I thought a Five for Friday link up with Doodle Bugs was a great place to start again. Thank you, Kacey!
We started out in Venice, finding sharks' teeth. That is my favorite thing to do. I could still be doing it if we didn't have that darn plane to catch and things like work and responsibilities. Anyway- that is where I truly feel closest to God. I know there is the saying:
And for me, it is walking on the beach, looking for shark teeth. There wasn't a saying for that yet. But now there is. We had the best luck on Manasota Beach, near Venice.
This was only our first night!
Here were some favorites. Jeff likes the serrated ones because he thinks they look "tough."
The reason the saying isn't just being on ANY beach for me, is that one day we were taking a walk, trying to get to this bridge in "record time" on Map My Walk. The bridge is about 4 or 5 miles down the beach. I was sort of dragging anyway, that day- and Jeff was in rare walking form. A thunderstorm was looming on our way back. I was SURE it was going to stay away (which it did, by the way) but he thought we should "hustle." I was hustling. My fastest hustle. I had been hustling. Finally, I gave up and said, "Save yourself." He slowed down to appease me, but I knew he really wanted to get off the beach faster than my little legs were going. All that to explain that that was not a "close to God on the beach" moment. Although that poster does say, "sitting" by the beach. Yes. Sitting. Much better.
After that, we had some perfect walks, sunsets, relaxing times in the pool- all by ourselves!- and some great food and fun!
After our day of "work", a bunch of us went out to dinner and had a fabulous time. That's another reason summer is so awesome. You can actually go out to dinner and not fall asleep there. Note who is NOT taking the selfie (or groupie or whatever it's called).
We all decided to use ESGI this year for our report card assessments. We're really excited. All of the data and screenings will be done with our iPads- and stored right there. NO PAPER.
If we couldn't find an existing test that fit just right, I actually MADE tests to use. For example, we have a list of 35 sight words that were a little different than the tests already in the bank. I made 12 tests! ME! I know- I was shocked, too. It's so easy to use. My tests actually are now in the test bank now for anyone to use. I made one with our sight word list, same/different word, our CAP questions, graphing, beginning sounds, sorting and classifying, whole/part, recognizing numbers to 20, letter sounds, 2D and 3D shapes, and identifying colors.
In the bottom section of the picture of the Test Management Area above, you can see how you can organize the tests that you want to use. I organized the tests right in order of how skills are listed on our report card.
You can decide if you want to share them or not, so of course I shared them just in CASE anyone can use them. I was really having fun making them. Really! There are some great tests in the bank to use, and lots for assessing Common Core skills. Just click on "Test Explorer" on the top of the page. We are going to change our report cards this year, so I am sure I will be going back to check out different assessments as our report card changes.
For example, we still have Recognizes Colors as a skill on our Kindergarten report card. (We really need to update or report cards..) I made a quick test for that. Here are some of the questions so you can see them. I used different colored toys.
(Apparently I love animals with sweet expressions.)
We are lucky because our district is going to buy the program for all of us to use. If you want to buy ESGI, you can use this PROMO CODE B1119 and each save $40, so it costs $159 for a subscription instead of the $199 for the first year.
I just read some article about some Polar Vortex and early snow and El Nino returning blah blah blah. So I am going to just SOAK up what's left of these sunny, warm days. You do the same if you live where it gets cold. If you don't, you can start taking reservations because we will all be willing to pay good money to come stay where it's warm!