Everything you should know about nasal allergy

Nasal allergies might have symptoms like a chilly -- watery eye, runny nose, sneezing, and congestion -- that won’t appear to go away just. If your a reaction to pollen, mold, dirt, or pets is serious enough, it could change your day-to-day existence.
But you can perform what to stifle your sniffles. Focus on these basic suggestions from allergist in New Albany, OH.
Get Your Home to be able
It must be your fortress, a new ship on the angry ocean of nasal allergies. If you are allergic to pollen, keep carefully the outdoors out.
Shut the windows and crank the fresh air conditioning regardless of how nice the elements. It might furthermore be considered a good idea to place a filtering in the furnace and AC to display out allergens.
Next, if the budget is had by you for a difference, he recommends you obtain rid of just as much carpet and upholstery as you possibly can. Replace it with hardwoods and easy surfaces in which a wet rag or mop can simply grab dust or pet tresses.
Mold can arrive in the home, too. Keep bathrooms dry and clean. Be quick to correct and seal leaking roofs or pipes. Damp basements might need a dehumidifier, but make sure to empty them regularly.
Take special care in order to allergy-proof your bedroom. Avoid down-packed comforters or pillows, a popular of dust mites. Make use of zippered, hypoallergenic covers for mattresses and pillows.
Be Smart ONCE YOU Venture Out
Pollen counts are higher in the earlier- to mid-morning hours usually, plus they let up because the full day goes on.
Pollen is less sneezy for you personally after it rains always, too. Mold, however, will be worse after it rains, and in the evenings during occasions of higher humidity. Windy times, when allergens are usually stirred up, great aren’t.
Hitting the street? When you go on holiday or for company, take your personal pillow, encased in a dust-proof cover. Pick a resort that doesn’t allow animals or smoking cigarettes, since allergens can put on smoke particles.
Medication: THE PROPER Tool for the proper Job
Most of these prevention actions won’t eliminate allergens from your own life. There is symptom-by-symptom tips for meds:
Irritated eyes: An awesome compress and sporting sunglasses outdoors could help, but antihistamine eyes drops may also do the trick. Steroid and antihistamine nasal sprays can provide you some benefits, too.
Runny nose: Try salt water (saline) sprays.
Congestion: decongestant nasal sprays decrease blood circulation to the nose, so when they put on off, they can result in more congestion. We recommend instead using a mix of antihistamines and a steroid nasal spray to help ease swelling of nasal passages.

Your winter home cleaning tips

cleaning_productsGet hectic indoors this full 30 days with a while spent cooking, improving quality of air and prepping for spring
Outsmart the winter season by making your house inside a clean and light housekeeping, healthy and cozy haven. Place a pot of soup on the stove, strategy a vacation or get yourself a jump-start on springtime cleaning with a whole-house refresh, from the fresh air you breathe to the floors underfoot. And since it is a leap 12 months, you’ll have a supplementary day this 30 days to obtain it all done.
Purify the fresh air. In winter season, we’re more prone to keep the warmth on and the home windows shut - making for a warm home but not very climate. Refresh your area by cracking a windows for some minutes once in a while (even though it’s cold!), buying air-cleaning houseplants or establishing an fresh air purifier.
Do a true house safety check. It doesn’t take lengthy to check on home safety products and update (or buy) a crisis kit, and the satisfaction is well worth your time and effort.
·    Test smoke cigarettes detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, altering batteries as needed.
·    Check the expiration day burning extinguishers and replace while needed.
·    Check emergency source kits and restock while needed - make sure to include sufficient water in bottles for all users of one's household (at the very least 1 gallon per person each day for at the very least three days) and also water and food for pets.
Create a few freezer foods. An individual afternoon spent cooking food big-batch foods (believe chili, soup, casseroles) makes it so much less difficult to obtain weeknight dinners up for grabs when you don’t feel just like cooking.
Don’t have time and energy to prepare a whole meal in progress? You may also freeze additional cooked grains - getting ready-to-go grains readily available makes a wholesome bowl dinner fast to prepare (just put in a roasted veggie and new greens).
Tidy up cleaning areas. Prepare for spring cleansing by neatening and decluttering the laundry area, and any accepted locations where cleaning supplies are stashed. Toss expired items, consolidate half-empty containers, and clean down shelves and cupboards before changing items.
Clear walls, floors and inside windows. A midwinter cleansing can help lessen dust - especially very important to allergy sufferers. Vacuum cobwebs from higher corners, baseboards and walls; vacuum and mop flooring; and clean interior home windows and sills.
Change furnace filters. Changing the filters regularly helps your furnace run more and keeps the air in your house cleaner efficiently.
Protect entry floors. Street salt, sand and melting snowfall can wreak havoc on entryway flooring. Protect your flooring through the use of interior and outside mats, and a tray to get wet boots. Choose stack of washable rugs, so that you can keep a brand new always, dried out rug in the access.
Show your house some adore. Valentine’s Day time is Feb. 14, why not give your house a little additional TLC? Grab a bouquet of new flowers just because, hang a new impress on the walls or sponsor a cozy collecting with plenty of candles and twinkle lamps.
Start prepping for a new spring or summer house sale. If you’re likely to put your home in the marketplace in the springtime or summer, start working together with your agent to compile a listing of repairs to deal with. Hire any benefits you will need (stager, painters, contractor) and develop a schedule for function to be done.

