Saturday, November 22, 2014

When the MAGIC Happens....

What a WEEK!
Getting ready for Thanksgiving Vacation...
we are off for the whole week!
9 DAYS TO BE EXACT
( Yes...we count weekends..."SLEEP - IN" Days)
After testing, TURKEY projects, writing THANK YOU's to EVERYONE..
and YES, I mean EVERYONE..
It is time to RELAX!
Yeah, RIGHT!
It was a hectic week...BUT..
The MAGIC is happening..
MAGIC?
We teachers know this MAGIC...
The time of year when foundations are set.
When routines are in place.
And when the kiddos start believing on themselves.
The "I CAN DO IT!" ZONE..
This is when it BEGINS!
I heard those...sniff..sniff..Magic Words Today!

Mrs.  McCarty....
CAN  WE  PLEASE HAVE 
MORE TIME TO READ?
YES!!!! 

We have arrived!
Here we are...READING! Stamina has increased & desire to read has set in!
It warms a teacher's heart!
As I have said before & I will say again...
IF YOU WANT THEM TO READ..
YOU HAVE TO GIVE THEM READING TIME!
Don't give up independent reading time!
It is WAY.......WAY.....to important!
Here we are! Enjoy some...LOVE OF READING!
Happy Turkey WEEK!






(Don't you just LOVE seeing KIDDOS so engrossed in reading...they don't even know I am there!)
Teacher's DREAM! :)


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday 11.19.14

I know...
IT'S  ALREADY  WEDNESDAY!
How does TIME fly so FAST???
This week is
SUPER  CRAZY!!!
Testing, Data collecting, & getting ready for ...
ONE  WEEK  OFF!
TG  for Thanksgiving!
Here is some GMA  LOVE!



Happy Birthday Payton!
Gma & Gpa LOVE YOU LOTS! :)

How do YOU celebrate birthdays with the YOUNG 'UNS???



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...11.12.14

I am linking up with
Christina @ Second Grade Sugar & Spice


We had 
SOOO  MUCH FUN
at school last week!
Here is a peek.......




Get out the watercolors & let them PAINT!
SOOOOOO   much fun!

What do you do in your class....JUST  FOR  FUN!!!?????

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veteran's Day...NEVER FORGET

Happy Veteran's Day!
Just a reminder...
It's NOT Just about the day OFF school!
It's a day we remember
those who made our country 
the GREATEST country IN THE WORLD!
I am so Proud to live in the USA!
But FREEDOM...is NOT always FREE!
As a US NAVY family,
we have been through
 bootcamp, trainings ( far away ), deployments, seperations, homecomings...
but through it all...
WE ARE PROUD!
Today I celebrate ALL the military families
( and it TAKES a FAMILY)
who make this the BEST place in the world
 to live, laugh, LOVE!
THANK YOU!
Please...take a moment to 
Thank a VETERAN!
Proud Family

Local Veteran's Plaza


THANK YOU!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

I am linking up with
Christina @ Second Grade Sugar & Spice



for....
Wordless Wednesday!







Hubby & I took a "Spur of the Moment" drive...ended up in the snow...
had a snowball fight & made a snowman!

What do you do to
 "STOP & SMELL THE ROSES"??



Saturday, November 1, 2014

Currently November 2014

Is it already
NOVEMBER?
I am linking up with 
for 
CURRENTLY
Listening to RAINDROPS...in California! We are in a SERIOUS drought. In Northern CA we are soooooo happy to have RAIN! Also...I turned on the radio...and...CHRISTMAS Carols! I know it's early & I will be glad to turn them off AFTER Christmas...but I LOVE TO SING ALONG!

Loving Hubby LOVES to BBQ..got some BIG steaks for dinner...YUMMY!!!!

Thinking I really should fold the laundry in the basket...I know there is ANOTHER one too...if I keep thinking about it...do you think it will get done? ( Now or Later...Hmmm)

Wanting to decorate for Christmas! These songs are putting me in the spirit! ( Finished shopping for grandkids today!) YIPPEE!!

Needing to get into a good exercise program. Daughter's wedding in MAY. I really need to get serious! Next week...:)

Reading Lucy Calkins Grade 1 Writing Units of Study...always trying to better myself! 

That's about it! Happy November!   



Let's Talk Turkey! & FREEBIE

November in the First Grade Classroom..

The Halloween "Sugar COMA" is over..

The RUSH to complete...
1)  Quarter 2 assessments in ELA & MATH
2)  Progress Reports
3) Behavior Reports ..for those in need
4)  Intervention  reports ...and group changes ...as needed
5) Lesson plans for Nov. & December
(Who wants to do them LATER?)
6) Make sure to integrate Social Studies...it is NOVEMEBER
and
TEACH!
OK...Whew ..I am tired & I haven't..
made copies, corrected papers, had MANY meetings,etc..etc..etc..

I need something to help with the 3-4 weeks of NOVEMBER ...
ASK...And YOU shall RECEIVE!
LET'S  TALK  TURKEY!
Color OR Black & White ( no color ink needed)..
Click on Picture to be taken to TPT store...:)







68 PAGES to help US get through NOVEMBER!
ENJOY!
FREEBIE...
Click on Pic! Enjoy!


NOVEMBER..already? Where did OCTOBER go??

I just LOVE
Kenny Chesney...
I think he is really, speaking to ME!
As I  am singing...no  BELTING OUT.. his song
( in my car of course...windows up..no one wants to hear this voice)
"DON'T BLINK"

Don't blink
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your better half
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink

I can TOTALLY RELATE!
I swear..I just looked at the calendar & it was OCTOBER!
Early OCTOBER!
THEN...WHAM!
Halloween is here..NO..GONE!
and now it is NOVEMBER! 
WHERE DID OCTOBER GO??
As I turn the calendar, I realize 
I need to slow down
and appreciate ALL that I have in the HERE & NOW!
So, my friends..
BEFORE the Holidays come...54 days to be exact!
Take a few moments to 
STOP! Look around! Remember this MOMENT!
It will be gone in a BLINK!
Enjoy the..
LULL
( Before the RUSH!)
Take a minute, relish in the moment, and ENJOY!
BECAUSE...tomorrow will be here soon enough..
I wonder where I can get a 2015 CALENDAR?
(I better hurry...it will be here SOON!)
HAHAHA
Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BATS! BATS! & MORE BATS!

WOW!
Pumpkins came & went!
Spiders were next...
NOW
It's  BAT  Week!
We have been TOTALLY immersed in BATS!
Close reading, fluency, writing, watching videos, 
& , of course.....STELLALUNA!

We listened to the story online FANTASTIC!
www.storylineonline.net

So...after reading & discussing & making our writing webs...
WE WROTE!
They are doing OK for the 3rd month of first grade!
Here are a few samples...NO LAUGHING!!! :)
PS...They only got to make their BAT after their story was done...
I know BRIBERY! Whatever works! 
Enjoy!





Are they all perfect? NOPE!
My kiddos know the rule...
There is NO PERFECT...only...TRY YOUR BEST!
They DID! :)