Monday, April 4, 2016

SPRING!!! Bulletin Board Set

Spring!!!! It’s here! Well, it says so on the calendar! Now if the weather would figure it out! I’m tired of coats! I’m tired of still helping zip up the little one’s coats! I want no coats! I want the coat closet doors to close and not have anything fall out! Soon – it has to happen soon!

Well, I took down the bulletin board. Now to decorate it tomorrow. I can’t wait to use this new set from Carson Dellosa!

This set has tons included. I’m laughing ‘cause it is called a Mini Bulletin Board set, but I know that it will cover the whole board! It has headers, accents, smaller signs, and lots of student pieces. It is soo cute! There are flowers and rain stuff and a sun and umbrellas. So even though April is for showers – there are some cute pieces that are sunny! I’m pretty sure this will last the rest of the year! ;-)

I am not quite sure what I will use it for but I’ll figure that out. Maybe the kids will help me! I know I can use it for displaying student work. I could use it for math facts, sight words, April words, weather instruction- so many possibilities! I’ll be able to change it up with the headers. This is a great “mini” set! 

  I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Science - Interactive Notebooks

Interactive Notebooks -Science
The interactive notebook craze continues. Carson Dellosa continues to support the trend. There are great kindergarten appropriate topics in this book. All the topics are sorted by the categories – life, physical, and Earth and space. Eleven activities in each category. Jammed packed if you ask me! I love being a Carson Dellosa Brand Ambassador – makes my heart happy trying out these products and breathing a sigh of relief when they fit perfectly into my curriculum! This is a fun thing to do with the students – and really helpful in their thinking process. We all know – hands on is the way to go! This gives them a great way to make their learning stick – it is interactive and helps organize their thinking. The more we do this type of organizational thinking in the younger grades, the more the students will transfer it on their own as they get older.
I really enjoy teaching these science topics with the students. The resources in this book make life easier! It is all done and ready! And something for everything! Even if you do not do the whole notebook thing, you can still use these on a piece of construction paper. Do several that go together and make them into a book. Possibilities are endless! The end of the book has lots of reproducibles too! So you can create your own! Keep it going!

  I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Valentine's Day Mini Bulletin Board Set

OK where does life go?? How is it February? How is it half way through February?? I have written this post and about 20 more in my head. I just can’t find the time to get them on paper. I am really shocked how busy life can be even when the kids have left the house! OH MY! I keep thinking that every week, I will get there….and then I don’t. I’m sorry – I feel like I start off every post like this. I don’t know how some of you do it! Hats off to you!
On to more important things…

Valentine’s Day may be over. But the Mini Bulletin Board set from Carson Dellosa is still A-DOR – ABLE! There are 56 pieces in this ‘mini’ set. I think that is not so mini!  What a great set to use for the holiday or for a unit on writing letters! Or for a Random Act of Kindness bulletin board. They even give you some cute ideas for using it too! It will make a great full size bulletin board.

There is a sweet mailbox – don’t kids love getting mail! We, as adults, only think of mail as bills. It is fun to actually get a letter! This would be a great to leave notes for the kids. I can see this set as a great positive reward or showing off great work! My kinders would love to get a note that they can read now.

This set includes a header, signs, mailbox, bee accents, heart accents and student pieces that look like little envelopes. I do like these “mini” sets – you can do tons with them and make them go as far as you want. I know some rooms have small bulletin boards – so perfect. And yet, a larger bulletin board – once you add the student work or art work -it would fill right up. I love the colors too – bright but not overly bright.

So all in all. Another win! Cute, practical and fun! And can be used for more than just a holiday!

 I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Five for Friday =on a Sunday


I wanted to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five For Friday. I had good plans to get this done- then life once again got in the way!  So I figured better late than never, so here is my Five For Friday on Sunday!


Found this at Target. It's pink, it's glittery and it's HAPPY! Perfect for my classroom! It's sitting on the cabinet and I can see it often to remind me to be HAPPY! I love/hate that dollar spot! Well, I love it, but I think the hubs doesn't so much! lol

It was the 80th day of kindergarten! I can't believe it! It is going too fast!!! The kids are even telling me what color shirt to wear under it. lol They wanted me to wear a red long sleeve, but that was in the wash. So I had to wear my white one. Kreative in Kinder has all sorts of cute shirts! 

