Saturday, February 9, 2013

Currently February

I am joining Farley from Oh Boy Fourth Grade for her February Currently Linky Party.

This is the dog I adopted - "Dot" - from the Humane Society. She is a pure-bred Yorkie. So cute. Just waiting to see how long it takes Snowball, my current 1.5 yr. old Maltese, and Dot to truly get along.

These are some photos from my lass making Oobleck to learn about properties of matter. Kids loved it.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Fifty Follower Freebie

I made a new game today to use as we are heading into FCAT crunch time. This is an excellent game for practicing reading, math, and science common test taking vocabulary. Play matching or memory - 3 sets of reading cards, 2 sets of math cards, and 3 sets of science cards (16 matches per set). Use in a center or just for review when kids finish work for fast finishers. Or, send sets home for practice. Directions for use as a center and for teachers to make up are included.

You can purchase this game at either my Teachers Notebook store or in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. However, the first two people to comment below with name and e-mail address will be the lucky recipients of this game to use in their classroom. I will warn you - I may not get to you until the weekend as I have a super busy week on tap.

Also, don't forget about the tablets for teachers giveaway going on at Teachers Notebook until January 31. You can enter once each day.

Happy Fifty Follower Freebie!

Tablet for the Teacher Giveaway / My Birthday / Gotta Go Back, Back, Back to School Again

Teacher's Notebook is giving away a free iPad Mini, Kindle Fire HD, or Nook HD. Click the picture on the right side of my blog to go there and enter. The contest runs from January 5 to January 31, and you can enter daily. If the winner comes from my blog, I could win one too!

My birthday was Friday and I celebrated by taking my niece to Universal for the day. A little cold and rainy, but we enjoyed ourselves (except a little sad because my aunt couldn't go as she was hurt from falling at Universal the day before so she stayed back at hotel to rest). My niece loved getting to ride The Mummy five times - she is a little roller coaster fanatic. Then we rode ET two times (this is her favorite ride there). We also saw Shrek and the Beetlejuice show. Then we went back and picked my aunt up for dinner at Don Pablos. When I lived in Orlando, this was one of my favorite places to eat so I was super excited to find one since I know most have closed. We had a wonderful dinner and then drove back home Saturday. I wrapped up the celebrations with dinner with family and friends at Olive Garden - what a fun night!

I am so exhausted today - the break went by WAY TOO FAST! I am looking forward to seeing my class tomorrow, but I could really use like 1 or 2 more days to unpack, do laundry, clean up, and rest up before going back to work. I go back to both jobs full swing tomorrow.

Hope everyone going back Monday is able to find the alarm not too disturbing when it goes off in the morning - for me I know it will be a Starbucks kind of day - and thanks to the many gift cards I got for Christmas and my birthday - that's not going to be a problem! :)

Monday, December 31, 2012

Currently January

OK - so January is like officially an hour away, but I thought I would do this now while I had time. When I made it I was "listening to - Gangnum Style" but right now I am listening to something that I like better - Back in Time by PitBull - good way to sum up some of my greatest memories of life - especially the background track of "Baby" from Dirty Dancing. Like some of the pop culture references I am hearing however, if I could understand the whole song I might not like it as much LOL.

I am joining in Farley at Oh Boy Fourth Grade's Currently January Linky Party. 

Those of you living up north (or even those also in Florida) may laugh over my "wanting" statement, but I seriously was not made to live in Florida even though I was born and raised here. WAY TOO HOT this year! I want some cool weather - so far we have had like a day or too of cool weather then it's back to 80s. Ridiculous - that's not winter.

As far as my OLW, I am recommitting to MOVEMENT! I was doing very good previously about exercising every other day, then I had my car accident and I have seriously slacked off because it hurt so much. I need to get back to it though ASAP. My dancing is also a part of MOVEMENT, we are MOVING into recital time which creates lots of choreography MOVEMENT my favorite time of year! Also, MOVEMENT relates to my teaching job, as my kids need to make forward MOVEMENT in their academic progress. Got some ideas you want to share with me for struggling readers & mathematicians? - would love to hear them - feeling like I need some new stuff. Last MOVEMENT word is I MOVED lots of stuff in TeachersPayTeachers and feel so blessed with the positive comments I have received from teachers purchasing my stuff. Glad I can help others. Now, trying to think of new ideas for stuff to make for 2013.

Hope you all have a great January!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy New Year

Wishing you and yours a very happy, lucky, and blessed new year!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

End of Year Giveaway / Winter Break Happenings

I am running a giveaway on my most popular product at my teachers notebook store. The item I am giving away is my original cause and effect game. This has been my best seller on both Teachers Notebook and Teachers Pay Teachers. Three lucky winners will win the game. Hop over to enter today - giveaway ends on January 1.

This winter break I have really enjoyed so far some down time. It has been wonderful to catch up with my Tivo, my Kindle, and my family and friends. I also went to Tijuana Flats Teacher Hero Day on December 27 and got my free meal and my mom bought a meal - we were told proceeds were going to those affected by the Sandy Hook incident. What a great thing the people there are doing to help others and to honor teachers. I enjoyed some Christmas time with my brother and nieces as they came to visit and I am looking forward to seeing my nieces again with my sister-in-law when I travel to Universal for my birthday in a few days! What fun :) Going with my aunt and my little cousin, plus meeting up with one of my teacher friends and her kids for lunch one day. This has been a great break so far. Having a puppy at Christmas time was fun too - Snowball thoroughly enjoyed the holiday! I also celebrated my mom's birthday over the break.
Licking his lips after enjoying his new peanut butter bones!
Passed out after way too much excitement for the day!

On the teacher side, I got report cards done, lesson plans for first week back done, and I made one game because I know I have measurement coming up and teaching the conversions is always so difficult for the kids. I made an "I Have, Who Has" game for both customary and metric conversion practice. If you want one, comment below (good for 4th -6th graders). I will give copies to the first 2 people to comment with their e-mail address.

Hope everyone had/is having a great vacation. May we all be rested and relaxed as we return back in January (and may the light bulbs start going off for our kiddos when we return).