Sunday, August 24, 2014

I'm Back!!!

I have been back at work the past 3 weeks and it is totally draining me.  If you didn't know, I haven't been to work since January.  I had to have major Crohn's related surgery.  I am getting back into the swing of things and I hope to have some things to share soon.  
Last week, my class made a book using our new sight words "I am___."  They drew a picture of themselves and glued their sentences to the page.  I plan on adding a small picture of them to each page so we can read the book easier.  Oh, did I mention I only have 12 students!  I love the small class, but it makes me question job security.  I think I need to go recruit.  Lol, I'm not sure where you would go to recruit new kindergartners.
This year I plan on changing out my traditional play centers.  We had a big training about "developmentally appropriate" practices in kindergarten and purposeful play.  The sad thing is that we knew what was developmentally appropriate, but we were pressured in the past to do things that weren't.  I'm so glad that we are moving back in this direction! 
I hope everyone has a great week!  I'm taking my camera to school tomorrow so I can, hopefully, post some pics. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Where Have I Been?!

After all the craziness with the water around here, I ended up needing surgery.  There was no way around it.  I didn't want surgery, but I had to or I wouldn't get better.  You see I have Crohns and I have struggled with bowel obstructions for the past 2 school years.  In the past, they cleared on their own without surgery, but it required an NG tube and no food or water for a week.  This time I spent a week in the hospital, went home, and had to return the next day because it was back.  When I saw my bowels on the screen down in x-ray, I realized that I had a really narrow area and it wasn't going to get better so I finally agreed to surgery.  I spent a month in the hospital.  I haven't been to work since January and I don't plan on returning until next school year.  I hope to start blogging soon with my ideas for next year.  I am just now beginning to feel like my regular self and I'm getting excited for summer with my son.

Friday, January 10, 2014

School Closed Contaminated Water

Our water has been contaminated by a chemical used to clean coal.  I could smell it on my way to work yesterday morning at 7:15.  They didn't find the leak until around 9:30 am.  I thought something was wrong with my car.  We don't know when we will be able to use our water again.  This incident may cause long term effects.  I'm not sure why this type of chemical would be contained along a river.  It seems to me that this should be stored somewhere else.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Another Cold Day Off

We have been off school the past two days because of extremely cold weather.  It makes me wonder what they do in Alaska.  I have been enjoying the time off though.  I must admit that I haven't thought much about school this week.  I have been working on becoming more organized at home.  It's so easy for me to be organized at school, but home is a different story.  I live with two really disorganized boys (one being my husband).  While I do love them, their lack of organization is killing me.  Our family resolution is to be more organized so we are working on changing some bad habits.  I admit that I may also contribute to our lack of organization too.

Well, we already have a 2 hour delay for tomorrow which means I will wait an hour before heading to work.  I have learned the hard way not to leave at my normal time.  I have traveled dangerous roads in the past just trying to get to work just to pull in the lot and get the call that school is closed.  This girl is not doing that anymore.  Did I mention that I'm not really prepared for school tomorrow and the closings have messed with my plans?  Oh, I will figure it out, but it makes for a rocky week.

I hope everyone is staying warm.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year!

I took a break from my digital life to spend more time with my family during the holidays.  My husband bought me a new laptop for Christmas and today is the first day I have plugged it in and turned it on.  I can't believe I let it sit in the box for that long!

My next step is to transfer my files over to the new laptop because my son will be using my old one.  He loves going to  He is a Lego genius!  You know that age range they have on Lego boxes?  It doesn't matter what it says.  My son can build it on his own using the directions.  He's only 7 and some of those boxes say 10-12 years on them.

I don't have anything new to share today.  We started back to school on Thursday and had a snow day on Friday.  I hear that we might be getting more snow so I'm not sure how next week is going to go.  I do hope everyone had a great break and spent time with their families.  Oh, yeah, Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

See What I Bought

I'm late posting this.  I crashed yesterday.  I crashed again today, but I woke up earlier.  Today has been CRAZY!!!  It doesn't help that this teacher and her lovely assistant were crazy too!  For example, a teacher was talking about her son moving to Nashville.  I replied something along the line of "Does he like Texas?"  Yes, Texas came out of my mouth.  Umm, where did that come from?  I should have known that when I missed the last stair this morning that it was going to be a crazy day for me.

So I took advantage of Cyber Monday and did a little shopping on TPT.  Here is what I bought:

Interactive Math Notebook for Kindergarten BUNDLE: Daily e
I bought the Interactive Math Notebook for Kindergarten Bundle from Karen Jones.  I can't wait to start using these with my math instructions.  These are aligned to the common core and fit in with what we are doing in math.  I thought I would use them as a review or an assessment.

