Thursday, January 24, 2013

Birthday Sale This Weekend!!!

It is my birthday and to celebrate I am having a sale!  Get Birthday Phonics Joke Videos for 50% off!  These videos come in two packs of 15.  I had to split them up due to large file size.  Each pack is normally $4, but this weekend only you can get BOTH packs for $4!  I keep the files pinned to my desktop and use one each time we have a birthday in our class.  The kids LOVE it and it is great reading practice!  Birthday Phonics Jokes Pack 1   Birthday Phonics Jokes Pack 2
Check out this sample joke.  The color and quality of this preview is NOT as good as the actual videos!

These jokes are perfect for transition times.  My kids keep "Joke Journals" in their desks.  After recess, we do two jokes everyday.  This is a quiet activity and it really helps them calm down and refocus.  I just press play and a joke is displayed.  The kids read the joke and then get to work creating the punch line.  They write the missing letters from a series of words.  As they work, they are sounding out what they have written and predicting what will come next.  They improve vocabulary, spelling, and handwriting.  THESE ARE GREAT! 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Finally Facebook!

It's official!  I finally have a Facebook page!  I am pretty excited about it.  It seems like it is much more interactive than this blog.  Please come visit and follow!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

First Grader Seeks Birth Control Pills!

When my daugher, Emma, was in first grade, she told me she wanted me to buy her birth control pills.  Shocked and caught off-gaurd, I laughed and told her no way!  She was very upset.  She told me she was serious and she had been thinking about this for a while and she wanted Seasonique.  I said no way and left the room to pull myself together.  A few minutes later, I went back to her and asked WHY did she want birth control pills.  She told me with Seasonique, you only have four periods a year and her teacher wanted her to make periods everyday! 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Back to School!

I was missing six kids today.  It was a quiet day.  Since we are only back for three days, we are using this as a review week.  I will assess all kids on their dolch words and math facts.  It was nice NOT doing our usual reading stuff today.  We spent the morning reading Jan Brett books (our current author study).  I even showed the kids a picture of me HOLDING a hedgehog!  It was from my nephew's birthday party on December 27th.  I am really afraid of all animals, but I knew Hedgie was coming up!