Tuesday, December 27, 2011

11 in 11 Linky Party

Okay people I’m linking up! Thanks Hadar and Kristin!

I tried really hard to pick only one thing per question…but on some I just couldn’t.

11. Favorite Movie

Ryan Gosling…enough said. BTW he was totally robbed on People's Sexiest Man Alive


When Mr. Darcy walks across that field at the end of the movie…I get goosebumps Every. Single. Time.


10. Favorite TV Series


Kind if an oxymoron of sorts..I’m a Scorpio…what can I say.


9. Favorite Restaurant

I heart their Chicken Bruschetta Sandwich.


8. Favorite new thing you tried

Okay growing up I was never a fashion plate…I was a hard core to the bone nerd/wanna be punk kid. But I’ve discovered Polyvore (Thanks Gladys at Teaching in High Heels) and man oh man am I hooked. I like creating outfits… some over the top…some not so much. It’s too addictive. I dare you to try. Take a look at a few of my creations:


and I couldn’t resist this one…ha! So fun!



7. Favorite Gift

An Amazon gift card, because anyone who knows me knows I’m in heaven when I’m reading. I’ve resisted getting one of those electronic book thingys…I just love the smell of a new book. Dorky I know.


6. Favorite thing you’ve pinned

I have lots but here are two.

School related: love Jennifer’s Data Board

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Not school related: LOVE IT

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5. Favorite Blog Post

It was sort of hard to choose…I especially loved all the ones I posted during the Math Work Stations Summer book study. But here’s one of my favorites:


4. Favorite accomplishment

Starting my blog would be very high on my list. I love sharing and when I go to workshops in my district I always run into someone who thanks me for all the wonderful things I share, or how my ideas have inspired and helped them. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy.


3. Favorite Picture

These are my two sisters (middle and left) and my sister-in-law (on the right). All three of them were pregnant at the same time(2008), they all had boys who were all born one month after each other…October, November and December. I couldn’t believe it! Especially the part about my little sister (in the middle) having an actual baby!



2. Favorite memory

In highschool… I used to read Silhouette Teen Romances (does anybody remember those?) and they’d always have a newsletter that came with each collection of monthly books. I’d sent in a poem, then proceeded to completely forget about it. Then one day in English Lit class one of my classmates handed me the latest newsletter, and there was my name..it was an Honorable Mention…but still.


1. Goal for 2012

I have a few up my sleeve.

I’d really like to devote more time to my writing. I have six years until I reach my 25th year of teaching and I’m seriously giving some thought to a possible second career???

I also want to get rid of ALL my credit card debt so if I do decide to retire from teaching, it’d be smooth sailing. Who am I kidding, they’ll probably push me out on a gurney.

Getting out of my comfort zone…that would be the biggest challenge yet! Smile This was so much fun.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas


Just wanted to take a minute to wish all of my wonderful blogging friends a Merry Christmas and a blessed and happy New Year!

Jesus is the reason for the season!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Last Minute Idea

Thursday was my last day until Jan. 3rd (doing the happy dance)! But here’s a quick idea my students loved. The inspiration come from Mrs. Carroll at The First Grade Parade.


We read the book There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell,There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bell!

and after I asked the students to list some Christmas treats she could swallow besides a bell. They turned out great!
















I don’t have the patterns to share..but I did include the clipart I used. I just traced the hair, face and mouth onto three separate pieces of copy paper, then copied them onto construction paper. We added the glasses and eyes and that was it. One of my students commented “She doesn’t look that old” then decided… “maybe she dyes her hair like my grandma.” Gotta love it!


Friday, December 16, 2011

So Not Teaching Related…Kind Of

Take a look at this…it’s worth 20 minutes of your time. Food for thought and I wanted to share. Hope you find a nugget or gleam of recognition. I know I did. Have a great day!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Charge It to My Head Not My Heart

Hi!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Last week I posted about my Popping Long O class activity and promised I’d upload it. Every morning I’d head to school reminding myself to get the file from my school computer and bring it home so I could upload it, and everyday I’d forget to do it. Well Friday I used my sure fire method of remembering….I wrote the reminder in ink on my hand (come on don’t tell no one else has ever done that). So if you’d like that file click on the picture below. So please charge it to my head and not my heart for being so late with this. I hope you can still use it.

I have four more days…then I’m out for Christmas break! So here’s a peek at what we did this week.
On yesterday we did our Which Part of the Gingerbread Man Did You Bite graph. I love doing this each year. You can also see Mrs. Lemons alphabets in the background.
Click below for a picture of the gingerbread

We completed an observation sheet too.
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We also graphed Christmas M&M’s.

The Glyph Girls
Can I just say how much I love The Glyph Girls. We completed their Reindeer Glyph on Thursday. I didn’t use the raffia and I forgot (naturally) the scrapbook paper…but I think they turned out great.

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Wall O’ Christmas: I have a long display wall right outside my classroom. I love love love posting students work. So here’s what the outside of my classroom looks like. We also completed First Grade Fevers Christmas Mouse Writing activity.