Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A New Teacher Dress from Shabby Apple

Hi everyone!

Recently I was looking around at the Shabby Apple website and checking out all of their  dresses which are styled like vintage clothing. I thought they were all pretty great but I specifically wanted a dress I could possibly wear to work - then I could let you know what I thought of it and if indeed you might be able to add something from them  to your teacher wardrobe.

Here is the dress I got (by the way I did not pick it because the model has red hair like me - coincidence!)



It is called "Study Hall" and I thought it  might work.  It came in a padded envelope and when I opened that it was wrapped with a pretty green tissue paper "belt " of sorts - a cute touch.


The dress itself is short sleeved and on me the length was such that it fell just below the knees. I'm a little on the short side (5' 3 1/2") so if you're taller it would probably be knee length. The fabric was a brown tweed like fabric but an unexpected and fun touch was that there was some gold thread within the brown fabric which I really liked. If you're not expecting it though  you may be surprised. I like sparkles and fun stuff so I am a fan. It makes what could be more of a serious dress fun! The dress  has a high neckline and has a slightly nipped in waist. There are also unique details with the fabric and some big buttons which are hard to explain but take a look at the pictures and you will see.  Very interesting! I thought maybe there were some pockets within the folds on the front sides but there were not. 

Close up of one of the decorative buttons. Also you can see it on the waist in the picture above with the model.



When I looked inside the dress, it had a solid lining and overall the dress had a nice weight to it. This is no flimsy,  quickly made dress. If I looked at the lining I could see all sorts of details that I didn't quite understand  and but I know affected the fit. Check it out below.






 For fit, the dress was pretty good although if I had a longer torso (I have been told I have a short torso) it would fit a little bit better. I ordered the medium and I think I probably would really have done best with size large or more likely, right in between. Aren't most of us always in between sizes? I am curvy and it may look a little better on someone who is a little less so.

 Overall the "Study Hall" dress  looked nice and I was impressed with the quality. I also give the fabric a thumbs up. I definitely think this dress and some others on the Shabby Apple site would work for a school dress. I also noticed they have fancier dresses too for nights out of the town perhaps or weddings. Have any of you bought from Shabby Apple? What did you get?

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Super Sleuths Blog Hop! Stop #5

The blog hop has ended! Thank you for visiting.  Feel free to check out the 
Mystery Word product at my teacher stores . 

Welcome to the blog hop! I'm so excited to be participating with these amazing teachers. You will be able to snag all kinds of wonderful resources if you do this hop. Read on, grab my freebie and then hop on to the next blog by clicking the "Next Stop" button.

Mystery Word: Vowel Digraphs

Vowel digraphs are two letters that together represent a single sound. They can be challenging for young learners to read and spell so therefore they are an important part of phonics instruction. Phonics instruction on vowel digraphs help students improve their ability to decode word and as their decoding improves more words will become automatic and reading fluency will  improve. Students' spelling will improve too as spelling patterns become more familiar.

I've created a little activity that you can use to help your students practice reading vowel digraphs.It contains 20  task cards that your students read and try and determine each mystery word. Click on either image below to get it free just from this blog hop (it's usually a paid product)!






Now that you've learned a little about the mystery genre, you're ready for my clue.  On your form, you can record the letter...
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Busy Week's Five for Friday

Phew ! It has been a busy week! I was so exhausted yesterday when I got home I had to lie down and fell asleep for an hour. Got up, did a couple things, and went to sleep again. I do want to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching though for Five For Friday! Click on the pic below to head over and see who else linked up.


My Five!

#1 I am so delighted to be taking part in the Super Sleuths Blog Hop! Carla at Comprehension Connection has the first stop. If you head there and check it out, you get all the details and explanation of how it works. Basically, reading specialists, literacy teachers and more joined up to bring you some information about teaching language arts and each stop has a freebie for you to try with your class. Then at the end, there is a fun giveaway! If you click on the image below, you can head to the first stop. I checked out most of the stops already and there are some fun ideas!

