Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bringing Culture to the Classroom

I'm Back!

Hey Y'all! I know it's been a hot minute since I have taken the time to blog! I have missed it but recently I have been inspired by my husband and his commitment to his own travel and finance blog over at Wander Wealth . 
There have been a few reasons why I have been missing from the blogging scene. My husband and I found out we are expecting our first baby in May of this year. That news has been both exciting and overwhelming. Most of my time that I used to spend blogging about teaching has now been focused on all things baby and parenting related! My goal is to get back to blogging about one of the biggest parts of my life- teaching! 


         Every year that I have taught I have given my students some sort of culture project to complete at home. Students then bring them in to share with their classmates. This is one of of the best times of year where we get to learn so much about one another and celebrate the different cultures in our school. After reflecting on last year's projects I began searching for a different project that would give more students choice and dig a little deeper into their cultures. I searched around several different places and came across one that I loved! Shout out to Shyu Laoshi on Teacher Pay Teachers for creating this awesome resource! 

         I love that this product is editable! It's originally made for higher grades, but was so easy to edit for my second graders. It also has a wonderful rubric that was easy for parents to understand. 

Another aspect of this project that I love is that all students submit two family recipes! We are going to collect these recipes and create a digital classroom cookbook to send out to the families. 

Students have done an amazing job presenting their projects. Another great thing about this project is it allows students many finished product choices. Some students made brochures, posters, or even digital books. 
Here are some samples!

Here is an awesome digital book version of the project. I wish you could hear the sound, but I can't get it to load as a book :(. My student did such a great job translating into Italian! So enjoy the photos and let me know if you know how to load it into blogger as a book! :)

If you are looking for a way to bring culture into your classroom that has little to no prep time for the teacher, this is the one! 

Talk Soon!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Take a Second to Peek into 2nd

Hey Y'all! 
I am thrilled to be part of an awesome bunch of 2nd grade bloggers who are teaming up to highlight a different blogger each month. 

The best part is, an amazing product from that blogger will be put on sale the weekend they are featured! 
What What!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Big Day! Classroom Reveal!

Hey Y'all! I KNOW I have been MIA, but we are now in our second week of school and things are beginning to calm down and fall into a routine, so I am happy to be back in the blogging world!

I have been stalking watching Ashley at Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd on Periscope for most of the summer and was super pumped when she rolled out the #2GETHERWEAREBETTER series. I knew instantly that I wanted to be a part of it! 

So here we go! 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Celebration- 3 things that are currently blowing my mind!

Hey y'all! I'm BACK!

Even if you haven't missed me, I have MISSED blogging and connecting!

I have been back from Japan for a week now and have finally gotten over jet lag, MOUNDS of laundry, and maybe infinite a little laziness!

In the past month there have been many things that have just made me so happy and deserve a shoutout! 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Kon Ni Chi Wa Japan!



We have been planning our trip to Japan for 2 years and it's finally time to go!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Blog Redesign Giveaway!


Time to celebrate my new F-A-B blog design! I can not send enough Thank You's over to Megan at A Bird in Hand Designs for bringing my vision to life! If you are looking for a fresh face for your blog, I HIGHLY recommend Megan! 

I am also lucky enough to be teaming up with two other fabulous bloggers, Nicole at Adventures in the ATC and Marie at Once Upon a Classroom. Since we all recently received a blog face-lift, we decided to spread some joy to our followers! 
How awesome are we is that! :)

The BEST part is that there will be TWO winners, so DOUBLE your chances to win! Choose from either an Erin Condren or Amazon Gift Card! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, June 8, 2015

One Lovely Blog Award!

Many thanks to Stacy at Made with Love for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award! We have bonded recently over our love of travel and it has been a pleasure getting to know her, so be sure to check out her blog!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Five for Friday FINALLY!

I thought this week would never end!
It  has been CRAZY BUSY and I have never been happier to celebrate Friday!
Thank you Doodle Bugs Teaching for bringing joy to my week!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Travelin' Thursday- Atlantis

Happy Travelin' Thursday everyone! 
How to Play:
1. Write your blog post (travel inspired) and place the image to the left in your post. Make sure to link your post back to this post.
2. Add your link up below
3. Share, Share, Share on Social Media


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Jumpin' for June!

I am linking up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade for June's Currently!

I am loving Maroon 5's new single! I may just be THAT ready for summer to come!

I have had my Mac for 8 years! That is a LIFETIME in the eyes of Apple! I NEED a new computer! (insert husband rolling eyes here)

I am STILL on crutches people! It's been since May 6th! Please PRAY that I am off these things soon!

I have a packed summer, including 3 major trips. I am beyond excited for all the trips, just a little anxious about my injured knee/crutches/pain that I am dealing with. I have 2 weeks to get healthy, totally doable, right?! 

Have a great June everyone!