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Hey friends!  Are you in the final stretch?  I have 4.5 days left with kids and then two work days after Memorial Day.  I can see the light!  Today's post is all about what I have done in the past/am doing during the final week of school.  I'll also be sharing what end of the year gifts I've given my kids over the years.

My "End of the Year Countdown" is a a great way to end the year!  You can choose to include as many links as you'd like.  On the back of each link is an activity...these are activities that you can add into your final days as something special for your students.  There are editable links included if you want to customize your own ideas!  In addition, I've included an "ABC Countdown," which includes links for every letter of the alphabet.  Each letter corresponds with a fun activity that begins with the letter's name!  So many options and so much FUN!



We love playing "I Have, Who Has" games!  This is the summer version and it will be put to good use during our final days together this year!



A memory book is a simple yet thoughtful keepsake to give your students.  I have my kids work on their memory books a little each day.  *This product has some editable pages included for you to add photos!!  Then, I bind the pages together using my binding machine.  Having the binding makes the books feel "real."  If I am extra ambitions, I'll laminate the front cover and a blank piece of white paper for a back cover.  This helps the books hold up.  



*The horizontal book is an old version of one I had in my store.  It's since been updated to the one above.




Crafts are a MUST at the end of the year!  They take up time and keep kids busy!  This year, we made these great ice-cream cones by Crafty Bee Creations.  In years past, we made the cars shown below from A Cupcake for the Teacher.  They have an optional writing page to go with them.  The saying is "Cruisin' to 2nd grade."  So cute.  Finally, the paper plate suns.  These are always a hit.  This year, I have saved them for the final week of school.  Typically I do them sooner and display them in the hallway.  This year, I just didn't find time.






Building in free play time the last week if school is something I have always done.  It allows me to spend time playing with my kids some of our final days together.  A few of the days, I will take for myself and work in the room while the kids play.  This year, my kids love playing school with markers, paper, pointers, flash cards, etc..They also love Legos, Play-Doh, and anything they can build with (Lincoln Logs, blocks, etc).

In addition to free time, there is always BINGO!  This week we will be playing both sight word and addition/subtraction BINGO.



Mini books + Markers= Another win.  Really letting kids use markers for anything is a sure hit!  We will be working on my "Summer Mini-Book" this week.  It's a great way to squeeze some reading instruction in at the end of the year.  We will search for punctuation, capital letters, and sight words.



I don't know about you, but during the last week, I am still trying to squeeze in a few assessments to ensure I have everything I need ready for report cards.  Assessing sight words is one thing I'll do as a final check.



This anchor chart is always a huge hit!  I prep the chart by writing the "I am"  and the kids tell something about themselves.  It's a great reflection tool.  Click HERE to grab free writing pages to go with this!


I pull out all of my summer themed read alouds and read one or two each day.  These always get kids excited for summer!


I always set up a little awards ceremony where I play music and use my microphone system.  In preparation, I get a large red piece of bulletin board paper and tape it to the ground.  It serves as the "red carpet."  I plan out an award for each student ahead of time.  These awards from Teaching in High Heels are the ones I've used for years.  The kids love getting recognized and walking the red carpet!


On the last day of school, I give the kids their end of the year gifts.  In the past I have done a book (we love Junie B. Jones!) and a personalized bookmark, a personalized water bottle, sidewalk chalk, and full sized candy.  *Not all of that in one year!  Just sharing some different ideas I've done over the past 15 years.


 These water bottles were from Dollar Tree.  The custom name labels were made with a Cricut.


The sidewalk chalk was purchased at Target and the free labels are from Teaching in the Tongass.


These Skittles were purchased in bulk at Costco and the free labels are from Pocketful of Preschool.
*She has tons to choose from!!*


I have put together summer review booklets and bags for my kids.  This includes Math and Literacy mini-books as well as some writing paper, reading logs, etc...I place them in a gallon ziplock bag with their gift and a last day certificate, and stick a name label on it.  One year, I bought white gift bags and stuck a cute tag from First Grade Blue Skies on the front.







These "____ is a 2nd grader!" stickers are from Creative Teaching Press.  I give the kids one on their way out the door on the last day!  *Unless of course someone is being retained.  In that case, no one gets one of these.


