30 August 2013

Fabulous Finds Friday

I am linking up with Hoots N' Hollers for their brand new linky Fabulous Finds Friday.   You can basically can list any thing you find that you think is worthy of a mention.  They only ask that it pertains to education and that it is not a product you are selling.  So come on ladies let's share some great things we find.
My first fabulous find was at the Target dollar spot.  Why is this spot so irresistible?  As soon as I park my car, I start telling myself, "Don't stop at the dollar spot, don't stop at the dollar spot!"  But it never fails {as you can all see I am not good at talking myself into something} I end up stopping.  Even if I am in a hurry, I some how manage to make time to stop.  Well on my latest adventure to Target I found some really cute pencils and stickers.  Of course I had to nab them, because I give pencils out for all sorts of reason.  Whether you made your AR goal, birthday, or just because.  I really like the plain pencils with just a simple word on it.  I really think I found something great and all for a dollar each.

The  second fab find I found this past week was an App called Core.  Many of you probably have heard of this app.  However, my parish just switched to Common Core this past year.  So all of this core business is fairly new to me.  I notice when I was lesson planning or making a unit for my TpT shop I was constantly needing to look up standards.  While I playing on my phone the other day I found it while searching for Apps.  It has come in real handy these past few days.  You just chose your grade and it list the strand with a description.  It works on both the IPhone and Ipad.  They have made it so easy to find and access the standards.

As always thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.  Be sure to link up.  I can't wait to read about your fabulous finds.

29 August 2013

A Day in the Life of A Teacher

I am linking up with First Grade Nest for A Day in the Life of a Teacher.  So sit back and get ready to check out my busy day.

Rise and shine at 6:00 and get these two and myself ready for the day.  My husband leaves for work at 5:30, so it is just these two and I in the morning.  I am lucky that they are pretty self reliant and can dress themselves.  I just make sure hair looks cute and teeth are brushed extra good. I iron all our clothes on the weekend so that is one less thing we worry about during the week.

In between getting dress, I throw on a load of laundry and pay a few bills.  I was trying to make sure they made it in the mailbox this morning.  I know what your thinking - she still mails her bills.  Yes, I do.  I haven't totally switched over to internet paying yet.

A quick breakfast for champions.  This morning instant oatmeal.  Some mornings it is just a cereal bar or a piece a fruit.  Always something quick.

Here we go down to the end of our drive way to catch the school bus.  The girls do not attend my school.  They attend their neighborhood school.   All the neighboring kiddos catch the bus in our driveway too {it can make for an interesting morning on somedays}!

After the girls are on the bus, I am off to my school.  My school is actually only about 10 or so miles from my house.  But where we live is so populated with subdivisions everywhere {And steadily popping up new ones.  I am amazed how fast this area has grown in the past 5 years}, that we actually have 3-4 elementary schools that serve our surrounding area.  Even though my school is not that far from my house, it is a traffic jam every morning.  Thank goodness for XM Satellite Radio.  This morning was serving up Cyndi Lauper and Bruno Mars.

Once I arrive to school {only a few minutes before the kids, due to traffic and getting my own two on the bus} I get morning work ready to go!

After morning work we had to finish up our last few kiddos who were left for DIBEL testing.  Does your school use DIBELS as a way to measure performance throughout the year?

Now, on to math.  We played a quick review game covering double digit addition.  The kids had a blast playing this game.  After we played the game then we worked on doubles plus 1 addition.

By 9:30 it is time for enrichment.  Today we went to P.E. and Music.   It is my week to help the P.E. teacher.  Because of our school count being high we have to rotate in and help the P.E. teacher.   If we did not do this then the kids would not be able to have P.E. everyday.  We send two - three classes at a time with the P.E. teacher and a regular teacher.

After enrichment and lunch we are back in the room and ready for Reading.   We also worked on our writing skills today.  We were finishing up a paragraph that we had started on two days ago.  I hate when lessons sometimes have to carry over due to time issues or other interferences.

Paragraphs are finished and turned in.  Now on to a vocabulary activity and little Social Living.

Yippee, it is 3:00 and this gal is tired.  Time to go home - no staying after work for me on Thursdays because my youngest has to be at dance by 4:00 {no rest for the weary}.  By the time I get all my class on the bus and sit through traffic, I am pushing it to make it to her dance class by 4:00.  Lucky for me everything we need or do is in a close driving range.  Also the hubs is home by now and he can get our two off the bus.  He usually has Gracie dressed and ready to go for me.

