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The elves are working.
No.
 Not just "working "...
                     
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THEY  ARE  WORKING!

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During the RUSH..everyone is putting in
OVERTIME!

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Why I Need Tissues When We Put up the TREE!

Happy Holidays, my friends!

I just spent 2 1/2 HOURS...yes, hours...
putting up our
CHRISTMAS  TREE!


Wendy....
WHY SO LONG?
Because.  

My Christmas tree is NOT a 
MARTHA STEWART tree.

It doesn't match.
It doesn't have a "theme".

It is MY  family's legacy.
It is a timeline of our life.
AND I CHERISH EVERY MOMENT!

I cried.
I giggled.
I remembered moments from years past.

My hubby kept coming into the living room
wondering what was taking so long.

Then...he would look an an ornament and say..
"Do you remember...?"
Yes!  I DO!

As I look through the ornament box,
my heart swells with happiness.
THAT, my friends, is what 
CHRISTMAS is ALL about.

I collect ornaments! 
I search them out EVERYWHERE we go!
I buy them for MY kids and MY grandkids!
ALWAYS...date the back! 
Doesn't seem important now...IT WILL BE LATER!
If you can't find ornaments...key chains work fantastic!
Scavenge the "AFTER CHRISTMAS" sales!
Christmas boutiques, & craft sales!
It's about a memory.
I never want to FORGET!

IN  LIFE...there is NO "DO OVER".
There are "second chances"...but they are
DIFFERENT!

Here is a little "smattering" of my 
Christmas Tree!

A cruise hubby & I took to the Caribbean.
The first ship I had ever been on!

After 10 months on fertility drugs...BABY on the way!
This was the first ornament I ever bought with a baby on it!
We didn't know if it was a boy or girl.
Ended up being twin boys! 
32 years ago & still cry at this one!
Happy tears!


Yes...I have the first 5 years for ALL of my kids!
We are blessed with 4 kids & 5 grandchildren.


Hubby's FAVORITE!
JAWS FAN!



A trip to EUROPE with my mom & sisters!
4 California girls to England, Ireland, & Scotland!
We found our ancestor's farm!

My auntie ( now 90 ) made this for me
when I was 5. ( 49 yrs ago ).

Very precious.
At the TOP of our tree.
The last remaining ornament HANDMADE by my grandmother.
My parents house burned to the ground 30 years ago.
In the attic were ALL of my MOM's Christmas ornaments!
GONE!  Luckily, I had one from MY grandma.
Sniff...sniff...memories!
You think those little strings of popcorn won't last?
Hubby's from PRESCHOOL!
1965!
(It used to be much longer...I wrap it in tissue every year!)

For your kids...
If they play sports...get them a sports ornament
EVERY  YEAR!
There will come a day...when they won't play!
Remember all the fun times!


KEY  CHAINS   MAKE  ORNAMENTS!
My little sis got remarried on the beach in HAWAII!  
The WHOLE family went!
We went snorkeling and saw the SEA TURTLES!
FUN TIMES!

My son's favorite sport ( He wrote this when he was 10 ).
He is now in the US NAVY!
I wonder if ALL the practices & games helped him get ready for LIFE?
YES!

My first trip to the EAST COAST!
We toured from NEW YORK to NEW HAMPSHIRE.
Stayed at the BEST B&B in Plymouth BAY!


TEACHERS!!!!
Yes...those  "SILLY"  classroom ornaments 
DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
AND...GLITTER  MATTERS!
A plastic lid...some glitter...and  a picture!
Circa  1992.

So here is a "SMATTERING"
of 
MY LIFE!

It's  PERFECT for ME!






Remember..

IN LIFE...there is NO "DO OVER!"
Live, LAUGH, Love!


Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
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HOW to help EL student's with WRITING!

HOW to help EL student's with WRITING!

I work in a Title 1 school.
I have 24 first graders with  99%  free  lunches.
This year I have 12  English Language Learners in 4 different languages!
( I have had 18-20 EL's in the same class!)
12???     
A BREEZE!



My kiddos come with a SMALL  amount of ENGLISH print.
MOST..not all..but MOST have enough English to communicate 
everyday NEEDS to me.
BATHROOM, Recess, and When is LUNCH?
We are OK.

BUT...
English PRINT?

WOWZA! Another WORLD!

FIRST...

 We begin...BEGIN...with  Phonemic Awareness.
Sounds...
ORAL...
NO PRINT!
Letter Sounds, Vocabulary Words, Rhymes, Alliterations,,
SOUNDS
and LOTS OF THEM!

Next...
We ADD 
PHONICS!
A symbol (letter/word) to the sounds.

Alphabet, HFW, Word Families, emergent readers, etc.

For those who make READING a priority...
they excell!

For those who don't have a LOT of support at home..
It can take LONGER...

But..

THEN...
We write well and we write A LOT!

Lists, poems, booklets, stories, and they LOVE IT!

The problem occurs when they don't have an ENGLISH word to attach to the "word" in their head!

Vocabulary MUST be a HUGE part of the daily writing minilessons.
And RESOURCES!

