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Monday, December 31, 2012

HELLO 2013!

It is time to say goodbye to 2012. 
A year full of fun, some ups and some downs.
I am excited to see what 2013 has in store for me!
(13 just happens to be my favorite number!!)
I'm hoping a national championship comes first! Hah! RTR.
And, I am also going on a mission trip at the end of January. 
So, 2013 already looks VERY promising. =)

With a new year, comes resolutions.
I've never been to good at making and keeping resolutions,
so I like to think of my "resolutions" as goals I have for the upcoming year. 

Today I am going to link up with The Teachers' Cauldron.
Jen is having a fabulous linky where we are making two types of resolutions: personal and blogging. 

Here we go...

Personal:
Make a budget!
I am very tight with my money, but I will feel so much better if I have a budget. 
I know I spend way to much money eating out! Yikes!

Blogging:
I need to get into a routine. 
My blog posts are random and sporadic. Not good!
So, my goal is to blog more often in 2013.
Also, I would love to get to know some fabulous teacher bloggers better.
I see bloggers who have developed friendships with other bloggers
 and that sounds fabulous to have other teacher friends to bounce ideas off of. =)

Finally,  I want to link up with Deedee for the last of the resolution linky parties! =)
I LOVE fitness.
So I wanted to make some fitness goals for 2013. 
I played sports all throughout high school and college and loved every minute of it.
I tore my ACL a few months after I finished playing competitive sports.
Since then I have had two knee procedures and I am still not back to 100%.
In 2013, I would love to get back into the shape I once was.

I bring you my fitness goals... =)
I want to participate in a mud run, and I would love to run some 5ks.
I also am DYING to join a Crossfit gym.
Do you any of you guys Crossfit? If so, what do you think?!!
It's a bit expensive, but I think I would LOVE it! =)

Well, there you have it...
my "goals" for 2013!

I hope everyone has a FABULOUS New Years Eve
and an amazing 2013!

Also, don't forget to comment on yesterday's post for a chance to 
win my New Years Craft and Writing Activity!


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas Craziness (& a giveaway!)

Wow. My little old blog has been VERY neglected over the past month. With Christmas craziness, it was just one of the many things I was able to put a side for a while until the craziness died down. We didn't get out of school until December 21st! Whew! After that I had some sort of family function every day through Christmas. It wore me out! Well, looking into January, I'm not sure the craziness is going anywhere, but I miss blog world so I am going to do my best to make time for my little place out here on the internet. 

I thought I'd take the time to share with you guys my New Years Craft and Writing Activity. 
BLAST OFF into 2013!

This is very similar to my Blast Off into a New School Year download that I posted back at the beginning of the year. It was a popular download, so I thought it would be fun to change it around into a New Year craft and writing activity. I did this craft at the beginning of the year so unfortunately I can't do it now. =( Hopefully some of you will be able to find this resource useful as you return to school in just a few short days! Teachers go back the 3rd. Yikes! TOO soon! =)

(Template/Journal Examples)

In this download you will find spaceship templates and journal sheets. On the journal sheets students will be able to write about why they think 2013 will be a blast!


Because it has been AGES since I have posted, and since I am doubtful anyone even reads this little old thing anymore, I will give New Years activity away to one random follower who comments on this post on New Years day. Simply leave me a quick comment and be sure to include your email address! 

Hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas season and is getting ready to bring in 2013 with a bang! 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Last Month in 2012! (&RTR!)

How is it December? This year has FLOWN by!
My December started of fabulously with a Crimson Tide victory! Yeah!!
Okay... so it is time for Farley's December currently... one of my favorite linkys!

Here we go!!

Okay, so all of the things above are pretty self explanatory,
but I need to further emphasize how PUMPED I am that BAMA is going back to "the ship"!!
I cannot WAIT to be in Miami on January 7th watching the Tide play Notre Dame!
SO EXCITED ALREADY!

My random act of kindness is to leave a card with a gift-card on a strangers car. 
Hopefully this will brighten their day and ease their pocket book this holiday season.
Hope you all have a fabulous December!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday (& Tuesday)!

