This has been our first FULL week off of school! Linking up with Five for Friday at Doodle Bugs..
Organization Nightmare Update (Sarah)
Last Friday I shared my workstation organization nightmare... I took Courtney's advice and purchased tubs and labeled them by month/s. Click Here for a copy of month/s labels. The sorting has begun! I sorted many of my math workstations according to the month/s they are used. As I sorted, I also jotted down the name of each workstation and how many of each are in the tub.
Next steps--continue sorting and create a list of workstations according to Common Core Mathematics Standards for each tub. This will also give me a nice visual so I can actually see where I need to add workstations according to standards. More to come...
100 Followers Giveaway: A Success!
Courtney and I had our first giveaway for 100 Followers! Thanks to the help of many blogging friends, the giveaway was a great success. We thank all of the donors for their enormous support! We could not have done it without them...
The winners of the giveaway were:
*K-2* Giveaway - Rachel
*K-2* Giveaway - Rachel
*3-5* Giveaway - Christin
Check out another 100 Followers Giveaway at Sweet Rhyme & Pure Reason!
Potty Training (Courtney)
I have a 2 year old, and well since I'm home now, we decided to tackle potty training. I know it's not a real exciting endeavor, but it means my last child out of diapers....Halleluiah! She's just about got it. Now I just need to make sure to include a spare set of clothes wherever we go....oh and to know the location of every bathroom wherever we go!
Diving In!: Creating My Own Graphics (Sarah)
It is summer, so I decided to just "dive" in to something new for me--creating my own graphics. Creating my own graphics is something I have wanted to do for YEARS, so I set out this summer to find a course in my area to learn about using Adobe Illustrator. Well, there was nothing offered until August, during the day, when I will be back at school. Then I remembered that the daughter of a teacher I used to work with was a graphic arts/photography major in college. I remembered her mom telling me she worked with Adobe products--and that was over 10 years ago! Somehow that conversation entered back into my mind, and I contacted her right away. Well, I met with her for the first time today and will be meeting with her again next week. I have learned so much already!! I am thrilled to be able to do something that I have wanted to do for so long. I hope to be posting some of my graphics very soon... :0)
When researching Adobe Illustrator (to purchase the program), I found out that Adobe has something called the Creative Cloud--it includes Illustrator, PhotoShop, Dreamweaver, and many other Adobe creative products. AND it's just $19.99 a month (for educators). A much better deal than purchasing each of these products the "old fashioned way". Check it out here!
First TpT Product in a LONG While... (Sarah)
For 16 years now, whether it be with my literacy kids, third graders, fifth graders, and now second graders, I have done a dodecahedron project. A dodecahedron has 12 pentagon faces. You may have seen these before... For the past two years, with second graders, we have created "Getting to Know Me" dodecahedrons. Upon reflection, I have decided to do the dodecahedron project with a science related topic. Therefore, I created this, similar yet simplified, cube project for the beginning of the year. It takes less time, but it serves the same purpose. :0) Fly on over to my TpT Nest to learn more...