Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SitSpots Blog Hop and a CaliGals Giveaway!

 
OH, the possibilities for these sensational SitSpots!!
 We were in deep thought with SitSpots owner, Joyce, and our blogging buddies at the Southern California Kindergarten Conference about these perfect patches...
Our takeaway? 
SitSpots...They aren't just for sitting!
We grabbed our fair share, and got to work.  

We had a master plan, with a minor problem. This giant rug pretty much hogs takes up our entire classroom floor space!
SitSpots work best directly on classroom conpet ~ No, that's not a typo...Concrete Carpet = Conpet. You may have it in your classroom too? 
So, for now...the rug has been rolled up, sent to the side of the classroom and will be benched for recess, because the SitSpots are here to stay.
SitSpots...Let's ROCK!

We chose to use 25 of the circle SitSpots we grabbed to write our third trimester sight words on. 
We used a black sharpie to write the words. 
These are the words we chose...
They are the doozies for our first graders...
 We created 4 sets of Musical Words to use for this game. 
You can grab them free {here}.
Musical Words
We choose a DJ for this game. 
The DJ gets to wear sunglasses and hold a clipboard with the sight word list and something for marking the words off as you play. 
As an alternative, you could throw any word cards into a basket, bowl or hat and have the DJ pull word cards out as you play.  
We LOVE playing music in the classroom. We often change genres over the course of the school year, one week may be Jazz week, while another may be Big Bands or Classical...But, for Musical Words, we just kept it fun for kids. 
Here's our Musical Words Playlist from iTunes. 
 
The DJ hits the play button, and the kids start moving! Just like freeze dance or musical chairs, they dance, walk, move around the SitSpots while the music is playing. We encourage them to move to the tempo of the music. If it's slow, move slowly...If it's fast, move quickly...Without bumping your friends please! It happens...
 

  When the music stops, stomp on a spot!
 
 The DJ picks a word from their Musical Words list or pulls a card from their container and announces it to the class. The person standing on that spot must shout it, spell it and use it in a sentence! If they need help, let them Phone a Friend ~ AKA, ask someone standing near their SitSpot for help.
 Their feet crack us up!
We are so excited to keep creating fun, easy uses for SitSpots in our classroom. Our first graders love them already...
SitSpots are definitely here to stay!
Now's your chance!
Nine of us Cali Gals have teamed up with Sit Spots to bring you a Sit Spots Blog Hop and Giveaway!
Just follow the bouncing blog buttons at the end of each post to hop to your next Sit Spot-sational idea! 
You can enter to win on any of our blogs, but you must comment on all 9 for your chance to win a class set of 32 Sit Spots! Don't worry, we're keeping it easy...Think Spring Break!

Just head to the Rafflecopter below for up to 21 chances to win.
That's right...Lucky 21! Plus, the winner will be announced on Monday, March 17th ~ St. Patrick's Day.
Lucky!
With dozens of designs to choose from, you'll have a ton of fun SitSpotting up your classroom space just like us!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 Don't want to wait to see if you're one of the lucky 9?
 Well, guess what?
 SitSpots has a deal just for you!
Enter Coupon Code CALIGALS14 during checkout on their site and save 25% OFF!
This offer expires March 31, 2014. 
Click the pic to shop now...
http://sitspots.myshopify.com/
Still not sure? SitSpots offers a FREE sample before you purchase. Just head to their site to request your complimentary SitSpot today!

Ready for your next creative Cali Gal?
Head over to
Dragonflies in First
 to see their SitSpots in action and leave a comment to win!
Good luck!

113 comments:

  1. My sport spring break spot is hanging out at the beach in Tampa Bay area of Florida because of the beautiful sunshine and mama and papa restaurants.

    Suzzanne Horton@gmail.com

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  2. Love these! Fabulous ideas!

    kelseyec115@yahoo.com

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  3. So cute! I have been looking for something like this and I love all the color choices!

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  4. Love these! I saw them last year! As for Spring Break - it's still a month away for me, so I'm not thinking of it yet. At least, trying not to!

    What I Have Learned

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  5. I would love a set of these! Spring Break is at home...in Florida!

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  6. These look great! With another snow day today & possibly tomorrow, we may not have spring break. Today was our 7th snow day.

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  7. Wow! These are very, very cool! My ideal Spring Break would be someplace warm up in the mountains with a good book. I would love to take long walks and go fishing every chance I could!

    Jordanbailey17@gmail.com

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  8. I can't wait to try these! I would love to go back to the Oregon coast where I got married last summer! :)

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  9. I hadn't thought of all of those great ideas for using Sit Spots! I'd looove to have a set!! :)

    Breanne
    breannesimons@gmail.com

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  10. That looks like a fun game and SUPER engaging! Common Core heaven!
    XOXO,
    Katie
    Teacher to the Core

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  11. These would be fun! My spring break favorite, is sitting at home, catching up on reading!

