January center winner, retail therapy, and flash sale!

First of all congrats Rae! I'll be emailing you my Snowy Math and Reading centers!

I tried going into my classroom today but there was a power outage in the area and our magnetic locks didn't work. Needless to say I was a tad grumpy about the 30 minute drive. Decided to treat myself to some Target retail therapy on the way home. Particularly post-Christmas clearance therapy. Well the clearance was kind of lackluster but the dollar spot was fab.

They're slowly switching stuff out and there was this little section from LeapFrog. I nabbed this little subtraction game. (front)


Dry erase paddle

standard and mini-sized clipboards

Valentine's Heart dice! (I don't have a center or game in mind for these right now but I will)

Graphic from Learning is Something to Treasure (she's have a sale and a giveaway!!)
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Ready for January?

It's about time to do our Middle of Year (MOY) DIBELS here in my district so I'll be using the first week or two reviewing some of those essential skills! Check out my nonsense words packet. 



The order of service is posted beneath the audio file so that you can join in with the service. The words in bold type are the ones we say together.
If you want to physically partake of communion you will require a small piece of bread and a small amount of drink (preferably made from grapes and containing alcohol). How you view the nature of this part of the service is completely up to you.

The order of service is posted beneath the audio file so that you can join in with the service. The words in bold type are the ones we say together.

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Gearing Up to Go Back

I know...I know...I said it. I don't go back until the 7th but I need to go in and have a little 'work day' for myself. I have plans, copies, rearranging desks, taking down decorations, and gr...grr...grading. (eek)

I'll need some new centers and word work activities for my kiddos when they return. Can't keep doing stuff with Santa and elves on them!

Here's what I finished up from the comfort of my couch in a chihuahua sandwich.

Oh, and yes some are common core aligned but as you all know there are tons of things we need to teach that are not standards.

You'll get 5 reading focused centers and 5 math focused centers

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sort words by their real spelling or their sound-out spelling
nonsense word game
sort the sentences by the punctuation they should have
put words in ABC order
complete the number patterns (counting forward and backward)
fill in the missing part or whole
read the number sentence to decide if it is true or false
match number sentences to their answer
count the coins and match them to their written representation
unscramble the sentences

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Resolution Linky: Techie Edition

I am linking up with Growing Kinders (and several other bloggers that I l<3ve) Today's part of the linky is Technology. #RightUpMyAlley I love gadgets and apps and widgets, and doohickeys. I love all that jazz.

I have a projector that's hooked up to my computer and I use it several times a day! Apple makes a cord to project my iPad on my projector screen and I'm cheap but I may break down and get it. I'd love to show the kids apps and stories and stuff in a whole group setting. 

I've had a personal iPad for about a year now and a few weeks ago the K-2 teachers at my school got one for our DIBELS testing. We can also use it with our kiddos for other stuff. I'm still perfecting how to share 1 iPad in the classroom but Pinterest and the other bloggers with iPads in their rooms have given me some great ideas.

Here are some apps I use (and love...and most are free) I have some more apps but they're on my school iPad and since I've been snowed in I haven't had a chance to run to school

This is called Top It (free) My kiddos love to do this math game with a partner. There is a paid version that I may get but right now #IfItsFreeItsForMe

I've had my eye on these Pocket Chart apps. Anyone use them?

Here is my 'education' folder on my personal Ipad.  Some of these are paid apps.
Storia is a free app but you buy books and download them to the app. It's an evolving app and I hope Scholastic continues to take suggestions.

Book Retriever is a paid app. I'm trying to use it to create a book inventory. I had some criticism of it but the creater emailed me within 24hrs.

I use Remind101 all the time. Parents subscribed and I'm able to send them any reminder I want.

Eggy100 is like Fruit Ninja but with sight words!

The HMH Readers app is free and comes with 26 free leveled readers.(you can purchase more)(I also think if you have their reading series you may get a code for more?)

I got 2 of the voice recorders from DonorsChoose. The kids love to use them and I can upload their reading progress and save the audio file to show progress and share with parents. 

I have this downloaded to my computer and I save all of my school files (that I make at home, including all of my TpT stuff) to dropbox. Then at school I can log onto www.dropbox.com and download what I need. No more memory sticks or emails to self.  I also have it on my iPad so I can get to documents quickly. I emailed some stuff to a coworker the other day and it was so easy from the app.

If you'd like to try dropbox please use my referral link so I can get more free storage.

What I'd love in my classroom: 
  • mp3 players 
  • more iPads (at lease enough for a whole group of kids to work at once)
  • a SmartBoard (I LOOOOONG for one of these...and I may try writing a grant)
In 2013
I hope to keep using technology in my room, more and more! I want to not only get the cord for my iPad that I talked about in the beginning of this post but a coworker told me about an app ($10)...can't remember the name right now...but I can use it to mirror my computer screen.

I need a new computer! I'm rocking my Dell Inspiron from 2006. Yes it works....but I want a shiny pretty MacBook. Wanna help a teacher out? lol
Click the image to head over and link up! (I love technology!!!!)


It's Boxing Day, the day after Christmas. There's a whole 364 days to go before it's Christmas again. And there's the washing up from yesterday to do.

But do not despair!

The MadPriest Christmas Megamix has been carefully cobbled together to pick you up and make you feel all Christmassy for a little while longer. It consists of loads of seasonal songs that did not get included in the "Oh Bugger, It's Christmas Again" series because they are just too damn good. In fact, there are bloody brilliant. I guarantee that none of them are cringeworthy in the slightest unless you are a complete Christmas grouch.

So, g'wan! Click on play and turn up the volume! At the very least it will make the washing up a lot less tedious.

Twinkle - JD McPherson
Hey Mr. Santa Claus - Difuser
Mambo Santa Mambo - Leah Felder
Broken Heart for Christmas - Cherrywood
Christmas Coming Home - Lennon & Maisy
Christmas Without You - Sarah Nixey
Everybody Deserves a Merry Christmas - Ronnie Fauss
Funky Little Christmas - Adrian Esparza
Every Time It's Christmas - Lunch At Allen's
O Christmas Tree - Olga Munding
Hey Little Drummer Boy - Dusty Blue Socks
Sittin' On Top'a the Roof (Waitin' On Santa) - Paul Lemire
Snowing in the Heart - Emil Friis
Driving Home for Christmas - Momo-Watt
Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney - The Sweetback Sisters
Do You Hear the Silent Night - TriBeCaStan
(Christmas Comes Once A Year) You Are Always In My Heart
The Silos
Christmas Evermore - Cold Specks
365 Days of Christmas - The Linedance Fever
After Christmas Blues - Aaron Einhouse
Why Can't It Be Christmas Time All Year - Rosie Thomas


MadDad's Corny Crimble Crackers:

A mummy covered in chocolate and nuts has been discovered in Egypt. Archaeologists believe it may be Pharaoh Roche.

Two Indian junkies accidently snorted curry powder instead of cocaine. Both ended up in hospital. One's in a korma and the other has a dodgy tikka!



The order of service is posted beneath the audio file so that you can join in with the service. The words in bold type are the ones we say together.

Click on the arrow on the player to stream.
Download via the MP3 icon below the player.

Download podcast via iTUNES.

MP3 File

CLICK HERE for order of service and credits
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