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Selasa, 05 Januari 2016

A few days ago I cam across Hilary Lewis' classroom behavior bead idea. I thought that this was such a fantastic idea that I wanted to share it with others! I know my kindergarteners would have loved this! So without further ado... here is Hilary Lewis from 2nd Graders Rock! explaining her behavior beads!
Thanks so much for sharing this with us Hilary!

I woke up this morning thinking about Behavior Beads.  I just started using these in my classroom as another incentive for good behavior (yes, I said another!) I’ve been teaching 25 years and behavior is still the #1 problem in my classroom...if it isn’t in yours, then I really need to plan a field trip for the teacher!  Anyway, for the most part the kids are awesome...until it is TRANSITION time!  Walking in the halls, going to recess or specials...craziness!  So, along with my behavior sticks that can be pulled for bad behavior, I have added a positive reward for good behavior!

Each child has 3 sticks at the beginning of each day, if they keep those sticks, they earn 3 beads for that day, 2 sticks=2 beads, etc.  When the kids earn 15 beads, they may make a keychain for their backpacks!

Each child has a small jewelry baggy that holds the beads they have earned.  It has their name on it and I keep them a sentence pocket chart with the kids’ names in ABC order.  That makes it easier when I go to fill the baggies.  I also don’t fill the baggies each day...I keep track of who has lost a stick so that I know how many beads to put in on Friday afternoon.  If the kids have enough beads to make a keychain, they get to do that on Monday...if they don’t, then they must wait until the following Monday.
We put the keychains on their backpacks...everyone is so excited to see how many keychains they can get before the end of the year.
Now, I know what you are thinking...all those beads?!  What about the money!  Well, I found bags of 400 beads at The Dollar Tree in a variety of colors.  Then, I waited until I found some on sale at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby...AND of course I had a coupon...then I bought some fun beads and some dangles.  I did also need to get cord and tiny metal rings, but they weren’t too expensive either.  For each key chain the kids get one FUN bead and one Dangle.  Some of the fun beads I got were hearts, stars, footballs, basketballs, letters, etc.  Since they only get one of these for each keychain, I shouldn’t have to buy them for a long while....and of course, I bought about a million bags of plain beads!  :)
AND...the best thing is...Behavior is SO MUCH BETTER!  That’s what I’m talking about!

-Hilary Lewis
1. I keep the bags that hold the beads in a pocket chart.

 2. Each child has their own baggy and place on the pocket chart.

 3. These are the beads that I got at The Dollar Tree. 400 beads for just $1!

4. These are some of the Special Beads. The kids get one of these each week.

5. More beads and some of the rings to make the keychain.

6. This small ring at the end of the keychain hooks onto the backpack keyring.

7. The beads need to have a big hole so the kids can get the cord through them.

8. An adult does help with tying the dangle on so that it will all stay together.
   I trimmed the ends of the keychain, but I think keeping a little extra is a good idea.

Check out the Behavior Beads...I think I’ll be good for beads for a few years...ya think?  AND, I have more in the closet!   :)

Hilary Lewis is a 2nd grade teacher in Carmel, Indiana. She enjoys creating teaching materials that are educationally sound and that foster independence in her students. She also strives to create items that are quick and easy to use. She knows how important it is for teachers to have time for themselves and for their families.  You can check out more awesome ideas and some free samples of her learning materials at her blog:

2nd Graders Rock!

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A few weeks ago on twitter I stumbled upon these photos of a homeschool learning space.
These photos are from Rebecca who runs: Blogging With Goodly Intentions.  She is a mom of four who blogs about her homeschool adventures.

The above picture is Rebecca's adorable 6 year old daughter.

I like her use of pocket charts for organization and displaying words.

Rebecca uses her living room as an inviting space for her children to learn.

An old media center holds various learning materials.

Stop by her site and see what her and her family are up to! :)

Do you have learning areas through out you home? We would love to see them!
Thanks for reading!
The hubby and I headed to Earth Day Dallas on Saturday. There were lots of vendors, organizations, and entertainment for all to enjoy.

