Sunday, November 23, 2014

Peek at our (past) week!

Good Afternoon Friends!
I hope you are enjoying the weekend and getting ready to the (fabulous) short week ahead! We have school Monday and Tuesday, with optional teacher work day on Wednesday. Luckily we have a wonderful principal and she gave us a trade day back in August if we worked it, then we got Wednesday off. :) 

I am so excited because Tuesday night my parents are coming in to stay with us for Thanksgiving. They will be here until Sunday and we have lived in NC for over 2 years now and they are finally coming down to see us! :D We will be taking them around town and on Saturday, going to Charleston, SC because they both have never been. :)

Anyway, I wanted to share some pics of our fun week last we go!

We made disguised turkeys as part of our monthly family projects (I love having the kids do these and the parents tell me they enjoy the projects as well!)

In math, we learned about composing different shapes from basic shapes.

In science, we did a dancing colors experiment for our class science fair project. (each class in K-2 does a whole class project to display and 3-5 does individual projects)

We also got our warm fuzzy jar filled for the first time this year (there are about 70 or so pom poms they must earn from getting compliments and great whole class behavior) We celebrated with a small ice cream treat after lunch.

On a non-school related note, the hubby had to work a half day yesterday, so I got up early and pulled out all our Christmas decorations and did our house. (we were going to put up the lights outside today, but it's going to rain) I love the way it turned out!

**On a side note, our tree is fake, but we went to Lowe's and found these pine scented plastic sticks you hang on your tree and they are supposed to last up to two weeks...they are working so far! They have actually scented the whole living room, so I highly recommend them! ;)

Well I'm off to use this lazy day to get a jump start on planning for after break! Our Elf on the shelf will be returning this year and I have found so many cute ideas to do on Pinterest!! ;)

Have a great day and relaxing, wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Noun/Verb Scoot

Hey Friends!
I wanted to stop by to share with you a free product I posted in my store in honor of Thanksgiving! Next week we have 2 short days and on Monday for reading, we will be reading Run, Turkey Run and doing this little scoot as a noun and verb review. :)

Feel free to click the pic to head over to my store and download it! 
I hope you have a fast Friday and wonderful weekend! I'll be going out with one of my teammate tomorrow night, then cleaning the house on Saturday in anticipation of my parents coming to stay with us for a few days for the holiday! I am so excited...we've been living in NC for over 2 years now and they are just now coming to check things out! haha. But anyway, have a good one! Talk to ya soon!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

50th day of school Freebie!

Hi friends!
Just dropping by quickly to share with you a freebie I made for the kiddos tomorrow. We had our 50th day of school on Monday, and it was a wacky week having Veteran's day off on Tuesday, and this teacher forgot all about it. (I had lots of cute activities I wanted to do too!)
So I kept telling the kiddos I'd have something on their desk the following morning, and then kept forgetting to run to the store for a treat....Finally tonight, I decided to whip up some free homework passes and will have this ready to go tomorrow! Who doesn't love a night off of homework! ;)

 Click on the pic for your freebie!

Tomorrow night I am headed to the beach for the weekend to celebrate the hubby's accomplishments at his work and I don't know why the CEO always has these ceremonies in the fall, but even though it will be freezing...I'll take it! :D

Have a great weekend!! (and quick Friday at school!)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Currently November!

Yay! 2 posts in 1 week, I'm on a record! haha. This year has been so busy, that I wish I could post more, but I usually never have the time or energy. :/
Anyway, I always get excited for the Currently's and this month's is here we go!

Listening-wind...I guess it comes with the change in seasons, but it's been very windy these past few days.

Loving- I am big on Christmas and the magic that comes with the holidays. (I take after my mom!) I love that Thanksgiving is just weeks away and am excited to see the stores very slowly (and some quickly!) starting to decorate!

Thinking- we always have so much laundry, and by we (I mean my husband!) I HATE laundry and try to put it off, but I also hate seeing it on our bedroom floor, so I must be done! haha

Wanting- over the summer, I stopped at Michaels and found this beautiful paint by number Italy street scene. My family is Italian and I wanted to paint it and put it up in my dining room. It is just about finished, so I would like to complete it before my parents come down for Thanksgiving. I will post a pic when it's finished! ;)

Needing- life always gets in the way doesn't it....I want to focus on the good I have recieved so far and really take the time to self reflect this month. We only get one life to live! :)

Reading- is it bad I am reading 50 Shades for the second time! haha. I am just about finished with the last book. I cannot wait for the movie in February!!

Well, that's it for little old me. Head over to join the link up!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween Week

Good Morning Friends!
My dog didn't get the time change memo this morning, so here I am with a big mug of coffee..catching up on the blog! lol
Last week was a great week. We did so many fun activities in honor of Halloween. Considering the students have been counting down and buzzing in their spots on the carpet each morning leading up to the big day, they were overall pretty good last week! I thought I would have to tame monkeys all week, but luckily my taming skills got to stay in the closet! ;)

On Thursday, we got a visit from Gus the Bus. He is a school bus safety character and tells the kids how to act (with the help of his little brother) on the bus! It was so cute! (A guy in a van parked inconspicuously behind the building did the narrating) So it looked like the buses were really "alive" as they talked!

In math, we added, compared and graphed M&Ms. :)

 In math, we visited centers on Thursday (we don't do centers in our math block anymore, so this was a treat)

We did a Halloween safety book. (click on pic for link) and I was excited to hand them their treat from me on Friday (thanks Ladybug's Teacher Files!)

And finally, even though we could not dress up in scarey costumes, the school as a whole celebrated over 250,000 reading minutes so far this year, so the kids got to dress up as super heroes on Friday. (a secret nod to Halloween without actually saying the word!) They loved it!

I don't know about you, but as much as I love October (with it being halloween and my wedding anniversary) I also am glad it is over and November has started. I am huge on the holidays and can't wait for the Christmas commercials and the magic of the season to start! 
Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween Treat Freebie!

Hey everyone!
I wanted to stop by real quick to share with you this treat topper freebie I made for my co-workers. I want to give them a little sweet treat in honor of Halloween on Friday, and I wasn't seeing any toppers that I liked, so I made my own. There are two different colors. :) Feel free to grab and use for your students or friends! :) Click on the toppers for your freebie!

 Have a great Saturday! I'll be back tomorrow for a post on our week! :)


Saturday, October 18, 2014

How I Organize my Data Binder

Hey guys! 
It's been a bit since the last post, but I know I mentioned I would be doing a post on data binders. I unfortunately don't have any freebies to give concerning them, but I thought it might be helpful to show you how I organize mine. (I always like to see other people's to get ideas!)
Here we go!

First, here is the binder...I found it FREE on TPT

Each student section starts off with MClass reading Data/DIBELS. I have space to fill in for beginning, middle and end of year.

Behind that is a writing rubric our district uses. This is also returned to throughout the year to get updated.

I also am utilizing Jodi Southard's math assessments and I have a section where I can record mastery of each standard I assess.

 And then I have the student's reading levels for where they are at at different points of the year. The star indicated where they should be at each time. :)
 I really like this binder, and I have it for parent conferences and if I have to refer a student. FYI, I don't keep their actual math assessments in the binder. I file those in my filing cabinet. :)

If you have any questions, just ask! Have a relaxing Saturday! :)