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Cyber Monday Blog Hop Stop #6

Hi Y'all!

Thanks for stopping by! You've landed at stop #6 on our little blog hop! We have teamed up with Go Noodle to bring you our favorite ideas for using GN in your class! Of course, there are also lots of giveaways! 


If you want to start at the beginning, head over to sweet Molly's blog by clicking her button! 

Lucky to Be in First

Today, I'm going to tell you all about how I use GoNoodle for indoor recess.
Lord knows that here on the East Coast we have all KINDS of weather.
Between rain all day and freezing temperatures (yes this Texan defines freezing as anything under 40 degrees), it's not always easy to go outside.  
These past couple weeks have provided ENDLESS hours of indoor recess.
ENDLESS.
Seriously...I was dying!
It is truly important for little 5 and 6 year old bodies to get lots of opportunities to run and jump and play...and dance and sing...and create.
Thank goodness for GoNoodle.
They really make it easy for us indoor bound teachers.

One day it rained ALL DAY.

ALL DAY!
There was no way we were going outside, so I wheeled out the projector and we got our GoNoodle on!


I LOVE Koo Koo Kangaroo.
Seriously, I love them so much.
My kids love them too.
We had so much fun we didn't even care that we couldn't go outside.
We worked for about 10 minutes on high energy activities and then cooled down with a little calming yoga with the amazing Maximo.



Maximo is awesome. Mostly because he is a blue monkey who does yoga but also because he really does help the kids calm down.
We worked on breathing deeply and transitioned right into our Fundations work.

The kids were focused and engaged during our phonics lesson and I promised to reward their hard work with a little extra GoNoodle time!
They were so excited!


Of course I went to my good ol' Koo Koo Kangaroo for a little Hopscotch!




Look at those little feet fly!!! I couldn't even get a non blurry shot of them.
They were so happy.


 GoNoodle really helps turn our rainy days into rainbow days!


Of course, Go Noodle has a special surprise for you! 
Starting on Cyber Monday, GoNoodle is also offering all Primary Powers readers 30% purchases from the GoNoodle Shop through December 8! Use the code POWERS30 at checkout to receive the discount PLUS a special gift from GoNoodle and Primary Powers. In addition to new t-shirts, tumblers, and other goodies for GoNoodling teachers, you can purchase affordable, pre-wrapped gift packs for students to bring a little GoNoodle love to your classroom this holiday.

And now for the fun part! I have a super fun giveaway for you! I get to give some sweet fan a classroom set of headbands!
Really?! How awesome will your class look as they rock out to Koo Koo Kangaroo in some awesome headbands!
I'm so jealous.




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Don't forget to check out the GoNoodle Facebook Fan Page
And now...let's keep hoping! Each blog will have some more swag you can win, and at the end you can enter to win a year's subscription to Go Noodle Plus!! :)



Click the picture to head over to Jaime's blog, Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

Weekend Warriors: November Necessities Day 2

Hi y'all
It's day 2!
And I'm here to tell you everything I need for the classroom.
And it's a lot.
I need a lot.
I'm needy.

If you read yesterday's post...you know I can't live without coffee. So my NUMBER ONE need is my classroom Keurig. It's a lifesaver when I need that little extra surge of energy during the day.
I purchased this little gem on Amazon a few years ago...but it's still going strong!



Seriously.

I love pretty things.  And one of the prettiest things I've ever written with is a Flair pen.  It's so perfect and wonderful and colorful...I buy a new set every year even if I still have pens from the previous year. I use them when I'm planning or writing notes to students.  I love them.

So beautiful.

Each morning, my kids stagger in at various times.  Most, if not all my kiddos ride the bus to school and they arrive within 5-10 minutes of each other.  In order to keep myself sane be able to take attendance, read notes, or help kiddos as they start their day, I needed something that would keep students who already arrived focused and engaged.  I worked to develop my Morning Work to use in the classroom each morning.  Each kiddo has their own set of pages (something I started this school year).  The pages increase in difficulty as the month moves on.  This Morning Work is great to use  as a quick assessment and a way to record student work over 25 days.  You can find my Morning Work here on TpT and you can download the first three days for free for each month!! It really is a life saver and I couldn't function without it.

