Monday, June 24, 2013

...Florida Here I Come!!

Oh me. Oh my. I am getting so excited. I'm excited to see my big baby.....which I should share some pics that he has shared with me since he left 2 weeks ago.


Uh huh. 2....yes, TWO pictures from this kid. Really?! Momma cannot do just 2 pictures. And only one of them is actually of him. In the meantime, my little sassy pants takes more pictures in a day than I have taken of her in her entire 9 years of life. Out of 30 pictures a day of what she is looking at, eating, thinking about, and dreaming of; 20 pictures are selfies. ;) <- no, she's not out of town.....just likes pictures.

She does LOVE t.v. I guess, but she we did spend a few days at art camp. She is a creative little girl. Love, love, love her.

I've had a very laid back, lazy start to summer so far. Mr. Sweet and I celebrated our 12 year anny. We had a fun filled night. We always do, though. He makes me laugh. We had some free tickets to the Dallas Museum of Arts event called Beautiful Bodies. Neither one of us we were really sure what it was BUT it was free and we hadn't ever been. That's kind of our anniversary rules, eat at a new place or go somewhere we have never been. We did both!

Yes, I am extremely immature and it was hard to seriously look at all these nude statues with other people being so serious about it. I'm obviously not very cultured.

I sure do love this guy. He makes me laugh and smile a lot. I can't wait to spend the next week in Floriday with him.

School?.....I have started my classroom theme for next year...yay! for me. I'm going with a gumball theme. I will share that when I get back from's still in the works.

I've also been working on think tanks for next year. I know I had mentioned these in a previous blog and I really want to share them but right now, it's all based on what I received from 2 trainings and what I think it should look like and mine have NOT been kid tested.....yet. :) These are intended for the kids to work on independently while I am doing interventions. I'm excited about implementing these but I'm a little nervous about the organization and running of these since I've never done it......I will definitely share how it goes.


Have a sweet day, friends!!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Do You Know Billy Snow???

Well, do you?  He is the superintendent in Mansfield and he led our training on Monday and will lead another one on Friday.  He has a lot of energy and I have truly enjoyed his passion for the kids.  Our school will be modeling Mansfield's schedule for next year.  Mr. Snow has shared success stories from his campus and the previous schools that he has been a principal. The schedule has an hour built-in intervention time and then everything else is scheduled around that time.  During the intervention time the kids not needing RTI will work on Think Tanks.  Think Tanks.  Now, I haven't seen these, I'm not even really sure what they are, but the kids will work independently on these tanks for about 3-4 days.  Intrigued??  Me too.  The make-&-take and training will be this unless you have info to share with me, then you will stay in suspense until after I have been trained.  I'm looking forward to making, taking, and sharing!!

That's the extent of my knowledge on this.....  

In the meantime I must stay big baby left Tuesday to play baseball in Tampa, then off to Jupiter, and finally I'll meet up with him at the end of the month in Fort Meyers.  I am SUPER proud of his hard work and I know he will make new friendships and cool memories BUT {sniff, sniff} I just miss him terribly.  It feels like just yesterday he was going to t-ball games and acting like Spider-man.  

Yikes!  He's too big for all that now......he's bigger than me.  Sweet boy. 

Okay, subject change.  I will get back to you soon about Think Tanks but in the meantime, if you know something that you would like to share with me, I would LOVE to hear from you.

Have a Sweet Day!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Goodbye Classroom.......Hello Summer

I wasn't sure if I was going to survive the seemed to come so fast and then so much to do!!  I was originally supposed to move my room, after packing a few boxes plans changed.  So, I packed, unpacked, stuffed (I'm going to regret this in August), trashed (not enough stuff), and shared as much as I could.  

I spent a lot of time (too much) trying to decide my end of year gifts or keepsakes for the kids.  Finally I decided on a letter to each student and a picture with me.  I think they turned out summer cute and I didn't break the bank.

They kids really liked them too.  It makes my heart happy when they tell me how much they love things that I pour my heart into.

We finally finished our novel unit Roxie and the Hooligans.  Our week long unit became two weeks because of assemblies and last minute changes of our schedules.

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BUT I LOVE how this turned out.  The kids loved it and we had fantastic conversations about this book.  We ended the unit with a Roxie or Norman craft and a letter to one the bullies written from the perspective of Roxie or Norman.  Greatness!!  They did such a great job!

Then my husband's sweet Granny came over from Australia to stay with us for a week visit.  My husband planned lots of sight seeing all over Dallas for them BUT I think she was happy just to visit the malls.  She wore them out....even my lil' sassy pants shopper.  Granny can SHOP until everyone else DROPS.  All that shopping deserves a pedi. 

Well, this post is going out later than I wanted it to BUT technically we are still in school because we had training yesterday and ONE MORE on Friday.