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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...April 23

We have a fun tradition in our family at EASTER.
What traditions do you want to share with your 
next generations?
Check out Christina at Sugar & Spice to link up!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

SASSY SATURDAY FREEBIE!

Just wanted to share a quick
FREEBIE!
My kiddos LOVE to PARTNER READ!
So...
Here's a little helper
to get them started!
Click picture for FREEBIE!






Happy Sassy Saturday!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

This is a FUN week!
I LOVE EASTER!
I am linking up with 
Christina @ Sugar & Spice for...




What HOMEMADE
 Easter / Spring crafts 
do you make?
Leave a comment & share! :)


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Pigs DO Fly!!!!!

OK...I admit it...I HATE to CLEAN!
Spring Cleaning Purging is NOT FUN!
It is a chore!
But, the Christmas dust bunnies are MULTIPLYING!
( Just in time for EASTER!) :(
After my 3rd cup of coffee this AM,
I decided to get to work!
Hubby & kids ALL GONE for the day..so
I made a deal with myself ...
NO SHOWER until DONE CLEANING!
(I LOVE MY SHOWERS!)
So, what's a girl to do?
GET CLEANING!
I CRANKED UP THE COUNTRY MUSIC...LOUD...REALLY LOUD!


I WAS LISTENING, SINGING, & DANCING to the music!
Thank GOD, no one could SEE me!
Anyways...
I CLEANED...AND Cleaned...and cleaned....and cleaned.
I even cleaned out my earring tree!
Didn't know I had SO many that  only had 1 earring! GOODBYE!
Closets, bookshelves, drawers, 
took BLANKETS to the LAUNDROMAT..
SPRING WASH THEM TOO!
My house smells like PINE-SOL!
If I didn't know any better...I'd swear I was NESTING!
NO WAY LADIES...This GMA is TOOO OLD for that! :)
Then...shower..AAAHHHHH!
So then I decided that because the EB..
EASTER BUNNY
is on HIS way ...I could help him!
My family LOVES
Reeses EGGS!
(WHO doesn't?)
But...I AM CHEAP! I know...really cheap!
So today I decided to MAKE them!
You heard that right! MAKE THEM...ME!???
For the girl who doesn't cook, 
they turned out pretty good!


Here are MY Reese's  Eggs!
They are ready for EASTER Baskets!
So, my friends...
Guess what ?  
As others have said before...
I will cook & clean
When PIGS FLY!
Guess What?
Pigs Fly!
Happy  Weekend!









Friday, April 11, 2014

5 for FRIDAY!

OK..I admit it...I AM TERRIBLE at taking pictures in my classroom!
I have great intentions....
and then...
I TOTALLY DROP THE BALL!
I am hooking up with 
DoodleBugsTeaching
for 5 for FRIDAY!

This week we planted seeds. 
Not in cups..oh, no!
Let's kick it up a notch!
Upcycle an empty water bottle...
SELF WATERING seeds in a bottle!
( Not my pic...)
But this is what we DID!
Hope it works...I'll let you know!
Working on animal classifications.
Kids are doing great!
They have increased their vocabularies, their writing has been fantastic,
and they are having SOOOOO much fun!
I LOVE this time of year!
Working from my packets:


Working on Synonyms & Antonyms
Anyone know "Antie Nym" & "Cinnamon"?
Pics next week....:)


Need to do Spring Cleaning.
When does that "I WANT to CLEAN" feeling start?
Nope! Hasn't started yet!
I think I'll just wait for it! HAHA



Reeses Easter Eggs. 
My family LOVES, LOVES,LOVES them!
I think I'll try making them tomorrow!
I DO NOT ENJOY COOKING!
But for the family...and the chocolate...I MUST TRY!
I MUST....MUSN'T I? :)
Happy  Friday!






Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

I'm BACK!!!
I know, didn't go very far...
JUST to my backyard chair, sunny afternoon, & a REAL BOOK- unplugged!
What a great weekend!
I am linking up with
Christina at
www.secondgradesugarandspice.com



So here we go....