Woop! There it is!

Lastly, I could NOT survive without my kiddos!
They are so sweet and loving and kind and wonderful.
And they really do make the job worthwhile.
I love their hugs and their funny/not funny jokes.
I love the pictures they draw for me and of me.
I love the stories they tell me even when I'm busy doing 100 other things.
LOVE LOVE LOVE 


Oh yea! That's me inside a locket of one my kiddos.
Seriously? I love them.

Weekend Warriors: November Necessities

Hello y'all!
I know many of you don't have to go back to school next week! You are so lucky...
We go until Wednesday...but have an early release that day and I can't wait!
I love Thanksgiving...
The food, time with family, fall weather....and the food....really make the holiday special...
but I think I really love Thanksgiving because it provides a much needed (and earned) break!
So in the sprit of thankfulness and giving...this post is all about what I need to get through the day!


1.  Coffee
I can't live...if living is without you...
I live on coffee.
First, it's delicious...creamy, sugary deliciousness.
Second, it really keeps my energy up.  And by midday...with 21 five year olds...my energy is gone.
I love coffee so much I own two Keurigs!
One for the house and one for school.
It's an addiction.

2. My students
I know.
Sappy.
I know but really...
I do love these kids.
They exhaust me and make me want to simultaneously scream and cry but...
they give great hugs...and sing silly songs...and will dance with you in the middle of a lesson...and randomly come up to you and ask you if you farted.


3.  Clothes, shoes, and bags
Y'all.
I have a serious problem with shopping.
I can't not buy things that are adorable.
There's something wrong with my synapses because if I see a cute dress my brain says "do it" and then it's in my hands and I'm buying it.
Really...I don't give purchases too much thought.
But I love clothes and shoes and bags.
I'm not sure that counts as a necessity but I find it necessary to look as adorable as possible at all times.
Follow me on Instagram where you can check out my fashion obsessions.

4. My husband
I did not know I was going to grow up and be a girl who loves being in love and loves being married and having a husband and spending time cuddling but..
here we are.
I do love that man even though he drives me crazy.

5.  Sleep.
Seriously, I cannot operate on anything under 7 hours of sleep.
I'm like a giant baby.
I go to bed each night around 9 or 9:30. It's kind of sad but I just like to sleep.
Sleeping's my favorite.


Check back tomorrow to see those items I just can't live without in my classroom!!
And check out the other Weekend Warriors necessities!


Super Thankful Thread

Hi y'all!

I can't believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner!
I have so much to do...
And so very much to be thankful for.
I teamed up with some very amazing bloggers to share with you what we are thankful for.
Please feel free to link up with us and share what you're thankful for.


Gonna get a little mushy for a minute.
I LOVE this man.
He came along at a time when I was about to give up on finding the "right" man.
Instead, I found the BEST man!
He's a little weird and very goofy and he makes me very happy!!
I'm so thankful for him and all he does for me.



Oh ya!
I love my friends and family.
I would have posted many many more pictures of them but I didn't want to out them on the internet..
These girls are some of the best bloggy friends in the world!
I didn't grow up with siblings so my close friends are truly my family.
They mean the world to me!



Oh goodness.
This guy.
My Ben means so much to me.
I'm so thankful for his big bear hugs and kisses.
He's so sweet.



This list is a short list of some of the other MANY things I am thankful for.
I could go on and on...
I'm so thankful for this blogging community and TpT and teaching and my kids and the teachers I work with and the kids that hug me on days when I am just DONE....
So much to be thankful for and I am so happy for everything that I have!


I can't wait to see what you're thankful for.
Head over to Primary Powers and link up!

