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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Homemade Anchor Chart Stand

It's almost Friday and I hope you are having a fabulous week. Today I posted a picture of a mini homemade anchor chart stand that I made on Instagram. I decided I had too many great anchor charts around and they just were not organized so I could get my fingers on them quickly.  I decided the majority were in "portrait" so I wanted to make my stand so it could accommodate as many of my charts as I could. keeping them all handy. Also,  I had a question about whether or not I had a tutorial on how I made it. So I thought I would post this here in case anyone else was interested in the specifics. Take a peek below if you are interested.  It is also on my Pinterest page if you would like to access it that way. What do you think?  Are you going to give it a whirl. If I can do it...anyone can.

Hope you enjoy getting organized.  It always feels great to me!

Until Next Time,

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Post Spring Break and Puppy News

Happy Wednesday and I hope you are having a great week.  If you are on Spring Break, I hope you are enjoying your time off and doing something super fun. For those of you in school this week, I hope all is going well. I'm back to the grind and the craziness has already begun as we finish up MAP testing and get ready for state testing next week.  As an intervention teacher, serving some of the neediest students in the building, I just want to teach. However, after every round of MAP testing, we have Benchmark Meetings, where we meet with each teacher individually to review data and make decisions on how to meet their needs for the remainder of the school year.  Do you do that in your building?

Other than that, with back to school on Monday, I decided to hold my last formal observation of the year that morning, with my first intervention group at 9:15 a.m.  Who thought that was a good idea? Typically, this group is adorable. Don't get me wrong, they were.  But they were a bit out of it. I felt incredibly relaxed going into it, had all my ducks in a row, and ran into technology difficulty.  I had my 2 minute video all cued up so I could incorporate some technology into the lesson.  My laptop logged itself off, I forgot my password (yes...I'm 50 and that happens all the time!), then my tech guy reset my password via text, all the while my boss is sitting there watching this unfold while I'm teaching my three spirited kindergarten students.  And then once my password was reset, I was unable to get on the internet! Let's just say, I'm pretty sure I get to keep my day job, however, I was really bummed as this lesson was definitely planned to the "T" and wasn't supposed to have any roadblocks. You would think after 29 years, I should've known this would happen.

So onward to happier news. Let me just say that this is distracting me each day.  I just received new pics of "the puppies".  If you've been around, you know that we lost our dog in September, after a prolonged illness. It's been an incredibly long seven months living in a home without a dog, after having one for close to 17 years.  Take a peek below for yourself!

Look at these cutie patooties!  These are the boys from the litter, and we are getting first pick.  There are actually only 3 boys so one of these little camera hogs is photographed twice, but I can't tell which one! Now the question is...how on earth does one pick from this adorable lot?  I'm hoping that one just crawls into my lap and that I will know!   I just had to share our excitement, because truly we can not wait. Our new little mascot will be joining our home at the end of April, as close to summer break as I could get.

So that's all the news for today. Other than, I have invited my friends to link up their newest and latest products below. I'm certain that if you take a peek, you can find something that you definitely can use in your classrooms.  I know I always to.

Until Next Time,

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Linky Party, Word Work, Puppy Update, and Blizzard in March

Happy Wednesday. This has been such a strange week.  We are in the midst of MAP testing, Spring Break is next week, and there is a blizzard in the Northwest.  I thought for a minute, here in Ohio, we might have a snow day or delay yesterday.  But the roads were all clear and it was business as usual.

In my current intervention position, I test students who need accommodations so this week is going to be a week of constant testing.  Sometimes, I really like the break in routine but other times it is just a crazy week of long days.  I'm not sure why this is the week as we have kids leaving on vacation so there are bound to be make ups.  And certainly, we don't want to assess kids right after we return from break as they will still "be on vacation". Not the best timing but we will make do!

Other than that, it's business as usual in my world.  I just added my April Magnetic Letter Move Around to my growing bundle.  So it currently includes December through April.  With several months left to go, this is still such a bargain at just $10.  It truly is one of the most versatile and easy to differentiate activities I've ever done with students in grades K-3. Kindergarten students can work on the most basic sight words, first graders can work on sight words and simple CVC words while changing the beginnings, middles and ends, second and third graders can start to build bigger words and add prefixes or suffixes...you get the idea. And the best part is that they will be consumed with this activity and they will work on it for an extended time period. If you follow me on Instagram, you can see a picture of one of my students working on this activity.

Growing Bundle- Magnetic Letter Move Around
Instagram is hands down my favorite social media site so if you aren't following me there, please stop by and check out my feed.  I snap pics throughout the school day and you can see exactly what my students (K-2) are working on in the Intervention Room and where the inspiration comes from for my latest products!  @taryns_unique_learning

Well that's it for me. Four weeks until we meet our puppy and seven until he gets to come home with us.  No name picked out yet.  I'm thinking we need to see him first!  But we are so excited and went shopping for all things puppy this past weekend. So stay tuned for damage reports!

And by the way, I'm taking next week off from blogging due to Spring Break.  So I will be back with you in two weeks.  Have a great break if you are off and see you back in two!

Until Next Time,

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Time Marches On

Happy March!  Yes, March.  The name of the month makes me think of the color green, signs of Spring, and shamrocks.  I went to Miami University (of Ohio) for undergrad and St. Patty's Day meant one thing! Green Beer!  I remember sitting in my education "methods" classes and one by one, students ran out the back door on St. Patrick's Day! Or maybe it was the morning after.  I can't remember as it was so long ago.

So today I thought it would be the perfect time to share two of my favorite March products with you. And of course, some of my teacher author friends will post some of their favorite items as well. Be sure to read all the way to the end and perhaps you will find something that you must have for this month in your classroom.

The first new activity is just right for your emergent readers who are still learning their letters and sounds.  It is pictured just below and is a super big hit with my students.  Included you will find 3 decks of cards, capital letters, lowercase letters, and beginning sound pictures. Choose the way you would like to play the game, give each student a game board and a hole punch, draw a card and find the matching letter around the perimeter of the board.  Students can have a board with either capital or lowercase, in sequence or mixed, or color or black and white.  So the activity is extremely versatile. I usually print my boards on card stock as well to make it easier for little hands to hold. For more details, click on the link below the picture.

The next activity can be used with older students. It is a St. Patrick's Day Acrostic Poem activity. This is a FREEBIE!  Yippee!  Simply download and copy for each student. This is the perfect way to add some festive fun to your week this week or next.  Kindly leave a rating and feedback for this in my store if you would.

Be sure to check out more great products listed below. I think there will be a little something for everyone.

Until Next Time,