Sunday, January 17, 2016

Five Counting to 100 songs that kids will love!

Counting to 100 is a key skill that Kindergarteners are expected to master!  Although rote counting can be a mundane task, I've found some great videos on YouTube that are sure to get your students counting to 100 with a smile! 

#1--Jack Hartman's Count to 100 by 1's
This is a fun video that encourages kids to get up and move as they count to 100.  For each set of 10, kids are asked to perform movements such as rope climbing, soldier marching, bunny hops, etc as they are counting.  Learning and moving...can't beat that!! 

#2--I Can Count to 100 by Mark D. Pencil
This is always a favorite of my students!  It has a fun & funky beat that kids really enjoy.  Be prepared'll find yourself singing this all day long!

#3--We Can Count to 100!
This is a simple video that doesn't have a lot of graphics, except for the colorful numbers that are shown as you count.   This one has a cute catchy tune with kids counting/singing to 100.  This video would be perfect if your kiddos need practice counting, but may get distracted by too many graphics!

#4--Count to 100 by Tea Time with Tayla
This video is always a big hit with my girls.....not so much with the boys. LOL  Tayla is an energetic lady who enjoys doing some cheesy movements as she counts to 100.......IN A TUTU.  LOL  You may not want to play it all the time, but every now and then it'll be a fun change of pace!

#5--Pump up to 100 with Dr. Jean
Count to 100 and get your exercise in with the wonderful Dr. Jean!  My kids enjoy anything that Dr. Jean sings and this one is no exception!!

Do you have a favorite counting video that you use in your classroom?  Do share in the comments!!  I'm always on the lookout for engaging songs and videos that can help my kiddos learn. 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

100th day of school!

I really enjoy the 100th day of school!  I mean, who doesn't love a good celebration??  And making it through the first 100 days of school certainly deserves to be celebrated!!!

I love this poem by Meish Goldish because it's funny and cute, and the kids always enjoy reading it and listening to it.  It's always a hoot when you get to the end of the poem and they want to go back and count all of the know...just to MAKE SURE there are 100 words! Ha!

If you're looking for some simple and fun crafts the kids can make for the 100th day, I've got something that might be fun for your kiddos!  I just uploaded a brand new set  that includes three crafts kids can make and color:  a 100th day headband/crown, a 100th day necklace, and a 100th day bracelet.  Easy peasy & fun!  You can see the set and get more information HERE.

Enjoy your 100th day!!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

MLK drawing & a super cute headband!

Have you ever done directed drawing with your students?  Directed drawing is where you guide your students step by step in the drawing process.  You model each step for them on the board or screen, and then students repeat it on their paper.  It's not copying…students aren't given a finished image and then asked to replicate it.  Instead they are given step by step directions that they interpret and manipulate to the best of their ability!  The results can be amazing!!

Here is an example of a directed drawing that I did with my students a couple years ago.  You can see how no two are exactly alike!  That's what makes directed drawing so fun!!  Read my original post here !

Do your students love headbands as much as mine do?  I made a cute MLK headband and I just happened to find the cutest 6 year old to model it for me!!  Meet my nephew Ryan!  Cute, right?  You can grab the headband here for only $1.00.  Unfortunately the cute kiddo is not included!!

Happy Teaching!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"All About Me" Tablet Craftivity

How is your school year going?  Or did it just start??  We've been back in school for about a month now, so we are moving right along....

Do you do an All About Me activity to get to know your class?  
If so, I want to share a fun All About Me Craftivity that I created!

If your students are anything like mine, they love anything to do with iPhones, iPods, or iPads. 
 I decided it would be fun to combine their love of this technology with an 'all about me' activity that they could personalize for themselves.  

Included in this set are two different tablets.  One has 9 app spots and one only has 6 app spots.  Younger students may find it easier to complete the tablet with less spots.  

There are also 24 different "APPS" that students can choose from to personalize their tablet.  
Students can write or draw on each app to tell about themselves.

When it's completed, each student will have a personalized tablet that is all about them!  

I would suggest printing the tablets on colored paper and the icons on white, as shown in the above picture.  Completed tablets would make a great Back to School bulletin board or classroom display!  

Click here to check this out in my TpT store!  

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Augmented Reality with the ColAr Mix App!

Do you know what augmented reality is?  Neither did I until I was introduced to it by JoAn over at Tiny Toes.  And let me tell is super cool and your kids are going to LOVE it!!!

Google defines augmented reality as:  "a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view."

JoAn used the ColAR Mix App to introduce augmented reality to her preschool students.  Yes.  I said preschool students.  Even our youngest students will be able to enjoy this awesome technology!  If you want to see some super cute excitement, you will definitely want to read her latest blog post and see how her preschoolers reacted to this new technology.

Simply put, the ColAR Mix App takes student artwork and makes it jump off of the paper.

Yes, really!!!!

Here's how it works......

I downloaded the ColAr Mix App from the app store.  It's FREE.

Then,  I printed off coloring pages from the ColAR app site.  They have several that are absolutely FREE, but they also have some additional pages available for purchase.  I did purchase some additional ones for my students so that we'd have several choices to choose from!

Next, we colored the pictures!

I did not tell my students anything about the app or the 3-D fun that was coming.  I just told them they had worked so hard lately, that I decided we needed a "fun, coloring" day.

When students finished their pictures, I asked them if they wanted to see their picture "come to life."  Naturally they replied (screamed) YES!!!

I opened the ColAR app on my iPad, and held it over a student's picture.  (you'll see the picture turn blue, that's how you know the app 'sees' the picture correctly)

A few seconds later........the MAGIC happens.

Notice how the sun, trees, and house all appear to leap off of the paper.  Not sure if you can see it in the video, but the little dog actually runs down the sidewalk too!!  

The super cool thing is that you can actually move the iPad around the paper slowly....and see different angles.  It's truly like the picture has 'sprung' to life!  The kids were so amazed!!!  They did not want to leave and go back to their class....they kept begging to color another picture.  

Here's another example.  Seriously COOL!!!

I can't wait to use this technology some more!  It really got the kids engaged...and I could see this app being used as a springboard to writing, storytelling, reading, and more!  

Augmented Reality isn't just making pictures come to's about bringing the whole world around us to life.  I found a great Edutopia article online that gives lots of great suggestions of how we can use AR in the classroom.  If you've never heard of AR, or would just like to learn more, I highly recommend checking this article out:  Augmented Reality Brings New Dimensions to Learning.

What do you think????  Is this something you could see your kids getting excited about???