We use Step Up to Writing...


and

I "supplement"...Ummm
SUPPLANT
with
LUCY CAULKINS!
YESSSS!!!

http://www.heinemann.com/products/E07729.aspx
Click HERE to see it...

FINALLY..

We  use  my
WRITE ON!
 papers because they have 
VOCABULARY
built in!






Available HERE...

My kids are doing GREAT!
(Most could only write their names at first!)

Daily PROGRESS! :)




And so..
we 
PRACTICE, we TALK, WE SING,
WE CHANT,
AND ..we
  WRITE ON!

Primary Teachers are..QUIRKY!

Primary Teachers 
are
QUIRKY!
HUH???
Quirky is defined as...  

"  something that is strange/not normal but 

cool. Unconventional, surprising, odd."


You mean ME?  I am.... ODD?

YES! YOU!

Here are the top 5 reasons PRIMARY Teachers are QUIRKY!


We like to "DRESS UP"!
Now in most professions there is a RULE of  PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE.
In Teaching...we are a little "QUIRKY"!




We tend to "go the extra mile!"
And it's a GOOD thing!
( May have to add that to THING 1 & THING 2).
You get MY drift!

How many TEACHER Tshirts do YOU own?
Do YOU wear SCHOOL shirts on FRIDAY?
Do YOU OWN a Dr. Suess HAT?
Do you DESIRE a pair of shoes or socks that look like a PENCIL?

See?  Just a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
 AND ...HEELS??? 

 Who can chase little ones
 or grab the glue bottle
 before it puddles 
on the floor..
in heels?

You see...QUIRKY!


SMELLS..
Who doesn't LOVE to walk into a room smelling of...
LAVENDER
COFFEE
FLOWERS
COOKIE DOUGH
etc.,  etc.

We all DO!
And so we PACK IN THE SMELLY STUFF!




And then ...24 LITTLE ONES go outside for RECESS.
AND they come back in...
SMELLING LIKE WET PUPPIES!
UGH!
 And SOME of those 6 year old WET PUPPIES..
NEED  DEODORANT!

And so...we retreat to our OLD FRIEND...
* in MY district you NOW must obtain a 1 hr. PD and  get a "CERTIFICATE" to use CLOROX wipes in the classroom.

A Little QUIRKY!

But...we do what we need to do to survive!

Myself...I prefer cookie dough candles..  
JUST  ME.
DON'T LIGHT THEM...
JUST SMELL THEM! 



Lunch.

A Primary teacher's lunch is a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
First, it has to have pieces that can be held in
ONE  HAND!


I always laugh when someone says,
" You HAVE 40 minutes for LUNCH?"
Yeah...after I get 25 kids to the cafeteria.
AND...one doesn't forget their lunch and we have to walk back & do it AGAIN!
AND...if I don't have to call a parent.
AND..if I don't need to run off papers.
AND..if I don't need to correct spelling tests, prepare the SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS, write a note, 
AND..HEAVEN FORBID..
GO TO THE BATHROOM!
( Don't forget to EAT...it will be ANOTHER 4 hours until you are FREE!)

So...bring a lunch that can be eaten in ONE HAND!
The other hand MAY BE BUSY!

A LITTLE QUIRKY!



DIY
Those DREADED WORDS!
Do  It  YOURSELF..NEVER!  NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!

I don't think I have EVER started a DIY where I didn't involve someone else!
 Thank YOU to my WONDERFUL HUBBY..
He puts up with my QUIRKINESS!

Spray PAINT!
Did YOU feel your hands get clammy?
How your heart rate INCREASED?
You have a smile on YOUR FACE?

NEON    SPRAY   PAINT!

Do YOU feel the "NEED"...to  spray
SOMETHING?

I know..it's OK..
I think some people are "wired" with it.
The NEED  to PAINT!

And we do..




We will SPRAY EVERYTHING!
And...it's OK!
( I'm sure SOMEWHERE...there is a 12 step program for this!)
QUIRKY?
YEAH!



BAGS!

No.Not grocery bags.
I mean BIG, LONG HANDLED, BRIGHTLY COLORED, (maybe) on wheels,
BAGS!

"I Like BIG bags & I cannot lie..."
(I think it's a SONG)
Me dancing...






But...
LOOK AT THE BRIGHT COLORS!

We will carry 50-80 POUNDS of STUFF in ONE BAG..
GOTTA keep MY hands FREE!

And not think twice about it.
I AM NOT walking BACK to MY classroom AGAIN!
Yes...I can carry it ALL in one trip!

(Why do my shoulders & my back hurt so much?!)

But LOOK at the BRIGHT COLORS! So cute!

No...I will NOT buy 24 folders at TARGET for 17 cents each!
 I just bought the CUTEST  "31"  BAG..  :)

A LITTLE  QUIRKY!

And so..
Some of us were MEANT to be PRIMARY TEACHERS.
AND some are NOT!

To those who are...
HOLD YOUR SPRAYPAINTED FINGER UP HIGH..WEAR YOUR TSHIRTS PROUDLY...
AND  SMELL  the QUIRKINESS  in YOUR  WORLD!

WELCOME  to the CLUB!

If you have HUNG in here for this LONG  POST..
Keep GIGGLING..

Here is a FREEBIE  for YOU!

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