Kids and Cleaning

house-cleanHere are several ways to involve kids into cleaning.
Play expiration-date detective.
Have your older child sleuth out older, unwanted items inside your refrigerator and cupboard by showing him just how to study expiration schedules. Have him make a pile of all of the removed items, then show him how to properly remove of them by sorting them directly into three classes: Recycling, composting or waste. If you don’t already have separate containers for each of such, let your kid generate labels and laminate them for long-lasting use.
Alphabetize the liven drawer.
Your younger child will receive a little reading and sorting practice while your spices get organized, making it quicker and easier to find what you require in a pinch. Encourage your kid to familiarize himself with all the seasoning by reading  smelling the spices, labels and even tasting them. Describe how you frequently make use of them regarding cooking or baking.
Enjoy “Follow the Leader.”
Give each child an apron and tuck a vintage rag or towel and also a squirt bottle filled with a non-toxic cleaning fluid to the wallets. The designated leader have to walk by means of the house and make multiple prevents to clean or put away an object and the rest of the group must stick to suit. Switch leaders every single five minutes.
Put on a family fashion show.
This foolish activity is useful for a few laughs and doubles like a way for everyone to clear outdated or ill-fitting clothes from the depths of their closet. No matter how you look, ensure that you flaunt each outfit with attitude befitting of the catwalk. Ahead of time, agree that the majority vote establishes whether the outfit (or certain parts of it) stays or goes. For all those all completed, bring the discarded clothing to a consignment store or donate it to charitable organization.
Hold a garage selling.
After the cleansing is said and done, is actually a great time for a garage or yard selling. This is especially the case when you find yourself still left with the bunch of stuff you may not donate or isn't very accepted by consignment and retail stores. Have got your kids help make colourful indications and write-up them up in the neighbourhood to advertise the date and time of your sale (and don’t forget to remove individuals signs when you’re done).
Older children can assist you price items, handle the swap of cash and get a chance to test out there their marketing skills! Young children can assist too, by demonstrating to potential customers how their particular belongings work and positioning items out on “display. ” Remember to share the profits with your kids to reward their particular hard work!
Washing doesn't need to be a drag. Consider this opportunity to have several fun along with your kids and incorporate several learning in with the cleaning! For other interesting tips you can visit the maids raleigh.

Writer's Workshop: Writing Through the Year FREEBIE


 Sometimes it can be a challenge to organize your curriculum in a way that is easy to use.
Deedee Wills and I have been working on reorganizing and updating our writing workshop units.


 I prefer to keep my units in these 2" binders.  You can find the spine labels HERE.


 I will walk you through a unit to show you how it's organized.


Each unit starts with a unit overview.


 You can also easily see the standards that are addressed in the unit.


