Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bright Ideas March Blog Hop

am so excited to be joining so many wonderful bloggers this month for the Bright Ideas Blog Hop! 

I don't know about you but my kiddos are always losing supplies. From pencils to crayons, it is so hard to keep supplies in order throughout our super busy day. The ones that go missing most often...lids for our glue sticks and markers!

So I decided to try a little trick...and it has helped! I set up two little baskets near my trash can. When kiddos go to throw away their empty glue sticks and dried markers, they are asked to drop the kids in my baskets before they throw them away.

Now, when students can't find the lids to perfectly good glue or markers, they can go to our recycled tops basket! They can replace them easily and the life of our supplies is extended! It's simple but it has helped keep our supplies in our school boxes and out of the trash can. It has been a great lesson on recycling and the importance of taking care of our supplies so that they have the tools they need to learn in class. 

If you enjoyed this bright idea, please consider joining me on FacebookInstagram or Pinterest for more great ideas.

For more bright ideas from a variety of other bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Deep in the Heart of Texas Blog Hop

Howdy! Welcome to the "Deep in the Heart of Texas" blog hop! I have teamed up with over 40 bloggers from all over Texas to share fun facts, freebies and a giveaway just for you! We will be sharing about what we love about our state, as well as engaging and fun activities that you can use in your classroom. At the bottom of this post, you will see all the awesome bloggers that are participating and the rafflecopter for a super giveaway.  So, grab a cup of coffee, get comfy and have a wonderful time traveling across Texas!

My name is Lynda and I write this cute little blog! I have taught for 15 years, most of which were in first grade. I now currently teach fourth grade and absolutely love it! They are so fun to be around at this age and are truly becoming independent learners. I'm a momma of a beautiful daughter and my furry baby of 13 years. I leave in a small town just west of Houston.

One of the things that I love most about my town is the small town feel that it has. I have been teaching at my school for 11 years and I have seen siblings pass through my classroom and families continue to grow. For many of my students, I have known them since they were little and have had the opportunity to watch them grow. 

I am always looking for something fun and engaging that will allow me to teach the content that I have in a way that is exciting to the kids. Using technology in the classroom is essential. Most recently, I have started using KaHoot with my students and they love it! It's a fast paced and entertaining way to practice just about any skill that you can imagine! It's been such a success and I have written a little more about it on Blog Hoppin'.

Here are a few of the freebies that I have shared on my blog about Texas... just click here and here for the posts about our great state of Texas! 

Last, but certainly not least is our awesome giveaway! All you have to do is use the rafflecopter to have a chance to win and don't forget to check out the rest of the terrific blogs that are in this blog hop!

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Click on the buttons below to visit some other awesome Texas bloggers!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Go Noodle Sanity Savers

Oh I love you! I have been using it for two school years and they absolutely love it! If you haven't used seriously need to check it out! Go that little cloud... you won't be disappointed!

I am joining my sweet friend Elizabeth of Kickin' It in Kindergarten to share a little bit about how GoNoodle helps save my sanity!

One of my kiddos favorite Brain Breaks is The Continental Drift from Ice Age! They are really get into it and are so funny! The best part...I love to join in on the fun too! 

One of the sanity saving features that GoNoodle provides is beign able to "favorite" your brain breaks. Once you find one that you absolutely love, just click on the favorite button at the bottom of the page and it saves it for quick access...and trust me...sometimes you need quick access! LOL...

My happy place is definitely in my comfy warm bed with a good book! The winter break sure did spoil me and I love just being able to stop, breathe and enjoy a little quiet time. I always have a huge stack of books on my bed. Anything from school to pleasure, books are essential.

I absolutely love all things that have to do with office supplies. The office supply aisle in any store...that's where you can find me! I recently discovered the cutest add on stickers for my planner from The Modern Teacher...and yes, I have special pens just for my calendar! 

