Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sunday Super Sale & A Pinteresting Wednesday

I wanted to share some great news!! Teachers PayTeachers is having a Sunday Super Sale!  You can get products for 28% off the original prices!  Those are great savings!  You know I can’t pass up a sale – so my wishlist is cram packed with products to purchase on Sunday!  I can’t wait!

Make sure you head on over to my store and add some items to your wishlist to buy on Sunday.

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for  The Vintage Apple's Oh, how Pinteresting!! I love today, I get so many great ideas from each of you!!

After last week, I’ve cleaned up my boards and rearranged a lot of things. I’m so excited to say I cleaned my Pinterest boards.  It’s like reorganizing your cabinets!!

So, here are some of my favorites this week…

To keep in mind...

Thinking I can do this during my “weather unit” because it is adorable!!

This looks delicious, but I am sure the calories would be off the chart! Delicious!


I just love wild weather!!!

Reading LOVE!!

Love the colors - might be a new spring look!!

Not too much teaching related again this week - but yes, there is another side of me.

Have an amazing Wednesday peeps!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday 5 for Five & A Manic Monday February Freebie

Only a few Monday’s left of my “track in” and then I’m out for 3 weeks!! Yes, I repeat 3 weeks.  Now, my personal babies are still in school so I will be home alone (awwww…) but I plan on getting a ton of stuff done!!

 The rest of Realistic family hates my track out (personally, I think they are jealous, but I feel the same when they have their WHOLE summer off!).  It doesn’t mean I get to sleep it – Youngest Realistic is a “carpool” kid so I will still be up early to drop him off, but it does mean I get to sneak in a nap during the day!! Yayyy!!  I shouldn’t get ahead of myself though…I still have 7 days with my kiddos and 3 work days until I can cherish this quiet and restful period.

Let’s get this party started… It has become a Monday tradition (that I LOVE).  I am linking up with Jenn and Jessica for 5 for Five. 

Here are last week’s results…
1.  Schedule my massage appointment for this month – oh my gosh!  I did it, I really did; I made my appointment for Friday. Then there was this God awful storm (ok, I am not a native of North Carolina, so it made me giggle…it was just some ice) and they cancelled all the afternoon appointments.

2.  Go to the gym at least twice this week – I went Monday…. but that was it.  Lame, I know – my bestie has reminded me at least 5 times this week – but I’m sure it was the bug that did it to me. I went to sleep at like 7 each night!!

3.  Make doctor’s and dentist appointments – do these people not want patients?!?  Seriously, I’ve left messages, sent emails…I don’t think I am that crazy patient.

4.  Get next week’s lesson plans, homework, and materials printed, copied, and ready! Yes, baby! Another one crossed off the list!!!

5.  Schedule at least 3 blog posts…. check, done!

A little disappointing… I mean, really, 3 out of 5.  I can do this – I must do this – this is my week!!!  So here goes…

1.  Reschedule that massage – I was so looking forward to it!!

2.  Make those dentist and doctors appointments.  I will be relentless!

3.  Blog at least 3 times.  I think I can, I think I can!

4.  Work on my North Carolina book project.

5.  Get to the gym – twice. Yes, I am going to have a bikini ready body by June!  Okay-  that is probably too graphic of an image and I may have seared your eyeballs.  Sorry!

Congratulations for making it through my list!! 

So, if you hung on long enough… or maybe skipped to the end, you’ve earned your Manic Monday freebie!

Here is my February Speller’s Choice Menu.  Nothing fancy, but my kiddos love it!!

Peace out peeps!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Social & Bit by the Bug!

I am linking up with Ashley Lately for her Sunday Social.  I am so excited to join up today!!  Today is her 3 year blogaversary!  Congratulations – I am in awe!!

1. What is your ideal way to relax?
I love reading!! I belong to a book club, and up until this year I have kept track of each book I’ve read.  It is an obsession!!  If I’m not reading you can find me playing games on my phone…I really need to upgrade to an iPad (hint, hint to one of the guys in my life!)

2. Where is your favorite place to be?
In the Mitten!  I miss home so much – the family and people, but also the feeling of being home.  I am looking forward to a day when I can spend a few uninterrupted weeks up north with my parents!

3. Who do you consider your biggest role model?
My mom - My mom is my best friend and biggest fan.  She is the strongest and most amazing woman I know…. and the one true lady who has been with me through EVERYTHING!! 

