Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

WOW I can't believe that 2012 is almost officially over.  For the past few years I haven't made any resolutions but when I saw all of the linkys floating around in blogland I couldn't resist.  To kick things off I'm linking up with three (that's right I said THREE) of my favorite bloggers Jen from The Teachers' Cauldron Amy from Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons and Amanda from Teaching Maddeness.

My personal goals 1.  Stay connected with my friends.  I can't say this enough. . . my friends ROCK.  During this crazy hectic year they have been my lifesavers.  My goals is to REALLY make more of an effort to call / txt message / email / Skype / FaceTime with all of my friends who have moved.

2.  Continue organizing my school items / projects / paperwork etc.  Am I the only one who feels overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork there is in teaching??

3.  Leave work at a reasonable hour 3 out of 5 days during the week (it's crazy that the custodians are leaving on some nights before me).  
Downtime - This year I want to try to enjoy my downtime by doing something that I love ~ hanging out with my friends and family.  I already have a few road trips and mini vacations lined up for this year that I'm looking forward to.  

My blog goal - I like Amanda's goal for this (click here to read her post). . . I need to figure out a good format for me to use to read all of the blogs that I follow.  Sooooo many blogs, such little time. I'm still trying to find the best way for me to keep up with everyone's posts ~ any suggestions???

I'm also linking up with Michelle from Making It As A Middle School Teacher for her Linky Party.

Well there you have it.  13 things that I am looking forward to in 2013.  Thanks for reading through my linky-pa-looza.  If you want to join in on the fun be sure to click on any of the blue links above.  Thank you for a great 2012.  Have a safe New Year. . . talk to you in 2013.
SHINE on everyone

Monday, December 17, 2012

Remember the Reason

This morning when I woke up the first thing that I thought of was how am I going to be able to handle walking into the classroom to meet my students today.  Just the thought of this has kept me tossing and turning all night.  Years ago, I remember watching an episode of Oprah where the guest said when a child walks into a room and you are happy to see them "does your face show it"?  Do you take the time to smile when you see them?  Children are so visual that a simple smile on your face lets them know all is well.  Ever since I ALWAYS smile at each of my students as I greet them each day, today will be no exception.  I think that my smile each morning helps them to know that it's a new day, a fresh start and all is well.  Today and each day, even if it is just through a reassuring smile, I hope you take the time to let your students know that they are the reason we teach.
Please click here to read a heartfelt post from my friend Denise of Sunny Days In Second Grade. I hope that it gives you as much inspiration as it did to me this morning.
SHINE on everyone  

Friday, December 14, 2012

My Heart Breaks

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12-12-12 My Very First Linky Party

So today is THE day. . . I am taking the leap and hosting my very first linky party.
I hope everyone had a chance to take some pictures of your day.  Here are some of the random pictures that I took of my life today.

1.  WOW 7:40 for me is actually doing pretty good.  I was only five minutes late to work today (I hope my principal isn't reading this post)
2.  Kindergarten math time ~ my kids are really getting the hang of making their own T-charts and recording their data.

3.  My first graders go to different first grade teachers for their math block.  Look at some of the neat things they made.
4.  One of the perks of teaching a K/1 combination ~ one of my firsties reading their weekly story to a kinder.

5.  I took an individual picture of each child holding up this 12-12-12 sign. Since I can't show you their faces, I snagged our Media Specialist and Principal in the hallway to take this picture.
6.  Brain break ~ working on our 12-12-12 necklaces.

7. Writing time ~ kindergarten sheet.
8. Writing time ~ first grade sheet.

9. I LOVE this part of the movie!!
10. Craftivity ~ The Grinch's growing heart.

11. Putting together gingerbread houses for tomorrow with one of my partners in crimes.
12. Another partner in crime popped by to say hi after school and started helping me hang my Grinch hearts on the wall.  I can't say it enough, my friends ROCK!!!

Well there you have it 12 random things from my day.  So how was your day?  It's time to link up and join the fun. A special thank you again to Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for coming up with this great idea and for passing the torch on over to me.

Before I leave I have one last picture to share.  I took this picture at exactly 12:12 and 12 seconds today.  How cool is that???
We called this our 12,12,12,12,12 and 12 seconds picture
I know, I know. . . TECHNICALLY that makes 13 pictures but it's my party and I think I can bend the rules just a little bit.  SHINE on everyone

Monday, December 10, 2012

12-12-12 Linky Party

I'm hosting my very FIRST LINKY party (can I get a woop, woop)???? During the Summer Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching hosted the linky 12 on the 12th where people posted 12 random pictures from the 12th day of the month.  Kacey has passed the torch on to me (YIKES) and I think it's time to bring this party back (at least for the day).

Grab your cameras, phones, iPads etc. and start snapping away on WEDNESDAY 12-12-12.  Feel free to take whatever pictures you would like (just keep it clean) and then come back and join the party.  If you are anything like me, I love seeing what everyone else in blogland is up to so come on, join the party and be nosey with me.

Here is a writing packet that I just created to use tomorrow with my kids. . . I hope you can use it.
Click here to link to my very first TPT product
Well I'm off to figure out how to do a linky. . . see you on Wednesday.
SHINE on everyone  

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Monday Made It - December

Today I am linking up with the super sweet Tara for one of my favorite linky parties, Monday Made it.
I know that I've said this before but THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Pinterest and TPT for helping me make it through this CRAZY year.  Here are some of the items that I have created in my classroom.
Source:  Golden Gang Kindergarten
My kindergarten students love making our number posters to go along with each number.  I don't have much wall space left, so I made this little chart to hold all of these charts.
Source:  Live, Love, Laugh Kindergarten 
Primary teachers trust me on this. . . if you are teaching Common Core this year these posters are a MUST have for your classroom.  The packet comes with the posters and extension sheets to use with any text.

