Sunday, December 14, 2014

Love Wins

1) Today I need to take some time to sit and reflect on the events that happened 2 years ago today.  I need to pray for the families that lost someone in the tragedy.  I need to pray for all of those that were there that day, from the students and staff to the first responders, but especially for the children.  I also need to pray for my town, it was a terrible thing that happened and we are still healing.  Living here I see reminders every day and am constantly thinking about it, but today I need to make a conscious effort to stop and remember.  I am also going to try and do something to honor the victims this week, I am not sure what yet, but I will.

2) I hope to come up with some fun activities for my class this week, anything to keep them engaged and learning this time of the year is a plus.  I also want to start a new book today, because I just finished Leaving Time, any suggestions?

3) I was very happy to post my newest product this morning- Scrooge Verb Tense Sort.  We did it last week in my classroom and the kids loved it.  We just saw the play last week and we watched Muppets Christmas Carol, so they are all into it!  The product will be half off for the rest of the weekend!

Thank your to the Teaching Trio for this Link Up, I can't wait to see what others are up to today!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Currently December

Welcome December!!!

I know that December is the craziest month of the year, and as a teacher if we can get through it we can do anything!  To jumpstart this month of controlled chaos I am linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for this months Currently.

Listening: I am listening to the TV, although I have no idea what is on.  It is around the corner and I can't see it, or recognize the program based on sound.

Loving: I love the elf in my classroom.  He came yesterday and my friends named him Frosty. Our principal delivered him and we were ecstatic! We almost didn't get an elf this year, our elf Jangle from last year was promoted, so we wrote to Santa last week why we needed an elf.  He said there was a shortage, and we are so lucky to have him.  We just need to remember he has little ears so we need little voice so we don't hurt him :)

Thinking: I need to be productive, enough said!

Wanting: I want everyone to have a good December.  I know it can be hectic, but stop every once in a while to enjoy the spirit of Christmas! Or whatever winter holiday you celebrate :)

Needing: I don't need anything, I just want to count my blessing for a change of pace. 

Giving: I am trying to have my students realize that giving is important, so we are going to do a lot of that.  I wanted to give something to a random follower of mine, so I made a giveaway for one of you to win! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for reading, take some time to go back and read what some others are Currently doing :) 
Have a Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Week of Thanks- T is for....

Today is all about T in this week of Thanks.

I am thankful for togetherness.

I love being with others, especially when everyone is getting along :)
From home to the classroom everything is better when you can do it together!

Head over to Blog Hoppin' to see what other T things people are thankful for.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Liebster Award :)

Thank you Ashlee from Teacher Will Run for Books and Jamie from Thrilled in Third for nominating me for a Liebster Award!!! For those of you who don't know what a Liebster Award is I will tell you.  It is an award for blogs with less than 200 followers.  If you are nominated you answer 11 questions and nominate 11 more blogs.  This should let more people know about some of the newer blogs out there.  I am always humbled when someone comments on my blog post, or buys something on my TPT store, so being nominated by 2 different bloggers just blew my mind!!! I will try my best to answer the 11 questions and nominate some worthy blogs :)

1. Why and how long ago did you start blogging?

     I started blogging last January.  Back in the fall of last year my grade partner Emily from Munchkins Inc, introduced me to the world of blogging.  I got so much enjoyment from seeing other classrooms that I decided to share my classroom with the blogging world. 

2. What 1 word sums up the heart of your blog and why?

     Fun- I have Fun right in the title, I want to share the fun we have in our class with my readers.

3. Is there something you learned late in your blog journey that you wished you knew before?

     I don't think I learned anything late in my journey because I feel like I am still in the beginning of my journey.  Although I do know if you ever have a chance to go to a blogger meet up, go! I went to the New England one and had a blast.  Some of the blogs on my nomination list are New England bloggers that I have actually met.

4. What is your favorite past time other than blogging?

     I like to be outside, either riding my bike, exploring nature, or reading!

5. How many hours do you dedicate a week to your blog?

     Now that school has started most of my time has been reading blogs and creating things for my classroom.  My goal is to have at least one post up a week.

6. What category of blog post do you enjoy the most?

     I like to see classrooms in action, the good and bad.  I like to see what people have made and how it is used in a classroom setting.  I will often buy things for my room if I have seen them used in other rooms, it can be anything from a TPT product to a Target find.

7. Where does your blog inspiration come from?

     My inspiration comes from my students, they bring me so much joy that I want to share with you!