Love notes are my favorite thing to do the last week of school.  I tell my kids I won't look and I give them about 5 minutes to leave me a message on the board.  Once they've all left, I read through the messages (and usually cry).  I photograph them so I can always remember what they said.




Hope you found some new ideas! 
xo
Megan
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Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade Tidbits by Mrs. Wheeler - 2w ago
Hi, everyone!  This post has been in the works for about a month and I finally sat down to write it!  I finished teaching my kids all about silent e (through our Fundations Phonics program) about 2 weeks ago.  They didn't do so hot on the post-test, so I re-taught it, using my OWN Phonics supplements and re-tested.  The results were SO MUCH BETTER!  I love Fundations, but for some reason, my kids didn't grasp the silent e content.  I was so happy to have had all of these silent e resources to use for my re-teach!  I wanted to share the activities with you in case you want to check them out for your students.  *Everything will be linked for you below the activity pictures.

I always start with these Short Vowel, Silent e transfer mats.  I call out a short vowel word that can be transferred into a silent e word (example: fat--fate, not--note).  The kids write the words on their individualized mats and I model on the board by projecting the same mat and writing with dry erase markers.




I also include activities into centers.  This first center is from my Fundations Level 1 Phonics games and activity bundle.  It's a sentence scramble using unit words.  The kids assemble the sentences and then write them on their recording sheets.  Great activity! 


Here we are working on some silent e word building with magnet mats.  I printed the mats and laminated them.  The kids are using cookie sheets and magnet letters to build the words.  As an extension, I printed another set of the mats in black/whtie so they can write the words they build.



We practiced silent e words with these silent e mini stamping books.  The kids used stamps and ink to stamp the words.  When finished, they colored the pictures on each page.


Here, the kids sorted silent e words by their vowel sounds.  They then completed the corresponding recording sheet and wrote the words they sorted.


Below, the kids had fun painting silent e words.  This activity was purchased from A Teeny Tiny Teacher.  This makes a highly engaging center!  Everyone was anxious to do this!


These are small silent e blending flashcards.  They are awesome for a quick review.  I have used them as an entrance into the room in the morning, as a review during Morning Meeting, and during Guided Reading.  They are also fun as an early finisher activity.  *I also have these available in cVc words.*


These silent e fluency strips are great fun, as well!  Kids read the words down the strips and mark an "x" at the bottom each time they do.  They practice each strip 3 times.  *I also have these available in cVc words.*


More silent e stamping.  These pages are less prep than the mini-books if you are in a hurry!  They also do not include pictures like the mini-books do.


I hope this gave you some fun and new ideas for teaching/reinforcing the silent e skill in Phonics!
xo,
Megan 
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Hi and welcome to another "Sunday 6."  Just a few more Sunday's left for me in the 2018-2019 school year!  It won't be long until summer...here's a recap of last week!  *Everything is linked for you if you are interested in seeing more!  
On Monday, Mr. Wheeler INSISTED that we go out to dinner for a date night.  I was super exhausted...but I went with him and was glad I did.  We went to BJ's Brewhouse and I got some yummy Brussels sprouts as an appetizer (he hates them so more for me!), chicken tacos, and then we shared (he ate most of it bc he is obsessed with these things) a pizookie!


 With just 3 weeks of school left, I have been trying my darnedest to keep things as normal as possible.  This includes having centers every day.  Lord knows they need them, as it's really the only time they get to move around...you have heard me talk about our MANY box curriculum that we have now...Anyways, last week for centers they played a board game, did a silent e sentence scramble, did silent e stamping, built silent e words with magnets and magnet boards, and listened to "Miss Nelson is Missing" for the listening center.  Usually 2-3 out of my 4 centers each week are games that correspond with our Fundations Phonics program.  You can check them out by clicking below.  It's really great to have the kids practicing what I have taught them during our Phonics block.  If you teach Fundations, I highly recommend this pack.  It would be great to snag now and prep during the summer months!






On Friday, I *gasp* strayed from the curriculum and we made a summer craft.  I wanted something to hang in the hallway for the last few weeks of school.  I had taken our Easter bunnies down and it was looking bare out there!  I think these ice-cream cones turned out so cute!  They are from Crafty B. Creations.



My best friend came to visit yesterday and we did some shopping at a few local shops and TJ Maxx.  I found a SJP "Lovely" perfume roller ball...it smells so good and it was our wedding perfume so I of course had to get it!

