Saturday, January 10, 2015

Five For Fraturday {FREEBIE}

This week has completely flown by. It seems like yesterday when we were at the beach enjoying the waves. (Don't be jelly, we just finished our rainy winter in Panama - and we need sunshine!) I decided to go ahead and link up this post with 5 for Friday (hem Saturday) to share a little of my week with you:)

I am really proud of my most recent accomplishment - organizing my school stuff!  It feels so good to be organized and I created a little video to share with you:)  This is actually all from my Teacher Binder Bundle - which is super cute!!

After looking at my pinterest account - I noticed my blog needs a little face lift! It would be nice if everything matched.   It's been over a year and it is looking a little be on the lookout - some changes are coming soon - maybe chevron?  We'll see:)

I've been planning some MLK Jr. activities and this is what I came up with.  So far my kiddos are enjoying reading the mini-book and their writing activities.  You can click on any of the pictures to see more:)

I have also been thinking a lot about our 100th day of school.  I made these cute little awards - which you can grab for FREE - if you haven't already:)  I've also found a few other fun things on Pinterest....

DIY Super Hero Masks....This would be a big hit for reading like a super hero!

DIY Super Hero Masks....This would be a big hit for reading like a super hero!

"Pin the Star" we are using this for our 100th day of school - 100 stars - stickers!

"Pin the Star" we are using this for our 100th day of school - 100 stars - stickers!

Super Hero Party - perfect for little super heroes who need a drink!

Super Hero Party - perfect for little super heroes who need a drink!

Finally, I realize I pin way to much. 20,000 pins!!  I really do love pinterest and all the fun ideas I find on there:)  Your welcome to come join me if you would like - but be warned it is a little addicting!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ringing In The New Year! {winner & freebie}

I can't believe it is 2015!  This year has completely flown by...I am sure you have been hearing that a bunch:)  As the northern hemisphere is enjoying their snowy winter, here in Panama the winds have picked up... it's beginning to look a lot like s-u-m-m-e-r!!  Ok, ok I won't rub it in - but look out beach here I come!

I wanted to pop in here real quick and share our winner from our Facebook "Ring in the New Year Celebration"!

If you didn't win, The Bundle will still be available ALL DAY today for 70% off! That's a deal you won't see for another year!

Also, I am so sorry I have been neglecting this blog but Facebook seems so much easier some times!  Please hop on over and follow me there if you haven't all ready...I've been sharing a ton of awesome flash freebies and deals!

Here's a little clip art FREEBIE for all of you - just click on the picture to grab it!

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

TPT HUGE Cyber Sale!! Get Free credits toward purchases...

TpT is hosting a HUGE site-wide sale December 1st & 2nd! My entire store will be 20% off and TpT will give you an additional 8% off when you enter promo code TPTCYBER at checkout!
Make sure to go through past purchases and leave feedback on them to earn credits! The best time to spend those credits is during a sale when you can get even more for your money!

Hope you have a wonderful time shopping:)

PS:  Feel free to share the picture above:)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Turkeys In Disguise - Gobble - Gobble! {FREEBIE}

This past week there has been a lot of talk about turkeys in our classroom.  In my family the turkey was always called "the bird".  My mom or grandma would say, "The bird is in the oven" or "How much longer until the bird is done?".  In our discussion about turkeys,  we learned that in some families, when looking in the fridge for left over turkey, the person looking would call, "Here turkey, turkey, where are you?".  Sometimes the turkey even had a nickname; like "Tom Turkey".  Some of the kids didn't know what the word "alias" meant.  So we talked about that for a bit too- turkeys having an alias name.

After we talked about nicknames for turkey in our families, we of course talked about how we liked to eat turkey!  Some liked everything on it; cranberry sauce, gravy, and stuffing! <ew!>  Others, didn't like anything at all on it - no gravy -nothing!

Finally we discussed how we would feel if we were the turkey and were supposed to be dinner.  Of course everyone said they would run away and hide!

That led us right into my new little easy reader, "Turkeys in Disguise".  First, I read it to them out loud.  Later, we took turns reading through the pages of the book together.  If you haven't read it yet, your gonna love it, it's such a cute little story:)

Of course as a teacher, EVERYTHING has to do with learning - even turkey:)  So... we have turkeys disguising themselves so they won't become turkey pie.  What else might they disguise?  How about words?  Yep, that was our next learning adventure - disguised words - contractions!  These cute little turkeys not only disguise themselves, but words too!  There are two hidden words in each contraction.  That was our introduction to contractions.  We had to find the two words these clever little turkeys had hidden in each contraction.  It turned out to be a pretty good illustration - the kids had fun and I think they "got it" too:)

Wrapping up toward the end of the week we made "Turkeys in Disguise" headbands.

 They of course had a learning purpose - Reader's Theater!  Yep, reading fluency can also be taught to the turkey theme:)

Finally I sent them off with some "homework".  Turkeys in Disguise reward posters!

It was fun to see what they came up with:)  Here are a few:

 This one is a little hard to read.  It says "Eggbert" is "1 hour old" and he was last seen "in his mother's nest!"  He is wanted because "his mother misses him":)

This Turkey's name is "Sparkles" and she has lots of glitter!  (Sorry, I was having a hard time capturing the cuteness of some of these with my camera:()
 This turkey is disguised as a Laker and he was last seen playing basketball.  If you have any information about his whereabouts you are encouraged to call  It also says he is wanted by the owner of the turkey pie factory - oh no - lol!!

