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For more than 25 years, we’ve been developing beautifully crafted nonfiction items for youngsters. With our group award-winning, of skilled authors makers and artists, and issue specialists from leading companies, we set out to assemble our many formidable item to date: Kids Discover Online.

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We’re all born having an natural curiosity. Sometimes all we truly need is a little enthusiasm to tap into it. Our homepage is definitely an endless party of science and cultural studies substance. Discover over 1,000 interesting subjects, discover new hobbies, and obtain inspired about the world in which you live.

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Exam are available in sizes and all shapes. They provide as a measure on pupil advance, and help show you as well as your class through the curriculum. That’s why we’ve created a dynamic new characteristic which makes it easy-to create, deliver, assess, and course customizable polls, tests, and research projects.

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Its not all child scans in the same-level, and that’s ok. What’s challenging for-one reader may come easily for another. We’re excited to supply 3 Lexile ® Reading levels that consider grammar, vocabulary and phrase duration. Whether you’re supporting your youngster figure out how whether you’re training 8th-grade cultural reports, or to study, we’re below to assist.

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Query-based understanding is more important than ever. why we’ve designed Uncover Guide, that is. This graphic concept chart literally links the facts across diverse subject areas and time periods. Enable develop a child’s power to research and make contacts independently, and have a bit fun along the way.

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Every lesson begins with a pair of targets. Locating technology and social studies substance that aligns with those aims should be easier. Our Search by Criteria gadget permits teachers to locate our collection by subject, rank level, and Condition, Common Key, and Next Generation Science Requirements. More control to teachers suggests individuals that are much more engaged, and more efficient instructions.

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Every session gets the potential to impact your pupils. But with product on the web, it’s hard to understand where to begin. We’ve built our Class device to help teachers create a shared place for that training that was day’s. Invite students to become listed on your classroom and assign unique reading degrees predicated on personal abilities. Focus your time on what matters most: learning.

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Free Christmas Activities From Around the Web

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Free Christmas Activities From Around the Web

Christmas is coming, and all through the house, all the children were stirring and driving you  nuts! So what can a parent do? Download some great free activities and log on to some great Christmas games to keep the children happy, and excited about the coming holiday. Just to let you know that most of these ideas were take from a pinterest search of free Chrismtas activities. I created a pinterest board on my Pinterest Board called Free Holiday Activities-Christmas. All of the things I post here will be pinned there and a whole lot more! Have fun! I will provide links to the activities. Are you ready for some free Christmas activities from around the web?

Free Christmas Activities From Around the Web- Printables

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10 Christmas Printables for kids- The 36th Avenue.com  There are jokes, bingo, foldable houses, and more.

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400+ free Christmas Printables- igamemom.com  Of course there are tons  of stuff

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40+ free printable Christmas games- The Measured Mom.com

Christmas and Winter Scavenger Hunts- The Resourceful Mama

Here’s a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt at While He was Napping.com

Free Christmas Activities From Around the Web- Books

The Polar Express.com  Read the book, see the movie, then go to this site for some great follow up activities.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas- Seussville.com  Read the book, listen to the recording, watch  The Grinch, and The cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Have fun.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about Christmas- PBSKids.org  Freeze Your Knees!

The Night Before Christmas is an animated cartoon narrated by Santa on the Youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jr_doAeRNk  Once you get to that page, there are many of the Christmas shows that are shown on TV each year. While you are on YouTube, you can check out this search of read aloud stories and find the ones about Christmas. I think I saw a couple Charlie Brown stories there.

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Free Christmas Activities From Around the Web- Games

QR Codes for great Christmas Books- from Classroom Freebies  You will need a QR code reader on your smartphone for this one.

Primary Games.com has quite a selection of games for children in the primary grades Preschool – 3rd grade.

The Kidz Page.com offers a huge selection of online games for children. About 5 pages with 20 or so on each page! Did you say you wanted to keep your children busy?

Gamesgames.com has many games for children and (not to keep the parents blocked out of the fun stuff) adults.

