May 8, 2016

Hue Animation Studio

I am certain that I block this time of year from my mind every year because I completely forget every year how ridiculously crazy these last few weeks are!  I swear I don’t know if I am coming or going!! 

I have been meaning to post a follow up review about the Hue Animation Studio I received after attending the amazing teacher retreat in French Lick. 

Y’all…this retreat was AMAZING and just what I needed during this crazy season of life.  Lots of much needed FRIEND time!  And it was made even better with all the fun teacher SWAG we received…including the Hue Animation Studio! 
This product is amazing because the possibilities for it’s use are endless!  Because Mother’s day was approaching, we decided to create video for our ‘Rock Star Moms’.
The students created a band name and described 3 things that make their mom a rock star.  Using a pic of the child, we created a ‘concert’ to showcase the reasons that make our moms so worthy.  Check out one of our finished products below. 

Hue Animation Studio is perfect for engagement and enhancing creativity in the classroom.  The great part is that Hue Animation Studio encourages student driven instruction and it is a perfect addition to any blended learning classroom.
If you have used Animation Studio in your classroom, I would love to hear about your experience with it!


Happy mother’s day to all you amazing mommy’s…you more than deserve this special day devoted to you!!

March 14, 2016

No more lies!

Hey y'all!  So:  I give up!  No more lies, no more excuses.  Let's just be honest.  I completely stink at blogging!  Give me some social media and I'm good to go but lordy...blogging is my weakness!  I will tell you, life has gotten a bit in the way.  Between chasing these two beauties around
and having a house built, I am just plum busy!  P.S. if you are building a house then you know what it's like to get sucked into the Pinterest black hole when you are looking for inspiration.  And let's not forget my obsession for Chip and Joanna and their amazing designs!!  I can only hope and pray that I can pull off the "farmhouse" design that I have brewing in my little head!

But in between all of this crazi-ness, I have found a wee bit of time to discover an amazing teaching product.  Have y'all checked out HueHD and their fab cameras?!  Not only do they offer document cameras which, in my opinion, are a necessity in every classroom,
but they also offer this super fun gadget!
If you don't have a doc camera in your classroom, you MUST grab one ASAP!  Hue offers two HD cameras at a super reasonable price:  less than $100!  The HUE HD Pro classroom camera and visualizer is the latest addition to the HUE range of USB cameras. This camera can view a full sheet of paper and project it onto the whiteboard via your PC and projector.  Check out all that it offers:
  • The length of the neck makes this camera perfect for viewing a full A4 or US letter page.
  • The built-in LED lights will help illuminate your subject.
  • Available for Windows and Mac OS X.
  • It’s full of character just like its older brother the HUE HD camera – but with a new design for the head and base.
Use the HUE HD Pro for:
  • Demonstrating a science project
  • Taking snapshots of student work
  • Recording a technique or experiment and replay it to the class
  • Chatting with remote schools in other countries with software such as Skype™
But that's not all they offer!!  You HAVE to check out their Animation Studio!  

The kit includes everything that you need to create your own stop motion animation videos.  Take a peek at all you get and everything it can do:

The kit includes:
  • The HUE HD camera, a flexible plug and play USB camera with built-in microphone.
  • The fully-featured HUE Animation software designed for children by teachers.
  • The HUE Book of Animation has step-by-step instructions for creating 20 hilarious stop motion videos and ideas for even more. You can view these videos here. The videos, sound effects and backdrops are also included on the CD that comes with the kit.
HUE Animation Features:
– Play your movie back at any time
– Import music and sounds, or record your own
– Add text and special effects
– Copy, edit, move and delete animation frames
– Share movies on YouTube
Hue products will engage your students and inspire them to think beyond their imagination!!  Check them out by clicking here.

Hope y'all are catching up on your sleep from day light savings time!!  Check back this Sunday for a fun little surprise...I promise you won't want to miss it!!

January 3, 2016

New Year...New Tools!

Hi there...long time no blogging for me!  I'm finally back with a few of my sweet friends for a fun blog hop! A few of the girls over at SeeMamaTeach and I are linking up for a fun New Years blog post!

We’re sharing ideas and freebies to help you ease back into January and I’m stop number 2!

Having a growth mindset is life changing…especially in the classroom! Use this resource to help change your students from a fixed mindset to one that will help them learn and grow with a positive attitude! Included are instructions for how to create the flip flap book for Growth Mindsets.  Click the pic below to grab this freebie!