I "mustache" you to read this post

Hi y'all.
I hope you had a fantastic Halloween!
I wore a tutu (surprise) and dressed up like a ninja turtle.
A lot of the kids were amazed that I was a Ninja Turtle...Girls can like superheros too!!


So...
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Creative Teaching Press about something really awesome.
They are trying to raise awareness about men's health during the month of November.

-please note that I was not about to talk to my littles about men's health. But, I knew I could use the mustaches in a purposeful way.
They wanted to see if teachers could help in their efforts by incorporating mustached themed items into their classroom or projects.
I was so excited to get this amazing opportunity!!


Here's what they sent me!

Are you looking for a great, fun way to get your preschool, Kindergarten, or first grade students writing? Then you're going to love this idea! I "mustache" you to click through to get all the details, but I promise you'll love it! Better yet - your students will be excited to write! You'll get compliments from other classes, teachers, administrators, and even parents! Click through now for all the details! {preK, Kinder, or first grader}

Sooo much awesome.
I didn't know where to begin.
I tried to tie in the mustaches around disguises and Halloween...
I thought the kids could use the mustaches to create a secret identity.  I'd bring in hats and sunglasses and the kids would have to write some clues about themselves so people could guess who was who.

Let me tell you, with all these goodies I had more than enough to make it happen.


Well you know what they say about good teaching: Model, model, model!

Well, here I am modeling a potential mustache disguise for my kids.

Are you looking for a great, fun way to get your preschool, Kindergarten, or first grade students writing? Then you're going to love this idea! I "mustache" you to click through to get all the details, but I promise you'll love it! Better yet - your students will be excited to write! You'll get compliments from other classes, teachers, administrators, and even parents! Click through now for all the details! {preK, Kinder, or first grader}

Yup.
That happened.

Then, I wrote some facts about myself.  Glued the picture onto some fancy paper and Bam!
The clues are written on a separate sheet of paper that is then glued to the fancy paper so that people can lift up the flap and see the name of the student underneath.  We wrote our names on those fancy little mustache labels.

Are you looking for a great, fun way to get your preschool, Kindergarten, or first grade students writing? Then you're going to love this idea! I "mustache" you to click through to get all the details, but I promise you'll love it! Better yet - your students will be excited to write! You'll get compliments from other classes, teachers, administrators, and even parents! Click through now for all the details! {preK, Kinder, or first grader}

My kids did a great job with their projects and I wanted to hang them in a place where people could interact with their work.
There is a bulletin board in one of our main hallways that I "borrowed".
It's mine now.
I used the letters from Creative Teaching Press to title my bulletin board.
It's so punny get ready.
It's awesome
The funniest thing you'll read today.
Ready?

I "mustache" you to guess who I am!

Cheesy. But on point.
Are you looking for a great, fun way to get your preschool, Kindergarten, or first grade students writing? Then you're going to love this idea! I "mustache" you to click through to get all the details, but I promise you'll love it! Better yet - your students will be excited to write! You'll get compliments from other classes, teachers, administrators, and even parents! Click through now for all the details! {preK, Kinder, or first grader}


Here's a closer look:
Are you looking for a great, fun way to get your preschool, Kindergarten, or first grade students writing? Then you're going to love this idea! I "mustache" you to click through to get all the details, but I promise you'll love it! Better yet - your students will be excited to write! You'll get compliments from other classes, teachers, administrators, and even parents! Click through now for all the details! {preK, Kinder, or first grader}

I'm sorry I had to blur out this little one's face especially since it was sooo cute in the disguise!!

Here's a look at the entire board.
Are you looking for a great, fun way to get your preschool, Kindergarten, or first grade students writing? Then you're going to love this idea! I "mustache" you to click through to get all the details, but I promise you'll love it! Better yet - your students will be excited to write! You'll get compliments from other classes, teachers, administrators, and even parents! Click through now for all the details! {preK, Kinder, or first grader}


My kids had a great time with this!
And they are receiving compliments EVERYDAY about this board.

I love the interactive part of it and the kids loved choosing a disguise and taking home a mustache!