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Live Reindeer Cam- from Animal Planet.com  complete with Christmas music.  Or you could go to the official Santa’s Reindeer Cam at Reindeer Cam.com

Learn Your Reindeer Name- A cute site to find out what your reindeer name would be- ElfontheShelf.com  While you are there you could check out the other activities you could do with Elf on the Shelf.

The North Pole.com has a plethora of things all about Christmas- recipes, stories to read online, games, etc. Plethora- a lot!

At Santa Games.net you can sing along with the music of your favorite Christmas songs. Of course there are games, too. Also stories!

When you visit StoryNory.com you will be able to listen to a few Christmas stories being told. There is the story there, as well. There are other great children’s stories that you can listen to throughout the year.

Don’t forget on Christmas Eve, Track Santa on NORAD.org

Check out some of the cool places listed here at this site. Please share other sites and activities you know about so we can all enjoy them. Click One, Click All! Enjoy!!!!!

 

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Planning for Entries in Interactive Notebooks

What do I do now? I made all kinds of decisions to begin using Interactive Notebooks in my classroom. Now what do I do? Well, planning for entries in interactive notebooks is where, I think, the creativity comes into play. I have a creative mind. I used to rubber stamp, scrapbook, craft, and just generally like to make stuff. So when I have a challenge of trying to put together a lesson where children need to show me what they learn in a creative way, I’m all over that! Just like I was all over using graphic organizers before they became popular. Which brings me to my first tip.

Using Graphic Organizers

Graphic organizers allow us to see how to organize information graphically so it makes sense. There are many different kinds of graphic organizers because there are many ways we can organize information. Sometimes we just need to make lists to organize information, as opposed to categorizing those lists. There concept maps that allow us to think out loud as we map out the track our brain takes as we process information. I use all of these graphic organizers to help me put together the activities for the entries in my interactive notebooks. Below are some links for graphic organizers online that you can use to begin your planning for entries in Interactive notebooks.

  1. http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/– Education Place- there are about 30 different ones. You can download or print them out.
  2. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/graphic-organizers-reading-comprehension– Scholastic- These are for reading comprehension
  3. https://www.superteacherworksheets.com/graphic-organizers.html– Super Teacher Worksheets- quite a few to print out
  4. https://www.havefunteaching.com/worksheets/graphic-organizers/– Have Fun Teaching- there are 6 pages
  5. http://www.graphicorganizer.net/– Graphic Organizer Maker- you can make your own organizer or there are some to print out
  6. https://www.teachervision.com/graphic-organizers/printable/56506.html– Teachervision- a ton of organizers
  7. http://www.thinkport.org/graphic-organizers.html– Thinkport Education- quite a few to download
  8. http://www.keansburg.k12.nj.us/cms/lib02/NJ01001933/Centricity/Domain/798/Graphic%20Organizers.pdf– This is a pdf book on graphic organizers- great find
  9. https://wvde.state.wv.us/strategybank/GraphicOrganizersforWriting.html– West Virginia Dept. of Ed. organizers for writing
  10. http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_5/graphorg/– Houghton Mifflin English
  11. http://nationalgeographic.org/topics/graphic-organizer/– National Geographic- cool!
  12. http://freeology.com/graphicorgs/– Freeology- about 10 pages of organizers
  13. http://www.educationoasis.com/printables/graphic-organizers/– Education Oasis- a good long list
  14. http://www.teacherprintables.net/free-printable-organizers.html– Teacher Printables- a nice list
  15. http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/graphorgan/older/graphic_organizers.htm– The longest list so far

I am just scratching the surface with finding organizers. Pinterest is also another great resource to helping you find some wonderful graphics. I just want to add that you can have a graphic organizer that is Ok, but then you can find that is just out of this world! I would have 4o different venn diagram but only one of them would work for this one activity. I like to have a large choice on hand. Why not, if they are all free.

Matching Graphic Organizers with Lesson Objectives

As I begin planning for Interactive Notebooks for each lesson I keep a running list of all the graphic organizers going through the back of my head. I ask myself how is the book displaying the information? What do they want the children to know? Do they want the to know a list of things, or how to do something? Will they need to know the steps to figure out something or find the text evidence in a passage? Whatever you need to accomplish in the lesson you will need to figure out which graphic organizer will help display the information. As you are collecting the organizers, collect and store them in folders for what you would use them for. For example, Venns are used for comparing two or three things. T- Charts are for lists, etc.

