Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Oh My Gosh! Time Flies!!!

Oh my gosh, y'all! I can't believe that it has been a whopping T-W-O WHOLE MONTHS since I last posted on here... time really does fly and a pot really does boil while its not being watched! Ha! That's my sad attempt at trying to be funny! :) Anyways, I have so much to say that I don't even know where to start.

1.  Shocking! I can't BELIEVE that Thanksgiving is in 2 days! Tomorrow will no doubt be spent baking 6 pumpkin cheesecakes (can y'all believe I had to buy 12 bars of cream cheese... I don't even want to know what the cashier was thinking when she saw that! Good Lord!)  On another note, I got my white twinkling lights, snow spray and copper colored christmas ornaments all ready to go for Christmas.  Got everything today at my favorite store EVER, TARGET!!!

2.  Is it crazy that Thanksgiving hasn't even happened and yet I am already ready for Christmas?! Don't tell anyone but I already put out my doormat for Christmas! I had no place to store it... so its there for all to see.  If y'all haven't checked out the Christmas doormats at Target then go and check them out they are so presh! I got the "Happy Holidays" doormat with the reindeer on it, its soooo.... stinkin' cute!

3.  In other news, I literally opened up my school email and I guess what I had waiting for me in my inbox... I had an email waiting for me from the internship placement office... I have been placed in a 2nd Grade classroom to do my 12 weeks of internship... I am super-duper-ooper excited and a little nervous.  I absolutely love and totally stalk The Inspired Apple and The First Grade Parade blogs...they are my absolute favorites and they inspire me so much! I have learned oodles of neat things from those girls! They rock!...but I think I'm going to have to find some 2nd grade blogs to start stalking for Internship purposes.  Does anyone have any suggestions of some good Second Grade blogs that are stalk worthy??? Please share!

4.  Because Thanksgiving is literally just 2 days away... I'd like to share with y'all what I am thankful for most this year.  I am so thankful for my family!  I know its cliche' but this past year we went through a lot of trials and tribulations... so I am really thankful this year for my mom, my dad, my sister and my husband.  They are my stronghold when I feel like giving up.  I would be nothing without them; so this year... I am thankful for them. 

I know I've been M.I.A for awhile but I promise that now that my classes are soon to be over and they will not be missed AT ALL and I will be starting internship that I will have OODLES and OODLES of things to share and talk about.  I'll be posting more often... so if you like my blog then check in and keep the comments coming.  I'm sure I'm going to need all the inspiration and help I can get. Wish me luck!

Wishing you a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Word Wall Spinner Recording Sheet

Hi y'all! Hope you are having a fabulous friday! As promised... click on the link  to get your free copy of the Word Wall Spinner Recording Sheet  that I created using the fabulous clipart from DJ Inkers.  Hope your students enjoy it!

Happy Teaching!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hold the Phone! Check out this AMAZING Dollar Tree Find

Hi y'all! Ok... so I know I've been M.I.A lately but I have had so much going on these last couple of months that it has been truly crazy.  First, let me say that I have so many new things to share {I just hope that between taking my LAST 2 classes before internship and then my actual internship that I will have time to post.} Bare with me my blogger friends because as soon as May rolls around I will have so much more time on my hands {fingers crossed} that I will be able to get back into the swing of things and hopefully I will be posting from my FIRST Elementary classroom EVER! {Just wanted to put that into the universe!}  So, anywho... I had to take a break today from my essay on FCAT reading... don't get me started on how much I hate the FCAT {can I get an amen!} that I decided to take a stroll in one of my favorite vacation spots THE DOLLAR TREE and can I just tell you that I found the most amazing thing I have yet to see in that store EVER! Check it out guys!  It's a Word Wall Spinner... how amazing is this for Literacy Stations and Word Work?! I can't tell y'all how I excited I was when I saw it! I liked it so much that I am thinking of getting at least 3 more so that I have an even 4 {one per student, since I plan on having 4 students in each center}.  Here's what it looks like...

Isn't it just the cutest?! I love the bugs!!! They had one with smiley faces, but I wasn't into that.  I love the faces on the bugs... I'm into the huge-eyed critters, they look so darling!  So, anyways I thought I would share this fabulous find and for those of you who can't read what is on the spinner I'll put it down below for y'all.  Stay tuned cause I might even upload some Recording Worksheets and some other spinners that I have working themselves out in my teacher brain!

  • Choose two words that end in the same letter.
  • Choose any word with a long vowel sound.
  • Choose any word and define it.
  • Choose any word and use it in a sentence.
  • Choose two words that start with the same letter.
  • Choose any  word with a short vowel sound.

Happy Shopping!

