Saturday, 22 August 2015

Back to School Thoughts

For those of you who know me I love Taylor Swift, however this parody was too adorable to not put up! I am sure many mom's can relate to this one... "Blank Space".

 


Friday, 21 August 2015

Loving Life at the Cottage

Here are some of my latest pics from my cottage nature walks...

A not so happy rattlesnake that I met while walking the dog...
MR. TOAD
Kermit
Kermit in action
Cicada
A very very long bug

Count the Humming Birds....

There are 9 humming birds in total !
Gordan
He grows into a Moth that will be larger than your hand!


Don't you just love NATURE!!!???



Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Nature Girl

So as you already know this girl loves her Nature! This summer instead of enjoying nature it seems like I am rescuing things in nature instead. ?

 Here is an example I saw a chipmunk trying to eat a squirrel ( yes crazy I know) and chased the chipmunk away and waited for the frog to get over the shock and finally jump in the water. I saved my family and their dog from a rattlesnake ( yes a rattlesnake !!!!) by stepping over it while walking the dog, I was surprisingly calm maybe because I am Nature Girl?


Saturday, 1 August 2015

Money Saving Tips



Happy August Everyone! Last month I joined up with Weekend Warriors to share some facts about me (or maybe boring, depending on who you are) so this month we are sharing our money saving tips and tricks for all of you!



SO HERE WE GO

GARAGE SALES

I love the summer months because its Garage Sale time! I absolutely LOVE Garage Sales. My husband and I wake up early most weekends to hit those houses and let me tell you we are on a mission!!!! I have learned many lessons when Garage Saling so here they are...

1. Never be afraid to haggle, even if its for a dollar 

2. Go through book bins (I know it can be a hassle, however I get many of my levelled readers from garage sales and they are in mint condition)

3. Hit the Street Sales. You get more bang for your buck when you hit a whole bunch of houses at one time.

4. Neighbourhoods are important. Pay attention to the houses and types of individuals that live in the neighbourhood, if you are a teacher you want new homes with young children, not older homes with antiques. Although nothing is wrong with antiques!

5. Tell them you are a teacher!!!!!!! People always have a heart for teachers especially when they realize how much of our own money we spend on our classroom.

Here are just a few of my amazing Garage Sale finds...
Brand New!
Giant Floor Puzzle
Who can turn down Melissa and Doug puzzles for .50c??????

You will never believe how much this came to in total. Ok guess.....

$5.00!!!!!!!!!!!!     
 So hit those Garage Sales people!!!!!



NATURE


Use nature as a means of teaching. In Canada our curriculum asks us to involve our students in Outdoor Education as much as possible. Did you know that being in nature can decrease anxiety, alter you mood and has been known to helps those with ADHD! So it costs nothing, but means everything here are some examples of what I mean.



Use as manipulatives
Do your shapes with rocks

Practice your letters

Water Tables with Nature




MAKE YOUR OWN GAMES
Do not be afraid to play with powerpoint and create your own activities and games. Yes it does take a lot of time, but it is so worth it. I have created many games over the years and I am able to pull them out at any time, its great! Especially for Kindergarten. Just make sure you laminate those puppies, you want to keep them for a while. Head over to my TPT store to check out some of my stuff!



Thursday, 30 July 2015

Play Outside


Hundreds of ideas to help you play outside this summer!


Summer Fun

I have been working this summer on creating a resource for teachers to incorporate Outdoor Education and the curriculum to the Kindergarten classroom.

Through this work I have found the most amazing site! Its called Happy Hooligans

It literally offers the best and most innovative ways for children to learn through play.

Check out 18 Free Cool Things to Add to a Backyard Play Space


Have fun this summer!!!!