Monday, September 8, 2014

Color Word Fun!

 I have always loved teaching my kiddos the color words.  It's not fun if they struggle with it.. but for the most part by the end of the year my kiddos have always mastered this skill.

Here are just a few ways I teach and review the color words!

My kiddos LOVE to use a magnifying glass.  Searching for color words is a fun way to review those color words all year long!

If you like this and want to try it out, click the picture below (there is a freebie in the preview).

When I introduce each color word we do a circle map from my Crazy for Color Words Unit.

We play this game in the computer lab to review the words.

Of course, we can't forget those catchy color word songs.  I think that's the trick to getting them to memorize the words. 

I searched color words on Pinterest and found a ton of AWESOME resources!!!  Don't ya just love Pinterest?!?!

One of the resources I came across was from this blog:

She keeps a bag of all the color words di-cut out of laminated construction paper to match the word.  Kids can put them in order as a center, at the end of individual work or even do this whole group!  I LOVE this idea.  Plus, it's cheap and easy to make!

I also found this awesome FREEBIE on Pinterest by Renee Dooly.  

What are some fun ways you teach the color words???

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Home School Curriculum in Action- Brown Bear week!

I had the privilege this week to see my Kindergarten home school curriculum in action!  Being a classroom teacher, it was neat to see the dynamic of a home school family.
The mother (Emily) approached me this summer and asked me if I would be interested in creating lesson plans for her.  She home schooled her oldest starting in 1st grade and wanted something fresh and interactive for the younger child as she started Kindergarten.  I was thrilled with the opportunity, but a bit overwhelmed.  I mean, I created lesson plans in the classroom, but the thought of creating them for an entire year and for someone else is a different story.  Thankfully, this family has been my inspiration and my driving force to complete this HUGE project!
Each week, within each month, has a different theme.  The first week in September is Brown Bear.  I pulled many of the resources included from my Brown Bear unit.
The first activity for each day is a math journal prompt.
When there is a specific theme and standard I want the parent or teacher to teach, I include prompts to match both the theme and the standard. This week, they are working on sorting, counting cardinality and greater than.
There is also always some kind of game, center, activity and instructions for the parent to teach the standard for the week. 
Here is the game she played just before I arrived.
I also include games, songs, videos, and links to other activities to do as a brain break or to re-enforce a skill. 
She was playing this game in this picture.

Then, it was time for the literacy lesson of the day.  Emily was explaining what she needed to do to make her own Brown Bear student book.

She had to read the color words on each page and color the animal to match.  She did a great job! I think she only peeked in the book once. :)

Big sister is a pro at home schooling.  I was very impressed how she was able to stay on task with me being in the room and talking to her mom.  Emily said, she knows in a brick and mortar classroom they would have distractions around them, so it's good for them to be exposed to noise and other things going on.  She says, since she is home schooling two kiddos, she normally allows the other one to read, put on headphones or practice piano when it's not their turn to have 1:1 time.

Now it's time to re-tell the story.  She allowed her daughter to help her put it in order instead of just stapling it and handing it to her.

Here's a quick video from the re-telling:

Now it's time for Science! This week, they have been learning about living and non-living.  She was getting this video ready when I snapped this pic.

Now, it's time to use our Science Journal and make observations about some different things that are living and non-living.

At the end of every day, there is a writing activity.  In the lesson plan, it says to ask the child to imagine they are going to add an animal to the story and it gives a sentence prompt.
It made my heart so happy to see my curriculum in action!  I do miss being in the classroom... So, this gave me just a touch of teacher happiness for the time being!
If you are a home school parent, a teacher who is tired of planning, or just want some fresh ideas... Check this out!
  You can also check out the curriculum for the entire year here!

Monday, September 1, 2014


I'm linking up with Farley over at Oh boy Fourth Grade for September's Currently.
1.  Listening- Pretty self explanatory.  This silly girl just jabbers on all the time.  I can understand about half of what she says.. but goodness.  She is a chatty cathy!
2.  Loving- She has been going to mother's day out for a few weeks.  I am LOVING it!  She has some time to be social and I have some time to get work done! 
3.  Thinking- We aren't even considering having another baby yet and I already feel like we have outgrown our home.  If you work from home, then you can relate.  Not only do I have an office for TpT stuff, but I have taken over our dining room with PC stuff.  It's starting to drive me crazy!  Even Chris says he is starting to think we should discuss moving...
4.  Wanting- To finish my Home School Curriculum!  Oh my word!!! I have put so much hard work into it.  I'm incredibly proud of it, but I am ready to be DONE!
5.  Needing- to clean... it's always a work in progress...
6.  My trips.. hopefully one day I can at least accomplish one or two of them.
I hope you all have had a wonderful day off!!
I spent some of my day with my precious momma and family.  Today is her birthday. She has been an amazing example on how to be a loving wife, momma, teacher and friend.
Happy Birthday Momma!!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Five for Friday!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!
First of all....
I chopped off my hair!
I couldn't believe I did it, but so glad I did!

Second of all...
I was number 1 in sales on my #pamperedchef team 2 months in a row!!!!  I seriously, LOVE being a consultant!!!  It has been a huge blessing to my family and to me!

 If you want to share your Lunch Box ideas-- click the picture to link up!

I recently just uploaded my Home School Curriculum.
It's a growing bundle because I am working on March-May.
So, it's discounted until I complete it.
Click the picture to check it out!

Mrs. Beattie's Classroom is having a giveaway to celebrate a milestone of 1,000 tpt followers.  She has so many awesome prizes that you can win!  Check it out!!!

Sara got her first Scholastic book order form this week.
This made my heart so happy!
It's the little things ya'll.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
Take some time for yourself.
God Bless!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday: Enemy Pie

I'm linking up with Deanna Jump for Book Talk Tuesday!

The book I want to share with you guys is...

It should have been the perfect summer with his sister away and a new tree house, but it wasn't turning out to be perfect at all.  
Jeremy Ross was the reason it was not perfect!

He laughed at him during baseball and didn't invite him over for the trampoline party...

Jeremy Ross becomes the first and only person on his enemy list in his tree house!

Luckily, his dad seems to know how to get rid of his enemy!!  He begins by making an enemy pie.

Jeremy and him ride bikes, play basketball and even hang out in his tree house.  

However, he becomes scared when his dad offers him the enemy pie.  

It turns out, the 'recipe' for getting rid of your enemy is to treat them like a friend!

I think this story is perfect for any age!  I love to read this book during our friends unit.
It's the perfect message on how to treat a bully or someone who doesn't seem to like you.

In case you didn't know, you can watch Enemy Pie on Storyline Online!

Be sure to check out the other awesome books linked up over at Deanna's blog!