We also went out to brunch and attempted to take some car selfies!  Haha!





Yesterday I hit up Kroger strictly for Ibotta Rebate shopping.  I have talked about Ibotta here on the blog before, but if you are new, here's a quick rundown about how it works:

1.  You download the Ibotta app on your phone or tablet (use my code: yqbyqy) to get a free $10 for signing up).
2.  Browse rebates (you can select which store you shop it the most, or do multiple).
3.  Add rebates to your list by clicking on them.  Sometimes they have you watch a little 1 minute video advertisement.
4.  Go to the store of your choice and purchase items on your rebate list.  *Many rebates let you buy up to 5 of the item, so I like to stock up if it's a product we like or will use a lot.
5.  Once home, open the app.  Take a picture of your receipt.  Scan the items you bought.
6.  Money back/rebates will hit your account within minutes.  You will then have money in your account.  Once you reach $20, cash out.  Cash out for actual cash/Paypal/Venmo, or cash out for a gift card.  I love getting Sephora & Starbucks gift cards!  *I actually just shopped the Sephora sale and only paid $3.00 because I had $60 in gift cards from Ibotta.
7.  Check back weekly for new rebate offers to be added to your account!

I have been using Ibotta for a couple years and have earned close to $1,000!  It's so simple.  I highly recommend you signing up!  Be sure you use my code to get your $10 credit!






I have been printing all the things for the fall...I like to get as much ready now as possible!  My ole' faithful printer has been running great per usual!  A lot of people ask me which printer I have, so I will share the link here for you.    This is not a scanner...just a color/bw printer.  You can do labels in it if you choose.  The toner is expensive, but you don't have to replace it too often.  Click below to check it out.



Have a nice week!
xo
Megan 
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Hi and welcome back to another Sunday 6!  I have been on a 2 week hiatus!  Easter was last Sunday and the Sunday before I just didn't have time to get my post up.  Nonetheless, I am back!  Here are 6 random happenings from my week last week!  Enjoy!
Ok, I know I've shared this before (and recently) but it is seriously a game-changer!  This is a newer product in my store.  It's an "Early Finisher Board." To assemble, you put Velcro on the board and on the choice cards.  Each day or several times throughout the day, you can change the early finisher activity.  Having this visual eliminates kids asking "What should I do now?  I'm finished."  I tried to included activities that aren't ridiculous and don't take tons of prep...think coloring, play-doh, flash-cards, etc...*I have also included an editable page so you can create your own, specific activities.  I usually change mine twice...once in the morning and then once for the afternoon.  Click the cover below and experience this greatness!  Hahaha! 




If you have been with me for a while now, you might remember that I used to be an extreme couponer!  I love saving money and finding good deals!  I began my extreme couponing adventure about 8-9 years ago.  I have since stopped because the tv show ruined it and it became much harder to do.  One thing I did keep up with, however, is the Ibotta App.  Through this app, I simply look through grocery store rebates that are currently available.  I click "add" to add them to my list.  Then, when I go to the store, I make sure to buy those items.  When I get home, I open the Ibotta app, snap a picture of my receipt, and scan the items I bought.  It takes no time at all!  I get the money back into my account.  When I reach $20, I cash out for gift cards (I love getting Starbucks or Sephora!) or deposit the money into my Paypal account.  It's so good!  I have earned $900 back over the last 3 years doing this.  You can, too!  Just click this link to sign up and you will get an extra $10 after you redeem your first rebate!!  You will love it once you start!  I am obsessed!  

Below are a few photos of things I got this week.  

 I got $10.05 back for the items below:


This screen shot was for a trip earlier in the week, where I got $10.70 back.


I picked up the face cream for just $8.89 at Kroger.  Regularly almost $20.00!


I got my most recent Kindergarten Crate!  If you aren't familiar, KC is a monthly subscription box created for teachers!  With your subscription, you receive a themed box each month.  Inside you will find a grade-specific read-aloud book, a student activity, classroom supplies, and a teacher gift (woo hoo!).  KC can be purchased one time, in a 6 month subscription, or in a 12 month subscription.  The gals at Kindergarten Crate recently added a pre-kinder box and a 1st grade box.  When I saw they had a 1st grade box, I knew I had to have a subscription!!  Our days are full of box curriculum and the Kindergarten Crate has been providing more fun for us!  

