Friday, May 22, 2015


I normally don't like to preach, but as a retired music teacher, I wholeheartedly support this!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Things to Do When You're Stuck in a Professional Development Workshop - Patterning

A few years ago, I started taking some materials with me whenever I had to attend a professional development workshop. I simply cannot sit there and listen. Of course, I take notes, but I also want to come away from the meeting with something more substantial. Especially if the workshop is not one of those Make-It-And-Take-It kinds.

Using pre-cut sentence strips and a box of markers, I've made these neat little pattern guides. I can use them to teach patterns with colored bears, pom-poms, or whatever. Or I can make a quick game with them using a die. The possibilities are endless!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wine Glass Lamps

Got this from a very good teacher friend of mine.
Wine glass lamps the kids made for Mother's Day,
but would make great Christmas gifts, too!

Wallpaper cone
$1 wine glass
battery operated LED votive

Monday, May 4, 2015

STUMP (and a Freebie!)

Here's a game where you pit groups of students against each other.

Click on the picture above to get a full size sheet you can print out.

Print onto durable cardstock and cut out on dotted lines. Place the squares into baggies so that Team 1 gets the "A" group of letters, Team 2 gets the "I" group of letters, and so forth.

Have the children pick one person on the team to be the scribe.

When you say "Go!", each team dumps their letters on the table and starts moving them around to build words. The scribe writes down every word they make.

When time is up, the team with the most words wins!

Friday, May 1, 2015