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HI! I am a wife, mother and kindergarten teacher! I am happily married for over 25 years! We have a beautiful daughter and a handsome son. I have been teaching since we got married. I started as a part time TELLS teacher (remember that??), then I got a full time position in 2nd grade. I moved to kindergarten when we went full day. It was a dream come true:) I loved 2nd grade but I always wanted to teach kindergarten! It was a great challenge to change grades and I think I am better for it. I love to learn and do things for my classroom - always wanting it to be better and better! I also love to sing and dance in the classroom. I love brain activities. I also love to scrapbook and read - professionally and pleasure reading. :) Enjoy!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekend Happiness

Oh the happiness of a clean cabinet! I moved schools over the summer. We were given time to unpack, but I was shortened by two weeks. They needed to get rid of some "small visitors". I already had plans to go away - so I did. But it just meant unpacking faster and messier than I had planned. I shoved things in the closets to get the boxes emptied. I had started out a little neater, but then they said stay home and away from your room. So I shoved it all in! :-(  It's hot in the building on the weekend. I just couldn't bring myself to go in in that heat. Plus I think I might be getting hot flashes! :-0 So this Saturday I decided I wanted needed to go in! I knew my center signs were in there somewhere! I FOUND THEM!! YEA!! I pulled everything out of the cabinet and "organized" it by topic - abc's, beginning sounds, rhyming, general materials - on the tables. Then I put it all back neatly. I cleaned out too!!! I filled 3/4 of the recycling can! Yee haw! We finally switched from D'nealian to Handwriting Without Tears. So anything I had with D'Nealian went out. Sorry D'Nealian. :-( It felt really good! I also walked up to one of my teaching partners to eat lunch at her house. She makes a mean pb &j! It was just what I wanted. Then my sweet college daughter texted and said she was coming to visit and see the new school. She needed a little support with her lesson planning for her jr block! It was AWESOME to see her! She is such a big help too! I hope I helped her as much as she helped me. Now I only have the math cabinet to do, the art supplies, the 2 filing cabinets, the desk and the guided reading supplies! OH MY! One week at a time..... I'm hoping that once the cool weather starts (tomorrow!) and the meetings slow down (wishful thinking)  I won't mind staying a little after school to do one or two little clean outs! Here's hoping! Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Keeping My Promise to Myself

Well, I promised myself that I would blog once a week. So I was planning on doing that Friday night and it is now Sunday night. Better late than never! I had a few ideas about what I wanted to blog about and decided I would go with what made me sooo happy this year! 
At the back to school sale on TPT this year, I bought myself Schroder Shenanigans in Second's Blog Binder. This is the link to her site about it. http://thebalancingacticalllife.blogspot.com/search/label/blog%20binder
This link will take you to TPT to get it. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Organizing-BUNDLE-Checklist-Blogging-Binder-AND-Tpt-Purchase-Binder-in-ONE-1195631

Did anyone notice that the font changed??? I don't get it but oh well!

Anyway I loved putting it together!
It was sooo much fun! Then I laminated section dividers for it and took it to Office Max for them to bind it. I think I could be addicted to that! Even my hubby was impressed that it was so cheap to do! Plus I had a back to school coupon!! <3  AND.....  I have written my ideas in it! So far it is working! I need to write down the Linky's that I want to join in on and get the schedule down. Here's hoping!! Thank you soo much for such a great resource!!!

And the other <3 of my life right now is my Teacher Planner! I was lucky enough to win this last year from A Modern Teacher! I used some of it but didn't have take the time to get everything together that I wanted! But this summer was different!  So... I printed and organized and customized and WOW! I am soo happy! My friends are soo jealous! They think it is beautiful! And it fits my polka dot theme for my classroom.
Here is a link to April's blog: http://www.amodernteacher.com/2014/07/03/tournament-day-2/  and here is the link to TPT for you to get one too: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teacher-Binder-Planner-Organizer-BUNDLE-Happy-Day-Editable-wCCSS-1234646
So here it is! I just HEART this book! And look... Office Max used a white binder! I didn't even have to ask! It just makes me happy looking at it! And it was sooo much fun to go through all the options and put in what I wanted! April, thank you for the chance to win this awesome resource! It is incredible! Sorry the picture is sideways!
Well, there - I blogged about two wonderful things I am using this school year! Here's hoping they keep me on track this year. :) Have an awesome week everyone!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Currently

