Thursday, May 31, 2012

Arrggghhhh!

HELP!  I am trying to add a reply button to my comments.  I know html pretty well, and my code seems like I copied it correctly.  However, the reply button won't show up in my previous posts...maybe it won't in previous posts.  ???  If you would, could you just add a simple comment to this post, and let me see if it shows up? 
Thank You, Thank You!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Obsessions


Bonnie at Living A Wonderful Life is hosting her first Linky Party!  And since there are things that I really love ... Ok, I'll admit it... that I am really obsessed with, I just HAD to join!
So, here are the things I am obsessed with {not in any particular order}



Anything shabby chic...vintage...cream color
Big ruffly flowers like peonies!
vintage millinery flowers...YUMMMMMMMMY goodness!
Mochas {raspberry mochas and peppermint mochas are two of my favs!}
My sweet doggy, Maggie Bleu!
Anything CARAMEL!!!!!!!

Drawing my own clip art graphics!

PINK and AQUA!
Vintage dollies, stuffed animals, 
more pink and aqua decorations for our sweet granddaughter's bedroom when she visits us!

And my latest obsession!
Impractical Jokers...LOVE THESE GUYS!!!
Check out what others are obsessed with...here...and maybe you will want to join in!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Nursery Rhymes

"Grandmother, what BIG teeth you have!"
"Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep...but I FOUND THEM!"
Tonight, I finished up two sweet Nursery Rhyme clip art sets.  I am happy with the way they turned out.  You can peek at them here...and they are both for personal AND commercial use!

Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

What I'm Reading...AND...GIVEAWAY!

I love having time {and energy} to read in the summer!  Throughout the school year, I try to read but I end up falling asleep, so I give up!  
My summer reads this year are Daily 5 and CAFE.  I have heard about this so much, but never have done it.  So, with changing to 2nd grade for the upcoming school year, I thought what better time!  It was first on my list, so I could get this started right away next year!
I'm really big into whole brain teaching, so I want to reread my book, Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites.  I was fortunate enough to get to attend one of Marcia Tate's workshops, and she is AWESOME!!!  
If you want to see what others are reading this summer, head over to the Linky Party at Clutter-Free Classroom!


NOW...about my Giveaway...
I don't have too many more to go to have 300 followers.  
When I do, I plan on a HUGE giveaway!  If you know someone that you think would enjoy my little blog, send'em on over.  The sooner, the better.  I can't wait to hold my giveaway!
AND
Be watching for more details soon!  
Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Clip Art Pack

Hurray for the RED, WHITE, and BLUE!


Fireworks and Flags are in this 30 graphics pack.
For personal and commercial use...you can find it HERE.
Thanks for taking a peek!




Saturday, May 26, 2012

Rockin' Resources

Kelley at Teacher Idea Factory is hosting her first Linky Party.



The party is Rockin' Resources:  Thinks I Couldn't Live Without.
So here is my list of 5 things I count on all the time in my classroom!




1.  We use our CPS everyday!  The kiddos call them "clickers" and LOVE them!  I LOVE that I don't have anything to grade when I use these!  It does all the work for me!




2.  Brain Pop Jr.  Gotta LOVE Annie and Moby!  




3.  Elements of Reading:  Vocabulary
LOVE*LOVE  This is AWESOME...robust vocabulary, great motivational activities, colorful, realistic...Fab-U-lous program!  My kiddos beg for this!
You can read more about this program in one of my posts here.


4.  Teacher's Notebook

No explanation needed...you know exactly what I mean!  :)




5.  My classroom library

So, there are my TOP 5.  
What are yours?  
Head on over and link up at Kelley's linky party!
Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

Thursday, May 24, 2012

One Year...

It seemed like FOREVER for our new school building to be finished!  It's hard to believe that last year at this time, we were waiting on the "ok" to start moving stuff over to our new green school.  I remember all the workers, staff and helpers pitching in and getting everything moved out of the old building and into the new one {that was constructed directly behind the old one}!  

I remember wondering how this was all going to come together by the time school started...tearing down the old building, 



getting the front of the school {yard} ready, playground installed, etc. etc. but we made it!

It is really hard to believe that we have already completed one year in our new building {as of tomorrow}.   Unbelievable how fast it seemed to go!

A Year of Blessings,

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Last Week and FREEBIES





Wow!  This year has flown by.  I can't believe I'll be starting the last week of school tomorrow....AND I can't believe after 14 years, I'll be leaving 3rd grade!  While I'm sad to leave my insanely awesome team, I am excited for a new venture in 2nd grade!






This weekend, I have been creating up a storm!  I have added several packs of clip art to Speckles & Spots and Polka Dots, one of which is a freebie that you can download HERE.  I also have another freebie for you at Teacher's Chatterbox.  It's a "Last Week of School" 12 page activity pack.  You can get that HERE.  I hope you enjoy them both!
Happy Last Week,




Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

For Upcoming Students FREEBIE

At the end of each year, I have my third graders write a letter to an upcoming third grader.  In this letter, they inform them about things they will learn, expectations, about their teacher, etc.  The students really enjoy doing this, and my next year students love being on the receiving end!


So, this freebie came from that idea.  There are five pages to choose from.  I hope your kiddos enjoy making these for your upcoming students.  

8 more days of school!
Wow!  This year really flew by!

End of the year blessings,

Monday, May 14, 2012

All Worth It!


Each year, our school presents one senior that was a former student of our school with a scholarship.  Tonight, I had the honor of announcing the recipient of the East Lincoln Elementary Scholarship...one of my former students.

I don't particularly like public speaking but it went ok...and I was not going to turn this chance blessing down!  I don't remember everything I said, but I do remember describing this young man when I had him in third grade.  I will always remember him with a huge smile on his face.  He was full of hopes and dreams even in third grade, and I knew he would go far!  He has accomplished so much in his high school years...and will continue doing so as he heads off to Belmont College on a scholarship, as well!

Actually, I had the pleasure of teaching all of the kids in this precious family!  They are all doing great things!  Great kids!  Great parents!    Me...blessed!!!  This is what it's all about!
{The oldest girl isn't pictured as she is away at college.  Luckily the oldest son was home from college for the awards ceremony}.

Feeling extremely blessed tonight!
 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Summer Bucket List Linky Party


Hadar, Teri, and April are hosting a FUN linky party!
So, here's my Bucket List for summer...

*TEACHER STUFF*

Attend Common Core training



Getting LOTS of goodies added for my Members at Teacher's Chatterbox!
Come take a peek if you aren't a member yet!

*FITNESS*
Getting a walking routine established and implemented again!

*FAMILY AND FRIENDS*
 
Enjoying the Drive-In with my hubby!

LOTS of fetch and playing with this sweet girl!

Spending time with my precious granddaughter...books, songs, picnics, dollies, dress-up, swimming, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, etc. etc. etc...anything she wants Gramma to do!!!  :)

Family Time!!!

Junking with my bestie!



Also, playing Bunco with the Babes!


Repainting this GREAT cabinet I just got using Annie Sloan chalk paint!
THE BEST paint!!! 
*ammended* {NOT to get confused with chalkboard paint} :)

So what's on your bucket list this summer?
Head on over to the linky party and share with us!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all you wonderful mothers out there!
Missing my Mom even more today!
I am SO BLESSED to be the Mom of two awesome sons and a beautiful daughter~in~love, and Gramma to the BEST GRANDGIRL in the world!

Summer Dreamin',
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