Thursday, August 8, 2013

Freebie and a little late Currenly...

I don't know about ya'll but in Texas we provide each child with a free breakfast every morning. The child gets to choose their drink choice of chocolate, white, or juice. For some reason somewhere along the way the state decided that water had no nutritional value...I don't get it I was one of those kids that would rather have water! I used something for my promethean board for kids to slide their graphic to their choice but I started having my students copy in their planner in the mornings so we didn't have enough time to get this accomplished. I decided to create something similar to my transportation signs that I had last year. All you have to do is print off glue to some cardstock, laminate, and glue some ribbon. Let the student move to their choice of breakfast. You can grab it by clicking the picture below
It's my last week of the summer!  I only have 2 days free next week and on one I'm having a date with a former student :) I'm super excited about that!  Last 3 days are work days! I am very anxious about getting my class list too!  I swear it's like waiting for Christmas!! and I guess better late than never....Currently
I will definitely post pictures of my classroom later...I've gone back to my Monsters! So excited!!


Friday, July 12, 2013

Favorite Pins Friday and a Freebie

I'm linking up with Cara Carroll for Favorite Pins Friday!
I feel like during the summer I live on Pinterest! This is my first time linking up so it may not be that great but next time I'll add more!  Let's start with my favorite school pins
I love this from Teaching with a Mountain View-We do a lesson on this, and last year this ate my kids lunch.  I'm planning on trying this some with my group that are my higher level kids.  Maybe by the time the lesson rolls around they can help "teach" the others!
They are doing our parent orientation before the school year starts which stinks because I would so love to do these...these would have been a cute way to welcome parents into my classroom!
Now I'm going to pull from my Random Giggles Board and there is honestly no telling what you will find on that one ;)
This makes me giggle because it's so true and we think we are getting away from the Wal-Mart stuff but if your target is like my target it is turning into people of Target it's a little disheartening!

If you're a 90s kid and had at least one Tiger Beat Magazine you know what I'm talking about ha ha!
And I think to end my pinterest post I will throw this one in there
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Just something that I think the state of Texas needs to keep in mind when it comes to making these testing laws that are completely ridiculous.  If you had been in our school these days you would have seen kids in tears, and having panic attacks because that couldn't finish a test within a time limit when they are trying to do their best.  IT'S HEARTBREAKING!
Now for your Freebie I plan on putting this in a frame adding a dry erase marker and picking a kid and filling it in.  I'm then going to have the kids that get picked draw a name and write something positive about their classmates.  I'm going to try to make my class more of a family this year.  I didn't have that last year and I've had it in the past so I don't know what was different.  I'm going to try to make every effort possible to unite us! 
Have a happy weekend!



Thursday, July 11, 2013

Instagram Linky

Random Question of the day:  Where do you get your fonts from?

I'm linking up with Primary Possibilities for an instagram linky!
I've had an instagram for quite awhile I've just used it to take random pictures of things not deals I find or anything like that. This whole idea is awesome. It's another great way to collaborate! So follow me on instagram! Not only will I try to post deals that I find you will also get to see tons of pictures of my best pal Bernice! I love this whole thing because it's like you get a glimpse in the life of the people you read everyday! So join the linky and follow me on instagram!
Thanks to the 3am teacher for the frame and Scrappin Doodles for the Cute Boston Clip Art!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New Behavior Chart, Currently

So it's been awhile but I've been really busy I promise. I created a Mon-"Star" Themed Behavior Chart you can grab it in my TPT by clicking the picture below
I've also been working on classroom coupons for rewards this year.  I think I'm going to incorporate these into my Reading Counts (AR) somehow but I haven't decided how to yet.  I have a question for all of my Texas friends out there...Is your school continuing with C-Scope?  If it's not what are some resources you use to teach Social Studies.  If you do even what are some supplemental things you use to add to C-Scope.  We are not using it next year and we are coming up with our own curriculum.  Any input is appreciated!  And now better late than never...
I just ordered a start vinyl kit for my cameo...any advice is welcome!  I'm thinking of putting their names on the back of their chairs with the vinyl or doing some other stuff with it.  Line order? Not quite sure, I'm sure the possibilities are endless though! 
Tips Tricks or hints-I've asked for advice from numerous bloggers and their help is endless!  There are many different blogs and behind each one is a gifted teacher! 
That's all I have for today I hope you have a great week!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Have you heard about Sign Up Genius?

