Saturday, May 21, 2011

It's Over!

It's official, school is out!!!  Well, we do have 5 inservice/professional learning days, but who's counting?  Those days are usually fun for me, because I love visiting with other teachers and actually being able to go out for lunch like a real grown-up.  I already have an ever increasing to-do list, but I'm not sure when I'll be motivated to get it started.

What's Your Favorite?
My school has recently purchased 20 ipads, and I was able to use them a little at the end of the year.  My students LOVED using the ipads, but there were very few apps for my class to work with since the school hasn't purchased many apps yet.  We are going to have to be fairly selective on the apps we buy to save money, so I'm looking for the very best apps out there.  I'd love to know what you think! 

Here are the ones that I'm most interested in:
ilive math
 Math Ninja
 Rocket Math

Sunday, May 15, 2011

5 More Days!!!!!!!!

I cannot believe that I am down to my last five days of school.  This is such a bittersweet time, because I absolutely love my class this year.  I don't want to let them go.  However, I cannot wait to sleep late (I never thought I'd think 7:00 was late), stay at home with my daughter, relax, and have time to recharge and work on next year.

Water Balloon Fun
Last Friday my students got to participate in a water balloon fight with my teaching partner's homeroom class.  We started an incentive program during the last 9-weeks of school to help students' maintain their good behavior and work habitats, and students got to earn water balloons for meeting certain criteria.  The event got a little (okay, a lot) bigger than we expected, and we had to fill hundreds of water balloons.  We had parents working all week long to get the balloons ready!  Friday was the big day, and we had so much fun.  Well, at least until our students decided to gang up on us teachers-I think the bruises are almost gone!

Planning Already
I've also given my place value unit a complete overhaul.  I have seven skill building worksheets that focus on place value and representing numbers.

There also six place value performance tasks.

I've also included included one of my favorite games-I Have, Who Has
I've added place value concentration to Google Docs, so you can get it FREE here!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day full of family, fun, and relaxation!

My daughter turned 2 today, so we are now officially in the terrible twos.  I'm a little nervous so any advice is greatly appreciated!  My husband and I spent the past two days outside building a playground.  I now think we are capable of building an entire house after that experience!

It was all worth it when she finally got to play.