Central Illinois Tornado Relief Effort!!
Thought I'd share some pictures of some of our high school students working in Washington, Illinois last Tuesday. My husband's Building Trades Class and Mr. Snowman's Machine Tools Class took a "fieldtrip" to help with clean up.
They began their day by being processed through the Tazewell County Volunteer Reception Center which was being manned by AmeriCorps. From there they were able to go to an area and see the damage that had been done by the tornado. They spent the rest or the day working in two different distribution centers. Because most of the students were under the age of 18, they were not able to be out in the fields cleaning up debris (which is where they really wanted to be).
One of the things I found neat was Washington and Canton are rivals during our sporting seasons. During part of the afternoon these boys worked alongside students from Washington High School as teammates, rather than rivals!! It always amazes me how God takes a bad situation and makes it a great experience for all!!
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Cyber Monday Sale on TPT!!
Hope you'll hop over to TPT to check out all of the wonderful sales going on Monday and Tuesday!! Click on the button below to go directly to my TPT store.
While you're shopping please check out the "Central Illinois Tornado Victims Fundraiser". There are lots of wonderful products being donated by some of your favorite TPT authors and illustrators!!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Central Illinois Tornado Relief Fundraiser
On Sunday, November 17th terrible tornadoes swept through Central
Illinois leaving many homeless and with nothing left except the clothes on their backs. As an Illinois teacher, I felt the overwhelming need to do something for these people to help them rebuild their lives and to carry on during the upcoming holidays. Two other Illinois teachers also felt compelled to do something. So, the three of us (Amanda Pauly from Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten, Cindy
(Kinder Kay) from Love Those Kinders and I from Mrs. McLaren's Little Super Heroes) joined together to create a fundraiser to earn funds for the victims. We were overwhelmed and thrilled with generosity from many amazing
Over at our special TPT store you will be able to donate to this cause by purchasing one of our bundles. These bundles will be available from
December 1st - December 31st. All the proceeds
will go to the Red Cross specifically designated to the victims of the
With the holiday season upon us, I urge you to give to this fundraiser
and while you are at it you will receive many fabulous products.
Click on the image below to head to the store.
I would also like to share a video by Green Shoe Studios entitled "Our Anthem (American Made)" with you. This is an awesome video about the strength of a small community pulling together after a tornado devastated their town on Nov. 17th. Again, I hope you will stop by and check out the bundles some wonderful friends donated to support this cause!!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Central Illinois Tornado Victim Fundraiser
As I was sweeping up glass from a table which was shattered last Sunday in the storm I just kept thinking this is such small potatoes in comparison to what my neighboring communities are cleaning up. It also confirmed how important it is to reach out and help these communities. Usually tornadoes are spring and summer events, not fall. So many lost their homes and everything they own and with winter fast approaching offering very little time to recover.
I felt an overwhelming need to help in some way and decided to contact TPT to see if there was any way they would help sponsor or support a fundraiser for these victims. They have been wonderful helping me get everything set up and along the way I met two wonderful ladies who had the same thought as I did. We have teamed up together and beginning December 1st will be offering to you a fantastic opportunity to help as well. There will be several different bundles of products offered to you for a cost, but in return you will receive some wonderful products donated by many teachers and clipart artists on TPT. Later this week I will post on my Facebook page, as well as here the store address. I hope you will come check out our TPT store where these fabulous bundles will be offered for the month of December.
A special thanks Amanda Pauley, Cindy Feeney who have worked with me on gathering donations and getting the fundraiser organized. And, I can't thank all of you who have donated enough!! Your generosity has touched me deeply and I know the victims of the tornadoes of Central Illinois will be thankful for any help we can offer.
More news to come soon!!
This adorable little graphic was designed just for us by Nikki of Melonheadz!!
Monday, November 4, 2013
The little cowpokes and I just started our newest comprehension strategy. I usually begin inferring with the "No, David" picture books and then move on to riddles. My riddles are loaded with information about the creature or person, so the little people are able to find all kinds of clues. They use the clues to support their inference. For the next week this little item (it's really huge) it is my "entire" riddle collection will be discounted at $12. There are over 105 total riddles. This collection includes: Creepy Crawlies, Arctic Animals, Jungle/Rainforest, Famous Americans, Down on the Farm, Storybook Characters, Christmas Holiday Riddles. You can purchase each smaller collection separately for $4 each or get the all of my riddles here at a great price. Hope you'll check it out at my TPT store. Have a great week!!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Each day we spend time doing an activity called Math Talk. We talk about what the little ones notice in the picture first. Sometimes we are even able to change our thinking (synthesize) as we gain more information from our peers. Many times we are able to infer by looking at the picture clues tying in our comprehension strategies with Math.
One of our Common Core Standards for kindergarten is to be able to describe objects in the environment using names of shapes and describing their relative positions using terms such as above, below, beside, etc. I started using our Math Talk pictures to introduce and reinforce math skills last year. This year after our initial District Common Core Math Assessment, I decided I needed to do something to help the little ones with describing objects in their environment, so I incorporated this standard into our Math Talk discussions.
We also use our pictures to count by ones, two's, and sometimes we are even lucky enough to find pictures where we could count by 5's or 10's. I provide them with problems to solve during Math Talk. Some are easy and where others are more difficult to reach all levels of students.
Also, each week I post a picture on my classroom facebook page for my little one's families to practice together at home. I thought maybe you would like to see what one of our pictures look like. I decided to include 2. The first one is one I created using clipart and the second one is a picture I found on the internet. My little cowpokes have been doing this since the first week of school and we do a picture a day, so I don't have to lead much of the discussion. They are amazingly good at describe where things are now, looking for clues in the pictures and deciding what we count. Let me know what you think or if there are other things we could do with our Math Talk pictures. Happy talking!
Monday, October 21, 2013
"Writing the Room"
My little cowpokes this year love writing the room. They are so sweet going right outside our doorway to write "my" name or one of their little friends names off our spooky jack-o-lanterns. I found these super cute little "bat" and "skeleton" glasses at Dollar Tree a couple of weeks ago. Check out these fabulous little writers!!