Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Amazing Reading App

There is a wonderful reading app called Farfaria that I want to tell you about. I started using it about a year ago and it is amazing, I use it for my 4 year old daughter in the car or store as well as my 2nd grade class last year and now my 1st grade class this year. It is has over 1,000 books for kids ranging from ages 1-9. There are lots of educational books and even classics such as Snow White and Wizard of Oz. USA Today has even called it "Netflix for Children's Books."  

The best thing about this app is that it allows the child to read it independently or there is a feature that will read it to them. Also, each book is leveled. There are common core aligned reading level badges on each book cover. There is even a read along option with highlighted text.


When you first log on you can explore the island. The island looks like this and allows you to pick what theme you want to read from such as make believe, preschool playground, fable hills and more. There is even sing along city, one of my favorites, where you can sing along with the song.

Once you pick your island you have a choice of which book you want to read that will look like this. There are so many choices on every island. I really like that you can see the book level on this page before you pick a book.

When you pick your book this is when you have the option to read it alone or have it read to you. To turn the pages you simply slide your finger across the screen. When you finish you will have the option to save the book in your favorites if you wish.

Another great feature id that favorite books can be read without a Wifi connection. This is such an amazing way to help students gain a love for reading. 

If you would like to try out FarFaria click on the image below and use the coupon code KXHTP25 to save 25% on your subscription.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

DIY Door Hanger

This year I decided I wanted one of those super cute teacher door hangers for my classroom. I searched on Etsy but the ones I really liked were more than I wanted to spend so I tried out a DIY project and I LOVE the way it turned out.

I took pictures along the way so I can show you exactly how to make one for yourself.

You'll need:
1 burlap place mat (Hobby Lobby)
pink, white, yellow, silver paint
black Sharpie
plastic bags
hot glue gun
decorative flower
hanging wire

Step One: Draw a line vertically down the middle of the burlap place mat. Cut in half.

Step Two: Use a piece of card stock and position as in the picture below. Draw two lines along the edge of the card stock to create the pencil tip. Cut these pieces off. This was the easiest way I found to make it even. Do this to both pieces and save one piece for later steps.

Step Three: Use a black Sharpie to draw the tip and eraser.

The next steps are pretty self explanatory so I didn't take pictures of those.

Step Four: Paint each section. The burlap really soaks up the paint so it takes a lot.

Step Five: Let dry and use a Sharpie to write your name.

Step Six: Hot glue all of the edges to the piece of burlap you have not used yet. Leave the eraser edge unglued.

Step Seven: Stuff with plastic bags.

Step Eight: Hot glue the end closed.

Step Nine: Glue on decorative flower and attached wire hanger. I used three pieces of wire and twisted them together to make it thicker. I stuck the ends through the burlap and twisted close.

You're Finished!! Super easy, cheap, and cute!

If you make one I would love to see a picture of how it turns out.

Monday, August 3, 2015

August Pinterest Pick 3

This month's Pinterest Pick 3 will be things you can use in your classroom during the month of August. I have recently given my classroom a makeover using mostly ideas found from Pinterest. Since most of you are probably getting ready to spruce up your rooms for back to school, I'm going to share three of my favorite ideas.

The first I chose is a bulletin board idea.

I loved the bright colors and had to copy this. I made one for my ELA vocabulary and one for math vocabulary.

 I also used this idea on my big board out in the hallway for displaying student work.

The next idea I used for my new classroom was for my word wall. I saw this display and loved it. I got my ribbon at Hobby Lobby and downloaded the letters from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits fan freebies on her facebook page. She had them as large letters and I just printed multiple to a page to make the smaller to fit my board.

Here is what mine looks like.

This Pin taught me how to recover my glider cushion. You do have to do some sewing for this one but it was super easy!

My glider cushion was dark brown which did not go with my new chalkboard bright theme at all, so something had to be done. This is how it turned out and I loved it.

Check out the other August Pinterest Pick 3 ideas below!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

$50 Edubucks Giveaway

Hey everyone! I have some exciting news today. I am hosting a giveaway that I am partnering up with Educents on. They are donating $50 to their site (Edubucks) to one lucky winner.

First, I'll tell you about Educents if you aren't sure what that is.

Educents offers daily deals. For example, you may see actual hard goods such as educational shower curtains, shape sorting cubes, Hot Dots, etc.

Or you may see downloadable deals.

Either way the deals are offered at a super discounted price.

Educents has also recently allowed shops to open on the site. You can browse tons of sellers stores for fabulous products. Click {HERE} to visit my shop on Educents.

Educents also offers freebies on downlaodable products. For example starting on August 5th I will have a freebie featureed on Educents. Click on the picture below for more details on what it will be.
If you want to win $50 in Edubucks to spend on a daily deal or in a seller's shop enter the rafflecopter below. You from now until July 31st to enter.

Good Luck!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Deal of the Day: Wonders Focus Wall

One of my hottest products right now is my Wonders Focus Wall materials for 1st-5th grade. If your school uses the Wonders Reading Series this product has everything you need for an entire year for your reading focus wall. 

The posters are all in a bright quatrefoil pattern. Here's what my completed board looks like.

The types of posters included are Genre that come in two different versions.

Vocabulary strategy posters

Comprehension strategy and Comprehension skill posters

Phonics posters

Grammar posters

Spelling, vocabulary and high frequency word and essential question posters. Each of these have the unit and week number on the bottom corner for easy organization. (This was not included on the other posters because they are used in multiple units).

There are 4 versions of the header cards for you to choose to set your board up.

These skills, words, and strategies come straight from the Wonders program. The number of each of these posters vary based on the grade level. There is a poster for each skill you will teach using the Wonders program.  

For the next 24 hours you can grab this packet for half off making it only $4.40. This deal will end at 11:15 CST tomorrow. Click on the picture below to be taken to the 2nd grade version. From there in the description there are links to each grade level.