Made it on time.  Ready for dance at 4:00.  I will be back here tomorrow for my oldest.  She has practice on Friday afternoons.  While the youngest is in dance, the oldest and I do fourth grade homework {can you say multitasker - yep that is me}.  One down one to go.

After dance we run up the road really quick because we are out of milk and need lettuce for tonight's dinner.  Luckily Brookshires is only 10 minutes up the road.

A quick dinner tonight.  Taco salad {a kid favorite in our house}!  After dinner, the youngest and I study first grade homework.

On to baths - everyone is all squeaky clean and ready to get settle down.  Bed time is near.  The kids go  to bed usually between 8:00-8:30.  During the school week I am shortly behind them.  I am usually in bed and asleep by 9:00-9:30!

Wow, when you type it all out it makes for a long day.   I know that a majority of households are like mine everyday.  Sometimes I don't know how we keep truckin', but we do.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.  I can't wait to read about your day.  I love comments so feel free to leave one!  Follow me on bloglovin so you can stay up to date on all my posts.   

24 August 2013

Saturday Snapshots {Linky Party}

Well I survived a second week of school {whoop, whoop for me}!!!!   Yesterday I posted a sweet story about a couple of my students that reminded me how sweet kids can be.  To check it out click here.  Now on to my Saturday Snapshots for the week.

Can you say "N" is for neon.  My youngest just started first grade.  She brought home her first project last week.  Each kid in the class was assigned a letter of the alphabet.  They could decorate it any way that they choose.  Of course me being a teacher I had the best idea:  I was thinking "N" for nest.  I had the idea of putting twigs all around it making the letter somehow look like a bird nest.  Of course my 6 year old shot that idea down real fast.  And she reminded me in her own words, "Mama, this is my project not yours"!  Of course, she was right so I said have at it.  So with a little help from her big sister {fourth grader} they came up with "N" is for neon.  Take a peek at their handy work.   Painted, glued and glittered all by herself.  I think it turned out pretty darn cute for a 6 year old.   She may turn out crafty after all.

My next shot is of our little pooch.  I never post anything about my pet.  But I decided to show you what our pup looks like.  She is a Westie that the girls begged for.  So good ole' Santa brought them their wish and they named her Lola.  Don't be fooled by the cute face, she can be a holy terror.   My oldest reminds me on a daily basis, "She is so bad, but so cute"!  I don't know what Santa was thinking {I often give him a eye roll when the dog does something horrible - like eating my $60 sandals two days ago}.   Even though she drives me bonkers, I have to agree with the girls that she is a cutie {don't tell them I said so}!

So dance is in full swing now that the school year is up and running.  This is my youngest with some of school buddies who also happen to be in her dance class {mine is the one in the green bow}!

My oldest is now in the performing group in dance{mine is the one in the yellow bow}.  Which means that she has more practices and performs a lot more.  This is a big deal to her, because she is finally old enough to participate.  Her first big performance is this Wednesday at the High School Jamboree.

So there you have a peek into some recent photos from last week.  I can't wait to see your snapshots.  As always thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.

23 August 2013

What a Week!!!

I now realize what all you bloggers mean when you say that once school starts you feel like you neglect your blog.  I will definitely have to pencil in and organize my posting better so I can keep up with it all. I am going to count this list/post as my Five for Friday too, so I can say that I actually linked up with someone this week {oh, how I am missing linking up since school has started back}!!!

I am officially done with my second full week of school.  I am not quite as exhausted as I was the first week and I am feeling pretty confident in what I am doing.  If you have read any of my past post then you know that my state just adopted Common Core and my parish just adopted new reading and math series to meet the Common Core Standard.  So it is a whole new learning experience for all of us at my school.

