I am happy to be linking back with Doodlebugs Teaching for Five for Friday this week...it has been awhile!
Probably one of my biggest excitements... I got a new phone! It is an LG2 and I feel like I am finally in the 21st century. I had a great phone before and I accidentally put it in the wash pretty much when I got it... That meant I had to deal with a very old school phone (or pay lots of money for a new one) until my contract was up. No more yellow pictures (think Instagram antiquing without actually wanting that filter)...no more 10 minutes to upload one picture to my email and then another 10 minutes for another picture. Now, I plug my phone into my computer and bam! 100 pictures ready in less than 3 minutes...
Ay! You all are probably thinking, um, yeah, so my phone does that already... I know, I am catching up with the rest of the world!
The best thing about this is that it means more blogging! It was such a hassle to upload pics before (and who wants to read a blog without pictures? Visual learner, much?) and I was so embarrassed to post my yellow-tinted pictures, but now... Watch out world!
I am all signed up for the Teacher's Pay Teachers conference in Las Vegas! I am so excited! I can't believe I am actually going! I hope I don't get too star-struck with all the teacher celebrities!
I am excited because well, first off we (hubby is coming too -- well at least to Las Vegas) don't do stuff like this...we talk and talk, but never actually do it. This will be our first time on airplane together in nine years -- and his first time in Vegas.
Then! Think about all that I am going to learn! I am obsessed with making things for my classroom and my friends' classrooms and I am just excited about learning how to do more.
Are you going to the conference, too?
April Fools in Second Grade -- Some years I am creative and others...actually most...I am not. The thing is, these kids just love anything different, so they think I went all out. I turned all of their desks backwards and put their chairs back up. They were so cute when they took their chairs down, "The teacher pranked us! Look, she pranked us!"
I also gave out April Fool's Day mats that I got through Really Good Stuff on clearance one year...I have had small classes for the last couple of years, so these have lasted a while. Thing is, a lot of the mat had things that native English speakers would take a second to understand...like, "Very Punny," the students don't understand what a pun is -- explain that, then they made pun into an adjective, that sounds like funny, but it's not... And they just look at you like, huh?
Oh well, they were thrilled to work on their mats and that their teacher 'pranked' them. I had to remind them that students don't prank teachers though... Haha, I am no fun, but no wonder what they would have come up with!
Today is School Librarian Day... did you know that? I didn't either until Mailbox magazine came up in my Facebook thread this morning, announcing it was School Librarian Day! I had to Google it real quick to see if it was a real thing (or just something Mailbox magazine made up) and it was! We love our school librarian...we really, really do... So we had to whip something up for her to show our love this morning. I thought it was would be a quick 20 minute activity...75 minutes later....
Ha, ha! She was worth it -- the kids were really proud of their work!
Phew! This has been a long Five For Friday -- maybe I should blog more often so I don't have so much to say in one post! Okay, my last thing... New Products! My close friends know I am a product hoarder... I make all of these products with the intent of sharing them on Teachers Pay Teachers and then I just leave them in my Dropbox. I don't know the explanation behind it...
But! I have been getting a lot of messages asking for more syllables packs for Kinder, so I made another set... and here she is! (Hmm, "she"... Don't know why I feel that my packet is a girl...). In this pack there are activities for d, j, r, and v syllables: depending on your needs you can buy the mega pack or the individual packs (links below each picture).
Thanks for sticking around until the end! Now to get off the computer and do some family time with this cutie!