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Monday, February 18, 2013

In Honor of President's Day...

We can't think of anything more presidential than sporting a blazer.  This is a current trend that we are both huge fans of.  It is a great way to dress up any outfit and so comfortable.  Would you wear a blazer?

Blazer, Target
Tights & Flats, Target
Necklace & Bracelet, Forever 21(similar, similar)
Watch, Michael Kors
Sunglasses, Aviators by RayBan

  Blazer. Forever 21
Skinny Jeans, H&M
Flats, Target
  Necklace, J. Crew Factory (similar)

Here are a few more we have our eyes on...

Sight Word Chains

Available at TPT
A fun and motivation way to get kids to learn the sight words! As students learn the sight words, they add links to their chain and watch their sight word chain "grow"!

Comes with blacklines for 37 sight words that can be run on construction paper and cut apart. Cute name tag for the top of the sight word chain. Checklist for keeping track of the sight words students have learned.

The sight words correlate with the Harcourt California Excursions Kindergarten series: I a my the go to like he come here this me for where do you look one see what two up down we want out who are they she good and there give little that have

We have them stapled all along our bulletin boards so that it is easier for the kids to see and add links to!
Sight words are run on construction paper and cut apart.

This checklist helps to keep track of the sight words students have learned.

This cute "tag" is run on different colors. Students write their names and color in the heart.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Love is in the Air

 These ideas are perfect for Valentine's Day and it's not too late!

Love Pox is too cute.  We will have to definitely try to spread it this year.  

 If you want to give your students Love Pox just click HERE and check out The Teacher Wife Blog.

Every year we try to figure out something cute to give our students.  Here are a few ideas that won't break the bank and the tags are all free.  
Click here to get these from The Teacher Wife.

Another cute FREEBIE from The Teacher Wife.


Find these great tags HERE from A Modern Teacher.

Another great and inexpensive gift that students would love.  Click HERE and check out Paging Supermom for this terrific freebie.

We love that you can find these heart bubbles at Target.  This printable FREEBIE can be found at Simply Modern Mom.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Abraham Lincoln Was . . .

After learning about Abraham Lincoln we are planning on having the kids brainstorm 3 descriptions about Lincoln using this thinking map. Students could write things like: 16th President, on the Penny, honest, etc.

Freebie available at TPT

Afterwards they will use the map to help them write 3 sentences and illustrate a picture. 
We will post pictures of student work soon!

All About Abraham Lincoln!

Hip Hip Hooray for the Presidents!
Here is a new book we just created to go along with learning about Abraham Lincoln! This book will help students review important facts about Abraham Lincoln starting from his birth in Illinois through freeing of the slaves.

The book is available at TPT.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Passion for Fashion

 Do you ever have a Groundhog Day when it comes to fashion?
Well, we do.  We love stripes and it seems like we have them on repeat.  They are especially cute when you pair them with two winter trends... a camo jacket and a sweater cape.  Do you have a fashion trend that you just can't get enough of? 

Striped Top, Old Navy
Jeggings, TJ Maxx
Camo Jacket, Target (similar)
Flats, Target
Sunglasses, Aviators by RayBan

  Striped Top, Ross (similar)
Skinny Jeans, Ross
Sweater Cape, Target (similar)
  Boots, Kenneth Cole Reaction via Marshalls
Belt, Target
Necklace, Simple Addiction

Saturday, February 2, 2013

100th Day of School!

This year we decided to make 100 Day of School tie-dye t-shirts with our students!
We bought Hanes boys t-shirts (pack of 5 for $11) from Target. 
The kids tied rubber-bands all over their shirt.  It was up to them where and how many rubber bands they wanted to use.

The next day, the students chose yellow or red for their shirts, and got to help stir the shirts in the dye.  Next year we plan on trying out a few more colors.

Once the shirts were rinsed and dried, we used a stencil and had the kids sponge paint 100 on the front of the shirt using fabric paint.
The last step after the fabric paint dried was to have each student sign their name on the back of their classmate's shirt using a permanent pen.

Look at how cute these little guys look!

Here is our 100th Day of School Hat. Students write the numbers by 10's in each of the stars with a black pen, and color everything in. It is then glued in order onto a sentence strip and stapled.
HOORAY! For the 100th Day of School!