 A writing continuum is provided so you can see where your students fall in their writing development.  This is especially helpful during writing conferences and when you are working on setting writing goals.


 Each unit contains an updated rubric specific to that unit of study.  
There is one for emergent writers (kindergarten).


And another one for early writers (1st Grade).


You can also create a classroom chart so student-lead goals can be selected.  These goals are aligned to the rubric.


 Each day contains a scripted lesson plan that is very easy to implement.



 Kid-friendly anchor charts are easy to use... just print and teach!


Conferring helpful hints are also included.


At the close of each unit, I would collect the writing samples from the students...

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Reflecting On All Things Gingerbread before 2016...

 Wow, I am so late to the party but I have really been trying to take a break and enjoy my winter break. It has been fantastic and I have loved every second of it. Before I can wish you a Happy New Year I need to show you some of my December pictures and all the fun we had during the last few days.

I love doing a Gingerbread unit each year and comparing the characters in each version, talking about the "bad guy" and how the events can differ from story to story. It is so much fun to change my voice and stop right before the fox gobbles up that yummy cookie! Each year I buy more books and add to my crazy collection. These are just a few favorites that I have purchased.
I always love to send a gingerbread man home for families to decorate to their hearts content. The kids love to bring them back and show them off to the class.  The parents adore this project and it fills your classroom with such cuteness. Try it!~

If you are on this blog you know how much I love making a sight word game for each theme that I teach and I won't disappoint you... here is another one. I think the chant was "Gingerbread, gingerbread... you are so sweet, run from the fox, or you will be his treat!"
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Cyber Smile Sale on TpT... Grab Some Goodies




TpT is having a great sale today and tomorrow. Now you can stock up on all those materials for the winter months and save some money. It's a win- win for teachers! Don't forget the promo code today: SMILE so you can get the full 28% off. Have fun and fill your cart with happiness. If you want some of my products you can find them here: http://bit.ly/1gD5LR7.

How cute is this picture of me? It makes me smile because both of my girls looked like this and so do the cousins. I love old family pictures.


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Turkey Leftovers From My Classroom!



November has been such a busy month for us. At this time of the year I am assessing students to get ready for report cards but it is also the wonderful season of fall and I love teaching about the Wampanoag culture and reading fun stories about turkeys and Thanksgiving. This year I did a billion and one activities but I will only hit the ones I loved or better yet- have pictures of. We grew seeds in the backyard of my classroom and this time a mom had the kids help her put soil in about 5. How smart was she? One of them is bound to grow and several did! This is an early picture and I cannot wait to see what the pumpkins look like this week. We talked about decomposing and the kids never get tired of watching these. If you have never done this promise yourself you will try it next year.
Whatever concepts I needed to teach during these weeks had a picture of a Wampanoag or pilgrim. This was a simple math game where they just counting the dots on each card and recorded it and I ran it on old scrap booking paper and distressed the edges with brown ink to make it look old. The kids really liked this activity and it was a great formative assessment. Does anyone know how to make a 5...

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Be Inspired

Look around your classroom. Are there things you wish you could change? Are you tired of the same old activities? Be inspired and come check out some new activities that will make you the best teacher you can be in 2016. Dream, reach for the stars, set your goals, and teach at the top of your game:

Grab your bags and head on over by clicking on this picture. Happy 2016! Cheers to you.

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Learning About Kindness and Being Fair


It has been a  crazy few weeks since winter break (desperate for another vacation) and we have been working on a variety of projects related to the seasons and weather. On Friday I took a break and focused on Martin Luther King Jr. This is an important leader and I like to stop and spend time on this. I remember Dr. King as a child growing up in Baltimore and his words had a huge impact on me and the world I lived in.
I think I own every childrens' book written about this great man  but this is my favorite, by far. It is written authentically but in terms a young child can understand. When I was a Common Core coach I did a close read with first grade students using this text. It lends itself well to a cause and effect map and children are able to find evidence to support their thinking with ease. I recommend purchasing it for next year or adding it to your library now. Check it out here on Amazon. 