Life has been INSANE...
too insane to update my blog. =(
I keep thinking things will slow down
but I've finally came to the conclusion it's just not going to!

I made the time to stop by quickly tonight to make a quick post about the MASSIVE Teachers Pay Teachers sale that starts at midnight! I decided to join in on the fun and everything in my shop is 10% off. Use the code CMT12 at checkout to get an additional 10% off. Wow!


I can't wait to stock up on some goodies myself!
Good luck to everyone selling... fingers crossed for lots of sales! =)
Have a happy Monday! 


Monday, November 12, 2012

All About Landforms! (& Fabulous Mail!)

One thing I love about social studies and science is that my school doesn't have a strict textbook I have to follow (like we do for reading and math). This allows me to really use my own ideas and resources while following along with our state standards. I love teaching both Science and Social Studies so I really enjoy making my own resources for those subjects. So far this year my class has covered matter, and I created my own matter unit which is now available on TPT. It sells very frequently, so I am excited to see that other teachers are able to use my resources as well.

Currently in my classroom we are talking about Landforms. Landforms are a fun topic to talk about because students can relate to each landform and many students have seen or experienced the landforms we talk about. We started our unit by filling out a Landform mini-book and continued with several other activities. We will finish our unit with a short matching quiz and by decorating cookies with different colored icing representing the landforms we learned about. I uploaded my Landform Mini-Unit onto TPT this morning, so if you teach Landforms, check it out!

Landforms Included:
Mountain, Canyon, Desert, Volcano, Valley, River, Hill, Ocean, Lake, and Plain

Items/Activities Included:
-Landforms Posters
-Landforms Mini-book
-Landforms Cut and Paste
-Compare Landforms (Venn Diagram)
-Landforms Drawing Activity
-Landforms Matching Quiz
You will find more details about this product on TPT.

Last but not least, I got a fabulous surprise in the mail on Friday! 
Check out the super cute sign I received from Tammy at Forever in First.
I can't wait to put it up in my classroom when I return to school tomorrow!

Hooray for our FIRST day off all year! 
I am currently still in my PJs and watching the Today show. =)
Thanks to all our Veterans who have served and protected our country!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

It's about time you got here November!

It is FINALLY November... and boy am I glad this fabulous month finally arrived.
First off.. October is EXHAUSTING.
This was my first school Halloween and whew it wore me OUT.
Second... my school system started in August and we still haven't had one break.
We FINALLY get one for Veterans Day...WOOHOO.
(You read that right....no Labor Day....no fall break...no conference days....)
So, what better way than to celebrate November than by Farley's currently link up.
This is definitely one of my favorite linkys every single month!
Okay... let's recap my want... 
Alabama vs. LSU...
The game we have been waiting for ALL stinkin' season.
I am SO nervous and neeeeeeeed Alabama to pull through.
Roll Tide Roll! =)
 
 
Okay, I am off to relax all Saturday.
This week was so exhausting I need a whole day of relaxing to recover. =)
Yall have a fabulous weekend... and Roll Tide! =)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Goodies!

I absolutely LOVE holidays... like all of them.
I love the crazy, hectic parties and all of the festivities.
We don't have much time to stop for Halloween, 
but I am planning on incorporating some fun activities into our normal day.

It isn't a holiday without TREATS, 
so tonight I made my spider goodies for my kiddos.
My mom used to make these for my class when I was little
so she was pumped when I told her I was carrying on the tradition.


How to make Halloween Spider Goodies:
(Best part about these, the supplies cost less than 7 bucks!)
1) Cut out a large square of black netting and fill the middle portion with candy.
2) Cut pipe cleaners in half. You need four half pieces of pipe cleaners for each spider.
Using your pipe cleaners, form 8 spider legs. (This also holds the netting together.)
3) Using a hot glue gun, glue eyes to the top of the netting. (Netting might need to be trimmed first.)

