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Monday, January 12, 2015

1000 Teachers Pay Teachers Followers CELEBRATION!!

First of all, thank you to every one of you who has followed my store. I am truly grateful! I cannot believe 1000 teachers are interested in my resources. It is such a wonderful feeling. I LOVE TpT!

I will be posting more details about product giveaways and flash freebies on my Facebook page. Be sure to check it out so you won't miss anything! My ENTIRE store including bundles will be on sale for the next three days. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

January Currently

I am linking up (for the first time!!) with Oh' Boy 4th Grade for January Currently. One of my New Year's resolutions is to blog more. I love to blog because I love connecting with other teachers around the world!

Listening: I have two cats and they are both very vocal! One is in the basement just letting me know where he is... sigh...

Loving: I got a call to teach yesterday but I had nothing Monday, Tuesday, and today! Oh the joys of a substitute teacher. I try not to worry about it too much and enjoy my time at home to do other things. When I finally get a permanent position I know I will be wishing for these days again.

Thinking: My mom and I LOVE after holiday sales. 75% off? YES, PLEASE! We found a few adorable decorations after Christmas and I wanted to enjoy them for a bit before putting them away until next year.

Wanting: It is only -16 celsius today! I say "only" because yesterday it was -28. BRR!! We don't have "cold days" in my area because we would miss too much school but we do keep the kids in for recess. They've been in all week so I am hoping they got out today. The official rule is to keep them in when it is -25 or below but it is up to each individual school to decide.

Needing: I uploaded a "Winter Bundle" for first grade and set the dates for each month's packet to be released (to give me a deadline). I love the added pressure to complete each packet! February is almost finished.

Yes: I am getting married on October 3rd, 2015!! Woohoo! FINALLY!

Maybe: I say "maybe" only because if I somehow get a long-term teaching position for next fall, we will most likely have to postpone our honeymoon. Otherwise, we are planning to keep it simple and go to Florida.

I wish: I was so lucky to have been able to teach kindergarten for a small part of last year and I would LOVE to find something for this year. We have seniority-based hiring in my board and it is extremely difficult to find a teaching job. I can dream!! :)

Thanks for reading! :)

-Ms. Makinson

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pick 3 Pinterest Picks - January Linky

Today, as I was browsing my favourite blogs, I came across a post by An Apple for the Teacher (which I adored)! This is a linky that is posted every 3rd of the month and you are welcome to join in! Click on the above picture for instructions. Here are three of my favourite Pinterest picks for January.

I love the idea behind this pin! It reminded me of a similar graph idea that I did a few years ago after going on a leaf hunt. I love using concrete materials for graphing and I like that it begins with a survey question that just begs for a prediction to be made! I can also see a discussion occurring about the results and why students prefer wearing gloves or mittens. Also you could ask whether or not the survey results would be different in the spring vs. winter. So fun!

Did you know that I adore sensory bins? 
I love creating them, I love watching students engage with them, and I LOVE playing and learning along with my students. I thought this particular idea would be perfect for a play-based/inquiry-based kindergarten classroom. I can just imagine the "I wonder" questions that may come up to be explored! 

This pin caught my eye for a few reasons. This activity is great for measurement, making predictions, graphing predictions and results, connections to science, etc. It would be so exciting to check up on the snowman after lunch, gym, or recess to see how it changed.
Also, last year when I taught kindergarten, we had a few "snow eaters" late in the year when the snow was absolutely filthy. My teaching partner and I invited a few snow eaters to pick the cleanest looking piece of snow/ice to bring into the class to watch it melt. Although it looked clean, when it melted we discovered dirty water filled with sand and small rocks. What an eye opener! I am sure this snowman would have the same effect after it melts when all that is left is "snowman soup"!

Thank you for reading. I hope you are having a terrific Tuesday.  Please consider following me on Pinterest if you haven't already! :)

-Ms. Makinson