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Printing or Drawing in the Interactive Notebook?

So, you have chosen the most effective graphic organizer for the information for your lesson. Now, do you want to print out the blank organizer for the children to glue into the notebook or do you want the children to draw it themselves? Of course this would all depend on the abilities of your children and how complicated the organizer is. For my second graders, T-Charts and Venns were the only ones I let them draw. Others were a bit too complicated. Many times I wanted to add the title at the top, so I would edit or hand write the title before I printed 25 copies.

 

Make sure you check out my other posts about Interactive Notebooks. I will put links here:

Interactive Notebooks- A MUST in Common Core Classrooms

My History Using Interactive Notebooks in Early Elementary Classrooms

Planning for Interactive Notebooks

Organization is Key for Interactive Notebooks

What is Needed for an Interactive Notebook?

Scientific Research and Interactive Notebooks

What do I do now? I made all kinds of decisions to begin using Interactive Notebooks in my classroom. Now what do I do? Well, planning for entries in interactive notebooks is where, I think, the creativity comes into play. I have a creative mind. I used to rubber stamp, scrapbook, craft, and just generally [...]

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Organization is Key for an Interactive Notebook

Organization is key for an interactive Notebook. Once you have thought through all you want to do with your notebook, then pages can be added or deleted easily. But you will need to do the organization first for the process to go smoothly. There are going to be more decisions that will need to be made. These decisions will effect the outcome of your students’ learning. We need to be organized before we begin notebooking with the children so we can keep them organized. Our main goal in interactive notebooking is to aid them in their learning. Organization is the best way to help them.

Interactive Notebook Planning Sheets

After you have gathered your standards and your districts’ curriculum guides, you can now use your interactive notebook
planning sheets. I downloaded a copy from somewhere on the internet. The sheets allow you to track your objectives and lessons with what foldable, notes or mini book you will be using. It will save you so much time and stress if you can work on these over the summer when you have more time to spend thinking without interruptions. Your organization will help your students.

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Table of Contents

Most text books come with a table of contents. Why? So you can find information easily and quickly. We want our students to find information quickly and easily in their notebooks, so our first organizational entry will be a table of contents. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. All it needs to have is two columns- One for the activity or lesson, and one for the page number. Every lesson or activity will need to have a title and at the end of every lesson you will need to put a page number. There are several ways to include the table of contents. You could just have the children use the first pages of the notebook. Use the red lines as the columns. I made mine in a word processing document with two columns, and about 20 lines down. The students cut out the box, glued it onto the first page of the notebook. I usually had them glue a couple in depending on how many pages there will be in the notebook.

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Glossary

A glossary is a very important aspect of some content notebooks. Math would be one subject I would use a glossary. Even though I may have some vocabulary words for each unit, I would have a glossary at the end for quick reference. Sometimes it may just take a line or a picture to get the meaning across. This notebook is an aid for the students. I would like for the students to have in their very own hands something that they created that will help them in their learning journey. If they can’t remember what an isosceles triangle is, check out your glossary real quick so we don’t loose too much time during a lesson to review.

Another idea for the glossary is to use notecards for your unit vocabulary. When you have finished that unit you can glue the cards in the glossary.

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Need to Finish Envelope

I would glue an envelope onto the back cover of their notebook, the brown mailing kind. When the students were absent or if they had to leave the room during a lesson, I would put any papers that need to be completed in the envelope. When there is time I would ask a responsible student to help that child to complete the task. If we just plum ran out of time doing a project we would put the project in the envelope for the next day. It is a convenient way to keep all the pieces together and organized.  You could also put a manilla file folder, opening toward the spine with the tab cut off and possibly trimmed down. This would work as long as the cover is kept closed.

