Monday, April 18, 2011

Cricut Expressions Vs. Silhouette?!

It is that time of year again…ordering! This used to be something that I absolutely LOVED to do. I would sit for hours and look up items I’d been eying or research the best of the best materials for my little ones out there. However, this year I just seem so busy it has almost become another “thing” on my list to do. Ahhh…I know I need to snap out of it and be thankful that I actually have a budget to order supplies with!! Ok that little vent session helped…haha. 

There is one thing I have wanted forever now. A Cricut expressions. I’ve seen such amazing things created for the classroom. 

Except today when I was catching up on my blog-land life I noticed that a lot of people are talking about the Silhouette (another die-cut machine.) My question is, which is better?! 

Do they both cut graphics and letters large enough to be used on bulletin boards? Do you have to purchase the cartridges in order for the Cricut to work (some people are saying they can get things online?) 

Do any of you out there have either machine? Or do you have an opinion on which one works better for all things “teachery”? I’d love any advice I can get! 

OK now back to answering e-mails…ugghhh!!! Have a lovely evening friends! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Story Unit

Hi friends!! It’s been a while!! Spring break was absolutely AMAZING, but now it is back to work for the little bit of the school year left! In continuing to prepare for our upcoming Story Unit I am sharing a visual I like to have the kids use when re-telling stories they have read. It is really funny how hard it is for kids and adults alike to re-tell a story they are familiar with. I always like to have the kids start this concept by talking about the books they are reading. Even though we have been doing this all year it is something they still need continual practice with. This sheet (which I print and then laminate for durability) really seems to help my little ones remember to include the story elements when verbally re-telling a story and then when it comes to written activities.

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