Wednesday, December 31, 2014

January Currently

*I seem to be always listening to the television but for once it's not the Cosby Show... I'm pretty sure that all the networks have pulled it out of syndication.
*So my Thirty-One Enrollment Kit has arrived it has over $400 in new merchandise and business materials. You should definitely hop over to Thirty-One Gifts and check out the new catalog.
*I went to school today to put my classroom back together... they re-waxed our floors so my student desks were everywhere! It was also very, very dusty and I think that might be affecting me.
*Wanting everything in the new catalog!
Going to order 2 of these in the Chevron for my Guided Reading Table.
Going to order 3 of these in the Pink Cross Pop and have Mrs. Saunders, Intervention and Fluency embroidered on them and hang them behind my Guided Reading table. The coolest part is that they snap together!
Not sure how many or what colors yet but I'm getting these for my desk area in my classroom. They also snap together!
*I always try to start the year in church. Usually we go to our home church (which has over 1,000 members) but last year we visited a much smaller church for NYE and had a wonderful time. We've decided to fellowship with another smaller church this evening.
*Yes- I've maintained my weight loss which is amazing considering all the junk food I've been eating. Starting tomorrow I'll be back low-carb!
*Maybe- Starting a business is difficult... been there, done that, got the t-shirt! So we'll see what Thirty-One has for me.
*I Wish- this is more my prayer... I pray for my mother's divine healing. January 25th will make 5 years to the day that I lost my father and I cannot imagine losing my mother so I pray that Lord restores her health. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Big News: I'm a Thirty One Consultant!

It's official! I've signed on to be a Thirty-One Consultant! I absolutely love these bags (they sell much more than that though) and I'm excited to be able to share them with others.
The new Spring/Summer Catalog will launch December 30th and there are some great products available.
Check out my Pinterest Board for a sneak preview:

Once the catalog goes live you can order from this link:
Becoming a consultant will give me another way I can be a blessing to others, be on the lookout future giveaways and specials.
This bag will be $10 (usually $35) with the purchase of at least $35 in January. I'm sure I'll be inclined to do a giveaway as this is the PERFECT "teacher bag."

Monday, December 15, 2014

Creative Chalkboard's Selfless Challenge

I'm still participating in Krista Wallden's S"elf"less Challenge. Krista's giving away free clip art and challenging us all to do something special for someone else.

I choose to complete #1, Kindness with Cookies. I don't bake cookies much but I do order them from my favorite shop on Etsy, ACOOKIEJAR. This year I ordered Santa Bellies, Reindeer, Snowmen and Snowy Owls for my Secret Santa who loves owls! Can't wait to pass them out tomorrow. And yes... these cookies are as good as they look! 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Questionnaire
1. When do you decorate?
Well you won't believe my answer... I don't! We've only been married for two years and we are never here for Christmas and we don't have children yet so we haven't felt the need to decorate the house.

2. Elf or no elf?
Again I don't have children so no elf at home. No elf at school either, my students are very well behaved so they don't need any motivation other than what I already do.

3. Christmas cookies or no baking for you?
Oh I bake... Sweet Potato Pies, that is! I order my Christmas Cookies from ACOOKIEJAR on Etsy. Here's what I purchased this year:
Ordered these for my Secret Santa... she loves owls!

Ordered these for my friends.

Got the snowmen from this set for my room moms.

These reindeer were too stinkin' cute not to order! I'll give these to friends as well.
4. Favorite holiday tradition?
I must say I just like spending time with my family on Christmas. I go to my sisters where my mom lives also and she cooks and we have a good time together.

5. Favorite Christmas movie?
ELF! I dvr'd it this season so now I can watch it whenever I want.

6. Snow or no snow?
I like my snow in January, February and March. So I can get Snow Days off from school!

7. Favorite Christmas Song?
There are so many... Do You Hear What I Hear? Someday at Christmas, I do love Kirk Franklin's There's No Christmas Without You, got it on repeat in the car.

8. Favorite gifts to give and get?
That's a hard one. This year I gave most of my friends monogrammed bags from Thirty One. Some family members got living lockets from Origami Owl. You can never go wrong with Bath and Body Works. I attended the Winter Bazaar Bizarre and purchased some Dip Mixes for some people and Frappe Vino (Wine Slushie Mix). Got my husband all his favorites. I love getting gifts period. My secret santa got me a gift card to Target and Chipotle and Haribo Gummies, my friend got me a Target Gift Card, my other friend got me a gift certificate to Pearl's Cupcake Shoppe and Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer! Not sure what else I'm getting;)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Creative Chalkboard's Selfless Challenge

I'm still excited to be participating in Krista Wallden's S"elf"less Challenge. Krista's giving away free clip art and challenging us all to do something special for someone else.