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Bookmark

Kids love bookmarks! But they can’t keep organized enough to find them. In their notebooks, they will be able to find them because they are attached. Cut some ribbon so it is about 2 inches longer than the height of your notebook. Use liquid glue (Aileen’s tacky glue would work best or Elmer’s school glue- NOT A GLUE STICK) and take an end and hold it in the glue for a short time. I usually have the kids count to 60. You want the glue to adhere to the ribbon. Don’t let the students close their notebooks. Keep the covers open. This may be a great activity to do as you are leaving for the day. Let them dry over night. In the morning take the ribbon and fold it down over the pages of the notebook. It should be showing down below the pages at the bottom. You may want to have the kids glue a button to the end to weigh it down or tie a paper clip on the end. In the photo below they used tape. Whatever works best for you.

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Pencil Holder

Use a wide opening straw as a pencil holder on the spine of your composition notebook. The students will always have their pencils at the ready instead of wasting valuable time looking for their supplies. (From Lifehacker.com)17t7izej711z6jpg

Grading System or Rubric

Your students need to know that they are accountable for their notebooks. They need to know that their actions in class count toward their grade on the report card. From day one of use with interactive notebooks students need to know what is expected of them when working in their notebooks. I have always used a rubric when giving a grade for the notebook. I did Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop and there was an anchor chart that spelled out how to write a good response that I used to help with my rubric. Here is one anchor chart I found to show you. You could do an search for interactive notebook rubrics to give you an idea how others grade theirs. It is totally up to you.

I hope some of these organizational tips have helped you as you set up your notebooks. You can begin notebooks at any time. It doesn’t have to be at the beginning of the year. If you have just learned about the notebooks, then begin your planning and implement when you feel comfortable enough. It’s better to use them than not.

Here is a link to my Pinterest Board with lots of pins on Interactive Notebooks- https://www.pinterest.com/dororr/

 

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Gifts for those “on the go”

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Is there a special someone in your life who is always “on the go”? She’s scheduling appointments, making practices, attending meetings and sleeps with the calendar next to the bed. What gift could you possible give her that will support her every day and make her think of you every time she uses it?

Consider a Simply Yours Day Planner from Bailey Craft Planners. This planner is a 12-month calendar, with the seven-day week spread over two full pages and ample room to write in. 70lb paper makes this planner durable enough to last a full year of use. There are also sections for GOALS, BILLS, JOURNAL… everything she might want to record a reminder for! Best of all, you can personalize the first page for free, making this planner exclusively for her.

In a special partnership with “Carolina Breast Friends,” 10% of your purchase of the Pretty In Pink planner will also towards supporting breast cancer survival. This is a beautiful way to honor someone. Other planners have stylish covers, appropriate for any lifestyle she has.

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Have constant fun with Creation Crate

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Would you classify yourself as someone who tinkers? Do you love taking gadgets apart in order to find out how they works? Maybe you have a budding child who likes to explore the world of technology and built their own gadgets? Whatever the situation may be, it is possible to have constant fun with Creation Crate. This subscription service makes it possible to create and build real world technology. Best of all, every month builds on the electronic components receive from previous months, allowing you or whoever else is using the subscription to make even larger devices.

So what comes in my Creation Crate?

Inside each Creation Crate box is an assortment of electronic equipment, including batteries, wires, sensors, lights, processors and just about everything else needed to build all sorts of devices. Directions and even programming information is provided with each crate, to show how the equipment can be used. Of course, after experimenting with everything, it is possible to take it apart and build something from your imagination.

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Yoga is good for Children!

Yoga is the practice of accessing and incorporating all facets of our true nature — body, mind, and spirit — in the pursuit of inner harmony. As yoga becomes more well-known in universities through physical education courses and after-school plans, that reputation comes with argument.

Yoga is advantageous to children in several ways. An intentional and dedicated yoga practice that includes breathing techniques, behavioral recommendations, and bodily poses can be incredibly valuable for them, because children encounter emotional, social, and physical challenges or contradictions.

There are five essential areas where kids take advantage of the practice of yoga, and each of them improves their overall well-being.

It Improves Physical Flexibility Yoga encourages physical strength because kids learn to use every one of their muscles in new ways. Whether a pose is completed sitting, standing, or prone, each you can challenge various muscle groups while helping a child become conscious of his physique and how it economically functions.

