Sunday, November 4, 2012


I'm linking up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade!
My kids are different this year....They don't like anything that has worked in the past.  I can't figure them out.  Nothing seems to motivate them.  It's really strange.  There are a few that are motivated but as a whole not so much.  They are a very sweet group of kids I just feel like it's taking us a longer time to mesh because I can't figure them out.  Anything I suggest is "baby" or "not fun" I just can't win.  I'm hoping that something at some point will work I've tried just about everything!
I hope everyone has a happy Sunday!  Enjoy your extra hour!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Election week ideas

So I read the following 2 books to my class this week while talking about the elections

Duck for president was great for an unrealistic presidential story mainly for fun.  Grace did a great job of talking about the whole election process.  My kids really enjoyed both books. 
We are going to have an election between Grace and Duck.  I have made voter registration cards and ballots I also created posters like this with my kids names on them instead of mine and their faces in them.  I have hung these on my bulletin board.  I plan on decorating my classroom this weekend with red white and blue anything to try to get the kids pumped up about voting!
My kids LOVED these Click the picture to head to the website.  They loved seeing their faces on Uncle Sam.  I plan on letting my Reading group make more campaign posters for my classroom and hallway.  I had this vision this summer I'm just trying to run with it!  I'm sure I will come up with several ideas over the weekend.  How are you teaching the election to your K-2 kids?


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

How We Count Money

I struggled with this last year but this year this seems to be a great method and it's working for my kids so I thought I would share.  I'm sure many of you out there do this.  Counting money and time are 2 of the things in Math that make me groan out loud literally!  The kids are so excited about it though so that makes it bearable :)

I give the kids some coins to look at.  I tell them that we are going to give them a new hairdo.  The kids look at me like I'm slightly crazy but I tell them that this will help them count their money.  I tell them for every 5 cents in a coin we are going to give that coin a hair on top of its head.  We then go through and count how many hairs each coin has.  Quarter-5 Dime-2 and a Nickel-5.  A Penny does not get any hairs because it doesn't have 5 cents in it.  So the coins should look like the image below
Then all the kids have to do is count the hairs (by 5s) and they should come up with the correct amount.  Of course I have my kids that can actually count the coins and come up with the correct answer I still make them do this I just think it helps them check their answers.  For those who do that hehe!
We are tackling time this week and I think I am going to have them make paper plate clocks.  I found a new one on pinterest that I want to try with them.  Hopefully I can get them outside and do one with sidewalk chalk or something fun like that :)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Money Freebie

I created this money freebie for my kiddos click here to get it. How do you teach coin value and counting money? I will post this weekend how I do :)

I have also linked up with TBA for Freebie Friday!

Freebie Fridays

Happy Friday!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Happy Owlloween

I normally take pictures of things that I come up with but this just hit me so suddenly I didn't have time to make it myself.

My scanner didn't work very well so you will have to finish some lines on some of the parts.  I wanted to make it to Manic Monday so I was in a bit of a hurry!

My classroom theme is done in owls so I thought I would make some ghost owls for my classroom.  I know it is weird but I thought it might help bring some halloween to my room.  I'm doing the body in white, eyes yellow, and beak and feet orange.  I hope you enjoy my weirdness :)

You can grab your freebie here

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Missing in Action

So it's been awhile since I have blogged.  I think I just got burnt out and let down somewhat.  I don't want to go into details but lets just say I lost my faith in some people out there who I thought a lot of. 

I have officially survived my first six weeks in a new school and I've lived back at home with my parents for a few months now as well.  I'm still adjusting to everything and for some reason at the beginning of the year I always forget that they are still basically first graders.  I've been back for a few visits to my old school and I won't be going back again.  It broke my heart to talk to some of my kids and I can't go back so I can't look back anymore. 

Some nice things about being halfway back in civilization is I can now enjoy what I have missed out on for 2 years!  A SONIC DRINK.  You never realize how much you miss things until they are gone so cherish the opportunity to have one of those drinks.  Some afternoons they are the glue that holds me together. 

I've made quite a few things in my classroom but I don't think I will bore you with that right now.  I went to a workshop this summer.  I was introduced to books that help kids with grammar at this workshop.  I was introduced to the book What dogs do and What Dogs do Too?

My books is a combined edition of the two and has a Boston Terrier on the cover (go figure!)

This book is one word action verbs followed by a picture of the dog.  So I then got the brilliant idea to make my own video of basically the same thing only involving my students.  Clip Art Came from KPM Doodles, The Pond, The 3am Teacher and Dream Like Magic.  I also published it into a photo book from shutterfly.  The kids are so excited about it being an actual video more so than the video.  They told me they did all the work and I didn't really do anything HA!