The Kindergarten Crate is shipped on the third week of each month.  The box you get is intended to be used the following month.  For example, the third week of April, my box below was shipped.  It's the May box and is meant to be used in the classroom next month.  Take a look at what was inside this month's box!  Can you spot the theme?!   My kids love little "figures" and they are going to swoon over the ocean animal figures that are in this box!  Are you loving that teacher tee, or what!?  I can't wait to wear it to school.  So fun.  *Side note:  I always love that KC includes a picture book.  It's a great way to build up your library!  

Disclosure: I received my subscription in exchange for marketing.  However, all opinions about the Kindergarten crate are my own.   


 We have been earning our whole-group classroom rewards pretty steadily!  Last week we celebrated earning a gum party!  I picked up a few packs of gum and let the kids pick the piece they wanted to chew!  It was definitely a hit!  You can check this pack out below; there are many options included! 





 We have a beautiful, big deck on the back of our house.  However, it has aged.  It was here when we moved in 13 years ago and we believe it had been there for at least 12 years prior.  We usually power wash it and re-stain it every few years, but many of the boards were splitting, so we decided to replace some of them.  "Some" turned into "all."  Hahaha!  Mr. Wheeler has been replacing all of the boards and it has been a tremendous job.  He has nailed every nail in by hand.  He is just about finished.  The only thing that he left was the actual frame of the deck.  He's put in new benches, steps, and of course a new main area of the deck.  The next step will be to power wash it and get it stained.  We are looking forward to enjoing it this summer!  We're also in the process of finding a new patio set, because it just so happened that our patio table broke after 13 years as well.  LOL. 


Here he is about 1/3 of the way through the main deck board replacement.


Do you use Bob Books in your classroom?  Have you seen them before?  I have used them for many years.  I have used them during small group time as well as during silent reading time.  They have a clean layout, short words, and simple Phonics skills.  I have a bucket that is called "Readers" and I place the Bob Books in there.  I notice that many of my students who are just learning to read will select from that bin.  These books help build confidence!  You can check out Bob Books by clicking here.

I recently got a chance to check out a new set from Bob Books: Animal Stories.  Most of the words in this new set are mostly one or two-syllable words and contain short vowels.  This set also has tons of repetition and introduces consonant blends.  The silly animal characters will be sure to keep students' interests high!  This year, I have several students on academic IEP's and are just now beginning to read.  I know they will love these books.  The level of words in them is just right.  I am looking forward to trying these new Bob Books with them!  

Disclosure: I received this set of books in exchange for marketing.  However, all opinions about Bob Books are my own.   






xo
Megan 
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Hi, friends!  Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?!  Teaching poetry is one of my favorite Writing Workshop units.  Did you know that there are many benefits of reading poetry aloud to kids?  Below I will share a few with you:

1.  Poetry helps with language development.  Many children's poems rhyme and rhyming helps children build phonemic awareness.

2.  Poetry motivates children to read.

3.  Poetry builds vocabulary.

4.  Poetry helps build fluency.

5.  Poetry allows children to write freely and creatively while de-emphasizing mechanics.

In today's post, I am going to highlight how I've taught this unit in the past.  You can check out the pack in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop at the bottom of this post.  It's a blast and I guarantee you and your students will LOVE it!

The first thing I do prior to starting the unit is request a teacher collection of poetry books from the public library.  I ask for 25-30 children's poetry books.  On the first day of our unit, we peruse the books and discuss what we noticed afterwards.  Sometimes I make a web or word dump on chart paper of what we saw.  I will also use the books as our "opener" to each day's mini-lesson, reading aloud a few poems prior to my instruction.


The next day, I introduce one type of poetry.  This is typically rhythm poetry, as it is very simple for kids to grasp.  I model how to write one, we write one together, and then the kids are off to write their own!  In the past, I would have spent two days on a specific type of poetry, but in more recent years, I spend just one day...time constraints.  Sad! 




Then we move on to acrostic poetry.  I introduce the concept and we brainstorm "SPRING" words (see below) on chart paper.  The kids get a graphic organizer and select one word from each of the letters in spring.  Once their organizer is complete, they use colored strips to write their words on and assemble into a rainbow craft.  These are so great for spring! 





