Friday, August 8, 2014

Five for Friday!


It's my last official Friday in summer.  Next week starts teacher work days and inservice days, we have our big back to school carnival, and then we get a week off again before starting the last week in August!  I'd love to say that Peanut and I have been spending our last real week of summer doing awesome things, but it's been kind of dull!  We've done lots of playing at home, relaxing, and movie watching!

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 We went to the zoo Sunday morning!  We had so much fun and it was such perfect weather!  When we were leaving I hopped on Timehop real quick and realized that a year ago that same day was the first time we ever took Reagan to the zoo.  My how she has grown in a year!
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We are having road work done right outside our house (another downside to living right off a main road).  The upside, Peanut is loving the trucks outside and will sit by the window pointing and saying "tuck" all day!  So cute!

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I went into school this week and used the app BookBuddy to work in the library.  We have a big library and a lot of teachers all using the same books!  The app allows us to scan all the books so that we can look at the list and find out what books we have to help us plan accordingly!  I got 225 books scanned and tagged!!  You should definitely check it out!
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I have been working on lots of lesson plans for the month of September that  I can't wait to share with you all!  Science lessons focused on a pond habitat and what science is, random art experiences, some family tree projects, and the beginnings of some social studies!
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And probably the most important!  Those of you with little girls probably know Frozen very well.  Peanut loves it probably because of the music!  Back in the winter, I was at Target one day and saw a box set of the Frozen doll set and Peanut was too young to really care about it so I didn't get it (I know I know, so dumb).  Well this summer, she has really gotten into dolls and so I went back to pick it up for her.... Yea... umm you can't find that stuff anywhere!!!  The shelves say "Frozen yada yada yada..." but they are all empty...all the time!  So we have gone once a week to check and see if its back and today we had to go pick up a birthday gift for a friend of ours' one year old!  And what do you know, they had it, they had 2!  I was so excited!  

 We were going to wait until Christmas, but yea... I caved.... She loves them and it was definitely worth it!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Funfetti Fudge!

I am sooooooo in love with Funfetti right now!  I tried a Funfetti pound cake 2 weeks ago and discovered I wasn't really a fan of pound cake... to dense... or maybe I screwed it up, who knows but it just wasn't my favorite.  Well the hubs is out golfing tonight, and Peanut was having a great evening of independent play so I decided to do some baking and try Funfetti Fudge!  I found the original recipe on Pinterest of course and discovered a really awesome blog! 

Baking is such a stress relief for me and this was the perfect recipe for a busy momma with a very busy 15 month old! This recipe was easy, required a bowl, spoon, measuring cups, and the microwave, oh and I was finished in 15 minutes!  I popped it in the fridge to set and am now enjoying 1, 2, 3, ok I had 4 pieces!!! 

If you like funfetti, or you like fudge you will like this recipe.  But if you like both, oh man are you gonna be in trouble!  I am thinking of making this again next week to put in a little gift to give to my new teaching team... who wouldn't want yummy sweets before we start a crazy school year right? Ps, isn't my food photography getting good!  I am super impressed with myself haha!

You will need:
2 Cups yellow cake mix
2 Cups powdered sugar
1/2 Cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 4 pieces
1/4 Cup milk
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup sprinkles 
To make it:
1st I mixed the cake mix and powdered sugar together in a microwave safe bowl! 
Then,add in the butter and milk, don't bother stirring it! 
Next, microwave for 2 minutes. 
Take out of microwave and carefully stir to combine.
Once it's blended, add in white chocolate chips and blend again. 
Fold in about half of your sprinkle to give some color.
Quickly spread fudge into a 8x8 greased pan. Add remaining sprinkles to top and gently press down to help the sprinkles stay on.
Refrigerate until completely chilled (I left mine in for 2 hours)
Then cut into squares and serve, or eat by yourself!! :)
Don't forget to enter in my FarFaria giveaway, trust me you will really love this app!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

FarFaria Review Post & a Giveaway

Hi all!!  It has been so busy in our crazy house these past few days!  So much going on to try and get ready for the new school year and transitioning back into that daily routine!  1 more week until teachers report!

I wanted to share with you an app today!  I got my first "reach out" from a company to review and share their product for a free 6 month membership, and I gotta tell you, it's a good one!  It is called FarFaria and it is an app you can use on IPhone or Android devices.  I have looked at a lot of story/book apps now that peanut is starting to love books and well... my phone!  I have not been to thrilled with many of them so when I was contacted to check this one out, I'll admit I was a bit hesitant!  But I really do like it and it is only $4.99 a month for a subscription!
They have more than 750 stories and they add 5 new stories every week!  It is set up like a make-believe land and you can "explore" the different lands, for example there is Mt. Make Believe, Animal Kingdom, & Preschool Playground.
Seriously how cute is this?? You pick on the "land" that you want to discover and the stories match the theme!  There are fiction and non-fiction stories and Reagan loves them!  They are bright and colorful and keep her attention.  I also like the feature that allows it to be read aloud to the child which gives it an opportunity of independence for the child!

