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Friday, December 21, 2012

Oh Deer!......parent gifts

Well, I am cutting it close this year.....sheesh!  Normally by this time I would have gifts all wrapped up and sent home.  I just really procrastinated this year with what I wanted to do.  I think I pinned everything on Pinterest.  I loved the reindeer ornament on the small canvas but after pricing those cute little things, I had to come up with something new.




So as I was walking away from the cute little canvas isle I noticed a SALE on beautiful, shiny, and clear christmas bulbs.  PERRRRFECT!!




So right then and there it had be decided.  We will make reindeer with our thumbprints.  I've seen that somewhere but cannot think of where.  I thought it was something that I had pinned on Pinterest but I couldn't find it on my board.  So I bought and borrowed some acrylic paint and we got started.  A teamie of mine said "I love you dearly". Yes! Yes! Yes! 

I'm the worst photographer EVER....and I should paint my nails....anyway, didn't they turn out cute????  They wrote "i love you dearly" but with my picture taking skills you can't see it.


I sure hope the parents adore them like I do.  I love to get pictures of MY kids from their classroom so I just assume other parents are the same way, so I added a picture of the kids on the tag.  One side has each kiddos picture and on the other side the poem below.  I came up with the poem below and I would LOVE for you to have it, I just ask that you give me credit if you use it.  
I am sure at this point I am not helping anyone but I choose to look at it like I am early for next year. :0

Have a SWEET day!! 





















Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Game and Goodies

I just love reader's theater.  I think it is fabulous and there is just soooo much you can do with it (I'll share some of the things we do later).  Usually I do reader's theater in my small groups but this week we are doing it as a whole class.  We are reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas, {click here} to get a copy for your class.  It's perfect for a large class and I had planned for the kids to read it to their parents at the Christmas party buuut...........my little sweeties keep getting sick.  I had 3 out today and sent 3 home throwing up.  Yikes!!  Hello Lysol!!  

Last week we learned the long o sound spelled ow, oa, and o.  I made a game for the kiddos to play and thought I would share it with you.  
We have also spent the entire school year (it feels like) learning types of sentences and using the correct terminology.  There is really nothing cuter than to hear them tell me it's an interrogative sentence.  They truly butcher mispronounce that word but they know what it is. 

Our parent gifts are coming along nicely!!  I think they are turning out pretty stinkin' cute, if I do say so myself.  My favorite kind of gifts from my own sweeties involves something on their body painted-then transformed into something else (example: like feet turned into ghosts) and pictures. I believe I have captured both. {squealing!!}  Pics coming.

Okay, I've shared a game now let me share a goodie.  I love to make cake balls aka blobs (mine actually resemble a blob) and give them as gifts.  So my little sass and I got started, we used a chocolate cake mix and frosting and a vanilla cake mix and frosting.  This is really super duper easy.  First, you bake a cake according the box directions.  Let it cool and then break it apart in a bowl a mix in the frosting.
Form small balls or blobs and freeze for a couple of hours.  Melt candy chocolate and dip the cake ball in the chocolate and place on wax paper to cool.  To dress up our blobs we melted white chocolate and drizzled it over the top.  Finally, try to give most of them away otherwise you will get carried away eating them.

Sweet Dreams Friends!






Monday, December 17, 2012

Slowing Down....When the World is So Busy

It seems after this weekend the things that I felt were so important and busy with are no longer so important.  It is time to slow down and treasure each and every minute in the day.  This weekend the Mr. and I spent time with our children and each other.  It wasn't different than any other weekend other than it was intentional.  We slowed down and treasured each moment.
Getting ready to hunt with daddy.
{GASP!}  Being chauffeured around town.



Cooking treats with my sweet.
 As much as I want to stay home with my sweets and never leave the house, the other part of me can't wait to hold to the kiddos in my classroom.  I have been reminded to  treasure the moments in the classroom especially during such a busy time of year.  My heart and prayers go out to the families and everyone involved with Sandy Hook Elementary.  