Keep on hopping through to grab some more amazing tips and freebies!  Don't forget to enter to win a gift card & a bunch of great teaching resources!

Here’s the resource you could win from my TpT shop (click on the pic to see more)!
Growth Mindset

My freebie above is a snippet from this resource. 
*Note: The bulletin board pieces are slightly different than those posted in my pics on instagram and facebook*

Click the button below to hop on to the next blog!

July 11, 2015

Buggin' Over Sight Words!

 Summer time. Sunshine. Sleepy mornings. My sweet girls. Fire pits. Late nights with friends.
Pure bliss!
There is nothing better than summer time!  I soak up every drop of it and feel blessed that I get to spend it with my precious girls and hubby.  As much as I love it, I can't seem to turn off my teacher brain...who can?! 
Once I tuck my sweeties into bed, I spend time at night feeding my teacher creativity cravings.  My wheels are already turning with ideas on how to engage and excite my soon to be new kinders.  I want them to LOVE school and be excited for learning.  One of our biggest goals in kindergarten is to prepare our sweeties for reading.  Sight words are a huge part of this.  My kids always love to challenge themselves and compete to do better.  My newest pack helps them to do this and also assists me in differentiating each of their learning paths.  I don't know about y'all but my kinders start every year at a bazillions different points in their educational career...anywhere from not knowing what a letter is to already reading fluently.

This growing bundle will help you tons with meeting the needs of EVERY child.  Included is a fun and engaging assessment for tracking the progress of each child as they learn their sight words (currently I am working on Fry lists but hang tight...Dolch lists will be in the works soon!!).
There is a pack for every Fry sight word list (2 lists included in each pack) or you can choose to purchase all of the packs including a bonus add-on pack for a discounted price.
Check out what you'll get...
Click here to check out the first pack which includes the first two sight word lists (words 1-200) or click here to check out the growing bundle.
Now its time to turn this teacher brain off and soak up a little more of this sweet summer time!

May 6, 2015

C. Jayne Teach

Oh my stars y'all!  I was beyond happy last week when I received the best package in the completely MADE.MY.WEEK!  (And let me tell ya...I needed it!  48 end of the year kinders will wear a gal out!)
Check out a few of my favorite goodies I received from C. Jayne Teach!

These pictures don't even do these products justice!  The new line by C.Jayne Teach is too cute to boot and so practical and necessary for YOUR classroom!!
How cute are these folders?!!
And you MUST check out the new Teacher Anchor...It is AMAZING!!
The all-new 2015-16 Teacher Anchor™ is 300 pages full of lesson plans, classroom organizers, curricular checklists, and Common Core standards. PERFECTION!!
Be sure to follow C. Jayne Teach on Instagram @cjayneteach, Facebook ( and her blog (!

February 13, 2015

You've Got the 'Write' Stuff...Baby! (Giveaway)

Hi there friends!!  If y'all are anything like us then you are stoked about NKOTB being on tour right now! #ThrowbackGroupie  A few of my favorite blogging friends got together and we are super pumped to be hosting the "You Got the 'Write' Stuf, Baby!" writing resource giveaway in honor of these yummy guys and... 
our sweet little "new kids on the block!"  All of our precious families have recently grown (or are growing...Abby!) and we wanted to give away a few of our favorite writing resources to celebrate!! 

Check out what each of us are giving away below... 
(Click on our pics to visit our blogs and click on our babies to visit our resource in our TPT store)
Click below for 8 chances to win our "You Got the 'Write' Stuff" Bundle!!  The winner will be announced Sunday evening!!  Good luck sweet friends!!

February 1, 2015

And Another One Bites the Dust...!

Unfortunately, I missed my Friday post...ugh!  My hubby bit the dust Thursday night with the stomach bug so Momma was busy all weekend taking care of the hubby and the babies!  He is now on the mend and we are all praying that E and I don't get it...fingers crossed!!
So two days late but I can now post about my 4th handwriting/fine motor resource...

(Depending on your tweezers, you may want to use the smaller pom pom's.  I used the large ones and my tweezers wouldn't open quite far enough to pick them up).
Do y'all have Super Bowl plans today?  If not, and you'll be doing a little shopping, my store will be 20% off today and tomorrow including my Handwriting/Fine Motor Bundle!
So what team are y'all cheering for?!  Either way...I'm pumped about some yummers food and time with my sweet family!! 
Have a blessed day friends!!