I saw an idea for using a magic wand with silent e last year on Pinterest.  One day after school I whipped this sheet up for my kids to use so they could make their own wand.
Source:  House on Hilltop
Once a year I break out these bad boys and they are always a hit.  The ladies in the front office are going to be so happy.

Well that is just a quick look at what I've been up to.  If you want to join the party this month, click here to join the fun.  Well I'm off to unwrap about a million more Hersey's Kisses.
SHINE on everyone.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Currently ~ December

It's the first of the month which means two things, #1 time to change my AC filter and #2 time to join the one and only Farley from Oh Boy Fourth Grade for her Currently linky party click here to join the fun.  So here is what I am currently up to.
Farley always comes up with a great last category and this month is no exception.  I've been thinking of RAK for the past week after reading Nicole's post here and Marsha's post here.  I think it's important for kids to realize the importance of giving back and saying thank you to others even at a young age.  This year I'm going to have them create thank you cards for all of the staff members that we sometimes forget about (office, custodians, cafeteria, intervention teachers, special area teachers etc.).  I think that everyone will really appreciate it.

Speaking of cameras (see my wanting) it's time to dust yours off and get ready for a VERY SPECIAL day. Be sure to check back soon to find out how you can celebrate Wednesday, December 12th 2012 (12-12-12) with some of my blogging friends.  

So what else have I been up to?  Here are some of my favorite pictures from November.  My kinders got to go on their first field trip.
They are all writing a letter to Santa, how cute are they???
 We had opposite day in celebration of the letter O (my firsties learned the word antonym that day)
Wearing our backpack home at the end of the day
 The guidance department organized vehicle day for the primary class.
Can you see me???  I'm the one on the left waving.
 Math time with my kinders. . . numbers, numbers and more numbers!
 Gobble gobble ~ thank you again pinterest for making my life easier.
 Our pumpkins seeds are growing like CRAZY!  Time for a bigger box.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by my little ole' blog, I'm off to do my rule of 3.  SHINE on everyone!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Shop til you drop

Happy post Gobble Gobble Day.  I don't know about ya'll but I'm still having dreams about Thanksgiving dinner.  This year my mom and I took a road trip up to see my sisters new place in Alabama and we had our first smoked turkey. . . one word ~ YUMM-O!!!

Like many of you I spent my Sunday ignoring the piles of school items in my house and got down to business getting ready for (insert echoing booming voice) CYBER MONDAY, MONDAY, MONDAY!!!
This year I have no buyers remorse but thanks to TPT I may have to duck a few creditors by next month.  Here are some of the things that I picked up.
Writing activities from Susan of TGIF
Susan - TGIF

Susan - TGIF
Reagan - Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits
Writing activities from Kelley of Teacher Idea Factory
Kelley - Teacher Idea Factory
Adjectives activity from Kelley of Teacher Idea Factory
Kelley - Teacher Idea Factory
Subtraction activity from Tara of Little Minds At Work
Tara - Little Minds At Work
I can't wait to start using everything that I purchased.  Thanks to TPT and to everyone who participated in the sale.  So how about you. . . what are some of the things that you got during the sale?  Stephanie from Falling Into First and Blog Hoppin' are both having a linky parties.

Click here and here to join the fun.  Well I'm off to warm up my printer.
SHINE on everyone. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Teaching Tip Linky Party

Today I am linking up with one of my favorite bloggers Hadar from Miss Kindergarten for her Teaching Tip Linky Party.  I have a really simple tip that I use in class with my kids every year ~ Stamp and Sticker Books.
Growing up I use to love collecting stickers and amazingly kids nowadays still do too.   Each child has their very own mini book where they keep their stickers and stamps that they collect.  At the beginning of the year I cut 3 - 4 sheets of copy paper in half, staple a cover sheet around it and ta-da a place for kids to hold their stickers.
My firsties books are on the left, my kinders are on the right  
Nine times out of ten when I give my kids the option of taking a sticker home or putting it in their book, they put it in their book.  I think they like the idea that they can go back and look at it whenever they want to.  They also seem to like comparing their stamps and stickers with their friends.  Whatever the reason. . . the kids love it, I love it and the custodians love that they don't have to peel fallen stickers up off the ground.

So there you have it short, simple and cheap.  If you want to join the party, click here. Well I'm off to read some more teaching tips.
SHINE on everyone!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The vote is in

Well the vote in Florida has FINALLY come in and the winner is (drum roll please) ~ FROSTED COOKIES!!!!  This week we had such a great time in my class.  I had no assessments due, no conferences and only one meeting which means I actually got to . . . wait for it, wait for it ~ TEACH. Here is a peek at my week.

My kinders were focusing on the letter C so we made these adorable cook hats as one of our projects. It's hard to see in the picture but the brim of the hat has pictures of  C words.  
Since we were already talking about C words, I thought let's make election day fun so instead of a mock election, my kinders and firsties voted for our favorite cookie.
Long lines at the polling booth (well it is Florida)
Decisions, decisions
The vote was close, but frosted cookies came out the winner.

The kids all had a great time and were so excited when I gave them frosted cookies the next day for snack. As they were eating it made me smile to hear them actually talk about some of the concept of voting that we had discussed on Tuesday.  Believe it our not, they had actually been listening to me, go figure.  I hope that you all had a great week, I'm off to do some blog hopping.
SHINE on everyone!