Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Throwback Thursday!

As you know we are in the middle of packing, construction, moving and storing our classroom supplies.  Here are some pictures of the "closed" side of campus.  It's really fun to watch the kids during recess...they just watch the construction workers.  It is kind of mesmerizing to watch the huge machines.


Well, back in the classroom, my students are working hard to balance both sides of the equal sign.  We have been practicing in class and some of my kiddos are really struggling.  In the past our first grade team has shared a scale that gives the students a great visual of this concept!  Unfortunately, IT'S PACKED IN A BOX!

So today, I ordered another scale...we can always use two in first grade...right?  Click on the picture below to see how I will use this in my class again this year!!!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Freebie!

Here is a Spring Freebie!  

You can print it and use it this week!  Enjoy and have a wonderful week!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Bithday Freebies!

Check out my Facebook for a Birthday Freebie!   Leave a comment to enter!  Freebies will be up for grabs throughout the weekend!  :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's My Birthday!

So it's my birthday!  To celebrate, 


in my 

TpT store is on sale for 20% off!

Sale runs through Sunday evening!

Spring Break!

Well, I'm at the end of my Spring Break week!  It's been fabulous!

First, I flew to Houston to see my dad, sister and brothers!  We had such a great time.  Two of my DDs were in Washington D.C. for their 8th grade trip and my other DD went with me to Houston.    Then to top it off, my oldest had worked out a surprise with my sister to fly to Houston, too!

Now for the big announcement!  

So it's my birthday!  To celebrate, 


in my 

TpT store is on sale for 20% off!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Have you ever had to move your classroom in the middle of the school year and set it up all over again...over the weekend?  Sounds crazy, huh?  Well, that's just what I did last weekend.  

What a difference a weekend makes!  I wish I had more pictures, but I am not great at remembering to snap pictures!  I am in a temporary classroom for the remainder of this year.  Next year I will be in a BE.A.U.TI.FUL NEW classroom! As long as I've been teaching, 18 years now, I've never had a new classroom!  I can't wait! Of course there will be some drawbacks, but I'm trying to be a glass half full kinda gal!  

For the past several weeks, I've been trying to pack up all of my stuff.  I separated out what could be boxed up and stored until the fall, what I could take to the dumpster and what I would need for the rest of the school year. 

Now for just a moment, close your eyes and think of everything in your classroom. Now picture what you could do without for the rest of the year!  Apparently, I think I need it all! 

The school was great and hired a moving company to move our boxes and furniture and even help set up the furniture...somewhat.  We were moved on Friday (Teacher Report Card Prep Day) and began teaching on Monday!  I was in my classroom all day Friday and Saturday making it great for kids.  


(...and this wasn't even the worst of it!)

and after!

This is a picture of my word work tubs and the front carpet area below the whiteboards.

This is a picture of my very small classroom library.  Most of my books are in boxes now.  Notice the boxes on the right with posters covering them!

I think it looks pretty good for temporary!  About 2 weeks ago, I sent home "Spotlight" posters with all of the students.  For the remaining weeks, we will spotlight 2 students each week and create the cutest keepsake for each (I'll post about that soon).

Of course the real reason was to have instant decorations on the empty walls of this new classroom! Shhh.  Don't tell the kiddso!

After I stacked boxes against the walls and arranged the furniture,  I hung the kids "Spotlight" posters on the boxes and around the room.   I think it turned out cute and camouflages the boxes!

I'll try to remember to take more pictures to show the transformation!  I have to say, I like having the carpet to absorb some sound.  My tile floors from the old classroom just seemed to amplify everything.

So the hardest adjustment is missing my teaching partners!  These ladies are the best!  That's me on the left, Kärin in the middle and Renee on the right!  Kärin and I have been teaching together since 2002 and Renee joined us in first grade in 2006.  We have had connecting classrooms during that time!  Now we are each in a temporary portable :(  At least we are all next to each other but it's not the same.  But I know we'll support each other and make it through!

More to come....Have a great week!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Check Out My Loot!

Check out my loot from the TpT sale!  I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' to show you what was in my shopping cart during the TpT sale! There were so many things I wanted, so I went shopping several times!  Take a look!

These products were just what I needed!  We are going to be introducing riddles soon!  My kiddos will love these!  I also love the Space Racers game!  Perfect game for practicing digraphs and blends.  And I just introduced "two vowels go walking, the first does the talking" so I had to get vowel pairs! 

I have an addiction to Scrappin Doodles clip art!  I absolutely love it all!  I don't even need any clip art, but I thought of one of my little firsties that loves sharks! So I'll think of something to create, I'm sure!  I also LOVE those polka dot frames!  

 It was a great sale for sure!  Link up and share what end up in your shopping cart!