4. What does your life look like in 3 years?
Whoa – I have no idea.  3 years ago I wouldn’t have seen myself where I am now, so I am just along on this journey and making the best of each day.  I know that I will continue to be surrounded by the people I love, and to me, that is the most important thing of all.  Hopefully within the next three years we can add a new puppy to the mix though!

5. If you could go back and change one decision, what would it be?
Not one.  Each decision, good or bad, has made me the person I am today.  I know that is so cliché, but it is true.  There have been many difficult journey’s in my life and I hated them when I was experiencing them, but they taught me something, lots of lessons learned.

6. What is your biggest accomplishment in life so far?
My boys!  They are the most amazing accomplishments.  I cannot take even half of the credit for the young men they have become, but they simply amaze me every day.  After that, graduating from college.  Going to school and being a full time mom was tough stuff, but worth every minute.

I thought I had gotten through the "sick season" free and was about to celebrate whe I was bit by the bug!  Drats!  Although I have been trying to rest (I can't afford to take a break!) I was bitten by the Creativity Bug!  I hate when that happens - I can't even shut my mind off long enough to relax!

Anywho, I have a new product - Flower Power Compound WordMatch-up. I am ready for spring!  And my kids need to work on compound words so it's the perfect pair!

I also wanted to share an amazing giveaway at Mrs. Mc's page! She has TONS of great stuff!  Only one day left!

Have an amazing Sunday (yes, that is a compound word)!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday

It’s been forever awhile since I last participated in The Vintage Apple's Oh, how Pinteresting Wednesday… okay, maybe only a few weeks – but in blogland that feels like FOREVER!!!

I’ve found it hard to keep up with my boards lately – I think having two accounts has overwhelmed me. I have a personal account – please, people don’t need to know my “business” and I know not all of my followers want to see my teaching stuff – and I have a teaching account.  But… I have found that I am pinning a lot of the same things and I created some boards twice.  Ugh, seriously!?  So, here are some of my favorites this week…

Seriously – these are amazing!!! I’m not sure what I would use them for, but I’m sure they would make my room look ah-dorable!!

Source: via Amy on Pinterest

Again – I think this is SUPER cute and it would make my room look so inviting. This may be a trend in my room next year!!

Yes, I am justifying the many occasional mistakes I make!

I neeeeeddd a puppy – Mr. Realistic, I hope you’re listening reading!!

My motivation for the week…

And, not that I bake, but I’m hoping Realistic Girlfriend will get the hint :) Yes, we follow each other’s boards. If she weren’t dating my son I just know we’d be friends. The fact that she dates Oldest Realistic is just an added bonus!!

I know, not all teaching related, but my life (contrary to popular belief) does constitute more than teaching.

Have an amazing Wednesday peeps!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Groundhog Day Differentiation

It’s that time of year again – Groundhog Day! I love this time of year – winter is coming to a close (in my mind) and spring is right around the corner. I’m already planting flowers in my mind!!

This year I have such a range of student abilities in my classroom that I need a few different activities for students to complete.  I have some students who would love to research different weather folklore:  

 and others who would rather research the groundhog and prepare a report.

So, I took what I already had, and created something different.  This will allow me to differentiate in my room and the kids will be none the wiser! Ha – I love when I can do this because they really share information with each other and everyone is successful in the end!!

I’ve tried to implement a little science and social studies into this year's Groundhog Day Unit – there is a map assignment and my weather detectives will be researching weather phenomenons. 

This will be my last holiday unit before I track out in a few weeks – yayyy!! Then I can really start working on my spring materials before we head back in March.

Happy Tuesday ya’ll!

Monday, January 21, 2013

5 for Five & Manic Monday Main Idea Freebie

How many of you are lucky enough to have the day off today?  Yes, I am waving my hand in the air!!  Yayyy – an “extra” day to get things accomplished.  I LOVE it!! I know we just returned to school, but I was already in need of a break.  Yes, it continues to be a long year. :)

I am so excited because today I actually get to sit and enjoy my hot coffee in quiet.  Yes, you read that right – QUIET!!  The house is absolutely silent. Youngest Realistic is still in bed and Mr. Realistic had to work (bummer) so the only thing I hear is my keyboard. Even with Oldest Realistic at school it is still loud in our house, and I adore quiet – I thrive on it.  Okay – so let’s get down to business.

