Sunday, July 6, 2014

Happy July

Back in March a bird nested on my patio. Well this summer I've had the daily pleasure of seeing the baby birds grow and leave their nest.

Other summer happenings include helping my nephew host a yard sale at my house to help fundraise for his Eagle Scout project he will be completing later in August. My whole garage was filled to the brim with things to sell. He raised over $800 to support his project.

My summer has been pretty low key. I'm recovering from a recent surgery and just taking it easy.

Be sure to pop on over to An Apple for the Teacher's Blog for her great giveaway.

I've donated a product to the winnings.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

2014 School Year has Ended

Last Thursday was the last day of the school year. This is the first time in my 21 years of teaching that I had to miss the last days of school out of personal necessity. In my absence the end of the year went smoothly and I appreciated the gifts I got even more. 
I find that some of the most meaningful end of year gifts are the simplest.

This was a jar of M & M with an inspirational teacher poem of thanks.
It ended by stating,
"You're a magnificent and marvelous teacher.
Thank you for being my M & M"

Saturday, May 3, 2014

End of Week News

Well, it's been an eventful week in my teaching world. The Etiwanda Fire started near my school.
We are used to high winds, but in this event such strong winds did not help the fire situation. Several schools in my district were evacuated the day the fire started, and the following day schools were closed.
By the end of the week all was back to normal luckily. My classroom smells smoky and we are on indoor recess, but no damages occurred due to the fire.

My school year is winding down. Only about 2 more weeks left, but they are jam packed with our 3rd grade "I Need a Vacation" performance, Open House, and spelling bee.

As your school year nears close, be sure to take advantage of Teacher's Pay Teachers Appreciation Sale May 6th and 7th.  My store will be on sale, so stock up for next year!

This is a fun money saving bundle to use as an end of year review.
Check it out!

Be sure to use code TPTXO at checkout to receive an additional discount!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Clothespin Bunny

Popping in to share with you a fun and simple spring craft: The Clothespin Bunny

I was able to find pastel colored clothespins at Dollar stores. Other supplies needed include pom poms, wiggle eyes and pipe cleaner. Simply hot glue items to the clothespins to end up with a cute bunny!

If you are looking to shop this weekend Teacher's Notebook is having and extra 10% off.
The discount is automatically applied at checkout.

Sale runs April 16-18th!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Happenings

Hope spring is treating everyone well.  I recently returned from an 8 day vacation in Mexico for my spring break. This is the 3rd time I've gone to the Tulum, Mexico Riviera Maya area with my family to have some much needed rest and relaxation.  As I walked the beaches each day I found heart stones to add to my growing collection.

There are signs of spring in my own backyard too. A bird has set up her nest on my patio.
It right in front of the sliding door so I'm not sure if mama bird will be happy with Harley's "protect the yard morning barking" every morning.

And I get to see this mule pulling his owner in a rickshaw on the walking path near my home.

Happenings in my classroom include administering the SBAC field test. We took the first portion on Friday. One down, 2 more sessions to go! My kiddos did their best...a few really struggled to navigate through the test and did not complete it.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Pupster in the family

Meet Bodie, my dog nephew!
He's my brother's new pup and just meant to be with him.
My brother's elderly dog died about a month ago and I just knew my brother would have to get another companion soon.
One night, mid February he called me and was so excited to have found a beautiful female lab running loose. He couldn't find the owner right away, and was willing and ready to be her new owner, but she was a mom and was obviously still nursing pups. So he posted signs and called local vets to try and find where she belonged.  The next evening, he called again and was happy to have found the owner along with her 9 pups.  The puppies are part lab and bull mastiff so Bodie is going to be a bruiser!

On another note, have you heard about TPT's 3 Million Teachers Strong sale coming up this Thursday and Friday?  You can shop away with BIG savings at this site wide sale! Use the special TPT3 code at checkout for an additional 10% off.

You might look to pick up some staples for the classroom like my many task card sets. Some of my best selling task card sets are

Or you might want to pick up my NEWEST money saving bundle of Swat It Grammar Games
Get 7 games for $5.00 off buying them individually!

Don't forget about stocking up on Spring lesson ideas like Earth Day!

My best seller is my Litter Bugs Project

On your mark, get ready, set, GO fill up your carts!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine Fun!

Valentine's celebrations are over in my class.
We have a 4 day weekend for Presidents Day so my students got their sugar fixes today.

I'm sharing some snapshots of our fun filled day.

We started off with a team building activity. Each team got mixed up heart puzzle pieces and the goal of each 4 member team was to make a heart with four different colors. When all the hearts were mended and each team member had 4 colors, then each student glued their puzzle down.

My treat for my students was giving them a box of candy hearts, but before they could eat them we did all kinds of math. This included probability, fractional parts, bar graphing and pictographs of the heart colors and determining the area and perimeter of the box.

It was a day of sweet success!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Big Weekend Sale

Shop Teacher's Notebook this weekend to stock up on great deals!

Shop in between football and the commercial entertainment.
Here's a sneak peek....passing on the "Puppy Love"

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Teaching the Dream of MLK

I posted about the resources I've used to teach about Martin Luther King on the ATUE blog the other day.  See it HERE

And today I just found this tribute song to add to my lessons.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Morning Sunrise

Seeing this wonderful sunrise this morning made it easier to get back into my regular work routine!
It's my 2nd day after winter break and my class is getting back into the swing of things...including a much needed major seating switch I put into place this morning. What a difference it has made and I hope it lasts for awhile. Or it could be that my kiddos are just as tired as I am still and this will be a short lived improvement.

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