Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Making Every Minute Count. . .

I am so sorry for the lack of action around here.  I have really been trying to make every minute that I have left of summer count...hanging out with the boys, napping, and shopping!

Last week I was one of the busiest weeks of my life, and then it hit me this week that my summer is officially over...yikes!!!  This week I've had training for 3 days, next week I'm finalizing my classroom and meeting with teammates, the next week I have 4 days of training, and the following week-the madness begins and we report back full time-those first few weeks are so so crazy!

For those who are participating in the letter exchange or who recently expressed interest, be on the look out for more information by August 1st.  Everything is almost ready to go-thank you so much for your patience!

I still have a ton of "how-to" ideas and fab finds to post, but before I get back to that I wanted to share my presentation from CAMT.  You can take a look at it below if you're interested.  My sessions went well, and I think overall it was a great learning experience.  I literally spent all summer researching (and buying) books, preparing the presentation bit by bit, and making stuff with my handsome little Christian-so go easy on me!  I burned a lot of midnight oil while trying to get it wrapped up, and at one point I thought I wouldn't finish in time.

Along with the presentation, I created a pack of math tools and resources that you can use along with the literature.  The pack has ideas for addition, subtraction, problem solving, patterns, fractions, time, money, and more!

You can grab a copy {here}, but the first 5 bloggers to take a quick scroll at the presentation and leave a comment about their favorite activity or book-will get a FREE copy!
CAMT '11 Presentation

24 comments:

  1. Whooo hoooo, I want a "FREE" copy! Awesome job! I love Super Stars and "Counting with Apollo." Your presentation looks great...I love your use of color and font! It's very kid like and fun, but yet - professional! :) Such great ideas. Thanks for sharing.
    Erin
    http://eberhartsexplorers.blogspot.com/

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  2. I love the Ten black dots idea. I have done something similar in the past with my kids. I love making math more than just memorizing facts. A little fun has never hurt anyone and has always made learning a bit easier! Thanks for the fab ideas!

    Kristen
    www.socalteacherstuff.blogspot.com

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  3. This looks wonderful! I especially love Elmer's Special Day. I LOVE Elmer!! Thanks for sharing!!

    http://debrammcdaniel@blogspot.com

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  4. I like Elmer's Special Day and Mouse Shapes! Great presentation!! :) I'd love a free copy!

    http://thesilverlininginteaching.blogspot.com/

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  5. This is awesome!!! I would totally love a copy! Thank you so much for sharing. Side note...I LOVE your blog design!

    April
    april_jackson06@yahoo.com

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  6. The Mouse Shapes are awesome! This was fantastic!

    Thank you for sharing! :o)

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  7. I like seeing books I have being used in ways I didn't think of. I love Elmer but don't have Elmer's Special Day. We use it near MLK. Also, Mouse Shapes. I use Mouse Paint a ton with colors at the beginning, what a great extension!

    Kelly
    kwebb618 {at} gmaildotcom

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  8. You are amazing...My favorite would be the M&M Counting and Pattern activities...What kid doesn't like to learn with food and literature.

    Michelle Phan

    MissMichellePhan@yahoo.com

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  9. I understand. Boys, are a handful. Enjoy the summer.
    Ten Black Dots is a great math story.

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  10. Love, love, love!!
    The Boy with Square Eyes looks like a fun book and the activity is one that will really get students thinking about shapes within their environment. Great job!

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  11. Loved your presentation! I've used some of those books before (like Whole-y Cow: Fractions are Fun), but you offered some wonderfully fresh ideas for how to extend the literature. Bravo!

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  12. Boy!! That was a lot of work!!! I would have loved to have seen your presentation in person. I'm always looking for more to add for my students. vhair61215@gmail.com

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  13. That presentation looks wonderful! it is obvious the amount of effort you put into it. I have added to my book wishlist. Off to buy your packet. WOW!!!!!!!

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  14. I love Whole-y Cow Fractions!!!! I wish I could've seen your presentation! :( Nice Job!!! :)
    jess291981@gmail.com

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  15. I liked your presentation and the follow up activities. I have many of the math stories so I am going to use some of your ideas! Great job!
    dianken@bellsouth.net

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  16. Great job, I love apollo, I am looking for "dog" books and this is on my list. There were so many great ideas! Thanks for sharing a peek!

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  17. I just added a bunch of these books to my amazon account. I am always looking for new and fun books to teach math Thank you!! Great job!

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  18. Love! Love! Love! This! Just added it to my cart. Now I'm off to locate the books. Thank you so much for your awesome work and generosity! Enjoy the rest of your summer.

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  19. AWESOME! I loved all the ideas! The money tree is cute. I've been looking for more math ideas, thanks for sharing!

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  20. Wow! Nice presentation!

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  21. This was awesome! I am always looking for new books to use with math. Thanks so much for the ideas!

    Ericka
    www.firstgradeandfancyfree.blogspot.com

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  22. Forgot to leave my email address!!

    debrammcdaniel@gmail.com

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  23. i love all your ideas...will you be selling this on your TPT store? I would love to get a "bigger" copy of it to use this upcoming school year with my kinders!
    P.S. Your boys are SOOOOO cute!

    Jennie in Indiana
    hamiltonfamily@insightbb.com

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  24. ookay...i'm a little sleepy and just saw the part where it is on TPT...please excuse this tired mommy teacher!
    :)
    Jennie

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