Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Short and Sweet

Happy LOVE Day!!
Just stopping by the blog to drop off my newest font.  I wanted to share it early enough so you would have time to use it.  This one is my FAVORITE!!!
 Stop by my TPT store to pick it up for free.  Have a sweet day!!

Friday, February 7, 2014

FREEBIE on a Snowy FrIdAy

It's a SNOW DAY!!  Oh, the excitement of a snow day.  It's like a special little gift wrapped in snow.  It's not that I really want to be out........I have a ton to do, it's just the unexpectedness of it all that excites me. 

Can we discuss the panic that took place yesterday at school???

The panic that people have in Texas makes me giggle a little.  You should have seen the school yesterday.  Children were bouncing off the walls.  The intercom was going off every 2 minutes calling for students to come down because they were being picked up.  Children were bouncing off the walls.  The team leader's walkie talkies were going off for additional children that were not being announced on the intercom.  The children were bouncing off the walls.  At 11:30 they announced we would be dismissing early and the entire school would need to go to the lunchroom to eat before the early dismissal at 12:20.  The children were trying to climb the walls.  Adults were yelling "Be Quiet!".  It was chaos, people!!  I kept thinking something awful must be going on and I'm going to be struck by it while I'm running around with a walkie talkie trying to herd children.  What was happening??????


Something SILLY happens to small children and adults when they see small white flurries falling from the sky.  Did I mention I have a window in my classroom? ....and that the children were bouncing off the walls.  It got a little silly in there.

Personally, snow gives me warm fuzzies, which makes me want to share.  So here is a fun little craftivity we did with some Laura Numeroff books.
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Enjoy your Friday friends!!  I will be enjoying my Snowy Friday at home!


Monday, February 3, 2014

HO HO Oh No!!!

If cameras were in the classroom AT&T would be calling me for their next commercial.  I LOVE these commercials because I feel like everyone in the world gets a little glimpse of the great conversations that take place in the classroom of young kids.  Sometimes the most amazing conversations take place and then sometimes......not so much.. 

Okay, back to "HO".

I had given my kids all the letters in the words GROUNDHOG DAY.  I then challenged them to come up with 25 new words using these specific letters.  They are hard at work when I get this question "Can I use the word "ho"?  Me: "Well, no because hoe (then I precede to tell them about a garden hoe and what it is used for-you know, building a little background knowledge, just in case) is spelled with an "e" and you don't have an "e" available to you."  

Another student says, "I mean the other "ho"."  Me: "Well, that's not really appropriate, so no." (with a little frown on my face-just to let them know that I'm not happy about this conversation)  At this point there is a little buzz in the classroom. The kids are talking amongst each other with confused looks on their faces.

**I just need to stop here and say that classrooms are made up of kiddos from all different backgrounds and walks of life. You never know what they are going to say or what they mean.  Example:  Some years the S word means "shut up" or "stupid" other years the S word means "@#!^&"**

Okay, back to the classroom....another student raises their hand.  "Mrs. Kirby, "ho" is inappropriate?"  (Great.  I can tell by this question I have gone too far, this is not where they were going.)  Me: "Weeeellll."  Another student yells out, "Santa says it!"  AH HA!!  Me: "Yes, you're right.  I believe that is more of a sound that he is making and not necessarily a word.  I want you making words not sounds."  ......and their innocence is restored.  All the kids shook their heads in total agreement and continued on with their word building skills and I gave myself a high five for making an awesome save.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

For the LOVE of TIME

Wow!  Really?!  It's been since October!!!  Life got so busy....I've thought about my little blog and of course my Little Sass has asked me "why don't you write on your blog?"  Apparently, she follows me (who knew?) but I have just been running around like a crazy woman.  I currently have a student teacher with me and as much as I want the TIME to just sit and visit with her about everything I LOVE about being in the classroom I just don't have TIME.  Personally, the only thing she is probably learning from me is that it is a true juggling act in the classroom with TIME being one of the things that we juggle.  Of course, we all want more time, even the people who aren't in the classroom but there is something about sitting with a child who is struggling and feeling like if I could just have a little more time they would get it.  

Ha!!  On a side my spare time I decided to go back to school for my Master's degree in Elementary Reading.  In case it's not obvious to any of you, because it wasn't to me.......there is SO MUCH READING!!  I'm talking an insane amount of reading and writing.  I don't know, maybe it's because the degree is in READING, kinda obvious now.  I'm a little slow so it takes me a minute.  I'm not complaining about the reading because I do love to read, again it's just the time.  Here's what I've learned so far, not necessarily from my reading but from trying to juggle so many things.

Time is what you make of it.  We are all given the same amount of time each day.  What are you going to do with it?  Complain about it or make the most of every minute.  Our time in the classroom must be intentional, purposeful, meaningful, and REAL.  I can't and don't want to waste THEIR time.  The state has put more and more expectations on these kids and they don't have the time for their teachers to be angry, upset, or stressed about getting it all done.  They need us to be time managers, intentional with every minute of the day, in LOVE with them, and ready to devote our time to them.  I know, because I'm guilty of it too, they need us to slow down.  Sometimes our best lessons are when we stop and listen to the kids, allow them to drive our instruction, and devote our TIME to them not necessarily our lesson plan.  

My family needs 100% of me when I'm with them.  I need to put my Facebook away and look at my children when they are talking to me.  I need to date my husband because I'm madly in love with him.  My time with them needs to be intentional, meaningful, and purposeful.  When I sit and think of all the things I need to do it is overwhelming but I don't think God intends for us to do that or feel that way.  He wants me to treasure my time and make the very most of it.  

A precious friend of mine received concerning news this week concerning her unborn baby, Piercen.  I think about her and her family and the time that they will spend waiting on test results, waiting on answers, and waiting for him.  Her time will be spent praying.  We serve an amazing God and whether baby Piercen realizes it or not he has slowed me down, helped me to see that we cannot rush life, it goes by fast enough as it is.  We need to spend time with the ones that we love, spend time with God, and treasure the time that we have with each other.  Please keep this precious family in your prayers.  You can keep up with them at Prayers for Piercen.  They need our time filled with prayer and conversations with God.