As time goes on, I introduce a new type of poem each day, repeating the same process as I did for rhythm poetry.  By the end of our unit, the kids will have learned 8 different types of poetry. 



We culminate the unit of study by making a poetry anthology book.  This is where the kids select one piece of each type of poetry to place in a construction paper "booklet" with a cover.  We share our poetry anthology's with families at our annual "Poetry Cafe."  The cafe is a celebration where we serve donuts/muffins and juice/coffee to the parents and allow the kids to read two poems of their choice into a microphone.  It's always a hit and kids and parents come back years later telling me they remember and loved it!!!



Happy Poetry month!!!




xo
Megan
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Hi!  Happy Sunday and welcome back to another "Sunday 6!"  I was on spring break and in Florida last week, so some of my school happenings posted here are from two weeks ago.  Enjoy! 
I have been attending Cyclebar 2x a week (which began in March) and have really enjoyed committing 2 days a week to it.  In the past, I would only go 1 day per week, if I made time.  Cycling is such a great workout and you can't beat the energy that Cyclebar brings!  It's a great stress reliever after a long day at school.  

 Right before spring break, my kids made these adorable Easter bunnies!  The idea and pattern is from A Dab of Glue Will Do.  You have to sign up for her emails to get the template.  My student teacher mixed up the pastel paint colors for the kids.  I quickly taped the bunnies to the middle of a white sheet of card stock for each child.  The kids chose which color they wanted and made their artwork!  These look so cute in the hallway and were so simple!  You could really do this for any holiday! 






The week of spring break we also learned how to tell time to the hour and half-hour.  Below are a few activities that we did.  I love the first activity, "I Spy Time," which is a freebie from What the Teacher Wants.  I have had it for so many years and it's always a hit.  It also makes a fantastic quick assessment!  



You can find the next two games/activities by clicking the cover photo of my Telling Time Math Games below!  




In addition to telling time, we also learned about non-standard measurement.  I love Miss Giraffe's Math unit for Measurement...so many fun and engaging materials included!  The activities below come from her pack. 




 I have three friends who are just now beginning to read, and they have been having success with Teaching with Love and Laughter's CvC pack.  The sentence scrambles are especially great for emerging readers! 

Like I mentioned above, Mr. Wheeler & I were down in Florida last week for spring break.  It was beautiful, per usual.  We spent our time relaxing by the pool, taking daily walks, shopping, and going out to eat.  The time went so fast!  However, there is always next year to look forward to.  





Have a great week!
xo
Megan 
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Hi, friends!  The end of the year is approaching and I know many of us have money available to spend for the upcoming school year...PTO funds, principal funds, or cooperating teacher funds.  If you are anything like me, you have a growing "wish list" of items for your classroom!  I had been in dire need of a new rug for my classroom.  I just got a new one and I can't wait to share it with you!

If you saw my recent "Sunday 6" blog post, I mentioned that I had received my rug and would be revealing it soon!  Today's the day!  Before the big reveal, here is a little backstory:  I used to have a very large rug in my classroom...I had it for many years.  However, I changed up my classroom colors two years ago and my rug didn't match.  So I gave it away.  Gulp.  We all know that classroom rugs are very expensive.  My *replacement* rug was a tiny 5x7 from a big box store.  It was cheap.  It was black and white and while it matched my room, several things drove me nuts about it.  Number one:  The white on the rug got dirty super fast.  Number two:  The rug slid around on my floor because it was poor quality and had no backing.  Number three:  Only about 2/3 of my kids could fit on the rug.  This year, some of the rug came unraveled and it got completely ruined.

I decided to reach out to Jim, the owner of  KidCarpet.com to see about ordering a new classroom rug.  I chose this company because their classroom rugs are commercial grade and class 1 fire rated for schools.  In addition, there were several size options to choose from.  The prices are very reasonable compared to other websites out there due to the fact that there is no "middle man."  Every order comes directly from the factory.  I also loved the fact that there was such a large selection of rugs to choose from!  It was so hard to pick just one rug.  KidCarpet.com gives a portion of every sale to children's well-being an education in Guatemala, Cambodia, and Peru.  Love that!

I ended up going with a 6x9 rectangle classroom rug in the most adorable print ever!!!  I chose the "Arts and Crafts" print, which happens to be an exclusive design!  This means that my rug was made to order!

