Apr 23, 2016

Pencil Grips Get A 4 Star

We were asked to review some pencil grips from The Pencil Grip, Inc.  One of the things we focus on at the beginning of the school year is the correct way to hold a pencil.  So, we were thrilled when they sent us 3 different types of pencil grips for us to review.
The first one is The Crossover Grip.  It helps the students hold their fingers in the correct position.  When students use this grip, they cannot cross their fingers over each other.  The students thought the best part about this grip was the "Superhero Cape".  
The second one we tried out was The Pinch Grip.  This one does exactly what it says.  It helps the student place their hands over the grip to gain the correct positioning on the pencil. 
The last one they sent us to review was The Original Grip.  This one definitely helps student gain the right pencil grip when writing.  
I am putting together an order for next school year this week.  I will definitely put a variety of these pencil grips on my to buy list.  I have used other brands in the past, but these are by far THE BEST that I have experienced!  In my opinion they are definitely a 4 star!!
If you click on the links above, they will take you right to the Amazon links to purchase the different grips.  You can also find their Facebook page by clicking here.

Mar 31, 2016

Opinion Writing and TPT Sale

This week is our district's spring break.  Unfortunately for my husband and I we will be headed home from a week in Grand Cayman.  I love to work on school stuff on flights because it makes time go so much faster.  
When I return, we will be writing opinion papers.  We just wrapped up informative writing and the kids did an outstanding job!!  I will share some of our writings this week on opinions.
We have decided to put our entire TPT store on sale for 20% until midnight Sunday, April 3.  Happy Shopping~

Feb 2, 2016

Random Acts of Kindness and Spirt Leadership Teams Synergize

As mentioned in my previous post, I am posting a picture of all of the "scraps" that were left over from our parent Christmas gifts.  Our two leadership teams did an outstanding job of synergizing together and we can't wait to deliver them to our neighbors later this week.  
We are the Findlay Trojans so we are helping our neighbors show some Trojan Spirit~

Jan 31, 2016

Leadership Teams Synergize To Make Spirit Snowmen From Leftover Scraps

At Christmas time, I made those adorable snowmen (thanks DeeDee) that the parents absolutely loved.  However, my husband didn't absolutely love this project at the end because his comment was what are you going to do with all of these leftover pieces of wood to get them out of "my" barn.  My comment was there is too much wood left to just throw them away and maybe we could make them smaller snowmen.
So when my leadership team, the random acts of kindness team, met Friday that was our mission.  We synergized with the spirit team which promotes our school mascot, the Findlay Trojans, and used our school colors to make Findlay Trojan Snowmen.  Our goal is that the kids will deliver these adorable Findlay Trojan Snowman next week to our school neighbors as a random act of kindness for being such great neighbors and spreading that Trojan Spirit.  I will put a final product picture up today, but here are some pictures of what our 2 teams looked like in just 30 minutes.  I will have to tell you all a little secret...I was sweating and we were pumping these 21 Trojan snowmen out pretty fast!!
These team members were synergizing together to make the Trojan Spirit card that will be dropped off with the snowman to the neighbors to explain our Leadership Project.

One of my colleagues thought that I needed to have my picture taken during this mass production.  So, yep that is mean with the blue and gold apron on working really hard!! 

While they were waiting to be a part of the production lines, they were synergizing together playing a fun snowman game with dice.  They loved it!!

Another picture of the synergizing snowman game.
 This project was so much for to complete with our leadership teams.  I can't wait to hear/see what our neighbors have to say about these little kindergarten-second grade students delivering these next week.  PLUS my husband was so happy that not a single scrap of wood is left in "his" barn!  What a win-win project.
I will post a picture today of the final project because my husband is helping me for a half hour today to finalize 100th day things which is Monday!  

Jan 11, 2016

7 Habits Tool Bags

Our school gives our students 7 Habits Tool Bags to take home to help them remember the 7 habits.  I used some beige and orange striped lunch bags that I found at Target to store the different items that we gave out this year to remind them of a specific 7 habit.  This year I designed a "cover" to staple to the front of the bag.  I also stapled a second page to the bag to remind them of the book that we read to incorporate the habit.  Here is what the outside of our bags looked like: 
Be Proactive:  We gave each student a stress ball.
Begin With The End In Mind:  Each student got a slide puzzle.
Put First Things First:  We gave them a recipe card that we made of course AFTER we made a strawberry shortcake in class.
Think Win-Win: Students were given a Findlay Trojan Leader Friendship Bracelet.
Seek First To Understand:  Students were given a tube of toothpaste to remind them that what toothpaste came out of the tube can't go back in just like our unkind words that can come out of our mouth.
Synergize:  We used old crayons and a crayon maker to melt the old crayons and made new ones.
Sharpen The Saw:  Students were given bubbles

Many of these items were ordered in bulk from Oriental Trade, some were donated from local dentist, and others were things that we had and chose to recycle.

We reviewed all of these last week along with the books that we read with each habit.  The students were so excited to be able to take them home and share their 7 Habits Tool Bag with their families!!