I had never used Microsoft Movie Maker and let me tell you it is so easy!  It is like using power point!  I can do these fairly quick and hopefully I can do some more in the future!  So check out our video What Ms. Harris's class does.

I hope everyone is enjoying their school year and hopefully beginning to find their groove :)


Friday, August 10, 2012

Currently and Ginormous Bulletin Board!

So I have been in a blogging funk lately I have no idea why.  Soon I will be posting my complete classroom pics.  I am still waiting on some clip art for a few key items and then I promise I will post pics!  I did however complete the GINORMOUS hallway bulletin board.  This board is huge!  I had no idea what to put out there that had to do with fireworks.  I wanted a cute saying etc.  Well since our theme is surrounded by the whole Katy Perry song where did I turn...those lyrics!  I chose "Ignite the light and let it shine"  I changed the to your.  I think it turned out really cute!

We hung up Christmas lights on the board (when I say we it is my mom and me.  I am way too short even on a ladder to reach ha ha).  We bought 3 black tablecloths from the dollar tree and covered it with that.  We made the firecracker out of wrapping paper and stuffed it with shredded paper.  We used dollar spot sparkly stars and Dollar tree bows (they look like fireworks).  I also used the idea of the clothespins with the thumb tack on the back.  I tried those 3M strips last year but those didn't work.  I think it turned out really cute if I do say so myself! 

I hope your back to school transition is going smoothly.  If you are in a new school/classroom I hope your transition is going well and that you are coming to love your school as much as I love mine!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Perfect Pen Pal Pairing

Head on over to the Teacher Idea Factory to get paired up with your perfect class pen pal!  I signed up so should you!

She's also having a giveaway of her pen pal packet!  What better way to get started then that!?

Who knows maybe our classes could be pen pals!

Monday, July 30, 2012


Vista Print was having a very great deal this past week.  So I had business cards with all of my information printed on them.  Once they come in I will be sure and share a pic.  I'm going to put a magnet on the back of them for all of my parents.

I also made these:  Graphics from The 3am Teacher

I am going to put a magnet on each of these and give these to my parents as well.  I think they turned out very cute :)

I'm also working on my word wall and mason jar.  Hopefully I will have pictures of that to share soon. 

Sorry I don't have more to share it has been a bizarre week for me.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tell me More....

I'm linking up with Amy at Step into Second Grade for a Tell me More Linky!

1.  I've never really liked my hair color until recently.  I've alway been envious of brunettes and blondes because they could dye their hair.  I've debating on coloring mine brown.  However I think I would look too funny with brown eyebrows :\

2.  I moved to the town where I teach when I was in 2nd grade.  Little did I know all these years later I would be moving back and starting exactly where I started 19 years ago.  I actually work with people who taught me/saw me grow up. :)

3.  I attended Texas A&M University-Commerce I LOVED MY SCHOOL!  I had a wonderful college experience!

4.  I am a Gamma Phi Beta Alumna.  Yes I did the whole sorority thing in college but it was quite possibly the greatest thing that could have happened at that time in my life.

5.  I am actually an Agricultural Sciences and Technology Major.  I was very involved in FFA in High School my family still raise Angus cattle, from the original ones I started with.

6.  I am a reality tv show junkie!  The only one I'm really not into anymore is the Bachelor/Bachelorette.  I quit watching around Julian's season. 

7.  I was a cheerleader all during school which led to me becoming a cheerleading sponsor at my previous school.  I will miss each of those girls everyday!  I took them from thigh-stands to basket tosses.  It was an experience I will never forget. 

8.  I am left handed but I don't feel like I am artsy.  Once people realize I'm left handed that is the first question they ask. 

9.  I love animals.  If I ever win the lottery I plan to open a no kill animal shelter.  I know it sounds good in theory but it will be a lot of hard work. 

10.  Somedays I miss teaching JH and then some days I'm thankful for the innocence of my 2nd graders!

I know there aren't any pictures :(  most of my pictures are on another computer.  I hope you enjoyed a little bit of the randomness that is ME!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Giveaway, and Meet Pete

Sarah at the Fabulous First Grade is having a week long Summer Freebie/Giveaway!  You have to check this out!  I'm loving the week of freebies!  Head over to her blog and check it out!

I blogged not too long ago about receiving a grant for a bearded dragon for my classroom.  Well I got a habitat that was 180.00 FOR FREE!  Petco also has started sending me some really good coupons to go with it.  I'm pleased to announce the arrival of Pete (Pete's Dragon).

Pete likes crickets and mealworms.  I put the crickets in the aquarium and he will jump from the top of that tree to pounce on them.  He will eat them until they are gone.  He's not big on bearded dragon chow (the dry food) I can't even tell that he has eaten any so I am going to have to figure something else out in that area.  When you talk to him he acts like he understands you he cocks his head to the side and stares at you.  He even let me pick him up today without squirming too much.  Hopefully he will get even more docile with time.  I'm very excited to have him as a part of my classroom.

