Friday, June 28, 2013

How to Claim Your Blog on Bloglovin'

This is a post for all of the bloggers out there... how to claim your blog on Bloglovin!




You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

How to Follow a New Blog on Bloglovin!

A few of you commented on last night's post that you wanted to know how to follow a blog on Bloglovin.'  Well... ask and you shall receive!



You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

Expect a few more posts this week to help get you accustomed to Bloglovin!  Tomorrow, I'll do a write up on how to claim your blog on Bloglovin!  In the meantime, be sure to follow my blog with Bloglovin!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How to Add a Followers Button for Bloglovin’

The more I read the more I think that the blogger followers box won't be disappearing just yet... but to be safe I backed up all the blogs I follow over at Bloglovin!  Since so many people have been switching over to Bloglovin, I figured I'd write up a tutorial on how to add a bloglovin' button to your blog.  Here it is!



You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

IMPORTANT!!! How to Continue Following Your Favorite Blogs by Switching to Bloglovin’

So my post last week was horrible timing!  The morning that I wrote the post I read that Google Reader wouldn't be supported anymore.  Of course I didn't read the article until the following day, but I soon realized my post was quite possible a waste since the followers box probably won't be supported anymore... oops!  (I have heard mixed thoughts about this... some people are saying the followers box will be staying.  I guess we'll have to wait and see!  Read here for Google's official post, and here for some thoughts on the matter)

Basically, for anyone who hasn't read all of the posts circulating everyone else's blogs... you MUST make this switch before July 1, 2013 or you could risk losing all of the blogs you follow!


Well, with this in mind, I decided to extend the poll for another week and write up an emergency post: how to continue to follow you favorite blogs!  It's a little bit of a nuisance at first, but hopefully the change will be for the better!



You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

The poll for next week will remain the same, but expect some surprise tutorials this week regarding Bloglovin' to help make the switch a bit easier for you!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How to Add a Followers Box to Your Blog

A few months ago, Blogger changed the built-in followers box option to one that uses Google Plus - but a lot of people have asked me over time how to add the original followers box that you see on most blogs.  Well... it took quite a bit of research but here it is!


Here's the poll!


I looked though and attempted so many different tutorials online for this... and I found the best one at Southern Speakers. I hadn't seen this website before but I suggest you check it out because it has a lot of great items!


You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

As for next week's tutorial, I'm going to add another Blogger option... how to make a "grab my button" code for your sidebar (similar to the one below)!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Raising Butterflies (with a HUGE surprise!!!)

We just finished up our fun and exciting butterfly life cycle unit... we bought the caterpillar kit and watched them turn into butterflies.  The kids loved it!



It was a really fun unit... we released our butterflies into the while and I thought we were done... \

UNTIL....

I looked in the butterfly container and saw hundreds of blue things.  "Blue what?" you ask!?  Blue EGGS!!!  I asked a bunch of people who have done this before (because of course this was my first time raising butterflies) and no one had that happen before. 

Well... lo and behold, I get to school one morning last week and there are HUNDREDS of tiny caterpillar larva EVERYWHERE!


You see those tiny black 2 millimeter big specs?  Well... they move. They are actually tiny little baby caterpillars!


You wouldn't know it... but they are FAST.  Within a few hours, they were ALL OVER my desk.  I kid you not.  See those little buggers!?


Today my para and I spent an hour collecting these little larva and putting them in containers so they wouldn't climb all over my desk anymore!  It felt like it lasted for an eternity!


We saved at least 100 of them...


Now.. it's time to spend another 2-3 weeks caring for these little babies... check out this video.  How cute are their little legs!?!?


Go figure this is my luck the very first time I raise butterflies!  Has any one else had this happen to them!?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How to Add a Poll to Your Blog

It looks like the bloggers took over the poll again... another blogging option won!  This week, most people voted for how to add a poll to your blog!



I'm going to write about two different ways to do this:  one right in blogger (a little easier, but more unreliable) and my preferred method: Poll Daddy.  Now... onto the tutorial!






You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

Next week, I'll add another blogger tutorial: how to add a followers box to your blog.  This really confused me when I first made my blog... and blogger has since changed their options so this might answer some of your questions about how to add it!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

How to Add a Facebook "Like" Button to Your Blog's Side Bar

This week's poll was really exciting... the bloggers united to vote for adding a facebook like button to the side bar of the blog!  You can check out how mine looks on the side of my blog under where it says "Social Networks!"


 Check out the poll! 


For the tutorial, you'll this link:
https://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/like-box/





You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

For next week's poll, I'll add another blogger tutorial - how to add a poll to your blog! Be sure to vote!


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Teaching Phonemic Awareness with Sight Words

I have been meaning to make these activities for a while and I finally had the time to do it!  Every time I teach my class a new sight words, we always look at the phonemic sounds that go into it.  I decided to make task cards for a center game that will be sure to help reinforce the phonics that go into the sight words! 

I made two sets of cards: pre-primer words and primer words.



I can't wait to use this lesson plan with my Kindergarten students tomorrow!