I actually plan on using this app at home with my little one, and on my Android tablet at school with my K-preppers!  The nonfiction stories will be great for my habitat units and the fiction ones will be great to use throughout the year!  We may even have the tablet in the library center for kiddos to use!

Now here is the best part!!  The company is willing to give one of my readers a free 3 month membership to try it out!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter!  Trust me, you will love this app!  If you aren't already a follower, become one and get 2 entries!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Friend"SHIP"s Activity Freebie

We are working hard to prepare some character education lessons so that they are ready to go and can be pulled out once a week when we have a couple of minutes here and there.  Our plan is to focus on friendship here in the beginning and then as they grasp that we can add things in later. 

This is an activity for students to build a friendSHIP! Students have to sift through a pile of puzzle pieces and together in small groups decide which words or phrases are characteristics of a good friend.  Once they have those pieces, they can build their friendSHIP!
Click here to get your copy!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Preparing for the New Year

So we had our first curriculum meeting this week.  It is going to be such a fun year!  This year I am working in a team teaching model and there will be 3 of us teaching our K preppers!

Our year is divided into a different Habitat theme each month.  We are starting with the pond habitat which will be so fun!  I am in charge of science and art small groups, planning the academic free centers, and doing a total revamp of our classroom library! 

So in order to get started with my planning, I had to make my new teacher binder for the year.  I just love my new cover for the year!  I used backgrounds that  I got free from Melstampz, aren't they so cute?!?!? 
This is my weekly planner.  I have a spot to jot down plans for morning meeting, what I will be teaching in small groups, and a spot for any random notes such as special events that day, any lead teaching notes, etc.

Then I made a monthly planning sheet.  A place to jot down notes for the next month's small group plans and holidays and events as well as birthdays.  Most importantly here, I have a place to plan my centers for the month! 

Since this is so specific to my needs, I didn't add a link for you to download and use, but if you think this would be great for your use, please comment with your email and I can send you a copy! 

Hope everyone's planning is going well... it's getting close!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made it for the Home

So I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for a Monday Made It!  I have been quite the productive mama today.  Still not working on school stuff as our first curriculum meeting isn't until tomorrow.  Being at a new school and in a co-teaching experience is making me a bit tense these days trying to figure out what I will be doing and what I need to prepare but hopefully after our meeting tomorrow I will have a better idea!
So today's craft project was a DIY photo canvas.  We recently moved... OK we moved last November, but we just have not gotten our acts together on getting things done around here!  Well that is changing! I have been dying to put a big giant canvas family photo above our bed but man they are expensive!  I found some online and to have a 24x36 print done it cost between $120 and $150!  Heck no!  I remembered hearing from a friend that you could get large prints made in black and white at Staples for very cheap!  Sure enough, I got a 24x36 in print for $3.50!!! Heck yea!  I ran to Jo Ann Fabrics and got the same size canvas originally $28 but used a 40% off coupon and my 15% teacher discount and got it for about $14!!  I already had Mod Podge and the brushes so I was able to complete me project for under 20 bucks!!!  Now that is what I am talking about!

I love when projects don't need a lot of materials!  It makes me so happy that I don't have an hour of cleanup after I finish! 
And the final product...
It has a few more bubbles than I am ok with but Mod Podge and I have a LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIP! So all in all I am pleased with it!  Plus once it is on the wall, you won't be able to see them at all.... now if only my husband will get home and get it hung!! 
That's all for today, hopefully I'll have a school related Monday Made it next week... I may start going crazy if I don't!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Five for Friday

So I have attempted to make a come back a couple of times and it really just hasn't stuck.... Yep, I'm a crummy blogger!  I do love it though and would love to get back to it consistently so here's another go at it!

1. I was offered a new job and will be teaching Pre-Kinders next year in the cutest little school ever!!!  Seriously, I am so excited and cannot wait to get in there and started on figuring out what I will be focusing on as it is a co-teaching experience!  I will get to have a classroom, see the same students every day, plan fun, cute, exciting activities and I am so thrilled!!!

2. We had a very busy week this week and it included 2 trips to the zoo!  We love the zoo and our membership was the best money spent!!
 3. I have been working my butt off to try and get healthier and exercise more!  Not even including the zoo, we went to the park and walked twice this week and 1 day we walked almost 4 miles!  Down 2 lbs this week!  Woot!!
4. I had my dad build a sensory table for Reagan to play with!  Not only is this great for Reagan but it is giving me some awesome ideas and practice for the school year with my little ones since this will be my first year with youngins!  What do you think of our sensory activity for the week?  The plus: she LOVED it!  The negative: she throws it all on the floor... I'm so tired of sweeping!
5. Loving that 5 for Friday is my first post back again.  It reminds me why I enjoy doing this and following all of you amazing teacher bloggers out there!  Have a great weekend all!