Sorry for posting in 2 days I just couldn't/wouldn't post about Pete until he had a name. 

Happy Monday!

Just Another Manic Monday

As you know it's Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies :) I do have to say this is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week!

I was looking for something on sentences and I saw something on pinterest and I can't find it.  Do ya'll have a problem with things you've been from awhile ago disappearing?  I seem to have this problem quite often!  I typed in the 4 sentences put their proper name and then put what they are commonly called.  I also put an example sentence and the punctuation that you would use.

I am going to cut them out using my fancy crazy cut scissors and glue them to a sheet of card stock, laminate, and then glue them to ribbon to hang up.  I'm probably not saving much space but I think this is something I definitely need in my classroom.  Hopefully it will improve my writing!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
You can grab your freebie HERE!
I hope you enjoy your Manic Monday!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Newbie Blog Hop

I'm not all that new but  I think I'm new enough :) Click the picture to head on over to Grade 3 is for me to check it out!

The rules are simple answer these questions and then link up!

  1.  what state you are in
 2.  your current teaching position
    3.  your teaching experience
    4.  when you started blogging
    5.  share a blogging tip / blogging resource
1. I am in Texas.
2. I am currently a second grade teacher.
3. This will be my 4th year teaching.  I've taught technology applications, 4-8 Science Technology and Social Studies, and I'm entering my second year of teaching 2nd grade.
4. I think I started blogging again in February.
5. I like it when blogs put a link back to their blog in a comment. (it's easier to check your blog out!)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Manic Monday #3

I made these before but as monsters and I made a new one to go with my new theme.  I made an owl substitute binder.

I use this on days that I am out.  I put lesson plans, important notes, and worksheets for the time period that I will be gone.  Hopefully you will find this to be very useful!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

You can grab your freebie by clicking here

Also you need to go check out a 100 follower giveaway from Calling Plays in 2nd Grade!  Help her celebrate 100 followers and earn your chance for a $50 Target gift Card...Oh the damage I could do :)

Calling Plays in 2nd Grade

Happy Manic Monday!

Giveaway, and Classroom Facelifts :)

I've been teasing and I apologize but first I'm going to blog about Marie's awesome giveaway!  She is celebrating 300 followers!  Help her celebrate by checking out her AH-MAZING blog and signing up for your chance to win!


So my Nanny left early this morning which makes me sad!  I'm don't get to spend as much time as I used to with her and I miss that!  I lived with her while I was in college so I got pretty used to seeing her everyday.  I talk to her on the phone everyday...but it's not the same thing!

My Nanny and I last Christmas

Nanny came and helped to give my classroom a facelift!  She's an excellent seamstress and I have even made a quilt with her.  She just hasn't gotten around to teaching me how to use a sewing machine.  It was on the agenda for this summer but with moving homes, and classrooms we just haven't gotten around to it. 

In her time up here she re-covered my desk chair.  This chair was my original chair when I was a computer applications aide at this school 3 years ago.  It was looking just a bit run down.  I should have taken some before pictures...but I forgot and by the time I remembered it was already put together!

The bottom is secured by elastic and the top piece has a draw string.  This is for easy removal should it need washed.  Don't you just love it!

Next she made my curtains.  I think that these turned out really well.  I thought the combination would look nice together but I had no idea it would look this nice.  It must her amazing sewing powers:

She even made a matching table skirt for this table that my bearded dragon (more on that later) is going to sit on. 

Everything turned out really nice!  She even made birthday chair covers for my birthday kiddos.  I forgot to snap some pictures of those but I may add them in a later post. 

I added some lanterns to my ceiling.  I've still got to go to the party supply store to get some yellow ones they were out at hobby lobby :(.  I think I am going to do those fun fluffy ones.  My room just needs more yellow.  It has actually become my new obsession which is strange! (please ignore the mess)

I was also lucky enough to inherit this bookshelf since they were re-modeling our music room.   It was a tight squeeze but I was able to fit all of my books in the containers on the shelves.  I love these containers!  Especially the colors.  I got them at the dollar tree of course! 

This next picture is something I have given away as a freebie and I thought you might like to see the finished product.  This is my how am I going home chart.  Like I said before I will write the childs name on a pin and then the bus number if that child is riding a bus, or maybe if they are in a car who will be picking them up.  I think it's a useful system but I will wait and see how it works throughout the year.  Click the picture to go to the freebie where it's offered.

I found this idea on pinterest which led me to this blog:

She offers her template for free by clicking here she even includes lunch choices.  I don't have to keep track of that so I just did the dismissal situation. 

