48 Days left until summer vacation. Need I say more?
My next door neighbor (a first grade teacher) and I are teaming up to have our students complete a sprintime learning countdown similar to the learning countdown my class did before winter break. Our classes take turns each day with completing the “Today we learned…” statement on the inside of a flower patterned shape book. Then by the end of the day we staple the shape book on top of the numbered circle to countdown the days until the last day of school. (Forexample today we covered up the circle that says, “We have 49 more days left to learn before summer break.” and tomorrow Ms. Z’s class will cover up the circle that says 48 more days,… And so on.) It is a fun way to have the class stay engaged in wjhat they are learning as the year starts to wind down and the days get prettier and even the best among them starts to daydream instead of focus. Usually I tell my students that the person to complete the flower for the day is the “mystery student” and that I have chosen a mystery lesson where I will be watching my “mystery student” for how they are behaving. If they are caught behaving well during the mystery lesson then they will get to complete and color the flower for the day. Students really look foward to it, and I generally only have to wonder aloud, “I wonder if my mystery student will be paying attention today?” and the whole class snaps to. Want the file foryouself? It is featured on my TpT store right now.
On another note…. The geek squad still has not fixed my laptop. I could cry. I really miss it and all the projects I was working on, including a new plants lapbook, are trapped inside. 🙁 However spendng some quality time with my kiddos’s tablet computer prompted me to try out some font creation software, which has been fun. I have created a freebie font for all of you called CarrberryBasic. It is a simple font that you may use in your personal or commercial products. The only thing I ask it that commercial products credit CarrberryCreations, and have a link back to my blog or TpT store.
I have been reading on forums about how people have changed usage permissions to make them more restrictive after people have already downloaded and used them in their products, forcing teacher authors to have to pull down their products and redo them all. Personally I think that is appalling. If I said you can use my work in your commercial products, then you can. That’s it. I will not change those permissions ever, execpt that I please ask for a simple link back. I hope that the free font file I made for us all will help you have at least a bit of piece of mind. 🙂
Have a great day!