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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Christmas in July

Well, it's not really Christmas and if you ask Josh he would say that he has received what would be equivalent to coal for some people... ๐Ÿ˜ Especially when he was helping pull nails from all of these. 
Yes, this is a TON of scrap wood.  My neighbor, the one who gave us garage lights, gave me a trailer FULL of scrap wood.  

I'm super excited BUT also a little overwhelmed.  I normally have 8-9 pieces and have to get really creative if I want to make something. 

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This Texas sign was my last project I made with all my scraps. I loved how it turned out! I think it would look great with a heart burned in it where you live...or where someone you love lives. 

Last week I attempted to make a giant Jenga for the classroom.  Well, I didn't measure my pieces across the top and just decided to cut each piece 10 inches. That actually doesn't work... Basically, I was setting the kids up to fail-->terrible!



This was upsetting because it was HOT outside and I had already worked so hard on all the wrong pieces.  

But...

I turned my mistake into this cute little back to school gift for teachers.  Doesn't every teacher need a pencil holder? Why yes they do! 
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I'm not sure if I'm going to finish my Jenga before school starts because my "to do" list (which is really my "fun list") is growing and my summer is shrinking.

I'm currently working on something that I think is going to be my ALL TIME favorite project.  I can't wait to show you the final results of that little "trash to treasure". 

Lately, some of my sweetest seconds have been in the garage with a pony tail and power tools.





Friday, July 21, 2017

NEW!! Back To School {{FONTS}}

I have some NEW fonts for you!  You can stop by my TPT store and download Volume 4 for FREE.




I LOVE how they turned out.  I think my favorite is "SK No Bones About It"- perfect for October or a Pirate Themed classroom, "SK Stitches" - I think this will be a fantastic fall font, "SK Thick Nick"- perfect for....EVERYTHING, and "SK Star Student" - great for notes to you Star Student.  

I've also added a silly but fun font that mixes letters and pictures.  This could be used to write code messages for students to try and figure out...

This is just a fun and silly one...I must have had too much time to play around. You can download these new fonts here.  They are FREE in my TPT for the weekend.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Get #Techy With It

I love, love, love learning new things to try in the classroom and sometimes I need reminders or refreshers of great things I've learned and forgotten.๐Ÿ˜

Do you ever get information OvErLoAd???  Yea, well that's me...so I thought I better put the things that I'm LOVING all in one place.  That way I can share my learning and easily find it when I need it.

So let me share some of my sweetest takeaways from the 2017 TCEA Tots and Technology Conference...

Kiddle is a visual search engine for kids to use. This would be great for kids to use for research.





Did you know that all Duck Duck Moose Apps are FREE?? - I'd say go to the app store and download whatever educational app that you need now.

One of my favorites is Chatterpix Kids.  



Kids LOVE this to make objects, pictures, or drawings come alive.  Find out more and download {here}.

Popplet app



This app is mind maps and can be used for story elements and to brainstorm writing.  Find out more and download {here}.




Storyboard That app


This is a great way for students to verbalize and think about their writing.  This can be used for characterization, responding to stories, brainstorming, and the teacher can decide the number of squares for the students to use.  Check out this app {here}.-You can do everything that needs to be done on the FREE version.




Telestory app 
This is great app for kids to use if they want to give a weather forecast, news report or critique a book. It's a movie maker where kids are the stars.  Check it out {here}. 


Tellegami app


This app can be used for characterization. Check out more about it {here}.

Padlet app


I have shared this app before {here} and how I like to use it. You can download it {here}.  There were a lot of discussions at the conference about using it as a place to put websites and apps that you want to direct your students to, a lot like a symbaloo.

Stick Pick app --THIS IS NOT A FREE APP BUT WORTH THE $3.99


This app allows you to pick students and use question stems that are unique to each individual student based on cognitive or linguistic needs. That's kinda cool. 



Most of us have heard of and played Kahoot with our kids BUT have you used Quizizz.  This is a way for kids to review content in a fun game that you can add MEMES (who doesn't love memes) that you can place after questions to motivate students. 
  




Like Kahoot they will receive points based on correct answers and the amount of time spent answering it BUT it's done at the the student's own pace.  Students can look at their own device and don't need to look at the board. It will also read questions and answer choices for students if needed.  It can be played live or used throughout the day in stations.  I'm looking forward to using this in the classroom.


Shadow Puppet is an app where kids can be creative while making videos using their own pictures! It has nothing to do with puppets.



It would be great to use for story sequencing, summarizing, reading fluency, how to tutorials and reader's theater.


EDpuzzle is a way to use videos that you want to crop and add you're own questions throughout the video for students to answer and review while they are watching it.  They must answer the question before they can continue to watch it.



