Happy 2015!

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve!  Be safe ringing in 2015!

My TpT store is 15% off to ring in 2015

You can find lots of other stores on sale at The Primary Chalkboard!

(Early) New Year's Eve Sale

What better way to ring in the new year than a sale!?  This is a great time to pick up some New Year's activities for the week back.  Here are a few January items from my store that are 20% off today and tomorrow!

Writing prompt activities with a New Year theme

Writing prompt activities for the 100th day of school

A fun way to practice multiplication facts

Morning work/Bell ringer activities for the entire month of January

Writing prompt activities with a Winter theme

This one is FREE!  A fun way to get students to write about their break

Click on the links below to see all the other stores participating in the New Year's Eve sale!

Meet Kona

We have a new member to our student body this school year and she walks on all fours!

Kona is being trained to be a guide dog.  The PE teacher at our building went through the training to become a foster parent to Kona.  Kona will be with her for a year while she trains her to be a guide dog for the visually impaired.  The students love Kona!  It's taken a while to get used to not petting or distracting her (for students and teachers).  I mean how sweet is this dog!
We did several things as a staff to prepare students for Kona's arrival.  One of the things I did in my classroom was read a book about a guide dog.  I read Cindy Lou and Sammy Too Go to the Mall, The Adventures of a Guide Dog Team by Cheryl McNeil Fisher.

It is the story of Cindy and her guide dog on their trip to the mall (told from the point of view of the dog, Sammy).  The book helped explain to students why Kona's job is so important.  In the story, Cindy even has to tell people not to pet her dog because he is working and needs to stay focused.  This story helped students understand what Kona will be doing after he finishes his training in a year.