It Refines Coordination and Equilibrium Balance is a key component of yoga. As equilibrium and mental clarity emerge from the attempt of trying the poses balancing poses were produced to encourage bodily and mental poise. Even if a child has difficulty standing on one-foot, she learns mental and physical equilibrium if she can stay calm when she falls and when she gets up to take to again. They will be filled with a feeling of achievement as kids learn to enhance their physical balance. Dexterity is also closely tied to equilibrium and promotes complete dexterity. Occupational therapists and some yoga teachers use finger yoga and other specific techniques to help youngsters with fine-motor co ordination and gross.

It Develops Concentrate and Attention The action of practicing poses supports youngsters give attention to the attempt and to clear their head. As a result stay balanced or of this single focus to attain a particular pose, yoga assists children get better scores and to focus and concentrate in college, several studies note.

It Boosts Self-Esteem Self-Confidence and Yoga assists to bring learning to kids on an experiential level and to instill self-confidence. It is our obligation to develop our kids’ sense of question and to give them a powerful sense of self so that they know where they go these days and can bring to producing their neighborhood a much better place.” Yoga teaches them function toward their targets, show patience, and to persevere. A yoga teacher can only offer assistance; it is the kid who has to perform to succeed. Consequently, when a pose is mastered by a child, it gives him confidence and self esteem.  Yoga also supplies tools for training compassion, mindfulness, generousness, emphasis, strength, and flexibility.

It Reinforces the Mind-Body Relationship Yoga helps children achieve a sound mind in a sound body by exercising the physical physique and calming the spirit that is psychological. As parents we need our kids to act and behave with mindfulness and with compassion, to be brave, to know love and happiness, and to find peace of mind. Since the present time goes very, very fast for kids, it is not well before they feel all types of pressure (private, parental, societal) to keep up with everyone around them. Yoga functions as a re-lease valve that alleviates pressure so that as a basis to nurture and develop a resilient and resourceful body, mind, and spirit.

Yoga is advantageous to children of all ages, but it’s been found to be particularly so for kids with special needs. Studies have demonstrated that yoga Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and helps children with autism. NPR h AS documented that researchers surveyed instructors at a Bronx community college that had a daily yoga program and found that the plan reduced kids’ aggressive behavior, social withdrawal, and hyperactivity, compared with a get a handle on team of kids with autism who did perhaps not practice yoga.

Parents may discover how their children are benefited by yoga, but the greatest judges are the kids themselves. Youngsters that have practiced yoga emphasis better on their actions, inform parents and teachers they are able to concentrate better during the day, and pay attention to their tasks — all the finest endorsements.

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Yoga is the practice of accessing and incorporating all facets of our true nature -- body, mind, and spirit -- in the pursuit of inner harmony. As yoga becomes more well-known in universities through physical education courses and after-school plans, that reputation comes with argument. Yoga is advantageous to children in several ways. An intentional [...]

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Make Some New Fun Family Holiday Traditions

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Looking Back on Old Traditions

Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do at Christmas? There have been traditions and cultural traditions around for hundreds of years that many of us have no idea why we do them. Perhaps you do know why you follow those traditions but you are ready for a change. Now is the time to start a some new family holiday traditions. I’m not saying drop everything you do. I’m just saying, try new things and see if they work for your family.

Family Pajamas

How cute would it be for the family to have matching pajamas for Christmas morning? Then all of your pictures would show all of you having matching PJs. At Sleepyheads.com they have quite a selection of matching family pajamas to choose from. There are all different styles including long johns, nightgowns, two piece, onsies, and flannels. The prints are numerous. There are pet pjs to match as well. Don’t forget the 18″ doll pjs. Check them out. Elf on the Shelf has even made an appearance! Get them early and make your holiday cards with a picture of your holiday pjs. Sleepyheads.com has thought of it all.

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Christmas Cards

I usually bought cards from the store and really tried to find ones I liked both inside and out. It usually ended up I like one or the other, but not both. Well, at Minted.com you can now customize your cards to your exact likes. You can love the inside and outside because it is exactly what you want. Take your own photo (maybe of your family in your pjs) and come up with a cute caption and a wonderful saying on the inside, click order. You have some wonderful cards you can’t wait to send out. Try Minted.com. There are many other custom products you can try out perhaps for other Christmas gifts for family and friends.

