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Friday, June 29, 2012

Linky LOVE a Lil' Late...

Gosh!!  A day late......REALY?!, I'm sorry but I wanted to link up with Smitten with First to share my loves for this week but we will need to change it to Friday Love-day.  
Ok, well I'm sure by now everyone is tired of hearing about my floors BUT seriously, I LOVE them and we did them ourselves.  It was haaaarrrrrdddd work. So I'm  loving ....
my floors.  Aren't they cool?!?  It is actually tile.
Okay the next thing I'm loving is......



SCRAPBOOK PAPER!!  I don't love this because I scrapbook because I don't.  I LOVE them because it is soooooo CUTE!  I love to use scrapbook paper to frame kids work or to cut letters from the die cut machine.  I laminate a class set and put them on my cabinets and in the hallway to display my kiddos work.




This is so much easier than to redo an entire bulletin board (which I'm over).  I use to LOVE bulletin boards........but after years of teaching my passion for changing my bulletin board out every month started to die. (I know.....kinda sad)  But I do LOVE to display the kids work and I really like how it looks on top of scrapbook paper.
This is some of my lil' sass' 
work to for an example.  I'll post classroom pics once we get back in there.  Okay, so that's some of my LOVES this week.




Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Writing Folders


I love to write with my kids but I always get nervous and question myself......... am I doing it right.?!  I think the most important thing in any new adventure, young or old, is praise! encouragement!! and more praise!!!  Writing is definitely an adventure for our kiddos (and us).  So I just want to say "You are doing a fantastic job!!" Just wanted to share the way I organize my writing folders.  I have always had helpful parents that have volunteered to put these together at the beginning of each year.
First, attach 2 three brad folders together.  This will allow the kids to have 4 pockets in their folder for the different processes of writing and their very own word wall in the middle.  Next, add your labels and word wall templates.  Again, you can have a parent volunteer do this for you or you can allow the kids to cut and paste. 

We make a big deal about our writing folders and the kids really feel like these are very special.  I usually get lots of moans and groans when it's time to put them away.....in our special writing tub (not their desk :)
 
 


I always allow the kids to write with a pen during the first 3 phases of the writing process.  During the final draft they get to pick their own publishing paper (thematic paper) and write with a pencil. One of my goals for this next school year is to have an Author's Brag Wall.  I would like to spotlight each 2nd grade student throughout the school year.  Hopefully, I'll have pics of that to share when school begins. 


I would love to hear how you organize your writing with your students?  


Stay cool and have a terrific Tuesday!!











Monday, June 25, 2012

I'm BAAAAAck! Made It Linky and Summer Fun


Oh, little blog, how I've missed you! ....and it's Monday Made It #4 with Tara 
                                                       
I have truly taken on a project WAAAY bigger than me.  This little project is now going on 2 weeks and after bruised knees, blisters on the palms, and sore muscles, we are ALMOST finished.  (yes, I said almost, it's still not done)  But it's going to be beautiful.


This is the tile we've been laying in our house (almost entire house).  Isn't it beautiful??!!  This picture is without the grout but this little project has kept me from blogging, properly feeding my children, doing laundry (I'm okay with this), and leaving the house.

Summer Fun

We found small smooth rocks in our neighborhood and after they were nice and warm from sitting in the sun we colored them with crayons. 



It was fun!!  Even my 14 yr old did this with us (although he wouldn't agree to have his picture made with them)

And last.........a sweet little find on Pinterest, that we turned into a father's day gift.
You write your messages with a dry erase marker! {gasp!} cute, huh?!  My lil' sass wrote because "you're the best daddy ever" then my bigger sweet came back and wrote this.  (it has to do with baseball and twitter.... ;)



Come back and visit me tomorrow, I want to share my writing folders with you.  Have a fabulous summer day!!





   

Monday, June 11, 2012

First Linky!!! Monday Made It.....

Well, this is my. very. first. linky. linkup. (GASP!)  It took my friend Michelle to explain this to me.  really?! .......I was just kinda afraid I'd mess something up. BUT now that I've explained that this is my first time, I'm sure y'all will be forgiving.  right?  Obviously, I have been busy crafting but nothing for my classroom (soon....very soon, I will) so I thought, what a perfect linky to begin with.  I'm linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolic

This little craft is bitter sweet.  My lil' sass and I transformed her Disney Princess toy box
(once again, i feel the need to explain our floor renovations....please excuse our mess)
into a big girl storage chest. 
A friend bought me some contact paper from TJ Max and that is what I used to cover the lid.  She LOVES it!  

