Friday, September 27, 2013

Five for Friday! More like 20 for Friday!

Hi friends!!
Wow feels like I haven't blogged in eons. Life around these parts has been crazy town! First of all where is fall?!?! Oh right it's Texas and that's almost non-existent  until November, I do have to say last Sunday when it was supposed to be the first day of Fall it did feel amazing! Then something happened :( boo. Well it is Friday! Weehaa! Lots to do this weekend and catch up on. I finally got a new phone!!!! So that means I took pictures of all the happenings. I also have some Ipads for the classroom and starting to use those as well! So I will try to pack this post to fit my link up with Doodle Bugs Five for Friday :)

One of my sweetie pies knows I love owls and she brought me this zip drive !!
We have been trying hard at writers workshop...let's just say we are no experts (especially me) but we are trying!!
We have been studying our major organs and finally finished our shirts!!
They made the heart,lungs,stomach and I forgot to keep their brains (made out of macaroni and glued onto a template and put on a sentence strip to wear as a hat!)


We have our reading and writing walls up and running and utilizing them daily as a reference!
Finally here are some classroom pictures now that we are cruising....

I have printed out some 120 charts and various practice activities and put them in plastic sleeves. One way I keep them organized and teach the kids to put them back correctly is with labels. I just wrapped a small label around the top and when the kids are done using them they can locate the color of label where it belongs. :) Helps me too!
Set up listen to reading in a plastic crate. The only cords out are the headphone cords. The crate helps keep the other cords that plug in tames because I slipped them through the holes at the back! :)
Calendar area! Number of the day poster is very helpful to teach core number concepts. You can grab yours here :) You can build upon the concepts, it is ok if the kids can not do it all at once. You can gradually release certain concepts to them.
We work with building words and one way I keep the kids letter cards organized is with a jewelry hanger. There is enough space for every letter!! Also makes it easy for my teachers helper to put away the cards for me.
Clothespins are turned to protect the innocent :) I use a stick for a way to track behavior. They each get a clothespin and it has their name and number on it. They start out on green everyday. They have a chance to move up to "owl" which means they have been "owlstanding" (ba-da bum) they LOVE this aspect. Then as you are probably guessing its gets uglier the further down the stick you go. :P They do have a chance to move back up if they can fix that particular behavior. This goes everywhere with us so they are held accountable no matter where we are. I also started using Class Dojo today too! People! This app is AMAZING!!! if you haven't checked it out you have to! It gives the kids points for positive behavior choices and take points away for  negative choices. It tracks their behavior day to day and it is a great accountability tool to show parents or have for data etc. It was just my first day today but I am sold. Now they know if I forget the stick (which rarely happens because they always remember) then I will have the Ipad with their points. I am thinking there might something else positive to happen for those friends who can get 10 points within the day.
So that wraps up my week!! Hope you enjoyed the visit. Now off to get chores accomplished before my parents come see me!!
Have a blessed weekend!!!
"Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." John 20:29


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sickness and catching up!

Hi friends! So only 3 weeks in and the germs found me early this year! I woke up last Monday night at 3 am and let's just say the bathroom was my BFF for 3 hours and into the next day :( I have had swine flu before but I think last week took the cake! I lost about 3 lbs just in two days! No bueno. This weekend was finally when I felt fully myself, yet was still weak because I went to play racquet ball and got winded a lot faster than ever. Maybe that was my sickness for the year over with early on!

I can't believe we are going into the 4th week of school and progress reports are due this week too! Crazy town! We are working hard on writers workshop and readers workshop ! There will never be enough time in the day though because we also are pulling the kiddos individually for reading assessments ( yes plural) and a math assessment. We are also using a new system for lesson planning and needless to say it has been interesting trying to learn it and get used to something new,especially when we feel like there is so much new stuff to do this year. But it's getting easier and each day will get more efficient!

I am trying to take pictures throughout the week to post with ideas and such but with being sick and trying to play catchup it's been hard to post regularly. I think this week I will set aside time specifically for that!

Y'all have a blessed week!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

First week down!

How is it possible for the body to forget in 2 months just how bad it aches after standing all day with 24 little friends? I always forget how quickly the first week especially the first day goes by. It amazes me too just how much the human brain can handle. All the things we have to remember as a teacher it all seems to come together. God's creation is undeniable! I did not take any pictures the first week, teacher blog 101 already not followed sorry. I have to get in the habit of taking the camera up until I can get a new phone. I'm still living in the 3g world of iPhone. The camera on this dinosaur is not up to par.

The timing of a three day weekend comes perfect with the conclusion of the first week.I needed time to recover from crazy town. No big projects at home have been accomplished but we have had a relaxing,fun weekend.

So my hubby and I made a food compromise. I am part Italian and heart carbs and sweets like nobody's business.   But carb overload and sweet blood sugar spikes aren't the best for everyday living. I married a health nut. As he was eating spinach literally out of the bag when we would Skype I would be downing Cinna Stix with icing dripping. Soooo after marrying someone who doesn't eat sweets and hates carbs ( actually is gluten free) I found a new road of watching what I eat.
Anyways a girls gotta have what a girls gotta have, hence, the compromise. If I eat healthy for two weeks I can have a binge day to eat something/anything I want. Well this weekend I came upon my binge day! I have to carefully and strategically plan what it is I want to have, I don't have time to mess this up!

Behold Nestlé Tollhouse Cookie Creamer........
3 scoops of cookie dough ice cream with sugar m&m cookies between each scoop!!!!!!!!!!! I ate it before church so I'd have time to process all that yummy goodness!

Now I have to start planning my next day in two weeks! I am thinking IHop's cinnamon pancakes!!

Ya'll have a Blessed week!!

PS. Since we are talking healthy here (haha)....don't forget to link up if you do have a quick healthy recipe you'd like to share with others! It can be a Pinterest find or an original recipe!!
Thanks to Susan over at for linking up!!!