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Design Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater

Plan ahead and have the family order from DollarTree.com everything they will need to design the ugliest Christmas sweater! Break out the glue, glue gun, yarn, and any other crafty thingy you have. Your DollarTree.com order can be shipped directly to the closest Dollar Tree Store wil free shipping, so all you need to do is pick it up. Perhaps you could go Christmas carolling after your sweaters are done to show them off to the neighbors!

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Crazy Christmas Game Night

How about good ole’ Christmas Bingo! Or Christmas Charades! As I was searching for all things Christmas on Pinterest, I found some great pins with some fun games for Christmas. Head on over to PINTEREST Look for Everything Christmas and look for the games. There were quite a few printables that can be printed for your Family Game Night.

Christmas Movie Night

Set aside one night, or several throughout the holiday season, to watch some classic Christmas movies. The ones that we watch over and over, but only at Christmas. Home Alone, The Christmas Story, Jingle All the Way, Santa Clause and many more.  Pop the corn, make the hot chocolate and get comfy and cozy and settle in for the movie night. You probably won’t have to spend any money on this one. Many channels play Christmas movies continuously through December. Check out Netflix, as well. This could be another use for your family pajamas!

Please comment below with any additions to new family holiday traditions. I know there could be a jillion more! I will update this as I think of more. Let’s keep this going throughout the year!

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Underwear for Christmas? What’s the Connection?

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Underwear for Christmas?

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Have you heard the saying:

Once you stop believing in Santa Claus you get underwear for Christmas

I hope that isn’t the case. I have been receiving underwear and giving underwear for Christmas since forever. Underwear is something we all need but we don’t want to spend the time nor the money to purchase throughout the year. It just seems fitting to get new underwear for Christmas to start the new year off with a clean couple of pairs.

Let me show you a place where you will want to spend time looking for underwear throughout the year, not just at Christmas. It’s Webundies.com. Webundies.com started out selling boxer shorts with 15 designs in 1999. Now they have over 1,500 designs and have expanded to lounge wear, T-shirts, and more.

They service men, women, boys and girls of all sizes and ages. The novelty underwear are so cute. I remember having Monday through Sunday on your underwear were the rage! Now I can wear Super Woman underwear. Love it!

They have everything from undies to robes, to T-shirts to ugly sweaters. Take a look. Specialty Holiday selections are available as well. Don’t miss out on your favorite cartoon and TV and movie characters like Cookie Monster, One Direction, Pink Floyd, and more.

Webundies.com. The Place to Shop for Undies! Any hightlighted text provides a direct link to Webundies.com.

 

Have you heard the saying: Once you stop believing in Santa Claus you get underwear for Christmas I hope that isn't the case. I have been receiving underwear and giving underwear for Christmas since forever. Underwear is something we all need but we don't want to spend the time nor the money to purchase throughout [...]

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Decision Made: You Are Going to Use Interactive Notebooks

Once the decision is made to use Interactive Notebooks there will be many more decisions to follow. However, these decisions won’t be as important as the decision to begin using them. Let’s begin with  the decisions on “What is Needed for an Interactive Notebook?”

What is Needed For an Interactive Notebook?

Notebooks

The kind and type of notebooks is clearly up to you. How you manage your classroom and what works best for you is how you need to make your decision. Grade level plays a very important role in the decision making process. The following is a list  of things to keep in mind when deciding:

  1. Grade Level- the younger the child the more wear and tear on the notebook, even if it not moving from room to room. Sewn and Cloth bound composition books might be best
  2. Subject vs. Unit- will you be using the notebook just to do a unit at a time or will you use the notebook for the whole year for the subject? If it is just a unit, the one subject spiral notebooks may be acceptable. I have used one subject notebooks for each marking period putting Science in the front (one unit) and Social Studies ( one unit) towards the back. I always liked sending home the marking period units so the parents could see the progress the students were making. The other notebooks went home regularly (composition).
  3. Will you even need a notebook? Can you just use paper bound together in a binder or stapled. Depending on  your wants and needs for the project. Maybe you just want to use folders with pockets. It is your decision.

