Sunday, August 26, 2012

Common Core and a FREEBIE!

          Dropping in quickly tonight to offer you a FREEBIE that deals with the Common Core standards.  I've been a little under the weather this weekend so I'm getting my school week stuff done and then, I'm off to lie back down!
          Like many of you, our state is implementing the Common Core Standards.  I'm really excited about this new set of standards, but it is a bit overwhelming!  Our 2nd grade is looking at what we have and what we need to implement these standards with fidelity.  There are many things that we have that we are able to use, but there are MANY things that we are having to either create or find from our great fellow teachers on the web. 
          As we move along in our units, the things I create I plan to post here for you!  Up for grabs tonight is a graphic organizer for the RL.1 standard and the RIT.1 standard.  These standards deal with the 5 W's (who, what, where, when, why) and an H (how). 

           Hope you like it!
          Till next time...
Saturday, August 18, 2012

A Hot Mess

      The first week is in the books and believe me, I have been a HOT MESS!  I thought I was only going to have 25 new sweeties, but in walked number 26 on Monday morning!  That is a little scary, having sooo many, but we'll make it through!  They are all so sweet!

I'm checking in very quickly today to tell you about an awesome giveaway that Sara over at Smiling in Second Grade is having.  It is for a personal laminator!  Wow!  That would be amazing to have at home for all those quick jobs!!  Hop over to her blog to enter!!  Good luck!

We're off to Stone Mountain to enjoy the afternoon!

Till next time...
Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bittersweet Tomorrow and a Freebie

So tomorrow is the first day of school and I am super nervous/jittery!  Our pre-planning week went by without a hitch, but WOWZA was I ever exhausted!

I think I have my room ready to meet my 25 new little sweeties!  They all seemed sweet and excited about the new year when I met them for Open House.  I'm just have a few bittersweet feelings though.  It's going to be so strange when I walk into my class and I don't have the same class I've had for two years!  We started out in 1st together and we all moved up to 2nd together!  We had become such a little family and we could definitely have used some therapy on that last day of school!  Even my boys were boo-hooing!!

Anyway, I think I am ready!  Well, ready or not, here they come, right?!?!

I'm offering up a little freebie today too.  I always post a little welcome poem on the board outside my classroom door.  I've, of course, created it with an owl theme this year.  I've also included grades pre-k through 5th. 

Hope you like them!

 Till next time...
Wish me luck!!!! 
Sunday, August 5, 2012

All good things must come to an end...

           So, I've been away for a few days because I went to the University of Georgia for graduation!  Two of my coworkers and I graduated on Saturday after two long years of grad school!  So excited!  One of my fellow graduates (and coworker's) daughter gave us a graduation party in Athens so we went for an extended weekend celebration!  So I officially have a title behind my name...Not so sure that I'll use it, but it's nice to know I have it!  :)

Here we are after we have walked through the arch leading onto campus.  (Legend has it that if you walk through the arches before graduating, you will never graduate!)

          Anyway, today was the day when all good things must come to an end...the first day of pre-planning.  I did not even get to see my classroom though!  We were in meetings ALL day long!  Does your school do that too??  I completely understand why we have to meet, but jeesh... they have no idea how long my to do list is!!!!

       This week, I am linking up Tara over at Fourth Grade Frolics.  
          I posted about my owl transportation ribbon organizer and my owl lunch choices ribbon organizer, but I hadn't made one yet.  I've since made them and taken them to my classroom.  I haven't quite decided where I'm going to hang them yet, but they turned out soooo cute!  I can't wait for my little sweeties to use them!!

Made-It # 1:

This is my owl transportation ribbon organizer.  I plan to use clothespins with sweetie names on them.  I couldn't for the life of me find any clothes pins that day to demonstrate so just pretend you see clothespins.  For the bus riders, I also plan to put the bus number on the pin.  Super cute! 

Made-It # 2:

This is my owl lunch choices ribbon organizer.  I plan to use it to check their lunch choice and attendance at the same time.  This will be used with clothespins as well.  The clips will start off each day in a small basket and as they come in, they will read the menu choices and choose what they want.  I'll have a student helper put the clips down each day.

I love how I left the little tassels at the bottom of this one.  It turned out really cute!

Made-It # 3:
I bought these little lunch containers a couple of weeks back when I saw a pin on Pinterest showing this.  I knew that I couldn't wait to make these containers for my groups!  I plan to put them in my small group area for use during guided math.

Hope you like all these creations!

Till next time...
Thursday, August 2, 2012

Versatile Blogger Awards!!!

         Wow! I am so honored! Four Versatile Blogger Awards!!   I was nominated by these great bloggers!

Bee at Bee Teaches
Carrie at The Common Core Classroom
Rachel at Teaching with Z
Julie at Owl See You in Third Grade

You must check out their blogs!

Now...for the rules...
  • Thank who nominated you.  (DONE)
  • Include a link back to who nominated you.  (DONE)
  • Include the image of the award in your post.  (DONE)
  • Give 7 random facts about yourself.  (DONE)
  • Pass the award on to other versatile bloggers.  (DONE)
  • Let the bloggers know you have nominated them.  (DONE)
So...for 7 random facts...Here goes...
  1. I have been with my husband since I was 15.  We were high school sweethearts!  I have loved him from the moment I met him!  He is my soul-mate! 
      2.  I was born in South Dakota, but believe me, I am a hot southern mess!  I have a horrible southern
           accent, but I wouldn't have it any other way!!
      3.  I am a HUGE reality TV fan.  I am ashamed to admit that, but it's true!  I must come clean.  I'm not   
           into the housewives or Kardashians, but I love Survivor, Amazing Race, Pawn Stars, and Hard Core
           Pawn.  I's sad, sad, sad!
      4.  I love scrapbooking!  I am looking forward to being able to pick it back up after the last two years
          of grad school!  I even taught a class at my church and worked in a scrapbooking store on the
      5.  I am a techno-geek!  I love anything and everything to do with technology.  I may not know how to
          do something technology-wise, but I try to learn and am willing to learn!
      6.  I am in love with the Yorkie breed of dog.  We have had 2 Yorkies in our 22 years marriage.  Our first
          one came along before we even had kids!
      7.  And the last random fact will make you go EEERK!  What?!?!   I have died before!  When I was a
          toddler in South Dakota, I was very sick.  I had asthma, but they couldn't figure that out at the time.
         They thought I had cystic fibrosis.  Anyway, obviously I am still here since you are reading this!

Now for the nominations.  Drum roll please...

I know, I know...that's not enough, but these are really some great blogs and you should check them out to see why I nominated them!  Plus, I really need some sleep.  I'm getting a new kitchen floor bright and early in the morning...

Till next time...
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