Meet ClassConnect

Y'all this is the most amazing teaching tool I have seen in a while and I thought I would re-post and share it with you all after I saw it on the Teaching Blog Addicts blog. This is a truly amazing teaching resource and you can sign up for it for FREE so head on over to www.classconnect.com to sign up! I hope you all find this little gem as *exciting* as I did and that you are able to find a use for it in your own classroom.

As always,
Happy Teaching!

Sunday, August 7, 2011


For those of you that have not already heard about this marvelous site... here's the low-down and how it works:
Pinterest is a website where you basically "pin" (like you would on a corkboard) ideas that you find interesting or things that you would like to remember while you're on different sites.  For example, as a teacher, you may surf the internet often and come across oodles and oodles of ideas and then as time goes on you either can't remember where you found the idea or what the idea was because our brains are chalk-full of things as it is! So, when you become a member of Pinterest, you basically add a button under your address bar and whenever you go on ANY website you can pin ANY picture that you like and then you can write a description with any notes you like so that you can remember it.  And, if that is not enough you also create files (known as "boards" on pinterest) so that you can categorize all of your images to make it easier to find when you need it... it will all make sense once you see it, so if you're interested then go check mine out... I promise you, you will not regret it.  I only wish I had found this sooner, it sure would have saved a lot of trees since I tend to jot down everything that I find on teacher websites that I absolutely LOVE! Click the link below...

The Teaching Bug Pinterest

P.S. If you're on Pinterest and have gazillions of teacher boards on yours then leave me your link so that I can explore what you've come across!!! :) Or, if you'd just like to comment about how A.MA.ZING Pinterest is, that is also welcome!

As always, Happy Blogging! :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

First Grade Fever is having a fabulous Word Families Giveaway!

Fingers crossed! I hope I win... I really love the Word Families unit that Christie over at First Grade Fever has created:

Best of luck to everyone who participated in her giveaway.  By the way, even if you are not interested in giveaways you should definitely check out her blog... it is so stinkin' cute!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Extreme Couponing Fanatic!

Oh. My. Word.  I am obsessed with TLC's new t.v. show "Extreme Couponing".  I cannot describe how excited I am about the savings I have seen and I must admit that I am trying to get my brain wrapped around the whole concept and am now trying to join in.  It's like the holy grail for teachers! We try to scrimp and save anywhere we can for our classrooms and now we have the chance to save even more at home! Which, in turn, means that we will have MORE money to spend in Dollar Tree and Target Dollar Spot!!! Ha! :) I am so thrilled that this t.v. show has come out... my only concern is that markets and manufacturer's will find a loop hole and mess things up (if you've been watching the show you'll notice how some stores are not allowing "doubling" of coupons anymore).  For now, I have set up my DVR to record ALL of the episodes so that I can watch them over and over again to figure out the strategies that they use! I am first to admit that I have a lot of obsessions... but THIS one is by far the best one because it puts money back into my savings, and Lord knows we could ALL use some savings in this economy and with the hit that educators are beginning to take now.  Are there any Couponers (is that even a word?!) out there in blog land???

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Student Teacher Parent Letter... Yay or Nay?

I have a question to pose for all you Teachers and Student Teachers out there in Blog World... 

Teachers:  If you have a Student Teacher interning in your classroom in the Fall, is it appropriate for them to write a letter introducing themselves to the parents?

Student Teachers:  Do you feel that you should write a letter to the parents at the beginning of the school year to introduce yourself?

 I ask this question because I will be interning in the Fall and I feel that I should take a letter (I already wrote it since I had some time now before things get too hectic) but I also wonder if the teacher will think that it is too forward of me... its her classroom and I don't want to give off a bad impression, but I like to always be prepared and be professional.  Parent/Teacher communication, I feel, is crucial for a student's academic success and I thought that a letter would be a nice way to introduce myself and open up the lines of communication between the parents and myself.

I'd LOVE to have your input since all of you are amazing teachers! All comments and suggestions are welcome! :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Meet the Planets Giveaway

Queen of the First Grade Jungle  and  First Grader...at Last! are teaming up and having a fabulous giveaway! I am super excited... and I hope I win because I LOVE both of their blogs, especially Mrs. Cooley's blog! Crossing my fingers and toes that I win.  To join the giveaway, click on the link above for "Queen of the First Grade Jungle".

Busy as a Bee

Wow! How time flies... literally! It's been awhile since my last post (sorry about that) but I have been very busy and diligently working on getting ready to complete my LAST semester for my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education before Internship.  I can't tell you just how many kinds of excited I am about FINALLY reaching the last stretch and realizing that the finish line is in my line of sight now.  I am already looking at University programs to see what area I want to do my Master's degree in.  With all of the changes taking place currently in our education system and in the state of Florida, this is proving to be a very difficult decision.  Does anyone have any ideas as far as Master's degrees, I'd love to hear what y'all have to say.  I am truly overwhelmed...but also extremely excited!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bunny Marshmallow Madness

I went to target today and couldn't help myself... They already had all of the Easter stuff out and I bought a bag of Jet-Puffed Bunny Mallows so I decided to give you guys a little Bunny inspiration to help your Easter lessons along.  Enjoy! :)

Click HERE  to get the Bunny Marshmallow Madness Worksheet created by Moi {ME}!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

If You Give a Teacher a BLOG, chances are she'll join ALL the Giveaways!

