Sunday, March 18, 2012

Why hello house...long time no see!

Ahhh, home sweet home.  Such a long week, but man we had fun!  We were definitely ready to wrap it up and head home though.  I was strictly a passenger on our little return voyage, so stuck to my word, and worked away to finish my alien themed reading and math unit.  I finished after about the first three hours of our trip.  While scrolling back through to check those tricky margins that always like to jump around on me, my lovely little laptop decided to restart itself to install some updates.  OH...MY...WORD!!  I have never come so close to tossing a piece of junk out a moving car window in all my life.  When this little beauty restarted, my 40 page document had been reduced to 23.  Are you kidding??  Nothing I, or Mr. IT Hubs, could do would bring back those missing pages.  I quietly closed it up and swore not to even think about it for 24 hours, until the tossing urge receded.  Soooo, back on the road Sunday, I took a deep breath and did it all again...obsessively saving every two minutes.  Tada!  All done! So now this cutie little unit is posted in my Teachers Pay Teachers store and I am printing away on it myself.  I'm mixing it in with my study of the solar system for the next two weeks.  I hope you like it as much as I do, and your sweeties have tons of fun with it!


Sunday, March 11, 2012


Well hoo-ray y'all!  I am on Spring Break and loving it.  I am currently at my brother-in-law's house in Orlando and so ready for some awesome fun at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tomorrow.  Can NOT wait!  I fully intend to completely ignore anything school related for the next five days, but couldn't resist adding a bit about our last day celebrating St. Patricks' Day in class last week.  I super-quick made this little hat and beard (which came out way better than I'd expected) and snapped a pic of all my sweeties.  

Then I attached their photo to this little writing piece they did. (click the pic for the link) 

I added a few sweet little shamrocks around the page, and tada!  Cute!

My plan for the ride all the way back home is to finish up the new TPT unit I've been working on and get it posted.  It's the cutest little alien themed pack full of literacy and math goodies.  I plan to start teaching a unit on the moon and planets next week, and want to sprinkle some cute little alien friends in for fun.

Fingers crossed for short lines and happy toddlers tomorrow!


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

What A Trip!

Wow!  I should definitely go out of town more often.  The fam and I were in Baton Rouge and New Orleans for our last weekend of gymnastics for this season.  We had a great time, took my sweet daughter for beignets for breakfast at Cafe Du Monde, and found the perfect gift for my mother's birthday in the French Market.  Loved it!  Then when we finally made it home, I checked my email, and OH MY GOSH!   I found that my number of followers had completely doubled, I had some wonderfully sweet and encouraging comments from some of those followers, and had been given the Lovely Blog award by two new friends!  I've just been typing away on this little 'ol blog, but honestly assumed I was mostly entertaining myself and not really reaching anyone to share my classroom activities and such.  It feels amazing to know that there are now 14 dear friends out there who are looking in to see if they can use anything I've done in my classroom.  (Well, actually, one of those followers is my sweet hubby who works in IT.  He's not looking for classroom ideas, but, bless him, he reads it anyway!)

So...thank you very much to Vicky at Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After and Andrea at Cheers to School for giving me the Lovely Blog Award!  I promise to pass it along just as soon as I get all caught up.

Thanks VERY much to Amy at The Resource(ful) Room for adding me to the new blog linky party at set the circus down!  It's my first linky party, and I didn't even have to do anything!

Thank you to ALL of my new followers.  And to celebrate, how about a St. Patrick's Day freebie?  We're out next week for Spring Break, (woot, woot!) so we're celebrating St. Patrick's Day this week.  Last year, the aforementioned sweet hubs spray painted some beans gold for an activity I used in Kindergarten.  Well I dug out those little bits 'o gold today for some measuring with non-standards units.  If you're using enVision Math, we're on Topic 14, and following the 2nd lesson up with this activity.  If you're not, well it meets CCSS too. 

The kiddos used their pieces of gold, that of course I got from a Leprechaun I met, to measure items around the classroom.  They were in groups of three and traveled from object to object as they finished.  If you'd like the recording sheet we used, you can get it here.  I'm leaving in it word so you can change items as needed.  Have a super Wednesday, all!