I wanted to share with you a few things about my week.  First, I have the sweetest little student who just came to school this week.  She and her brother were in a major accident over the summer.  They spent most of the summer in the hospital.  Upon returning to school my sweet student is wearing a full length cast on her leg and is having to use a wheel chair.   Even when the cast comes off her leg she will still have to use a wheelchair or a walker until she build her leg strength and muscles back up through therapy.  They were accidentally hit by a car while riding their scooter in their neighborhood and it shattered her leg.  The poor thing has had to have numerous surgeries.  I think she is such a brave little girl.  On her first day she whispered in my ear that she was scared.  I asked her what was she scared of.  Her response was that her classmates and other kids may make fun of her for being in a wheelchair.  She said they remember her from last year and she didn't have a wheelchair then.   I gave her a big squeeze and told her that that would not happen.   I told her that most of the class had already heard about her accident and had been praying for a speedy recovery.   As she sat in the class that day I could tell the poor thing was so nervous.  But I was so proud of my class.  They were so sweet to her and wanted to help her out anyway they could.  I never heard one negative remark.  If anything I think they thought her wheelchair was cool. They are all way too eager to want to help push her around.   Two of my other students came up to me at recess when no one was around and wanted to show me what they had started making her during their free time.  It was such a cute drawing that wished her a speedy recovery.  In that moment I was reminded how sweet and innocent children can be and that they two can have compassion and a huge heart.  Take a look at the sweet picture below.   The picture with the kids on it has my student in the wheelchair in the middle.  It was such a sweet gesture.   When they gave her the picture she smiled from ear to ear.   By the second day, I felt like she was really excited to come back to school.   She realized all the kids were just as happy to see her.  I can't wait to see her get so much better as the year moves on.

The second thing I did this week was work on communities.  I think the kids really enjoyed learning about communities.  This week we learned all about urban, suburban, and rural areas.  On Friday, I had them to fold a huge piece of manila paper into three sections.  In each section they had to draw a urban, suburban, and rural area.   I have some really talented kids in my class this year.  They love to draw.   This was a simple activity I did to wind down the week, but they loved doing it.

Ok, for number three!  Have you ever read, "Me on the Map"?  I love this book.  I have used this book for about 4 years now to  introduce maps.  It has such simple text, but really drives the point home.   After we read the book we made our own versions of "Me on the Map".  This kids really enjoyed this activity too.  Plus I think they really turned out cute.   

On the final note one of my fellow team teacher's husband brought us all cupcakes today with our names on it .  How sweet is that?  And get this, earlier in the weeks another brought us chocolate peanut butter pie {yum}!  I am seriously thinking my hubs may need to get the lead out and bring us something too {yeah, right -ha}!

Well, I guess that is technically four things, instead of five but who is counting - right!!!  As always thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

17 August 2013

100 Follower Giveaway Winner {Yahoo!} and New TpT Product

I am so happy with the great response to my 100 follower giveaway!  The winner is {drum roll please}:

I have sent an email out and your Vera Bradley bag should be arriving soon.  I also wanted to say thanks for everyone who entered.  I really do appreciate all the blog love that I have been receiving.   I can't wait to get more followers to have another giveaway.

On a different note I wanted to let everyone know that my TpT shop will be participating in the Teachers Pay Teachers back to school sale.  It is only for two days and you can get up to 28% off.   Almost everyone will be participating so be sure to check it out.  I will have everything in my store on sale.   So it would be a good time to stock up on all your digital papers.  I have also just added a new collection to my shop.  Be sure to check it out.  It will go great with any fall activities you may be making for you class.   

As always thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!  I really appreciate everyone supporting my blog and TpT store.  You are keeping this little ole' teacher busy!  Thanks again!!!


15 August 2013

Teacher Week {Taming The Wild}

I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' for their Teacher Week.  I love the title of this link, Taming The Wild.  Because we all know that sometimes teaching can be like working in a jungle!

For classroom management my school is implementing whole brain teaching this year.  This is to be implemented throughout the whole school.  Although I did not attend the workshop this summer a few of my comrades did.  Two days before school started they gave us their own little in service on whole brain teaching.  Us newbies at whole brain will mostly be implementing the behavior portion of this year and a few of the commands.  We still get to keep our colored behavior chart, but now they kids are working toward a higher goal.

Below is what the positive reinforcement looks like.  I purchased this from a TpT shop.   They all start at beginner level with a white star.  When I catch them doing something good they get a tally mark on their star.  After 10 tally marks then they move up to Learner.  They then receive a green star.  I will also give them a treasure chest prize when they move up.  I don't know if this is part of whole brain teaching, but I have a ton of treasure chest prizes I need to unload this year.  After they receive another 10 tallies then they move up to Team Leaders.  This keeps going until they reach Genius.   You have to spread it out over a period of time.  You don't want to  reach Genius in a week or two time frame.

Below is a list of the 5 classroom rules for whole brain teaching!   On a different note {if you have read past post, you will know what I am talking about} we finally get to hang a few things on our walls.  I was so excited because before we were not allowed to hang on the wall.   I hopeful next year maybe I can get a word wall going.  I am so limited to bulletin board space, I didn't have room to put a word wall up.

