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Monday, March 3, 2014

It's that time again….

My twins are just waking up from their nap. I love this time when I can listen to them interact with each other without any interference.  Right now they are acting like lions. :)

The weather is so crazy! It is sleeting right now, as it has been doing all day. Snow day #12, here we come. :(

I'm going to finish cleaning and sorting out the boys clothes that don't fit. This seems to be an ongoing process.

My Keurig machine is about my favorite thing on these cold days! I had no idea that apple cider was a choice since I don't drink coffee. I had never paid attention before. But when my friends let me in on this little secret, I had to have one!!! It's great for hot chocolate, too! And so convenient!!!!

At church, I was nominated by our pastor to be the head of the stewardship committee. I'm not really sure why, as I've got absolutely no experience in this area, but I was called to serve, so what can I do?? :) I'll be looking at other churches websites soon, so if you know of any great ones, please let me know!

Finally, the answer to my question that I will blog about in a few days. What do you think the answer is????

Join Farley's party if you blog! It's great fun!!!!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Test Prep

I've posted before about my dislike of some blogs that seem to be intended as only a place to market the products the blogger wants you to buy. BUT, (you knew it was coming, right?) I wanted to let you know I've updated my Test Prep document I made for TPT. I really only made this because I have had a hard time finding quality test prep online, which is where I get the majority of my lessons anymore.
So, I made this…

So if you teach first grade and are giving a standardized test soon and need to do some work in the area of capitalization and punctuation, I hope this helps you, if not, don't buy it. There. No more ads. :)

Our weather in Arkansas is CR-AAA-ZY! Yesterday, it was 60 degrees and my oldest son had his first soccer practice of the season. Today, there are ice pellets hitting my window as I'm typing this post. It looks like we probably won't go to school tomorrow which will be our 12th snow day!!! In my 17 years of teaching, we have never had this many snow days. I love having the little breaks but my goodness, we'll be going to school until the middle of June as it is now! Bye bye summer!

How is your weather???

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Beginning (Again) Interactive Notebooks

The weekend is finally here!

Oh my, what a long week!!!

This week, we had conferences, Valentine's Day and a full moon! Too much in one week if you ask me!
So, we did start our new notebooks, (I posted about those last time right here) but didn't do as much with them on Thursday and Friday.

Monday was strictly our decorating day.  This time, since I now teach in a pretty affluent school, I had the students bring in their own notebooks if they wanted and I had some for the kids who didn't bring new ones.  We are using just a one subject spiral notebook. I've tried the composition notebooks, but I don't think those give enough the student enough space because we glue in a lot of modified practice work (aka worksheets) and unless you are always folding those in half, there is just not enough room. I've also heard of using spiral notebooks which I think is a great idea, but I don't like to have to do all the hole punching with my piece of junk three hole puncher, so spirals work best for us (me).

I got out new markers and a ton of stickers and said, Have fun and make it yours! Of course they loved this.  Here was one finished product…

Notice the blue tape on the bottom. I will put a little tape on the side, too, but just didn't get time, to make a pocket. I saw on Pinterest how you could just take the first two pieces of paper and fold them over and tape them down to make a pocket! Such a great idea!!! But I can not find that for the life of me! Please let me know if this idea was yours because it certainly wasn't mine!

This pocket will be so handy for holding our baggies of spelling words, etc.

This took all of the time on Monday.  That's all for today. See you next time!!!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Interactive Notebooks

So, I've been gone awhile.

A long while.

Well, I have no excuse except I've had writer's block. Bad. I would sit down to write and nothing. Even though I did have lots of things going on, I didn't know how to get it all into print.

So I won't. And I'm going to start fresh today.

So, Hi!!! Nice to see you!

To reacquaint myself to you, I am teaching first grade this year (again) but at a new school. I'd taught first grade for about 12 years before this, but all at the same school. I loved it there, it was just time for a change. My principal was leaving and I wanted to go with her.

So now I'm at my new school and things are going pretty well. Parent issues, truthfully, but I'm not going to dwell on those right now.

What I'd like to talk about are interactive notebooks!  Not so much of a new idea anymore, but I'm constantly trying to make them work in the best way.  I decided to start over.
I just bought these at Target.

I find that buying a new notebook or supplies of some kind really help me get motivated and inspired! I've been reading all I can find online about interactive notebooks and it's really kind of hard to find a whole lot of details when it comes to lower grade notebooks.

So I'm going to kind of have this be my blog topic for a little while. I'm planning to start them over tomorrow. I'll take lots of pics and share with you soon!!!

I'd love to hear from you to know you're still out there, too.

Until next time,

Friday, July 5, 2013

Favorite Pins Linky

Happy Fifth of July!!!!

Are you as excited as I am?????

Yes, I love the 4th, I'm happy to celebrate our freedom, see friends and family, but honestly, I could do without the fireworks. I have three young boys. My main job is to keep them safe. Fireworks really test my ability to mother properly. Yes, I used mother as a verb. So what?! If you have young children, I bet a lot of you out there agree with me!

Anyway, I'm happy to be  linking up with Cara Carroll for her "Favorite Pins Friday" Linky. How fun! I've been pinning a lot lately, so I've got some stuff to share. First, if you've got some stuff to share, too, join Cara's link by clicking here.

As you may know, I'm moving into a new classroom this summer. As in, brand new. In a brand new, beautiful building. I'm so excited! And I'm thinking all about my decorations and a theme and all that.
The room is great, but it has a blue floor. BLUE. I'm not kidding. Here it is...

So, since I like bright colors, I'm thinking of going with a Rainbow theme. I've found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest, for sure.

My favorite idea is this from the Creative Juice blog...

I have got to put some sort of rainbow like this on my wall. My friend suggested using the "noodles" we use for floaties in the pool which I think is a great idea, I just don't know if I'll be able to find them in the bright colors that I want. Definitely going to look though.

I also love these decorative poms from Ramblings from the Sunshine State!

And I think this would be such a fun idea to do to my teacher desk! 
This idea came from Easy Homestead! Sooo cute!!!

And finally, I really like the glass balls filled with tissue paper from Hostess with the Mostess! Luckily, Hobby Lobby already has their Christmas stuff out, so these shouldn't be too hard to find!

What do you think???? I would love some input! Do you think these ideas are too girly? 
Will first grade boys like it?

I hope you pinned some great ideas this week, too!!!