Friday, January 10, 2014

School Closed Contaminated Water

Our water has been contaminated by a chemical used to clean coal.  I could smell it on my way to work yesterday morning at 7:15.  They didn't find the leak until around 9:30 am.  I thought something was wrong with my car.  We don't know when we will be able to use our water again.  This incident may cause long term effects.  I'm not sure why this type of chemical would be contained along a river.  It seems to me that this should be stored somewhere else.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Another Cold Day Off

We have been off school the past two days because of extremely cold weather.  It makes me wonder what they do in Alaska.  I have been enjoying the time off though.  I must admit that I haven't thought much about school this week.  I have been working on becoming more organized at home.  It's so easy for me to be organized at school, but home is a different story.  I live with two really disorganized boys (one being my husband).  While I do love them, their lack of organization is killing me.  Our family resolution is to be more organized so we are working on changing some bad habits.  I admit that I may also contribute to our lack of organization too.

Well, we already have a 2 hour delay for tomorrow which means I will wait an hour before heading to work.  I have learned the hard way not to leave at my normal time.  I have traveled dangerous roads in the past just trying to get to work just to pull in the lot and get the call that school is closed.  This girl is not doing that anymore.  Did I mention that I'm not really prepared for school tomorrow and the closings have messed with my plans?  Oh, I will figure it out, but it makes for a rocky week.

I hope everyone is staying warm.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year!

I took a break from my digital life to spend more time with my family during the holidays.  My husband bought me a new laptop for Christmas and today is the first day I have plugged it in and turned it on.  I can't believe I let it sit in the box for that long!

My next step is to transfer my files over to the new laptop because my son will be using my old one.  He loves going to  He is a Lego genius!  You know that age range they have on Lego boxes?  It doesn't matter what it says.  My son can build it on his own using the directions.  He's only 7 and some of those boxes say 10-12 years on them.

I don't have anything new to share today.  We started back to school on Thursday and had a snow day on Friday.  I hear that we might be getting more snow so I'm not sure how next week is going to go.  I do hope everyone had a great break and spent time with their families.  Oh, yeah, Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

See What I Bought

I'm late posting this.  I crashed yesterday.  I crashed again today, but I woke up earlier.  Today has been CRAZY!!!  It doesn't help that this teacher and her lovely assistant were crazy too!  For example, a teacher was talking about her son moving to Nashville.  I replied something along the line of "Does he like Texas?"  Yes, Texas came out of my mouth.  Umm, where did that come from?  I should have known that when I missed the last stair this morning that it was going to be a crazy day for me.

So I took advantage of Cyber Monday and did a little shopping on TPT.  Here is what I bought:

Interactive Math Notebook for Kindergarten BUNDLE: Daily e
I bought the Interactive Math Notebook for Kindergarten Bundle from Karen Jones.  I can't wait to start using these with my math instructions.  These are aligned to the common core and fit in with what we are doing in math.  I thought I would use them as a review or an assessment.

I Can Do It Myself: Segmenting Self-Correcting, Differenti

I bought these from Marsha McGuire of A Differentiated Kindergarten.  I just love her stuff!  She makes it easy for me to differentiated activities.  I also purchased this from her.

Word Families Galore Bundle-22 Weeks of Differentiated Word Work

I have been eyeballing this bundle for a while so I decided it was the perfect time to purchase it.  I really drill cvc words.  Most of my students will be able to read all the words right away, but for those who struggle word families are a great way for them to learn a lot of words.

Let's Get Crackin'! {December Literacy & Math Centers for

I bought these from The Printable Princess.  This is one of the first items I have bought from her and I love this!  It's not too Christmasy (I think I just made a new word.) so I can use it with students who don't celebrate holidays.  I also purchased this packet from her.

A Dab {More} of Learning: Literacy Edition (Bingo Dabber A

These can be used any time in the year.

RTI & Guided Reading {Phoneme Segmentation Activities}

I purchase the Phoneme Segmentation Activities from Tara West.  This has saved me a lot of time and I can print them on my black ink only printer at school.

As you can tell, I love to shop!  I'm glad I am supporting other teachers when I buy from TPT.  I have always felt that it is important to use a variety of materials and get ideas from other places.  It makes teaching and learning better.  I don't feel that I should try and recreate the wheel so if I don't have time to make my own activities, then I search out ones that I can use.  I'm working on something new and I hope to have it finished this week.  When it is finished and posted, I will let you know because it will be 50% off for the first few days.

Oh, Spike the Elf on the Shelf is back this year in my home.  He finally made his appearance last night.  My son was excited to see him this morning.  Did I tell you my classroom has an elf?  We named him Mr. Snowflake.  My son's class also has an elf and her name just happens to be Snowflake.  Lol, I wonder if they are married.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

My Plans This Week

This week is about Hanukkah.  We will be reading and learning about Hanukkah.  I have a few Hanukkah books that I like to read to my class.  One is Mrs. Greenburg's Messy Hanukkah by Linda Glaser.

I also like to read The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco.

