Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Toddler Tuesday ~ and Preschoolers Too!

Hello Friends!
I was planning out preschool story hour the other day and realized that there are only 5 more left!  Sad!  All the kiddos are headed to some kind of school this fall so we won't be continuing with story hour.  So I worked hard to come up with 5 really fun ideas that I know my kids will love. 

This week as all about.... Beach Balls!

I got the idea from this picture on pinterest.  It doesn't link anywhere but the picture was enough to get my mind going.
 beach ball kid craft

I read Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan.


Here's the link to check it out on amazon.  http://www.amazon.com/Hello-Ocean-Hola-Munoz-Ryan/dp/1570913722/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1438112298&sr=8-2&keywords=hello+ocean#reader_1570913722


This book has fantastic pictures.  The kiddos loved them.  There's even a beach ball that keeps reappearing throughout the story.  We also were able to reinforce the 5 senses as she "loves the way the ocean feels, looks, tastes, sounds, and smells."  This book is also written in Spanish right next to the English text.

After the story we sang our songs.  One of our new favorites is Five Green and Speckled Frogs.  One little one giggles uncontrollably when I shiver at the part where the frog jumps into the pool where it is nice and cool.  She thinks it's hilarious!  So cute!

Then I got out a beach ball.  We talked about the colors we see on the beach ball and everyone got a turn to hold the beach ball. 

Finally it was time to do our craft.  The kids were so excited.  I prepared the paper plates ahead of time by drawing the circle in the middle with the lines leading out with a black sharpie.  That way the kids just had to paint to their heart's content.  They are getting so good at painting!






Hope you get to try this one with your toddlers and/or preschoolers too!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TpTVegas2015... So Much Fun!! ~ Part 2

Hello Friends!
Well I meant to get around to this post last week.  Didn't happen.  So life goes.  There was so much going on at the conference that I couldn't fit it all into one blog post.  So after a very long break between... here's part 2!

I left off with part one with frozen hot chocolates from Serendipity Thursday night.  You can read (sorry, I wish you could taste too) all about that here.

Friday morning was the "official" start to the TpT Conference.  Rachel Lynette gave the keynote speech.  She was fabulous.  What a great story of hard work and perseverance!  Paul and Adam spoke too.  There are some exciting things coming down the pike for TpT.  Some big app improvements to name one thing.  It's going to be a great Fall!  TpT has been hiring like crazy and a couple of people were there at the conference for their first day of work.  Can you imagine that for your first day?

My first session was Fix Your Brand.  This was hosted by Mary Montero from Teaching With a Mountain View, Blair Turner  and Ariane Huddleston from The Science Penguin.  It was a very fun and engaging session.  It was heartening to hear about their learning process and see how they learned as they grew, as we all are.
 


My next session was Advanced Pinterest with Mel D from Seusstastic.  Poor Mel was suffering from a double ear infection but still managed to present an awesome session.


After lunch I headed off to TpT App Hacks with Tabitha Carro from Flapjack Educational Resources. I learned about so many great apps out there to help us work smarter, not harder.


My final session of the day was Unlock the Code: Secrets of Seller Success with Chris Kesler.  What a great session! 

    
And finally my overall take-aways from the entire conference...

Another great conference in Vegas!  I can't wait for next year!  Who's going to TpTVegas2016 with me??

Friday, July 24, 2015

Five for Friday ~July 24

Happy Friday!
Yay for Fridays!  Now that my daughter is in summer school we are in a routine very similar to that of our school year.  Getting myself up and her up isn't always an easy chore.  I'm ready for the weekend... how about you?

I love linking up with Kacey from Doodlebugs Teaching for this fabulous linky party.  Thanks Kacey for hosting.  Click on the picture to join in the fun!
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Time to get this party started!
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We started our week off last weekend with our daughter's birthday party.  It was an Annie theme.  I did the decorations in a red and white theme and tried to make everything at the table look like an italian restaurant... like the one she waits outside of every Friday for her birth parents.




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Tuesday was preschool story hour.  We did a mermaid theme.  These were fun.  The kids are really getting used to us painting their hands now.


I blogged more in detail about all our summer preschool projects here.


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Tuesday was also my daughter's official birthday.  Her favorite present is probably the Furby Boom.  I think the clothes and furniture for her doll come in a close second.  We also got her a wheel chair, crutches, and cast set for her 18 inch doll.  This has been a huge hit with her and her friends in the neighborhood this week.


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Yesterday I finally got a blog post written and posted about Vegas.  Can I say that I miss Vegas??  Anyone else??  You can click the picture to read more about my first 2 days.

http://www.liveloveserveteach.blogspot.com/2015/07/tptvegas2015-so-much-fun-part-1_23.html
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Starting Sunday my tribe (The Primary Punchbowl) is  going to be kicking off a Christmas in July sale for 3 days.  What's one of everyone's favorite parts about Christmas?  Presents, right?  Well each of us will have a surprise present for you (freebie) in our TpT stores.  Our stores will also be on sale.  You can hop from store to store via instagram.  Make sure you follow me on instagram so you don't miss out!  Merry Christmas in July!

I am looking forward to some pool time this afternoon and weekend... how about you?  What do you have planned for the weekend?  Whatever it may be... Enjoy!

 


  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

TpTVegas2015... So Much Fun!! ~Part 1

Hello Friends!
I realize that I am way behind in posting about TpTVegas2015 but life happens, right?  I still wanted to share some of my biggest take aways and memories with you all and those don't go away even after time has passed.

This was not my first year in Vegas.  I went last year.  I had so much fun that I knew I had to go again.
Last year...
 

