Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Distance Learning Mayhem

Hello Peeps, 
It has been awhile now and our current situation doesn't help. As a mother, wife, and teacher at home balancing all three and more, I feel like I have been thrust into a bullet-like roller coaster that has no end. I go through moments of anxiety, frustration, tranquility, peace, happiness all blended together and all in one day. I try to remind myself that no matter what our current situation might be, we need to stay positive, clam, and do the best we can at the moment. 

Today I wanted to share with you about an amazing website I recently started using with my kiddos!
Flipgrid | Empower Every Voice
"Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create "grids" to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called "topics," and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display."

Students respond to a question you post via video right on the site. Students can then respond to each other and make comments. This is a great outlet to help kids think through their responses, to formulate ideas, presenting, and listening and speaking. 

It is a straight forward setup and they also provide a help link if you get stuck- not that you would 😉. When students posts their responses via video, I always find myself having so much fun watching them. Their little personalities come through-and it makes me feel like we are still in the classroom together. 

Once you join, come back and let me know how it went. 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Hello Peeps,
My kiddos have been working hard and and I can see so many gains. With Spring break right around the corner, we have been learning all about rabbits. You can't learn about rabbits without making fun crafts along the way.

Our first craft was this cute Peep tissue rabbit. I literally got a happy uproar when my students saw me getting everything ready.

All you need is the following:
1. a rabbit template
2. tissue paper cut into small squares
3. wax paper
4. liquid starch
5. construction paper

Choose any icon. (here are many you can use) 
Cut around both the outside and inside line of the icon's shape. 
Lay the cut out pattern on top of a piece of wax paper. Trace around the inside opening of the shape with a pencil. Do not cut out. 
Cut out 1" x 1" or larger squares from the tissue paper. You will need a lot of squares, so be sure to give yourself plenty to choose from when you start gluing. 
Spread the starch in straight lines and make sure it reaches the traced section.
TIP: If you go any larger, the glue will dry out before you can get the tissue down.
Lay tissue squares over the starched area, overlapping color(s) as you go. Try not to leave any blank space. Add starch and tissue squares until the entire shape is covered. Set aside to dry. 
ADULT: Punch a hole in the top, center of the shape. Thread a 6" piece of yarn through the hole to make a hanger and tie a knot. Trim the excess yarn.
TIP: To make this project easier for a younger child, start with smaller templates.
Once it's dry you slowly remove the wax paper and can then add any extra decorations.I play spa music as my kiddos work and find it to be very relaxing. ;)


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Character Pumpkin Project

October is one of my favorite months--and the candy is not bad too! 😆 I love how the weather starts to get cooler, trees start to change colors, and I can wear sweaters.

October is also the month that students do their first BIG project. I love this project and I find that it's also one of my kiddos favorite. Families get very creative and students get jitters for their oral presentation.

This project involves picking a favorite book, decorating a pumpkin as the main character or topic of the book, and an oral presentation on their character or a retelling of the book. Here are some photos of some projects I have gotten before.

                                                                            Fly Guy
 Fly Guy
Aren't they the cutest!
I can't wait to see what this year's students bring to share.

Mrs. Caicedo-Garcia

Monday, July 31, 2017

Cool Cat Teacher Toolbox

Hey there!

It has been too long since my last post, but I'm excited to get on that horse again and share my learning and teaching adventures.

I have been hooked on Instagram these past couple of months. I tended to shy away from posting because I felt that who would want or care to know about what I had to say.  Teachers are so open about their triumphs and their struggles. The teaching community is unbelievably!!!

There are so many great ideas out there. The best part is that teachers are so willing to share them. I continue to add to my collections. They are now just like my Pinterest boards. One of my faves is the toolbox craze. Not only does it look so cute, I'm hoping it will bring some controlled organization to my teacher area. One of my favorites is this unicorn one by @loveteachandicedcoffee.

Yes, I know! My eyes are drooling, too!

I have been in love with Pete the Cat since the books were introduced. He is just a very cool cat. So I made my own very cool cat teacher toolbox.

(Sorry for the lighting. I have to work on taking cool pictures.) 

I have been so busy that I even made one for all my brag tags. Now they'll all be in one centralized and organized location. 

You can find them in many home improvement stores and online. Here's my affiliate link to these toolboxes on Amazon ---> and 

If you are interested in the labels, you can get those here.

I'm working on 2 more toolboxes/storage organization labels. Will post as soon as I'm done.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Daily 5-It has been an amazing journey! Plus Freebie

Hello friends!
I can not believe we are already in May with 22 days left of school...NOT that I'm counting ;). The clock was on fast forward the whole year. I still can't seem to catch my breathe...whoa.

I have been doing Daily 5 for a couple of years now and have found that it truly addresses the whole child. It helps my students be independent and cooperative at the same time. It helps them become more responsible for their own work. It allows them to learn in an environment of self-discovery. When I look around my room, I see students actively engaged in meaningful learning. Above all, it allows me to pull students either 1:1 or in small groups to provide targeted instruction.

I'll be honest. I was ter.ri.fied of even getting started with my kinders after being gone from the grade for a couple of years due to looping with my previous class. I knew all the reasons why it works, but I found myself wondering where to even begin the journey. Most of my kiddos couldn't write their names, some knew few, if any letters or sounds to start the school year, and most struggled with fine motor skills. I simply realized that it would be a very slow process and that it was okay if it was. I took things very slowly and let my kiddos be my guide of how much they could handle and when. We did chug along (AND I DO MEAN SLOWLY) in our Daily 5 block of time.

It all seemed to come together sometime early April to what I consider an ideal situation. For the most part, my kiddos worked independently, but I still had to proctor the room between small groups to put out small fires or redirect my littles. Now my kiddos can function with very little supervision or redirection.

I purchase many of the resources I use for word work from some amazing TpT sellers. When I can't find what I need, I just make my own. I thought I would share some of the jobs (I don't call them games) my kiddos do during this time.

  This is our pocket chart for Daily 5.

 Word Work

 This Race to the Top game is combination reading and writing. This was back in December. They only had to mark an x in the box after they read the word correctly. Since January, they are required to write the word in the box. This a favorite one for sure! You may get a FREE copy of the forms I use each month by clicking here or the picture below.

Read to Self/Partner Read
                                              By Karen Jones
                                                         (Fluency Work for Emergent Readers)

Listen to Reading

Work on Writing
                                By A Teachable Teacher                                       By Tara West



 I know you hear it all the time, BUT this is definitely my kiddos favorite!! Well, what is it? It's Write the Room. I have two clipboards with a pencil attached (never gets lost) to them. Two students at a time can walk the room to find the read and write the words. They get to wear the theme glasses for the month and they just think they are all that and more. My kinders have gotten so good at using these words in their writing and have been able to pick up on patterns such as long vowels, ar, and -y at the end of words. It is amazing what I have witnessed in the last couple of months. I will be posting on their writing growth in another post. This job also does wonders for those kiddos that simply need to move a little more. 

                                                                                                              Some of the glasses they have been able to use.

The form is from my Write the Room May edition. This is a sample of the form we are using this month.          

I do have a Write the Room for every month available. The bundle right now is over 50%.
 That's only $2.50 per month.         

I really hope this has been helpful. Let me know what works for you.


By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
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