Sunday, August 2, 2015

I Need to APOLOGIZE to my Gma & My MOM...

I am such a SLACKER!
I think I have it all together..
I DO NOT!

My Grandmother & MY MOM
raised a family, worked at home & outside the home, 
and we always had stuff when we wanted it.

AND I NEVER ASKED HOW?



This is my GMA & GPA...
I miss them both.

They lived on a dairy.
 My GPA taught me about cows, HARD work, & what "silage" tasted like! ICK!

My Gma always wore a dress & heels. She was a petite little thing.
She wore toilet paper around her hair at night, so she would look "good" in the morning.

My Gpa didn't give us candy.
 When we left his house, he would give us a teaspoonful of brown sugar 
, from the jar in Gma's kitchen.
 Nothing fancy..but it meant EVERYTHING to us!

They owned a peach orchard.
 40 acres of peaches. 
I never really thought about it when I was little.
 It was just a "lot of trees".


This is my MOM & Dad ( I just found this engagement pic.) HAHA


They worked hard. 
My dad went to work every day.
 Dressed in his suit & white shirt 
( that my mom ironed..I know ..with an iron & ironing board! )

And my mom worked a self-owned business, 
was ALWAYS there when we got home form school,
 and helped us with EVERYTHING we ever did ( sports, clubs, school, etc).

And I never asked HOW?
How do you do it ALL?

And now this....
Both my GMA & My MOM canned fruits, made pickles, and baked goodies!

Now I don't bake ( leave that gene to my sister, Susie).

I have NEVER made pickles..& probably won't..BUT  
I   CAN  FRUIT!   
I CAN FRUIT, A LOT!

I  remember walking into GMA's garage & seeing shelves FULL of canned goods.
I grabbed bottles of canned fuits from my mom's shelves in our garage.
Peaches, pears, cherries, etc, etc, etc,,   whenever we wanted!
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
It didn't matter...it was always there.
HOW????  
I never asked.

So now..I apologize to GMA & MOM.
I should have asked to help you peel, or slice, or wash, or........or....or......
But, I cannot take it back.
SO?
I will follow in your steps.
I will teach MY DAUGHTER to can!
And my granddaughters!
I will continue the family tradition.
Only...we will use the recipe on my laptop.
( I know GMA & MOM didn't do that!)

So here was my day TODAY ( from start  to finish ).


Wash the jars ( hot water & heated dry) in dishwasher.





Wash..rinse...BLANCH (  Boil  whole peaches, then put in pan of ICE WATER!)
Their peels  just  slide right off!

Slice, Slice, slice!


Too hot to cook inside!
Set up our campstove OUTSIDE!
Pan on the left is a sugar/water mixture.
Cook the peaches in for a short time, then pour into jars!
Hubby is sooooo  good at this!




Then...
Boil in a water bath ( 25 minutes ) to seal.

 and...
VOILA!



There we go!
11 quarts of fresh canned peaches!
They will be sooo  good  this winter! 

(Daddy gave us more peaches 
...so I am thinking peach cobbler for dinner!)

or maybe.....

I SHOULD MAKE JAM!

Gma made jam......so did MOM....WOW!

I should THANK them.   :)

Currently AUGUST 2015

Is it AUGUST already?
WOW!

I am linking up with 
Farley @ Oh' Boy 4th Grade
for
CURRENTLY!



Today is my LAST day of lazy Summer!
School starts tomorrow!
Kiddos will be there at 8:20 AM.
(I will need a nap by noon!)
I hear from Kinder teachers 
I have some real CUTIES this year!
YIPPEE!

So..I think today I shall relax and enjoy the day!
( Maybe even do laundry & clean..a little!) :)

Also....
BIG  TPT SALE starts tomorrow!
Stop by & check our the BTS goodies!







iteachFirst Bloggers GIVEAWAY!

The WONDERFUL bloggers at iteach
( iteachFirst, iteachSecond, iTeachThird, & iTeachFourth )

are having a Back to School GVEAWAY!
Not just ANY Giveway...I mean a 
GIGANTIC giveaway!

Raise your hand if you want to win an..

 iPad Air 2 !!!

ME! ME! ME!
( left hand raised, right hand raised,  BOTH HANDS RAISED!)

The fantastic teachers from iTeach have come together to give one winner an..
iPad Air 2
A case
A Stylus pen
AND....
An iTunes gift card ( so you can choose your apps!)

ME!  ME!  ME!

Now...you have to enter to win!
You can enter from Aug. 2 to Aug. 8 .
THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AUG. 9!

So...
click on the iTeachFirst button
and follow the directions to enter the Rafflecopter!


and remember...

RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU WANT TO WIN!!!!

ME  TOO!  :)

Now go...HURRY!

http://www.iteachfirst.com/2015/08/BacktoSchoolGiveaway.html


Nibits for Newbies ( FREEBIE)

It's that time AGAIN!


This weeks "nibits"....


We all have to send notes home.
From the teacher, the school, the office, etc.

If they are SUPER important, we have the parent sign the note and return it.

But what about those "reminders" that get LOST in the bottom of the BACKPACK?
How to make sure those little notes even get home?