On our way to Earth Day Dallas. I don't know why I can't drive through the city without taking a picture. I guess I still can't believe we live somewhere like this.  This picture doesn't do these buildings justice!

One of the organizations that we talked with at the Earth Day event was REAL school gardens. I had never heard of this organization before but am totally in love with their mission:

REAL School Gardens cultivates relationships with elementary school communities to create learning gardens that raise hope, spark imaginations and connect children to nature.

Is that not right up my alley or what? I'm actually working on a volunteer application for the organization and I hope that I can get involved soon! I'm so excited about it!

photo via here

They also have a blog if you would like to see more of the activities that they have been up to. Click here to view REAL school garden's blog.

I love the city design on this green art display. The fuzzy looking stickers with the words LIKE and BLOG are actually bar codes that can be scanned with your phone and takes you to their facebook page and their blog. I've started noticing bar codes/blurry images in magazines and in stores so I downloaded the free app Bakodo. Now I'm like a kid running around scanning different things.

Thought this was a great idea. People signed this large banner to support and live a green lifestyle.

I love the above picture! I care about my city and my world.

The Earth Day Dallas 2011 logo...

Coal license plate on a Tesla (electric car).
Made me think of WV. <3

Hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our Earth Day festivities.
Thanks for reading!
Earth Day History from Wikipedia

Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. While this first Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.[1][2] Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network,[3] and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.[4] Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22International Mother Earth Day.[5]

Here are 9 great ways to celebrate Earth Day with your little ones!

Click on the links to get the directions for each item.

1.Make recycled crayons via tsj photography
2. Watch the movie earth via tsj photography
3. Take an Earth Day Pledge via tsj photography
4. Make a Very Hairy Caterpillar via Family Fun
5. Make a garden to go via Craft:
6. Make Earth Day cupcakes via Under the Table and Dreaming
7. Make dirt and worm cups via Meet the Dubiens
8. Make Earth Day Rice Krispie Treats via Under the Table and Dreaming
9. Make Earth Day cake pops via Vanilla & Lace

Want more ideas? Click here- tipjunkie.
We were just given The Versatile Blogger Award! I'll take it! :)

Thank you Aimee from Classified:Mom for presenting me with this award.
I really appreciate it! :) If you haven't already, you should stop by her
blog and follow her. She's got some awesome ideas!

The rules after excepting this award:
Thank the person who awarded you.
 Divulge 7 things about yourself.
Award 15 discovered bloggers.
7 Things About Me:
I must have coffee in the morning.
I feel so lucky to have an amazing husband and two wonderful mini schnauzers.
I love love love music! It's on pretty much all day!
I'm originally from West Virginia.
I  spent the past two summers on a lake wakeboarding and wakeskating.
I want to go to Europe... like right now.
I've done indoor skydiving. I will never do the real thing.
Now for the part that is so difficult for me. 15 blogs that I need to chose.
If you did not make this list, please know that I still think you are the best!

And The Versatile Blogger Award goes to..................
 Learning Ideas K-8
The Organized Classroom
A Fly on the Classroom Wall
Blogging With Goodly Intentions
Pre-K Pages
Two Children and a Migraine
Little Lucy Lu
Style 'n Decor Deals
Adventures at Greenacre
My 2 cents
Our Creative Hands Blog
Peace Love & Owls
Tanya Treasure Trove
Teaching Happily Ever After
We are so excited to receive our first print recognition!

photo via vroman's

Here's the issue the article is in...

Here's the article on page 6...

Hopefully there will be more to come! :)

You can read the full article by clicking here.

Project estimate:
Paper lantern, $1 and up
Scrap fabric, on hand
Sewing machine, on hand
Hot glue, on hand
Total:  $1 and up From Rhonda at  Dollar Store Crafts
The lantern in the making (all pictures via you had me at bonjour)....






Get the full directions  from you had me at bonjour.