What's on your BUCKET LIST?
Leave me a comment & let me know! :)
Happy Wednesday

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Transitions.....

Transitions...
You know...
The moment when you say, 
"Please put ______ away & get out your_______"
& it begins to sound 
LIKE A BOMB WENT OFF!
Kids out of their seats, loud voices, crayons & pencils dropping to the floor!
STOP!
What happened?
Where did ALL of my management go?
Did it fly out he window? Fall on the carpet? 
NO...it is called...A TRANSITION!
When kiddos go from one body motion to another, it's a transition!
No amount of 5,4,3,2,1....1,2,3 eyes on me....clap, clap, snap, snap
can get them back!
SO....don't let them go!
I have calmed the TRANSITION MONSTER!
When I finish with a lesson or I need them to "Transition"
from one place to another,
I use these WONDERFUL cards
and my doc camera!

I have printed them 4 to a page...
fold up the bottom 
(So kids can't see the answer on doc camera!)
I read the clues.. 
in a SUPER SOFT VOICE..
if they want to hear the clues,
THEY HAVE TO BE QUIET! :)
And they read with me,
"WHO AM I?"
I only chose those kids who are in their seats
with "quiet" hands UP!
They ALL think they know..some are tricky!
Remind them to listen to ALL of the clues.
They LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
LOTS of vocabulary, higher level thinking, 
and ......FUN!
Who would have thought....learning & FUN??!!!
WOWZA!

Here is the link if you would like 
to check these out!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Who-Am-I-Flap-book-Game-613376
ENJOY!



Friday, April 4, 2014

Tori's Tiny Miracle

Do you know TORI?
My friend, Tori, from Tori's Teacher Tips, needs our help!
RUN...Don't WALK!
She has given birth to a beautiful baby BOY!
(DO I HEAR ....HOORAY!)
He weighed 2.8 lbs at birth..a LITTLE guy!
( He's bigger now ...around 5 lbs...and doing well! )
Tenny Tiny Little Guy! 

Growing every day!
But...She needs some help!
So...we JUMPED!
We are having a fundraiser to help Tori & her family through this "trying" time!

Today I want to share with you a special fundraiser that I am a part of: Tori’s Tiny Miracles Fundraiser! Tori is a teacher, blogger (Tori’s Teacher Tips), Teachers Pay Teachers seller, and most importantly a mom of 2 little miracles. Both of Tori’s children were born premature: Michael, born at 28 weeks and weighing only 2 pounds, 6 ounces, and most recently, baby Mason, born at 28 weeks and weighing 2 pounds, 8 ounces. Michael is now a happy and healthy six year old! Baby Mason is only 2 months old and very close to being released from the hospital. To read more about Tori's story, check out her blog.

Aside from all the emotional ups and downs of having a NICU baby, Tori's family is facing some very large hospital expenses. Together, almost 50 TPT creators/bloggers came together to show our support for our friend! We put together FIVE affordable bundles with a spring, summer, or end of the year theme: Kindergarten, First, Second & Third {Spring}, Second & Third {End of the Year}, and Clipart. The proceeds from these bundles listed in this store will go directly to Tori’s family to help offset the medical bills and living expenses they have while they are caring for their newest miracle. Check out each bundle below:

This bundle has 13 products to get you from now to the end of the year!

This product includes ten packets to enhance your teaching this spring!

This bundle includes eight products for 2nd and 3rd to use this spring!

This bundle includes eight products for 2nd and 3rd to get you to the end of the year!


This bundle includes 10 clipart sets you can use for your spring and summer projects!
Exclusive Jungle Clipart for Baby Mason by Melonheadz Illustrating
(this set is ONLY available through this fundraiser!)

As a thank you for supporting her family, Tori has also put a freebie in the fundraiser store. Please make sure you download it while you're visiting.

Thank you so much for your support!
Head on over to support Tori & her family!