Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day, LGA Linky, and...A WINNER!

      Happy Mother's Day, y'all!  I hope you have had a great day of spoiling and pampering!

      I'm linking up this beautiful Mother's Day with Lotoya at Flying Into First quickly and then heading out to a nice dinner with the fam!


      Her questions this week are:

1.  What made you decide to become a teacher?
2. What has been your most rewarding experience as a teacher?
3. If you were not a teacher, what would you be?

1.  I originally wanted to be a speech-language pathologist, but one day, I just decided that I wanted to be a teacher!  It was just sort of like, "Yes, that's what I want to be!"

2.  I love when those students who have struggled finally get it!  That little light bulb moment is priceless!  I love being able to share the joy of just being a kid!

3.  If I was not a teacher, I would love to be a photographer!  I love taking pictures!  Follow me on instagram:

Now, it's your turn to tell us about yourself!  Head over to Flying into First to link up! 

   Giveaway Winner!!  Giveaway Winner!!  Giveaway Winner!!  

    Thanks to everyone who entered!  And, now for the winner of my 100 Follower Giveaway!  

Amy N. Brown!!!!

       I'll be contacting you to get your prizes to you!!

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Have a great week!  10 more days for me!!  How many do you have left??

Till next time...
Friday, May 10, 2013

Five for Friday...Flashback {May 10 edition}

      Happy Friday y'all!   This has been a really long week.  It was just Tuesday and felt like it should be Friday already!  We have sooo much end of the year stuff going on that I just feel exhausted thinking about it.  And, I don't think next week will be any better!  I will have no - none - zilch - absolutely no planning at all next week.  Ugh!  I'm sooo not looking forward to that!  But, on the brighter side, we only have ten days of school left!!  Yipee!!

      Friday also means linking up with Amanda at Teaching Maddeness and Doodle Bugs Teaching.  I just love these two linkys!!


      We are anxiously waiting for our caterpillars to turn into butterflies.  They should be in the pupa stage when we return on Monday.  I sure hope we don't miss them hatching since we only have ten days of school left!  I can't complain though!  They were a gift from a sweet mom/teacher who sent them down as a surprise when we returned from our butterfly center field trip last week.  The caterpillars are really getting big and were starting to make their way to the top of the container today!  So exciting!!

      Were you spoiled for Teacher's Appreciation this week?  I hope so!  Our school, PTO, Partners in Education, and parents really spoiled all of us!  I wish I had gotten some pics, but I wasn't thinking apparently!  So, I give you this:

      My son rescued a cute kitty this past week!  We fell in love!  Well, almost all of us!  My sweet hubby would say, "Who is you little friend We?"  He did not fall in love!  We kept it overnight, but that was it.  The mister found a forever home very quickly!  A man, from his work, and his wife fell in love with the pics because it reminded them of a kitty they had many years ago.  They decided to name it - Mira, but pronounced more like Mirror because she was a mirror image of their former kitty!  Sweet!

      We also this week got to try out Adventure to Fitness!  It was soooooo much fun!!!  I blogged about it HERE!  If you haven't tried it with your kids, you must try it!  The kids love it!  


      And, for Mother's Day, we made ceramic tiles with their handprints.  They turned out so cute!  

      All I did was use 6x6 ceramic tiles, acrylic craft paint, a Sharpie, and clear spray enamel.  Easy peasy!  And mom's everywhere like to be reminded of how sweet their little one's hands are!   They can hang them up, use as a coaster, or trivet, or anything they'd like!

I hope your week was great!  Can't wait to read about it!!

Oh, and there's one more day to enter my giveaway!  Enter before it's too late!!!!

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Till next time...
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Adventure to Fitness and a {{Giveaway!}}


      Happy Tuesday, y'all!  While stalking, oops, I mean learning from the wonderful Amanda over at Teaching Maddeness, I saw a website that she talked about called Adventure to Fitness.  I have been waiting patiently for a rainy, yucky day to try it out!  Believe me, we have had some yucky, rainy weather over the last few days---like 3.5 inches since Saturday morning!!  Since we are a Healthier Generation school, I thought this would be a perfect fit!
      It is such a great website and it is FREE to join.  All you need is your school email to register, and then you are all set!  Once you have set up your account, you get a choice of lots of adventures!