My classroom rug arrived last Friday; just 7 days after I ordered it.  Shipping was FREE!  Note:  All rugs ship free to the contiguous USA.  It arrived neatly wrapped in plastic and in excellent condition.  It laid almost completely flat right away.  I did place some book bins on the corners overnight and when I came into school the next day, the rug was 100% flat.  The design on this rug is so crisp and bright!  It really goes well and adds a lot to my classroom decor.



My students were THRILLED to see their new rug on Monday morning!  They were hooting and hollering, laying on the rug, rubbing it, and dancing on it!  They were SO excited for Morning Meeting and the fact that they could ALL fit on the rug together.  It was so sweet.



I hope you will take a minute to check out KidCarpet.com if you are in need of or would like a new classroom rug.  They are a fantastic company.  Spread the word to your principal that if 6 or more people at your building are interested in ordering rugs together, KidCarpet.com does offer a group discount. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to KidCarpet. com directly.  Jim is very quick to respond to emails.  Happy shopping!

xo
Megan

*Disclaimer: I was given this rug in exchange for a review on my blog and social media.  All thoughts and opinions in this post and other social media posts are my own and they are honest.  
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Hi!  Welcome to another "Sunday 6."  It's hard to believe another week has flown by.  We are now in the home stretch!  We are 1 week into the 4th quarter and spring break will be here SOON!  Did you have your spring break already?  If not, when is yours?  Below is a peek at my week! 


I've been hitting the gym again this past week.  I was pretty hit or miss the past two months or so because I have been sick constantly.  Now it's crunch time for spring break so even if I am not feeling great, I am still making myself workout.  I am also now attending Cyclebar twice a week.  If you have never tried it, you should!  It's an amazing workout and SUPER FUN! 




I got a new tee from Missy Lulu's Custom Apparel.  She was having a clearance sale and I snagged this tee for $8 including shipping!!  Isn't it so cute? 


Mr. Wheeler and I went to DQ for free cone day on the first day of spring.  Did you participate?  My favorite DQ item is a crunch cone, which they ere offering for only 20 cents but we didn't have our wallets with us, so I got the free vanilla!



I got my most recent Kindergarten Crate!  If you aren't familiar, KC is a monthly subscription box created for teachers!  With your subscription, you receive a themed box each month.  Inside you will find a grade-specific read-aloud book, a student activity, classroom supplies, and a teacher gift (woo hoo!).  KC can be purchased one time, in a 6 month subscription, or in a 12 month subscription.  The gals at Kindergarten Crate recently added a pre-kinder box and a 1st grade box.  When I saw they had a 1st grade box, I knew I had to have a subscription!!  Our days are full of box curriculum and the Kindergarten Crate has been providing more fun for us!  

The Kindergarten Crate is shipped on the third week of each month.  The box you get is intended to be used the following month.  For example, the third week of March, my box below was shipped.  It's the April box and is meant to be used in the classroom next month.  Let's take a look at what was inside this month's box!  

Disclosure: I received my subscription in exchange for marketing.  However, all opinions about the Kindergarten crate are my own.   


April's box is all about oviparous animals.  Included is a great read aloud, a sight word and/or Math egg activity, mini erasers, a "Hatch 'Ems" egg, modeling clay, some mini animal figures, Jelly Beans, and some awesome Paper mate pencils.  We did an animal study in the winter and the activities in this box will be a great review!  Can't wait to share this with my kids! 




I'm loving the teacher gift in the box this time (as I do every time lol!!)!!  



We made our "Shamrock Floats" in class this past Monday.  I had planned on doing it the Friday before St. Patrick's Day but TIME.  Never enough time.  It worked out well because Monday is usually not super fun :)  The Shamrock Floats made everyone happy, including me! 




Last Saturday I went to Columbus to visit my best friend from college.  We had lunch at a cute little taco shop and then did some shopping and grabbed coffee at a local coffee shop.  I had a lavender honey latte and it was delicious!  


Have a great week, friends!
xo
Megan 
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Hi!  I had mentioned committing to posting my centers each week but I have been on the struggle bus with my blog lately!  Some of these centers are obviously St. Patrick's Day and that is now over.  However, I wanted to share them with you in case you need some ideas for next year.  There are also other centers that are not holiday-themed! 

