Monday, July 20, 2015

Fun Fun Summertime Blog Hop!

 I'm participating in a fun Summer Blog Hop today organized by Mrs. Wyatt's Wise Owl Teacher Creations! I'm sharing some ideas on how to prevent the "summer slide" and keep your preschoolers prepared for kindergarten! Here's how I'm keeping my own preschooler engaged and excited about new learning opportunities this summer...I know that he's going to be ready to dive into kindergarten in September!
1. READING: The library is our favorite place in the summer!  We've signed up the Summer Reading Program and my little one crosses out the days on his calendar whenever he takes time out to READ.  We bring the calendar back once a week and he submits it for fun prizes, stamps, and stickers.  Check out your local library for summer programs!  We've also attended lots of fun programs, most recently my kids have the opportunity to see a Reptile Show and participate in a Science Workshop. Library programs are generally free, you may just need to register in advance.
2. FAMILY FIELD TRIPS: Summer is a really relaxed time for my family, my husband is a teacher too, so we get to spend lots of time together.  We've planned lots of places to advice is to make a plan by writing your ideas down on a calendar.  Pack a bag or lunches the night before and when you wake up in the morning, you can just GO! Check out local state parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, pools, and hiking trails (you may even be able to find some teacher discounts on membership and admission).   Even a playground that you've never been to before can be exciting. Is there a Regal Theatre in your area? Morning movies are only $1.00 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the summer!
3. SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS: My kids love science experiments!  We find ideas online and in books, most just require a few basic ingredients.  Take the time to read the directions together, gather the materials and read labels, make predictions, and write about what happened.  Here's a volcano set that we recently picked was a fun project that took a couple of days and sparked a lot of conversation!

4. APPS: Like any preschool teacher, I don't believe that children should spend too much time on tablets, computers, and watching tv.  But, after a busy morning, my kids definitely need some quiet time (and I do, too!).  Here's one of my favorites, Sight Word Ninja.  The sight words are read aloud one at a time, and repeated until my son swipes the correct one.  He loves this game and is doing a great job of retaining the sight words that he learned in Pre-K! And it's FREE!

5. KINDERGARTEN READINESS PACKET: Little fingers that don't write, paint, color, and play over the summer might not be ready for kindergarten in the fall! I created this packet to send home with my students and use with my own son this summer.  He doesn't want to spend lots of time at the table "working", so the activities are quick, simple, and fun!  Providing him with a variety of writing materials is a great motivator, too.  We have buckets of crayons, pencils, markers, stamps, and stickers to use while my son is working on his Kindergarten Readiness Packet.

Here's a fun freebie to prepare your preschooler for Kindergarten circle time, my super simple weather chart!  Print and laminate to post in your home or classroom as an easy way to track the weather each day!

 What are you doing this summer to avoid the slide?  Keep hopping for some great ideas, click on the picture to visit Chalkboard Creations. Thanks again to Mrs. Wyatt's Wise Owl Teacher Creations for hosting this hop!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Five for Friday 

It's Friday!  Well, every day is kind of like Saturday to me, right now! Anyways, I'm linking up with Doodlebugs Teaching for her weekly linky party, check it out for tons of fun blogs to follow! 
 We had fun swimming this week...this one insisted on wearing goggles at the splash pad, too!

 I FINALLY colored some rice for my kids to play with!  This bin is filled with shape cards for my three year old to work on .  

The rice is so pretty, I didn't want to mix it up! 

Working on this print for my sister.
I bought myself a FitBit!  I love it so far, I decided on the Charge (which has a screen) so I could more easily check my progress, but I kind of want the Flex because the bands come in so many cool colors and patterns!  I would love to hear your FitBit tips and stories, it's definitely motivating me to be more active! 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Ten on Ten Linky Party - Letchworth State Park

I'm linking up with Rachael from The Classroom Game Nook today (a couple of days late, whoops)!  I LOVE the style of Rachael's blog and she has tons of great ideas!  I'm sharing ten pictures today from my recent trip to Letchworth State Park in New York.  Sometimes I forget that I live near such gorgeous destinations, Letchworth was recently voted the #1 State Park in the United States by USA Today!  Here are some pics from our visit, we had a great time!
We need to go back in the fall, check out this amazing shot!

Go visit Rachael's blog for more Ten on Ten posts!  I would love to hear about your summer trips too!  Are you going anyplace exciting?

The Classroom Game Nook

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fourth of July Sale!

Happy Fourth of July!  I'm spending time this weekend with family and a paint brush, but I decided to throw a little summer sale to celebrate!  Everything in my store is 20% off!  Check out some of my favorites for back to school, and have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Five for Friday 

Five for Friday is a Weekly Linky Party hosted by Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching!  It's so fun to see a quick snapshot of everyone's week!  The last week of June was super busy for me, I'm sharing some photos from my last days of school and some of my summer plans...
 These minions freezer pops were so perfect to make for end of the year gifts for my son and daughter's classes.  A box of forty was only $2.00, so I made treats for both classes for only four bucks!  
On the first day of summer vacation, my daughter sat down to finish her math workbook from second grade {#teacherskid}.  I, on the other hand, haven't even taken my bags from school out of the car yet! 
I LOVE this watermelon, he's so cute!  Working on a few summer crafts this week. 
I feel bad for my three year old, his birthday will always fall on or around the last day of school! It's a crazy day for two parents that are also teachers.  I did manage to make these lego cupcakes to celebrate.  I used a silicone mold and white chocolate to make the legos, they turned out great! 
Now that school's out, I'm getting geared up for some painting projects!  We've already cleared out one room, now I just need to finalize a color.  I'm thinking a "greige" with some really bright accents (this is from the Sherwin Williams HGTV collection at Lowes).  Hopefully I'll have a painted room by next Friday! 

Head over to Doodle Bugs to check out some more "Five for Friday" posts! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Currently July

It's July 1st!  Madness! I always set lots of goals for the summer, sometimes {most times} they just don't happen, I need to get cracking before the summer slips away.  The weeks start to blend together and before I know it, it's August 28th!  I'm starting off the month by participating in Oh Boy Fourth Grade's monthly linky party...CURRENTLY. Check it out for lots of great blog posts, you will definitely find some new blogs to stalk.  Here's what I'm up to today!

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