I gave them all the option to use "googly eyes".  Everyone decided to use them - it sure does give the turkeys a funny look!:)

 This turkey was done by one of my older kids.  He actually went with a historical theme.  He called his turkey Alexander the Turkey.  Apparently he was fleeing from Darius II, who knew?

 This is "Bull Fighter Turkey"!

So now I'm curious - Does your family have a nickname for turkey?  What is it?  How do you like to eat your turkey?  (Personally, I love my turkey smothered in lots of gravy:)

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fascinating Biology {A TOS Review}

     This past month we had the opportunity to use and review Fascinating Biology.  This is one of the middle school/high school courses offered from the online company Fascinating Education. Fascinating Education has three different science curriculum that they offer:  Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Each course is available with one year access for $79 per course. 

     When I was asked to review this science course with my children, I was very excited.  This course did not look like your typical high school science course.  It appeared to be more then an overview,  diving into the meat of the Biology.  Understanding and grasping the concepts of mitosis, meiosis, and even the ATP cycle in high school, is very important if a student wants to pursue further science courses later on.  This course looked like something that would benefit my science oriented high schooler, as well as my two middle school children.

    Let me just interject my personal experience with you.  This negative experience is something I do not want to see repeated in my own children. Even though I enjoyed science myself in high school and graduated with a 3.9 GPA, ( a very long time ago:); I was not adequately prepared to handle the fast pace of university science classes.

     After my first semester of Biology and Chemistry courses, I was failing miserably.  (Don't worry I didn't drop out of college all together, but it did take me 6 years before I graduated with my BSRN degree!)  This was not a fun, nor inexpensive eye opener for me at the time. It was very discouraging to say the least. I think the reason I did not succeed initially in my university science courses, was because I could not keep up with the pace of the classes. 

 I did not have enough of a grasp of the foundational concepts to master the more advanced science material. 

Should my children choose to enroll in higher level science courses, I do not want them to have this experience and be at a disadvantage like I was.   Because of the experience I had, I feel it is very important to give my younger students a firm foundation in all of the subjects they study.

     So, did this on-line course prove to be the solution?  At this point in my review I can honestly say I think so:) It has a large amount of advanced material.  Combining this course with labs and interactive notebooks will help my kids get a firm grasp on the basic concepts.  That is exactly what I plan to do.   As an additional benefit, I have been learning a ton as well!

     Although Lesson 1 is not from a Biblical creation perspective, it was a good conversation starter to talk about the common scientific view of the origin of life.  We then moved on to lesson 2, chemistry review.

     I thought we would just wiz right through chemistry since we have already completed a middle school chemistry course.  Nope, they failed the chemistry test and were pretty discouraged.  That told me that my students chemistry knowledge was not sufficient.  Really, some of these concepts are very abstract - like molecules and atoms.  I mean you can't even see them, right?!  I really think it is hard for many students to grasp these concepts.  After seeing my kids response to lesson 2, I then contacted Fascinating Education to share my concern with continuing the course.  They were very supportive and didn't want my children to be discouraged because they had failed the test.  They happily offered us the chemistry pre-course to help my children succeed. Can you say, "awesome customer service!"?

     We then preceded to take the "chemistry pre-course for biology".  This course was a perfect review of elements and molecular bonds.  The course is laid out so simply with photos to help them understand the elements on a more day to day basis.  Each element was outlined briefly, showing where we see it in our world around us.  After lesson 1, we took the test (there is a test after each lesson). Their average score was 80% - woo hoo - success.  This boosted their understanding and morale - they were more willing to continue on.:)

     Below is a picture of the Fascinating Chemistry dashboard.  This is exactly what our Chemistry pre-course dashboard looks like.  We have been working our way thorough all of the lessons and have been getting in depth teachings about molecules and bonding.

     Dr. Margulies has a very soothing voice and talks at a slow understandable pace.  Although the lessons are engaging, the visual pictures in the scripted presentation need to move at a much faster pace.  This is only thing I think this program could improve on.   Students in this fast paced technology world are accustomed to being visually stimulated constantly.  If visual images that flashed before the students eyes,  were about 10 seconds apart, I think it would be able to keep the students attention event though the subject is complex.  Overall, I think this a very well thought out and in depth science program.  I don't have a high school AP course outline in front of me, but if I were to guess I would say that the content exceeds the AP level of information.

     If you are interested in these online science courses for your students, be sure to check out what other members of the crew had to say about it.

Click to read Crew Reviews

Thanks for traveling with us:)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The teacher's desk...

My desk in particular, is always full of stuff.  How do we get it all done?  It amazes me how we multi-task so many different things. Somehow by the end of the week, it all comes together or does it?  Well, there is always next week:)

So, on my desk this week, I have a pile of Interactive Notebooks to go through.  Then, I need to print up some more activities for this week...more conjugation activities.  It seems that my kids can never get enough practice conjugating Spanish verbs.  I have a special set I am putting together - soon to be revealed:0) this coming week - I hope!

I also have this cute little buddy sitting near by.  She is soooo cuddly- I am in love!

So I  am linking up with The Sunday Scoop again!  I am really loving this - it makes it easy to blog a little and without further adieu -

I hope you are having a wonderful & restful weekend!  I hear a movie in the next until next time -Ciao!

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Welcome! Bienvendidos! Shalom! from our family here in Panama to yours...

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