Friday, August 28, 2015

Five For Friday

Helllooooo teacher friends! Hope you are having a fantastic week!  What have you been up to? Getting ready to go back to school or already in the swing of it?  Here are five random things about this week with a big thank you to Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting Five for Friday!

This week's highlight was finishing up one last summer trip.  This time it was to Texas to visit family. What a great state!  My son, daughter-in-law, and grandson took me to the Fort Worth Zoo.  Wow! That is the best zoo I have ever been to... and I've been to a lot of them!  Good work, Fort Worth!

On the plane on the way back, I finished reading this book.  It is a fantastic book if you want to get more in-depth and effective with your interventions.  A great read and I HIGHLY recommend it!

Arriving back in Seattle brought an amazing and terrible sight.  Sorry the picture is blurry, but the sun was RED!  Not yellow, not orange, but brilliant RED!  That was because much of Eastern Washington is involved in wildfires and the smoke has covered our whole state.  It is terrible!  Rainy Washington has had no rain to speak of this summer and is dry as a bone.  We can't wait for our rain to come back.

And sadly, the final day before our official return to school arrived.  I spent it studying and writing my "must remember to do" notes that I had put off all summer!  Ha!  At least I finally got them done....well....mostly.

Finally....the day came.  Back to school.  So long summer.   Sniff, sniff.  Ah teeny tiny office is ready to go for my intervention groups.  Now if I can just get myself ready to seems my mind is still dreaming of a wonderful summer.  Sigh.

What have you all been up to?  I'm off to your blogs to catch up with all the latest news.  Can't wait to see what you all have been up to.

Here's to a wonderful new year ahead!  Good luck to you all!


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Five for Friday!!!!!

Happy Friday everyone!! It has been WAY to long...seriously I don't think I've done a Five for Friday since school got out in June! Whaaattt!?!?!?! Thank you to Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for this wonderful linky!

THIS boy turned 2 this week!! I can't believe my baby is 2! This was the first birthday where he was excited to open his presents. We got him this IKEA circus tent and a Mickey Mouse chair. We put all his presents inside his tent. He had such a great time! We are having his pirate birthday party this weekend! We can't wait!

We have been having a WONDERFUL summer here in the PNW! Yesterday was the first day we had a significant amount of rain since June 1st!!!! With this crazy, warm weather we have been outside playing everyday! When we aren't at my mom's in the pool...we are in the sprinkler! This is a second round of sprinkler play after dinner. Apparently she didn't get enough to drink at dinner...

Well...I went back this week.... Normally, I avoid school from when we get out in June until we have to be back in August. This year I am trying to be on top of things. I brought these two helpers with me and we put out all the furniture. When I say "we" I mean "me." The rest of "we" were talking on the fluency phones and hiding place value blocks around my room:)

We worked out little tushies off to get our guided reading packs done before the sale. Now, I can test them out on my daughter. She is going into Kindergarten in the Fall and we have been working hard this summer to get ready. These guided reading packs are great for her. She loves to do "work." I don't want to be a pusher, but as long as she keeps saying "Momma, I have to do my work today!" I will keep supplying the work:)

If you are interested in our guided reading packs, click on the picture below or click HERE.

Now that we are done with our big project, the guided reading packs, I can get to my reading. Reading With Meaning is one of my FAVORITES!!! I read it each summer. I just finished No More Independent Reading  Without Support. It's a great, quick read. I am half way through The Morning Meeting Book. I've read this one before but it's been awhile. Last, I really want to revamp my math instruction. I have a HUGE stack of math books to read but Making Problems, Creating Solutions is first on my list:)

I hope that you are all having a fabulous summer! I'm off to relax before I have to get into full birthday party mode.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Ready, set, go ...Guided Reading - Set 1 is ready!

It's here! It's here! It's here!   We are so excited to share our newest product with you...Ready, set, go...Guided Reading - Set 1!!! We've been working on it all summer and we know you will love it!

Don't you just hate it when you don't have enough great differentiated resources for guided reading? At our school, we have an amazing book room full of leveled book sets, but it STILL isn't enough! Emails are constantly going around with..."Does anyone have a copy of such and such book I can borrow?" Or..."If you checked out the book set of such and such book, could I use it next week?" Even if you do find a good book, it's so hard to plan and prep for the differentiation that each student needs, in our busy schedules. And can't mark up books while doing close reading! The struggle is real my friends! That's why we made our newest product,  Ready, set, go...Guided Reading - Set 1. Let me tell ya, you N.E.E.D. this product! Why? Because it will make your teaching and differentiation of guided reading oh-so-much-easier!

Here's what's included:
*Resources for Guided Reading Levels A - I, CCSS aligned
*Reading Framework and Suggestions for Use pages for ideas how to use the materials
*8 engaging stories at each guided reading level which gradually increase in difficulty, so students
  can master increasingly complex text as they work toward the next level
*About the Stories pages which list suggested strategies, comprehension work, sight words and
 phonics words for each story
*"Back to Seat" reading response activities appropriate for independent use, partner use, and/or center   work
*Running Record Forms to match each story, making your assessment much easier
*A student Running Record Assessment Log for data documentation
*Sight Words Assessment Checklist appropriate to each level, individualized, differentiated word
  practice activities, and games for group play
*Phonics Words Assessment Checklist appropriate to each level, individualized, differentiated word
  practice activities, and games for group play
*Vocabulary learning activities and games for words appropriate to each story and level

Ready,set, go...Guided Reading - Set 1 includes everything you need to successfully teach and differentiate for your guided reading groups, without having to hunt for materials or figure out learning activities. We think you'll love them as much as we do. Want to check them out? You can do that here

We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer everyone! We'll be back to school before we know it!