If you've made it to the end of this post you deserve a reward because it was a long one!  Thank you to each of my followers I hope that you take something from my blog even if it's just a giggle. 

I also just have to share this random picture of Bernice.  I hope this gives you as much of a giggle as it did me!

I think she's been missing me at home lately so I'm not going to school I'm just staying in and snuggling :)

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, July 14, 2012


I am just now getting into labeling posts and I know all of you people who are OCD just let out a large gasp.  I feel so much more organized!  That's my goal this year is to stay that way!  We will see how it goes.

In the midst of a busy weekend I was lucky enough to be awarded 2 awards :)  I love getting these awards it always makes me feel like I'm doing something right.  Gotta love that positive reinforcement!

Christa at Sweet Life of 2nd Grade Awarded me:

If you haven't checked out her blog you definitely should!  Love it!

Sweet Life of Second Grade
This award highlights blogs that have under 200 followers (small blogs need lovin' too!). Here are the rules for it:

1. Copy and paste this award on your blog.

2. Thank the giver and link back to them.

3. Reveal 5 other bloggers and let them know by commenting on their blog

I'm going to nominate An Apple For the Teacher

Jayne at Mrs. Rhodes Scholars also awarded me an award.  I received this one a week ago.  Thank you so much for giving me this award!
Head on over to her blog to check it out too!

I was going to blog about my new classroom decor, but it is my nanny's last night in town so I will blog about it tomorrow I can't wait to share it with you!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fireflies in a Jar

I blogged awhile ago about these animated fireflies I found in a mason jar that I was going to use in my classroom.  I think that these are way cool!

This is what they look like from far away:

Close up and all you have to do to get it to light up is to tap the lid.

A little video to show you what it looks like....I LOVE IT!

I've only got 2 of these but I plan on going back and getting a few more!  I think they will be the perfect addition to my firefly themed classroom. 

I got these at Big Lots and they even have butterflies that do the same thing.  I'm in love with these!

My grandmother is coming for a few days to visit and I am sooo EXCITED!  She's going to make my curtains for my classroom so I will have more decorations to post soon!  Just waiting on some custom clip art to get finished up so I can finish a few key things. 

I hope everyone has a happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


I have been trying to win some great giveaways this summer but I would really really love to win this one from Keri at Teach Play Smile

Help Keri celebrate 200 followers! Go check out this fantabulous giveaway!  You could win a fabulous addition to a listening center....I'm not going to spoil the surprise you'll just have to check it out for yourself!
Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Manic Monday #2

I'm linking up with Classroom Freebies for Manic Monday!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
My freebie for the linky is geared toward my Texas Teachers.  When I got into my new classroom I didn't have any pledge posters.  I looked at stores but I just didn't want to spend the money when I could make one on my own.  So click the picture below to go to my google docs to get your own copy of  The Texas Pledge.  I hope you enjoy it! 
Happy Manic Monday :)

Classroom Pics.

I'm linking up with Corinna at Surfing through 2nd to share some of my classroom decorations/themes. 

Surfin' Through Second

I know I've mentioned this in blogs before.  My new school does a different school wide theme every year.  This year my principal had heard the Katy Perry firework song in passing and decided that that would be our theme, on fire.  The faculty wears t-shirts themed around the theme etc.  to get the kids pumped up.  She gaves us a whole list of ideas to choose from.  Of course fireworks were on the list and my team chose that.  So we are decorating our hallway to be fireworks and we're turning our doors into fireworks etc.  I will post pics once that process is complete.  You then can do your own theme in your classroom.  I decided to choose one off the list that I knew no one else would choose.  I chose fireflies.  My students are going to "let their light shine."

Do you know how hard it is to decorate with fireflies!  I was browsing at Mardel and I found the Trend Owl-Stars and they actually have fireflies in them so that helps out a lot!  I'm planning on making a mason jar for the back wall of my room but we will have to wait and see how that turns out.

I have just now gotten to the decorating part and I'm still trying to organize everything Owls have taken over but hopefully I can find some more little firefly things to incorporate later on. 

I revamped my clock a bit.  I added a quarter after, half past, and quarter till.  I also added those mini clocks from something I saw on Pinterest.

Like I said it's a work in progress but hopefully in a few more weeks I'll have some more pictures to share.  Hopefully everything will come together! 

Have a Wonderful Week.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Advice for 1st Year Teachers

I'm linking up with Deb at Fabulously First for her Teacher's Wisdom Linky Party.  What's crazy to me is that I am offering advice.  I've been doing this for 4 years now and I think one of my greatest strengths in teaching is that I listen to my students.  I mean REALLY listen.  I also find great value in having a mentor teacher.  I had one my first year and it is a friendship that I have continued over the years.  Go ahead and share your wisdom and link up with Deb too!  Maybe share this linky with some newbies in your district :)

Fabulously First