Monday, May 30, 2011

A Moment of Silence this Memorial Day

With my own family serving in the Air Force, I personally want to share a huge appreciation for the men and women who have lost their lives serving our country.  This goes for not only the US troops, but the Border Patrol, Fire Department, and Police Officers as well.  I live 10 miles from the AZ/Mexico border and a half mile from the shooting that took the life of Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry.  I  cannot express to you how very greatful I am for the protection these veterans have given to us and how unfortunate it is that people have to lose their lives in the process.  My prayers are with his family tonight along with the many others observing this day for the loved ones they have lost!  Please take a moment of silence with me for these brave men and women!
My 4 year old daughter saw all the flags flying in the area and wanted me to help her make one to hang at our house.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Math Center Games

Math centers are a big hit in my classroom.  My students love the series of math games and the tubs I keep them in.  I use the plastic bins with drawers and labels.  It keeps them well organized and easy to get to.  Here are a few center games that I'd like to share.
 Before I begin to teach addition and subtraction, I make sure my students understand the concepts of place value.  Here is a game that I have for this.  Click the link and enjoy this free download!

Another class favorite is "Ocean Fish Addition and Subtraction."  It is designed for beginners, average, and advanced students.  This can be played with partners or independently.  Students pick 2 blue fish if they are beginners, 1 blue and 1 yellow fish if they are average, and 2 yellow fish if they are advanced.  This game comes with a scoring sheet for both addition and subtraction. 

Saturday, May 28, 2011

School year has come to an end!

Well, the long awaited time has come...saying good-bye to the little darlings I have come to know and love!  It was a fun year and looking forward to another great year next year!! Thank you to the Tubac Fire Department for cooling us off the last day of school!

The kids enjoyed making an end of the year writing book to take home.  If you are looking for a keepsake item for your students to take home this year, click the link and enjoy!