I really like this video and have used it for several years. If you want to check it out just click on the picture to watch it. We all love Reading Rainbow... right? It might have been the only time my class was quiet all day!

Then we talked about what their dreams are for the future...

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Apron Lady: Will You Be My Valentine?

Do you know The Apron Lady? Her name is Sandy Welch and I am so proud to call her my dear friend. If you have attended any I Teach K conferences in the last few years you've probably noticed the crowd of teachers chatting and laughing with her in her booth. She is the creator of the Show and Tell Aprons. 
Grab a cup of coffee and sit down to read the story of our friendship. I promise that you will be glad you took the time to know her better. We are just 2 kindergarten teachers, who live in opposite parts of California who found out they had much in common.
This friendship started in Vegas when I was sitting with a group of bloggers I knew from the internet, chatting over lunch. This darling lady came over and asked me if I thought teachers would buy her apron. She was a total stranger. I looked at the apron she held up and I was shocked at how clever the design was. It took me 2 seconds to fall in love with it. OMG I had to have one. I went into a class on writing with Deedee Wills and she had one in her hands. We both agreed it was brilliant. This is where it all started for me. What happens in Vegas can change your life... right? It sure changed mine. I loved the apron but I...

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CVC Computer Games! AND MORE

I am so excited to share our latest collaboration!   
Deedee Wills and I have rolled up our sleeves again!  

We created CVC computer games.  

This video will show you how they work.
NOTE:  You need to have PowerPoint in order for these games to run.

In addition to the games, we have lots of fun printables to help you with assessment and instruction. Exit tickets are a great way to monitor and assess your students.  These could be used once the student has completed the game OR they could serve as an assessment.
CVC Computer Games! AND MORE
We also included a variety of CVC books (one for each vowel).  Each book has three levels of differentiation. 
CVC Computer Games! AND MORE
 There are two different formats for each of the vowel books so you can select the one that works best for your classroom.
CVC Computer Games! AND MORE
 We also added some puzzles for fun.  These would work well as a center or as part of your small group lessons.
CVC Computer Games! AND MORE
 There is also an interactive notebook option for each vowel.
CVC Computer Games! AND MORE
 Students simply sort the pictures by their vowel sounds.   
CVC Computer Games! AND MORE
Click HERE to see this unit.  This unit will remain discounted through Saturday at midnight (CST).

We do not have immediate plans to create a bundle with these games. 

CVC Computer Games! AND MORE

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Post Vacation Winter Work


  
This is my last week of winter break and I have been really busy trying to create new activities for my students to keep them engaged after being home for endless amounts of time. What would help them reconnect and make them want to come back to school? 
I decided to wander around in Target where inspiration is everywhere and planned to hit the dollar spot to check out the Christmas clearance. I found these adorable erasers and could not resist buying them. They would make perfect math manipulatives and I knew the kids would love new ones. On top of this the snowmen, trees, and penguins were just 30 cents a bag. SCORE. 


Over the week I bought more of these as I found them and finally realized that I needed a container to hold and organize them. Joann Fabrics has these containers on sale so I bought 2 of them and realized I might have gotten carried away with my eraser obsession.

So now I had to come up with some way to make use of all these little erasers. Since January is the month where I hit "teen" numbers hard, making ten frame cards was an obvious "must-have." These look pretty cute with images on them to match the erasers. I can build numbers, ask them to show me one more...

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Tacky the Penguin Lesson Plans (plus a free download)

January is such a fun time!  Some of my favorite activities center around January themes!

Several years ago my friend Deedee Wills and I sat down and discussed some of our favorite January read alouds.  Deedee mentioned that she felt as if she was skimming the surface with her read aloud and that she was looking for ways to make her instruction more intentional.  She felt like she was bouncing from one idea to another and not going deep enough.  Does this sound like you?

What we came up with was Guiding Readers.  This transformed her classroom!   Now 2 years later, I'm reaping the benefits of these units that we created in my own classroom.  We also love hearing how other classrooms were transformed.   Listen to this sweet feedback:

“I used one of [your] lessons for my observation a few weeks ago and scored the highest possible rating you can get in my state. My principal LOVED it. I normally do these units, so my kids really rocked it. Thank YOU! You have totally changed my classroom. Teaching is fun again, and my kids are exceeding my expectations!!!!”

