Sunday, February 24, 2013

Oscar Night Sunday...AND a FREEBIE!!

     Whoooo's watching the Oscars??  My favorite part of the Oscars is totally watching the Red Carpet pre-Oscar show!  I love to see all the beautiful dresses!
Who's best-dressed?  
Who's worst-dressed?  
So far I love Jennifer Chastain, Anne Hathaway, and Jennifer Lawrence!  I didn't really see any that I loathed.  For the most part, I thought everyone looked really good!  
What did you think?

     I've also been working while watching the Red Carpet.  I've been working on a tiered math game for my students.  It is called Perfect 100, Perfect 500, Perfect 1000, or Perfect 5000 based on what your students need.  The Perfect 100 is great for your little sweeties that need extra support.  The Perfect 500 is great for your on-level students, and the Perfect 1000 and 5000 is for your students working above grade level.  Of course, that's how it is for me.  :)  You may need to use it differently in your classroom.  I've provided a little FREEBIE to get you started!  Plus, you get the number cards for your deck of cards!  Just click on the picture to take you to the FREEBIE!!  The rest of the tiered levels are in my TpT store.  Hop on over to grab your tiered games for your class!

      I hope you have a great week!

Till next time!  

Friday, February 22, 2013

Five for Friday

      Normally, I would be happy, happy, happy that it was Friday, but it has been mid-winter break here for the kiddos.  Teachers got Monday and Friday off, but had to work Tuesday-Thursday.  Kinda weird, but it did give us time to work in our rooms and get some planning done.  That's always a plus, right?

      This week, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.

1.  In my previous post, I talked about my new pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies!  I absolutely LOVE it!  I've had show and tell with my co-workers this week and they are ordering too!  I should get some credit for that!  Don't cha think?!  Ha!

2.  I have this slight HUGE obsession with my iphone.  I also love all things girly so I bought this app called Wall About It.  It creates CUTE monogrammed wallpapers for your iphone.  Love, LoVe, LOVE!  Here are a couple of my favorites:

3.  My son made our high school baseball team!  He was on the team last year as an eighth grader so there wasn't much doubt that he would make it this year, but it's always exciting to get your new gear!  They got their batting practice jerseys, hat, batting gloves, team t-shirts and shorts, and cleats.  Of course, all of it had to be inspected and tried on!  I'm so proud of him!

4.  My oldest son's car had to have a new engine put in so he got his car back this week.  The sweet guy was bringing my class pizza for our Valentine's party when the car died!  It's been a hard week going from a three car family to a two car family even if it was just for several days.  He commutes to college so we had to arrange for him to get to his classes as well as to work.
      (I didn't take a picture of the engine!  Should have!  It cost enough!)

5.  For the past two weeks, we have thought that my sweet, precious hubby had prostate cancer.  A friend of ours, who is a urologist looked at his paperwork and asked, "You haven't changed your name, have you?"  We never even looked at the name!  We couldn't take our eyes off the diagnosis!  We are beyond happy and thankful to God that it is not his diagnosis, but have definitely been praying for the man whose paperwork we received!  The other problem is that this practice gave out another man's information and really have no remorse for it.  And, where did my hubby's information end up??  Anyhow, we are thankful beyond measure, but some things are still going to have to be resolved with the doctor's office.

      Well, those are some of the highlights from my week.  There have been some ups and downs this week, but I'm always thankful for the life that God has given to us!

      I hope your week has been amazing!

Till next time...
Monday, February 18, 2013

It came!! It came!!

      My Classroom Friendly Supplies sharpener came! I am so excited! All I have done is sharpen pencils! And, they are so sharp!!! I mean, really...check out the pic!! Ok, I know, I sound like a total nerd, but this sharpener is really THE BOMBDIGGITY!!

      And, don't forget to head over to their website to enter their giveaway!

On another note, did anyone have today or this week off? Our students have the whole week off for mid-winter break. Our county gave us back 3 furlough days, which I'm thankful for, but they gave them to us smack-dab in the middle of mid-winter break!! Boooo!!!!! The staff gets Monday and Friday off! I guess that's better than nothing!

Till next time...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener

       Well, I finally did it!  I broke down and bought one of the pencil sharpeners from
Classroom Friendly Supplies!  My pencil sharpener at school is a beast and we have such a hard time with it... so I decided to just order it!  I can't wait to receive it!  I have heard absolute raves about it! 

How many of you have one?  Do you like it? 

Would you like to win one???

      If you would like to a chance to win one, head over to Classroom Friendly Supplies for your chances!

Good luck!!

Till next time...
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Progress Reports...'Nuff Said

      It's progress time again and oh, how I HATE LOVE dislike strongly completing them!  Our midterms are narratives so with 26 little sweeties in my class, they take forever!  We have a template that we use to type into Excel.  It's not hard, but takes a looonnnggg time! 

      Our end of quarter reports are not as lengthy because each skill can be completed for all students at one time.  No biggie...     

      Now, I guess I need to get back to them!  I just needed a little break!  :)

What do you guys do for your midterms?

Till next time...
Sunday, February 3, 2013


     Happy Super Bowl everyone!  It's a little quiet here at our house.  No parties and no kids.  The hubby likes to stay home and watch in the peace and quiet.  They boys have gone to a Super Bowl party at church.  This year, I'm not really feeling the teams so...I'm on the computer!

      It's been a while since I've linked up with Farley for here goes!

LISTENING - The Super Bowl is on and I hear it, but as far as knowing what's going on...I have NO idea!!

LOVING - My hubby is awesome, and I am so very blessed to have him!

THINKING - I really need to finish start my lesson plans.

WANTING - We just had a new HUGE, Kroger open and it has a Starbucks in it.  Trust me, that is BIG-TIME for our little town!  This thing even has a furniture section in it!!!

NEEDING - I have this great student teacher coming, but this is just her second field experience so she is not totally ready to fly yet.  She still needs lots of guidance!

PET PEEVES - I cannot stand tapping!  I don't like the sound of tapping!  I don't like to be tapped.  No pencil tapping, no feet tapping...just no tapping!

That's enough for now! I guess I really DO need to get those lesson plans going!

Till next time!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Where, oh where has this blogger gone?

Where, oh where has this blogger gone?  
Oh, where, oh where could she be?

       I really have NO excuse, except that life got in the way...Oh, nothing life shattering, just life.  I should have had plenty of time since I finished up my masters degree in the summer.  Lots of extra time, right?  Well, I found plenty of things to fill that time! 
     Learning the new Common Core standards and incorporating our state frameworks into it has been really easy really kicked my boo-hoo!!  Plus, we have two new administrators and have been trying to keep up with them.  I know, I know...excuses, excuses!!  I have missed you guys and I hope to do better!

     On another note...Does anyone do the Rigby assessment?  This has replaced the Houghton Mifflin Assessement that our school has done in the past.  I was asked to help train some teachers at our school to administer it.  I really do like it.  It is a bit time consuming, but I think that the information gained is very informative in helping teachers form their small groups for guided reading.  It gives you an indication of their accuracy level as well as their comprehension level.  From completing the Rigby, my reading groups have changed somewhat and I have had some students completing some independent study activities.  At first, I was just having them complete some different activities that I already had on hand, but then I came up with some menu-type activities that I could use on a rotational type basis.  They have really loved them!  Some of my other students are asking, "When can we do independent study," which, of course, is awesome!  I have not used them with any other group other than my top readers.  They are reading on high 4th and 5th grade level, but they could be used with any students.


 Hope you can use this in your classroom!

Till next time...and I hope it won't be so long!
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