Sunday, January 25, 2015

Multicultural Children's Book Day

Hey everyone!

Exciting news! I'm proud to be one of many voices for Multicultural Children's Book Day! My district is multicultural with a large Latino and Russian population, yet there's not always books multicultural books for them to learn about their heritage.

I was fortunate enough to join up with Valarie and Mia, the co-founders of this event. They had a mission in mind:  Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also away to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

You can spread the word too! The official hashtag is #ReadYourWorld.
Also, they're also partnering with First Book to offer a Virtual Book Drive that will help donate multicultural children’s books through their channels during the week of the event.

So what did I get to do? I got to review a wonderful book called "All About China" by Allison Branscombe. There are stories, songs, crafts, and a ton more in this amazing book, that fits right in with our third grade world cultures and traditions unit we are currently doing. Our school library has a handful of culture books to share between all our classes, so this will be definitely used! I created a small companion pack to go with this book.

The freebie that I created for this:
Click the picture to grab or click here.

This all happens on the 27th. There are a ton more people involved that what I have listed below...there are other reviewers!

**Thanks to the Children’s Book Council for their contribution and support. Thanks to our sponsors!
Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global BookshopGold Sponsors:  Satya House,,   Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic PoofSilver SponsorsJunior Library Guild,  Capstone PublishingLee and Low Books,  The Omnibus PublishingBronze Sponsors:Double Dutch Dolls,Bliss Group BooksSnuggle with Picture Books Publishing,  Rainbow Books,   Author FeliciaCapers,   Chronicle Books   Muslim Writers Publishing ,East West Discovery Press.
Cohosts:  Sprout’s BookshelfAll Done MonkeyKid World CitizenInCultural ParentGrowing Book by BookMama Smiles and Africa to America

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bright Idea: Timeline In The Class

Hey everyone!

I am happy to share this bright idea I picked up while subbing and am now using in my class (I really should add more to it!)

What I did was cut up the neon sentence strips and wrote the months on them. I made sure I had space before I put them up, for all the months.

I only put graphs, but that was a big part of October for us, plus this was my first full month in my class. I want to put more for each month, maybe something from math, social studies, and reading.

Small item=big memory. The kids could tell you right now that's from Brazil during our world culture unit (which we're still doing!)

September we studied government, those are the three branches, bar graphs and data in October, rocks and minerals in November, world cultures in Dec., etc.

My kids often glance up and say, "Remember when we did...". I also want to include pictures of the students in action too!

If you enjoyed this bright idea, please consider joining me on Facebook or Instagram for more great ideas!

Check out the other people linked up for even more ideas.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

HP, You Made Me Happy

Hey everyone!

You know how I love office supplies! Well one great place to grab them is shoplet. They even have a section just for teachers and a $1.99 or less spot!

They sent me some paper to review and I was surprised to receive a few other little things with it. It was like Christmas, but in January lol.

First was this paper. It's called EcoFficient and they say it weighs 20% less, which I could tell it was lighter and I was worried it would tear easier, but it's just as sturdy. It printed out just fine too. I like it!

Then  was the cutey patootie usb zip drive. I may have squealed at how cute it was, that the lid was magnetic, and that I'm taking it to school for my classroom!

Finally, this mug.

Perfect spot to hold my pens at school or something. This was just a bonus in the package!

Plus I got reacquainted with my camera and had fun snapping these shots.

**This is an honest review. All opinions are mine. I was sent the paper to review in return of a review. Shoplet has other things besides office supplies like medical and more!

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

This Is Your Year Giveaway!

Hey everyone!
Over on Owl-Ways Be Inspired, we're giving away a giftcard...a $100 giftcard!

Most of the other girls are giving away stuff on their blogs too, so don't forget to check them out!

I wasn't going to give anything away, but then decided that maybe I'd let a winner choose from my store. So leave a comment down below of what item you'd like from my store and I'll pick a winner Jan. 2 (in the evening).

EDIT: Congrats Kelly (and then I had to draw another, just because) and Kathy! Email me at so I can send you your prize!

Happy New Year!

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Party Animals

Hey everyone!

We partied it up in my class on the 19th and I just had to share how much fun I had with my first official Christmas party (err...winter party) with my kids!

We are obsessed with writing by the fireplace. So calm and cozy!

We got a new class pet, Spot. He's big, but I don't have to feed or clean up after him!

We had a pajama day. Note, this is at the end of the day. I am POOPED!

Our one of 2 junk food parties for the year. We're a healthy school and they did not skimp on this opportunity! That was not my plate, but one of my kids! 

Pajama day in the morning, before all the craziness. So cute and calm.

I gave them a cocoa bar and they loved it! That hot water thing is the best ever! I've used it for boiling water for science (the crystals) and now for hot cocoa. The parents thought it was genius!

I'm glad I have 2 weeks to recover from this crazy day!

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Getting Cultured Up In Here

Hey everyone!

I honestly don't know how full time teachers create, blog, teach, and take care of their families all at the same time! I'm struggling with just my cat and myself hahaha! I'm hoping that with my break, I'll be able to create products (or finish some) and do a few blog posts.

Our social studies unit right now is world cultures and traditions and my kids are eating it up! I had to set the mood right from the start. All my kids made passports and suitcases and got boarding passes. I played a video of a take off from in an airplane (many of mine haven't flown before) and we were off! Our first stop was India. We read a book about India one day, watched a video about two families in India, made a box and T-chart to compare and contrast the US and India, and wrapped up our stay with Henna art.

Each kid got a stamp to put on their suitcase.

We celebrated by creating Henna (Mehndi) art.

I was amazed that my boys were so into it too!
And their suitcases? Manila envelopes with brown construction paper handles and green construction paper straps on front! Easy and cute!

We then got our passports stamped on departure (I have a book stamper) and we traveled to Brazil next. I only nabbed one picture since it was the day before our crazy, wild, assembly/pajama/party day.

We made mask for Carnival and I played music while we shook our groove things. I love his mask!

We are headed to Russia next, then Australia, and ending in Kenya, with perhaps a trip to Germany in between there. I also start the week with music playing from the country, for my students to guess. It sets the mood and gets them hooked! Safe travels!

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Array City

Hey everyone!

I know I've said something on my IG account that I use Engage NY now for math, but I didn't know if I said it here. My school decided that Investigations doesn't fulfill our needs to meet CCSS. Engage NY fits it much better and my third grade team was onboard to use it. This unit we are doing now is our first full Engage NY unit. Module. Whatever lol. They have their modules in a different order than what the third grade team teaches math currently, but that's ok. We re-arranged and I think we're good and on goal.

So currently we are doing multiplication and division. My kiddos were both excited and anxious. The way Engage NY has it set up for multiplication is easy to teach and they were getting it! Now between meetings, professional development, and all that fabulous stuff, my lessons were getting shuffled around. The kids had many pre and post tests the week before for reading and math, so I thought we'd have a fun math day. Plus we had an assembly that cut into our math time. Hence, array city math/art time!

They got a black paper for their building and could choose roof and window colors.

Cutting out arrays.

They also had to put their equation on top of the roof.

Nicely done! And excuse the 70's countertop. Yuck!

It was fun, easy, and you bet they'll remember what an array is!

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