Tuesday, December 31, 2013


It's nearly 2014!
 I almost missed the December currently! Go {Here} for the fun!
December, we hardly knew ye!
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is almost frowned upon, now that Paw Patrol has been discovered by the little one!
Yes, it is snowing! Big pretty white flakes! Love that!
New Year's at home is great. Surrounded by family. :)
Hmmmm...do I say I want ice cream every month?
Needing...I don't need to take down decorations. I might leave them up for another week...
We take the kids to see lights every year, even just in our own  neighborhood.
I'm so late for the currently, I missed it for this month.(I knew that would happen eventually...)
But I'm linking this post to Simply Kinder's Teaching Blog Round-Up!
Click the picture to check it out!
Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Questionnaire!


I love Christmas! I'm linking up with Michelle for this festive linky party! Click {Here} to check it out!

Hot Chocolate or Eggnog?
I am a big fan of hot chocolate! Especially peppermint! (McDonald's=yes, Tim Horton's =no)

Does Santa Wrap Presents or Just Sit them under the Tree?
He wraps them. And leaves the roll behind. 

Colored lights or white?
White inside, colored outside. I love the new LED lights!

When do you decorate?
After Thanksgiving, a little at a time.
Real or fake tree?
Fake. Cutting down a real tree just seems wrong, but it smells nice!

What tops your tree?
An angel holding a light.
Favorite Christmas memories or traditions?
Family parties, eating candy canes, finding gifts in our stockings!
Do you remember your favorite gift as a child?
My baby doll or my barbie. 
Do you prefer giving or receiving?
The older I get, the more I like giving vs. receiving.
What is your favorite Christmas song?
Wow...a toughie. "Rocking around the Christmas tree" or "Carol of the Bells".
Candy Canes: Yum or Yuck?
Favorite Christmas Movie:
Any old claymation one...Rudolph, Santa Claus is coming to town, etc. Or the Santa Clause. Or Elf. :)

Do you shop online or at stores?
Both. And I buy all year long!
Photo cards, letter, or store bought card?
Photo cards or store bought cards, depending on the year. This year, store bought cards. With pictures of the kids of course. :)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Five for Friday: Random thoughts

1. Spaghetti Garlic Bread:
Yes, it was as good as it sounds. Click {Here}. 

2. One of my Favorite Pages: The Nester is so cute. And smart. And trendy. And easy(easy ideas to follow I mean). Did I mention smart? Click {Here} to see her cuteness. (She just bought a house and is re-doing it.)

3. Melonheadz Christmas Countdown: I love Melonheadz clipart! Be sure to get a Chrismas countdown for Free! Click {Here}.

4.Snow Days: None here yet, but I hold out hope! And I visit here regularly(just in case): www.snowdaycalculator.com

5. The Portable North Pole:   If you haven't tried this... It's free! and easy! www.portablenorthpole.com It's a personalized video from Santa! Super cute!

Check out Five for Friday {Here}

Friday, November 22, 2013

Five for Friday Thanksgiving Throwback Freebie

Click {Here} to check it out, or link up!

One:  I'm slightly obsessed with this. I really could eat 2 bags in a row, but I ration myself one bag a day. (We bought a box of 24 at Cosco).
Two:  I had to paint feet in college once during my supervisor's observation. Love this though!  http://www.petersonstories.blogspot.com/2011/11/thankful.html
LJUSA LED flashlight, hand-powered IKEA No batteries needed. Powered by a capacitor, which stores electrical charge.
 Three: Between the power outages this week and my little one afraid of the dark every night(even surrounded by a nightlight, a gloworm and a musical starfish), I had to find something he could use.  Who knew how hot regular flashlights were after 20 minutes?!   Thank you Ikea!   http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30190857/

Four:  Go here and read her Holiday Disaster post...sooo funny.
(I don't think I have a Thanksgiving disaster story...we are notorious for taking a mini-vacation during the Thanksgiving weekend.)

Five: Go {Here} for my most favorite Thanksgiving freebie! Definitely printing this today for next week!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Five for Friday and Thanksgiving Freebie part 2

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1. I had a major flashback when I took my son to preschool and saw this. We used to have this in my kindergarten class...again, that was the 70's!

Melted Snowman Cookies
 2. Aren't these the cutest! I have seen different versions and finally tracked this recipe down.
Here is the source: 

 3. Need a FREE template for your parent newsletters? Check out this edit-in-word freebie! I found out a lot of teachers in my building are using it! Super easy!

4. We made paper bag teepees. Aren't they the cutest!

Saturday is the last day to join the giveaway!
(If you are a follower of this blog or my TPT store, that will give you an entry already!)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thanksgiving Centers

We are doing Thanksgiving centers this week and next! 

Go {Here} for my packet.

I linked up with Blog Hoppin  this week for their Activity day!
Here is the link for more Activities!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Five for Friday: Thanksgiving

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1. I was thinking about those cute Turkey shaped cookies made with Oreos...and I couldn't remember what they looked like. So I went searching around and I found a cute turkey made on a sugar cookie.
(This is good, because these are simpler, and it's also good because we can't have peanut products at our school. Most of the ones I found are made with a mini Reese's cup.)
But then, I found this super cute cookie:
Thanksgiving Treats
source: www.yesterdayontuesday.com

I love this! It is shown with peanut butter cookies, but I could substitute a sugar cookie.
Also, I like that it is not made with only candy corn.  Mike and Ike's are way yummier.

