Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Apps For the Week

Part of my New Year's resolution was to eat healthy and lose weight.  My son turned me on to this app at I tunes called Lose It.   It calculates how much weight you want to lose and by when.  Then it will give you the amount of calories you need daily.  As you have a meal you enter the food and it counts down how many calories you have left.  It's super easy and has some other functions as well but haven't tapped into them.   The super duper part is it's FREE!  Love those free apps!!

SPLASH MATH is an app I use in my classroom on my IPAD.  My first graders love this and some kids practice on their own when they've finished their work.  Some of the second graders are using this app also  with success.  Again, this app is free and is available on Iphone and iPad.

Description Splash Math is a fun and innovative way to practice math. With 13 chapters covering over 185 math skills and an endless supply of problems, it is by far the most comprehensive math workbook in the app store.

★ WINNER of "Best Elementary Student App" (2011), by
★ Featured in Apple's "Staff Favorite"
★ Featured in New and Noteworthy

 Try them out and tell me what you think.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Pinterest Favorites

Here are a few Pinterest tips that I have tried and found to be successful.
1.  Essie and Nutri Nails.  Being a teacher my hands are always in water and getting dried out in my classroom.  I'm constantly chipping and snagging nails. I found this idea on Pinterest and felt I nothing to lose.  I've used acrylics and the maintenance  gets expensive.  So I bought my Nutri Nail Gel Perfect kit and Essie color at Walgreen.     I followed the directions on the box and used my own Essie nail color. I added the Essie 3 way glaze over the top for a shiny coat.  Couldn't believe how long my polished lasted-for at least a week! No more chipping.  It's worth trying!

2.  State painted  canvas
My daughter in law made 5 of these for one of my other daughter in law for Christmas of all the places they had lived and were stationed at in the Army.  It was so amazing and I just thought it was such a well thought out gift of the heart.

3.  Sterilite Drawers
I was so tired of the  plain clear sterilite drawers in my classroom. When I saw this idea on Pinterest I was so excited to see such an easy idea to mask a Plain Jane drawer unit.   Just adding scrapbooking paper and crinkled border added a punch of color to the room.  Ingenious and so simple!

4.  Milk Crate Listening Center

This was such a clever idea I found on Pinterest!  We had some left over crates at our school.  Rustoleum just came out with spray paint for laminate so I was able to spray paint a few crates in red and blue.  Our school theme was Patriotic, so I decorated everything in the classroom red, white and blue.  I had my hubby cut out plywood to fit the tops and I covered it with foam and patriotic material.  I placed a cd player,  book,  and cd in each crate.  Kids LOVE this center!  They sit on top of the crate and listen away!!

5.  Beer Cheese Dip

 This dip was so easy and delicious!  I took this to several tailgating events and the Superbowl and came back home with an empy bowl!  Just mix 2-8ounce cream cheese, 1/3 cup beer, 1 envelope Ranch Dressingmix and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese and voila!  YUM!

These are just a few of my favorites let me know some of your own!  Love to hear them!