Your kiddos will be sure to love these fun treats!
(At least I hope mine will!!)
Have a fabulous Halloween! =)

Also, Congrats to Andrea at Reading Toward the Stars 
for winning my Halloween Craftivity from last week! =)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Great minds think alike!

Be prepared! This is a LONG one...
A giveaway awaits for those who can make it all the way to the end! =)

A few weeks ago I did a quick post on my Halloween Craftivity.
Well, my class as still not gotten around to this activity
and Halloween keeps creeping closer and closer!

I kept pondering what kind of writing activity we could do with this. 
I wanted this writing to be structured and geared toward one of our standards.
Finally... it hit me! 
Students can describe who is hiding under the ghost costume.
This covers our descriptive writing standard.

We started today by making an anchor chart on descriptive writing.


Then, my students had to describe ME! (Some of their answers were hilarious!)
We made a web of descriptive words about myself, 
and then we removed my name from the middle of the web. 
I ran into the hall and grabbed another teacher.
We asked her to read our descriptive words and to try to guess who it was. 
She was able to correctly guess who we were describing and the kids were in awe!

Next, I gave each student a web and told them to use descriptive words to describe themselves.
We talked about how even though the word "boy" might describe you,
it is not very specific and doesn't help us understand who is being described.
After students had a few minutes to write their describing words down,
I collected the webs.  
I then read the descriptions of each student without reading the name.
The class had to guess which student I was describing.

The students loved this activity and enjoyed describing themselves 
and guessing their classmates descriptions.
All of these activities enforced the importance of using visual describing words.

Throughout the rest of the week we will continue the rest of our writing stages.
Once we publish, we will make the craft to go with our writing.
Our finished writing will go with our Ghost crafts.
We don't know who is under each ghost, so parents, teachers, etc.
will have to read our descriptive paragraph to see who is hiding under each ghost costume!

Halloween Craft at TPT:
This download has been updated with a web for your students to brainstorm ways to describe themselves. Then, they can use the included paper to write their published descriptive paragraph.

So where did the title come from?
Well, I got a fabulous email from Kristin at Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten.
She teaches Kindergarten (obviously, hah!) so my download is too in depth for her kiddos.
She adapted my craft to meet her own students' needs & she decided to use descriptive writing as well!
I thought it was hilarious that I started a descriptive writing lesson with my students today and she did something very similar with her kindergarten kiddos.
Great minds think alike! =)
I would love for you to go check out how she incorporated the idea of this Halloween ghost craftivity and descriptive writing in her classroom!

Have a fabulous Tuesday!

Did you make it to the end of this post?
If so, leave me a comment! 
I will give this craft to one random person who leaves me a comment! 
(Leave your email and winner will be decided Wednesday!)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Resource Scavenger Hunt (Freebie!)

This week our "focus skill" in 3rd grade is using resource books. 
This means we have been becoming familiar with the Dictionary, Thesaurus, and even the Atlas.
We have talked about what we can use each source for
and we made an anchor chart to remind us when to use each source.


We can talk about using these skills day after day,
but what really makes these skills sink in is actually USING these reference books.

So, I created a quick little "Resource Scavenger Hunt" where students must complete 3 tasks.


Task 1: Using a Dictionary
Task 2: Using a Thesaurus
Task 3: Using an Atlas

Each task has five questions. 
The only way students will know the answers to these questions is to use the resource listed.

To make this activity even more interesting, I turned this into a scavenger hunt.
I broke my class into small groups, 
and their goal was to quickly and accurately find the correct answer.
This is a BONUS because we not only practiced our focus skill, 
but we worked on team work! (Win!!)

Hopefully some of you can find this freebie useful in your classroom!
(I think any Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Atlas would work just fine, 
but I used children's versions to make it a bit easier for my third graders!)

Do you have a fun activity that you do when you are teaching resources?
Let me know!



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Trashketball Fun!

How do you review?
I absolutely love reviewing because the students always love it so much.
I am always looking for fun new games and ways to review information with students.

Yesterday we played one of my all time favorite review games...
TRASHKETBALL! 

