great summer reads...

I read this... 
because I have also read these books by the same author...
I love this author so much that I had The Hypnotist's Love Story ready and waiting for the end of the school year. Big 
Little Lies is a fun teacher read because it focuses on three Kindergarten moms. Liane Moriarty's books are irresistible!   

Professionally my first summer read was...
This is a quick read if you are interested in learning more about guided math. The author of this book, Dr. Nicki Newton, has a math blog full of lots of information about guided math groups. She also has some great videos on YouTube.  

Next on my reading list are...

Hope you are enjoying 
your summer reads! 
Mrs. Bell

facts to and from 5

We practiced adding and subtracting within 5 a lot this past spring.
provides 7 activities to practice adding to 5 and 
7 activities to practice subtraction from 5. 
Here are some really bad pics of a few of the 
activities that I took with my iPhone. We were soooo 
busy in the spring that taking pictures didn't happen a lot.  
To do these activities you need the following math manipulatives...
wooden cubes, frog erasers, and tiles.
You can find the pony bead bracelets HERE
Mrs. Bell

Butterfly Camp 2015

We had a great week at Butterfly Camp!
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

This camp is a week in a garden that was created
 in memory of a very special little girl named 
Tess who loved butterflies and nature. 
The activities that we did at camp can be found on my 
Butterfly Camp Pinterest Board
Mrs. Bell

1 week, 2 authors

My little authors and illustrators got to meet 2 authors this week! 
The author of Curious Critters, David FitzSimmons, visited us as part of 
our Right to Read week. We loved his books about our favorite critters. 
We are so excited to add these books to our classroom library!
Henry and Ryan's preschool teach Missy Griffin stopped by to share her book Gigi's Window with us. We used her book for inspiration during our special memories writing workshop unit. It was so fun to hear the background information about her book and we all got to draw what we would want to see outside of Gigi's window. 
Mrs. Bell