Wednesday, January 16, 2013


I have been trying to come up with more exciting ways to practice our spelling words.  My kiddos and I get super tired of doing the worksheets out of our basal so I'm trying to incorporate other activities to reinforce their words.  Today, I had them divide their paper into sixths and write their spelling words on the spots.  I gave each table some paint and Q-tips.  They used the Q-tips to dot/spell their words.  They had a blast doing this and I even heard these comments, "How cool" and "This is so fun." When a teacher hears those comments, it makes you want to jump and scream because what you are doing is working, they are learning and having FUN!!!  Here are a few pictures of it. GRRR!! Sorry it is upside down, can't get it turned.

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They had to finish the sentence, My 2013 is going to be.... 
We made a list of words that could describe our 2013 and then they put it together on a party had and added their face and hair.  This one cracked me up with her hair.

Friday, January 11, 2013


What a crazy week back, especially after having seven weeks off from maternity leave.  It took me a couple of days for my brain to get back into teacing mode.  We spent the week doing some benchmark testing, math testing, and snowman fun!!  We read the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner.  Click picture below to view it.  It is an exciting story about snowmen and what they do at night when everybody goes to sleep. 

Snowmen at Night (Storytown Library, Grade K, Story 8)
After we read the book, we created a chart and listed what the snowmen did at night.   I then had the students fill out their bubble map.  We also created a list of what we would do if we were a snowman at night.  Boy, the kids loved coming up with their own ideas, I stopped them at six or we would have been there all afternoon. 

Then I had the students respond to, "If I were a snowman at night, I would..."  They had some very cute answers.  Finally, they put their creative juices to work and created their snowman!!  Click on the picture below to get the writer's response sheet.
Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of the finished snowmen!  I hope you all have a restful and relaxing weekend.  I'm going to try and get some ZZZZZ's, but that all depends on my little man!!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

"The Culprit"

Some of you out there might be thinking I have fallen off the face of the planet!  Step aside blog stalking and TpT there is a new culprit in town that has been eating up my time day and night.  Here is the newest addition to our family, Michael Thomas.  The first picture is right after he was born on November 19th and the second one is when he turned a month old.  He is the "culprit" taking up all my time day and NIGHT!  But I wouldn't have it any other way.  I have to go back to work on Monday and I am going to miss this peanut, but luckily my dad is gracious enough to be his babysitter.  How lucky is he, gets to spend all day with grandpa.  Well hopefully I will soon get back into the swing of things and squeeze in some time for blogging and creating.  Must go, he is calling my name!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

I'm Back (Only for a moment)

Wouldn't you know it, I just get logged onto my blog page, which I have been very unfaithful to the last weeks (sigh)!  But I have been enjoying my newest bundle of joy born on November 19, at 2:46 P.M.  Of course, as I am typing this he is now waking up crying "Get Me!"  But, I just wanted to wish all you a very Happy New Year!!