Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March madness! Read, Read, Read!

As a teacher I always promote reading.  In my classroom some students have very little confidence about their reading skills and abilities. At the beginning of the year I told them there are going to be times that they "hate" what I am going to do but I promise they will love it as the year goes on.  Our district participates in Accelerated Reader and I love that i can see the scores on their STAR Test when we take it.  So far this year we have taken the STAR twice and every student improved with the majority going up two grade levels. To say I am proud is an understatement! I love when they volunteer to read or help each other out when reading aloud-I taught the "3try" rule (try it 3 times and someone else can help you out).  It has really improved their decoding skills!  

*As we're sure you are aware, an early introduction to reading is an important part of kids' development. In fact, kids who are read to at home have a substantial academic advantage. These advantages last throughout a child's academic career. Studies have shown that:
  • Twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently.
  • According to NCES, only 53 percent of children ages three to five were read to daily by a family member. Children in families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read to aloud every day than are children in families with incomes at or above poverty.
  • The NCES also reported that children who were read to frequently are also more likely to:
    • Count to 20 or higher than those who were not (60% vs. 44%)
    • Write their own names (54% vs. 40%)
    • Read or pretend to read (77% vs. 57%)

As a part of the March "Reading Month Challenge," LeapFrog will be partnering with a great non-profit, Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation, to donate 20 books to the foundation's under-served classrooms for every pledgereceived. Through this program, they plan to donate over 350,000 books to children in need.  Families just need to try to read 20 minutes a day... That's it! Visit for more information.  Give a lot of confidence to your children when it comes to reading and they will succeed in school! 

LeapFrog's 20/20

 "Reading Month Challenge" #LeapFrogChallenge 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Don't let the bed bugs bite!

By this time we should know what Trivia Crack, Words with Friends, and Evil apples are .... BUT try this game out!  Orkin is tackling the nasty little bed bugs in a fun way, through an app.  Go play the #BedBugFued and beat the clock!  If you make it on the leader board come back and let us know.  If you have time to kill just do it below! 

HINT: "Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite" PDFis a cheat sheet for you to win. 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hall pass!

A problem MANY teachers face deals with the hall/bathroom pass. Well I have a solution! Upon discussing this with my class we came up with the ideal solution that benefits everyone. Check out the photos! It has worked great so far this year! 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

OZ Naturals

Today was the 1st day I tried it, but so far I like it! I spoke before about a product that was called FootJuice and loved it. These two product both have witch hazel in them. My Polish Grandma would always have me wipe my face with witch hazel or apple cider vinegar. I may be biased but anything with witch hazel intrigues me! I'll keep everyone posted on how well this works! Go to Amazon and check out the reviews for OZ Naturals Toner.  It is the 4th step in the process of products from them, but my only step because I only have the toner. It says 7 days to see a noticeable difference... Challenge accepted! 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas bulbs- Do you have extras?

Wow! I took a pinterest idea and created it! Sometimes they are flips, but this was beautiful even during the daytime.

1) grab some lights. I only has extra icicle lights!
2) find your extra bulbs! I ran to Big Lots (50% at the moment yay) and bought the ones I used! We just got married...of course we have all kinds of extra bulbs -- honestly it is just extra crockpots :)
3) shove them all in the glass! The container was actually from our wedding ♡♡
4) you are so creative and talented. Good job!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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