Saturday, September 28, 2013

Spooktacular Hoppenings {A long overdue SALE}

WOW, I simply cannot thank you all enough for the emails and comments. You are so kind and just made me miss blogging even more! My newest creation is Spiders, Bats, and Spooky Cats...(link to TPT in the first pic). All things fall related are on sale now in my TPT store :)

There are a total of 14 activities included (7 literacy and 7 math), over 110 pages! Each activity is aligned with the Common Core.

Skills addressed include;
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1a Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1c Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3c Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to,you, she, my, is, are, do, does).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1d Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3a Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.2a Recognize and produce rhyming words.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.2b Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.
RF.K.1. Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
RF.K.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
RL.K.10. Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
RL.K.5. Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1d Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3a Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1a Print many upper- and lowercase letters.
CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4a When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.5 Fluently add and subtract within 5.
CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.5 Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 120, count out that many objects.
CCSS.Math.Content.K.NBT.A.1 Compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each composition or decomposition by a drawing or equation (such as 18 = 10 + 8); understand that these numbers are composed of ten ones and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.
K.CC.6. Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.A.2 Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
K.MD.2. Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.
CCSS.Math.Content.K.MD.B.3 Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.1
K.CC.2. Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).

I absolutely LOVE all things Halloween...unfortunately, this year I will be unable to participate because I have a couple of students who don't celebrate <enter sad emoticon here>. I will be able to use about half of this unit. Have no fear...I have a monster unit, an owl unit, as well as, a fall unit that can be used during the month of October.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Vanishing Act

Ohmiword, has it really been 6 months since I blogged?!? First and foremost...I have missed you all so, so, so much!!!

So, where have I been? Sick. That pretty much sums it all up. After my world collapsed back in May 2012, I began to try to rebuild it....toddler in tow and on my own. Tra-la-la, I'm going about things having ups and downs just like anyone else. Then from December through January, I kept battling recurring strep throat. From January-April, I would wake up with a fever, chills, and overall achiness several times a week. Doctor visit after doctor visit with no answers. By the end of April, most days I couldn't get out of bed.

I missed the last 7 weeks of school. Most days were without my little guy :( I will tell you my life was no fun at all. The beginning of the summer I started to recoop. Although every few days I would still wake up with a fever, chills, and body aches with extreme fatigue. It's no joke people....there are days that I sleep for hours on end. It's so bizarre, I've gone from a non-napper to life as a cat.

As the summer came to an end, my "episodes" were getting farther apart, almost 2 weeks apart! Then I went back to school, I'm back to challenging days in every week. Sigh. Sigh. Sigh.

Throughout all of this, I have tried to keep my head high while facing some serious life changers....loss of 13 year marriage, his infidelity (and some scary things that followed), the loss of a house, moving out on my own for the first time EVER, and the realization that things can fall apart when you least expect it.

My school and coworkers have been the most incredible support system I have. While the people who I trusted and relied on have seamlessly faded into the background, my school has been my beacon. That's the kind of place I work. They are my family. I trust them and love them and could have never gotten through the last few years without them. My mentor, Pam, is honestly, the best person I have ever met. I am blessed to work with her and call her my friend. I will never be able to convey how lucky I am to work at Willow School.

How's the little mister? BIG and a tad naughty ;-) He's definitely mine. He's book obsessed (like me), he lives on a steady stream of milk (like me), and tests the boundaries of everything!

I have read each and every email and comment from you! Unfortunately, I just haven't been able to keep up. For this, I truly apologize from the bottom of my heart. If you needed something or needed something answered, please comment or shoot me an email and I will try my very best to answer you quickly.

For those of you that wanted a Wake-Up Work pack for August/September, I worked on it throughout the summer and simply just couldn't get it finished. :(  I am working on the one for October, it just takes me a lot longer to finish things these days. I have just finished a Halloween type pack which is getting edited tonight, so be on the look out!

That's it for now. Know that I miss the blogging community and all my friends out there! I'm working out my come back, slowly and surely.

Lots of love,