My friends Kristin and Lindsey from 2 Literacy Teachers and I were roomies last year and were roomies again this year.  We taught together at the same school for 5 years before I moved down here to the Bahamas for 2 years.  My other bestie Alicia comes with her hubby for some serious Vegas fun and to hang out with us.  She's a teacher too but doesn't TpT....yet.  :)

This year I flew out on a Tuesday morning since I was flying from the Bahamas and wanted to make it in time for the Real Housewives of TpT meet-up.  Here I am outside the Nassau Airport.

My first meet-up of the conference was The Real Housewives of TpT.  We met at The Grand Luxe Cafe in the Palazzo.  We had our own room.  The food was delicious and the meet-up was a blast!  It was hosted by my friends Jennifer from A Dab of Glue Will Do, Elissa from Mrs. Jones Creation Station, and Sara from Sara J. Creations.  We sat at tables of 4-6 people and it was a nice way to really chat and get to know other stay at home moms and full-time TpTers.  Here's some pictures from the meet-up.



TpTVegas2015 Registration Time!


Wednesday night was the huge teacher/blogger meet-up.  There were like 1000 people there.  It really pushed me to be social, and I'm an extrovert!  I did win a prize... $100 towards purchasing some sit spots.  Yay!  Can't wait to order them when I'm back in the states.   I'm proud of myself for not being shy and going up and meeting some of the inspiring sellers I wanted to meet.  Here we are with Amy Lemons, Krista Wallden, Rachel Lynette, and our friend Alexis Sanchez.


Thursday morning there were networking opportunities in grade level bands.  I had a blast in the pre-k and k one.  They had a sheet out where you had to find someone to sign every square on your sheet to be entered to win a prize.  The squares said things like "Find someone teaching kindergarten for the very first time" or "Loves to teach writing".  It was fun and definitely helped inspire conversation.  I even got to indulge in some conversation with Deanna Jump!  

Thursday afternoon it was time for the conference to start!

My first session was The Superpowers of Powerpoint.  It was hosted by Hope King, Rachelle Smith, and Michelle Oakes.  They wore superhero costumes and made the session fun and engaging.

My biggest take-aways were:
1.  Secure your documents
2.  Play around with text effects to make it pop on the page.  (right click or control click and format text)
3.  Experiment with tilting your graphics so part of it is on the page or it's facing a different direction.  Don't always think top to bottom.

My next session was a blogging panel hosted by Emily from Education to the Core, Kristin from A Teeny Tiny Teacher, Maria from Kinder Craze, and Megan from I Teach. What's Your Superpower.

My biggest take-aways were:
1. Be yourself
2. Be consistent (blog once a week, once a month, but be consistent)
3.  Solve the readers' problems

Thursday night we went out on the town.  Well, nothing too wild and crazy because we were all tired.  We went to Serendipity for frozen hot chocolates for dessert at the end of our night.


My friend Alicia's husband caught this picture of all of us taking pictures of our drinks.  Hilarious!


Well, that is where I will leave you for part one of my adventures in Vegas.  Tune in tomorrow for part 2!
 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Toddler Tuesday...and Preschoolers Too! ~Summer Stories



Hello Friends!

I've been absent from blogging for a couple weeks now due to my trip to Vegas and having had family visiting.  Lots to blog about so stay tuned!  Today I'm catching up on what my toddlers, preschoolers, and I have been up to this summer.  Looking for fun summer themed ideas?  Read on!

 

For the Tuesday before 4th of July (June 30) we read A is for America...
http://www.amazon.com/America-Devin-Scillian/dp/1585360155/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1437591605&sr=1-1&keywords=a+is+for+america

 and made hand print fireworks.  They turned out really cute.  I found the idea on pinterest but the picture didn't link anywhere.  If you are the author, please let me know and I'll credit you.  :)





The Tuesday after that (July 7) I was leaving for Vegas.  I prepped everything for my friend Paula to lead story hour for me.  The theme was... sharks!

I ordered this book from Amazon:
 http://www.amazon.com/Hark-Shark-Sharks-Learning-Library/dp/0375870733/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1437590949&sr=1-6&keywords=sharks+books+for+kids
They made this adorable footprint shark.  This was perfect timing as it was also Shark Week.
 In honor of Shark Week, we made Footprint Sharks. No animals or children were harmed in the making. Not even a drop of blood! These sharks are sure to steal the show on your refrigerator!

Last week (July 14) we did a camping theme. 
I read this book:

http://www.amazon.com/When-We-Camping-Margriet-Ruurs/dp/0887766854/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1437590323&sr=1-6&keywords=camping+books+for+kids



We made campfires on black construction paper with red, orange, and yellow tissue paper.  I pre-cut the wood out of brown construction paper.  We used cotton balls for the marshmallows.  I saw this idea on Pinterest...
http://www.iheartcraftythings.com/2015/06/cupcake-liner-campfire-craft-for-kids.html

But didn't want to trek all over the island looking for different colored cupcake wrappers.  So we used tissue paper and they turned out really cute!




This week (July 21) the theme was Mermaids!


I read this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Three-Little-Mermaids-Paula-Wiseman/dp/1442412860/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1437591194&sr=1-1&keywords=three+little+mermaids


The kiddos loved getting to come up and feel different parts of the book and move the objects that moved.  This was a very interactive book.

Then we made mermaids and mermen.  I got the idea here...
Paint a Handprint Mermaid Activity

And ours look like this...




We've been busy having fun all summer long.  Only a few more weeks to go!  What are you busy doing with your toddlers and/or preschoolers?  Share some ideas below in the comments!