I was looking around my classroom the other day looking for blog ideas
and it hit me how I have a lot of fun, quirky things in my classroom that I wanted to share!
I also wanted to see the fun, quirky things that make other classrooms unique!
So, I thought to myself...self, this might be a good idea for a "Real Teachers of "Blog" County link-up post!
This is a fun cup from Ikea. It hangs perfectly on my easel and stores my markers!
I recently went to the Blogger Meet-Up in French Lick Indiana and I won this adorable mug! He is on my desk now holding stuff. I was a little nervous to drink out of it. I was afraid to get a horn in my eye! I love him though. He is so much fun! Thanks I Teach STEM!
This one needs a little explaining. As a behavior management tool in my classroom, when I see someone who is doing the right thing, being kind, etc. I hand them our class mascot Dwight the Eagle. Then, the kids pass him around as instructed throughout the day. Whoever has him at the end of the day gets to pick out of the prize box. Well, the other day we were doing a school fundraiser for St. Baldrick's and the kiddos could bring in a toy for $1. So, one of my kiddos brought in her doll. I found these two getting cozy by the couch before Reading Time! I couldn't resist!
I LOVE sloths. This one just sits on my read aloud basket and looks cute and I love him!
Last, but not least, you can tell it's been a good day by the level of mess on my desk.
This day must have been AWESOME! Why yes, I do have an owl, an alpaca, and a naked mole rat on my desk! Can you spot them?
I would love to see some of the things that make your classroom unique!
I was contacted about doing a review for the game a few weeks ago from the lovely people who make this wonderful reading game.
This is a crazy busy time of year, but I have a few kiddos who I thought would really benefit and have fun with this, so decided to try it out!
Boy, am I glad that I did!
The kiddos had a blast!
I used it in my small reading groups.
The first part of the game is a fast paced matching style game. They have to match and read the words as they go. Above, you see that we mixed two sets together to make it a little more challenging because there were two players. My kiddos said things like"
"This is so much fun!"
"Are we doing reading?"
"I am really good at this!"
After you play the matching part of the game and you are confident that they kiddos know the words, the read a card that coordinates with the colors and numbers of the matching game you play.
They enjoyed this as well.
Once you have played and the kiddos have mastered all of the words for a particular color, then there is a book to read with the words that they learned!
It was great to see them so excited to "graduate" to the book!
My groups keep asking me to play again.
This game is perfect for kindergarteners, first graders, and those second graders who might need a little review! My students and I really enjoy this game and we would recommend it to anyone! For more information, click on the picture below to go to their website!
Also, don't forget to enter my little giveaway! I am giving away 3 separate copies of the game! Hurrah!