Sunday, April 26, 2015

Primary Peach Launch Party {Freebies and Giveaways!}

I am so excited to start a new adventure! I just love collaborating with other teachers, so when I had the opportunity to be a part of this awesome, new, collaborative blog with 30 fellow Georgia bloggers, I couldn't pass up the chance!

Be sure to follow:
But first, to help you get to know all of us over on the new blog, we are doing a blog hop full of freebies! And not just any freebies- END OF THE YEAR freebies! The kids are wild, the weather is warm, and we are all holding on for dear life... so grab up these exclusive freebies to end your year the right way!

So, let us introduce ourselves...
My name is Jessica Ivey, but I'm affectionately known as jivey! I've taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. I LOVE children's books and novels, so I use mentor texts to teach across the curriculum. I'm a mommy to two doggies, a minion-lover, and I love anything that involves food... no favorite pastimes always seem to involve eating!
As you wind down with your kiddos this year, give them a little something to let them know they are special! When you click on this freebie below, it will automatically download. Open it in Powerpoint, and you will be able to personalize the poem with your students' names and your name!
Print these on cardstock and laminate if you'd like a sturdy "card" to give them.

Want a chance to win one of four TPT Gift Certificates? There will be one GRAND PRIZE $50 TPT Gift Certificate, and three more lucky winners will each receive a $25 TPT Gift Certificate! Head on over to the Primary Peach to enter on the Rafflecopter!
Ready for more end of the year freebies? Continue on to the next blogger, Natalie, to get to know her and snag her awesome end of the year craft!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Five For Friday: Fingers and Toes Day!

It's been a while since I've shared my week, so here I am! :o)
Fingers and Toes Day was today!! For those of you that have no clue what that means, we can officially count down to the last day of school on our fingers and toes! :o)
We are in full swing of our ABC Countdown to the end of the year, too!
If you want an editable version, check out my blog post from 2013!
Wednesday was Earth Day, and my kids had a BLAST creating a new invention to help the Earth thanks to Matt at Digital Divide and Conquer's awesome PBL Activity!!

First, my student teacher worked with them to brainstorm areas of need...
Then they got busy! What I love most about these types of activities is that my usual "top scholars" or "high flyers" aren't always the ones who come up with the most creative ideas... as you'll see below. Excuse the spelling but check out their awesome inventions!!!
Matt has other awesome PBL Activities too- make sure to check them out!
Oh and did I mention... we are also in the middle of state testing right now???
We've been enjoying GoNoodle in between all the test review and actual testing!
If you haven't been taking Brain Breaks this year, it's not too late to start!! Sign up- it's free! The kids love it, and it's pretty amusing for the teacher, too. :-P
Last... I have some exciting news- you must come back Sunday to see what it's all about!! But here's a little hint. :o)

I hope your week was awesome! See you soon!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stress Free Giveaway!

I don't know about you, but this time of year is extra stressful for me! It's testing season... enough said, right?
But if you're like me, a little shopping and a little coffee always makes everything better! Some of my bloggy friends and I have joined forces to help you de-stress! Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win one of these awesome prizes:
1 $75 Amazon gift card
1 $40 Target gift card
1 $25 TpT gift certificate
1 $20 Starbucks gift card

And all you have to do is follow our TPT stores! Easy enough, right?

And while you wait to see if you are one of the lucky winners, we invite you to hop around our blogs and pick up some tips to stay stress free!

I suggest taking time WITH YOUR STUDENTS to relax and refresh your brain. If you haven't used GoNoodle before, you should definitely check it out! It's free, and there are so many brain breaks to choose from- some are exciting and fun dances to get you moving and laughing, and some are stretches to help you focus and relax.
One of the characters, Maximo, has some stretches that will help you focus on breathing.
I suggest turning one on, and instead of watching your students do it, do it with them! Teachers need brain breaks, too!

If you can't do a GoNoodle Brain Break, then at least make time to take some deep breaths. It's amazing how much it affects our mood to just stop and breathe for a minute.

And if all else fails, there's always wine!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bright Idea: Paint the Ceiling!

I'm so excited to link up with some awesome bloggers to bring you a fun bright idea!
Six years ago, a room mom gave me a gift that I absolutely loved: a painted ceiling tile!
All of my kids helped to paint it, which made it really special. They love looking at their artwork up there, too, and even come back to visit after they've moved on to the next grade to see it! And of course, each new class gets to admire the tiles!

If your building has drop ceilings, the tiles are very easy to take in and out, and inexpensive, too! (Although my custodian will just give me one if I ask for it...) I decided I wanted one every year to display. Some years, my room mom made it with my kids, and some years, I did.
I have found acrylic paints work the best. I also use sharpies to outline or write after the paint is dry.

It's a creative, fun thing for the kids to "give" you that you can keep forever- no matter how many times you move rooms! The tiles just come right down and move with you!

I think this year, my kids have convinced me that we need minions on the ceiling... check back in a few weeks to see what we decide to do! :o)

If you enjoyed this bright idea, please consider joining me on Facebook, Instagram, or my TPT Store for more great ideas.

For more bright ideas from other bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

When Spring Break Is Over...

My Spring Break is coming to an end today, which means my school year is also coming to an end... only 29 school days left for us!
Unfortunately, that also means all consistency and sense of normalcy goes out the window... so take deep breaths and prepare yourself for some things!

First up for us...
Standardized Testing
This is what we wish we could do, yes? 

But, let's all be professional and pass out the test booklets one at a time... and get ready to walk!
Don't be a testing anomaly...Wear comfortable shoes!

Oh and the hormones?? What happens to these kids in springtime??

You're too young, kids.

And by this time of year, if they aren't kissing, they're fighting. 

Can't we all just get along?!?!

And we know, this time of year...
EVERYTHING is a distraction...

Oh yes... and then my favorite day? 
Field Day

...where all the non-athletic kids have to participate in athletic events.

Warm, pretty days
makes everything harder...
Lesson planning and grading?

Alarm in the morning?
As difficult as these things might be, it's just like ripping off a band-aid. Just do it and get it over with.

And remember... 
Summer is almost here!