Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Oh LOOK How My Room Shines!

I hope you're all enjoying the last few weeks of your vacation!!  My mind has been consumed with school again and making LOTS of lists.

My husband and I spent our summer hiking a bit and going to camp. July was a tough month for us. We lost our pup to cancer, which was very sudden and unexpected.  She was quite a spunky girl and we miss her lots!

I went to school this morning to spend the day getting my room arranged and organized.  My room looks SO big when nothing is in it.

Just look at those floors!!  So shiny and clean.  Our custodians do an amazing job at cleaning our entire school!!

So within just a few hours it went from the picture above to this...

I'm trying to find a new arrangement for my desks where students can easily get their materials.  I REALLY want to get rid of ALL the bins I have in my room so I'm hoping to keep their math manipulative kits, writer's notebooks, and science binders in the storage drawers.  I only bought one to see if I actually like the look of it.  It might take some time to get use to it but I'm going to give it a try this year.

The reading nook looks so cozy!!  I found the sign on the top shelf at Hobby Lobby and love the quote, "Kid, you'll move mountains."

I can't wait to meet all of you.  It's going to be a GREAT year.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New Tropical Paradise Activities

We're not out until June 18th so I'm trying to find creative ways to keep my students engaged in learning!  We have a tropical theme this week in my room.  We're dreaming of warm weather and no rain.

I just uploaded some new tropical paradise word work, writing, and math activities to my TpT Store.  Check them out if you'd like! (Tropical Paradise Activities)

Thursday, June 4, 2015


Oh my!!  I came in this morning to find this.

I thought all our chicks had hatched but I was wrong.  It looks like there will be 4 more.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Chick Life and New Shoes

The Lyons' chicks have arrived.  We now have 7!!

We've had SO much fun watching them and YES I'll admit that we have sat in a circle with them running around for a good chunk of time.  This has also helped to keep my sanity (can we say that Summer Fever has taken over my class even though it was cold today)!!  The room quiets down (because you have to be quiet as to not scare the chicks) and everyone is happy and getting along.  No squabbling, arguing, or grumpy students.  Everyone is giggling and just loving the chicks.  Ahh, maybe I need to keep the them in my room until our last day, June 18th.

Here are some pics of them hanging out and of students picking the chick they wanted a picture with. Click to enlarge.

Oh yes, and I also had New Shoes in my title.  Yesterday, I heard it. Small whispers in my room.  The girls in the corner on the mat whispering back and forth.  In my head I kept going back and forth on what they could possibly be talking about.  

"Did I have something in-between my teeth?"  
"Was my hair out of place?"
"Did I have something sticking to my shirt that I couldn't see?"
"What were they whispering about and why was it spreading like wildfire?"

Then I heard it.  A sweet little girl piped up and said, "I really like your shoes!"

Oh, to have their approval!  Here's a picture of them.  I just ordered them and LOVE the pop of color.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Our FIRST Baby Chick

Here's our first baby chick.  He/She arrived this afternoon.  Of course we all stopped what we were doing to watch.  Our 3rd grade reading buddies also got to watch.

We'll name our baby tomorrow!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Is it June YET?

SO I'm sure you've seen this...

And this...

And this...

My first thought is do we REALLY look like this?  I'd like to believe I hold it together pretty well even though I have an ever growing list and more coffee is involved.  I know everything will get done but we're all running around that hamster wheel just trying to survive the day.  

Plus the kids know vacation is fast approaching and they're itching to be done.  I have to remind them on a daily basis we're not done until June 18th.  Yes, I just said JUNE 18TH!!

I'm now taking each day as it comes and thought I'd add a picture of what a real teacher looks like in May.  If only I were getting a back massage as I napped here.  Hope you get a good chuckle!!