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  12. Love how everyone is rolling up the rug! Spring break...what's that? :) I love anywhere warm.

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  14. I have my sample from the conference to try out. :)

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  15. Spring Break...someplace without snow! :)

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  16. I would love to win these! These would be great in my classroom!!

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  17. These sit spots are amazing!

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  18. These sit spots are fabulous! I would love a set!
    I am a track coach so my favorite place to go over spring break is to the track!

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  19. Lovin the spots!! Spring Break on a warm beach sounds great as we are having our 10th snow day!

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  20. These sit spots are AMAZING and so colorful! My favorite Spring vacation spot it typically my patio or my couch. I don't travel as much as I would like but if I could it would definitely be to some place warm and sunny!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Megan

    A New Box of Crayons

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  21. I bought these recently and love them! They get used mostly for sitting spots, but occasionally I change it up and do some type of game with them either with vocabulary words or math facts. I'd love to have a set just for our games. My favorite Spring break spot is my house so I can relax and recover from the business of the weeks before. :)

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  22. I would love to use these with my firsties! My favorite spring break spot would be on a beach somewhere but I'll be at home instead :)

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  23. Hi!

    Can't believe this product! Sounds too good to be true. Thanks for this great opportunity. My favorite Spring Break spot is right at home. I do live in Florida though.

    Carol

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  24. Am I the only one who can't get the discount code to work?

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  25. What a great idea- thank you for sharing! I am so in love with these spots I cannot stand myself! My kids are constantly in each other's business (and space)... this could just be the magic ticket. Spring break: ANY where but Michigan.... we are on snow day #12.

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  26. We don't get a spring break , but I will say Florida!

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  27. My comfy chair with a pile of books next to it! Still snow and mud here at that time.

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  28. I was able to give a set away too. . . but I didn't get any for myself. . . boo hoo! You can read my blog post if you want. http://2ndinline.blogspot.com/search/label/SitSpots
    I'd love to be the winner of this set.
    My favorite spring break spot is Clearwater Beach, FL. . . it's right on the gulf and oh so perfect!
    Patty

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  29. These would be so amazing to have. Next year I will be a first year teacher at a private school and they do not have the money to afford carpets for each classroom. These would be so perfect. I would absolutely love to win this gift. Oh, and Spring Break....definitely Florida.

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  30. My favorite Spring Break spot (or pre-Spring Break depending on when it falls each year) is Savannah for St. Patrick's Day. We go every year and have so much fun!
    Julie

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  31. Sit spots look awesome!! I need to have them in my classroom!! I am going to Mexico and can't wait for spring break!!

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  32. I love just being at home and relaxing with my family.

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  33. Those look AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have my fingers crossed!

    Megan
    Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade

    Mrs. Wheeler's TPT

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  34. These look awesome! My favorite spring break spot is anywhere I get escape with good books along with lots of rest.

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  35. These are awesome! I bet even my third graders would love them!!!

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  36. For spring break, I love anywhere that includes a beach!
    I loved reading all of the great ideas y'all have come up with for using Sit Spots in your classrooms! I'd looove to have a set!! :)
    rsworrel@gmail.com

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  37. I've never actually been on a spring break vacation... so I guess I have to say, my couch! ;) BUT I'd love to go any place sunny!

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  38. I got these when I saw her in Vegas. I love them. My advice is to get something not pointy. I have stars (they maybe suns in the brochure). My points don't stay down as well after vacuuming. I've had mine on the floor since the beginning of the year. They are still in their spots, just the edges are starting to fray up a bit. I love them and had others order them and love them.

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  39. My favorite Spring break spot is at home with my kids.
    I'd like bright red and bright green circles.
    Thank you for an awesome giveaway.
    Tanya Rubezhov

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  40. Can't wait to try out the sample... Awesome idea! Spring break is home with my kiddos "relaxing!"

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  41. Perfect timing as I have to give back my borrowed carpet at the end of this year! This will actually fit all of my kids and the washable factor is irresistible!! angelashaw63@gmail.com.

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  42. My favorite spring break spot is wherever my family is...either hiking in the Sierras or relaxing on the couch. Even a day of snow boarding at Heavenly if we still have snow is great!

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  43. My favorite spring break spot it my house! I love being able to sit around and relax!

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  44. Is it terribly sad if I say my favorite spring break spot is my classroom??! That is the time when I love to deep-clean my classroom (because it usually hasn't seen a good dusting since Christmas break), organize (or re-organize) materials, and typically rearrange my set-up (I need change!!!)
    yeah, it's probably sad, but true! These Spots look very intriguing!!
    geteacher@hotmail.com

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  45. Anywhere my kiddos are! These look cool.