I just became a follower of this A-MA-ZING Blog called: Made for 1st Grade and they are also hosting a giveaway... there are so many of these going on right now I am just hoping that I will win.  Hopefully y'all are entering in all of these giveaways and enjoying the blogging madness! All the teachers are home for Spring Break and I think that their happiness is causing all of these insanely amazing giveaways.... I'm not one to complain.  So, here's the newest addition and its a doozy! I am a HUGE fan of Laura Numeroff, so this giveaway I am particularly fond of!  Click HERE  to join this giveaway!

Scrappin' Doodle Giveaway!!! I am EXTREMELY excited!!!

For those of you who love clipart, you WILL. NOT. WANT. TO. MISS. THIS! Mrs. Thiessen at The First Grade Sweet Life is hosting a giveaway.  If you are not familiar with the super cutie patootie clipart from Scrappin' Doodle then click HERE  to check it out! Its A-DOR-A-BLE!!! To join me in this fabulous giveaway simply click on the button below...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

They Might Be Giants - Roy G Biv

Thought this video would be helpful during St. Patrick's Day to teach the colors of the Rainbow.

Roy G. Biv is an elf and this song is his story! Enjoy! :)

Cutie Patootie Pointers!

As promised, here are the finished pointers! For those of you that haven't been keeping up with the tabs, in the "Fabulous Finds" tab I posted some cute wooden painted animal shapes that I found at Walmart and I promised to post a picture of the finished product.  I used some dowels (cut in half) and painted them using Acrylic paint and then I hot glued the animal shapes to the tops.  Next, I will be making a stand to hold all of the pointers so keep a lookout for pictures of that coming soon! But for now, head on over to Michael's or Walmart to find some of these stinkin cute critters!

Before the Makeover 

After the Makeover
I thought about adding some ribbon to decorate the dowels, but on second thought decided against it because no amount of hot glue will keep those ribbons in place once the kiddles start using them! :)

Happy Crafting!

Popcorn Unit PLUS an Air Popping Popcorn Machine! Oh. My. Goodness.

Ms. Davis at Thirst for First  and Abby at The Inspired Apple  have joined forces to giveaway the ULTIMATE unit.  Its an Adjectives unit with a Popcorn theme... and if that isn't enough, it includes a Popcorn Air Popping Machine! Totally A-MA-ZING! I hope I win... keeping my fingers crossed because "The Inspired Apple" is the blog that got me blogging! I love her blog to pieces!!! :) Be sure and click on the "Thirst for First" link above to join in the fun!

How Exciting! Another Giveaway!

Ms. Durning from Second Grade is Splendid is hosting a giveaway for Amazon! So, if you're interested simply click on the button below, follow the directions for entry and join us!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dr. Jean CD Giveaway

Ms. Van Orman from First Grade Fun is hosting a Giveaway!
If you're interested in receiving a Dr. Jean CD (of your choosing) for FREE!!! then head on over to First Grade Fun

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Easter Beady Babies Craft Idea from FamilyFun

Saw these Easter Chick Cuties online and I just had to share them with y'all!!! Aren't they just adorable?! And they are super easy to make too.  To find out how to make them, simply click on the following link:

Happy Crafting!

Dollar Tree Findings!

For those of you who have been keeping up with my blog religiously... try and click on all of the tabs to see what's new because I don't always mention it on the "Home" tab.  Anywho, I found some fantastical deals at the Dollar Tree today so be sure and check out the "Fabulous Finds" tab... its just in time for Easter! :)

Happy Bargain Shopping!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Pet Linky Party!

I just joined the Pet Linky Party that Ladybug's Teacher Files  is having.  For all my blogger followers, if you are unaware yet as to what a "Linky Party" is... its basically a topic that someone posts up and we all link ourselves if we wish to participate.  To be a part of the linky Pet party simply click on the link I provided above.

Here is a picture of my dog kid... Her name is Cinderella or Cindy (for short).

