Tuesday, May 7, 2013

You!!! ........me???

I received an email from one of my besties labeled as YOU!!

This is what I found when I opened it............

Hit. Nail. On. HEAD.


Monday, May 6, 2013

Too Early??

For some reason I often find myself daydreaming of next year.....

Some of it is................
      a dream of a fresh start
      new school supplies
      fresh faces excited about school {not worn down by it}
The real reason................PROCRASTINATION.  I am NOT READY to tackle the MOUNTAINS of end of the year paperwork.

Being that it's the end of my LAST PERSONAL DAY I have this sick downward spiral gut wrenching ick infesting my body.  I absolutely hate the last bit of school.  Not just the rush of getting all paperwork done but the packing up & closing down sadness that comes with it. Closing up shop is always sad.  No matter what I cry. every. year.  Which is huge because I am not much of a crier......


Sunday Reflections

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Estimation & Measuring

The kiddos had a blast today with an estimate the height & length, run through the room & bathroom, yelling at each other what they figured out, activity!!

Before Spring Break, I had the kids decorate a foot that is actually a foot {long} to do this activity but we ran out of time for the activity.  They thought it was cool enough that they got to 'decorate' the foot..........they had no idea of the fun to come!!

Here they are hard at play work.


Saturday, April 6, 2013


Things have been absolutely crazy around here!! With stomach bugs, flu, {what us Tennesseans call} the crud, chest colds, oh how I could go on.  You would think I was talking about my classroom but nope that is just me & Wee One.  Husband currently has the crud but he is on the road so no germs spreading here!!

I can't believe it is already Saturday of Spring Break.  I can truthfully say that Wee One & I have done a whole bunch of NOTHING!! It has been soooooo wonderful!!! Cause you know how I love not to go anywhere. Oh & it is finally warming up so we got to play outside some too!!!

On to the count down to the end of the year........
          ~ 3 days: the School board visits our school
          ~ 13 days: TCAPs {state testing} begins.......K-2 takes the Stanford 10.......3 to 4 days worth
          ~ 23 days: final field trip
          ~ 35 days: last day of school.........this includes 3 workdays with no students

This is before all of the end of the year programs, field days, meetings, DEA testing, permanent records, etc is added to create total chaos.  Don't you just LOVE the end of the school year?!  I do believe it is as CRAZY as the beginning!!


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lesson Plans

LESSON PLAN FORMAT has always been a thorn in my flesh.

I have yet to find what I like, need, want in the way of planning sheet/sheets/notebook.

It is an ever changing tool that never seems to meet my needs.

Daily.  Weekly.  Quarterly.  Very Detailed.  Hardly Anything.

There seems to be something wrong with all of it.

My latest attempt looks more along the lines of this . . . . . . . which is a drastic change from my last one!!!

THANK YOU Kristen from Ladybug's Teacher Files!!  I have been using it for almost 2 weeks now & I think that I am LOVIN' IT!!

Here is the link to her planning binder.


Monday, January 28, 2013

100th Day Heros

This year for the 100th day of school my little firsties were transformed into . . . . . . . . . . .

100th Day HEROS!!

I had the kids bring in an old adult size t-shirt {size S, M, or L}.  I followed the tutorial at The Southern Institute to create the superhero capes. {while watching NCIS & NCIS:LA & Parenthood}

My firsties were so annoying inquisitive about what were we going to do with the shirts they brought in.  All I told the parents were that the shirts were going to be cut & marked on. 

The kiddos were so creative with the 100 items they drew their cape.

We 'walked' through the hall with superhero authority all day! {there was also many flights through the room!!}

Here are some of the superhero stories that came from this very special day!!

Hope you have a superiffic 100th Day of School!


Friday, January 4, 2013

Daily 5 Contract

I admit I do have some control issues when it comes to Daily 5.  I like to have record as well as hold the kids accountable for where they choose to go & what they choose to do.

Since implementing Daily 5 Math I have struggled with a way for the students to track what they choose through the week.  While talking with the students about our contract, one day before we go on break, an idea SMACKS ME IN THE FACE!!  {As all the good ones do, right?}

Here is the contract we were using for Daily 5 {RLA} . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Here is the new contract we will begin with on Monday . . . . . . . . . . . . .

I am LOVING the math section on the bottom.  We had a whole group discussion about our 'issues' with the contract we were using.  I tweaked it and then had some of the students proof the design & they had really good suggestions.  I love the ownership they now have in our Daily 5 new contract!

I copy the contract on color paper {only 9 copies a week since they are 1/2 sheet contracts}  The students are responsible for keeping up with their contract, on their clipboards, in their book box.  That strategy has worked for years!  We also have a basket that all completed Daily 5 work goes into throughout the week.  On Fridays we sort, organize, staple contract to the top, and send home this work.  This is another benefit of the contract.  Parent communication.  Since we take grades in R, LA & M in our district I give them a 'project' grade each week that is a 20% of  a test grade.

The contract is something that is ever changing.  This new layout is actually somewhere around the 9th tweaked version this year.  If we find a problem, we fix it for the next week.  I also switch out the  Word Work options as they wear out their novelty. 

I can't wait for a full week next week so that we can truly get back into our routine!!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Organizing the KIDDOS

Today was our first day back from Christmas break and as you know the wee firsties loose a lot of procedures/organization/voice level control/self control..........oh how the list could go on!

Since it is a 3 day week we will be reviewing all things first!

Here is one of the charts we made today..........trying to force some organizational skills on my wild ones!!!

I reinforced the whole..........."Now you have NO EXCUSES about your book boxes, RIGHT??!!"

We'll see how long it lasts..........