Wednesday, February 29, 2012

ME?!!! Really??!!!

It has been an exhausting day!  {I know it seems like every day is like that but I sure am wore plumb out!} I finally get a chance to sit & check my email, pintrest, fb, start creeping my fav blogs and what do I find??!!!  Miss. Willis over at The Go To Teacher has awarded me with this fan-tab-ulous Top 10 award!!  It was a wonderful shock!!  THANK YOU Miss. Willis!!

Top 10 TBA

I can't wait to spread the LOVE!!  But that will have to be tomorrow or maybe Friday.  I have so fun pics to share too!!  We had some baby goats {3 weeks old} visit our class today.  Can't wait to tell you all about it!!!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Australia Day & Money, money, monnnnney!

Came home to this BEAUTIFUL box in the mail today!!!  My Aussie bestie sent this to me in remembrance of Australia Day!!  I am so EXCITED to break into this stuff!!!  The Caramello Koalas are one of my favs!!!  {Just a little fam moved to Aus for a senior year of high school.}

But I must now move on to math.........................  Here are the charts that we made this past week for our money unit.  The kids had a BLAST recalling all the info they could to help us identify each coin.

We have also been practicing adding pennies, nickles, and dimes {quarters will come next week} using something I tweaked a tiny bit {only because I was doing it from what I remember from the night before while creeping blogs}.  I tried to find the original again later but never ran across it.  If you know where it came from please let me know so I can give a shout out!

This activity progressed as the week went on.
Day 1 = working by themselves on 1/2 a sheet adding pennies & nickles
Day 2 = working with shoulder partners on 1/2 a sheet adding pennies & nickles
Day 3 = working with face partners on a full sheet adding pennies & nickles
Day 4 = working with diagonal partners on a full sheet adding pennies, nickles & dimes {this took 2 days}
Can't wait to add quarters!!  Then I am going to move this into a couple of math station tubs.

Moving on to measurement starting Monday.  We are also gearing up for  da da ta da.......Dr. Seuss week!  So far the plans are to go see The Lorax on Friday!!!!!!  This will be our first field trip this year.........can't really contain myself!!!!!!!!!!  Yeah.  That's 'bout all I got so far.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Author Giveaway!!

Looky what new series is coming out!!!

Katharine the Almost Great

Her creator is Lisa Mullarky {First Grade Bloomabilities} and she is having a GIVEAWAY!! Go checkout her sweet site!!


Saturday, February 18, 2012


Farley over at
Oh' Boy 4th Grade is doing a SWEET giveaway!!
Just look!!!!! 
Eunice at www.myrubberstamp.etsycom has the CUTEST stamps ever!!

Friday, February 17, 2012


It has been a whirl wind for the past 10 days or so.  Life has been so crazy that I just don't have the words to say.  So we will go for just bullets......

C was sick.
Husband came home.
Mom went to FL.
DATE NIGHT with HUSBAND!!!!  {first real one since C}
I got sick.
Semi-announced evaluation was scheduled.
Took Husband to 2 Doctors.
Sponsors meeting.
Evaluation didn't happen.
Sent Husband back to work......met him 15 hours later to get the stuff he forgot.
Got freezer ready to switch with my brother......didn't happen.
I got sick again.

This is just the stuff off the top of my head.  I can't wait to share some of the cool stuff that is currently living in my camera.  Hopefully they will find their way here in a day or so.


Monday, February 6, 2012


Linky, linky, linky with Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade.  I must say that I HEART her blog.  She is fabulously funny!!

Here's to a HAPPY TUESDAY!!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Total Randomness

As time goes by you might notice that I am a fan of total randomness.  I am total randomness most of the time.  So here is just a little of my day................I will try to keep it order as best that I can.

First TURKEYS.........
I get a phone call from my mom on her way to church telling me I have more than 20 turkeys in my front yard & since I have pictures of the bears and deers that frequent my yard I need to get a pictures of the turkeys.

It was still foggy at 9:30 this morning, but I was able to get a little bit better picture.  Then the EMS station at the bottom of the ridge decided that they had an emergency and scared the birds away with their nasty loud sirens.  Sadness.  I wanted more pictures.........with the good camera............that lives at my parents house at the top of the ridge..........all I have is a point and shoot.

Notice the fence posts?  My brother is building a fence on our land to keep some of my dad's cows........which means I won't have to help clear it again so that we don't lose our view.  WhaaaHOOOOO!!!! {It's of a river valley when the fog isn't there.}

Second TISSUES.............
C is sick & we have gone through 1 1/2 large boxes of tissues TODAY!!!!  Thank goodness I always buy Puffs Plus with Lotion or his little nose would be completely RAW.  Poor little man!!  {We used 1/2 a pack of Boogie Wipes too  I.LOVE.BOOGIE WIPES.}

Third CHEESE.................
Tonight was of course the SUPER BOWL!!!!! GO GIANTS!!!!! Boy was that a nail biter or WHAT?! So anywho.  Our Super Bowl Sr. High youth group party is always at the same place & we always have hot wings (ewww) and I make the cheese dip {rotel, velveeta, sausage, milk}.  Before I made it to the kitchen to get some food one of the boys was scraping the bottom of my biggest soup pot clean of the dip.  Oh well.  What they don't know is I kept some at home for lunch tomorrow!  I learned that lesson years ago!!

Fourth FOOTBALL & FACEBOOK......................
So while browsing FB while trying not to lose my mind during the last quarter of the game I see that one of my friends from Australia has posted a picture of a hotdog, fries, & a Miller saying he is enjoying the game.  Such a SHOCK since he is a die hard footy fan.  It was so good to talk to him about football again!

Fifth {and last I hope} BEDSPREAD......................
I have been looking for a bedspread for our bed for years.  It has to be a bedspread because the size of my bed.  It's weird I know.  But anyway so I finally found one!!  At JCPENNY!!  Yay!  I am so excited because it doesn't look 'county'.

Okay.  That is all of my randomness for today.  Stay tuned for new episodes coming soon!!


Friday, February 3, 2012

Groundhog Day

Here are the kiddos doing a shadow investigation.  I hope to post the recording sheet that they used.  I would have LOVED to post all the activities that they did on this day but I had to leave at 1/2 day because C is sick.  Poor little boy!!  He is looking so pitiful......but I digress.  As I am typing this post my house is creaking and it is driving me insane because I am afraid my nephew has escaped from his pack & play.  He went down for a nap just a little too easy so I am so paranoid right now.  Geez!!  I was totally posting about our Groundhog Day activities!!!

Here we are at the 'sharing square' talking about the questions on our recording sheets and what we have to do to answer them.  The questions asked how to make the shadow smaller, larger and what happens when the light moves in different directions.  The students then shared verbally a variety of ways to answer each question.  They recorded their answers with sentences and diagrams.  They LOVED this investigation!!

I wish I had some pictures of the foldable we did with shadows.  There was some really cute ones but the kiddos took them home.  Oh well.  Maybe next time.....


Thursday, February 2, 2012

What do you LOVE? {Linky!!!}

There are so many things in my life that I love!!  I am not going to torture anyone by listing all the things that I love........but I will say that Husband & C are the two loves in my life!! C is currently sick so that just makes him even more snuggly & lovable.

Kimberly over at Funky First Grade Fun is doing a linky party!!!  Can't wait to read eveyone else's!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Give Away

For the few that are out there visiting my page take a moment & visit

She is a first grade teacher with a lot of goodies to share!!  {and I am not just talking about the giveaway she is currently doing}