Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Winner Is . . .

The winner of the $10 Gift Certificate is. . .

Congrats Lisa!  Send me your e-mail address please.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Giveaway Ending Soon

Don't forget to enter my giveaway by midnight tonight!  You could be the lucky winner of

Click here to enter.  Be sure to leave your e-mail address with your comment.  I will announce the winner tomorrow.  Good luck!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Giveaway and a Freebie

We are having a book study at school over the next six weeks.  We are reading and discussing The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark.  It is such an inspiring book!  My dream is now to go to RCA for a Educator Training would be so awesome!  I seem to be having a rough year and need all the inspiration I can get.  Each day I come home and reflect - wondering what I could do different...what could I do to stop a child from exploding several times a day.  It's exhausting!

Don't forget about the giveaway I'm having that ends on Friday.  If you haven't stopped by, click here.  Who couldn't use a gift certificate to TpT! 

I have also just uploaded a freebie to TpT.  There are two board games for students to practice math addition facts.  Just click on the picture to go get them.

I have so many ideas bouncing around in my head of things to make...I just can't seem to find any spare time to work on them.  Maybe I will find some time this weekend....

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Giveaway Time - Stop By and Enter

Head over to 2nd Grade Stuff for a giveaway.  Jamie has reached 100 followers and is giving away a $10 TpT gift certificate.

I have reached 100 followers also!  Yay!  I am going to give away a $10 gift certificate to TpT also.  Here are the rules:
1.  Be a follower of my blog and TpT store for 1 entry.
2.  Blog about my giveaway for 1 entry.

Please enter by Friday, January 27th at midnight.  I will post the winner on Saturday, January 28th.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities

Here are a few pictures of Friday’s MLK, Jr. activities that we did.  The art activity has been on other blogs, but I didn’t use the directions.  I gave the kids paper and step-by-step told them what to cut out.  I love them!

After the art activity, each child had to write a “I Have A Dream” speech.  As you can see from these pictures, there was some thought put into many of them.  Some of the speeches include things such as a cure for cancer, a woman president, stop littering, and a stop to bullying.  I have a couple of favorites – one says that criminals should change their act if they want to see God and the other one talks about dreaming that she and her sister would get along and they will guide each other step by step. 

I have to say that I had another good day today.  I really enjoy these days because I actually feel like the students are learning.  The teachers at my school are on edge.  With the new evaluation system, we are all awaiting our “pop-in” evaluation visit.  It would be nice if we had a smaller time frame – we have been told it could happen between now and the end of March.
I have uploaded a new 1st Grade Treasures unit on Teachers Pay Teachers.  It is for Unit 5, Week 1.  The story is Olivia.  Click on the picture below to go to it.

Have a great week!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sending Love to Joplin

It is so wonderful to know that there are so many teachers that are willing to help out other teachers! Mrs. Wills Kindergarten is throwing an linky party to help teachers in Joplin, Missouri that lost most of their stuff in the tornadoes last year.  DeeDee thought it would uplift their spirits to send them some units from TPT and Teacher's Notebook. You can join in the party by clicking the heart below.  I hope you can find a way to help out!

I spent time last night doing the snow dance...praying for a snow day today...was woken up this morning by a phone call from our district saying we were going 1 hour late.  Ugh!  We all know that days like this - our kids are WILD!  With the year I am having...I really just wanted to crawl back under my covers this morning.  This is the toughest class I've ever had.  To my amazement, it was so calm in my classroom today.  My kids were WONDERFUL!!!!  They were well behaved and did the best writing today on MLK, Jr.  I was a proud teacher at the end of today.  I forgot to take pictures of what we did.  I will take them on Tuesday and post.  

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

This was the first week back to school since Christmas Break and I am exhausted!  It has been a very bumpy week for me - I am hoping that it is better next week.  The forecast is calling for some snow tonight, so I hope I have an extra day off tomorrow.

We have been working on r-controlled vowels this week and here is the fun we had...first we read the story from Babbling Abby and her Aargh unit.  We had a word hunt and placed the words we found on our treasure map.  Then the kids made a pirate that they LOVED!  Here are some pictures.

I seen this book over on Soaring Through Second Grade and had to get it.  I have had a lot of problems this year with tattling and I am willing to try anything to stop it.

I read it to the class today and they thought it was great.  I highly recommend this book because it talks about the types of tattling and when you should tattle and when you shouldn't.
I hope you have a great Friday!  I am hoping to post some freebies this weekend.  Be on the watch for them.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Feeling Blessed

I am feeling the love - I have been awarded both the Versatile Blog Award and the Liebster Award.  I greatly appreciate the following bloggers for awarding me these...Monkeying Around With Technology, 2B Honey Bunch, Stories From Second, and Hopelessly Devoted to Teaching.  Both these awards, I am suppose to give the awards to upcoming blogs.  I will have to do that at a later date...I'm trying to get my oldest son ready to go back to college in the morning.  THANK YOU for the awards, they mean a lot to me!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Freebie - Writing Paper

I am trying to enjoy the last few days of my winter break (sorry to those that have had to return already).  We have a teacher workday on Friday and the kids come back on Monday.  I put together a freebie of 15 sheets of writing paper for February.  Just click on the first picture to get these.

If you do stop by to get these, please consider leaving me some feedback on TpT and/or comment on them here.  Have a great night!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Delighted over at First Grade Delight!  Be on the look out for an e-mail from me.

I hope everyone had a safe and fun time ringing in the new year!  I am excited to see what 2012 holds for me.  I hope to have a new math unit posted to TpT by tomorrow.  I spent ringing in the new year working on it.