It is an electronic sign up sheet.  You can use it for classroom parties or parent teacher conferences.  I'm planning on trying this out in my classroom this year.  It was really easy to use and in a matter of minutes I had my class party sign ups finished.  My plan is on parent orientation night when parents sign in to ask for their e-mail.  I'm going to e-mail them that night from Sign Up Genius.  If it doesn't work or I am one short I'll send out a letter later in the year that says we need this for our party.  I'm thinking for the parent that can't make it that night this might be helpful!  Did I mention it will send a reminder e-mail before the event to remind the parent that they signed up!?  How awesome is that!? I thought I would show you step by step instructions so you can see how easy it is!
Step 1
Sign up! 

I think this is pretty self explanatory and doesn't really need any help.
Step 2 Click on build a sign up and choose school of course!

Step 3 Choose what kind of sign up you want to do I'm going to show you how to do a party sign up!

This part is where you create a group I already had one so I just used it (it saves it for you!)

You can choose a theme and I just chose Halloween! It has several different templates that you can choose from or there is even an option to upload your own photos!

Choose your Time Slot

Give your slots names choose how many you want of each. 

After you do that It will give you these choices.  This is where the choice for the reminder e-mail is!  This is probably my favorite part of this site!

Once you've finished click on the proceed to invite and publish if you are happy with how it looks.

You can enter your e-mails now and send them out. Oh but wait it's summer and you don't have those parent emails...DON'T WORRY click save as a draft for later!

There is the sign up we just did plus my sign ups I created last week!  I'm all set once I get the emails I'll enter them and publish it! 

Hopefully this will be a useful tool for the upcoming school year.  I hope you have found this information useful and will be able to use it for the upcoming school year! 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Childrens Book Linky

So I changed emails on my blog and in the process lost all of the blogs I follow in my reader :( So if you wouldn't mind comment with a link to your blog so I can start following again! I am linking up with DeAnne at First Grade and Fabulous for a linky! This happens to be one of my favorite kinds because I am slightly addicted to finding cute books for my classroom.  I've also recently started collecting childrens books that have Boston Terriers in them.  I was super excited when I found the Penny series!!

On the first day of school I like every teacher in the world on this day goes over their classroom rules and expectations.  That's whenever it is fun to bring in everyone's favorite troublemaker David!

I like to do a little craftivity I've stumbled across with him and we discuss what rule is the most important to us in our classroom.  What we could say to David to remind him to stay on the right track, etc. 
I use several picture books throughout the year to do various concepts in my class this is the main one I use the first week.  I've seen so many great books I'll probably end up picking up a few more. 
I hope ya'll had a relaxing weekend!


Friday, June 21, 2013

It's Been Awhile

So I haven't blogged in a long time and I have felt kind of lost without it. I haven't even been reading other teaching blogs! Zip Zero NOTHING since November! I feel like I've been unmotivated this school year took a lot out of me emotionally. I adjusted to a new school with a different type of child that what I have encountered in the past. I think I lost my fire this past year and I'm going to try to reignite that fire this year. I'm looking forward to a new crop of kids and I've changed from my fireflies back to my Monsters. They made me smile so much in the past so I'm going to try again. The bad news is, is that Mardels decided to discontinue carrying a lot of the Trend Furry Friends Items that they had. The good news is, is that now I'm creating a lot of things that I will share with you! I'm going to be adding more here and there but I thought I would start with something simple and basic for my first post back.
We use the smaller envelopes to send home report cards in every six weeks. We laminate these and put these on the back. Once the parent has viewed the report card they sign the sheet next to the number of the six weeks that it is, and return the envelope. Then it's ready to send home the next 6 weeks. Yes it's something to keep up with but it is a way to CYB (cover your booty). With the first six weeks report card I also remind parents that a great way to keep track of their child's progress is by signing up for the Parent Portal then they can view their child's grades and keep up with it much easier! I will be sure and post more goodies later and hopefully share some of my insights from the past year. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!