Aside from my husband, Cindy is the love of my life.  I got her when she was just a puppy at 12 weeks and she is now 9 years old and turning 10 on May 8th.  She is such a funny character and she makes us laugh with all of her silly antics.  She is a Bichon Frise and she is supremely intelligent (too intelligent for her own good, if you ask me!) Whenever she does something wrong, not only does SHE know she did something wrong but all of my family comes up with excuses for her because she is so stinkin' cute, which makes her stinkin' spoiled as well! When she does a 'no-no' she'll put her head real low to the ground and look up at you with sad eyes then my husband and I go around the house to investigate.  When we come close to whatever mess she has done, she goes under our bed and puts herself in time out! Like I said... too intelligent for her own good!  She LOVES peanut butter and is obsessed with her Pink Kong Toy (because I fill it with peanut butter as a special treat).  Cindy spends her days lounging around the house and when I'm busy working "doing my teacher things" she always treads carefully on her tippy-toes around the bed so she doesn't mess up my papers.  She loves to be hugged and carried and will let you know it! When she was a puppy, the hair near her paws grew a little longer than the rest of her body so it appeared as if she was wearing slippers and since we all know that Cinderella lost her glass slipper... that is where I got her name! :) So, whenever y'all read my blog and Cindy is mentioned, you now know who I'm talking about! :)

Happy Monday!

I've got a real Organizational Treat for Y'all! What do you find to be THE BEST way to organize all of your lesson plans and units?  I can't wait to hear all of your ideas... to see MY idea go ahead and click on the tab for "Messy-Free Organization" and let me know what you think! :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Word to the Wise...

I know that when it comes to searching for great teacher resource books we often think to check amazon.com or some other book sites first, but... word to the wise: Check the Publisher Websites BEFORE making any purchases! While I was surfing the internet it occurred to me to check the publishers site and guess what I found... I found that Carson-Dellosa has a "Sale" section on their website and I found the DJ Inkers clipart books, with CD included of: Animal Antics, Amazing ABC's and 123's, Celebrations and School Events and School Stuff for a whopping $11.50 each book! I am so...excited! My box arrived here today, included with my purchase I also found a fish bulletin board border for $1.00 and they had some others for $2.00, which is STILL better than the prices in stores.  So, do your research teachers!

Happy Bargain Shopping!

Monday, February 28, 2011

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Giveaway!

Amanda at One Extra Degree: Confessions of a Teachaholic  and  Deanna at Mrs. Jump's Class or hosting an amazing giveaway! I'm so excited to let all of you know.  Get in on the fun, who knows... maybe you'll win their amazing unit! Good luck to all! :)

Messy-Free Mondays just got more organized!

 Happy Monday Bloggettes!

I hope all of you had a fabulous weekend! I know I sure did! I'll make todays post quick since its my husband's 28th Birthday... but I just wanted to share this fabulous tip with you so check out the tab up top for "Messy-Free Mondays!"

 Also, be sure and check out the daily tabs for new ideas... I'll try and post on them regularly or as I create/find new amazing things!  Hope today's tip is helpful in making your classroom a little less messy!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dr. Seuss Unit Giveaway

Good Luck to Everyone who enters!!!

So exciting! Erica Bohrer and Donna from Kinderglynn have gotten together to host an amazing Dr. Seuss Unit giveaway.  To enter the contest, click on the link below...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Fabulous Finds Friday! is simply... Fabulous!

Check out my tab "Fabulous Finds Friday!" to see all of the fabulous bargains I find in stores and online.  This friday... I feature a fabulous find at my favorite vacation home... Target! You won't want to miss out, so click on the tab! I promise you won't regret it!!!

Happy Bargain Shopping! And enjoy the well-deserved weekend!

Talented Ideas Thursday!

Talented Ideas Thursday!

The idea behind "Talented Ideas Thursday!" is for me to have an area on the blog where I can organize all of my lesson plan and work station ideas that I have either created and used or ideas that I have thought up but have not had the opportunity to use as of yet.  Either way, I hope the ideas will provide you with some inspiration to work on your lesson planning or to make some changes to your Work Stations.  The featured idea for this Thursday is... 

Ladybug Math

To learn how to create these "Grouchy" Ladybugs please click on the "Talented Ideas Thursday!" tab at the top of the page.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Whimsical Book Wednesdays is Officially Here so get your Book Nook's Ready!

The featured storybook for Whimsical Book Wednesday is...

Never Too Little to Love

For book description and Printable Activities, click on the "Whimsical Book Wednesdays!" tab above. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

TLC Art: Teaching Little Children Art

I'm trying to create different tabs for each day of the week so I can be a little more organized with my posts, which will in turn make it easier for all of you to navigate through my blog to find what you are looking for in a "faster than fast, quicker than quick"(from Disney Cars, my stepson is OBSESSED with it!) way.

So, check out the new tab "Terrific Resource Tuesdays" which will feature, as the name implies, Terrific Resources that I find totally terrific! Hope they are totally terrific and amazing to you too! Enjoy! :)

 (Mrs. Wishy Washy TLC Art Sample)

Happy Creating!