When asked if we could share her testimonial, this is now she responded:

“Absolutely yes! And use my whole name if you want to! I...

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Gingerbread Week

For the last few weeks, we have been working on all things Gingerbread!


We spent a few weeks reading and studying Gingerbread stories (Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Girl), at the end of the study we had fun creating our Gingerbread Glyphs analyzing the data, and we made Gingerbread houses! 


Our gingerbread glyphs turned out adorable! 


Here's a peek at a few our comprehension activities. Love these student drawings!

   

  

   

 

  

 


And some more pictures of our fun! As you can see, my students LOVED it!

 






  



The reading activities can be found inside my Guiding Readers December pack!



If you're looking to add in some more math and literacy activities, this Gingerbread Unit has over 70 pages of gingerbread fun!


 

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Christmas Calendar Parent Gift

Need a fun and unique gift idea that's quick and easy with no mess? Look no further! This would make the perfect gift for Christmas! Includes calendar pages all the way through December 2017! 




Okay, y'all let's face it, December is a cuh-razy month and the thought of painting 22 hands x 12 times each to do a handprint calendar gives me a serious eye twitch!  These calendar gifts are so much easier!  Here's a peek at one of the calendars we made last year! It turned out SO cute and I know her parents LOVED it!



 

  

    





 This calendar is available to purchase in my TPT Store. Click on the image below!





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Let's Talk Turkey!


 


The week before Thanksgiving is a great time to learn about turkeys!  We pair fiction and nonfiction texts to keep the kids engaged so that the pre-holiday crazies don't trot in.  :) 

To get started we had the kids record their schema on the Turkey Trouble recording sheet.
Then, we read the nonfiction book about turkeys from our November Guiding Readers unit.  
We recorded the new information we learned on our Let's Talk Turkey chart. 

We snipped the top off of a paper bag to make our adorable turkey fact holders.  They wrote the facts that they learned on index cards and "stuffed" them inside their turkeys.  Did you see what I did there? Get it? Stuffed turkeys.  I crack myself up.  ha!


These are the recording sheets they used to record their schema and one new thing that they learned.

 



 

A close up of our adorable stuffed turkeys.
 

Their turkey facts.  They drew a picture on one side and wrote the sentence on the other.


 

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!

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Get Your Teach On!! Conference March 2016



Need a teacher pick-me- up? Looking for some of the most current research-based strategies that will light your classroom on fire? Join us in 2016 for Get Your Teach On – a one-of-a-kind experience for K-3 teachers.  You will spend a day with Deanna Jump and Hope King as they share their passion and enthusiasm for education and give you their tips, tricks, best practices, and teacher secrets to building a successful and engaging classroom. You will leave feeling empowered, motivated, and prepared to create dynamic lessons that will challenge your students and leave them hungry for more. Get Your Teach On is sure to be unlike any other educators’ conference that you will attend. Pack your favorite teacher bag, get ready for some educational magic, and join us in Orlando as you prepare to Get Your Teach On!

Click HERE FOR INFORMATION!

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Leonardo the Terrible Monster

Leonardo the Terrible Monster is one of my very favorite books to read at Halloween time! The kids love it and it's so much fun compare and contrast the characteristics of Leonardo from the beginning and end of the story. 



Here's a peek at some of the work we do in class! All of these printables are included in the Guiding Readers pack for November (2nd Edition)

Over the course of a 5 day lesson plan, we look closely at the text. In this way, we can dive deeper into the text and move beyond the superficial understanding of the story.


 


    


  


 


Here's some of the character work we do. I love to turn it into a bulletin board display. These Leonardo craftivities turn out so cute!



 


And here's another creativity we do to show our learning! It includes retelling cards to help students work on summarizing.

 

As time goes by, you will notice that your students will incorporate these comprehension strategies with every book they read and every book that is read to them! It is infectious! Soon your students will retell a story with ease. And you won't be surprised when they are making predictions and connections like a pro! Your students will love revisiting this text again and again!



