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.