This goes way back.... all the way back to when I was in middle school. 
I loved it so much it has stuck with me ever sense. 

I break my students into two teams.
Each student is asked a question.
Even though only one student is asked the question, 
everyone must pay attention because if that students gets it wrong, 
I will pick another student (at random) to answer the question.
(I like to pick the one who doesn't seem to be paying attention. haha)
If the student gets it right,  they get to take a trashketball shot.
(This seems to be the most nerve-racking thing ever!)
This simply means students get to take a shot into a basket on my floor.
My "ball" is a crumpled up piece of paper.
There is a two point shot and a four point shot.
They get decide which one they want to take. 

This is so fun because they cheer each other on the entire time...
during the question answering portion and during the shot.
Everyone is also constantly listening and engaged. 
This way they are taking in the information they need for their test.
Side note:
We have a rule in my classroom that you have to silently cheer for your teammate.
This means that if I hear noise, the points don't count.
It is always hilarious to see my students silently cheering.

Now that I have shared one way we review in my classroom...
How do you review in your room?
I would LOVE some new ideas. =)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Is It Halloween Yet?

Oh boy, do I love Halloween.
It is a day filled with fun and excitement.
At my school, the kiddos always dress up like their favorite book character.
So fun! =)

I was trying to come up with a creative craft for my kiddos to complete either on Halloween or leading up to it at some point. ( I love to have pretty things to hang in the hallway!)

So, I created a...
Halloween Ghost Craftivity!

This download includes everything you need to make cute  Halloween (Trick or Treat) ghosts with 
your children. Pair this up with a Halloween writing activity (paper included) 
and you have the perfect Halloween craft and writing activity!

Included in Download:
Cover Page
Easy to use stencils
Writing pages


Now, if only it was Halloween week!
It seems far away now...but I have a feeling it will be here before I know it!

Hope you all are having a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October!!!

Yeah! Time for this months CURRENTLY.
I love doing these at the beginning of each month.
It gives me time to reflect on the past month and look forward to the month ahead.

I always get excited about the month of October because of...
Fall weather (Well... sometimes we get fall weather in October. HAH)
Fall clothes... boots and scarves (When the fall weather finally gets here!)
Halloween festivities
Pumpkin Patch
Oh how I just love fall!

Okay, check out my October currently! =) 


Love the book "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything"... it is such a fun classic. I love reading all sorts of different October books to my kiddos. There are so many good reads out there for this month!


=) Happy Wednesday!


Monday, October 1, 2012

A funny story AND a freebie!

Happy Monday, yall!

Funny story alert!
While reviewing the three states of matter on Friday, I asked the simple question...
"What three states can we find matter in?"
I called on an eager student and his response was...
"Well one of them is Alabama, right?"
This led to a discussion about what the word "state" means. HAHA.
I guess I didn't cover that word enough. Oops.
After Friday's funny moment, I think everyone knows that matter can be found in ALL 50 states! =)

Today I thought I would share another one of the matter activities my students have completed.
This is a simple review of the three states of matter.
My kiddos love any type of cut/glue activity so I made them a quick little matter sort worksheet.
The purpose of this is to just reinforce the difference between solids, liquids, and gases.
This is an example of one of the files you can find in the matter unit I just posted on TpT!
(We will talk about more about the unit later this week...)


You can download it for free on Google Docs HERE.
I made this little activity free because it doesn't have any fun graphics.
I don't have enough stored graphics on my computer to cover solids, liquids, and gases...
and I would have had to of purchased several different sets to get what I needed.
So, I just decided to make is  a sort using words. 
My kiddos still enjoyed this for morning work this morning.

I am trying SUPER hard to get back in the routine of posting on here more often.
It is just insanely hard because for some reason I am so busy.


WAIT! One more thing... =)


I also want to link up with Lisa at Learning is Something to Treasure for her FREEBIE Flashback.
One of my very first freebies was my multiplication scoot.
Looking back at some of my very first freebies... I have come SO far.
But, the great thing about this freebie is it is simple, but fun!
Check it out HERE! 
(and then head over to Lisa's page to check out some other fabulous freebies!)


