Go Noodle! Giveaway, too!

Do you Go Noodle? We LOVE Go Noodle!!

Kiddos need to move...they need that physical activity to help them refocus & get those brains ready to take in new information. Not only that, but it really increases engagement, too! That's a big benefit! I love that you can find clips that are just two or three minutes....just enough time to slip in a quick brain break & regroup for the next lesson/activity.

And it fits in perfectly with Daily 5! At the Daily 5 Conference I went to last spring, The Sisters were very clear about providing kiddos with some sort of movement between each rotation: ring the chimes, bring the kiddos up for some kind physical movement, then go into your mini-lesson. My first thought? GoNoodle! 

GoNoodle fits in with D5 so nicely! After the brain break, kiddos are ready to sit down & participate in the mini-lesson. Works perfectly every time! Pop See Ko is an all-time favorite, but we also like Roller Coaster, Maximo (my personal favorite -- calming activities!) and like to be challenged by Cat Man, too! Do you Go Noodle? I'd love hear some of your class favorites!                                                                I actually got to meet Freckles Sinclair & got my very own Go Noodle shirt over the summer! Boy, were my kiddos jealous when they saw the pic! (It's pretty awesome to get to meet celebrities your kiddos love!) 
Do you Go Noodle? I'd love to hear some of your kiddos' favorites! 
And-- good news! GoNoodle is giving away some swag! Check out this awesome tumbler! And there's lots more Go Noodle swag in their shop, too! How impressed will your kiddos be when you show up to school with a Go Noodle Champ shirt?! Use the code BTSwithGoNoodle for 15% off of everything! 
Just enter your info in the rafflecopter widget down below & cross your fingers! 

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Celebrate Differences!

It's a new year....new class.....
It's time to celebrate our differences & start working together as a team! We like to talk about how we are all different...& we love that we are different....but even with our beautiful differences, we are still TEAM.

That came together beautifully this year!
 Creative Teaching Press has these awesomely gorgeous Color Me Apple Cut Outs. I was so excited when I came across them.....3 different designs that my kiddos could design any way they'd like! See what I mean? All different & all beautiful!

I loved that I would be able to visually show them that......and that even though we're all different....we are all an important part of the team (in this case, an apple tree!)

After everyone had designed their apple, we put up a big ol' tree in the hall & added all the apples. Now, we just needed a terrific TEAM quote to tie it all together.....& came across this one:
"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities." ~Stephen Covey

How do you help your kiddos acknowledge & celebrate their individuality and realize that we need those differences in order to become a strong team? I'd love to hear your ideas!!
I'm really happy to be a Creative Teaching Press Exclusive Blogger....they have so many awesome products for the classroom....& teachers are so creative using them! You should stop by Georgia Grown Kiddos & see what Valerie's done with CTP products!
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Back to School Book Favorite! FREEBIE!

One of the first books I read to my class at the beginning of the year is No, David! by David Shannon. We are a PBIS school & focus on positive...believe it or not, No, David! fits right in!
After reading the book, we talk about being positive...about the problems David had & what we could say to David that he COULD do in our classroom.

Each kiddo writes & illustrates a page for our first class book: Yes, David! It's a great way to kind of peer teach & reinforce expectations: "Yes, David! You can walk in the hallway!" "Yes, David! You can raise your hand when you have a question!" It's always fun to read what they write about!

Just click on the pic to the right to download the writing paper from my dropbox. I hope your kiddos enjoy working on their own class book! 

Getting Ready for Kindergarten with Learning Resources

We're having fun this summer with what I'm calling "Piper & Catey School". Can you believe these two little darlings will be starting Kindergarten this fall?! Boy, time flies!

I'd already been planning our little Piper & Catey School when Learning Resources asked me if I'd like to check out one of their new "All Ready for _____" Kits. I love Learning Resources products & quality, so I jumped at the opportunity. We were so excited when the box arrived (can you tell from the picture?).

They've been having tons of fun with everything that's packed into this Readiness Kit...& there's A LOT packed into it! In addition to the Readiness Kit, we also got the correlating game, Picnic Party.
The girls are having so much fun, which makes my heart smile because I know that that's a fundamental step toward learning.

Of course, even though fun is important, you've got to have a solid base in foundational concepts and skills....and those are packed in here, too! (Which also makes my heart smile....because I want these girls to be ready for Kindergarten!) Check this out:

The activities support both Language & Math development, & I like that there are three levels for each activity, so you can move kiddos into the concept gradually....
Ready - a friendly little intro to the concept. If ready is too easy, move on the the next level. Ready seems a little too hard? Let your kiddos play with the materials awhile longer.
Set - move on to this step when your child is solid with the Ready level.
Go! - these activities are just a little more challenging than the Set level.

Here are some of my girls' favorite activities...
Picnic Party - One-to-one Correspondence, Counting, Greater Than/Less Than
My girls love this game! I love the math skills that they're acquiring! Check out all of those math skills that they're working on!

Pile of Leaves, Critter Pile Up, Measure Up!
Red Rover, Line Up!, Buggy Battle
More/Less, Beginning Measurement, Fine Motor Skills
Is it just me, or do kiddos come to you with lower & lower levels of fine motor skills? I really like how Learning Resources has built some fine motor skill practice into many of the activities in this pack. Kiddos have to use the Gator Grabber (otherwise known as fun gator-shaped tweezers) to pick up & move the bugs.

Line Up was a challenge....they had 10 seconds to move a group of matching-color critters to a leaf. Stressful! (not really --- but when you're under the clock.....) The we counted & talked about which leaf had more/less. You know, I'm a teacher..so I already think that way (poor kiddos! haha). Parents will love that directions are laid out explicitly: not just how to play, but also suggestions for conversations.

Shape Up!, Building Bugs, Home Run
Okay --- I'll admit my math teacher heart LOVES how this activity supports the mathematical process standard (I can see how numbers and shapes go together). It's also one of my girls' favorites because, lets. admit it....who doesn't love playing with & manipulating shapes? 
Match Game, Dancing with Letters, Lace-in-Line
There are many more language supporting activities in the kit, but my girls' favorites were any of the ones that used the lacing letters. There's just something fun about manipulating those colorful little letters. And when you get to string them? That's almost like making jewelry! haha

I'm loving how playing these fun activities are getting my girls ready for Kindergarten! Guess what.....Learning Resources has even more kits! If you've got littles, Learning Resources has a Readiness Kit that'll work for them....you may want to take a look at the Ready for Preschool or the Ready for First Grade Kits. 

OR....ENTER TO WIN A SET (your choice of level)!! Just enter your info in the widget below & cross your fingers!!

DOLLAR SALE! Christmas in July!

Who's ready for a little bit of Christmas in July?! How about a DOLLAR SALE to fill your back to school stocking? The Indiana Blogger Peeps are back with a fab sale! Seriously.....I've already filled up my cart twice (& going back for more).

Wanna get the most bang for your buck? Here's  a secret: Go into your purchases & leave feedback
 for any purchases that you haven't already. Then use the credits from your feedback towards your purchase. REPEAT. Those credits really add up!

I've got some great stuff for back to school marked down to a dollar: