Blog Design Giveaway!

Kristen over at Ladybug's Teacher Files is having a blog design giveaway! I hope I win!! What a GREAT way to start out my summer, right?! Click on over to check it out....

Summer Fun! Summer To Do List.....

Like many of you, I have a to do/wish list a mile long! I was so excited to see Littlest Learners is hosting a Summer To Do List Linky Party. It's fun to see what is on everyone else's list, & it gives me some more ideas, too! I am joining the party & sharing my Summer To Do List....

1. Organize my house! It's fallen apart the last few weeks. My daughter's husband is deploying to Iraq, so she and my just-turned-1-year-old-on-Friday granddaughter have moved in with us. On top of that, I've been so busy the last 2 weeks, things are going crazy!

2. Relax by the pool. Can't wait to get out to the pool with my 2 little granddaughters! My second granddaughter will be 1 in 4 weeks....can't wait to watch them splash & play!

3. Work on my Master's classes.

4. Develop a Project Based Learning project. I'm going to a week long training in June & am super excited. Last year was awesome, & as a result of the training, one of my fabulous team members and I developed projects which ended with our classes creating a community garden, building a  fitness trail, & creating rodeo-themed math games. Not sure what projects we'll design this time around.....have a few ideas floating around my head, though!

5. Organize & prep my Everyday Math Games. I've fallen in love with the way Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files organizes her games, & hope to do something very similar in my room.

6. Work on plans for the year & begin to create games that match the theme/project & support the standards. I am a big time believer in the power of games for instruction.

I am SURE there are more things that should be on this list! I am going to check out all the other ideas on the Linky Party then come back here to add to MY list!
Click on over to check out the party yourself!

Hello again!

Wow! I have seriously been neglecting my little slice of the blogging world here! It's been a whirlwind the last two weeks....of course, we're super busy with end of the year assessments, data, projects, I started my master's (!!), my class had the ribbon cutting for our Fitness Trail, and then my computer came down with a virus (bleh!!). Talk about busy!
We have 2 more days of school! Tuesday is our Field Day. My class is so excited! Our entire grade level tie-dyed T-shirts for field day. My class is purple. They came out so good! Can't wait for the kiddos to see them on Tuesday!

So so excited!

Look what came in the mail yesterday!! Isn't this just darling?! I've been showing it off all I'm showing it off to all of you! I am just loving it!

Thanks to Hadar (Miss Kindergarten). You all can get one for yourself. Click on over to her blog & check it out!

Giveaway Alert!

I am just LOVING these signs that Hadar over at Miss Kindergarten makes! Aren't they just adorable?? And the best news? She's giving them away! Head on over & check it out!

Service Learning - part 1

I haven't been posting much lately because we've been so busy working on our Service Learning Project!
Around the World with Fitness
We're building a fitness trail!!

Earlier this year, one of my team members & I attended a Learn & Serve training.
Learn & Serve offers a unique opportunity for students to get involved in their community in a tangible way by integrating service projects with classroom learning. My teacher friend & I came away from the training with lots of ideas & lots of motivation.

Our school community is for the most part isolated. There is little opportunity/facilities for families to participate in structured fitness activities. Also, given that our community has seen a very rapid increase in hispanic population, we wanted to do something that would help teach a bit about other cultures.

SO....we designed and are building a fitness trail in which the activities are based on games played by children from around the world.

My kiddos have done such a great job on this, and learned so much! I LOVE how skills are so integrated into projects & that the kids are so engaged in their learning because of the projects.

I'll share more detail later, but here is the first step in the process:

1. We went on a field trip to the National Institute for Fitness & Sports, & used that as our launch pad for the project.

We held a meeting the next day & talked about the things they liked, & then guided the conversation.

"Too bad we can't do something like that here at school....."
"We can, Mrs. Frady!"
It was so exciting to hear their ideas & see their little minds just whirring away.