Okay in other news, our swimming pool motor blew up (smoke and all) on the very first Saturday we were out of school.  Geeezz!!--and it took a WHOLE week for the new motor to come in.  Needless to say our pool looked like a green, slimy moat.  It was scary!!  I'm pretty in impressed with my hubby, once the new motor came in, he quickly fixed it and after several days of scrubbing, shocking, and algaecide, I'm happy to report we are swimming.
I'm now on summer schedule and if I don't publish this and get into bed, the linky party will be over.  
Good night y'all!!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ohhh Sweet Summertime...and Play doh

What a wonderful summer Saturday.  First, me and lil' sass woke up early and went to a few  garage sales.  Well.......I actually knew a friend was having a garage sale so we went to hers.  ha!!  She probably didn't make any money, her HEART is so BIG she just kept giving stuff away.  Some of my fun finds that we added a little of our own sass to. 


We added the cute tutu to sass up the trash can.  




 I think tutus make everything cuter.........
Next, we sassed up this cute stool.
Oh and yes, the Disney Princess' toy box is next......  
Please excuse our floor renovation mess, hopefully soon we will have new floors but in the meantime let the crafting commence on the living room floor. (hahahaha!!)


Play doh


I have a confession.....I have a teacher crush on Babbling Abby and while I was stalking admiring her latest post I saw that she was making Play doh.  I LOVE to make Play doh BUT this was a little different because instead of food coloring or kool aid, she used ...
It was very simple and OH MY..........it smelled DEEEELICIOUS!!  We made bubble gum and mint chocolate.  First gather the ingredients.  

-1 c. of all-purpose flour
- 1/3 c. of salt
- 1 c. of water
- 1 tbs of veg oil
- 1/4 tsp of lemon juice

(You might have noticed the jar of flour... not to be confused with sugar, because I LABELED it.  Did I mention that I'm loving vinyl, right now??) Then I mixed all the ingredients over medium heat until it began to pull away from the side of the pan.  Once it formed a ball I placed it on wax paper and kneaded it some and then let it cool.
They loved it!!  I think this could be a great gift on meet the teacher night or first day of school....??? 

Good night, Bloggy Friends!!
















Friday, June 8, 2012

Cootie.....Inspired

  I'm not sure if I had mentioned this in previous posts but the name of my blog was created by my Sweet and Sassy 8 year old.  Sooo fitting.... ;) Well, I've tricked my little sweet and sassy into reviewing her coins and adding money (without having to go shopping).  During my late night blog hopping I came across Hungry Hippo on heathersfirstgradeheart.blogspot.com,
too cute!!  Well, this got me thinking about a game that my daughter received this year, which is really too young for her UNTIL NOW.  Do you remember this...........

I've changed a few things and now we are counting coins and buying cooties. (eeeeewwww!!)  Buying Cooties
My sweet and sassy did a fabulous  job adding and subtracting money AND she beat me by completing her Cootie before me.


After feeling so confident with her money, she decided to start her own lemonade stand in the driveway.  It's been a fabulous Friday!! 

Summer Projects...No School

Well......we have officially been out of school for a full week AND I have not started ONE school project BUT I've started several home projects.  I <3 home projects in the summer.  The first project I started was redoing the floors in our living room.  Originally I wanted to stain the concrete buuuutttt after watching at least 10 different how to videos me and the Mr. headed to Lowe's to schedule an apt. 
I can't wait to share the after photos.  Right now we are rockin' a half-concrete/half-carpet living room.  It's making me crazy.  I'm assuming because I did not get the satisfaction of finishing this project I decided to start another one. Yikes!  Repainting our pantry and asking the talented Mr. if he would extend my shelving sounded perfect.
I think he was more than happy to do this.  :)  This project became a family event and I think we all enjoyed it.
During this little project I discovered my LOVE of vinyl.  OH MY!! -- I am running out of things to stick vinyl on.  I'm afraid by the time I'm finished my house will read like a book.  uh oh!
We actually finished this project and I think we did a pretty good job.
Just wanted to shared a glimpse of my summer so far minus the school.



Saturday, June 2, 2012

One Man's Junk Another Teacher's Treasure...

I'm a little embarrassed to admit to this but I have thought so much about my little blog since my first post.  Super silly, I know.  I just couldn't wait to share again and then to see that I have someone following..........gasp!!--makes it all the more EXCITING!!

LOOK at this amazing little ??, well, I'm not actually sure what it is but as I was packing up the classroom yesterday someone asked me if I wanted it.  UUUMMMM.......yes!!  It is a treasure and I 'm soooo excited to do something with it.  One side is a cork board and the other side is a white board with shelves in the middle. 


This looks sooo stinkin' fun!! -I would love to hear your ideas on how you would use this.  I'm going to be dreaming about this thing all summer.  ha!-the things that excite a teacher. :)