A little update with what's going on in the classroom.  We just finished Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells Batman Smells and the LOVED it.  I only had one kid that had previously read the book.....that really surprised me AND made it so much more fun.  We took a field trip to the Dallas Children's Theatre and watched the book live onstage.
So exciting!!  We made ourselves into elves, learned about idioms and quotation marks. 
Thanks to this sweet little goodie from TPT I didn't have to create too many activities. 

Ugh!!  Not sure why this is blurry but click {here} to see it on TPT.



After we made ourselves into an elf and discussed speech bubbles and what they mean, I told each sweetie to pretend their elf is looking to the elf next to them and write what they would say.  Ha!-and they turned out great!

The elf on the left said, "The elf next to me is off their rocker!


Then we took our speech bubbles and discussed quotation marks using elbow macaroni.  We spent a lot of time using pre-made sentences and moving our pasta around to the correct place of quotations.  After lots of practice we wrote our own sentence on a sentence strip and glued our pasta for the quotation marks.  Of course, we wrote our sentence as if our elf said it. :)


I received the COOOOOLEST gift ever from my sweet friend over at Smitten with First.  You have to check out her newest unit. 
Click {here}

It's fabulous!! The first activity we did was create a Christmas tree and using common and proper nouns.
The kids had to come up with a proper noun and then list the common noun under the Christmas ornament.  I just LOVE my funky Christmas tree!!  Thanks so much, Michelle, my talented friend!!

Have a very blessed and SWEET day!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My Family Craftivity.......Another Freebie!!

Yessss another craft but the kids love them and to do them at the end of the week to tie everything together makes it good for them and good for me.  If you keep up with my blog and I keep up with the craft activities you will know exactly where we are in our reading adoption. :))  This week we have been reading My Family from our basal (Journeys).  In the story, the kids learn all about a little girl's family and the activities they take part in together.  I thought the kids would really enjoy comparing their family with Camilla's (girl in the story) family and making a craft to go with it.  


Okay, paper dolls??!!  Have you made one??!!  I think the kids will LOVE this.  I found instructions online and a wonderful template to use, so I put it all together to make it easy for myself and the kids to use. 
Aren't they cute???!!  I think once we are finished making these and writing about them it could lead to a great math activity....hmmmm.......

You can {click here} to get the entire activity.  I would love to hear how you will use it in your classroom.  Happy Wednesday, Friends!!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Favorite Freebie Linky Party

During my morning blog stalk visits I found a fantastic linky party.  Thank you Cynthia over at 2nd Grade Pad for hosting. 

Everyone LOVES  a freebie.....so she has asked each teacher to link up their favorite freebie and share it with others.  Great idea!!  Stop by her blog and see everyone's favorite freebie.

I think my favorite right now is my Fable Unit, mainly because I just finished it and there are a lot of different activities.  
If you visit my TPT store, you'll notice they are all free right now, so please get what you can use or need.  I just ask that you leave sweet feedback and follow my blog if you find something that you can use.  :))

Happy Monday!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Henry and Mudge Craftivity....FREEBIE

After reading the story Henry and Mudge this week the kids came up with reasons why they would deserve a pet and made a Mudge craft to go with it.  
Not really the best picture but they turned out cute.......trust me.  I loved reading why they felt like they deserved a new pet AND their creativity with their dogs.  
You can stop by my TPT store and pick up the template for free.  This week we will read My Family, and discuss differences and similarities between the family in the story and our own family.  I plan to upload that craft this week.  Be on the look out.  :))

Well, my weekend has come to an end and BOY!! has it been busy.  I LOVED  every minute of it, though.  We spent time at the park, played 2 on 2 football in the front yard, and then our ENTIRE family (all 4 of us plus Boomer, our dog) ran the 9/11 5K.  The last time I ran was before school started and I oooonly ever run a mile, and both of my little sweets thought they were running a mile fun run.  When we got there we learned they didn't have a fun run, it was only a 5K.  They both did amazing (and I did great too)  So proud!!

Sweet dreams friends!!