Have a FABULOUS week and Happy October!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

FINALLY!

WooHoo! I am shouting from the rooftops.
#1 - Because I am FINALLY posting an educational post on my blog.
#2 - Tomorrow is FRIDAY. =)

This year has been a blur. 
Because I started in December, the whole first half of the year is still new to me.
At this point, I'm swimming along, trying to stay afloat.
...And that is not proving to be easy. Haha. 
But, I do love my job, and enough though I am always busy with something, 
I wouldn't have it any other way!!

Okay, on to the educational portion... =)

This week we started SCIENCE.
(We spend half of the 9 weeks on Social Studies and half on science.)
You should have seen the excitement in my kiddos' eyes when I passed out science books...
Let me tell you... it was pure joy. 
They were all begging to take home their science books so they could study. So cute!


Anyways, we started science with our Physical Science unit.
We focus on the states of matter and physical and chemical changes.
This week we have been focusing on the states of matter.
Today to wrap up this portion of the unit, we made a "State of Matter" foldable.
This foldable covers each state (solid, liquid, and gas) and what matter is (in general). It also includes two important things about each state and a place for students to write examples. On the front of the foldable there is room for students to draw a picture of each state (my kiddos personal favorite part.)

This is a quick, easy activity to reinforce the different states of matter.

Tomorrow we are going to talk about physical properties and how we can describe the different states of matter using our senses. We are going to practice recording different physical properties by observing an M&M. This should be fun!

What fun Physical Science activities do you do with your kiddos?
I would love to hear/use! 
Have a FABULOUS Friday! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

School + Life = Crazy

Whew. I don't know how you guys do it.. blogging, working, raising kids, cooking, etc. 
Hah! I live alone, am not married, and cannot find the time to fit everything into my schedule.
When I can't fit everything in, blogging always seems to be the first to go...
For some reason I find work, sleep, eating, etc. to be more important then blogging. HAH.

Anyways, I have missed you guys. 
And can't wait to show you all my classroom.
...I will do that as soon as I can remember my camera. =)

We have been in school for 12 days, 
but it seems like FOREVER.
We have long left the beginning of the year activities 
and are going strong with 3rd grade curriculum.
It is hard getting both myself and the kiddos back in a groove. 
They seem to be adjusting well to the new year.

Well, for now... I leave you with my September currently.


September already?
I LOVE September because that means the start of football season. Roll Tide!
I spent last weekend in Dallas watching my Crimson Tide roll over Michigan. So fun! =)

Yall have a great week and I will try to be back sooner rather than later this time! 

Friday, August 3, 2012

August Already?

Well, August has arrived.
10 more days until teachers report back to school.
16 days until my new kiddos arrive.
I'm nervous and SUPER excited.


Today I thought I'd link up with Farley for her always exciting "Currently" linky! 
I'm excited to read about yalls back to school must haves! I need some ideas!



EDIT: 
What I'm really wanting is those SWEET lime green shoes the 
USA athletes are wearing on the podium.

Now, I must get back to cutting, gluing and stringing my bulletin board banners. =)
Yall have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Product Swap Fun!

Hello, Hello!
Today is such an exciting day! The day of the first ever product swap! =)
MrsStanfordsClass

I am SUPER excited to introduce Bridget from "Little Lovely Leaders" to you guys today.
I had the wonderful opportunity to receive one of her TPT items to review.

Little Lovely Leaders

I hadn't ever seen Bridget's blog before the swap, but now I am hooked.
She's a fifth grade teacher in North Carolina with a rainbow themed classroom (just like mine)!
So, when I checked out her TPT store, I fell in love with her "We Love" banners.
I chose to review her "We Love Third Grade" banner.
It is WONDERFUL and I know it will look amazing in my classroom. 