Healthy Eating! It's a new year! Lots have changed and things should be great this year! Pasta Primevera is one of my favorites! OK- so I didn't make this. My daughter did. I taught her how - way back! She was home from college while I was back at work. So she made dinners all week! It was AWESOME! And YUMMY!!  We already went shopping this week for some more healthy meals! I will be making those myself!


 Dear Daughter went back to college today - and will start student teaching tomorrow! OMG! I can't believe it! How did that happen?!?!? She is student teaching in High School in Math! She LOVES it! I can't wait to watch her grow in this experience! Proud mama here! 

Well, these just made me happy when I saw them at Sam's Club! Years ago, my hubs and kids were shopping there and my son wanted to get me flowers -so he picked blue ones. It was Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Those blue flowers lasted until New Years. He wanted to get them because they matched our blue kitchen. That sweet "little" boy is in college - kinda far from home. These were a sweet memory! 

Well, not much school stuff there on the Five For Friday - but that's ok. It was a good week at school. The kids came back ready to learn! They said such sweet things about missing school and wanting to learn more. :) It made my heart happy! They never missed a beat. They remembered everything they needed to, to hit the road running! 

Oh happy teaching day! 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Back to School January Style

Light black gold happy new year with stripe Stock PhotographyWell, it's Sunday night and the football game is on. :-) I stayed out of the building for the whole winter break! I did it! I have been busy cleaning around the house. We have thrown out TONS! I have three bags to take to school this week. You all do that too don't you? You clean out at home and decide that you can use it in your classroom. Oh that needs cleaned out too. I'm feeling motivated though! This is the year! 
I cleaned up the emails from school - it's all fresh and ready to go! I made a list of things that I want to do tomorrow with my kinders! None of it is on the lesson plans. That's ok! I'm good with it. I knew I better make a list though or I would forget what I wanted to do with them. I really want to talk, work on, discuss, move toward a POSITIVE GROWTH MINDSET. I bought the book Mindsets In the Classroom by Mary Cay Ricci today. I'm super excited to start reading it. Probably when I'm done this post. lol 
I also bought Beautiful Oops. It's not close by ( it's in the teacher bag) or I would tell you the author. I bought Growth Mindset by Darlin' Little Learners.  I can't wait to start using it tomorrow. That's on the list! I bought The Book With No Pictures too. Ok, it was a big shopping day! It's the only day I did any over break (I think). I'm really working on having less. So purchases are just not necessary. Don't worry! I'll still be buying things! I'm a kindergarten teacher! We did stop at Target too. I didn't buy out the dollar spot, but I did snag the pink, glittery HAPPY sign! :) That's going to the classroom. Yep, it's in a bag! I don't think I'm going to take all of the bags tomorrow. I don't think I could carry them all. My sweet husband offered to take me into school today to take the bags, but I said no. I was totally enjoying vacation! BALANCE! That's a great word for the year! I've seen it floating all over. I did pick the word HAPPY. I just like being happy. We are empty nesters - it's really fun! Fun makes me happy! 

So the list for tomorrow isn't that long. But it's loaded with FUN! I can't wait to see my students tomorrow! I would love some more time off, but I do miss those little ones! I can't wait to hear about their holidays. That should be fun! I want to read Squirrel's New Year Resolution by Pat Miller tomorrow too. Then we will write some of our goals/resolutions too. Of course.

I want to remind them that they need to help me too! I started a special desk/table for our special student. It has an adult swivel chair, colored pencils, pens, etc. But I keep forgetting to remind the special student to sit there. I need them to be responsible. I need them to tell me that's what they are doing. I also want the special student to tell me of any photo opportunities through out the day. I'm so bad at remembering to take pictures. I figured they can do that! 

I also want to review seating arrangements. I want them to understand that they can choose where they want to sit - table, floor, rug. They can make that choice. I want them to be responsible. I also want to discuss if they need anything special to help make this happen. 

I also want to teach them how to answer the phone. It never fails that I am far away from the phone when it rings. I want to teach them to be polite on the phone. I want them to know who will answer the phone - special student! I have wanted to do this for awhile, but never take the time. TOMORROW IS IT!! 

I also have a guidance lesson tomorrow. Welcome back! It will be a busy, HAPPY day! I can't wait! Oh - we might get to something on the lesson plans! lol

Friday, January 1, 2016

Currently 2016

2016?!?!?! Really?? How did that happen??? I feel like it was just Christmas last year! Everyone always says that the older you get, the faster time goes. They didn't need to be correct!!!
2015 has been a crazy kinda year. I think HOPE that 2016 kinda settles down a little. I'm thinking it will. I think it will. I think it will. HAHA

Christmas break is always a great time! This year has been super nice with the weather! I can't remember another Christmas Eve service that we didn't wear coats to! Running errands wasn't so bad either. I could have gone for some more sun, but I'll take what we get.