I choose to complete #3, Mailbox Surprise. I bought some Bath and Body Works holiday hand soap and decided to attach a gift label to it and surprise a colleague with a treat in their box tomorrow. I uploaded the labels in case you would like to use them for yourself.

Click Here for Link

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Themed Reading Notebook Templates

I mentioned in my last blog post that I was wanting to "create something" because I can't seem to turn my brain off. Well I was finally able to wrap my head around an idea and finish it. That ideas was Christmas Themed Reading Notebook Templates. These can be used in shared reading or guided reading... together or independently. I think the possibilities are endless.
Would love feedback!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Currently December

It's December 1st, my two year anniversary!
My answers are pretty self explanatory but I would like to explain my "giving." After roaming around Pinterest I saw R.A.C.K. Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. I thought this would be a great idea for my students to complete while I'm doing reading groups. It's a welcome break from the regular "read, take AR test, do reading response." I decided to create a menu for them to choose from.
They're writing thank you notes to admin and office staff, they are making cards for classmates and teachers, giving compliments and coloring holiday pictures to give to others. I created correlating stationary and students were excited to get started. I've already seen them giving compliments and writing notes to their second grade teachers.
Now for my 25 Days of Christmas for my husband. His love language is "receiving gifts." So I thought I'd do something special for him this year.
I've purchased everything except the massage gift certificate. The pink indicates days I'll treat him to breakfast or dinner. I'm giving him a variety of items, from his favorite raspberry ginger ale to a Capt. American Build a Bear, to lotion from Bath and Body Works. Plus several gift cards and his
I also can't forget my wonderful students. Can I just say that I am loving this group! 20 of the 23 made Honor Roll the 1st Quarter and their parents are very supportive and generous. Anytime I need anything for my class they are on it and send it in right away.

I got the Snoopy tote bags and pencils are from the Target $1 Spot, the books are from Scholastic, they were $1 each, they also threw in free reading posters for each child. I got the Scentos Bubbles from Michael's. They were $1 but they were a little bit cheaper because I had a coupon and my teacher ID for a discount.

What are you "giving" this holiday season?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Creative Chalkboard's Selfless Challenge

I don't know about you, but I'm officially on Thanksgiving break and about to sneak downstairs and eat another piece of Thursday's Sweet Potato Pie! But before I do that I wanted to share with you a wonderful challenge that Krista Wallden has created. It's called the S"elf"less Challenge and details are pictured above. Krista's giving away free clip art and challenging us all to do something special for someone else.

I choose to complete #3. I created a Reading Response Booklet with a Christmas/Elf theme. You can click here for the booklet. Would love feedback!
Cover/Page 1

Page 2/Page 3
Page 4/Page 5

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thanksgiving Text Features Booklet

Thanksgiving Text Features Booklet
Had a request from a teammate to create a booklet for Thanksgiving. You can download it at this link Thanksgiving Text Features Booklet.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Simple Machines Booklet

Simple Machine Booklet
I got a great response from the Pumpkin Nonfiction Text Features Booklet I created! Some teachers inquired about me creating curriculum created books. My next Science Unit is on Simple Machines so I created this booklet to supplement the unit. You can download it at this link Simple Machines Booklet.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Text Features Booklet

I am suppose to be grading writing prompts and writing up my parent conference forms for the week... but my creative juices are flowing. I created this booklet to review nonfiction text features.

Directions are included on how this booklet should be copied and stapled.

Table of Contents- Students need to number each page and write the headings of each chapter in the table of contents along with the page number.

Caption- Students needs to color the picture and write a caption to match it.

Diagram- Students need to color the diagram and label the parts of the life cycle.

Heading- Students can use the diagram and word bank to write a paragraph about the Pumpkin Life Cycle.

Line Plot- Students need to create a Line Plot with the data given.

Glossary- Students needs to write a sentence about each word in the glossary.

Index- Students need to write important words in the index along with their page numbers.

Click Here for a link to the booklet.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Currently October


Listening- I watch the Cosby Show everyday... so it seems that I'm always listening to it!

Loving- I am loving my class! I have the sweetest bunch of 3rd graders and their parents are always sending me gifts of appreciation. I've had some rough groups and there have been times when I questioned if I could even continue on in this profession, so I'm thankful for those years when I have a "break", where they don't put ALL the low achieving students and behavior problems together in my classroom! I'm also loving the fact that I am officially pain free! For as long as I've been blogging, I've been dealing with chronic pain conditions... ovarian teratoma, uterine fibroids but now that both have been removed, I feel amazing. My parents from last year see me and the notice a huge difference, they tell me I look great, that I seem happier and that I'm even glowing. I didn't realize how bad I had felt until I didn't feel that way anymore.