Answer:

BRACELETS!

We send home important information on student bracelets.
For extra IMPACT...run the bracelets on BRIGHT COLORED PAPER!

Before the students leave, we stand at the door with a stapler,
and attach a bracelet to each students wrist as the leave.

THEY LOVE THEM!
Enjoy!

Here is a sample for you:
(Click on the picture)



If you need single sheets...check my TPT & Educents stores!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/1stgradefireworks

http://www.educents.com/1stgradefireworks





Saturday, August 1, 2015

Back to School..already? Linky

I know...
Summer is ending..even though it has been over 100 degrees here in NOR CAL
so I doubt if it's going to leave QUICKLY!

So..it's that time.
Time to 
"Take chances, make mistakes, get MESSY!"

(I LOVE Miss Frizzle!)

BACK TO SCHOOL TIME PEOPLE
Let's get movin'!

The little ones will be here SOON!

So WHAT will YOU be doing the first month of school?
( No crying allowed!)

I am linking up with one of my dearest friends
Tamara @ Mrs. Russell's Class for a LINKY PARTY!



LOTS!
I don't know about YOU...
BUT I don't know HOW I ever TAUGHT without
TPT / EDUCENTS!

I have SOOOOOO  many fantastic products from 
soooooo many  talented  people!

So here are just a few...


I cannot put ALL the paid  resources I have
( shhhh..don't tell hubby) :)  Just  a  sample...



AND...
Some of MY goodies!



So MANY  WONDERFUL Store Owners
LOVE to SHARE!



 I do have to say...
THIS WAS HARD TO DO!

There are soooooo  many FANTASTIC, CREATIVE people out there!
Get ready to ADD to YOUR selections..

THE TPT SALE IS ALMOST HERE!




 MARK it on YOUR  calendar!
August 3-4.
Add to your WISH LIST Today!
Get your FEEDBACK done for POINTS!

 P.S.  Don't forget to use the PROMOCODE  BTS15..
I have forgotten it ( once or twice!)

Enjoy your school year!

Check out the OTHER Stores linking up:
(Click on pic)



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Firstie Friends Giveaway!

My BFF's @
Firstie Friends
and I are giving you 
 GIFTS!
From July 30-Aug 1... You can enter to WIN!
We are giving away 5  TPT gift certificates worth $25 EACH!
AND THE TPT SALE IS AUG. 3-4!

YES! You can SHOP TPT  on US!  :)


Make sure to stop by and THANK the contributors!

Enter Here:



Giveaway! WOWZA! It's Elementary,My Dear!

WOWZA!
I am linking up with 
Lindsey @ It's Elementary, My Dear!
for a HUGE
GIVEAWAY!

These are the WONDERFUL CONTRIBUTORS!




WOWZA! You can win:

  • 4 - $50 Target Gift Cards
  • 1 Marketing Maven Photo MOCKUP MEGA TOOLKIT
  • 1 Lindsey Petlak FONTS MEGA TOOLKIT
WOWZA!

Enter HERE:


Good LUCK!



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It's ALMOST here..Not Christmas...BTS

Are YOU ready?
Are your own kiddos ready?
Is your classrrom ready?

Sort of.

Well, Yes...sort of.



Writing Center folders are DONE!
( Kids will color & glue on covers....make them their OWN!)


Construction paper sorted & crated ( LOVE THIS!) 
 CHECK!


(RAH...READ  AT  HOME  books leveled & sorted..More on these later)
CHECK!


Word Word  &  Fluency  Centers..ready!
(Details later...after kiddos get a chance to DIVE IN!)
CHECK!


And classroom  LIBRARIES
 ( YES..I said LIBRARIES..plural)   are ready!

(  Green  baskets  are leveled library ..bottom  tubs  are  AR   books )
ANOTHER classroom library by themes..on the other side of the room.

CHECK!

BUT...well...I am ready...sort of.

LESSON PLANS!   UGH!

The first week is so.....FLUID! 
It's so  "mixed up"!
I don't know if I will be teaching reading, writer's workshop,etc
I HOPE SO..BUT..it depends!
Will they get the rules?
Will they understand the procedures?

WILL I MAKE IT TO RECESS????

(Breathe)  OK....I will make it ( NO COFFEE )...
but..
LESSON PLANS!
OK  OK   I got that! :)

 Lesson Plan book..AM  left..PM  right  (  PM  is after  lunch )
I make the frame in PowerPoint ( anything that USUALLY doesn't change).


ELD,Calendar,  Reading, Guided Reading, Partner Reading, 
WHOLE CLASS ( We use CA Treasures)
Spelling, Phonics, Centers.....WHEW!

Then..LUNCH!

 FINALLY!


Read to Self, SPECIALS :) , Math, Guided Math,
 Social Studies, Science, Author's Chair, DISMISS!
WOW!  What a Great  Day! :)

Here's my REAL one...pencil scratch...gotta be FLEXIBLE!



OK...I think I'm ready!

SORT OF! :)

Enjoy the end of YOUR SUMMER!
Get ready..SORT OF!  :)