I have shared how I manage and run literacy centers before, but for those of you that are new: here is a quick rundown:

I have 4 centers.  Each center has 3-4 students in it.  Not all of my students are in the room during center time; some are working on IEP goals and some are in intervention group.  One center is always a sentence scramble.  I use these that go along with the Wilson Fundations Phonics program.  One center is always the listening center (not pictured).  I have tons of books on tape/cd and I select one for the week that the kids listen to.  They complete a reading response sheet after they've listened to their book.  The other two centers are literacy activities.  Sometimes there is a game, sometimes a matching activity, sometimes stamping.  It just depends. 

The kids visit just one center per day.  They do not switch between centers.  They stay at their center for about 15-20 minutes.  If they finish early, they check the "Early Finisher" board and do the activity that it shows.  **See below for board.**  I do not check any center papers.  Not necessary.  I am not grading the kids.  Center time is a time to relax and have fun while working cooperatively with peers.  I spent a lot of time at the start of the year setting expectations and floating to ensure kids were on task.  Center time could easily run by itself now without me even in the room!  Hahaha! 



Let's look at what we had going on last week in centers:

Blends Stamping:  This is part of my Fundations Phonics activity bundle.  This particular stamping page is from the unit on blends (I believe Unit 9).  I love that the kids marked their words up after they finished stamping!





Please Note: *This file is an independent product and is not affiliated with, nor has it been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Wilson Language Training Corporation. Wilson®, Wilson Reading System®, Fundations®, Just Words®, and Wilson Fluency® are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the Wilson Language Training Corporation.

St. Patrick's Day Noun Match: This is from my St. Patrick's Day Parts of Speech pack.  The kids match the noun pictures to the words and write them on their recording sheet when finished.





Unit 9 Sentence Scramble: This is another activity from my Fundations Phonics activity bundle.  This is a scramble from Unit 9, which focuses on blends.


Yes, there is an error on their scramble.   I snapped a quick picture before looking it over for them!  They usually do very well with the scrambles.  



Please Note: *This file is an independent product and is not affiliated with, nor has it been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Wilson Language Training Corporation. Wilson®, Wilson Reading System®, Fundations®, Just Words®, and Wilson Fluency® are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the Wilson Language Training Corporation.

As I mentioned above, the listening center is not pictured this week, but you can check it out by clicking HERE!  Also grab my free response sheets while you're there!  
xo
Megan


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Hello and Happy (belated) St. Patrick's Day!  I had every intention of this post going live yesterday, but I was SICK and didn't do much of anything yesterday.  Shocker.  I've basically been sick since January.  Moving on.  Here's a peek back at my week!
 This lemon loaf tea is TO DIE FOR.  Have you tried it?  It's by Tazo and is outstanding.  It tastes like a legit piece of lemon bread.  I picked it up at Target but you can grab it on Amazon (BULK)  by clicking below.  You'll want it in bulk after you take one sip of it, trust me! 



I made a new product, an early finisher board!  I have been using this for about a week now and am in love!  I printed the board and cards and laminated them.  I attached a piece of Velcro to the board as well as the back of the cards.  I hung the board on my whiteboard with a magnet.  Each day, I select a new early finisher activity.  The kids look at see what is up there and that is what they do when they finish their work early.  No more scrambling around the room or asking, "What can I do?"  The directions are clear and the expectation is set.  I created several, basic options for early finisher activity cards.  *I also included an editable card for you to make your own.  Grab this board below! 



I got a new rug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  EEK!  So exciting!  My rug was destroyed and nasty.  Details coming soon on what my new rug looks like and where you can get one!


I am heading to the beach for spring break very soon!!!  Woo Hoo!  I picked up a new perfume and hat to take with me!  The perfume is so good!  Smells amazing.  I got it at Sephora.



I discovered an amazing iced coffee combination.  It's shown below.  The only thing that's missing is 1 packed of Stevia.  Add a ton of ice, and enjoy.  This is such a delicious drink and just 60 calories.  Much better than a typical Starbucks order!  I got both items below at Target.



Mr. Wheeler moved offices over the weekend!  I helped him decorate on Saturday night and a bit on Sunday, too.  I think his new place looks great!  


Have a great week!
xo
Megan 

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