8. Which post have you written that you are most proud of?

     I am most proud of my Birthday Giveaway.  I was honored to have so many bloggers come together to help me celebrate, it really showed me what a great community this is. 

9. Is there any post you've been planning on doing but have been postponing for a while?

     I can't really think of anything right now.

10. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

     I love the community of bloggers, and sharing with everyone.

11. What recipe, project or idea on my blog would you most likely try yourself?

     I would like to put some of the elements from the Whole Brain Teaching series you do into my classroom.  I would also love to spend as much time as you do enjoying the beach.  We live in the same state, but unfortunately I am not as close to the water.

My Nominees are:

1- Emily from Munchkins Inc
2- Rachel from Third Grade Cupcakes
3- Susan from Happiness is Watermelon Shaped in 3rd Grade
4- Joya from Live Love Serve Teach
5- Amber from Peppy Zesty Teacherista
6- Alexis from Laugh Eat Learn
7- Amanda from Cupcakes and Lesson Plans 
8- Lisa from Second Grade Stories
9- Kristin from My Carolina Classroom
10- Amanda from My Shoestring Life
11- Briana from Sun, Sand, & Second Grade

Thanks for reading, enjoy some new blogs from the list!!! Now to figure out how to get the award on the sidebar....

Oh wait the rules for the nominees...

1. In your post, be sure to link back to your nominator as a shout out & a thank you!

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you (the ones I answered above)

3. Nominate 11 blogs of your choice who have less than 200 followers. Provide them with 11 questions or ask them to answer the questions above.

4. Let your nominees know they've been nominated and provide them with a link to your post so that they can accept.

5. Send your nominator the link to your post, so they can learn more about you... leave it in the comments below! And that's it!... so excited to learn more about my nominees!

Sunday Scoop

I am linking up today with The Teaching Trio for the first time!  I enjoy reading this link up and am excited to join in the fun. 

3 things I have to do...
     1. Last week I had my students spell all the sight words from the Dolch list so I can find out what ones to use for spelling this week.  We only have 3 days this week so we aren't doing our typical spelling from the book.  I figured they would be good with the words because I know they can all read them.  I was very wrong, I have 2 students with a DRA of 40 and they got 5 or 6 of the words wrong, I was shocked.  So this weekend I went out and purchased Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders.  I am making up some cards with the sight words and an example sentence on them.  In order to take the turn in the game they are going to have to correctly spell the word for their partner.  Hopefully this will help them practice the sight words in a fun way! If you have any other suggestions let me know!
     2. I do have school next week, so I need to do lesson plans for this week.  It is a fun week because it is short and I am not planning on doing the typical things at all.
     3. I have to get some lists made and this organized for Thanksgiving! I do love Thanksgiving, but it is a lot of work.

2 things I hope to do...
     1. I want to try to post for the Blog Hoppin' week of Thanks.  Hopefully I can get a chance today to schedule some of those post for this week.  I know once the week starts it will be crazy, so hopefully I can do it today.
     2. Besides Thanksgiving stuff, I would like to get some other areas of my life cleaned up and organized a bit today.  I figure if I can do it today I can relax over the long weekend :)

1 thing I am happy to do...
     1.  I am always happy to read, and to be honest I probably will.  As soon as that football game goes one, I will most likely open a book instead of being productive. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Currently- November

Today I am linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for this months Currently!  I know I am a day late, but after Halloween I am surprised I am doing it at all this weekend.  Then again I do have this extra hour.

Listening: To the sound of the dryer, I don't think I could ever get through the weekend without hearing that sound.

Loving: The book fair is coming!  After school on Friday we had a chance to fill a bucket with books to add to our wish list.  Let me tell you, not having to write down the titles means that I have so many more books on my list this year.  Or perhaps it was the sugar high I was on from the candy, either way I have tons of books in the bin!  Of course any books that don't get purchased for the classroom will be purchased by me, at the warehouse sale of course :)

Thinking: Halloween is a crazy day of sugar and costumes, and we survived!!! And super bonus of no school the next day :)

Wanting: I want to have time to sit and read my book today, I have so much work to do that I doubt it will happen, but a girl can dream!

Needing: Grades closed on Friday, so I must work on my report cards, I hate report cards :( 

Reading: I am currently reading Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, I love her books! To my friends I am reading The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles By Julie Edwards Andrews, so far it is great!

