Thursday, January 22, 2015

And The Winner Is...

Thank you to all who entered to win the 3 month subscription to Farfaria.  The following faithful follower is the winner:

Cherie Mae Ong

Cherie, please email me at to claim your prize.  If I don't hear from you by Saturday at 5:00 p.m., a new winner will be chosen.

Thanks again to everyone and stay tuned for some great new blog posts coming your way!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Farfaria: A Kingdom of Reading for Your Students (Review and GIVEAWAY)

This post includes a giveaway for a 3-month Farfaria Subscription!

I have been using the Farfaria App on my personal iPad for a few months.  It started as a way to get my niece and nephew fall in love with reading.  I would have them use the app whenever they visited and of course, IT WORKED.  Not only did they love that stories could be read to them, but they were learning how to read right along with it, as well.

A few weeks ago, Zach from Farfaria contacted me to review the app and I was so excited because I had already started using the app in my classroom with my students.  We received a new iPad from Donors Choose and Farfaria was one of the first apps that I downloaded. 
Farfaria is set up in “kingdoms” depending on the genre of the story.  Once a kingdom is clicked, students can choose from a multitude of stories.  Stories can be read aloud or students can read to themselves.  Stories can also be saved to favorites.

                  (Click on the above picture to go to the website)

Here are a few things about Farfaria that you should know:

  • unlimited reading from a library of more than 800 stories
  • five new, engaging stories added every week
  • interactive experience is fun for kids and easy for parents
  • every story can be read aloud with a Read-to-Me feature
  • no advertising and no hidden fees

There is a book club that you can use to share your books with friends.

Reading Levels are included, so you can choose books that fit the needs of your students.

You will love using Farfaria during your small group time, during independent reading time, and your students can even use it as a center. 

Farfaria has given me a 3-month free membership to giveaway here on my blog!  All you have to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.  The giveaway ends next Sunday, the 18th.  Thanks for following and good luck! 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Currently, January 2015: Changes are Coming My Way

2014 is a thing of the past and 2015 is here to stay for a while. All of us have changes we are making, wishes we hope to come true, and ideas brewing in our heads.  There is so much hope in January and it inevitably loses its strength as the months pass by.  I am determined to keep my goals in view this year and to come into my own, one way or another!

I am enjoying reading all of the Currently posts, so here is mine for January.  I am thinking that I am going to print my Currently's and keep them in full view so I can reflect each and every day on those last few lines that I always type.  

Listening:  I started Game of Thrones this week and have been glued to the TV.  I am hoping to finish before Monday!  Needless to say, I haven't accomplished much else this week.

Loving:  Vacations from school mean my Big Miss is home.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this break to the fullest with both of my girls and my hubby.  She graduates in May and will be moving much closer to home, so this will become a thing of the past.

Thinking:  Big Miss goes back to Orlando, Little Miss starts her new semester and won't be home as much, hubby got promoted and his hours are much better, and I will be back with my kidlings bright and early Monday morning.  Two weeks just wasn't enough...

Wanting:  When I started blogging 4 years ago, I started with a personal blog (pinksmyink) and then quickly began my teaching blog (faithfulinfirst).  My personal blog doesn't get any attention and I am no longer teaching first, so faithful in first seems crazy at this point.  I love my pinksmyink name, so I am thinking of keeping the teaching blog, changing the name, and moving on.  It seems fit since everything else is in the pinksmyink family (FB, IG, Twitter, etc.).  Now if I can just find someone to create a fab blog design, I am good to go!

Needing:  No explanation needed here :)

Yes:  Follow #teachersofWhole30 on IG to find out what we are all up to.

Maybe:  I turned down 2 opportunities this year to move out of the classroom.  I don't think I will turn down the next one.

Wish:  I need to face my fears and become stronger in that respect.

What are you Currently up to?  Click here to link up.  Thanks to Farley over at Oh Boy Fourth Grade!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

To all my faithful followers:

May today be filled with blessings beyond compare, love that is felt deep within your hearts, and family who makes you smile!

Love you all and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Scoop

I am linking up with Teaching Trio for The Sunday Scoop.  What are you up to this Sunday? Click the link or the pic to link up with us and give us the scoop on your Sunday.