Monday, May 27, 2013

A Special Thanks! End of the Year/Teacher Appreciation

Monday Made it is back again on a weekly basis and I'm so excited about that!  I hope it is helpful. Link up by clicking on the image above.

Times have been a little rough for my little family financially.  We are being troopers and trying to get through.  Well since I would love to thank my son's teachers and therapists I decided I'd do it like this.

They will be getting a letter from my family and a small piece of jewelry.  The only way this is possible is because at the beginning of the year I attended a jewelry party for another teacher and signed up to have a party.  Well although I didn't purchase anything for myself this time I was able to get some jewelry because of the great people who bought and attended.

I tried to pick classic pieces that I hope the ladies will love.

I used some inexpensive thank you cards.  What I'll write inside will be:

We appreciate that you leave your halo at home.  It would distract Joshua.

I tried to get Joshua to write his name but he wanted to write the whole alphabet.  So we stuck to just putting Toy Story stickers on the back.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Rock N Learn DVDs - Review and Giveaway!

I had the pleasure of reviewing two Rock N Learn DVDs this week.  I received them from Educents.    Educents currently has these and a few other DVDs on sale. They are up to 38% off. I was not paid to give this review.

I let my students view portions of both DVDs to both review what we have learned in Life Science/Physical Science this year and to get their take on the DVDs.

First, I really enjoyed that the material was easy to understand.  There were sections that I skipped because the students didn't go over plant life cycles this year.  We focused on the butterfly life cycle.  The students enjoyed the game show scenes and loved trying to answer the questions along with the character in the DVD.

Also, the Physical Science DVD did a wonderful job going over the Scientific Method and the States of Matter.  My students enjoyed both DVDs and I thought it would be a great tool to use in the classroom next year to introduce the concepts at my grade level.  It would be a wonderful review as well.

Again some of the portions of the DVDs are not right for my second grade students but some of the portions are just right.

Click on the image above if you want to check out the deal they have on Educents.

I am giving away both the DVDs I was able to watch.  Please enter below.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

My Summer Bucket List Linky Party

What is on your Summer Bucket List?  Join up with these wonderful bloggers and share. Just click on the image after you have checked my bucket list out.

I must organize my lovely classroom.  I'm pretty sure I'll be in my classroom and at the same grade level.  I have the tools but just haven't had the time to set up the library like I want it. My filing system is really stacks of paper throughout my desk area.  I can find things but boy it is an eye sore.

Have as much possible fun with this little guy.  We will try and be outdoorsy and social on our budget this summer.   We have been reserved with going to many places since my little guy might get a sensory overload, but we are going to be adventurous. Back yard camping and picnics on our agenda.

I'll actually have time to spend with my hubby.  We can actually have a few lunch dates since our son goes to a year round school.

My hope is that we will make it to the beach when we visit California.  If we don't I want to at least enjoy the outdoors and warm weather while we have it.

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 If I can steal away some time.  I'll have a review of a couple Science DVDs and a giveaway.  I'll be sure to try and keep you all in the loop.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Instagram Fun and Giveaway

I have joined the fun for Teacher Talk Tuesday.  What the Teacher Wants and Apples and ABC's are having gathering the wonderful teacher bloggers to share pictures of our school day.  Click on the image above to get the details and to see their post about it.

I've also joined The Pinspired Teacher with her Photo a Day Teacher Challenge. Click on the image to get the details as well.

To find me you just need to search for littlepiratetreasures.

Can't wait to see what is going on in your classroom.

Oh there is also a great giveaway going on.  Click no the image below to check it out.

Friday, May 3, 2013

May Currently

I finally have a quiet moment to get to the May Currently.

Remember hop on over to Farley's blog to join in. Just click on the image.

Well here is what I'm up to.

Wow, it is nice to have both my guys sleeping in.  We are usually up and hustling our behinds way earlier than this.  

My son is doing wonderfully at school but we have had some tough moments with mini meltdowns. We are working through them. I feel better now knowing about his bedtime routine being a bit tougher since he is having separation issues that most kids do.  I love talking to experienced moms they help me see a much clearer picture.

As always I would love to get organized to the point that I can pinpoint units easily and have everything laid out much easier for me.  I need an organizer to give me a class.  

I would love to go and soak in a hot tub for an evening.  I really need to get my big girl panties on and make this a wonderful last month for my second graders.  I've been trying to keep art, writing and science a great learning experience for them.

I am saving up my money (any change I can find) to make a fund to take my son to as many places I think he will love.  My husband and I have been hermits of sorts because of the fear of having my son get overloaded with sensory input.  We have decided to be cautiously optimistic and just try.  I've developed a thicker skin for dealing "with the public" and now I just need to be focus on my little guys mood.  

Can't wait to check out the other blogs.