Thinking- I love my class and parents so much that I'd consider looping to 4th. If it didn't require moving rooms... I'd loop in a heartbeat and I've never taught higher than 3rd before.

Wanting- I want to get all my Christmas Shopping done early this year.

Needing- To get dressed for the State Fair, I took a half personal day on Thursday and went with my friend. Today my husband and I are going. Already ate the sirloin tips and shrimp sandwich. Today I eat the lobster roll and funnel cake.

Trick- I saw this years ago at a school I worked in and I've started it a couple times in schools I've worked in. Thought I'd share.
Click Picture for Boo Gram

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Free October Resources

Three weeks in and I'm an EXHAUSTED! I'm loving my 24 third graders, they are the sweetest children I've ever had the privilege of teaching. They love to spoil me too... to day I've received 4 bags of my favorite Haribo Gummy Bears, a gift card to Hobby Lobby and countless books for my classroom! I was able to get the October Resources redesigned and uploaded. Hope on over The Teaching Oasis and check them out!

October Task Cards

October Poems

October Word Wall Words

Monday, September 1, 2014

Currently September

Listening: trying to find something good on television to watch...
Loving: for the first time in three years I'll be pain free when school starts tomorrow. The doctor has released me, I just have a 10lb lift restriction but that's it. I feel pretty good too.
Thinking: I need to figure out what to wear tomorrow, it's going to be 98* in Richmond and I'm not looking forward recess, the heat index is suppose to be over 100* so I think we may get about 10-15 minutes... I'll just have to make it up to them once it gets cooler.
Wanting: I could really use a week between teacher work week and the first week of school to just relax!
Needing: I wish my momma was still here taking care of me... when she was here my house was clean, food was cooked and laundry was washed and folded. But she's back home now and I'm left to do it by myself.
3 Trips: Since I've been to Maine and the Colorado Rockies I figure I'd like to visit Vermont and the Appalachian Mountains. I'd also love to go to a tropical island or take a cruise of some sort.
I've been busy creating on my computer and decided to make some S'more Themed Reading Strategy and Skill Posters. Click the picture below to download.
S'more Reading Strategy and Skill Posters


Saturday, August 30, 2014

I Survived!

Me on Monday of Teacher Work Week
I survived teacher work week! I was also able to meet 19 of my 25 students at Open House on Friday. Looks like I have a great group that seem eager to learn. I thought I'd share a couple of files with you. This will be my first year having a student that has a peanut allergy, so I thought I should post a sign outside my door alerting to that.

I also wanted to share the stationary I created for the first week of school. I like to get a baseline writing from every student. This will help me evaluate their writing skills and set goals for them... using capitalization and punctuation correctly, spelling sight words correctly, adding details, and so on. I intend to brainstorm all the things they can possibly tell me about themselves and then have them write about themselves for me to read. Creative Clips came out with some cute S'More Graphics and I couldn't wait to use them somehow!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Classroom Tour 2014-2015

My classroom is finally finished. In the 11th hour they hired a new teacher for 3rd grade so I felt the need to finish it so I can be available to help her teacher work week.

Here is my writing station, all ready for my bar from Ikea to be hung, that has the containers you can hang on it and my Whole Brain Teaching rules board.

Here you can see my Behavior Clip Chart, my Daily Schedule and my Parent Wish List... got the cupcake idea
from Pinterest.

Here's my calendar, the Super Improver Levels from WBT, 7 Habits of Happy Kids, Life Skill of the Week,
Jobs and Morning Routine.
Above the board our Nonfiction Text Features and Reading Strategy Posters I got from my last school.
Here is my Super Improver Board, students will start off with a White Card, Beginner Level, then once they earn 10 stickers
they move up to the next level, Green Card, Learner Level. I'll put my writing and math posters in this corner.
Carpet Area with my Spiral Wreath with the Birthday Chart hanging below it.

Classroom Library leveled for Accelerated Reader.
Here's the computer nook, workstations and carpet area.
Storage area with boxes set up for sorting community supplies during Open House.
The Back Counter, it will house all of the things my teacher desk use to.
Sink Area
This is my Science Area, it has Engineering and Design Process Posters, Science standards and the Scientific Method.
Reading Group Materials, Chevron Baskets from Michael's.
Genre and Reading Posters... oh and my name banner.
Reading Strategy and Skill Posters
Reading Group Area
Reading Group Area...aka my new teacher desk
View from the door. I've already put out the students' Literacy Binders, Communication Folders and Welcome Treats.

I love setting up my classroom for a new year! Below are some links to some things that are in my room, just in case you want to get them for yours ;)

*Chevron Labels by Learning in Wonderland
*Melonheadz Genre Posters by Rachel Lamb
*Melonheadz Reading Posters by Amy Groesbeck