Friday, February 22, 2013

Teachers need a break too! {Fun linky party}

I just linked up with Regan at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits:

P- Product:  I just recently started blogging and creating things...
I don't think it should take me so long to make one center....I don't know how you all do it so quickly! Seriously, I don't have any kids yet, and my husband is usually busy studying for his doctorate...but I feel like I don't have enough time to whip something out! Maybe one day (hopefully soon!) I'll get faster!

 Of the things I have created so far, I must say that my favorite one is my "Number Surgery" math center {idea came from Regan's Word Doctor center} my kids LOVED it! I have it posted as a FREEBIE. If you'd like to check it out click the picture below to go to the original post and grab your own copy!

A- Area  My favorite classroom area has to be my math meeting/group area. I forgot to take a picture for you! I'll try to add one next week.  

 My school is a Christian school, so each morning we start out our day on the rug reciting the pledge of allegiance and a prayer followed with a bible story. This is actually my kids FAVORITE time of the day! They LOVE listening to the stories and learning how we can apply them to our own lives. 

Following our devotional we have math meeting (calendar time) here as well. We also use the rug as part of our math center time and other group meetings throughout the rest of the day.

S- Signal  I have quite a few signals to get my kids attention, I like to switch things up:

-My number one go-to is my train whistle. It can be as loud or as soft as I need it to be, and I've taught my kids that whenever they hear it they have to freeze and look at me. It works great! Every now and then some of my kids forget to freeze, so we "practice" a few times to remind them what to do.  

-Along the same lines as my whistle, if I ever say "FREEZE!" then they get to freeze any way they want to (the more silly the better) and look at me. 

-This next one is from whole brain teaching. I say "Class Class" and they must respond with "Yes Yes." The fun part is that you can switch it up...however you say "class" is how they say "yes" back to you. You could sing it, clap it, rap it, etc. 
-The last one I'll share is something I started recently with them, and they LOVE it! I can't remember where I first saw the idea, and I usually use it right before we leave our classroom to walk down the hallway. I say/sing "Hands and Eyes" they respond by saying it three times "hands and eyes, hands and eyes, hands and eyes." By the third time their hands should be folded (or at least still) and their eyes should be looking in front of them (or at me). It works like a charm every time! I'll occasionally use it during our group meeting or other times during the day to get their attention as well.

S- Sanity  I love saying good morning to my kids when they first get in the classroom. I can always determine what kind of a day we will have based on their mood when they walk into the classroom. 

I also like when we play outside. They get to ride bikes, swing, slide, & run around and get all their bottled up energy out! 

I don't know how my days are so filled up and busy, but I also look forward to my 10-15 minute lunch every day! I have to run to the bathroom & get things ready for my kids to come back all while attempting to eat my lunch in the process. Some days are pretty crazy!
I also must add that every Friday one of my little boys will always give me a huge hug and kiss on the cheek because he won't see me for "a lot of days!" I love it. 

You should link up! Here are the rules:
Click on the "Hall Pass" above to check out who else has linked up!


  1. Wow I am going to have to check out your number surgery! Thanks for the little shout out inside of the linky!

  2. I love you Number Surgery activity! Very cute and engaging =)

  3. thanks for stopping by my blog! I am also your newest follower! :)
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  4. Thank you for the freebie!!

    Your little guy with the hug and the kiss is super sweet!!

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  5. Adorable blog! Thanks for stopping by my blog-I'm following you too! I got the Pixie Dust at Dollar Tree, but I haven't seen it lately at my local store. But you can put some glitter in a tiny bag and it will have the same effect-it still works magic!
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  6. That is such a cute Linky Idea! Thank you for stopping by to say hello! I am a new follower here. Your blog is adorable...I love the "number surgery" that you have posted!
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