I started with this:

And ended up with this (which I love!!!):

Check out the AMAZING finished product. I backed the pennants with black paper because I have EVERYTHING in my room backed in black. I think strung a black string through the flags. You could use colorful ribbon if you wanted to add even more color to the banner. =) 

Close Ups: 



The fabulous thing about Bridget's banners is that she has them for every grade.
I also have downloaded several of Bridget's amazing freebies. 
Her school is implementing "Leader in Me" this year and she has all sorts of great resources to go along with it. If your school does "Leader in Me" you must check out her store and blog.

I had so much fun checking out Bridget's products. 
You need to check out her blog. Leave her a comment saying I sent you. =)
Then, RUSH over to her TPT store and purchase this banner!
You know it would add some color and fun to your classroom this year!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Made It!

First off, is anyone else having trouble getting ANYTHING done with the Olympics on? I have this fear that if I turn off my TV or even leave the room where the TV is I might miss something important (...Ryan Lochte swimming haha). I don't know how I am going to be able to get everything I need to get done this week with the Olympics on. Yikes! 

Now, on to the linky. I absolutely LOVE Tara's Monday Made It and I have been so inspired by everyones creativity this summer. Today I am SUPER excited to show you my "made its"! =) 

The first thing I am excited to show you guys is my revamped desk. I had a large, old, fake wood desk in my classroom and it just wasn't cutting it. I searched for the perfect teacher desk on Craigslist and found a perfect smaller desk under the search heading "old teacher desk"... perfect right?
 I picked it up last week and it looked like this...

Cute... but plain and boring. Right? 
With a couple of coats of blue and yellow paint, TONS of tape and several hours of taping, I got this...
...a fabulous, revamped teacher desk.
Some of you guys might think I'm crazy for messing up a perfectly cute desk, HAH...
but I definitely love the results. It ties in perfectly with my classroom. I have a yellow wall, and I recently just finished painting all of my bookshelves blue. Perfect right? =)

Next, I can't wait to show you my Monday (Dad) Made It! Hah!
I have NO storage or counters in my classroom, so my wonderful Dad volunteered to make me some pretty amazing cabinets this summer. He has been working so hard and they turned out great! We moved them into my classroom this weekend! Check them out! =)

(The top picture is the before. The bottom picture shows my fabulous new cabinets!)

Like always, I can't wait to see what all of you lovely ladies have made this week!
I can't believe there are only TWO more Mondays in my summer before teachers report back.
I have sooo much to do! Ahh, better get started! =)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fabulous Find Friday!

Okay, so I feel like I need to start out this post by saying SORRY for the lack in "educational" posts this summer. I have been so busy creating and decorating that it hasn't left for much time for insightful posts. I am hoping the insightful posts will come with the new school year, but for now I will continue sharing with you guys my summer classroom projects. =)

Today I thought it would be fun to link up to "Fabulous Finds Friday" with Elizabeth. I found this FABULOUS find on Craigslist last week and just knew I had to get it. I know it's not your typical "Fabulous Find Friday" but I just had to share! =)



Check out my AMAZING new teacher desk. =)



You'll have to check back next week to see its new made over look. =)
I am pretty proud as to how it turned out. 
Don't get me wrong, I love the old fashioned teacher desk look, 
but wanted something bright and cherry to go along with my room. 

LOVE reading all about everyone else's wonderful summer projects, trips, classroom decorating progress, and insightful educational posts (props to those of you posting those right now HAH)!

Have an AMAZING weekend.
This is the weekend my desk AND my brand spankin' new cabinets get moved into my classroom.
PUMPED! See you guys next week! =)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Why Teach?


Janaye at Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes is having such a fun linky party! We all have some sort of story as to why we got into teaching. She is giving us a chance to share our stories. I really don't have one specific reason as to why I became a teacher. I grew up playing school and never imagined doing anything else. Even though I don't have that one instance that made me decide I wanted to teach, I do have several reasons why I teach and because of those reasons, I don't ever see myself doing anything else.  I can't wait to read everyone else's "Why Teach?" stories! Go link up! =)


The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.  
~Leo Rosten

The quote above by Leo Rosten has become my life quote. In my life I do not want to just be happy. I want to matter, to be useful, and most importantly I want to make a difference. Over the past several years, I have realized the impact I can have on so many lives each day as a teacher. I believe that God calls us each to do something special with our lives and I truly believe that he has called me to work with children.

