Thursday, July 17, 2014

Counting Songs

I wanted to share a little something I use in my classroom every day. It is the skip counting songs by Have Fun Teaching.

My class absolutely adores the songs, and during my observations they were dying to share with my assistant principal. They can sing all the words and I have seen a great improvement in their multiplication skills. They are able to skip count by all numbers in order to find out the answer to a multiplication problem.

Each video has a different animal or person dancing and it shows the numbers as they count up. I usually close the projector after one round each day so they can practice without seeing the number. Every year each class has their favorite and they usually have dance moves to go with each song!

I would highly recommend these songs! You can watch them on youtube, but the Have Fun Teaching site gives you the ability to buy the songs in DVD form for $20. They are not paying me for this and have no idea who I am, I just love the product so much!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's time to start planning again...

After a much needed breather, I am back! I've been updating my products for the 14-15 school year. I have updated my teacher binder for the year. This thing was such a help to me last year, my students knew that I took it everywhere and they would always say, "Mrs. T, don't forget your binder!"

I used it all the time for meeting notes, parent contact, calendars and keeping everything organized. I could quickly tell you each students transportation method, or the schedule for the day. We had to provide a lot of information for teacher evaluations this year, so the binder helped me to keep all my artifacts in one place!

I'm beginning to think about classroom set up next year and I really really really want this new thing....
If that's not the most wonderful thing I have ever seen in the color of my classroom and everything!! I'm in love!!! I could just imagine the coffee and hot chocolate and tea and.... and... :) Let's see if I can fit it in my budget!

I hope you have an amazing rest of your summer, I know I am savoring the last days! What are you coveting for back to school?