Thursday, July 26, 2012

"APPS"olutely Some of my Favourite Educational iPad Apps!

“APPS”olutely my Favourite iPad Apps!

Well, I have sort of been procrastinating about creating materials for our blog and TPT store. However, I decided I could do a quick post about some of my favourite educational Apps for my iPad. Check out some of my favourites below!

Sight Words 1-100
Monster Squeeze: Guess My Number
Little Speller

Those are just a handful of my favourites. I will post more at a later date!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Newbie Bloggers Blog Hop

Hey Everyone,

We are linking up with Janis from Grade Three is the Place for Me! for a Newbie Bloggers Blog Hop.

1. what state you are in
We are from the province of Manitoba in Canada.

2. your current teaching position
For the upcoming school year Jeanine is teaching grades 2 and 3 and Lauren will be teaching grades 1 and 2.

3. your teaching experience
Together we have 12 years of combined teaching experience ranging from grades 1 to 3.

4. when you started blogging
We started  blogging in April of this year and are absolutely loving it!

5. share a blogging tip / blogging resource
To add a link to a comment etc. you just have to type in this:

<a href="link">Text you want people to click on</a>

Yay!!! What a great blog hop.  We can't wait to check out the other newbie blogs!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tell me more, tell me more! A Linky Party!!

Hey All!

I am linking up with Amy Lemons from Step into Second Grade with Mrs. Lemons (FYI - love her blog) for her Tell me more, tell me more! linky party! 

Here are a few things that you probably didn't know about me:

1) My favourite color in the entire world is purple.  In my life purple is EVERYWHERE.  My house is covered - outside architecture around door, cove ceiling, walls, drapes, bedding, shower curtain.... you name it, it's probably purple.  I love to wear purple - clothing, shoes and nail polish.  People are surprised that my car isn't purple.  A little overboard... YES!  But I can't help it, I have loved it since I was a little girl.
2) I LOVE old homes.  Plaster walls, cove ceilings, archways, creaky hardwood floors, crystal doorknobs.  LOVE IT ALL.  Hence why I live in a 66 year old home.

3) I am addicted to anything Kardashian.  Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Khloe and Lamar, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami - these are my favourite shows to watch for some mindless entertainment! 
4) If I wasn't a teacher I would love to be a professional dancer!  I was an avid Ukrainian dancer when growing up.  I don't do Ukrainian dancing anymore but instead have switched over to hip hop!  Love it!

5) I am addicted to reading.  I always need to have a book at hand.  I am currently into the second book of The Hunger Games and can't wait to get through and on to the third.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little more! 

Lauren :)

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Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about me:

1. My favourite colour is probably blue. Upon reading Lauren’s answers I realize my favourite colour is less obvious J but as I look around my house, many rooms are painted in various shades from a blue palette.

2. I LOVE photography. I love to take pictures of babies and children. I mostly take pictures of my girls, nieces and nephews and my friends’ children. I have WAY too many pictures on my laptop!

3. I am addicted to coffee and children’s books! I need my morning coffee with hazelnut creamer and I am addicted to buying children’s books!  I love finding stories that I know my own girls and my students will enjoy! Amazon has been my best friend this past school year!

4. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 12 years. Together we have two amazing and beautiful little girls. Our oldest is going into second grade (I keep telling her we can swap ideas this year for school) and our youngest will be off to kinder this year! Life is good!

Here are my two girls with their new backpacks for 2nd grade and kindergarten. Yes, I like to plan ahead and get things organized early!

5. I love my CRICUT. My girls and I call it our “craft on demand”! They love to cut out various shapes to colour and decorate! They will do this for hours and all their little school friends ask if they can “do the Cricut” shortly after coming over for a play-date. J I also love it for cutting out my bulletin board letters!

6. I wish my mom lived closer. She lives in British Columbia and I’d love for her to be closer to my family. I miss the things we sometimes take for granted….meals together, impromptu visits, quality time with grandchildren, etc.

 ~Jeanine :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Can You SPOT The DOT? ...or believe it's already July 17th?

Well, I can't believe it's already mid July!!! I haven't posted on our blog in quite some time. The last few weeks of school were CrAzY busy and then to make life just a tad CraZiEr we decided to host our youngest daughter's family birthday the morning after school ended! (Seemed like a good idea at the time as we were accommodating family that was in town and family going out of town) Note to self: won't do this again next year! Needless to say, running around getting goody bag stuff, party supplies, presents, ordering balloons, making cupcakes all whilst whisking our girls off to soccer four nights a week, followed by evenings of finalizing, signing and stuffing report card envelopes, was a little chaotic! Anyway, summer holidays are here now and I am loving spending the days with my favourite two kids! I decided to post an activity that I have done in the past in my classroom and plan to use for a Back-to-School activity in September. It's a book art activity to do in response to Peter H. Reynolds' book, the dot.

My students LOVED this activity and were super creative with their pictures. Can you SPOT the DOT in the pictures below?

Have a great week! I am looking forward to more sunshine filled days this week! Enjoy the freebie!