Each day I only have so many hours with my students and my goal is to make every hour, every minute I have with them count. To one student, I might be the only person who tells them each day that I believe in him/her. To another student I might be the only person to tell them that I am proud of him/her. And to another student I might be the only adult they can rely on. Even though some people might see that as a burden, a job that is much to difficult for such little pay, but I see it as a challenge, an incredibly exciting opportunity.

 Will I always know that I have made a difference in a child’s life? No, but as long as each night I know that I have done by best I will be happy. I love this quote by Edmund Burke, “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

That little, tiny chance that I just might make a difference in someone's life is the reason that I want to be a teacher.

Friday, July 20, 2012

T-Minus 1 Month!

Today is the 1 month mark until kiddos return to school.
Teachers return four days earlier.

The fact that we are at t-minus 1 month until school starts is CRAZY.
I have SO much to do it's not even funny.
I wish I would have taken a picture of my classroom when I left this afternoon. 
One word: CHAOS.

I am hoping to make leaps and bounds in my room next week.
There is just SO much stuff everywhere and I just don't know where to put it. Yikes!
My dad is in the process of making me some great cabinets (my room has no cabinets/counters), 
so once those get put in, I will have so much storage! (EXCITED!)

Anyone else feel like they are running out of time to prepare? (ME!)
Or feel like this summer has completely flown by? (ME!)
Or getting anxious and excited to meet their new students? (ME!)

On another note... I NEED HELP!
Do you any of you fabulous teachers know where I can find a decently priced brighly colored rug?
I am open to many colors... Light Blue, Pink, Lime Green, etc.
I have been searching for weeks and can't find anything. 
I need this rug for my classroom library. Last year I had a blue one that I found for 30 bucks.
I need something similar for this year but I am running out of ideas.
Have you seen one? Let me know!!

Thanks for letting me ramble tonight!  And PLEASE help me find a rug! =)
Ms. Smith

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hodgepodge!

Hello, Hello! THREE random things to cover in this post! =)

ONE:

Better late then never, I have the winner of Jules Howes's book, Catty Wompus.
The lucky winner just happens to be one of my favorite bloggers!
Congrats Jackie @ Third Grade's a Charm
I will be emailing you shortly. =)

TWO:

Even though everyone else is talking about it, I must take the time to talk about the AMAZING things I found in the target dollar spot yesterday. Wowza! I went crazy. They had all sorts of educational tools (especially for math) that I plan on using in my BUILD boxes this year. I also got some super cute Dr. Seuss themed pencils for back to school AND three books for my classroom library. I am headed to another Target today to see if I can pick up some other good finds. =)

Left to Right:
1) Oh The Places You'll Go Pencils 
2) Quick Quizzes - These came by grade level and for math and reading. 
I plan to use these for quick finishers during center time.
3) Wipe Clean Math Flash Cards 
4) Monster Sandwich Bags - Saving these for Halloween treats!
5) Multiplication wipe clean practice books
6) Three patriotic books for my library
7) Math flash cards
8) Extra dice


THREE:
My school just sent all the teachers the book The Leader in Me by Stephen Covey to read during the rest of our summer break. We are doing a book study on it and will spend a day discussing, etc. during one of our professional development days during back to school. Have you guys read this book? Opinions?

Wow, random post today! 
I am proud if you stuck with me! Hah!  =) 
Hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday! 




Thursday, July 5, 2012

DON'T FORGET!

Hello, Friends!

Just a quick reminder that TOMORROW is the last day to enter my current giveaway.
You could win a signed copy of Catty Wompus by Jules Howe.

Click HERE to enter. Its super easy!
I'll be back soon with a more insightful post! =)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday Made It!

First things first... Don't forget to enter my fun giveaway!
Click HERE to enter to win an autographed copy of Catty Wompus by: Jules Howe.