The “Staples” of Interactive Notebooks

Scissors– I always liked to have a point at the end of the scissors no matter what age child I worked with. If it was with very young children, I had a special collection of special pointy scissors that only came out when we were notebooking. Otherwise, the children were all equipped with pointy scissors.

Glue Sticks– My school district always supplied glue sticks. I guess I was lucky that way. However, if your district does not, be ever vigilant on the back to school sales. There are crazy sales then so you can stock up. Perhaps you can ask parents to help. A little tutorial on showing student how to glue would help. You need to show them to glue the piece of paper that you are placing on another. Don’t put glue on the large piece.  This could save a lot of glue. The saying “A little dab will do ya!” helps too.

Tape– Clear adhesive tape- Sometimes there are mistakes. I make many of them. I always had two or three of the tape dispensers available so there is not just one long line of children waiting. What a waste of time. Many times tape is needed for a fold or to complete the mini book. So tape is needed. Masking tape can be used for some projects, so keep some on hand. Washi tape can be used to pretty up their notebooks when it is time to grade them. If some students finish early, they may want to spend some time decorating. They can bring their own in for that!

Writing Utensils

Pencils– I always have my students use pencil when completing their foldables and mini books. You can certainly erase pencil marks. Their hands are not steady enough for pen.

Colored Pencils– I have always provided colored pencils for coloring in their notebooks. My school district provided them. Even before they did, I bought them at the back to school sales and got some good deals. I bought the hand pencil sharpeners, too. You really shouldn’t sharpen the colored pencils in a hand crank or electric pencil sharpener. They are too waxy and will clog them. So, the students should sharpen them with the hand sharpeners.

Markers– I never allowed the students to use markers. I didn’t like how they bled through the paper of the notebook. I allowed them to use the notebooks on the covers, they were too thick, and the ink didn’t bleed through. This is your decision. I wanted to be able to read what they wrote in the foldable or mini book, not see the ink from markers.

Crayons– Crayons are a must. I would replace their crayons monthly we used them so much. I would dump out the old into an old bin and hand out the new boxes. That way if they lost a color they could look in the old bin and find one. A good trick for correcting papers- have everyone take out a yellow, orange or light pink crayon and color over their answers. Once they color over their answers they become very difficult to erase and change. You can certainly see that it was altered.  I love crayons.

Rulers

Rulers are a must- not for measuring in the notebooks, but for folding. Sometimes the folds need to be straight. The children use their ruler, place it along the solid line and hold it with one hand, or ask a neighbor to help, and fold with the other on along the ruler. It gives a great straight fold.

Management

Just a couple of more decisions affecting Interactive Notebooks you will need to think about before you begin. It may involve purchasing items you will need.

Close your eyes. Imagine your first time making a foldable with your class. Go through each step of the way.

  1. Where will their notebooks be when you begin?
  2. Where are their supplies kept?
  3. How will they clean up at the end?
  4. Where will they store their notebooks?

These questions will need to be answered before you begin. If you want to store their notebooks in the classroom, you will need to find a place to store them. On a shelf? In a closet? In a file drawer? In a file crate?

Will the students have all the supplies at their desks already? Will you have supply baskets for each group? Will you have supply baskets for each product and allow them to come and get their own and return them at the end? You will need to purchase bins or boxes accordingly.

Clean up is always a little chaotic, but a thoughtful process will help. Little garbage bags at each group will alleviate a lot of movement. Having the students hold onto their throw aways until the end helps too. Choosing helpers to collect will keep the traffic flow to a minimum.

Are you storing the notebooks when they are completed for the day. Many times I had them keep them in their desks. We used them everyday so they needed to get to them. Yes, they got worn and torn. It was a fact of my classroom. I then decided I could let them keep them in their cubbies. It worked.

Once the decision is made to use Interactive Notebooks there will be many more decisions to follow. However, these decisions won't be as important as the decision to begin using them. Let's begin with  the decisions on "What is Needed for an Interactive Notebook?" The kind and type of notebooks is clearly up to you. [...]

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