#2 My mom and I went to see David Sedaris this week. He is one of my all time favorite authors! I had a blast and even though I had to be up super late on a work night, it was worth it! His latest book, Exploring Diabetes with Owls is so clever and funny!

 
# 3 It wouldn't be a Friday without a couple Bailey pics. I found this one of him from when he was about 7 weeks old - the first time I met him at the breeder's. Then I caught him in a similar pose tonight and grabbed a pic.


He is so darn cute!

 #4 It was a tough start to September for me for reasons I won't get into; but sometimes I think- there must be a reason everything happens the way it does. This group of kids I have this year are terrific. Sure there are challenges, some really big, but the general "mood" or whatever you may call it of the group is sweet, loving, and expressive. Last time I was out sick, on the day I came back I got a big hug from a boy that I didn't expect, and today for example, I went to a 25 minute meeting and as soon as I got back this girl jumped up and gave me a hug. I don't always have groups like this and I don't think the last two years brought any kiddos who gave such "warm fuzzies". I am lucky to have this group, this year in particular. Thank goodness!

 #5 I have been signed up with Educents since they started and grabbed a bunch of good deals from them. I lucked out and got to join in a curriculum bundle this week. My synonym and homophones game pack (3 games) are included in their 3-5 bundle. My games are great for grades 1-3; especially those tricky homophones. There are TONS of other products in the bundle - in fact over $120 worth and they are available for $29.99. Some of my favorite authors are included like Monica Schroeder, Fern Smith, and more! If you want to check it out, click on the pic below to check it out.


Thanks for stopping by tonight! Have a restful evening!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: Candy Corn Science & More from Monica Schroeder

Hey everyone ! I am a lucky girl today. I have the chance to review a product from an amazing teacher-author, Monica Schroeder. The product is her Candy Corn Science & More. This pack is available at several places and as part of an amazing Educents bundle deal. Details on where to get it are the end of the post.


Candy Corn Science & More is a comprehensive 51 page product  that is targeted to students in grades 1, 2 and 3. I can see 4th graders also enjoying many of these activities.

First off, she has a section providing materials and directions (Video directions!) on making safety goggles. This is a fun way to start and get everyone in the mindset that they are really scientists when they do these activities. A candy corn KWL follows, which is always a nice way to open up a topic. She then has a very interesting section on candy corn history with all kinds of facts that I did not know. For example, did you know candy corn has been around since the 1880s?


The next section contains some kid-friendly information about the scientific method and then some well chosen science vocabulary words. Both are a great resource for both teachers and students.

Monica has shared three different candy corn experiments to try. They are titled:
- Sink or Float
- Dissolving Corn
- Fizzy Corn Science

She provides places for students to make hypotheses, record their information, and illustrate and write about their findings. The experiments are fun and easy. All you need is several kinds of candy, water, vinegar, baking soda and a tall clear container.

Following the science section, Monica has a "More Fun" section. This area has a lot of fun and thoughtful activities that relate to candy corn and can be connected with what they have learned. For example, students could write an acrostic poem, do some candy corn art, and my favorite: Candy Corn Fact Families! Overall, this is a super creative, organized, useful, clear and thorough set of activities that will combine fun and learning. It would be worth taking a look at!


Here's where you can find it: Monica's Candy Corn Science & More is available as part of the Educents 3-5 Bundle which ends this Saturday, Oct. 26. The bundle has over $100 of products from folks like her, Diary of Not Such a Wimpy Teacher and more (yes, disclaimer, including me :) ). Click on the image below to head over and take a look at the bundle. If you'd rather check it out at her Teacher's Pay Teachers store, follow the link under the Educents bundle.



Enjoy ! Have a restful night!


Here are a few resources for teaching science that you might enjoy! Click on them to see more at Amazon.
Disclaimer: The author was not paid, compensated, or reimbursed in any way to review this product.