Sunday, June 28, 2015

Teacher Tees from The Chalk

Life is an experiment. Today I've decided to try something new.  I've opened a teacher t-shirt shop on Spreadshirt.  As teachers, we definitely have our own lingo.  Wouldn't it be great to have a t-shirt for the many things we celebrate at school?  I'm looking forward to documenting and sharing my experiences with you as I learn the ropes.  Click here to visit my shop.  Please leave feedback and suggestions.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The BEST Kindergarten Slideshow Songs

What are the BEST songs for a kindergarten slideshow?  I have been creating slideshows for years, but this was my first time adding music.  I searched endlessly online for song lists appropriate for K students.  I narrowed my list down to the following:

                                       1.  We're Going to be Friends by Jack Johnson
                                       2.  Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion
                                       3.  What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
                                       4.  I hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack
                                       5.  You've Got A Friend in Me by Randy Newman
                                       6.  You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker

I really wanted to use I Hope You Dance, but decided against it because of the use of the word hell.  I will use this song next year after I learn how to edit lyrics. I've been told that I can do this for FREE using a program called Audacity.  My final decision was We're Going to Be Friends and Because You Loved Me.  I created the slideshow using iPhoto and iMovie and it was AWESOME!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

June Currently

Oops! It's June 6th and I finally have a few minutes of ME time.  With all the end of year craziness going on, I haven't had a minute to post.  I'm linking up with Farley over at Oh Boy Fourth Grade for the June Currently.  Here goes...

Listening:  I recently used Chicago Song by David Sanborn in a Year in Review slide show.  It's jazzy, upbeat and worked perfectly for me - take a listen.

Loving:  My new MacBook Pro is awesome!  However, I'm facing a few challenges while learning the ropes. I've been using it for two weeks and I still can't figure out how to save to a USB.  I will become an expert by summer once I have time to explore.  Love. love, love iPhoto!

Thinking:  School ends in NYC on Friday, June 26th.  I'm  excited about the summer vacay, but there's much to do in just three weeks.  CRUNCH time...

Wanting:  IKEA has the best houseplants and I am desperately in need of new plants.  I am committed to taking good care of them (this time).

Needing:  This summer I am going to work on scheduling posts. My goal is two posts per week.  How often do you post?

Summer Lovin:  CHEERS to No alarm for 8 weeks! I have been teaching summer school for YEARS.  I took this summer off because I want to work on TPT products, my blog and website. I'm not planning on wearing shoes for two months and I can't tell you how happy I am about that. 

Hope everyone is having a relaxing Saturday,