Tuesday, January 27, 2015

24 Inches of Snow and Counting!

NYC schools are closed today.  We received less snow than anticipated, but on Long Island where I live the snow is still falling.  I enjoy cooking when it snows.  My plan for today is to work on Valentine's Day and 100th Day of School freebies/products and to make beef stew.
What do you like to do?

 My backyard
Get the recipe here

Monday, January 19, 2015

Awesome FREE Random Name Picker

ClassTools.net has a fantastic random name picker that is quickly and easily customizable.  Just edit the list of names and spin.  Keep your students on their toes with the anticipation of not knowing who will be called next.  It works!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Celebrating Dr. King's Dream

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday is  fast approaching. In remembrance of Dr. King's immeasurable contributions to the civil rights movement, I have compiled  a collection of quotes and photographs to celebrate his legacy. 
 Please visit my TPT store to download this freebie.  

Friday, January 2, 2015

Best Education Parodies of 2014

Edutopia has compiled a list of the best education parodies of 2014.  These videos are a great way to engage students.  Word Crimes by Weird Al Yankovic is set to Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke and will have them dancing in their seats. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr. Activity Pack

Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with this early childhood activity pack. These activities are a perfect follow up after reading about Dr. King. Included are a variety of simple coloring pages and writing templates with spaces large enough for little hands to experience success.

Happiness Jar Anyone?

What a great idea!  In this video Oprah and Elizabeth Gilbert discuss keeping a thirty day happiness journal.  I'm going to create a  happiness jar.  Let's practice a little gratitude - it can't hurt.

January Currently

Super excited to hook up with Farley over at Oh Boy Fourth Grade for the first CURRENTLY of 2015.  Here goes...
LISTENING:  I absolutely LOVE this song.  It's perfect if you're reflecting on the past and thinking about the future. 
I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh and just like the river I've been running ever since
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

LOVING:  I'm trying these 48 hour experiments from E-Squared by Pam Grout.  They really do work.  It's about positive thinking.  So many wonderful things have been happening since I started about a year ago.
THINKING:  I will definitely take down the Christmas tree today. Had the kids and husband bring all the storage containers upstairs. Can't turn back now - UGH!
WANTING:  I've been trolling furniture sites looking for a desk for weeks.  I think this one might look great in my bedroom. What do you think?

NEEDING:  I looked for my cell phone off and on for a few hours yesterday.  I finally FOUND IT in the middle of the night under a black scarf.  Sneaky little thing...
YES:  I haven't been this excited about a NEW YEAR in a long time.  Saying YES to endless possibilities.
MAYBE:  I am going to start meditating.  It's time to tune out some of the technology because it can become an addiction.  I'm doing my research now, gathering my resources, and planning out my space.
I WISH:  I plan the staff parties at school and I'm constantly told I should open a business.  I think I might actually like to do this.  I'm planning for a hot chocolate bar this coming Tuesday.  Pictures will follow.

HAPPY 2015!!!

Hello 2015!