It provides teachers with a video bank that they can use and modify as needed for your class. 


Vocaroo 



This is a very simple website so don't close it thinking something is wrong.  It's an online voice recorder.  This would be great to help with fluency! Also, when you save it you will get a code that you can embed or make a QR code. It can be saved for documentation or sent to parents. ๐Ÿ’™ 

**Gift Idea** Place their QR code on a gift at Christmas of them reading a message, poem, story or sweet thought for parents.


Obviously this is not everything but I hope I've shared something new for you to try too. 

Oh and the flexible seating was on point...

Save the BROWNIE!

I LOVE to try new things in the classroom and I cannot wait to share how they are working OR NOT working for me and my kids.







Saturday, July 15, 2017

Since We've Been Home

Well we've made it back home and after 3 weeks of being outdoors I've come to realize some important things...

1) 



2)


Seriously, it was the best trip ever and it was FULL of memories, laughs and fun.  One of my favorite things that we do any time we camp is journal our daily adventures. 


For Christmas Josh bought all of us our journals that we could decorate as we pleased.  I LOVE them!
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They come in a pack of 3 (perfect) and the cover is cardboard so you can decorate how you choose...yes, please.  



Josh also puts the longitude and latitude in his in case the kids ever want to go back to exact spots that we visited.  I barely know North, South, East and West so I don't do that.  It's fun to go back and remember and laugh about past adventures-especially when we all have a different perspective of the thing. 







I have a list of things that I want to try and several new things that I want to learn and not to mention the things that I've pinned on Pinterest that need me.  So as soon as we got home I started crafting and working in the garage.



Don't you LOVE my work area??  Seriously, the day after we came home from our trip Josh built and created a work space in the garage JUST FOR ME!!  


The neighbors gave us new garage lights and helped us install them --wasn't that sooo sweet?!   So now I can work in there ALL NIGHT! -(if you know me then you know my bedtime is 8:30 so it's not that crazy in the garage)

The neighbors have really helped to contribute to my need to make "old things new" or turn a "trash to treasure".  Not only did they give us new garage lights but they also picked up this cool old frame that someone was throwing away.

I forgot to take a picture before I started sanding so it's already been changed a little - picture it darker with a lot of dirt caked on it.

I'm a little torn on how to complete it.  I'm thinking a little burlap and a beautiful green wreath.

--but I LOVE the new look of it so far. What do you think?


I have several crafts in the works right now and want to share but I've gotta get things ready for this little, four-legged friend's visit for the weekend.


We are all a little curious if this relationship will pick up where it left??


 




 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Day 10 and 11 There's No Place Like San Francisco

On our way to half moon bay Josh stopped at a road side market to buy me some cherries. They were so YUMMY!  I was surprised by the amount of fruit crops along the coast to Half Moon Bay State Beach. 

We made a quick side trip to Pidgeon Point because the lighthouse was just too cute to pass.  We walked behind the lighthouse on an overlook and watched sea lions sunbathing.  Sea Lions….actual sea lions!  I know they don’t come from the zoo but I’ve never seen them in their natural habitat. 




Bean enjoyed the ocean for the first time.  He chased waves, shadows of the sea gulls, and hopped around the sand.

Half Moon Bay State Beach


He provided us with hours of entertainment.


Next stop…SAN FRANCISO.


Whatever happened to predictability, the milkman, the paperboy, the evening t.v.???




Yes, we found the Full House house.  There was a small warning sign reminding us not to be too loud or do anything to cause the neighbors to say “How Rude!”

Wow, the streets in San Francisco are seriously at a 45 degree angle but all the homes and stores had such beautiful architectural design that stayed consistent throughout the city.  It made the city feel so quaint.




This city LOVES the outdoors and I think that was another reason why I LOVED it.

We met some friendly officers that tried to talk us out of riding the Golden Gate Bridge.  They said it is like looking down into the Grand Canyon.  Wha!?!?  Had they read my blog????  Do they know how I feel about that???




Despite their warnings about the wind and height we rode the bridge. 




I am soooo glad I didn’t miss out on this.  It was an incredible experience.  And because we brought our own bikes I think we looked like the locals. 

Except when Jenna stopped in the middle of the trail and I ran into the back of her.  Otherwise, you would have never known we were tourists.

Make sure you get all the way to the water side of the bridge if you want to stop for pictures or talk AND don’t stop at the entrance for pictures because you’re in everyone else’s way.



You’re welcome for that tip. ;-)

We did take the officer’s advice and head down to Crissy Fields to ride our bikes around town. 


