Saturday, January 17, 2015

Five For Friday





Five for Friday! 


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OK It's NOT Friday and it's LATE on Saturday afternoon, but I'm linking up!!! I wanted to do this last night but I started report cards instead. I know! Crazy right?!?! Well, I got them done! I even updated the Data Binder! WOO HOO! So here I am!!

So I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching! This is a first for me! I've been planning all week! I even remembered to take some pictures! Feeling good about myself! haha
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OK This was last week but I'm still counting it! I'm a newbie here so I'm making my own rules! lol
I did a Twitter Chat that Debbie Clement hosts on a Tuesday night before Christmas. It's every Tuesday at 9. Practice is at 8. This week the guest EDU CELEBRITY is Mrs. Wills Kindergarten! Can't wait! Just use the #teacherfriends and stop over! It's fast and fun!  Oh sorry - sided tracked! So any who! I won a song from Debbie! AWESOME! She sent two cause she thought I had to wait awhile - which I didn't, but I'm not complaining! So we wrote her a thank you note in a shared writing activity. And she sent this picture! It made me feel awesome!! A true celebrity in the early childhood field! <3

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I did this blubber experiment YEARS ago! I always loved it! So I decided to do it again as we talked about animals and winter. I told them they couldn't talk and tell how their hand felt when it was in the blubber! It was SOOOOO QUIET!!!!!! We had so much fun being scientist! Thanks to Kreative in Kinder for the freebie experiment sheet! It was perfect! The bottom right picture is my hands in - they made me put them in after they had a turn! They weren't letting me get away with warm dry hands! 
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Here is my desk. Yes, it is my guided reading table. I got rid of my desk several years ago and I wouldn't go back. When we moved schools this summer, I had the desk removed. The principal and the custodian had to "think" about it - mainly looking for storage. I'm not sure what I would have done if they had told me I had to leave it in the room! So I linked up with Tammy at Live, Love, Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten for the #teachersgetorganized2015 I'm hoping it forces me to get something done this year! I did clean some of the things up, but it needs redone again. Things are not where they need to be or where they make sense. That is the plan for this week! I might try to take it all out and then put it back in.... we'll see how that works out! 
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Found this fun roll and cover activity at The Activity Mom. We had so much fun! The kiddos did a great job and loved using the cotton balls. You know they are snow balls! lol I love when they figure out the connections! It's like a big secret they crack! I'm sure I heard a few kids singing Let It Go as they were playing too! 

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This is my "baby"! This was his last day of classes for high school! He needs to go Tuesday for a final but I'll be at school so I took his picture already! He is all done high school! I find it hard to believe! He is done early - not June yet! SORRY! ;-) He has all the credits he needs and he did dual enrollment with a college, but there wasn't any good core courses for him to take this semester. So we went with "graduating" early. He won't get his diploma till June, but he doesn't have to go back! I can't believe that he is old enough to be done HS! Where does the time go? 


WOW!!! I did it!! I had 5 pictures! 5 Things to chat about! YEA!!! I'm hoping to be back next week! Have an AWESOME week! Thanks for reading! Please follow if you don't already. :-)





Sunday, January 11, 2015

Winter

Looking forward to a fun week of winter activities! Doing lots of fun things - well I hope they are fun for the kiddos! My goal this week is to take pictures of the fun activities so I can link back to the great people and show them their products in use! Goal #2 is to take some before and after (which means I would need to do something)pictures of my teacher desk for #teachersgetorganized2015
Goal #3 do some decluttering at home - 15 minutes each day. How can it be January 11th and I haven't done that yet?!?! Goal #4 - which probably should be first goal - is to make my student teacher feel welcome in the classroom! Can't wait! I love having another person there to bounce ideas off of and laugh together at the kiddos. 
Well, here's hoping for a two hour delay on Monday - a girl can hope! It might be a wintery mix...;-)

Well - a small post, but a post! Trying to keep that goal of blogging once a week. I know it's nothing thrilling, sorry, but it's a start! Hopefully more next week! 

Thanks for reading! 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Currently 2015


CURRENTLY!



* I love Friends! Not many sitcoms I like to watch anymore. This was a classic! 

*I love being home! I DO love my job! But really? Who wouldn't just rather be home and taking care of all the things around the house? Maybe just a year off to read ALL the books in ALL the piles, go through ALL the stuff in the house, finish ALL the scrapbooks....

* I'll get to the plans. They are not for the week we come back, so that is not helping. Those plans are done and prepped. Thank goodness! Thank goodness for the three of us working together! 

*OK - my goal is to do a little every week! I just want to go through one drawer, one cabinet at a time. I'm not thinking (well, trying not to!) about the whole room, basement, cabinet. I just want to do one little part at a time. I will not be THAT sentimental with it all! I will let it go!  Seriously - who needs all this stuff!!! It's not helping that I know my mom and the in laws have full houses too! I'm not inheriting all of that stuff too! 

*ok - I should do something around this house, but I'm ok if I don't either! It will still be there tomorrow! I'm not beating myself up about it! 

*I will use my treadmill more this year. I will get on it, instead of facebook, instead of watching Friends - yes, I know I could watch and walk at the same time! 

