Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Teaching Tykes Tuesday

How about this for Teaching Tykes Tuesday?
My Apples Clip Cards freebie was chosen to be in the TpT newsletter! How AWESOME!!!

I have been faithfully submitting both a freebie and a paid product for many, many months, so it was super nice when Jamie at Play To Learn Preschool emailed me Saturday night to say she had seen my Apples Clip Cards on the TpT Pinterest board. And we all know what that means. :)

I pulled an all-nighter straightening up my store a bit – okay, a lot. And then Sunday came and the NL arrived, and it was a beautiful day.
Here is the Apples Clip Cards freebie in case you need a quick, hands-on math center activity this week!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

This time of year must be the giveaway time. I have just started participating in giveaways. Below are a few going on now with more to come later in the week. If you haven't participated in a linky, giveaway or hop, I recommend all three. I have met stupendous sellers and wonderful winners and am having a blast!
Check out Melissa's Giveaway!
Check out Chloe's Giveaway!
Check out Brooke's Giveaway!
Check out Chantelle's Giveaway!
Such great, giveaway goodies!!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Melodious Monday


9/29 1907: Gene Autry, America's singing cowboy was born. He sang Rudolph but wrote 'Here Comes Santa Claus'.

9/29 1979: The Police had their first UK No.1 single - 'Message In A Bottle'. Just how many times do they sing "Sending out an S.O.S."?

10/3 1941: Ernest Evans (Chubby Checker) was born. 'The Twist' is the only song to go to #1 on the US singles charts twice - 1960 and 1962.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thankful Thursday

This Thursday I am thankful for collaboration amongst teachers. Most job environments are dog-eat-dog, but TpT does not fit this bill. Collaborating, showing support, giving advice: these are happening daily on TpT.

I have just begun participating in linky parties, blog hops, and giveaways. This last week especially has been busy with these collaborations.
Here are a few that are going on:

Chloe over at Tiny Teaching Shack (in Korea!) is celebrating her birthday and 300 followers by having a giveaway

Melissa at Teacher Treasure Hunter is launching her celebration of 1500 followers with a huge giveaway

Monday Brooke at Countless Smart Cookies is beginning her birthday giveaway

Jessica Plemons at Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten is (next week) launching her Tricks and Treats Blog Hop

I have paired with Cheryl at Techie Turtle Teacher to promote each other for two weeks

And I'm not mentioning the several promotions that just wrapped up or the various weekly linkies.

It keeps a TpT seller busy!!!

TpT sellers are fabulous! Keep up the marvelous work everyone!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Positively Pinspiring

Once again I am joining Mrs. Plemons Kindergarten in her Positively Pinspiring Party. Her parties are addicting!!

You will be able to tell from the pins I have pinned this week that I am gearing up for Fall Astronomy Week next week. Should be fun!
This will be fun next week!

Wacky Week Wednesday - Fall Astronomy Week

People have been staring up into the sky since the beginning of time. Holy men studied the universe to make crop/planting season decisions, Greeks developed theories about the universe, Romans added to these theories, sixteenth-century Copernicus modeled the solar system and Brahe and Kepler theorized about planetary motions, and seventeenth century brought the views of Gaileo and Newton. The list of modern astronomers is too long to mention; of course, Halley, Herschel, and Einstein are at the top. And still contributions are being presented today. Astronomy is like the universe; it has no beginning, and it has no end.

There are two Astronomy Weeks; one in the spring, and one in the fall. Astronomy Week encompasses Astronomy Day which this fall is October 4th, so Fall Astronomy Week runs September 29 - October 5 this year.

My family recently watched “When We Left Earth: the NASA Missions”. We were riveted to the tv screen. While subbing at our local high school, I was asked to show “In the Shadow of the Moon”, the class didn't finish it, but I borrowed the dvd from the teacher and finished it. I recommend both of these films; both were totally brilliant!

Here are two good astronomy books:

Here are two fun websites to check out:

This first website allows learners to match space shapes with their shadows!

This second site allows learners to create the solar system. It is cool because the kiddos can put the planets in their correct orbits and watch how the planets spin at different rates.

And here's a really fun activity to play outside with your kids.

Place a yellow piece of cardboard (the Sun) in the center of ropes spread out to simulate planet orbits. On the ropes are buckets with the 8 planet names (sorry Pluto). The student tries to toss bean bag asteroids into each planet bucket.

Please check out my Space Thematic Centers and worksheets
Check this Space Packet out!

And my Space Count & Clip Cards

Clip Cards about Space? How awesome!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Melodious Monday


9/23 1949: Bruce Springsteen is born

9/24 1988 : Bobby McFerrin's Don't Worry Be Happy becomes the first a cappella song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100

9/28 1991: Miles Davis dies at the age of 65

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful today for fellow teachers. It never ceases to amaze me how considerate and supportive teachers are to one another. Meredith Anderson is a prime example of this attitude. She is a very kind person. Thanks for the blogpost, Meredith!