Now for Monday Made It....
I am excited to link up with Tara again this week for Monday Made It! I saw so many AMAZING ideas last week and I can't wait to check out everyones creations for this week! =)



This week I attempted to make a burlap door hanger. I have seen several floating around pinterest and thought I would give it a try. It didn't turn out like the professionals on ETSY, but I think I am okay with the finished product. I plan on hanging this outside my classroom door.

(The polka dots don't look as pink in person.)

Well, that is the only crafting I was able to get done last week.
I am hoping to get something else fun made this week. 

Don't forget to go link up with Tara
Can't wait to see what you all have made.

Have a happy Monday AND don't forget to enter my giveaway! =)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

...Out of this World!

For my back to school theme this year I am using the phrase/theme:
3RD GRADE IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!


I have been working on some craftivities using this theme for the first few days back to school.
The first one I would like to share with you is my spaceship craft. In this back to school writing
activity and craft, students will create their own spaceship and write about why they think
their new grade will be a blast!

In this download you will find:
-Spaceship tracing templates
-Journal sheets for 1-5th grade

Click HERE to find it on TPT.
Keep checking back for other space themed back to school ideas and freebies!
Next up: Alien "All About Me" Glyphs.

QUESTION: Do you use a "theme" during the first few days of school? 
If so, I would love to know what your theme will be this August!

Have a happy afternoon!
-Ms. Smith

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Made It!

I am SO excited to finally be able to participate in Tara's Monday Made It!

I have been contemplating my classroom decor (as you all know) since school got out.
I decided on basic primary colors (just using an assortment of bright colors)!
I searched high and low for a new ABC banner for above my board and had no luck finding one.
So, what did I do? I made my own!
(Click on the image for a larger picture!)
My classroom floor is getting waxed, so you have to just imagine how 
it will look in a classroom rather then my old fence! haha!

(Close up!)

I am not crafty AT ALL, so I am very please with the way it turned out.
It also didn't cost me any more then it would have cost me if I would have purchased a pre-made banner online or at my local parent/teacher store.

How did I make it?
Tons of cutting, gluing, measuring and tracing, hole punching, and stringing.
I also got it laminated so that it will last longer.

Let me know what you think!
Can't wait to see what all you other crafty people have been up to this week.
Don't forget to go link up with Tara!

I also want to take the time to link up with Miss Nelson @ Run! Miss Nelsons Got The Camera.
She is having a FUN linky that includes a giveaway! Go check it out.



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Vacationing-Crafting-Planning

Whew! I had such a productive Monday yesterday. It felt so good to actually get some stuff done. I did NOTHING for the past week because I have been enjoying some sun and sand. It was so great to spend a whole week relaxing. I haven't done that since I got my job!


Other than vacationing... I have been thinking/dreaming/debating my color scheme (I'm avoiding a "theme") for next year every single day. I am horrible at making decisions! I have decided on just using a RAINBOW of primary(ish) colors. (So basically I decided to not pick a color scheme and use every color...HAH.) I haven't been able to find an alphabet wall banner that fit my classroom, so I decided to make one. I am SO happy with its beginning stages. Tomorrow I am going to get it laminated and then I will string it together. I am excited to show you guys the finished product as soon as I get done.

Sneak Peak =)

I also can't stop thinking about the first day(s) of the new school year. Because I started my job in November, I still haven't had to do any sort of back to school stuff. AHH I am nervous! =) Well, to ease my nervousness (and to be productive), today I whipped up some back to school postcards. I plan on sending these out a few days before "Meet the Teacher" day. I will print them on card stock, write a note on the back, stick on a stamp/address, and head to the post office. As a kid I would have loved to get a note from my new teacher, so I am hoping my new students will feel the same way.

Postcard Example:
(Available for grades k-5.)

You can download these postcards for FREE on my TPT store by clicking HERE. 
The font I used is from Kevin and Amanda.
The border is from The 3am Teacher.

Well, I guess that is all for now. I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer so far.
As always, I would love for you to leave some love (aka comments! hah). 

-Ms. Smith