I Can Do It Myself: Segmenting Self-Correcting, Differenti

I bought these from Marsha McGuire of A Differentiated Kindergarten.  I just love her stuff!  She makes it easy for me to differentiated activities.  I also purchased this from her.

Word Families Galore Bundle-22 Weeks of Differentiated Word Work

I have been eyeballing this bundle for a while so I decided it was the perfect time to purchase it.  I really drill cvc words.  Most of my students will be able to read all the words right away, but for those who struggle word families are a great way for them to learn a lot of words.

Let's Get Crackin'! {December Literacy & Math Centers for

I bought these from The Printable Princess.  This is one of the first items I have bought from her and I love this!  It's not too Christmasy (I think I just made a new word.) so I can use it with students who don't celebrate holidays.  I also purchased this packet from her.

A Dab {More} of Learning: Literacy Edition (Bingo Dabber A

These can be used any time in the year.

RTI & Guided Reading {Phoneme Segmentation Activities}

I purchase the Phoneme Segmentation Activities from Tara West.  This has saved me a lot of time and I can print them on my black ink only printer at school.

As you can tell, I love to shop!  I'm glad I am supporting other teachers when I buy from TPT.  I have always felt that it is important to use a variety of materials and get ideas from other places.  It makes teaching and learning better.  I don't feel that I should try and recreate the wheel so if I don't have time to make my own activities, then I search out ones that I can use.  I'm working on something new and I hope to have it finished this week.  When it is finished and posted, I will let you know because it will be 50% off for the first few days.

Oh, Spike the Elf on the Shelf is back this year in my home.  He finally made his appearance last night.  My son was excited to see him this morning.  Did I tell you my classroom has an elf?  We named him Mr. Snowflake.  My son's class also has an elf and her name just happens to be Snowflake.  Lol, I wonder if they are married.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

My Plans This Week

This week is about Hanukkah.  We will be reading and learning about Hanukkah.  I have a few Hanukkah books that I like to read to my class.  One is Mrs. Greenburg's Messy Hanukkah by Linda Glaser.

I also like to read The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco.

This book is long so I plan on dividing it over a couple of days.  I have a few other books that I plan on reading.  One is the Dreidel Song and the other one is Oh Hanukkah.  I'm not Jewish, but I love the Dreidel Song.  I find myself singing all the way through the book.  I once had the song as my ring tone for the month of December.  It makes me happy. :)

I also plan on reading the Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg.  It's a cute way to introduce students to letters and letter writing.  Then we will compose a letter as a class and label the parts of the letter.  If we have time, students will write a letter to someone.  I would say write one to Santa but not everyone in my class celebrates Christmas so we will write a letter to a friend or family member or even a teacher.

The rest of the month is devoted to learning about Holidays Around the World.  I would share my Holidays Around the World patterns if I could, but they are really old and I have no idea where they came from.  I inherited them from a teacher like 8 years ago.  Which reminds me that I graduated college 10 years ago in December.  Wow!  Where has the time went?

My class will meet our elf tomorrow.  I will have to let you know how it goes.

We will be learning about the letter B this week even though we already know all of our letter names and we have been working on the sounds forever.  It's just our phonics focus for the week.  We will be making a letter B Bear.  I'll post pictures after we make them which is looking like we will get to them on Friday.

The past few weeks my class has been doing calendar along with me in a calendar journal and they beg to do them.  I guess it's because we get a lot of math in with these journals.  Now, I didn't make my own journal.  I use Growing Kinders It's Calendar Time! Daily Calendar Book.  This has been perfect for my class!  I actually purchased it last school year but didn't get around to using it until this November.  We also started using an interactive journal before we went on our break.  I am going to just call it an interactive journal so we can put both reading and math in it.  I might even make a divider for reading and math.  They loved this too!

Well, if you haven't heard already, TPT is on sale tomorrow and Tuesday.  Everything in my store will be discounted 20% and if you use the TPT code CYBER, you will get an additional 10% off.  This totals to a 28% discount.  I did the math.  It really is 28%.  If you are wondering how, take 20% off of $10 and you will have $8.  Take an additional 10% off of that and it comes out to $7.20.  When you add the discount up, that was $2.80 off which is 28% of $10.  It made sense to me all of a sudden.  Lol

Happy Shopping!  Check back tomorrow to see what I bought from the sale.

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