Sunday, April 19, 2015

NO PREP EARTH DAY PRINTABLES

Check out some Earth Day fun and grab this new pack on sale today!
Click the last picture in this post.
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Happy almost Earth Day!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

ART IN HISTORY GIVEAWAY!

Have you heard of Art In History?

I was so lucky to have come across this amazing company at EdExpo 2015. Immediately I was impressed with Art In History's dedication to integrating the arts into the classroom.
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to choose a product and explore it with my children. Not only does A.I.H. have countless hands-on-activities, but the easy-to-follow directions, simple tools and thorough background (history), make these projects something that will be memorable for a lifetime. 

We chose to do Bantu Migration - African Kuba Masks. We began by learning about Bantu Migration, what Bantu means, what masks represent in African cultures, what various shapes and symbols mean on the mask and why they are used. This was ALL included in the kit and my 5 and 6 year olds absolutely loved learning about this!
Under no circumstance was any of this "beyond" my kindergartners or too difficult. You really can make each kit, fit your particular classroom age and needs.

We did this project over a week and every child can now teach someone else about Bantu Migration and these beautiful masks. Some students designed with the more traditional triangles, some placed tears on the mask to represent a funeral, some just had fun with their own, unique design. Whatever they chose, my students now have something in their home that they will probably keep forever and each time they look at it, they will remember what they learned and how much fun they had while learning!

Can you ask for anything more?

Check out the fun that we had with this project and enter to win any classroom set of your choosing below!


















Good luck!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

CURRENTLY APRIL

Thanks, Farley!
Head here to link up:


LISTENING:
My kiddo and I are watching it on Netflix. I forgot how funny this show is!

LOVING:
I am working over SB but only for 4 hours/day. I still get to sleep in and it pays well! 

THINKING:
I am hosting Easter. What?! Do I make a banner? I ordered brisket, but what else?!
#panic

WANTING:
Oooh, I want two things. I want to follow you on INSTA and I want you to join A Spark of Inspiration's INSTA LOOP! We are giving away a $150 gift card- it's so easy to enter. Just head here:


Then click this picture and follow the directions:


NEEDING:
Ok, I need to grocery shop for Sunday. So many things to think about! Aaahh!

EGGS-PLAIN:
What can I say? I need my privacy My GG was Mrs. Leeby. When I started this little blog and my little store, it was a split-second decision.
I mean it. I just quick made something up.
Now, this is a HUGE part of my life and it's my brand. So, the name will stay forever. :)
Lately I've been hearing some scary stuff about teachers who have used their real names in their stores/blog and it's kind of a nightmare. . .
I'm grateful to be here and to be Mrs. Leeby!

What are you CURRENTLY up to?


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Found the Gold Freebie Hop!

Thank you so much to the mother of Spark! and sole-owner/contributor of Primary Inspired, Brenda, for sending people my way!

I can't get enough freebie-hops in my life! 
Especially at a time like this, when we need it most. Our leprechaun can no longer control our children and we are running out of steam. 

. . .So, why not grab some relevant, Spring/anytime FREEBIES?! 
Make sure to hop all the way through and complete the cycle, so that you don't miss any of these goodies!

Here is your FREEBIE!
And guess what? I use this (and other pages from my Summer Review) as my, "Spring Break Packet."

Just an idea!


Now grab your next freebie from my sweet friend, Sarah!





Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fish Murder and Tyrell, The Leprechaun

We have been having the best year ever. 
I have the best kids and there have been almost zero behavior issues.
My blog posts have been extremely boring, compared to last year.

I knew that it was too good to be true.

If anyone is going to go crazy-town on me, it happens at the beginning of the school year or it happens at springtime.

I am experiencing the latter. . .
One of my sweetest, has taken a major turn.

Like, chair-thrower flashbacks!

In the past few weeks we have had a lot of violence, chair-throwing, property destruction, fish murder and he said to me, "I'm gonna punch you in your ugly face!"

I wish that I could get mad, but the second that he yelled it, all of my other kids gasped and one started crying and screamed, "SHE'S NOT UGLY, SHE'S BEAUTIFUL!"
*And yes, I said, "fish murder."
The details are too sad to repeat.

If you read my blog or know me in real-life, then you know how I deal with these situations:
  • A lot of love.
  • INTERVENTIONS
  • A lot of documentation.
  • A lot of communication with the family and  mental health officials.
  • Did I mention, a lot of love?


When those don't work, I pray for St. Patrick's Day to come.

Why?

Because our leprechaun will visit and I, despite everything that I learned in grad school, get to teach through coercion.

That's right. coercion. 
I said it and I'm not sorry.

We begin by naming our leprechaun. It is a long, drawn-out process that involves voting and is 100% up to the students. (Last year, our leprechaun was named, "Corday.")


Basically, the leprechaun is like Santa. He is omnipotent and will write the class notes or refrain from leaving Dollar Tree gold coins in their seat sacks, if they are naughty.








We even write him back! (I just type, the kids tell me what to say.)


And, of course, we make TRAPS! Grab a FREE writing activity HERE that complements this project. I forgot to grab a picture of ours. :(




It's around this time, that I become so exhausted, that naturally, I self-sabotage.

. . .But I know the end is near.
So, I make it through one final day of leprechaun madness.
(How cute is our Morning Meeting on St. Patrick's Day?)

We make beautiful rainbows for our sweet, Tyrell and hang them up as a reminder of his love for Room 109.

The kids even colored our WORD OF THE WEEK in Tyrell's favorite colors!

And we wrap it all up with generic Lucky Charms. 

What the???



Did this improve Fish-Killer's behavior?


YES!

Today was perfection.

Send good ju ju my way, so that I can make it to Spring Break in one piece! :)


HAPPY HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!


Monday, March 16, 2015

THE READING GAME GIVEAWAY! {3 sets to 3 different winners}

Have I told you that I'm in love?!

I'm in love with, The Reading Game!

We have been using the first set of word cards and the first book, "Skunk."

Below, you will see my kids in action, but for now, here is a bit directly from The Reading Game website:
"The first book in The Reading Game learn-to-read series tells the story of a skunk without a stripe who is rejected by the other skunks but finds acceptance among some cats and becomes their defender.  It’s told in rhyme, is beautifully illustrated, and is 32 pages long.  It will be the first book the student reads, and there are five more to follow in this groundbreaking learn to read program.
Each of The Reading Game's six stories is told using just thirty new words.  These are broken down into six sets of five words.  The student learns to read each set of five words by playing a simple word matching game.  Frequent exposure through play hardwires these words into long-term memory.  Rote learning is transformed into a fast-paced game with a winner every few seconds."







Enter to win below or find out where you can purchase RIGHT HERE!


Good luck!

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