Sunday, January 26, 2014

Almost Time and Giveaway


This is my last week on medical leave and I am ready to return to my class and to my kiddos!  I have went in a few times to see them, but I have still missed them like crazy!  I had all these plans to work on plans and TpT products while I was off, but I really didn't get motivated.  Oh well, I think I am going to spend this week shopping (because I couldn't over Christmas break) and mentally preparing myself for my return.

Have you seen this giveaway happening right now over at 
 
http://learningwithmrslangley.blogspot.com/2014/01/200-follower-giveaway.html


Stop by and enter to win!  I know she would love for you to!


I will be back later this week to blog about our school's Math Night.  It's going to be so much fun!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Currently



I feel like I am a complete blogger failure.  I really want to blog at least a few times a month, but in all reality, I am lucky to blog every few months.  Not what I expected when I jumped into the Land of Blogging.  Please accept my humble apology!

I thought I would start 2014 off with linking up with Farley's Currently for January.


If you notice, "Wanting" is to be able to walk, lol.  I had foot surgery at the beginning of December.  I had a cast on for 3 weeks and last week I got it off and was put in a walking boot.  I couldn't put any weight on it until this week and I am only allowed 10 minutes every few hours.  I am not allowed to go back to school until February.  I joked around with others about enjoying a break from my needy class, but in all reality, I have missed them terribly!  I am a real control freak and I wonder what they are doing all the time.  

During my time off, you would think I would be working on new TpT units.  I wish I could!  I just feel like my creative ideas are gone.  I hope I get them back soon!  I think when my boys go back to school next week, I will try to plan things that I will be teaching when I get back to school.  I will be stuck at home because I can't drive yet.  I will admit that my afternoon naps have become very enjoyable.  

I hope everyone's 2014 has started off great! 



Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful, Stressed, and Ready to Shop



I hope each of you had a very Happy Thanksgiving today!  For those of you that braved the cold and the crowds tonight - I hope you found everything you were shopping for.  I wanted to take a moment to say that I am thankful for my salvation, my family and friends, my health, and for all those wonderful bloggers/TpTers that make my life just a little bit easier.  I am very thankful for my group of kiddos in my class this year too.

My family did something a little different this year.  Instead of cooking, we went out and ate.  We enjoyed the time together and there was no clean-up.  The only down side to this is that you do not have any leftovers to nibble on through the rest of the week.

I have not blogged in a while.  Every time I say I am going to blog more, something always causes me not to.  I think I am just overwhelmed with school and all the changes we have made.  It has been driving me nuts.  Now, I am having surgery on my foot on Wednesday and I will be out of the classroom for 8 weeks.  Talk about STRESSED!  I am a very OCD person, who has everything in the classroom put in a certain spot and I do things a certain way.  To think that a total stranger is going to be in my class, with my stuff, teaching my kiddos is really disturbing.  As of Tuesday afternoon, my principal still hadn't gotten someone to be my certified sub.  There is a chance I may not even get to meet this person before he/she is turned loose in my room with my kids.......this really bothers me and I am going to have to find a way to cope with it.  Not to mention I am going to be missing all the Christmas/Winter activities.  When I told my kiddos on Tuesday, there were some tears, some worried faces, and a lovely little one that told me she did not want me to be her teacher ever again.  She crawled under my reading table and refused to come out.  I was heart broken.  Please remember my class in your prayers over the next eight weeks.

I hope you have your TpT Wish Lists ready for the sale coming up on Monday and Tuesday.  I am putting my entire store on sale for 20% off.  Enjoy shopping!


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Swinging-Through-Second-Grade



Saturday, October 12, 2013

Surprise Sale!


TpT has hit 100K likes on their Facebook fan page!  They are celebrating with a sale today and tomorrow only!  10% off!!  You can enter the code FB100K and get the 10% off.

I'm also offering 20% off in my store to celebrate!  So, you'll get 28% off when using the code on my products.  Other sellers are joining in on the fun, too!

I don't know about you, but I can really stock up on things I have put on my wishlist now.  

Enjoy shopping!



Monday, September 23, 2013

Nouns and Math Facts Freebies


It has definitely been Monday.  I began getting a cold on Thursday night, but was hoping it would be gone over the weekend.  I was wrong!  I woke up this morning feel really rough and wanted to just crawl back in bed.  I drug myself up to get ready because I knew my kiddos had to take the Reading portion of their Discovery Ed test.  We take the Math portion tomorrow and with the way I am feeling now, I am sure I will feel pretty rough in the morning also. 

After the test today, we did several activities learning about nouns.  My kiddos watched the BrainPop, Jr. video on nouns, I read a cute book about nouns, we listed all the nouns we could name (or that we had room for on our chart), and then I gave the kiddos 4 post-it notes and had them label each one “person”, “place”, “thing”, and “animal.”  Then they had to write an example, illustrate the example, and place it on the poster that it matched.  The kiddos loved doing this and love seeing each other’s examples hanging up.




I found this idea over at The Bubbly Blonde.  Check her out here.
 
Does your district stress the importance of kiddos knowing their basic math facts?  If so, below are two freebies.  One is basic addition facts and the other is basic subtraction facts.  Enjoy!

 I hope everyone has a great week.  We have a four day week and then an Inservice Day on Friday full of training.  Sometimes I think I would rather be teaching my kiddos instead of sitting through wonderful training that we all hate enjoy so much. 
 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Excitement and Classroom Photos






I was so excited to get an e-mail saying my new blog design was ready!  Erin at http://creatinganddesigning.blogspot.com did such a wonderful job!  If you are looking for someone to create you a new design, I highly recommend her.  You can check out her blog here:



I have been missing from action, and like everyone else, the start of school has completely wore me out.  My class is very needy this year and I am struggling with it.  On top of a needy group of kiddos, we have a new reading series and our focus has changed so much with fully implementing Common Core.  I am going to share a few pictures of my classroom for everyone to see.  Better later than never, right?

 View from side of room.
 Reading Group/Literacy Center board.  Student wrote their reading goal on the books.
 Cute back to school writing we did the first week.
Homework Club!  I am sad that we have had homework for the past two weeks and I have had about 6 not return theirs, so their number has been removed.  I wish parents valued school and learning.  I feel that each year it get worse.

I hope to be back on Sunday with a freebie!  I plan on resting tomorrow and watching some football with the family!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

SALE on TpT


Wow!  I can't believe that it has been 2 1/2 months since I posted.  I had a very busy summer and needed the break.  I will be back to blog about my first week of school soon.  But until then, have you heard?  TeachersPayTeachers is having a sale and I have been filling up my cart.  Have you?