Well that's it for now, I am off to read what others are currently up to at Oh' Boy 4th Grade.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Five for Friday- October 24

What a week!!! Halloween is in full swing at our school, we have the big Halloween party tonight.  They gym is all decorated and it scares me, I don't do scary.  And can we say creepy, scary clowns, yikes!!! So needless to say when the students asked me all day if I was going the answer was NO!!!
Anyway I am here to tell you 5 fun things about this week, thanks to Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for setting up this link up!

Did you notice the new blog design? I love it!!! While you are here checking it out, try your luck and enter the contest!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

My grade partner Emily over at Munchkins Inc, made this great Witches' Brew writing activity. My friend had a blast making it!

We had a lot of fun in math this week.  Here we are practicing place value by making this candy corn project. We had to write the number in standard form on the top, expanded form and odd or even in the middle, and base ten blocks on the bottom. The best part was every time they built one they got a piece of candy corn.

Here we are playing a game that Emily taught me called race to 50.  They roll the dice and when they get to 10 they can trade for a tens unit.  Once they hit 50 they win! So much place value fun this week!  Next week is Halloween math centers, it doesn't make sense to start something new Halloween week!

We had a STEM museum exhibit come this week, my kids loved it, I thought it was alright.  But my kids were talking about the robots, so I brought mine in to show them.  I had all the lego pieces and built this during the day. Unfortunately the lego brick needed an update, so I have to bring it back next week to have it work in the classroom.  It inspired my students so much, I just may have to bring it in more often.  I am even thinking of starting my kids on coding after Christmas!

How cool is the skeleton out the window? The grade eight teacher Janet, has her classroom above mine.  She likes to send us "air mail", the skeleton invited us to Spooky Bingo.  We went to Spooky Bingo today and had a blast.  The connections we can have across grade level at a Catholic school is amazing! We had so much fun!

That's my week in a nutshell! Don't forget to enter the contest, maybe you can win all those cool prizes.  To see the prizes read this post.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday- October 22

I love my new blog design! What is something you have done recently to splurge on yourself?

Check out my previous post for a contest I am running.  Stop by Christina's blog to see what others are sharing today.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Blog Design & A Contest!!!

Did you see? I have a new blog design, I love it!!!  Thanks so much to Megan, at A Bird In the Hand Design, just scroll all the way to the bottom of the site and click on her link.  It is defiantly worth the investment.

A while ago I did a blog post all about the Quietest Pencil Sharpener, and they are giving me the opportunity to raffle one off to my readers.  So, I asked a few of my blogger friends if they wanted to join in the giveaway and they were very excited!

Here are the prizes you can win!
Classroom Friendly Supplies has offered a pencil sharpener to the winner.  Visit their site to see all the choices. If you would like to order click here to get the referral code they gave me! Don't forget to read my review on the pencil sharpener here.

I am offering a winners choice item from my store. Click here to visit, or on the link at the top of the page. 

My grade partner Emily from Munchkins Inc, is donating her Seasonal Spelling Test and her Monthly Reading Logs.  Stop by her blog by clicking here

My friend Fran, from Primary Essentials has donated a winners choice from her store.  Click here to see her store. 

My friend Lisa, from Pawsitively Teaching has also donated a winners choice from her store.  Click here to see her store. 

My friend Amber, from Shut the Door and Teach has donated her Chocolate Fractions.  If you visit her site you can read about the New England Blogger meet up we had earlier this year!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Currently October

It is officially October, well it was 5 days ago, oops. I am linking up with Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her Currently link up!

Listening: I love that it is fall and I can have the windows open again.  The humidity is gone, so the AC is off, woohoo.  
Loving: The view at the top of Okemo Mountain in Vermont.  I went up there today, just because.  It was a long ride for a just because, but look at the view!
Thinking: I have been in the car forever today! I don't know what it is but riding in the car tires me out.  So while the wash is going I figured I had time to blog :)
Wanting:  I had so much fun going to the blogger meet up in Boston last Saturday, I can't wait for another one.  I know Boston was far, but so worth it.
Needing: It seems like there is never enough time to get things done with the start of school.  A few more hours in the day would be nice.
Trick or Treat: Your treat is coming up this week. I am putting together a rafflecopter this week, and the featured prize is The Quietest Pencil Sharpener.

Thats it for this months currently, stop by Oh' Boy 4th Grade and see some others, I am sure I am well into the 200's being 5 days late to the party.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener

As you read my first ever product review, I am on my way to Boston, for the New England Blogger meet up! I am very excited to meet some of the people behind the blogs that I read. Check back later in the week, or follow my Instagram, to see how it goes!

I absolutely love this pencil sharpener! I must be up front, I did receive a sharpener to "test" I also purchased one as well. I did buy one of the look a likes off of Amazon a few years ago and I must say this one is so much better. There are many things I love about this sharpener, but not everything!