This book is long so I plan on dividing it over a couple of days.  I have a few other books that I plan on reading.  One is the Dreidel Song and the other one is Oh Hanukkah.  I'm not Jewish, but I love the Dreidel Song.  I find myself singing all the way through the book.  I once had the song as my ring tone for the month of December.  It makes me happy. :)

I also plan on reading the Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg.  It's a cute way to introduce students to letters and letter writing.  Then we will compose a letter as a class and label the parts of the letter.  If we have time, students will write a letter to someone.  I would say write one to Santa but not everyone in my class celebrates Christmas so we will write a letter to a friend or family member or even a teacher.

The rest of the month is devoted to learning about Holidays Around the World.  I would share my Holidays Around the World patterns if I could, but they are really old and I have no idea where they came from.  I inherited them from a teacher like 8 years ago.  Which reminds me that I graduated college 10 years ago in December.  Wow!  Where has the time went?

My class will meet our elf tomorrow.  I will have to let you know how it goes.

We will be learning about the letter B this week even though we already know all of our letter names and we have been working on the sounds forever.  It's just our phonics focus for the week.  We will be making a letter B Bear.  I'll post pictures after we make them which is looking like we will get to them on Friday.

The past few weeks my class has been doing calendar along with me in a calendar journal and they beg to do them.  I guess it's because we get a lot of math in with these journals.  Now, I didn't make my own journal.  I use Growing Kinders It's Calendar Time! Daily Calendar Book.  This has been perfect for my class!  I actually purchased it last school year but didn't get around to using it until this November.  We also started using an interactive journal before we went on our break.  I am going to just call it an interactive journal so we can put both reading and math in it.  I might even make a divider for reading and math.  They loved this too!

Well, if you haven't heard already, TPT is on sale tomorrow and Tuesday.  Everything in my store will be discounted 20% and if you use the TPT code CYBER, you will get an additional 10% off.  This totals to a 28% discount.  I did the math.  It really is 28%.  If you are wondering how, take 20% off of $10 and you will have $8.  Take an additional 10% off of that and it comes out to $7.20.  When you add the discount up, that was $2.80 off which is 28% of $10.  It made sense to me all of a sudden.  Lol

Happy Shopping!  Check back tomorrow to see what I bought from the sale.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving and Upcoming Sale

Happy Thanksgiving!  My husband and I cook Thanksgiving dinner for our family.  That's right.  Everyone comes to our house to eat.  I'm just glad they are willing to drive an hour to come here for dinner.

Did you know that Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sale Monday and Tuesday?

300 × 250

I'm going to leave you with a song that is played on the radio this time of year.  Enjoy!  It's not Thanksgiving without hearing this song.  I listen to Coach Kidd every morning on my way to work.  Libby Jo is no longer on the air with him, because she started teaching.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Tie Dye, a Freebie, and Looking Ahead

I took a small break from blogging this past week.  I had a lot going on at school and at home.  Well I'm back to tell you what we have been up to.

We did a little finger painting last week.  I put red and yellow paint on the paper and the students mixed the colors.  I gave each student a leaf to trace and cut out.  These turned out cute.  I'll have to remember to take a picture of the finished product tomorrow.

We learned about pandas and made a can, have, are chart about pandas.  The students used the chart to help them write about pandas.  We worked on writing 3 sentences about pandas.  One sentence for each section of the chart.  We also watch an online panda cam which was so cute.  We even found video that was taken of panda twins and how they changed in the first 100 days.  We loved the video so much that we watched it twice and invited the neighboring class over for the second viewing.  You can go here to check out the video.  Pandas are 100 days old before they get their name.

We made Indian Native American costumes last week.  Each student brought in a t-shirt and I took them home to tie dye brown.  I was told by the other K teachers that I did fancy tie dying.  Check out my fancy work below.

 After the shirts were dyed, we cut fringe on the bottom and the sleeves.  We added a paper and ribbon belt that the students decorated along with our headdress and our patterned bead necklace.  We worked on patterns while making the necklaces.  Last year we strung pasta, but this year we used pony beads.  I had a lot of pony beads in my cabinet so I thought we should use them.
 My new Smart Board was installed last Friday.  I am happy to have a Smart Board that works properly.  My last one had issues.  Oh, did I mention that I also got a new laptop?!  Now I don't have to worry about the virus the last one had.  Russian videos kept popping up.  At least I think they were speaking Russian.
 My wonderful principal walked in today carrying these echo mics.  I have 24 for of them now.  It so weird that he bought them for use because I was talking about them last week and how I use to have one to do my daily weather report with.  Now I just need to figure out how I am going to use 24 of them.  If you have ideas, please share them with me in a comment below.  I'm begging.
 Before I left school today, I got out my December books.  This is just a few of my books.  I actually have another tub of holiday books and more at home, but these are the ones I plan on using for the month of December.  Above you will see Hanuka.  Below you will see a stack of Christmas books.  The stack is bigger than it looks.

I only have three Kwanzaa books, but I plan on adding to this collection and my Hanuka collection too.  One more day of work and then I am off for Thanksgiving.  Tomorrow is a half day for the students.  If you are already beginning your December plans, then check out this freebie I posted last year.  Just click the picture below to get your freebie!

Oh yeah, I updated my Gingerbread Math and Literacy Centers pack and my Christmas Fun Literacy and Math Activities.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
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