This town LOVES bikers and I suggest if you ever visit you need to explore the town on a bike.  Everyone shares the road; bikers, cars, and pedestrians.

We try to use YELP when we want to try new places to eat.  That’s how we found lunch, CodMother.  It is a permanent food truck and the food was great.  We could have easily shared but oh well, we are riding bikes so let’s eat all the things!!

 
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Josh wanted to ride Lombard Street.  Honestly, I was not feeling real confident about that so Jenna and I sat at cute little coffee shop and had an iced zebra mocha while we waited and prayed for Josh to return safely to us. 

Later we drove Lombard Street and it was incredible but I still think I made the right choice about not riding it.  You know me and how dangerous and I can be to myself and others, I would have ended up running into a car.


I know we just recently ate but there was a DELLI that had to be tried.  Not just any deli, it was a Ghirardelli. 



We ate until we were sick but it’s okay because we were riding bikes.  We shared the Lands End.  It had 2 brownies, fudge, caramel, sea salt, ice cream, whipped cream and a cherry.  It was MORE than enough for us.

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After 11 miles of riding we decided to get in the truck and drive through China Town and head to the Giants game.

The wind…oh my the wind.  Have you ever pedaled into the wind?  It’s like a bike treadmill.  I’m pretty sure that we looked like tourists at this point.

We showed up to the game needing tickets.  We didn’t really care about our seats we just wanted in so that we could experience the game and see the stadium. 


We must have had the look when we walked up because every scalper in the area was offering us “the best deals”.  They were arguing with each other about what we should spend.

Thank you StubHub, we got cheap tickets and enjoyed the game like true tourists.


We stayed until we were hungry and then decided to stop at Slice House on our way back to tiny home.

Tomorrow we are off to Yosemite, YO!















Monday, June 26, 2017

Day 8 Hollywood Tourist...Beverly Hills, That's Where I Want to Be!

Hollywood Hills, Hollywood Walk of fame, Beverly Hills, Rodeo drive, and Malibu beach

California Donuts was on Jenna's bucket list so when we finally crawled out of bed we headed there. They already had their lines roped off so they could contain the crazy.



We got in line ordered our Donuts and waited like nice Texans to get to the pay window. 



Crazy LA Lady to Donut Worker:  yes, I'll take 3 apple fritters and I'll just go up there and pay.

Crazy LA Lady to me:  I know it looks like I'm cutting in front of you but I'm not.

Me:  Well, you actually ordered after us so you'll probably need to pay after us.

Crazy LA Lady to me:  Well, I saw a guy just come up and do this.

Me:  Yes, he had a call in order. You just ordered after us.

Crazy LA Lady to Person on her phone:  So these people think I'm cutting in line and it actually looks like I am but I'm really not.

Donut Employee: (hands lady our order and tells her price)

Crazy LA Lady to Donut Employee: That's not mine I had 3 apple fritters.

Donut Employee:  Oh, you're after this order.

Me (smirking) as I get back in front of Crazy LA  Lady.

I'm not a big sugary breakfast person but we ate enough to last us until dinner. Josh and I each got a ham, egg, cheese, and jalapeรฑo crossiant. They were HUGE and really good. The coffee was delicious too. Then of course we each had to get an instagram picture worthy donut. 



Josh picked toasted coconut, Jen picked the Oreo panda, and I picked chocolate upon chocolate bar. Donut ;-) expect a beautiful area.  All the buildings are spray painted and they have run out of walls so they have started putting graffitti on the windows of businesses here.  There was a homeless tent on the corner of the intersection and lots of people lying around on the streets.  Really very sad.

Our day was packed with all the tourist things. 




We climbed the hill for a picture of Hollywood Hill. Not a good idea after California Donuts. 



We walked the sidewalk of Hollywood walk of fame. 



We thought we would look more Hollywood if Josh carried Bean around. 





I personally think he deserves an Oscar for the part he played:  LA guy with small dog.  BRAVO, honey!!




There were lots of people walking around in costumes or as characters and they would want you to take pictures with them for a tip.

Next up was Rodeo Drive, baby.  We did a little (window) shopping and pretended like we saw famous people.  Jenna and I found a pair of tennis shoes we liked for $1,750.  Whoa!! We didn’t even spend that at the most magical place on Earth so we had to pass on the shoes. 




I did find a new pair of sunglasses at Louis Vitton but again wasn’t really in the budget.  I’m pretty sure the teachers don’t shop over here but it was really fun to walk around and look at the shops and talk about if we actually had that kind of money we wouldn’t spend it on these things.



We decided to head back to our side of the tracks and pick up some groceries for a dinner picnic on Malibu beach.