Thursday, June 4, 2015

It's June and Five for Friday

My niece and her husband have been in town the last two weeks as they await their roadtrip to Alaska. They will live there for the next 3 years as her husband is in the Army. Most of their stuff will be shipped from their current base in Georgia, but they will be hauling this trailer along with two dogs. The trailer was in my driveway until they left on Monday. Safe travels to them and sad faces for the rest of the family having to say goodbye.

 While in town, my niece made birthday cupcakes for Shane (her husband). She shared a few with me. Wow, these Oreo Cupcakes were so delicious.

Some of the family also spent the day at Knott's Berry Farm and I have to tell you that a ride at Camp Snoopy (did I say Camp Snoopy-the kid zone) just about did me in! It was the rollercoaster The Sierra Sidewinder. I know my limits and DO NOT go on crazy rollercoaster rides, but since it was at Camp Snoopy I thought  that it couldn't be that bad. I was totally shocked with the speed and spinning teacup action on this rollercoaster. I was seated with my twin sister and we were both a mess. I should have known something not so kid friendly was up when we noticed a camera in each seat. They film you while on it and you can see yourself afterwards. Boy, my brother in law was so disappointed that me and my sister's video camera was broken and did not capture our screaming antics. You can take a peek at some other random strangers on the ride if you are not familiar with it.

I planted some basil and have been using it regularly to my scrambled eggs in the morning. YUM.

 My basil kick continues. This was a dinner one night this week. Tomatoes topped with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, basil and olive oil and then baked. Light, fresh and easy!

Today, two weeks after the last day of school, our school staff is having a goodbye celebration for our principal. After being our leader for 12 years she is taking a district level position. Yay for her, but bittersweet for the staff. We will be starting the school year in August with a new principal. I look at it as a time to celebrate change and new beginnings!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Office Space

I'm about two weeks into my summer vacation and have been occupied with some home "catch up" cleaning. I've worked on spiffing up things I've neglected during the school year....dusting, cleaning windows (YUCK), organizing cupboards and so on.  So when I saw this fun share your office space linky I knew it was right up my alley.

I have a whole spare room office. I use it mainly for storage of all my teacher junk. I keep my paper cutter, laminator and all sorts of disorganized piles of nonsense inside the closet that I did not take a picture of. So on the bright side of things it looks like my office is neat as can be.

Even though my office has plenty of desk space, I find I do not do any of my computer work for grading, lesson planning or TPT creating there. I much prefer sitting at my dining room table to do all that, with my dog, Harley, lounging under the table at my feet usually.

Harley is my work buddy. He's a big ol lab and he just has to crowd into my work space.

So what does your home work space look like? Link on up and share along with Schroeder's Shenaningans in Second Grade and Lucky Little Learners.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Adverb Action!

I like to introduce a lot of grammar concepts through literature tie ins.
The author, Rick Walton, has a whole series of language adventure books that are perfect for this.

For adverbs I use his book titled Suddenly Alligator which is a zany story about the adventures a boy encounters as he heads to town to replace his smelly socks.

I created this worksheet to use in conjunction with the book.
Students are to find the correct adverb to match the clues from the text.


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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Last Day of Spring Break

I've been very busy spring cleaning my yard over my week long break.  I got several trees cut down (3 eucalyptus and a palm tree). I also trimmed four trees and got an overhaul on overgrown hedges and birds of paradise. Did I mention I have a half acre lot? It's no wonder I got a nice suntan while tackling my yard maintenance.

Tree trimming in action

 Eucalyptus tree being cut down

 Palm planter prior to being cut down

Then with the help of my parents I planted a Japanese Maple tree.

I'm not all done with everything I wanted to tackle in the yard, but the biggest areas of need are DONE. There's something so nice about seeing progress.

The joys of home ownership weren't limited to yard maintenance costs. I also had my water heater leak and needed to buy and install a new one to the tune of over $1,000.

What are your plans for spring break if you've not already had it?

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Teachers Deserve a SALE

My 2nd trimester just ended, report cards are wrapped up, and I completed a successful teacher evaluation lesson last week. I'm in the beginning stretch of the 3rd and last trimester to this school year. I'm ready for TPT's Teachers are Heroes sale which begins on Wednesday, February, 25th.  My whole store will be marked off 20% and if you use the code HEROES at checkout an additional 8% off will be taken off your total.

Do you have your eye on a product that will help you reach your countdown to Spring Break?
What about money saving bundles? All my already marked down bundles will be on sale for the additional 20%.

You can't pass up my MEGA Reading and Language Task Card Bundle: 40 sets for $76! That equals about just 52 cents a set! If you purchased each task card set individually it would cost $120.

Other bundles you might like are my grammar and language Swat It Games

Or you might like my To the Point Grammar Bundle.

Now go shop like the hero that you are! You DESERVE it.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine Lessons

Here's what my class did to celebrate Valentine's Day!

We read about Lincoln and learned that he used his top hat to store important papers. So our Valentine holders were Lincoln themed hats.

Candy hearts were used to have a stacking challenge and interpret data by making bar and pictographs.

 What kind of Valentine classroom fun did you have?

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

February Pinterest Picks

I'm joining Inspired Owl's and Pawsitively Teachings Pinterest Linky

Get your candy on and practice area and perimeter with Candy Hearts!

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Fun friendship poetry is my next pick.

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It's a heart shaped flamingo!

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Take a peek at all my Pinterest finds and Happy Pinning!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesdays Wonders

I'm a new Ipad owner.
 Questions ? What is your most useful I pad tip? Do you have favorite apps?

Share your wisdom by leaving me a comment.

Join in the Wordless Wednesday Linky or Hump Day Highlight Linky.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

It's Five for Friday

I've never been a big breakfast eater, but I'm trying to eat a little something to start my day. I add these yummy Cinnamon Oat Clusters to my greek yogurt.

I got a nice card from my principal this week, as I'm off work still recuperating from surgery.

For spelling homework or word work in class I have a collection of worksheets students complete.
I wanted to add a new variety so I made up a few new ones: place value spelling, secret code, and coin value spelling. 

As you can see my computer partner is Harley. As I work on my TPT products or browse Pinterest he finds a spot under the table. Too bad I can't teach him to edit my work.

I've always, always worn contacts, but when I'm at home I've finally resorted to wearing a pair of glasses when needed. I have not ventured into wearing them when I'm at work though. Some people look great in glasses, but I'm still not used to them on myself.

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