Monday, June 29, 2015

Must Read Monday: Books About Math!

This week I am linking up with Kindergarten Planet and The Kindergarten Connection to talk about my favorite books to use during Math!  I love incorporating books into every subject I can.  I was never really great at Math, I admit, and neither is my own little man.  We are both, however, lovers of books.  Pulling good literature into our math lessons is a great way to engage even our most reluctant little mathematicians.

One of my very favorite math books is One Hundred Hungry Ants, by Elinor J Pinczes.  It's repetitive and it rhymes, which means my kiddos LOVE it.  I love it because it introduces the concept of making 100 many different ways- groups of 50, 25,'s perfect for the 100th day of school!  I like to tie this book in when we learn about money as well.  We talk about how it takes 100 pennies, 20 nickels, 10 dimes, and 4 quarters to make a dollar.  

One Hundred Hungry Ants

I just got this book, Full House: An Invitation to Fractions, by Dayle Ann Dodds, last summer and I loved it!  It's a cute little story about visitors joining Miss Bloom at The Strawberry Inn.  I really liked it because it introduces fractions in a way that is easy for younger kids to understand.  It's a great little book for K-3.

 I use If You Were a Polygon by Marcie Aboff and If You Were a Quadrilateral by Molly Blaisdell when I teach my geometry unit.  Both of these books do a great job of introducing shapes and the illustrations are great!  It gives my kiddos great real life examples of each shape and always leads to a great discussion about the shapes we see around us.

What are your favorite books to use during math?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Dare to Dream!

Hello out there!
Welcome to my brand spankin' new blog!  I started blogging with a little nudge from the TPT Seller Challenge that is being put on by some fabulous bloggers and sellers, Emily from Third in Hollywood, Jen from Sparking in Second, Ashley from Teach Create Motivate, and Amber from Peppy Zesty Teacherista.
I am a little nervous about my new adventure, but I'm excited to get started!  This week we were asked to blog about our hopes and dreams for our Teachers Pay Teachers shop.

First of all, I would love for my little shop to expand enough to generate some extra income for our little family.  Raising all of these kids on a teacher's and a plumber's salary is hard ya'll!  Especially when you have a ridiculous tpt and clip art habit.  #truth

My long term dream would be to make enough income to take my littles to Disney World.  I went as a kid and remember how magical it was.  Every time they see those dang commercials they BEG me to take them.  The thing is, I would like to make that happen without creating a big fat debt pit.

Finally, I would love for this journey to connect me to other like minded teachers.  I need some more OCD, coffee crazy, forward thinking peeps around me!  I think we have so much we could learn from each other...I love, love, LOVE the idea of having a tribe of folks to bounce ideas off of, share victories with, and ask advice of.

So, thank you so much ladies for setting all of this up and helping so many of us get started!