It’s a 5 for Five Monday with Jessica and Jenn and I am so excited to share my accomplishments this week… here is how last week turned out.

1.  Schedule my massage appointment for this month – not accomplished yet… I just couldn’t get 5 minutes to make a phone call last week. 

2.  Schedule dentist appointments – this was a half accomplished task.  I cancelled one because it didn’t fit into our schedule and didn’t have a chance to reschedule yet.  It’ll get done… hopefully.  I need a personal assistant to make all these calls for me!

3.  Go to the gym this week – Yep, done.  Only went to Zumba on Monday, but I went once.  I hibernate in the winter – seriously. Straight to work and home.  I don’t like the cold.  I know – it is single digits in the Mitten so I should be used to cold weather, but I still don’t even like the 30’s and 40’s where I’m at.

4.  Print next week’s lesson plans, copies, and homework assignments – finished!!

5.  Blog at least twice this week – yes, and boy, did it feel good!!

Okay  - 3 out of 5 isn’t bad.  Let’s hope that I actually accomplish everything on this week’s list.  This week I have to focus on taking care of myself again.  It seems like I’ve been so busy focusing on everyone else as a mama, teacher, wife, and daughter, that I’ve lost sight of my own well being.  I’m sure most of you know what I’m talking about – I think a lot of women tend to do this!

1.  Schedule my massage appointment for this month – yes, back on the list it goes.  I have to get it done!!

2.  Go to the gym at least twice this week – do you see the trend? Hopefully I can get myself back into the routine if I ease into it.  I think I’m just going to have to take the plunge and get there on a schedule again!!

3.  Make doctor’s and dentist appointments. 

4.  Get next week’s lesson plans, homework, and materials printed, copied, and ready! I’m on a mission to be a week ahead of myself.  Hmmm… then I’ll have to catch up with myself that way too, but at least I’ll be headed in the right direction!

5.  Schedule at least 3 blog posts…. this is going to be a tough one, but I’m going to get back into a routine so I might as well start this week!!

You can probably see a pattern at this point. Once I’m out of my routine it takes me awhile to get it back together. But I know I can…just in time for track out (ha!).

So, if you’ve stuck with me long enough, here is my Manic Monday freebie!  Students have to underline the main idea of the paragraph and illustrate one of the details.  I know it looks so plain, but I think once my students get their art on the paper it will be really stinking cute!!  My students LOVE to draw and illustrate and I thought what a better way than to get them to focus on the details. Yayyy – they get what they want and so do I.  Don’t tell them though, or they’ll decide it’s not so fun after all!

Have a fantastic Monday everyone!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Inauguration Day Literacy Activities

Along with MLK Day celebrations, we will be celebrating Inauguration Day in my classroom this year.  I am super excited about the new unit I created to celebrate this important event – I thought since we learned about the election, we needed to follow through the process and study the President being sworn in to office.

Here are a few things that we will be doing:
  • Making words with the letters from Inauguration Day
  • Writing a newspaper article after watching the inauguration
  • Writing about a pet we would take to the White House
  • Writing a letter to President Obama congratulating him and offering our advice
  • Looking up words about the inauguration words in the dictionary
  • Reading about the requirements of being a President and responding

Social studies will make up a huge part of our week – but I am looking forward to it!  I love introducing my students to real life situations and scenarios.  If you’re interested in implementing some of my ideas head over to my TpT store to pick this up.

Have a fantastic Tuesday friends!! 

Monday, January 14, 2013

5 for Five Monday and Butterfly Research Freebie

Yes, it is another 5 for Five Monday with Jessica and Jenn and a Manic Monday Freebie!  Yayyy – Monday is becoming one of my favorite blog days!

Here is how last week turned out:

1.  Set up 3 different doctor’s appointments.  Done – sort of; due to circumstances out of my control, I only needed to set up one… and have about 2 follow-ups now. Ugh!

2.  Gather and organize a ton of testing and student data.  Yes – I accomplished this one too!!

3.  Hit the gym at least twice this week.  Nope – again, medical stuff so this one was out of my control.

4.  Lesson plan for the next two weeks. Sweet – done!!

5.  Eat breakfast & lunch every day this week!!  Yep – another one I can check off the list!

Without further ado here are my goals for this week:

1.  Schedule my massage appointment for this month.

2.  Schedule dentist appointments… do you see a pattern? I have returned to school, and started to neglect personal “stuff” so to hold myself accountable I have to add it to my goals list…ugh, seriously??

