It's almost the {END} of the year!!!! Oh and giveaway(s)

Monday, April 28, 2014
Hi peeps!!!  Well the countdown has officially be honest I've started the countdown earlier in the past ~ no, not this year.  It's one of those years where I'm not sure I want my littles to move onto 2nd grade.  I've been spoiled, my kiddos are ah-mazing!  It's one of those years where you think about looping the kids even...yep that kind of year!  So I'm kinda { sadly } looking ahead to June and saying goodbye.  At any rate the show must move on or go on --- and I've made some fun things to help all teachers wrap up their year.  One of my newbie products has a fun instagram feel to it - so your older students might enjoy this one!
grab this pack { here }
This pack is just $2.00 and includes a little craft as well.  My next product I had so much fun making - it is an end of the year memory book with a Hollywood theme to it.
grab this pack { here }
And...this might just be my favorite....End of the YEAR award crowns...
grab this pack { here }
Swing on by and take a peek to help you coast through to the end of the year...also and maybe even more importantly is something that I am going to share with you all but kinda don't want to share... LOL  My very sweet friends are having a HUGE giveaway that involves a little something special I call TIEKS!!!!  I want to earn the 10 points in the giveaway but I don't want more entries...LOL don't tell them I said that. :o)  Head on over to any of these talented teachers blogs to check it out....
So I'd like to giveaway one of my end of the year packs to a lucky follower.  Tell me what you are excited about for summer and I will randomly pick a winner.


Have you tried GoNoodle?!? It's magical...check it out!

Thursday, April 24, 2014
GoNoodle!  Have you heard of it yet?!?  I'm sure you have, it's all the rage right now!  Teachers from all over are using it in their classroom and having TONS of success with it.  It's fun, engaging and gives our kiddos just the break { brain break that is } that they need to get right back to work and more focused than ever.  Did I mention it was engaging?  Oh my is it ever!!  I LOVE it myself and find myself joining right in with my students.  Sometimes us grown ups need a little fun brain break too every so often.  We over at the Primary Chalkboard have been lucky enough to get to try out Go Noodle in our classroom with the Noodle + account and it is AWESOME!!!!  Here are some pics of it in action:
So you might be asking yourself:  How do I really get started with GoNoodle?  How would I really use this in my classroom?  Well it's quite easy and I'm happy to answer those questions for you:
First off go to this screen:

WHY is this helpful to our students???  First of all it is HIGHLY motivating.  They want to do it and ask for it daily!  It incorporates exercise into their day...did you lose your P.E. special in the last few years?  You can add in some movement easily with this program.  I love this for my little guys who struggle with ADD or ADHD.  They need some time to refocus between activities sometimes and a deep breathing video or little dance move one can do the trick.  I can't believe the difference I'm seeing already. 
This is FREE people!!!!  It's incredible ALL the things you get for FREE!  If you love it after you have tried it for free for a few months than consider the membership or better yet - ENTER the rafflecopter for a chance to win one over at the Primary Chalkboard.  What are you waiting for guys?!!?
Are you still unsure....well teachers all over the WORLD are using Go Noodle as part of their day for daily brain breaks.
Here's my TOP 10 list on why to use GONOODLE:
It's super easy, involves NO prep and can be used anywhere. { as long as you have internet connection, a computer and a projector }  Honestly you don't always even need the projector.

It's a fun familiar face for your kids to look forward to each day ~ and it will keep them engaged.

It truly is a one stop shop for brain breaks!  You get dancing, deep breathing, running, etc. all in one place!

It's a wonderful tool to use when transitioning from one subject or part of your day to another....and might I say flawlessly!
Students who use GoNoodle stay more focused, engaged and motivated throughout the day.  I can attest to this, just in being back from spring break I have seen an improvement since I started this a few days ago!

This is research based:  Research has shown that short bursts of physical activity improves student performance.  What teacher doesn't want that?!?!

Playing GoNoodle helps achieve the 60 minutes of activity per day even on rainy/snow days!

It's super FUN!!!!  Our students need to have fun while they are learning and it certainly is that!

Your kids will love to see their mascot/grow/change/morf and look forward to seeing it everyday.
and the

reason why you need to check it because it's FREE!!!  They say the best things in life are free and let me tell you ~ this is one of the best things.  Your students will thank you forever and you will be a rock star in their eyes { even though you already are... }

So head on over to the Primary Chalkboard for a chance to WIN a free upgraded membership NOW!!!!!  You will NOT be disappointed my friends.


Bright Ideas Blog Hop * Compliment Chain *

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Hi all, I LOVE this idea of sharing fun, creative new ideas that work without attaching a freebie or product to it.  Just teachers helping teachers and sharing.  That's what it's all I am here to share with you something I have been doing for years...I'm talking { dinosaur here people }...LOL.  It's a fun way to get your kiddos thinking about how they act OUTSIDE of our classroom or how they act INSIDE our room when we have visitors. 
I call it the compliment chain.  I have a poem to go with it:
Your students want to be rewarded for their efforts and great behavior so this is a great incentive.  I hang this up ( fairly high ) depending on my students for that year and we work at getting compliments at our specials, walking in the hallways, lining up after recess, etc.  It's always the BEST when the curriculum police come through and give us a compliment let me tell you!!!  So it's simple and easy, no prep except a poster and some precut strips of paper and you are all set to start your own compliment chain.  You can choose how you want to reward your class when the chain hits the floor.  We are working towards a class pizza party.  Have fun with it.  Do you think it would work for your classroom?  Check out the other fun ideas from fabulous teachers all across the world.

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Currently and an Easter Egg Head Pal

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
I'm on spring break so I can actually get to currently before the evening. 
I am enjoying my spring break very much ( I'm on my second week of it ).  I am missing my mom and my daughter.  My sweet mama passed away 7 years ago sweet girl is on her 8th grade trip to the East Coast and I miss her.  She's having a blast though!
I need to start working on my formal observation the 2nd day when we come back...what brainiac planned that?!?  Oh that would be me... :o(
Now onto more fun stuff...check out this cute little Mr.Potato Head type egg craftivity I made..
Your students can make a boy or girl version they can even choose to make a duck or bunny version.  It would look so cute hanging in the hallway or on a bulletin board.  You can check it out
{ here }.  Happy Spring my friends....oh and I would like to give 1 of these cuties away.  You can follow me on facebook click the pic
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Hope you all have a blessed on up with Farley and tell me what you are up to currently..