Saturday, September 8, 2012

It's the Little Things....and a Little Freebie

I have soooo many little things that I want to share, I just don't know where to start.  And when I say little, I really mean HUGE!!  :))  It all started on Friday when I came to my classroom after having cafeteria duty to find this....


stuck to my computer.  Awwww...she just melts my heart!!  And it was a WONDERFUL day.  I had a sweet student that went to the public library after school on Thursday and had the librarian copy several things about Abigail Adams so that she could bring them to share with the class.  I DID NOT ask her to do this, we had just spent some time this week learning about her and doing some activities.  Isn't that just precious???!!  Excited about learning??--Yeah, I think so.  

Then, when I got home I found this....
Remember how I said it's the little things that are SO HUGE?  Well, several weeks ago I mentioned to my sweet husband that I think I would LOVE to have a teapot that whistled. (not sure why, but just seems warm and cozy)  Anyway, this was sitting on the stove for me when I got home.  He also melts my heart.  

Well, now that I've shared the little things that feel so big in my heart, I have a small little freebie that I wanted to share.  Next week we will be comparing and contrasting ourself with the girl from our reading story, so I made a little freebie to go with it.  Stop by my TPT store and pick it up.  
Now I've gotta get some sleep, I have a 5K in the morning.  Yikes!  

Good Night Sweet Friends!!



Thursday, September 6, 2012

BUSY.......and a Freebie

I seriously feel like I'm spinning.......things have been CU.RAZY. busy.  I have wanted to sit down and blog but every time I have a chance to sit down I doze off.  Pure exhaustion, folks.  Beginning of the year is kicking my booty!!  I think we have scheduled more meetings the first few weeks of school this year than our entire last school year.  We started new benchmark testing (I LOVE all of the info) but I think I need a few more hours in the day and a secretary!!  On a positive note, I have retrained my bladder to hold for more than 8 hours and my wonderfully sweet husband is making fabulous dinners for our family. (we'd probably starve right now if it were up to me) So thankful for him!

About a month before school started I tried to start getting things together for our fable and fairytale unit.  I would love for you to visit my TPT store and pick it up for FREE.  I just ask that you leave me some sweet notes if do.





This unit has anchor charts, phonics activities, storyboards for fables, and fables for your kiddos to read.  I hope these are helpful to you.

Have SWEET dreams, friends!!



Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Night Before School....

Well, it's here.  It's amazing how fast this summer has gone by and especially the past few weeks.  I have been a busy little chick. First....... My big sass turned 15 and he will begin his sophomore year tomorrow. {sigh}

I've finished my classroom.......and I'm sure you're thinking, well yeah, school is tomorrow, BUT let me tell you I don't think you're ever truly finished. Annnd I just finished making my last batch of playdoh for the morning.
I made mint chocolate chip, cotton candy, and strawberry shortcake playdoh.  YUMMMO!! I thought the kids might enjoy playing with this in the morning while parents are dropping off and bringing in more school supplies.  

I will post pictures soon (before Christmas-I figure I better not promise anything too soon at the rate I'm blogging ;) of my finished classroom........can you believe in a rush to get everything ready and put away I didn't take any after pics of the classroom??  I LOVE before and afters.....

I finished my birthday bulletin board.  The kids will decorate their own birthday candle tomorrow so that we can graph our birthdays on the bulletin boards.



I finished my "Berry Good Helpers" Chart.  We will add a strawberry to the top of each job cupcake everyday.  


My wonderful husband started cutting composition books for me.  This is such a fabulous idea.  I can't wait to get labels on them and let the kiddos start using them.  Now the kids will have 2 journals rather that ONE and no wasted paper. (right?!) 
I'm thinking we will use one for a math journal and the other will be for reading response.       
Finally, we ended a fast but fun summer this weekend with a PIG OUT at IHop and then a movie.

I love these guys!!!

I'm not even close to being tired but I should probably get off the computer so that I can actually TRY.  ;)

Be Sweet!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Reading Power Towers

When I should be getting ready for meet the teacher night and the first week of school I'm finishing up a fun little reading game.  Ha!! It's what I do.......get sidetracked.  I found this idea on Teacher Tipster, and it is so simple but a GREAT way to practice reading sight words.  I absolutely LOVE games in the classroom.....and so do the kids.  They don't even realize how much they're learning because they are so engrossed in the games.  It's greatness!!  