This sharpener leaves the best points on a pencil that I have ever seen.  It is easy to sharpen with the pencil sharpener, and yes it is super quiet.  In fact I have removed all of my electric pencil sharpeners from my room.  We now have a communal cart with some supplies and the pencils are on top. 
I have all the pencils in the straw dispenser and they go in the PEZ bucket at the end of the day or when they need sharpening.
This sharpener is completely kid friendly.  I used to allow my students to use the sharpener, but it is now just me for a couple of reasons.  One is that giant black smudge that got everywhere when they did it.  I get the black smudge as well but not as much.  I think it may because I don't use the clamp that came with the sharpener, I am not sure.  I just didn't have a good location to clamp it down.  

The other reason my students don't sharpen any more is because if the divots the pencil sharpener makes in the pencils.  It does this because it clamps onto the pencil so it sharpens nicely.  The problem was when my students tried to get the pencils in out out, they often would pull instead of using the release and it made the divots more pronounced so the paint was chipping.  This was very irritating.  However, since I started sharpening the divots are there but less noticeable. 

Overall I would recommend this sharpener to anyone, any time, any place.  In fact my grade partner has already purchased one, of course she forgot to use my referral link, but thats ok she didn't know I had the link.  She was borrowing mine all the time and she loves it as well. I am very happy with the way pencils are in my room this year, and I am happier now that I get to play with the pencil sharpener instead of my students :)

If you would like one please click here so I can get credit on the referral link.  Thank you so much!

Oh one more thing, they also have excellent customer service, and a FAQ page with video tutorials. Overall a great company to work with.  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Five For Friday- September 25

I'm back! Hopefully we have calmed down enough that I can be back on a regular basis.  Lets just say going from no routine, to routine was a little bit crazy this year.  Most of the items in this post are from this past week, well all but my slant box because I hadn't blogged about it until now.  Also check out the blog on Saturday because I have a review on The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener.

(One) Last Friday we had no school because of the carnival being set up.  The carnival ran Friday-Sunday, so the kids had off and we had an inservice.  Now they don't wait until Friday to set up and test the rides.  As you can see from this picture those are my students watching them test a ride right outside the classroom window.  Needless to say we didn't get that much done on Thursday.  I had trouble focusing with all the excitement, plus the kids were a little excited as well. 

Of course I went to the carnival on Friday night, and of course they handed me a microphone.  They love when I sell the 50/50 tickets.  We did have a lot of fun :)

(Two) Our first Scholastic book order came in this week, and I got the 10,000 bonus points!  I have never had a class order enough to get the biggest bonus they offer, and this year I got well over the $300, they were around $375.  I hope they order like this all year, I am trying to get the iPods for our listen to reading time!

(Three) I got this lovely package from Mandee all about Carolinas, and some items of her college colors.  I love participating in the slant box and "meeting" new people.  I got to send a box all about Newtown to Lindsay at Thriving in Third if you have a chance check out her site she also creates blog designs.  She did the design for Jameson, who organizes the slant box exchange, her site is Lessons With Coffee.

(Four) I just figured this handy trick out today.  We have clear plastic rulers in my classroom and we were using them as a number line.  I do not have number lines on the desk because they get picked off and gross, plus I don't want them to have them all the time.  However we were learning the count back strategy and figured out we can write on the ruler and wipe it right off.  I was going to copy some number lines and laminate them, but this worked so nicely! 

(Five) I posted this picture on my Wordless Wednesday this week and I had many of you ask about it.  I was trying to color the glue so I can put it in the laminating pouches and have a stained glass look.  If you scroll up to the carnival picture you can see the crosses in the window, they were done with tissue paper and the laminator.  The only problem is that they fade, I was told the glue would work fine.

So I put the markers in the glue and spread it on the laminating pouch, not too close to the edge.  I then closed the pouch (I put the glue bottles around so you can see them) I waited for it to dry a few minutes.  I then placed it in the laminator.  Well if you see it came out clear, and it did get all over the laminator, major FAIL.  I needed to run some other paper through the laminator to get all the glue out, but it isn't broken :) I am bummed it didn't work. 
Does anyone have any ideas of how to get the stained glass look where it won't fade? Or any ideas as to what I can do with all the colored glue?

Thats my week, it has been fun! I am excited to meet some bloggers this weekend at the New England Meet up in Boston.  
Visit Doodle Bugs Teaching to see how everyones week has gone!