So it is New Year's Day Evening. We ate our pork and sauerkraut. Hoping for the luck it is suppose to bring! We ate at a regular dinner time. We are having an evening! This doesn't happen often people! I'm loving that my husband has been able to have two three day weekends! That doesn't happen often either! So since he is relaxing sleeping on the couch, I can watch/ LISTEN to  HGTV! It's really just some back ground noise, but it's fun watching the warm weather places!

I am LOVING being home! I have actually gotten some things done!!! We had to take some trash down to my mom's house because I've been cleaning out so much! LOL That is feeling good! I am feeling like I am accomplishing some things! LOOK OUT!!!

Do the rest of you worry about your school kiddos when you are off? I do!! I THINK about them a LOT!  I wonder how their Christmas was. I wonder what they did for New Year's. I wonder if they had enough food, enough heat, enough love while we were apart.

So now that I said I have been thinking about my kinders, I would WANT another week off! I feel like I am getting some good stuff done! And it's finally getting colder. I am a homebody in the winter! I want to keep cleaning out and organizing and starting to work out! Well, we could hope I would start to work out!

We finished cleaning out my mom's house. Now I NEED some time to go through ALL the MILLIONS of pictures that I brought to my house! OMG Eighty-eight years of photos! I NEED to win the lottery too! Then I could afford to take all 90 reels of movies and make them into DVD's. Then I could do the same with the millions of slides! It will be so much fun to relive all the old memories. Just taking all the pictures out of the cardboard boxes and putting them into photo safe boxes was fun today! I LOVE seeing my grandparents!! Such happy memories!

HAPPY! I want this to be  a happy year! I want to stay in the moment and enjoy what happens. I will still be happy even when my kids go back to college! :) I really feel like this is a year that my husband and I will enjoy ourselves! Not that we haven't for all these years, but I think this year we can really enjoy all our hard work we have put into life!

Have a wonderful 2016 everyone! Be grateful for what happens. Be HAPPY. Be joyful. Enjoy!

So I'm starting the year off well by blogging. I'm hoping to continue!!! Fingers crossed!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

NOVEMBER Currently

Can you believe it is November? The first marking period is OVER! This is going too fast! I don't know where the time goes! So much more to do and hopefully enough time! 

Listening - Football! This is really the first Sunday all season that we have sat down and watched some games! We planned on making some dinner tonight - wonder if we will get off the couch and do that! LOL 

LOVING - Really! I am LOVING being a empty nester! Do you know how many grocery bags we used today???? FOUR! That's it! FOUR! It will last us all week too! And there was no junk in it! There was fruit that we will eat! I do LOVE and MISS my "babies" while they are in college. They are good though! They are doing their thing. They are getting ready to fly! That's how we raised them! They know they have a home whenever they need it. But I we are really enjoying being just us too. 

Thinking - Well, that was the plan all week in my head! HAHAHA Hubby had plans yesterday and I thought it would be a good day. Well, I woke up in a quiet empty house. I just stayed here all day and got stuff done. I did do report cards! I didn't have tons to put away. I actually want to clean out some closets. After cleaning out my mom's house, I am all about down sizing. I know I have stuff that I don't need any more. I know I have stuff that I will never use again. IT'S OLD! It's going out - soon, some day, whenever I get in there! LOL

Wanting to get my mom's house done. We have most of it done. Now what to do with the rest of the stuff! Trying to find a good home for everything. We don't have to rush but I want to finish. It will get done. A little at a time. WE are getting there! Thank goodness for my brother and sister- in-law helping! 

Needing - seriously! NOTHING! I have way too much here! I am going to start cleaning this house out when I finish with her house! It's all just stuff! I am done with stuff! My 50's are going to be about cleaning out and simplifying!  

Yummy - well Thanksgiving dinner! All of it is YUMMY! I did always like my mom's sausage stuffing. It has sage in it. YUMMY! I love the stuffing in the bird too! We'll see what we do for Thanksgiving. 

Oh, now I want a little cooler weather for November! 70's is too warm for November! I put the AC on! I am thankful it's not freezing, but I would like some fall weather! Be good people! Enjoy! November will go fast! Parent conferences and Thanksgiving break! Woo hoo! It will be December before we know it!