I am also thankful for my eldest daughter's strong compassion for her fellow man, even if that “fellow man” is trying to harm her. I will not go into details but suffice it to say my daughter saved a life this past weekend because she refused to follow orders blindly. My courageous daughter says it best, “Some of the greatest atrocities in our history have been committed by people who were simply following orders. Let this be a very loud message that I will not be one of them.” I am very proud of this young lady!

Positively Pinspiring
I am joining Mrs. Plemons Kindergarten's Positively Pinspiring this week. Reflecting on my Pinterest Pins this week, I can tell I was hard at work on my Color Booklets. Most of my pins were dealing with color activities and games.
Love this color activity!
Simple, yet effective activity.
Sorry, I was hungry, but isn't this a great idea?!
Too cute color monsters!
Please check out my Color Booklets!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Meet the Teacher Team Linky Party

I am joining a neat Linky Party hosted by Lisa and Jonathan at Created For Learning. This husband and wife team want to get to know other team TpT sellers, so they have come up with questions to get better acquainted. When you are finished reading this post, check out the other TpT teams. You'll be glad you did!

Where did you meet?
Although Jon and I attended the same high school, we didn't meet until we both attended Appalachian State University. Jon attended NC State for a couple of years (while I was still in high school) before transferring to App where we eventually found each other!
30 years later, here we are.

Who does what?
Jon is the tech guy of our team; without him, I would still be trying to figure out how to produce and upload my first product. He is brilliant with a computer. Although he has a PhD in Physical Chemistry, he really should have a PhD in computer science. He has written many coded programs in order to make my creation process smoother and faster.

What do enjoy most about your partnership?
I think we work well as a team. Even though we are on the same roller coaster ride, our cars must have left the station at different times. When I feel low about TpT work, Jon encourages me and when he is feeling disgruntled, I try to motivate him.

Do you have nicknames for each other?
No work/TpT nicknames – please.

What is your teaching theme song? (Either what song inspires your teaching or, totally pretend, what song would play when you're introduced, like at a sporting event?)
A song? Wow, . . . I may have to get back to this one.

If you could dress-up to go somewhere, what would you wear and where would you go?
We're homebodies; we go nowhere. The only time we “dress up” is to attend our kids' 4-H Achievement Night. And while this event is big time for our family, I doubt it is the type of answer Lisa and Jon had in mind when they formed this question.
But if we had to “dress up” and go somewhere, I think we both would agree to “dress up” in shorts, t-shirts, and sandals and head to Emerald Isle!

Which do you prefer, cookies, brownies, or neither?
Could I have brownie mix instead? Jon is not a sweets person, but he does like Pepperidge Farms Lemon Cookies.

Name something you've created that you love using in your classroom?
I suppose we should pick a Clip Card item since we love Clip Cards. We have both Count & Clip Cards and Sound & Clip Cards. While Count & Clip Cards reinforce counting, one-to-one correspondence, number recognition, and fine motor skills; I am going to pick Sound & Clip Cards and eClip Cards at that. Jon recently created three sets of Interactive Clip Cards that concentrate on Blends. These Clip Cards are virtual, self-checking cards that require no printing, no cutting, no laminating, and no searching for lost cards! Please check them out:
Lots of Initial Blends practice for your tykes!

These final blends will keep your kiddos busy learning!

Your children will love practicing these initial blends!

Thanks for visiting with us at Teaching Tykes!

National Dog Week

Canis Lupus Famillaris – man's best friend, the dog. Dogs have helped humans over 15,000 years; longer if you count the domesticated dogs before the last ice age 33,000 years ago. Dogs help man in numerous ways: as a herder, hunter, guarder but most importantly, as a companion.
It is hard to get a true estimate of how many dogs are in the world. In the U.S. there are an estimated 75 million dogs. It is also hard to put a number on how many breeds there are, but the American Kennel Club has 175 breeds they recognize. The best breed to get? It is a major decision and should be treated as so. It is always a good idea to think about the breed of dog you would like as a part of your family. But, as has been said before, the best dog is a dogshelter dog. They are the most grateful.
National Dog Week was founded in 1928 by Captain Will Judy. He created this week to educate all dog owners in their responsibilities to their pets.

Did you know:
the most popular names for male dogs are Max and Jake, and the most popular names for female dogs are Maggie and Molly.

For a fun doggie craft, make edible doggie bones:
Mix one cup of low fat powdered milk with one cup of creamy peanut butter and one-half cup of honey. Stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Give each child a small portion of the peanut butter play dough. Can shape these doggie treats to look like bones with a cookie cutter. Our 4-H club made these dog treats for our county's animal rescue shelter. The treats were hugely appreciated!
Have someone from the Association for the Blind bring in a guide dog and talk to the class about what the dog does, how he is trained, etc.

Here are a couple of fun websites with, of course, Clifford the Big Red Dog:

You may want to check out these must-read dog books.

I would love for you to check out my Dog Thematic Centers and Worksheets
Remember your childhood dog?

and my Dogs Count & Clip Cards
The dog is truly man's best friend!