Tuesday, March 3, 2015

EdEXPO2015

Wow-o-wow!! This last weekend was Uh-MAZING!! As y’all know I went to Atlanta with some of my Bloggy Friends and got to attend the EdEXPO! You guys should have saw how many vendors there were! I think like a trillion!!

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There were rows upon rows of vendors!

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As a group, we each wrote our Top Ten favorite items we saw. EdMarket then just compiled all the names and came up with the Bloggy Top Ten!

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And here they are!!! Are you ready?!

 

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Touchtronic Numbers and Letters by Junior Learning

These guys were SO COOL!! I want a set for my classroom!!! You tap these magnets to the screen of an iPad and it works like a stamp!!

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The Reading Game

This was a great game for intervention. It focused and then built on 6 sight words at a time.

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SayIt

Such a fun game! It would be perfect for upper grades!

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There was a two way tie for #4 between

Fidgets and GoldieBlox

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The Empty Number Line

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MathBands

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BusyFingers by Fiddle Focus

I LOVE this!! They are made by some fellow Okies!

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Pencil Grips

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Circuit Sticker Books

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And then ten was a tie as well!!

Kapla Blocks and Cool Circuits

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Well, there ya go!! The hottest trends in Education acourding to the 50 Bloggers who got to go to EdEXPO

 

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If you see something on this list that you just have to have.  PLEASE visit the Edmarketpage to find a local or on-line retailer.

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

#EdEXPO2015

I am SO excited friends!! I am currently sitting at the airport terminal ready to head to HOT-Lanta!! Otherwise known as Atlanta, GA.

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I am one of 50 bloggers who is scanning for the next best thing in Education at the #EDExpo2015. We are going to be walking the exhibition floor, look at all the new items that are available for our classrooms.

 

In just a few days superintendents, curriculum coordinators, and retailers of educational brick & mortars and online stores will be hitting up Atlanta and Katie Bar the Door!

 

Have I mentioned yet how EXCITED I am?! Make sure that you follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook so you can be right there with me! I will be sharing my finds with you, have no doubt!

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

All about Blubber

It is one of my FAVORITE weeks in Kindergarten. All about Polar Animals!! I have been sick this week, was told I have strep for the FOURTH time since August on Sunday. Anywho I was only in my classroom 3 days this week. I missed getting pictures of my kiddos doing fun Arctic Animals, but I did snag a could from Friday!

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This is an activity that I remember doing back when I was in kindergarten!! When I got to school I realized I had forgotten the Crisco. So I called Officer Hofficer during my planning to bring some to me. This is the text I got. How little he thinks of my teaching abilities!

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Once I got the Crisco in the bag and it all duck taped up, I sat it in the bag of water, then we had to wait for the kids to come back from Specials. When they came in, my teaching partner and I started to have the students tell us what we were doing. I got a good chuckle out of some of their answers! We asked “What is Blubber”

One of my kids said “A whale’s buggers” Um not quite. Then once we learned that blubber is the fat in Polar Animals I asked why they needed the fat. “So Vampires can’t suck their blood” was my favorite answer!

Needless to say, we got them straightened out! Then they got to feel the difference between blubber vs non-blubber.

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When they all got to feel the blubber, I looked over at the blubber/Crisco and it was hard as a rock! I thought that was interesting. So note to self, don’t let it chill in the ice before you do the experiment.

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Well I am off to finish my February One Stop Centers!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Update on my Word Wall

At the beginning of the year, I shared with you guys how I was using my word wall at the beginning of the year.

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This was a picture at the beginning of the year. I didn’t want such a big area of my classroom to stay blank, so I came up with the idea of having beginning sounds on there til we started adding sight words.

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Here is what it looked like in the beginning, I would put the words up there as we reviewed each letter.

 

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And here we are my friends. The word wall in all its glory! I love it, my kids love it!!

 

Now the hard decision, do I take it down, or just add words to it? I think I am going to talk about half of the pictures off so there are still some examples of beginning sounds.

 

Have a great weekend!!

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

One Stop Centers: Jan Edition

Hi, I swear every time I write a blog post, it starts out the same. I am sorry I have not been around because …. Well I say the same thing again!! It has been TWO MONTHS. Wow. I will graduate in May, so YAY for that, I.Can.Not.Wait. I miss blogging, I miss my friends and I miss creating.

So over Christmas break (when I wasn’t worried about lesson plans, or my classes) I made a set of centers. perfect for the month of January.
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It has 8 centers. I have 4 up and running into my classroom. So I have pictures for those!!

“Want to Build a Snowman” is a big hit with my Kinderroos! They draw a card, and count the ten rods, write on the response sheet.
“Want to Build a Snowman” is a big hit with my Kinderroos! They draw a card, and count the ten rods, write on the response sheet.


“Snowy CVC Words” My kids are really beginning to click with understanding CVC words. They are loving this center!
“Snowy CVC Words” My kids are really beginning to click with understanding CVC words. They are loving this center!


Getting ready to do penguins next week and I can’t wait to get these bad boys out for my kiddos. We introduced r blends last week, so we are practicing them during center time.
Getting ready to do penguins next week and I can’t wait to get these bad boys out for my kiddos. We introduced r blends last week, so we are practicing them during center time.


Polar Bear centers are ready too! Addition is what we have been focusing on for the last few weeks. So this is perfect for review!
Polar Bear centers are ready too! Addition is what we have been focusing on for the last few weeks. So this is perfect for review!



There is also two more snow centers, a MLK center, The Mitten center and a New Years center!
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I also have a great freebie for ya! My kids are rocking this game!
his is a splash game! The kids draw a card, read or identify the number. If they identify right, they get to keep it. If it is wrong, they have to put it back in the pile. If they draw a splash card, they have to turn all their cards back in!
This is a splash game! The kids draw a card, read or identify the number. If they identify right, they get to keep it. If it is wrong, they have to put it back in the pile. If they draw a splash card, they have to turn all their cards back in!


Alright friends! I am off to play BINGO! So I will see ya in a month or two Winking smile

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trick and Treat!!

It is my kiddos FAVORITE holiday! And what is a good Halloween with out a little bit of Trick or Treating!?!

I am teaming up with my girls from Freebielicious and we are sharing some of our best Tricks for the classroom and a little treat too!


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My Trick for you is a very simple one! I was sitting at my desk the other day assessing a student. I could feel 5 little hands on me, all sayings “Mrs. Hoffer, Mrs. Hoffer”.  I thought I was going to loose my mind!  So I implemented a little tool in my room. This is call the “red line”… Ingenious name I know. But it does its job.


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Then I had a couple extra “SitSpots” left over from Apple week, and I plopped those down as well. Only one person is allowed behind the red line, and the next three people have to stand on an apple. It truly has made my life easier! And it is so cute to hear someone say “You can’t go behind the red line, that is Mrs. Hoffer’s space!”


And a little Treat for you as well! I am going to mark my Pumpkin Life Cycle pack free until Saturday morning!
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Trick or Treat!!


Now head on over to Sharing Kindergarten to find out what her Trick and Treat is!
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