Sunday, December 30, 2012

"Counting Together" App Helps Kids Subitize

Have you come across this awesome new app to help students recognize number of objects 
without counting?
Counting Together is a free app for the iPad that helps students with subitizing numbers...
and it looks like it's going to be a great resource for my kiddos.  

Level one is great for those kiddos still trying working with counting and cardinality...
it will be a great game play to help them "see" the numbers quickly!

Here's a tutorial from the creator's website that gives a great introduction to the game.

I LOVE the idea of the kids working on the same iPad together to help each other 
"see" the numbers without counting!
I also love the different levels of difficulty (up to 20)
 and the ability to play in a competition ...
Head over to the app store and check out the free version of "Counting Together"

and if you like what you see with the free version...consider the Plus Version...
I know I am...:)

Can't wait to add this app to the math station rotations for the new year!

and don't forget to check out HeidiSongs
"How to Keep Kids on the App of Your Choice" post...

It's the best advice to date!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sending Classroom Texts....YES!

I have been a big fan of communication using any and all the technology I can....but I'm not quite up to sharing my cell number yet! 
Using Remind101 is a great way to help me communicate quick notes and reminders for upcoming events without sharing personal numbers :)

If you'd like to read about more ways to share with your class, check out Richard Byrne's latest post on some great websites! 

He's got SEVEN different resources that will help you share information with your classes!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Making Grinch Dust Makes Grinch Day a Huge Hit!

In past Grinch Day Celebrations, I've made the Grinch dust at home
 and given it to the kids as a special treat....

But this year, I made the Grinch Dust with the kids...and it was kind of a neat thing!

First, the kids scooped 1/4 cup of something sweet smelling 
(like sugar, but as scientists...we know we NEVER taste something that we don't know what it is:)

To the sweet smelling white crystals, 
we added two drops of love
(yellow food coloring which turns kind of a red color when it touches the sugar)

and two drops of joy
(blue food coloring)

After the bag is zipped tight, the kids gently add some hugs to the mixture.

As the kids continued to hug their love and joy together with the sweet smelling crystals,
the grinch dust created was a magical delight for all!

The final step was to add the Grinch Dust poem that explained what to do with the dust!

I love our projects on 
How to Make the Grinch Grin....

This year, I decided to get a close up picture of the kids with their grinchy ways to make the Grinch smile before creating the final movie with their projects.

They recorded their grinchy ways to add with their pictures!

It was a great day in the swamp!


Update....check out how we celebrated Grinch Day in the Second Grade HERE

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Prayers Sent Above

Our prayers and thoughts are with the families and victims 
of the sad shooting in Connecticut.

Monday, December 3, 2012

My Favorite Christmas Books

Don't you love books?
I also LOVE taking the books and creating video-audio resources for the kids to view and listen to on the iPads in the classroom!
Have you stumbled upon this one?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Keeping Kids on the iPad/Pod Apps YOU want!

Heidi Butkus of has just improved my technology station 100%!
If you've never read her blog need to hop over and take a gander!

She's found a simple way to keep the kids on the app of MY choice for station time!

She has AMAZING posts about directed drawings for Christmas too!
and  I LOVE her Jingle Bell Bang game!