On my own I also give out tickets for good behavior or random acts of kindness.  This is something I have always done since I started teaching.  At the end of the day I draw about 5 or 6 tickets for a small prize such as a piece of candy or a pencil.  I have found that this trick motivates the kids, because they never know when they might get a ticket.

So there it is folks a quick detail to how we are managing behavior this year at my school.  I can't wait to read how you tame the wild.  As always thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.   On a different note don't forget to enter my 100 follower giveaway.  It ends tomorrow night.

12 August 2013

Blog Hoppin' - 10 Things About Me

Ok, so here are 10 random things about me:

1.  I am a christian, mother of 2, wife, and second grade teacher.

2.  I obsessed with the Real Housewives series on Bravo.  My two favorite wives to watch are Real Housewives of New Jersey {I like Teresa, I must confess} and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  I know what your thinking, try not to judge.  It is a guilty pleasure.

3.  If you have read any of my other post in the past then you know how much I love to be on the water.  It does not matter if it is the beach, lake, or pool.  My family and I are definitely water people.

4.  I can eat crawfish like they are going out of style {it may or may not be a Louisiana thing ... just saying}!  I am always up for a crawfish boil!!!!

5.  I love to craft.  Finding the time is the hard part.  I even have a room dedicated to crafting in my house.  It is my office/craft room.

6.   I still hang out with some of my friends from elementary, middle, and high school.   A few of us have kept in touch.

7.  I have taught middle school, third grade, and second grade.

8.  I am an organization freak.  I like everything to be a certain spot.  When clutter is around me I feel like I cannot function.

9.   Procrastinating drives me absolutely bonkers.   I like things to be done sooner rather than later {this is where the hubs and I disagree}.

10.  Believe it or not I am a very laid back person.  Sure I have my few quirks {I am my own worst critic}, but ask anyone that knows me well enough and they will tell you that it takes a lot to get me aggravated!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.  I can't wait to read 10 random things about you.   Don't forget to enter my 100 follower giveaway.  A winner will be chosen on Saturday!!!


10 August 2013

Blogger Exchange and Saturday Snapshots

Well the weekend is finally here!!!  I survived my first full week back to school.  But I have to tell you, I was one tired little mama come Friday afternoon.  Have you ever heard the saying, "Stick a fork in me, I am done".   That is exactly how I felt by Friday afternoon.   It is so crazy how you get so out of whack from being off for a few months.  I really think it has more to do with all the stress that goes along with making sure everything is up and running that first week.  No worries though,  I will have all my mojo back in full force within another week.

Now on to fun blogging stuff!  I am linking up with two great blogs {Covered in Glitter and Glue and Run! Mrs. Nelson's Got the Camera} for their linky parties.  The first is with Covered in Glitter and Glue.  About a month ago I signed up to participate in the Blogger Exchange.   I have to admit that this was the first time that I did something like this.

I was so happy when my package finally arrived.  My blogger exchange partner was Portia Pitts from Tidbits From Ms. Pitts.  I love how her blog name rhymes.  Plus we kinda match since both of our blogs have "Tidbits" in the title.  First it arrived in a cute pink box.  Oh, the fun of unwrapping!!!  It was a cute teacher tote with my initial monogrammed on it.   The monogrammed also had a little yellow daisy by it.  It will match my theme perfectly.   I also loved that the bag had pockets in the front where you could store scissors, pens, or whatever you need.   I absolutely loved it.  Thank you Portia so much.  You brightened my week.  I hope my arrived in one piece {ha}! I also want to thank Covered in Glitter and Glue and Adventures of Ms. Smith for hosting.  It was so nice to receive a little something for back to school.

The second person I am linking up with is with Michele at Run! Mrs. Nelson's Got the Camera for her Saturday Snapshots!   Most of my snapshots have to do with going back to school.  I just love looking at other people's pictures.  It is kinda like you get a small glimpse into their life.  Here is a glimpse into some of the things going on in my life.

This is my second grade team!  Hands down the best group of women/teachers to work with!!!

The girls and I on our first official day back to school!

They needed a pictured with daddy too!!!

I had to include this one in my snapshots.  I totally love it!  I didn't even know that my oldest had taken this picture of herself until I was writing this post and going through the pictures on the camera.   What a silly girl!!!!

So there you have it, my two link ups!  This week has been exhausting but exciting at the same time.  I can't wait to read about your blogger exchange and take a peek at your snapshots.  Don't forget to enter my 100 follower giveaway.   A winner will be announced at the end of next week.  As always thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!


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