All you need is a Pringles can and Dixie Cups.  I bought Dixie cups from Costco because I wanted to make each one of my teamies this activity.  

Next I covered the Pringles can with a cover.  (I made 5 different ones, please feel free to copy any or all if you want)

Because these are the taller cans I covered them with construction paper first, then with the cover.  (we got a little crazy with crafting this summer and my lil' sass got ahold of 2 of the lids and painted them, aaannnndddd I think she snuck a can because I HAD 5, but now I only have 4 hmmmm......I'm gonna have to eat more {not good})

Finally, I wrote our sight words for the first 10 lessons on the bottom of the cups.  You can fit 100 cups in this can.  I'll do these with the kiddos during small group first and then later add it to our center.  I think the kids will love this, especially since they do cup stacking in gym class already.



Stay Sweet, Friends!!



Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sneak-a-Peek

Well, in between searching Pinterest, visiting classrooms in the bloggy world, and rummaging through the dollar bin in Target I was able to grab some things from TPT to help start the school year.  I've linked up with Blog Hoppin' to share my finds.
 Let me just add that going through this linky party and seeing what other teachers have found has been bittersweet.  I'm bummed that I missed things BUT excited to know that they have now been added to my wish list. ;)  My wish list is ridiculous, though.


Okay, first up..........is from my sweet friend Michelle.  She is so amazing and talented. 

I love to use books for EVERYTHING.....so I think this next unit will be perfect.


This unit will be PER.FECT. for math ideas that first week of school.  Love everything Amy Lemmons does!!


There are so many goodies in this packet from Lesson Plans SOS.  I can't wait to get started. :)
Wow, my pictures look awful. Ugh!  I'm sorry but if you click on the picture it will take you to their store.  :)  While you are there you can pick up my word wall freebie

Happy Shopping Sweet Friends!!







Wednesday, August 15, 2012

In the Middle....Somewhere and a FREEBIE

Well, I have marked 2 things off my to do list.  Yay!!....but I'm constantly thinking of more things that I need to do.  Yikes.  I wanted to share some progress pics of the classroom because....really, it helps me feel as though I'm getting some things accomplished.
I'm loving Cara Carroll's bag idea because that space above the cabinets can look so gross. I don't have a Cameo (yet) but this is my version without a it.  This is the mailbox area and the display sheets for the kids work.
This is a pic of my word work area.  That neat little cart in the picture has a whiteboard on one side and cork board on the other, plus an area to store tubs in the middle.  Greatness!!
And while I was busy making new stacks of things to move, my Big Sass was busy making a giant cupcake for my outside bulletin board. I'm so thankful for the time we spent together today.  He is getting so big...{sigh}.  
We are picking up his sophomore schedule tomorrow.

  






I'm sure he is going to be thrilled to know that I've shared his cupcake making skills on my blog BUT I'm just really impressed.  I LOVE this!!  Notice he used crayons for the sprinkles......hmmmm....cute, huh?!  I can't wait to display it in the hall.







The next big thing to accomplish in the classroom is the alphabet above the board. Ugh....that just makes me sweat. :(  It seriously takes me a full week to get that thing straight.  

I've also got to get the word wall letters up but as I was pulling the old ones out today, they just looked so ratty and sad.  So, I thought it was time to make some new ones.  I made new word wall letters and I retyped my word wall celebrations.  I  have used these word wall celebrations for yyyyeeeaaarrrss......and when I made them I thought that they were soooo cool.  I used my fancy scissors and very colorful notecards. Ha!  Aren't they cool??  Well, 11 years ago these babies were cool!!!                                                                                              


These are great and 11 years later the kids still enjoy doing them.  I usually do this every Monday when I am introducing new sight words to the kids.  I put all the celebration cards into a bag and I pick someone to pull out a celebration.  We celebrate and add that word to the word wall. I keep the celebration bag on a hook right next to our word wall.  It can be a great filler too. I would love for you to stop by my TPT store and pick it up.  It's a FREEBIE.  I just ask that you leave me LOVE, I love to hear what all of you think.  



















Stay Sweet Friends!