2. Thanksgiving pie...pumpkin, apple, or other?  I can't decide which one to make.

3. On the healthy side, isn't this the cutest?
Find the photo here: http://catchmyparty.com/photos/800261

4.  We went to the children's museum.
Remember Lite Brite?

5. Parent Teacher Conferences are this week. Need I say more?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My Truth Monday---Becoming a Teacher


I'm linking up with Denise from Sunny Days in Second Grade for her My Truth Monday series. (Even though it's Tuesday).
What led me to be a teacher? This is what I remember:
 Of course that was the '70's. :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Currently November... YUMMY

My youngest loves Mickey's Clubhouse. We watch a lot of Busytown too. I kind of like the music.
The leaves haven't really fallen here, so it is still very colorful!
Laundry...the never-ending task...
Travelling would be great. We are thinking of going somewhere this month.
Halloween decorations? I feel like I just put them out!
And OH MY!  Go here and copy this recipe!
* http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/brown-familys-favorite-pumpkin-pie/detail.aspx
This is the BEST pumpkin pie! I make it with a graham cracker crust though. It is way better than the traditional crust. It has a walnut/brown sugar topping. It's a family favorite for Thanksgiving!

Link up to the Currently fun {Here}.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


It's Currently time! {Here's} the link for more fun at Farley's page!

Listening: General Hospital has been so good lately! 
Loving: We were trick or treating today... Love October!
Thinking: We need some pumpkins to help decorate the yard/porch.
Wanting: Salsa and Chips, but we don't have any salsa!
Needing: To wash windows. We had some new windows installed and they make the old ones look very dirty in comparison!
Trick or Treat: Coconut is my favorite! 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

One last apple freebie...

I forgot to add this to my apple post. I found the cutest free game on TPT by Amy Lattin...here's the link {HERE}.

Basically you hide Johnny Appleseed behind the letter (on the pocket chart) and the kids have to guess where he is. (You could also do this with letter sounds or sight words!) So... I made a poster of a song we sing with the game. (Because music makes everything more fun!) Here's the link to the poster {click here}.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Common Core: Developmentally Appropriate?

A recent article that questions whether the Common Core is Developmentally Appropriate.  If you scroll down, there is a short video that shows the full presentation.{Click Here}.
What do you think?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Apples, Apples, Apples

Here are some pictures from our Apple unit(Scroll down and keep going, since there is so much space between each one!)
Torn paper apples

We read some Johnny Appleseed books. The Steven Kellogg one is my favorite!

A Johnny Appleseed puppet for retelling, and three things they learned about Johnny. 1. He planted seeds, 2. He went West, and 3. He made lots of friends. ( I don't know the source of this sheet, sorry!)

We counted the stickers on the apples and recorded them here(below). This activity is from my{Fall Math and Science Centers}

Stained glass apples!  Below is a better picture of them. So pretty!

We took a class poll and wrote a report about our apples (The report is also from my { Fall Math and Science Centers}.)

We used a spinner to cover these pictures(from  my { Fall Math and Science Centers}):

It was an applicious time!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Throwback Thursday:Fall Bulletin Board

I have another fall idea to share, but I have to find the pictures on my laptop.  (...So it might be awhile...) In the meantime, here is a post that pops up as "top five" every week!

I love to make these every year! We are always doing something different with them. This year we added a "spelling" word on our sentence strip.

Monday, September 23, 2013


I'm linking up with Farley this month at http://ohboy3rdgrade.blogspot.com/2013/09/currently-september.html.  Yes believe it or not, before September 30th.

I watch tv by listening most of the time. :) We really DVR everything and then watch it while we multi-task.... I think I need to lose a few pounds before the wedding, and the salad goes nicely with my quest to eat more veggies. (But we won't talk about the ranch or the shredded cheese. And I need croutons too.)

Halloween is coming! LOVE it!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Michael's Drawers/Tower Organization...Upgrade?

Did anyone see these?
  Apparently we can have some options, rather than the 10 drawer tower storage cart!
I haven't seen these at our local Michael's yet, but I am going to keep looking!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Five for Friday


It's been going on for weeks, but I am finally linking up with  Doodle Bugs Teaching's Five For Friday Linky Party.

Here are some random things!
1. I gave all the kids their names, scrambled, and they had to cut them out and glue them on correctly. Then we counted all the letters and sorted them!
 2. Owls we made: Fine motor practice! Look at all that can be assessed with this simple project!
3. Number boards(aka anchor charts for numbers): I am obsessed with the simplicity of this. Why didn't I think of this? (Yes, I could make my own, but why? $3...woo hoo)   Go here to get  yours: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Number-Boards-for-Numbers-1-10-875847

4.I just love this idea for the crib mattress! A lovely little reading nook! (and we have that book too!)
(picture from pinterest)
Save your crib mattress and make a little "reading" nook for your toddler :)    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=617545498275542=pb.565415993488493.-2207520000.1366427612.=3=https%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-ash3%2F733989_617545498275542_888437333_n.jpg=554%2C744
5. What a super idea! Found this {here}. Definitely going to have to try this with my groups!

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