Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Back to School Jitters - a Linky Party!

Tomorrow is our first official day back, but I'm headed in this morning to work in my room.  I'm linking up with A Turn To Learn, and her Back to School Jitters linky party.

Back to School Jitters Linky Party

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Back to Reality

I am headed back to AK.  I am ready (actually itching) to get into my new room and start getting it organized and set up.  Since I am switching grades (kinder to 2nd) I had to switch rooms (coincidentally I'm  back in the room I was the year before).  All of my stuff was packed up at the end of the year, and moved down the hall.

I get my keys on Friday, so I will have 2 days to unpack, go grocery shopping,  pick up some more things for my classroom and have lunch with my teaching bestie Mrs. V.

I am super excited to use my new zebra print and bright green borders and accents!  I ordered from MPM School Supplies and was super impressed with their selection and how quickly my stuff came.  I had it shipped to my parent's house since shipping to Alaska is spendy.  I managed to fit it all in my suitcase too! (full disclaimer. . . . . . I ended up taking 2 suitcases back, since I bought some new clothes too)

Of course, I've already been sharpening up my mad bulletin board skills in my Mom's room.  She teaches Preschool Special Ed in my hometown and wants to get as much stuff done now, since the week she would normally be in her room is the week before my brother's wedding.

We ran out of fabric and ended up using contact paper on the bottom part of the board. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Currently. . . . .August

I'm joining up with the fabulous Farley this sunny saturday.  I can't believe it is August already, and that it has been a month since my last post.  I have been enjoying my vacation and have been limiting my computer time.

I need to go get myself all gussied up for the Bridal Shower that we are throwing for my future sister-in-law.  I head back to AK on Tuesday and can get into my classroom on Friday, teachers start back on the 16th, kiddos on the 22nd and my little brother is getting married on the 25th (in Washington, which means my kiddos will be getting a sub on the 2nd day of school - sweet!).

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Hey ya'll! I'm avoiding packing {and practicing for my trip to Texas}.  I'm also linking up {late} to Farley's linky party

I leave super late tonight, and I will be in San Antonio in the morning, I'm heading there for this - yay!   Plus I super stoked to see fireworks on the 4th of July {it's never really dark here in AK on the 4th, so the only time they do a real fireworks show is New Year's Eve. . . . at 8:00 pm. . . . .so you don't freeze to death watching them. . . . .although you really do}.

I LOVE reading Mo's books to my kiddos, and they love them too.  They are so much fun to read out loud.

I think I may be taking Pigeon along with me.  What former kindergartner wouldn't love to get an email from their old teacher with a picture of Pigeon at the Alamo?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

say it ain't so

{yes I know, ain't isn't a real word}.

 It's only June and I've already had my first "back-to-school" dream, hopefully getting out of the AK and into some sun will help hold off any other dreams and let me focus on enjoying my summer.

I love the whole *squirrel* thing, and that is totally "me", but I don't want to step on any toes, and realistically it's usually sparkly things that distract me so. . . . . . . . .


I had a hair appointment this afternoon and I didn't want to drive all the way home from summer school and then back {I live on the opposite side of town}, So I headed to Target to window shop and pick up a couple of things for my trip.

As I perused the aisles I saw that they already have school supplies out,  that's right . . . . . school supplies. I didn't take a picture {mainly because I was trying to drag myself away  by quietly repeating "you don't have anywhere to put them}.  Let me ask a question - is it too early for school supplies?  It's not even July yet!


I also made these super cute notebooks for my summer school kidlets.  I found the notebooks at Michael's for 50 cents, typed up to the cute tag, and then attached pencils.

2 more days of summer school and then I will be FREE!  Can't wait for San Antonio and then Washington to see my family,

Monday, June 11, 2012

spreading the love

I'm teaching Summer School for my school district this year.  I have 14 1st graders and we focus on reading from 9:00 to 12:00.  It's crazy, busy and fast-paced.  We do a language warm-up, sing and read a story, write, use Lexia in the computer lab, and then I meet with small groups while the other kiddos do "Must Do/May Do" {I tried Work Stations, but it did not go well, and I don't have the time to really teach those procedures the way I would in my normal classroom so we switched it up}.

Comparing/Contrasting the Gingerbread Cowboy and the Gingerbread Girl

Ummmm. . . . most of the work I've been giving my kiddos comes from blog stalking/TpT packs that I've purchased.  I was making my differentiated packets today and 3 other teachers asked me where I found my fabulous word work {It was from this fab pack by Babbling Abby}.  So I gave them the lowdown on TpT.  I love sharing ideas and resources with other teachers.

I'm super excited to start reading the Daily 5 {click here to check out the book study}.  I did workstations/centers with my kinder kiddos, but since I'm moving up to 2nd grade I want them to be more independent as readers.  I will be following along {from Texas and Washington too}.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Bad Blogger and . . . . .Currently

I have been an awful blogger lately, hopefully now that things are settling down I will have more time to post.  I am linking up with Farley's Currently


confession, I typed the Currently last night, but I fell asleep on the couch (in my workout gear) but it's pretty much the same tonight *sigh*.