All...

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Making Read Alouds Come to Life: Creepy Carrots





Teacher read alouds are just as important as giving students time to read independently.  Read alouds take the student's focus away from having to decode the words and gives students a chance to really hone in and focus on the meaning of the story.


I love it when I read a story to children, and they love it so much that they beg me to READ IT AGAIN!  
It's so important to reread books to children and give them time to:
hear you thinking aloud as you try to make sense of the story,
 fall in love with the characters and get to know them, 
 think deeply about the story and discuss it with their peers.
respond to reading through writing and drawing.




In our Guiding Readers units, we've developed a reading program that does all of the above!
SET ONE
SET TWO

Let me share some examples with you.  The following examples are from Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds (October Set two)


We read part of the story and then stop to give them a chance to predict what they think will happen next.  


In kindergarten, most of the meaning will come through drawing this early in the year.
This little sweetie thinks that the carrots will get stuck in a pit.  
So she drew a picture and wrote the word, pit.


These are...

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Keeping Centers Super Simple


Hi there. I have not blogged in a long time but I am begging for forgiveness. I am trying to wrap my head around a new classroom structure known as staggered day. This might not seem like a big deal but for 25+ years I have worked with a partner. So now I am totally on my own and have to rethink how to set up for this. It took me a long time to figure out a functional room environment down to where to put my tables and how to set up my centers. I struggled and kept changing it up until some of my friends came in and tossed half my furniture out the door and reconfigured my room. Thank goodness they took pity on me! Without another adult in the room I had to change up my lesson plans and plan activities in a very different manner. Centers could not be monitored by another adult and we are not given aides. With that being said I had to fly solo and figure it out. 
I realized that my centers would really need to be super simple or they would crash and burn which would be a total disaster. I also saw from my roster that I had a roomful of boys that needed to be more physically active before I hit them with the real work of kindergarten. So I want to share some of the ideas I came up...

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Pirates! (Set the Stage to Engage)

Did you know that National Talk Like a Pirate Day is this Monday, September 19th? I've got you covered with this Set the Stage to Engage unit all about PIRATES!!! This unit is also perfect for kicking off the year with a pirate theme, teaching -ar, or it can be used as an End of the Year celebration. This unit is packed full of literacy, math, and science fun.







Here are some pictures that Holly Ehle took of this pirate unit in action:


First, we "flip" the classroom so it looks like our students are going on a real pirate adventure. This increases student engagement because they are automatically excited to learn and participate in the lessons.

Next, we make costumes.  These are super easy and super cheap! We have all of the directions and patterns in our pirate unit. 

 I think this picture shows the high levels of engagement going on. As students are working on their math, STEM projects, writing assignments, etc. they are focused and excited about what they are learning. 


We played a fun Walk the Plank game to review some of things we've learned.  SO FUN!  {All of the pieces for this game are included in our unit}


And look how cute the pirate glyphs turned out!

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Case of the Missing Cookies: A Cookie Detective Unit


I am happy to report that I just started my second week of school with students and I have the cutest group of kids to love on each day. It's so great to be back in the classroom this year! I will share more about my new classroom later, but today I wanted to share the fun unit that I did with my students last week.

As you probably know, student engagement is very important to me. In today's world, getting students excited about learning is the key to success and motivation in the classroom. I am happy to say that I have teamed up with Holly from Mrs. Ehle's Kindergarten Connection to bring you a series of engaging lessons that we have named: Set the Stage to Engage. 



Last week, Holly and I were both able to put our Cookie Detective unit to good use. We transformed our classrooms into Detective Agency Headquarters and prepared for a full day of activities and learning for our students. 


Very Bright Students (VBS) Detective Agency Headquarters



Who took the cookies from the cookie jar? It looks like they left behind a finger print! Join our Very Bright Student Detective Agency as we solve the case! 



Our student detectives found math problems written on balloons. Once they solved the...

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Back to School Bash GRAND PRIZE!

