Friday, 23 October 2015

Five for Friday (Oct. 23)

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. Here's a peek at my week.....

While most people are still enjoying fall it is already winter up in my neck of the woods!  Where I live up in Northern Canada winter starts early..... and this year it has come even earlier than normal:(   We can always expect some snow by Halloween but this year we have had snow off and on all October.  The little pond behind my house is already frozen over!

Even though it is winter outside I am still embracing the fall season inside!  The girls and I went and bought pumpkins this week.  Obviously, there is no pumpkin patch around but my girls had fun at the grocery store picking out the perfect pumpkins.  And who could pass up on a bunch of fall flowers? Not me.... I just won't look out the window!

Chores, chores, chores.....   My girls were supposed to be doing them but it was turning into a fight lately and nobody could remember who did what and they were still getting their allowance (bad mom) and not really doing anything for it.  Ok, you get the idea!  I finally (after threatening for ages) made a chore chart.  We may still be in the honeymoon phase but man this thing is working like a charm!  The deal is they can do their chores whenever they want but they must do everything on their chart by the end of the week in order to get their allowance.  This morning they were fighting over who got to empty the dishwasher!  Last night my oldest daughter offered to take the garbage out and did it without rolling her eyes (tweens!!!).  So far so good!

This week I updated the very first paid product I made for TPT!  It is a Halloween Pattern Pack so it was able to hide in my store for a long time without much attention.  With Halloween coming up I needed to make a decision whether to just delete it (it no longer represented the quality of the products I have in my store) or give it a face lift.  I was tempted to just let it go.... Halloween only comes once a year and on top of that it was specific to patterns.  As I looked back at the file I remembered it was this product that really got me hooked on being a TPT seller.  I had only signed up as a seller on a whim and really had no expectations that anyone would ever really buy anything I created.  I was working on patterns with my class. It was Halloween. And so my first product came to life!  And...this was the part that was amazing... it sold (and more than once!).  The success of this product gave me the confidence to continue creating and sharing my resources.  Just thinking about it makes me sentimental. The Halloween Pattern Pack had to live on! 

I updated something old and made something new!  I had so much fun making these simple puzzle and printing activities.  Kids get to cut, paste, print and colour....great fine motor control practice and learn some seasonal vocabulary.  Watch out for some more versions.... coming soon.

Have great weekend!!!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Tricks & Treats: A Halloween Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Welcome to the Halloween blog hop and giveaway hosted by Mrs. Beattie's Classroom and some great Canadian Bloggers. We are excited you are here. At each stop along the way, you will find a Halloween tip & freebie for your classroom.  Don't forget to look for the secret word at each blog and enter the giveaway for one of 4 $25 TPT Gift Cards!

A quick and easy tip to add some "Halloween" to your math lessons is to use some fun seasonal manipulatives.  This is a great way to celebrate and still keep your students engaged and learning.
Try using candy corn in your ten frames…
or make patterns with Halloween jujubes.  
Pumpkin seeds work great as counters with my Halloween math mats..  

or try using mini marshmallows for ghosts...Boo!

Grab my Halloween Math Mats for FREE here.

Make sure to enter the giveaway!!!

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Thanks for dropping by!!  Click below to head over to Dancing in First for more tips, freebies and another chance to enter the giveaway. 

Friday, 25 September 2015

Five for Friday

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. 
This is my first time to participate in this awesome linky. Here it goes…
This week Fall officially started!  Up where I live in Northern Canada it has been around for awhile...  Seriously the trees start to turn color here at the end of August!  I do love fall though and just wish it hung around a little longer.

Hello Winter?!?  We had our first frost of the year on Monday. It only happened the one day so hopefully it was just a weather glitch. Luckily I am an experienced Northern (lazy) girl and just leave my scraper in my car all year long.  This weekend we will have to clear the bikes out of the garage so I can park inside again.  I am NOT ready for winter yet!! 

This week I was busy doing Apple updates.  It took me all week but my Apple, Apple, ABC (Alphabet Activities) and Apple, Apple, 123 (Numbers 1-10) are new and improved.  

With apples on my mind all week I picked up this Fall Apples candle.  It smells wonderful and I love the cozy feeling of lighting candles in the fall. 

This book has been keeping me up too late all week! It has these short chapters that keep me hooked. I keep telling myself just one more….Ok one more….  I hope to get to finish it up on the weekend.

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

My "Must Have" Supplies for Back To School: Everything Else

We all make sure our classrooms are stocked up with the basics like crayons and glue but there are some extra "must have" supplies that I can't do with out.  Two of my favourites are BINDER CLIPS and SENTENCE STRIPS.  Click to read more about how I use them in my classroom. Here is a list of everything  else…..


A class set of highlighters is definitely a staple in my class.  Kids love to use them and they totally make learning fun! Here are a few ways I use them in my class.

Highlighting sight words: the
Phonics skills in context. Poems are my favourite for finding sight words, beginning sounds, rhyming words, digraphs….whatever you may be working on.

Tracing letters and words. Instead of dotted lines use a highlighter to help a student correctly form a letter or correct a reversal.  If I do provide a student with a word in their writing, I always print it with highlighter and then the student can trace over it.


Highlight it! Worksheets.  My kiddos loved using highlighters so much I created these worksheets so they could highlight away... identifying letters, numbers and sight words.  It is harder to come up with authentic highlighting experiences for little ones so these worksheets do the trick.  

Numbers 1-20 Highlight it!
Sight Words Highlight it!
Alphabet Highlight it!   


Index cards are great for quick name tags and flash cards. I especially love the bright neon ones!

Using bright paper is such a simple way to… well, brighten up everything from notes to parents to classroom displays.

Use your bright paper for important notes home so they get noticed.

   Save on ink and print on bright paper instead!
These are from my Apple Ten Frame Fun! set.  I have both color and black & white ten frames included. I love how the black & white version looks on the bright red and green paper.
Backing these simple black & white number cards on bright paper makes them really stand out.  This is a really quick way to make a display that is easy on the ink and budget!