Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Super LOVE

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this little girl!!--and this weekend she will be turning 9!!!  Oh goodness.  She has also informed me that this is her "last one digit year".  What?!  I never really thought of that, thanks sass for keeping me on my toes. :)  So, to celebrate her birthday, her grandparents came to town last weekend and we took her to the American Girl store and Bistro.  

She said she wanted to do this rather than have a big party with a bunch of friends.  Now, I'm thinking a BIG PARTY and LOTS of friends might have worked out financially better for us.  ha!!  We had so much fun!!  I LOVED watching her face light up, her tiny voice squeal, and watching her run from one thing to another. 

They had a salon for the dolls?!!!? What?!! and They brought drinks out for the doll?!!!??  Seriously!!  She said it was her best birthday EVER.  After all of that I feel like we have adopted a new member to our family.  :)

This is definitely a week filled with LOVE!  In class we have been reading a book about a super hero and of course lots of Valentine stories, so I made a little SUPER hero craftivity and activities for the kids to enjoy.  We are also learning to write friendly letters.  We have exchanged class list within our grade levels and will be sending letters by the end of the week.  I LOVE getting letters.  Don't you??  Stop by and pick up my SUPER hero writing and activities pack.  
{click here for unit} 

Have a Sweet Day!!  Lots of Love!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Surviving the 100th Day of School...

Oh. My. Word.....What a day!  I'm not sure what was crazier my day at school or coming home to a German Shephard Zoo! (we are puppy sitting-but we have a very small backyard with a pool and neither one of the puppies know how to find the steps so, keeping them outside is NOT an option)  In the meantime, they are chasing each other through my very small house, knocking lamps off tables, pictures off shelves, and they sound as though there are 20 of them rather than 2.  Oh and did I mention the daddy German Shephard is here, and a little Yorkie that is trying to play chase with the other 2 dogs...IN THE HOUSE.  Okay, home wins!!---It's crazier at home.

100 days in 2nd grade has flown by this year!  Where did the time go??  

Last year I purchased Lesson Plans SOS, Surviving the 100th day of School and did those activities.  This year, we created our own activities but still used the theme.  We dressed in camo and the kids separated into tribes.  They made flags for their tribe and came up with a name.  Last year I bought bandannas for each tribe, this year we used sentence strips to  go around our heads. ;0 They kids LOVED having challenges.  I challenged them to:

100 piece puzzle

write and solve 100 math problems (as a team)

write their new sight words and spelling words this week 100 times 

make a 100 inch paper chain

make 100 valentine cards for the nursing home in town (we did this as a class)

and then several 100 second activities in between.  Busy, busy, busy day!

The kiddos informed me that I taught them something today. (this is good-considering I try everyday :)

I put out 3 jars of popcorn kernels, 1st jar was filled to the top, 2nd jar was half full, and the 3rd jar looked to have barely any in it (this one had 100 kernels).  They had to discuss with their tribe which one they thought had 100 and make a unanimous decision. one guessed the right jar.  They just couldn't believe it and had to count for themselves.  This is when one of my kiddos said "Wow, you really taught us something today."  Haha!  That's good.

At some point during the day, we found time to write about what it will be like when we are 100 years old.  I took pictures of the kids with an age progression app and attached it to their writing piece.  They LOVED and HATED it.  We all had a good laugh!! 

Some of the kids said that when they are 100 they will have wheelchair races and spend the day in a robe yelling at kids to get off their lawn!

Have a super duper day Sweet Friends!!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Oh Me, Oh My!! Long e and i Spelled with y

Hi Sweet Friends!!  I have soooo much to do today but instead of working on things that I should be doing I've decided to blog. {very responsible} Plus, I'm super duper sore from all the playing I did yesterday.  {embarressing} It was a BEEEEAUTIFUL day yesterday, so we spent a LOT of time outside.  We played lots of basketball (at the park -- we can save the trash can for another day) and LOTS of Australian 4 square. -- My sweet honey got so excited as we played, he started remembering all his playground days.  I'm not sure why after 12 years of being married I'm just now learning Australian 4 square BUT we all loved it!  Of course, he's the only one from Australia so he could tell us anything and we'd believe it. ;) (for instance, he is ALL TIME Ace??....that sounds kinda funny to me, haha!) 

Okay, the reason I'm blogging today...........I wanted to share this little activity pack that  I just finished using in the classroom this week.  I'd LOVE for you to pick it up if it's something that you could use.              

My kids did a fantastic job with these activities.  This activity pack includes a flap book sort, center game, SCOOT, dividing syllables, and creating silly sentences.  Stop by my TPT store to pick it up for free.  

Now, I'm off to get ready for some FOOTBALL!!  

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Random Ramblings and a Dictionary {Freebie}

This has been the loooonnngggeessstt week E.VER!  I'm so happy that it's over.  You would have thought that I would have partied ALL night and slept in on Sat.  No, I fell asleep at 8:30 and woke up at 5:00 a.m.  BOO!  No partying for me, little Sass and I finished our evening with a quick game of basketball in our driveway.  If you have ever wondered what to do if you don't have a goal.....

This is something that she has just started showing some interest in and created her own goal in the driveway.  LOVE it.  She is so creative!  {this is/was not used for trash-that would be gross and not creative} 

Can I get whoop! whoop! for room moms???  Look at our published writer's wall!!!!......

Beautiful, huh?  Well, I basically told her that I wanted a ROCKSTAR theme and the ability to hang 20 writing pieces at a time.  She did a fabulous job.  LOVE her!!  Each one of our 2nd grade classes will pick 4 writers that have published a piece and are ready to share with the school.  The kids are super excited!  After all, this is VERY SPECIAL. ;)  

We spent time this week learning the very basics of multiplication.  They did a fabulous job!  I made several craftivites to help them illustrate the multiplication as repeated addition.  They turned out super cute!  I will share soon.

I have also made a dictionary skills activity to work on during centers.  They kids do great with ABC order but when asked to find a word that belongs with a set guide words from a dictionary page they panic and struggle.  So make it a game and practice, practice, practice, that's what we will do.  You can pick it up free, just {click here}.  I hope this helps your kiddos too.

Okay, now I'm off to enjoy my Saturday.