The Back to School Bash 2016 has been so much fun! Thank you to everyone who joined us this year. BUT...it's not over yet! We have one final chance for you to win! When we say win, we mean WIN BIG! Anyone needing some updated technology for your classroom? I give you the B2S Bash Grand Prize...



Yes! This is real life!
Yes! This could be in your classroom very soon! 

But you have to enter first! Here's how you do it: 

1) Begin the insta hop by locating @stepintosecondgrade on instagram. You will want to begin with Amy so that you collect the letter tiles in order. Each blogger will link to another letter. Click on the letter and hop to the next location. As you hop...

a) follow each blogger 
b)  collect each letter

The letter tiles look like this....


2. The letters will reveal a question. (Don't worry...the letters go in order so you don't have to unscramble a thing!) 

3. Once you have figured out the question, hop on over to any of our blogs to enter the Rafflecopter to win! You will be asked to answer the instaHOP question! 

You only have 24 hours to enter, so go get your hop on! ;) 

 Yep! That simple! So have you finished your hop? 

Enter below: 


a Rafflecopter giveaway...

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Back to School Bash 2016 Prize

Hey Friends,
Well, friends, the time has come!  It's time to HOP HOP HOP around to 24 blogs for your chance to win some major giveaways!!!  We've teamed up to bring a little fun and excitement to this crazy time of year for teachers.  Our bash baskets are sure to bring some style to your wardrobe, materials to your classroom, and a smile to your face!


Here's how it works...  You'll have a couple of days to hop around blogs and enter the giveaways using a Rafflecopter.  At the bottom of each post, there will be a button that will lead you to the next giveaway!  The more blogs you enter on, the better your chances are of winning :)))

 If you have followed my blog for very long, you know that I LOVE books.  I'd rather buy books than a pair of new shoes or an outfit.  Children's books are especially my weakness!  If you love books even half as much as I do, then this prize is for you!!


I'm giving one lucky winner a $100.00 Amazon gift card to use toward the purchase of some of your favorite books.  All you have to do is follow me on Facebook to enter.


a Rafflecopter giveaway



After you've entered, make sure you click on the image below to hop on over to my friend, Erica's post!  Good Luck...

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Planning Your Instruction


Curriculum Map for Kindergarten and First Grade


Can you imagine if I were to jump in my car and decide to drive to California? I point my car west and drive... no map, no GPS, just a general direction.  I would probably get there, but it would not be the most effective method.

That is the same idea behind a curriculum map.  It helps you find your way.  It helps you to know you are on the right track.  Can you take detours?  Absolutely!  But you HAVE to know where you are going BEFORE you start the car!

Curriculum Map for Kindergarten and First Grade

Start with a Curriculum Map

We have included the "Big Ideas" for word study, reading, writing, and math.   That was easy!
Curriculum Map for Kindergarten and First Grade

Read Aloud Suggestions

Whether you are following our Guiding Readers Series or not, you can still use these text suggestions to have meaningful and deep discussions in your classroom.  It just takes some planning, but starting with a great book helps!  If you don't have the time to invest in the planning, don't worry!  We have done it for you.  You can see these units HERE.

Curriculum Map for Kindergarten and First Grade

Writer's Workshop Mentor Text Suggestions

We believe that authors learn about writing by studying the work of other authors.  Deedee Wills and I have compiled a list of books that work perfectly as mentor texts for kindergarten and first grade....

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Back to School Bash 2016

Hello friends!!  It's that time of year again...time for our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH 2016!!!  This year we have teamed up with even more bloggers so that we can bring prizes-a-plenty to you!!!  Mark your calendars for August 7th because you will NOT want to miss out!!!

Each blogger will host a Bash Basket that contains a prize valued at $100 or more!  Make sure to follow the blogs below so you don't miss a single thing!  Check back in on August 7th so you can get your hop on!

See you August 7th!

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15 Dollar Store Finds to Use in Your Classroom...Right Away!