*OH that new classroom! It is driving me crazy! I can't find anything! I know where it was in the old classroom! That is not helping though. I  don't want to give up my life either in there but I need to straighten it up - and purge in there too! lol It's a great size room, but there are diagonal walls, some windows and little storage! One day at a time! One day at a time! 

* I wish to live in the moment! I don't want to get soo caught up in all this organizing and purging that I miss all the good stuff! I just want to keep it all good! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! Hope that all goes well for everyone in 2015! Be safe if you are going out. Hubs and I are spending a quiet night together. That's fine with me! Enjoy!!! 


Thursday, December 25, 2014

2015 Goals Linky


2015? How did that happen? I can't believe it! I know we say that every year, but really? Time really flies! 
So I thought I should start the year off with good intentions and write a blog post. Thank you Jessica at http://www.firstgradenest.com/

I would love to bump up the small group instruction - both guided reading and math! How to get those math groups started? Finding the time, the energy, the support to get them going! I would love to them set up.... Here's hoping! 
Ok what I would REALLY love to get done this year is to get my new classroom organized! I moved into the school in August. I was suppose to have two extra weeks to unpack, but since there were little creatures living in our school that needed to be removed! So I didn't get to unpack and organize it the way I wanted to! So I'm hoping to find/make the time to organize the cupboards and closets and drawers in my classroom. I am soooooo tired of looking for something and not finding it! I'll get there. I'll get there. I'll get there. 
ENGLAND! Planning on getting there this spring! WOO HOO!! 

 
I would love to blog more, scrapbook more and read more! When someone finds the way to get extra hours in the day - PLEASE let me know how! lol

OK - these are some big goals! Hope to see you all before 2016! lol 
Thanks for sticking with me on the journey! 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Liebster!


 Liebster Award! 

Melissa at http://seebeanteach.blogspot.com/2014  nominated me for this award! How stinking fun!

This award is for bloggers who are new to the game and trying to grow their readership!  I have to answer the 11 questions from Melissa, and then nominate 11 blogs of my choice that have less than 200 followers!  That might be the hard part! 


1. Why and how long ago did you start blogging? I started blogging in 2011! UGH! I actually had to look that up. :( Oh my! I do remember that I was finding some kindergarten blogs on line as I was looking for ideas. So I figured I would start my own!

2. What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why? Happy - I hope!

3. Is there something you learned late in your blog journey you wished you knew before? I wish I knew how to be consistent with my posts and what to post about! I also should look into paying someone to customize my blog- feel the same as Melissa!

4. What is your favorite past time other than blogging? well, let's see - scrapbooking, reading, shopping... but just like blogging, I don't always get to those either! lol
 
5. How many hours per week do you dedicate to your blog? WAAAAAAYYYYYY too little! Duh! That's why it's under 200 followers!

6. What category of blog posts do you enjoy the most? I love the organization posts! Maybe I need to go back and add that to my favorite past time. :)

7. Where does your blog inspiration come from? Well, it came from Dee Dee Wills!  I want to be just like her when I grow up!

8. Which post that you've written are you most proud of? I have NO idea! I don't think I wrote it yet...
   
9. Is there any post you have been planning to do, but have postponing it for a while now? I keep hoping to do a Five For Friday but I can never think of 5 things!

10. What is your favorite aspect of blogging? Sharing ideas!!! I just don't know if I have any to give, I tend to take others ideas!



11. Which recipe, project, or idea on my blog would you be most likely to try yourself? OMG!!! I love the 2!!!! I so want to go shopping and get a big K to cover! I'm thinking that I may make these for my grade level partners!!! Thank you for that idea!!

http://seebeanteach.blogspot.com/2014_07_01_archive.html  


OK - here are my nominees! This is really hard!! I think everyone already has the award! :(
 Leah @ http://kindergartenfever.blogspot.com/
Katie @ http://www.polkadotpencilstudio.com/
Katy @ http://kindergartenkaty.blogspot.com/ 
Kat @ http://kindergartencowgirl.blogspot.com/  
Becca @ kindergartenatoz.blogspot.com/
Danielle @ http://kindergartenglitters.blogspot.com/
Mrs. V @ http://kindergartencreativity.blogspot.com/
Sheri and Julie @ http://kindergartentothecore.blogspot.com/ 
Rebecca @ http://www.kindergartensparkleandshine.blogspot.com/ 
kindergartennerdherd.blogspot.com/
MoushyJ @ http://kindergartencorral.blogspot.com



Ok I think I have 11 blogs for you to check out! I'm hoping maybe some will be inspired to get back on the blogging wagon!

Now that you've been nominated, here are the "official" rules for accepting:
1. In your post, link back to the blogger who nominated you as a thank you and "shout out."
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you (the ones I answered above).
3. Nominate 11 blogs of your choice that each have less than 200 followers. Provide them with 11 questions to answer or have them answer the questions above.
4. Let your nominees know that they've been nominated and provide them with a link to your post so that they can accept.
5. Send your nominator a link to your post so that s/he can learn more about you as well! (You can just put your post link in the comments below!)


WHEW! That was fun!! 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!