7 Apps That Save My Mama Sanity!

Hey Mamas!

Today I am blogging about life as a mama over at See Mama Teach. Life with this little toot is so much fun! 

I have 7 apps for you that make our life together a little easier and little happier. If you're interested, click any of the pictures in this post to travel over and join us! 

See you there!

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Sharing Sunday: Planning for November!

Hey peeps!

I can't believe it's almost November! Why do I already feel behind on Christmas shopping??!! :)

I'm getting together today with my Primary Peach friends to help you plan for the month ahead. Our posts are packed with FREEBIES, tips, and teaching ideas for November! We call it Sharing Sunday and I hope you'll join us!

My collection of teaching ideas is great for 2nd and 3rd grade teacher friends. If that doesn't fit you, check out some of the links below --- I know that there will be something for everyone today! To find out how to grab any of the freebies and products in the pictures below, just click on any of the pictures.

I love to read seasonal books with my kiddos. My year-to-year favorites include The Ugly Pumpkin (early November), The Candy Corn Contest (late October through November), A Turkey for Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving Is... (nonfiction!). There are also several freebies here perfect for Reader's Workshop!

I spend a good week working through the activities in The Ugly Pumpkin. If you're looking for a fun read-aloud for the first week in November, make sure you check it out! There's even a fun writing craftivity included!

Got verbs?? I combed through Thanksgiving resources on TpT and found these two gems! They are PERFECT for introducing and assessing your kiddos' verb knowledge. I'm also including a link to my newly updated Apply the Adjective game! Your kids will LOVE playing and you will love the adjectives and descriptive phrases you start to see pop up in their writing!

Just a few fun freebies to close out this party. :) I LOVE Rachel Lynette's Would You Rather questions for my morning meeting --- and my kids do too!! There's also a gratitude journal I gave to my kids at the end of each week. It was a fun in class quick write (or time filler??) and I loved it so much I brought it back at least once a month. Their responses could be funny, sweet, or sad --- but I loved the feedback they gave me and the "peek" I got into their lives at home.

I hope you've come away with some great ideas for next month! Make sure to visit The Primary Peach and check out what my other friends have for you!


My Fall Favorites + a Fun FREEBIE + a Giveaway!!

Hey y'all!!

If you haven't been by The Primary Peach lately, you need to GET MOVING! We've been posting freebies every day this month, AND we're having giveaways all month long for $50 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers or Amazon --- winner's choice!


I've got my own brand spankin' new fall freebie for you that's just in time for Halloween! If you'd like to grab a copy for yourself, click on the picture below! Don't forget to enter our giveaway while you're there!!


It's super simple to prep and your kiddos will love playing as we inch closer and closer to Halloween!

See you soon!

5 Halloween Books Your Kids Will LOVE!

Who loves to read to their students??

((Waves hand wildly in the air))

Who loves to read books the same books to their students that they heard last year?

----Insert awkward silence.----

Seriously. Is there anything that takes the wind out of your sails more?? You have a book you're SO excited to share with your kiddos, only to hear...

"We read that last year!"

After a couple of lessons like this, I made it my goal to have a collection of seasonal books that my students hadn't read before.I also included their familiar favorites in my classroom library, but I did my best to make sure I had original read-alouds for my lessons!

So today, I'd love to share a few of my October favorites with you. Click on any of the pictures below to learn a little bit more about each book.

I love using this book to teach students about schema, misconceptions, and adding in new information from the books we read. Halloween can be full of misconceptions in our classrooms, and Gail Gibbons does a beautiful job of relaying factual information about this time of year. It is a longer text, so I would caution you not to try and read it all in one sitting with your kids. If you're looking for a shorter text, she also has a book called Halloween that is much simpler and more appropriate for K-2 students.

Hands down, this is my favorite chapter book to read aloud to my kiddos during the month of October. I am a BIG FAN of the Herdmans and their antics. There are 2 other books about the Herdmans - The Best Worst School Year Ever and The Best Worst Christmas Pageant Ever. Classics, but luckily my kids had never heard of them until they came to me! :)

This is not a book for teachers who do not enjoy reading aloud. So I am pretending that those teachers do not exist. I'm pretty sure I became a teacher just so I could read to my kiddos! This is such a fun story to read out loud - lots of rhyme, dialogue, and rhythm. Dig in!!
This is definitely one of my top 2 favorites for October. I really love that I can tie it into the 7 Habits - Begin With the End in Mind and Synergize. It's also great for teaching students about character traits, motivations, and actions. My only "sad trombone" for this book is that I *think* it's out of print. I've always been able to grab copies from Amazon for pretty cheap when I need them. It is definitely a well-loved, well-read book in our room! 
Last, but not least, my absolute favorite! The Ugly Pumpkin!! I seriously cannot wait to read this to my kids every year. In fact, I'm already bothering my friends to let me come and read it to their classes this year. The last page makes me belly laugh every year. I love that because this story starts after Halloween has happened, you can use this book through the first few days of November. It's a great book with lots of opportunities to discuss compassion, friendship, and empathy!
I also have a pack from last year I made that goes perfectly with it! 
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There are lots of response options for character traits, character actions, and summaries. There are also lots of activities you can use to boost vocabulary - mystery phrase (word scramble), rhyming words, and more! There's even a writing activity and matching craft. Click on the picture above to check it out!

I hope you've found at least one new fun title to try in your room in the days ahead! Let me know if you have a new title I might need to add to my Amazon wishlist!! :)

The Brag Board {An October Bright Idea}

This bright idea comes to you courtesy of my favorite teaching partner, M. I was walking by her room last week, and saw this on the wall by her door. I had to stop and ask!

M said she kept running across student work that she wanted to celebrate and highlight, but it didn't fit her standards boards or thematic displays. So, she found a space outside her room where she could put student work up and just brag on her students. The students know why the work is there, she and her para celebrate and make a big to-do when they put a new piece up, but what I really love is why the work is there.

Students deserve recognition. Outside of writing pieces that have page-long rubrics attached to them. They deserve celebrations for things that don't involve test scores. Our kids deserve praise for grasping a new concept that's been difficult for everyone. And as teachers, we should be able to celebrate and praise without having to attach commentary and quoting standards.

So she did. :-) We all need a Brag Board.

Thank you for stopping by today! Make sure you look through all of the posts below for more Bright Ideas this month!

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