This week I had 13 of my sweet friends staying at my house for the Teachers Pay Teachers conference, and we had a blast!!  Some of my friends went home on Friday morning so the rest of us decided to hit the Dollar Tree to see what we could find!!   We decided to do our very first Facebook live video and share what we found.  Many of you asked us to do a follow-up blog post so you could grab the pictures of our ideas, so we decided to do a blog hop. Be sure and visit all five blogs to see all 15 of the ideas!

Here are the ideas that I shared during the video:

Hungry Shark Missing Addends Game



Materials Needed: Plastic shark sand toy, goldfish crackers
Here's how you play:
  • The students will play the game with a partner.
  • Determine what number your group of students will be working with and have them count out that many goldfish and say the number.  "SIX"
  • Player one will hide his or her eyes while player two has the shark "eat" some of the fish.
  • Player two will open his or her eyes and try to determine the missing addend.
  • They must frame their answer like this, _____ and _____ is 6.  So for example, if player one had the shark eat three fish it would sound like this,  "3 and 3 is 6.
  • Have the...

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Addition Games to Build Number Sense


If you've ever worked with primary children, you've undoubtedly seen the look of frustration on your student's faces when they can't quite grasp the understanding of addition and subtraction.  Usually, the problems stem from teachers introducing abstract symbols before students have had a lot of real experiences manipulating objects to help them develop a sense of quantity, number combinations, and number relationships. "Symbols come to have meaning only when they are associated with these real experiences." Kathy Richardson  So put away the workbooks and flashcards and break out the games.  If you've used mine and Deedee's Kindergarten or First Grade Math Units you know that we are a firm believer in giving kids conceptual experiences to help them develop a deep understanding of number sense.  Here are a few ideas for things that you can do in your classroom to help your students build number sense for addition and subtraction.  

Use the “Five Little this and five little that” poems to work on addition and subtraction.  Let the kids be the manipulatives.  Use language like,  "3 and 2 is 5," so that when it comes time to introduce the symbols for addition they will already have...

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That's A Wrap: My Kindergarten Year

Yes I am still around but it has been a crazy year with a teaching partner out on medical leave and lots of littles who needed a program and activities to meet the standards and keep them engaged. It was a tough year but now that it is over I can catch my breath and share those last few days with you! How did I manage? I had lots of help from amazing parents, a principal who provided as much help as she could grab, and a few friends who came out of retirement to lend a hand when they could. It was a stressful, hot mess but I survived to tell the story. I even had one sub that the kids fell in love with that we are hoping to hire this year. That is another story for another time. Basically I learned a lot about myself and how hard I am capable of working when necessary. So here are some ideas I came up with to bring the year to a close.
We had a beach theme on our final day together and wrapped it up with "Finding Nemo" which I loved move than the kids. It is adorable. "Finding Dory" came out the day after school ended which was such a bummer. I made the sign that you see above for each student to hold and a parent snapped a picture. The frame is from Ikea and only cost a couple...

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An Amazing Vegas Giveaway for Teachers

VIVA LAS VEGAS!!
 Can you picture it now?  YOU in LAS VEGAS?
The “Primary Chalkboard”
Team of Bloggers
Wants to Send You
to Vegas!

How about YOU in LAS VEGAS attending a one day session of the SDE conference? Primary Chalkboard is giving away a 1 day session at SDE!
You get to pick your day at the SDE conference! I know you are going to pick Monday so that you can see one of our own super stars, Katie Knight present!
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So, will it be Singapore Math, Differentiated Instruction, I Teach K, I Teach 1st, or the  newly added I Teach 2nd? How incredible is this little giveaway?
BUT, that's not all,
we're also including a $25 gift card to the SDE bookstore,
CRYSTAL SPRINGS.

So, NOW can you picture YOURSELF in VEGAS?

Oh, you say you need money for airfare, hotel accommodations, or just some spending money while you are here?  Well, we've got that covered, too.  How about ….
$300 DOLLARS IN CASH?!
NOW, can you picture YOURSELF in VEGAS?

Here's how to enter for a chance to win.
  1. Hop through our Facebook pages
  2.  "Like" each page as you hop through so that you can collect the tip.
  3. Each tip will have a number on a playing card.
  4. Add the numbers together....

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