute little critters try to join the Fright Club. Your students will love this book.

This is an adorable story with beautiful illustrations. The story shows how a pumpkin seed grows through the different seasons and how it changes. 

This story is about 3 monsters who think they are big, bad, and scary. They create a super big and bad monster and are surprised by how it all turns out. This would be a great book to reinforce good behavior.

A short, cute book to share on Halloween about a brave witch who goes to see scary humans on Halloween.

One of my students' all-time favorites for Halloween. My book is falling apart but they still love it. Plus they are learning body parts too.

I love this book that goes along with the song lyrics for its detailed illustrations. The kiddos love this one and the words on the cover are sparkly too.

These are my two favorite Halloween books. I love reading these books to my kiddos.

So what Halloween books are you reading?

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