3.  Go to the gym this week – at least once.  I really need to get back into the groove; hopefully now that I have resolved my headache issue I can get there this week.

4.  Print next week’s lesson plans, copies, and homework assignments.

5.  Blog at least twice this week.  I feel like I have been neglecting my third child.

And my Monday freebie!  We are getting ready to start our butterfly unit in science and I can’t wait for my kids to complete some butterfly research. You can pick it up at my TpT store.

Have a great Monday friends!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Scattered Thoughts and Clipart Crazy Linky

Oh my gosh – I totally forgot to post about the exciting email our students {via yours truly} received this week!! 

A long time ago, in a month far, far past…. we sent letters to men and women in Afghanistan for Veteran’s Day.  All of our second grade students completed this during our writing “switch” – have I mentioned that I love my team!?!  Anywho, we received a response on Thursday.  It was from a serviceman whose mother teaches in our school. 

Our kids were so excited to get responses to their questions, and I was so honored that he emailed me.  I scooted from room to room reading his email to all of the kids – each time I read it I had tears in my eyes, thinking about all this young man is giving up to serve our country.  Needless to say, it was an exciting moment, and a project we will do again next year!!

On another note, while I was stalking blog hopping this morning I ran across an awesome post on TeachableMoments.  It was about the great paradigm shift in education.  It is a long video, but well worth the watch.

Finally, I’m linking up with Primary Polka Dots who is having a therapeutic Clipart Crazies linky. 

I am obsessed with clipart; yes, there should be a twelve step program for me.  Oldest Realistic, is an amazing artist and {insert whiny voice here} I have tried to convince him to make some clipart from his amazing & wonderful mama and my great followers.  But, it has taken the back burner since he is busy at school.  Hmph!  So until he and mama are on the same page, here are some of my favorites!

If you are clipart crazy, please head over to Lindsay’s blog so I can see who your favorite clipartists are!

Until next time…

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A day late & a dollar short! Five for Friday

Yes, it has been that kind of week – I’m already behind the 8 ball and it’s only the first full week back!! Yikes, I hope this is not how the rest of the month is going to be! Ugh!!

Anywho, I have a bajillion reasons for being behind this week, but number one is that everyone wants to have a meeting.  Guess I am the “cool” teacher – ha! No, just the one with tons of meetings!! So, I scheduled like 5 meetings this week and have neglected my poor little blog.  I had to move things around my plate to make it work, and unfortunately blogging got knocked off in the process.

So, I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday {even if it is a little late}.  It’s really easy, and I hope you decide to tag along – all you have to do is share 5 random things about your day/week.

1.  We focused on Martin Luther King, Jr. this week and my kids LOVED it!! Monday we read My Brother, Martin {one of my favorite MLK books}.  We are learning about MLK and leadership in social studies between now and the 22nd when we change gears and switch to science.

2. We had too much testing this week!!  I know, assessments are necessary; but, seriously, we took two pre-tests this week and it seemed to take the wind out of my baby’s sails!  I hate that for them – they get so frustrated {even though I’ve told them they won’t know what is on the test} and in turn, it makes their teacher sad.  I know that crying, whining and complaining is not going to make testing go away, but I just needed to vent.

3.   In literacy we have been working on our Cinderella unit.  My kids are amazed by all of the Cinderella stories that we have read.  Even my “tough” boys love Cinderella – yes, the girl version!  They couldn’t believe it when I introduced them to Joe Cinders.  Don’t you just love when your kids find something as exciting as you do?!

4.  Unfortunately, due to all of the other activities we are doing, we will not be celebrating 100 Day.  It is really hard for me to say no to, but I know they have done 100 Day for two years and it probably won’t even bother my students {no other 2nd grade teacher is doing 100 Day} but it is hard because it is one thing I absolutely LOVE.  Ugh – I don’t even like to write about it. {Can you hear me crying now?}

5.  I actually had an “extra” day off this week – no, it really doesn’t mean time off, it means I allocated more time to prepping sub plans.  No, I didn’t do anything fun {still crying!} but I got some answers to some medical issues.  I hope {have my fingers and toes crossed} that I go in on Monday morning to a great note…but alas, I am not getting my hopes up.

Here’s hoping that I get on top of things this week and I can actually blog next week – yes, my fingers and toes are still crossed!!

Happy Saturday evening friends!!