Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Soil of God's love....and my amazing artwork!

Happy Wednesday!

Let me first start this post with please don't judge my drawing skills. For real. I do what I can. My sister inherited the artsy gene, mine bypassed me. Bible Journaling...have you seen it? Well I have been doing it now for about as long as two shakes of a lambs tail...I am by no means at all an expert! I have seen plenty of it and I have tried really hard not to compare myself because I have learned and always in the process of learning that comparison is the thief of joy. So with that said I post this to reach someone. Who? I don't know? I may never know...that's ok...or will my OCD self stay up late thinking about it?! haha...I digress. I thought about not even posting any of this ever and keeping it to myself. I mean who wants to see  my silly 1st grade drawings and hear me chatter on about my thoughts? Well, then it was laid upon my heart that maybe one person does. Maybe I can just get it out there and someone else will feel the same, resonate with it, understand it, lean on it. Isn't that what we are  here for? To "love your neighbor as yourself." Sometimes that is tough isn't it? But all the more rewarding when you do/can!

So here I am. I guess maybe it is the teacher in me too that relies on pictures to help me remember things. I will be honest memorizing scripture has not been a strong point. Why can I remember the lyrics to The Little Mermaid..."Look at this stuff...isn't it neat? Wouldn't you think my collection's complete"......but that moment I need that verse I can somewhat piece it together but end up googling it or opening my bible app?! So when I saw bible journaling I was like AH! maybe this is for me and my non artistic self. #hopesanddreams I mean that is how I teach my kids- add a picture to it, make it more visual and maybe there will be more of a connection. Here's to hoping it works!

Again....please be considerate when taking in all my drawing glory..let's focus on the scripture shall we!? ;)
"May your roots do down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep his love really is. " Ephesians 4: 17-18

Wow! How amazing! We truly can't fathom just how great his love is for us. I don't even think my wonderful drawing (ha!) can even touch the surface.
My hubby and I love to pick weeds..I know I know we are super exciting! lol...but the best part is when you pick that one weed and you yank and pull and the whole root comes out and it is like spectacularly long and you squeal with delight that you were able to get that bad boy out of the soil...anyone?! No? Just us? Well trust me when I say its a satisfying feeling ;) See now every time you pick weeds you will think of God's love and just how deep those roots go for YOU! All for YOU! Now like a plant, of course, it needs to be watered. The great thing though too about his love is it is unconditional. Even if your end dries up a tad and your soil starts to pull away from the pot (all my gardeners out there??) Just add some water and HE will in turn fill you up! He knows our hearts too! You can't fake it till you make it. The challenge as well is trying to anchor your roots deep for others. As sinners we have the tendency of course to carry conditional love. You might be scared to grow your roots into certain soil...but this is where the faith enters and grace, HIS grace takes over. Our lives on this earth are always in a constant process; changing, and forming our hearts and minds for our permanent home. Even if you stumble you have a Father that anchors you deeply in HIS soil of everlasting love!

There it is. One person hopefully will benefit. Everyone of course benefits from the artwork. ;) More to come hopefully if I don't get intimidated to share again!
Have a BLESSED night!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Five for Good Friday!

Happy Good Friday! And what a beautiful day it was!
Let's jump right in! 

We worked on poetry and specifically alliteration. First we used our own names with a verb to practice getting the hang of it. They each came up and wrote their name and as a class we thought of a verb that had the same beginning sound. 

The next day we revisited the poster and mirror taught our buddy what alliteration was. 
I gave each kid a sentence strip and they used their start of alliteration from the poster to expand it and make an alliteration sentence.
Below are some examples they came up with!

During our little spring break trip we were ordering at a restaurant and I noticed there was some alliteration on the menu haha! See kids, learning all around you in real life eh?
Maple Sugar Seared Salmon Salad

Since we had today off we still were able to squeeze some free time in. Instead of "Fun Friday" we ended up having, what I like to call, "Thrilling Thursday". Here is a peek into all the shenanigans they get to take part in after working like champs all week.

A little bit of Easter Egg card making

 Lego time~ those happen to be mine from when I was a kid #kidtoyhoarder

 These friends literally bring a tupperware of action figures and toys and keep it on my shelf for events such as these lol and then we of course need ramps and such to play on so we opt for a box lid from my recycling. 

 I found these connectors in the Target dollar spot. 

 Of course it would't be a classroom without teachers. Mini-me's in training

And a contest for world's longest unifix cube train.

Number of the day is going swimmingly this year and I have really seen a lot of growth in their number sense. 
Click here to grab this resource!
I pulled a small group to introduce the "clue cards" (in"clue"ded, no pun intended, in the packet). 
Basically, once they have developed enough background and knowledge for number of the day I stop giving the actual number and then give clues so they have to use their numeracy to find the number of the day. I created the clue cards so they can be used in small group or stations. They can choose a clue card and go to town. 

I created it in separate sections- up to 100 and 100-120 for first grade. The whole pack goes up to 199 now! Once laminated I separated the two so I can adjust for the kids as needed. 
They fit in baggies of course BUT....

They fit more beautifully in these lovely tubs.  

Since it was the last week of the nine weeks and we were wrapping up grades, math rotations were in full swing.
Here is a look:

Math Duel- if you have not downloaded this for your kids you should- they love it! It practices their facts.

Geometry blocks

 Roll, Double, Tally, Graph: I threw this together to help them practice their doubles, tally marks, and graphing!

 Computers: this week " Money Fruit Splat" from Sheppard Software: they have to count the money total on the screen and splat the fruit that has the total inside. 

 Money problem solving:
I wanted to also focus on getting some problem solving in but also showing them ways to model their thinking.

 My example

Kids work
Money word problems are from Kaitlynn Albani!!


Organisms, Food chain, and Interdependence
Once I taught about how animals and plants use their bodies, habitat, etc in order to survive we got to work creating our own animal. It could be an animal that already exists but with a spin to it, or a made up animal. They had to draw it and make sure it showed how it defends itself from other animals, where it lives, and how it might get food to survive. 
Here are some of their creations! 
It amazes me daily what they can do when they put their mind to it and you lead them to push themselves!

 After that, we learned about the food chain. We used this poster (included in my FREE food chain pack on TPT) to help us learn each definition. 

We then use our whole brain gestures to teach each other.

ANNNDDD blogger is being picky right now about my uploading sooo I had to post the videos on my facebook page. Please drop by to take a look at how you can use gestures in your classroom for science! 

Have a BLESSED Easter!!!!

He is RISEN!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spring Giveaway!!

Happy Saturday!!

This will be a super duper short post!
Tomorrow is the first day of Spring!! In honor of that I am having a GIVEAWAY! Spring and baby chicks go together like peanut butter and jelly! Want to win my Chick Life Cycle Packet?! Head over to my Facebook Page to enter! It's sooo easy! And while you are there go ahead and follow me if you have not already! I post a lot of updates through that page :)  A winner will be chosen tomorrow afternoon!

Have a BLESSED afternoon!!