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  46. LOVE these.... great ideas :) TY for sharing.. :)

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  47. My ideal Spring Break spot would be somewhere warm on a beach...however by break will be spent doing homework for grad school :)

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  48. i love california, especially santa monica!
    katie.neustadter@gmail.com

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  49. Sit Spots Look Awesome! So many uses! My favorite Spring Break spot is Florida! Love the break from the cold harsh winters of New England! :o)

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  50. My favorite Spring Break Spot is the beach!

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  51. Sit Spots look like a ton of fun!
    jenniferdiane88@gmail.com
    -Jenny Hanger

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  52. Even thought I've never seen one in "real life", I think I could really love these Sit Spots! Need them for group/floor time and for some activities like these musical words!

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  53. Musical words - genius!! Now I can't wait (even more) to get some Sit Spots!

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  54. Adorable idea!! Ok I just moved from WANT TO NEED!!

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  55. These look fantastic! I'd love to win a set!!

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  56. I would love to have a class set. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  57. Any warm, tropical beach!! A quiet one preferably.

    reddstrang@gmail.com
    thereddishbrowncrayon.blogspot.com

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  58. My favorite place to lay in the sun and forget about the never-ending snow in Indiana is Treasure Island, FL. I have been going here for 15 years with my family. SitSpots would be such a great addition to my classroom management plan in my classroom as a new teacher! :)

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  59. Can't tell you hoe much I love these. I have a set for my students to line up and I am craving another set for my carpet time. They are awesome! My fave place is a nice cold pool on a hot hot day.
    Mels
    Ms. K/1 ELL

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  60. Would love me some Sitspots!

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  61. We only recently have gotten Spring Break. It is usually just Easter weekend. My favorite spot would be anywhere my own kids are ...and hopefully the weather will be warm enough to spend it outside. : ) Jenn

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  62. Sit spots are a great idea! And what a great organizer you have.

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  63. My favorite Spring Break spot would probably be any beach with white sand and beautiful, clear water!

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  64. My favorite spot is at home with my family and fur babies. Relaxing and playing.

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  65. My favorite spring break is in sunny Arizona!

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  66. Spring Break at my house is where I want to be.

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  67. I love spending my Spring Break at the beach watching my kids play.

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  68. I could use the SitSpots during brain breaks... fun way to bring a new routine to the classroom after spring break!

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  69. There are so many great ways to use these!!

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  70. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the musical words idea. Thanks for the download and the musical list.

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  71. I love the possibilities of Sitspots!

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  72. These would be so nice to have!

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  73. These look amazing! Already ordered a sample to see if they'll work on my carpet!

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  74. My favorite spring break spot is the Gulf of Mexico beach in Florida. Thanks for the chance to win these SitSpots. They're fabulous! klewis@umasd.org

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  75. The sit spots look like the answer to my prayers! Fav spring break spot is Disneyland!

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  76. I love any place with less snow than here in Minnesota!

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  77. Spring Break - my house/yard, NOT commuting!

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  78. Love these spots! My favorite spot is any where by the California or Oregon Coast.

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  79. This is such a fantastic idea! Spring break for me is anywhere that isn't white!

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  80. I love to visit anywhere hot but the Caribbean would be my favorite!!!

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  81. OH musical sight words… I love it! I also love the ideas I am getting from this blog hop - they are AMAZING! Y'all are some talented teachers.

    As for the Spring Break trip… definitely Italy or the beach! If only :)

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees
    ventrellasara@gmail.com

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  82. the beach, any beach! Love the spots!!!

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  83. Love these Sit Spots! What a cute and useful idea! Spring Break to me would be anywhere that has sun, surf, sand, and lot of warmth.

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  84. Love the Sit Spots! Spring break would be anywhere warm without snow!!!

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  85. I would love enjoying time outside with my family especially at the beach.
    Marylin
    email marylin77@msn.com
    Btw I tried to join the site through google. But is having issues throughout each one of the 6 blogs.
    I entered my emails and joined that way. I hope that's ok

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  86. I love the DJ idea! So cute!

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  87. I absolutely love this! I am currently a student teacher and will be a first year teacher this coming fall in Texas. I am starting to collect "classroom stuff" now so that I am not running around like a chicken with its head cut off during August .. well, at least not as much! :) These are a must have!

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  88. GENIUS! I already ordered my free sample and can't wait to get it and try it out! I need to convince the custodians that it is ok to vacuum the carpet with them too!

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  89. These look great! Can't wait to try them out myself.
    First Grade Shenanigans

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  90. These are fantastic!!
    My favorite spring break spot is Mexico - the weather is always warmer than in Syracuse!
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

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  91. Love this! Wish my room was carpeted other than my area rug!

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  92. The post is really nice and interesting about first grade learning development for young innocent kids.

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