Last, but certainly not least, is my coffee. 99% of the time, you will see me with a cup of hot, delicious coffee. Needless to say, I have a Gold Card at Starbucks. It's one of my most favorite things....yummy!  
I'm off to check the awesome linky! Come join in the fun too! 
Can't wait to read your posts!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Day 12 of The Twelve Days of Christmas with Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs

Oh my word! This has been the most amazing 12 days of giveaways hosted by my dear friend Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs! 

I am so excited and super proud to be joining all the amazing bloggers that have shared in this giveaway. Today, I am partnered up with three other fabulous bloggers to give you a great giveaway for day 12! 

These amazing bloggers have awesome resources and all you have to do is follow them on TpT to find out about their resources! My good friend Zippy has fabulous clip art and if you haven't checked out her will love it! 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Thankfulness with Blog Hoppin....A for Apps

Two posts in one day? Can you say inspired! I am having so much fun with Blog Hoppin's Thanksgiving linky and am really loving having a few extra moments to blog away!

A is for APPS!

I love my iPhone, iPad and all things Apple. There are so many cool apps out there and I wanted to share some of the coolest ones that I have found this year!

Plickers is an awesome app that allows you to use your iDevice to get instant feedback from your students! Once you have created a class, download the unique qr code for each student. Each card is coded with 4 different responses and all the students have to do is turn their qr code to show their answer (A-D). You take a picture with your iDevice and BAM! Instant feedback! It is pretty cool and amazingly useful during lessons and as exit tickets.

Don't have time to grade papers? ZipGrade allows you to simply scan your students answer's that simple. You will need to create a class on their website and choose which scan tron you will use and print for your assignment. Then have the kids bubble their responses, take a picture of your key....and start grading! 

I love this app and have used it for two years. It is one of the most effective and best forms of communication that I have with my student's parents.  It is perfect for reminders, sharing class pictures and getting important information to them quickly. The best part is that now you can schedule texts and even send a voice message!  Many of the parents really appreciate this app because they are more likely to see a text than and email or a note from me. 

I just love apps and when I find one that is really helpful....there is nothing better than to share it! Try them out and hopefully  you will love them as much as I do!

Thanksgiving Thankfulness with Blog Hoppin...H is for Homemade How To

I am joining my sweet friends at Blog Hoppin for a wekk of giving thanks! 

Thanksgiving is definitely upon us and I can't wait to start cooking and baking! I absolutely love to be in the kitchen, creating and trying new recipes! This year, I am going to try something new....desserts! I have to admit that I can cook tons of yummy meals but I have never been able to make sweet treats!

So here is a recipe that I am trying this year. It simple involves a microwave....LOL! I love fudge and when this recipe came along on my Facebook feed, I couldn't help myself!! It was time to make some FUDGE!!

The best part is...there is a video tutorial! I was so excited that I can'e even stand it!

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It's super fast and very easy, which makes it absolutely perfect for this novice dessert creator! Hope you enjoy the absolute yumminess!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Thankfulness with Blog Hoppin- Traditions

Today is the first day of a week full of thanks with Blog Hoppin'! Thanksgiving begins one of my absolute favorite times of the year! The cool weather, warm coffee and thoughts of all the wonderful holidays that will soon fill our calendars but more importantly our hearts and homes...

One of my Thanksgiving traditions is watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. I remember as a little girl waking up and running to the tv to see all my favorite characters, larger than life, float down the avenue that was decorated with tinsel and lights. I would sit in anticipation of The Radio City Rockettes, waiting to see their glamorous costumes and amazing dancing to popular Christmas music. I would sing along with the Broadway performers and pretending to be on the big stage...

But my favorite, my absolute favorite, is when Santa finally appears at the end of the parade! It was what I desperately waited for as a little girl, the man in the red suit, ushering in the holiday season. Now, as an adult, I still watch with the same anticipation...except now, I watch my daughter and get a small lump in my throat when I think about how truly blessed I am to share this with her...and to have her in my life. 

Thanksgiving and the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade are moments in the year that I always look forward to and can't wait to enjoy with family and friends, This is the time of year that we all truly turn to what is most important to us and for that I am truly thankful.

What are you thankful for? Join us at Blog Hoppin' and share your stories with us!