Ok It has been a LONG time since I have blogged! I am really trying to make it a commitment this year! But as I type, I don't think my Currently will be able to be seen! Really - this has been a nice, relaxing day. A few little bumps in it - mostly klutzy stuff. So that's normal! I have some blog posts in my head - so hopefully that will help! OR you will get three posts in one day! lol  Here's hoping!  Oh I think I got it!! Yea me!!! I think I learned a new program too! Google Picasa! Thank you Teacher to the Core for the help! Here's hoping you hear from me a lot this year!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Common Core Connections Language Arts



This is a good resource to have for the common core. The way the book is set up is very practical. The matrix at the beginning of the book is very helpful. The skill assessment is a bit hard if you ask me. It would need to be read to the students - at the beginning of the year this would be very frustrating for many of my students. This might be a nice end of the year check - to make sure they are ready for first grade. The pages are set up by the topics of the standards - literature, informational text, etc. Again, I feel there is a lot of text on the pages that my students, at least, would have trouble reading independently. I think I would use them in small groups with my students. I think I would have more success with them. I do like the "I can" statements at the end of the pages. Defiantly helps build confidence.@Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and I received this product for free to try and review. http://quietube6.com/v.php/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc5ODnASOZQ

Common Core Connections Math @Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company

This is a good resource to have for common core math. I like the matrix that shows what pages go with what common core standard. The assessment in the beginning of the book would be very helpful to group students according to their needs. This would be really helpful if a school district did not have a math program to use. The worksheets are grouped according to the strands of the standards - counting and cardinality, operations and algebraic thinking, etc. I'm not sure these pages will be able to be used independently by kindergarten students. Once students had been exposed to some of these skills I think they would be better at working through these pages.
http://quietube6.com/v.php/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc5ODnASOZQ
I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and I received this product for free to try and review.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Teacher Week '13






This is the story of my life! Day late and dollar short! I had every intention of starting this on Monday! Honest! Who knows what happened?? OK We all know what happened! Back to School getting ready!! LOL




I think this 10 fun things will be hard- I don't think I am that fun! I will try!!


1- I have taught second grade for 16 years! Well, 14 - because I took a year off with each child. Then I moved to kindergarten! It was always my dream to teach kindergarten! Dreams do come true! Second graders do not feel bad!! I loved it!!! But I think my true calling is kindergarten!

2- I am HAPPILY married to the best man in the world! We have been married for 26 wonderful years and have known each other for  30 years! WOW!!! It doesn't seem possible but so happily true! I really believe that we bring out the best in both of us!

3- I have 2 wonderful children! Our daughter is going to be a sophomore in college!!! WHAT?!?!?!?!? She is studying education also - but doing that secondary thing in math!! haha I don't understand it but totally support her! Good thing that we each find the best place to teach! She will be a MAZing!!! Our son will be a junior in high school! Another OH MY!!! He is the best! Always makes me laugh!!

4- I love the beach! I would love to be able to have a house there one day! Even though I don't swim in the ocean water! I especially love the Maine beaches!

5- I love music!! My ipod is very eclectic! I have 80's music ( just gave my age away didn't I??), hard rock, country, classics ( Rod Stewart doing those from 40's and 50's), pop, alternative, easy listening... My favorite this summer is Blurred Lines! Really if it has a good beat, I will sing and dance to it!!

6- When I was growing up, I learned to play clarinet - even though I wanted the drums or the trumpet or the trombone! My mom wanted me to play a "girl instrument".  I also took organ lessons. I loved that when I was taking them. We have a piano and when I find the time I sit down and play... not often enough!

7- I love setting up my classroom! I know we all do! It is just so much fun! It seems to be so much more popular now though! YEA!!!

8- I want to go get my doctorate one day. That is another dream - to teach at a college. One day...

9- My favorite show is Sex and the City. I know it's not on anymore! :( I can probably recite every episode any way! I often think that if I hadn't gotten married, I would have moved to NYC. lol

10- I know more about John Deere lawn and garden tractors than I ever thought I could/ would! Some how my husband and son started collecting them! They have taught me tons!

I hope these were fun!! I think I'm pretty boring - so I hope these facts didn't bore you!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Currently - August

I know! 2 posts in one day! So much for that plan to get better at blogging! I figured while I was working on one, I better do the other! I did have some issues with the currently in paint- trouble viewing it in a size I could see! So if there are typos, please forgive me! Enjoy the last days of freedom everyone! And for those of you that are back- You can do it!  Oh there is another thought- getting the 16 year old up for school! That is never pretty! lol