      For our first time, I let the kiddos vote on which action adventure to choose.  They choose the Chinese Challenge.  For 30 minutes, they were active by running (in place) in slow motion, moderate speed, fast speed, and mega speed.  They were also ducking flaming arrows from the terra-cotta army of China, jumping, and climbing bamboo.  This was truly an adventure, but not only were they active, they were learning too.

      This adventure talked about what extinction means, that bamboo is a type of grass, the terra-cotta soldiers, the Great Wall, and so much more!  All of this is packed into that 30 minutes!  And, best of all, they are totally engaged...and exhausted when they are finished!  Exhausted is good this time of year, right?!

      I do believe this one is a keeper!! I've linked up with Fourth Grade Flipper for ...

Ok, and don't forget to enter my 100 Follower Giveaway!  It's ending in just four days!!  Good luck!!


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Till next time...

Friday, May 3, 2013

Our Week in Review AND a {{GIVEAWAY!!!}}

It's Friday, y'all!!   That means it is time to link up for Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching and Friday Flashback with Teaching Maddeness!  Both of these linky parties is so much fun!  You need to check them out!


      Since getting my masters in math education, I have really tried to stretch my students' thinking in mathematics.  We did a little bit of work on algebraic thinking using growing patterns.  I chose to do a growing pattern using caterpillars made with circles.  The 1 day old caterpillar was made with 3 circles.  Two day old caterpillars was made with 4 circles.  Three day old caterpillars was made with 5 circles, etc., etc.  They had to then find out how many circles would be needed for 5 days old, 10 days old, 25 days old, 50 days old, 75 days old, and 100 days old.  It was amazing listening to their reasoning and solutions.

      Our county offers Partners in Education grants every year.  They range from $300 to $1000 for various classroom projects.  This year, they added a category of field trip grants.  Our principal required us to either write an individual or grade level grant for any of the grant categories.  We decided to try for a field trip grant.  The prize patrol came around about a month ago to tell us the news that our field trip grant proposal had been approved!!  Happy Day, Happy Day!!!!  We had written the grant to go visit the Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens since our science focuses heavily on life cycles.  This was an amazing field trip while we were there, however, the bus ride was not fun!  We were on the bus for a total of FOUR hours of our school day because our drivers got lost going and coming home!  They had to hold the buses for us because we late getting back!!!  I was never so glad to be back to school!!!  And, as soon as I could, I high-tailed it right outta there!!!

      We have an amazing ballet/dance school here and they put on great shows.  We got to go to see their performance of The Lion King of Mali.  It was a bit weird in the beginning, but was really beautiful!!  It is very different from the Disney version, but the director said that this is the story that the Disney version is based on.  Anyway, we didn't get lost!  Thank goodness, since the auditorium is just over a few streets and I really didn't want to get back on a bus after yesterday!

      And now, for great news!  I have finally hit 100 followers and because of that, I am having a giveaway!!  Classroom Friendly Supplies has agreed to giveaway one of their awesome and amazing pencil sharpeners.  I have already blogged about how much I love mine.  You can read about that HERE.  I am also giving away a $15 dollar Starbucks gift card!

      For your chances to win, enter below!  Spread the word!!  It will start at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!!

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Good luck!!

Till next time...

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Currently...

       Wow!  I cannot believe it is time for the May Currently!  Time really does fly!

Ok, so I'm listening to The Vampire Diaries.  I love this show.  It is a guilty pleasure of mine.  

I am loving that it's almost summer, BUT there is so much to do in these last few days that I would like for them to slow down...just a little.  

I would really like a HUGE bowl of ice cream from Laynie Bug's Sweet Shop!  Bourbon Burnt Sugar is my favorite!  Yum!  But, I could also go for some Starbucks about now.  

I really need to go to bed.  I am so tired.  My grade level won a field trip grant from our county and today was our day to go.  We went to Callaway Gardens to their butterfly conservatory.  Of course, it was horrible to get there and back.  What should take an hour 15 minutes took TWO HOURS not just going, but coming back!  We missed our first show that we were supposed to see, but we did get to see the beautiful butterflies.  But seriously, FOUR hours of bus time is a bit much!  

This summer that I want some fun in the sun at the beach AND I want to do some Pinterest projects.  Don't we all?!?!  

I'm looking forward to reading your Currently so hop over to link up with Farley!    

Till next time...x
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