Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) SALE

Just in case you have been sleeping under a rock, the BIG Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Monday and Tuesday Sale is going on right now! 

Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth -

Everything in my store is 20% and use the code CYBER to receive an extra 8% off! You can't beat that! I had planned to make a really cute little sign, but my laptop (filled with graphics and fonts) took a tumble. I finally got my new desktop computer yesterday and Iove it! But, I still don't have all of my things : (

So ignore my lack of cuteness and start shopping. I am excited to start moving things from my Wish List to My Cart! : ) I'll be back to share my purchases!

Thankful for activities like...

The Wedding of Q and U

Maybe I just love weddings? Or maybe I just love fun phonics activities, but I just love putting a wedding together for Q and U. This was such a fun and memorable day for my kids last year. I can't wait to do it bigger and better this year. Click HERE to read my blog post regarding the big event. 

Thanks Blog Hoppin for hosting this fun linky!

Also, here are some other pictures of what we have been up to:

Today we did leaf writing. We went outside and everyone found a leaf or two. Then, we came inside and everyone had to use their imagination to turn their leaf into something. I had some really cute ones. 

If you are wondering about my circus clips come back next week for a little post on my Meet the Authors display. 

Last week we read the Laura Numeroff books. I really love these books, but there isn't a whole lot of meat to them. So, we used them to talk about characters and make text to text connections with the books. We made this simple little chart to go in the hall. 

We really talked about circular text and how Laura Numeroff repeated her characters in many of the stories. We nearly lost it when we figured out that If You Give a Pig a Party had all of the animals in it. Holy Moly!

Today was my first day at school this week. I spent Monday and Tuesday asleep in bed : ( So we (I) spent most of the day playing catch up and getting everything re situated. It's amazing how many things pile up in two day! Plus Monday kicked off a new six weeks grading period so I had to change out reading logs, behavior logs AND get report cards out. AH! At least it's already hump day : )


Helpful Hints

I'm back for DAY 2 of Blog Hoppin's Linky party. 

Here are a few helpful hints:

1. Keep parents informed. Each Monday I send home a weekly newsletter letting parents know what is going on that week. Parents know to look for my newsletter on Monday and they (hopefully) read it. 

2. Sign Up with Scholastic Reading Clubs. Teachers love books, duh. Make sure you have a Scholastic Reading Club account so your students can order books and you will benefit! : ) Every month you will get fliers to send home and parents can order books and other educational things. With every parent purchase, you receive points to buy books with. Each month they also have a $1 book so it's a really affordable way for parents to build a home library. Orders can also be made (and paid) online which makes it SUPER easy for you! Another helpful hint? Put a link to your Reading Club on your school website for easy ordering : )

3. Take lots of pictures and keep them organized. At the end of the year I put together a little picture album scrapbook for each of my kids. Last year I wanted to punch myself because I didn't develop or organize the pictures as the year went along. So, I was left with a ton of work in May. This year I get the Snapfish emails and will try to order pictures when they have the penny print specials going. Last year I think I had to pay 9 cents a picture, YIKES!  

4. Make memories for your kids. I really try to plan fun and memorable (and educational) things for my kids to do. Last year we took an hour on a Friday afternoon to get our room ready for Christmas. We had hot cocoa and gingerbread men and decorated our Christmas tree. It looks like a trash tree haha, but the kids loved being able to decorate and get our room ready! 

I stayed home sick AGAIN today. I went back to the doctor and I am going to start on some new medicine tomorrow. I am so sick of being sick, YUCK! So now I will be playing two day catch up tomorrow. I am excited to see my kids and get back in the routine though! 



First of all, Happy Veteran's Day!A HUGE thank you to veterans past and present. Thank you for your sacrifices to keep our country safe. What a blessing to live in the United States of America! 

So I have dropped off the blog world for about a month or so! I have been so busy : ( I thought this fun linky  from Blog Hoppin would be a great way to get me going again!  

Today's topic is Time-Savers. This year I have REALLY been trying to cut back the amount of time I spend up at school on the weekend. So, I have been really trying to make better use of my conference time. Here are a few time-savers that have helped me this year

1. Nice Moms: Every year I have people fill out this great little volunteer form...

 and then I don't let them help me!  This year if you check the "Take It Home Volunteer"  box then I will most likely be sending something home for you to help with! Luckily I have some moms that use to be teachers, so I can trust them to cut my lamination the "right" way. But really, anything someone else can help with will save you time : )

2. BINDERS: I LOVE BINDERS! I have a binder for everything: Lesson Plans, Student Information, Substitute Information ..everything! This year I started a student assessment binder. Every student has a number and I file all of there assessment behind their number. Running records, letter and sound sheets, popcorn word assessments, it is all there! This has been WONDERFUL when preparing for conferences or ARDs. All of the data I have for that student it right there. I just snap open my binder and I'm ready to go. It takes a little time to file things sometimes, but it saves me so much time in the long run : ) At the front on the binder I keep extra blank copies of the assessments in case I have a new student or I need to reassess or something. These are the number tabs I use:

I have a really cute page with all the kids names and numbers, but I had to take it out for the picture. I just don't want you to think I use this ratty thing : ) These number tabs came from Office Depot and I think they were $13 (eek!), but  I will be able to use them for years. 

3. Make a good lesson plan template! This year my school has really cracked down on lesson plans. I get annoyed with how much time I have to spend typing lesson plans for me when I already know what I am doing, grr. Regardless, it is part of my job so I do it with a smile...sometimes. This year I took the time to make myself a really good lesson plan so each week I am just filling in the details. Here is the first page of my lesson plan template:

4. Teachers Pay Teachers: I LOVE making things myself, I really do. I love using my own special, favorite fonts and my own beautiful clip art. However, I do not always have time to construct what I need. It saves me SO much time when someone else has already created a resource I need! Huge time saver right there! 

5. Don't throw things at me, but I am a morning person. I usually get to school about 45 minutes early and get my stuff done. Most people aren't morning people so not many people are there to talk to. So find a time that works for you and get your stuff done! : )

Well, I was home sick today. I have a sinus infection and the antibiotics and my body don't get along. Yuck. I was so disappointed because I had special things planned for Veteran's Day. So I will be playing catch up tomorrow : ( 

Happy Monday! 

Apple Excitement & A Chance to Win!

We just wrapped up our Apple Unit. This is one of my favorite units all year long! I just wish we would have had some more fall like weather. It's been in the upper 80s and lower 90s still, grrrr. Here are some pictures from our apple activities.

We had so much fun! All of my activities AND more are included in my Apple Unit BASICS. When I started looking at all the apple activities on Teachers Pay Teachers I had a hard time finding one unit that had all of the "basic" things that I was looking for. So I created my Apple Unit BASICS. It has all of the basics (and more) that you need for your apple unit. Here are a few images:

Click HERE to view and purchase the item on Teachers Pay Teachers. Want to win a FREE copy? I will email the entire Apple Unit Basics to the first three people who leave a comment with their email address below. Good luck! Have a wonderful week! : )


Give a HOOT

I just had the most wonderful weekend! It was so nice to have a weekend with nothing to do and have some time to sleep, shop and decorate for FALL and start my Christmas crafts too! : ) Oh, and we added a new member to our family. Meet Helen. 

Isn't she precious? Fiance doesn't like cats, at all. And I love cats and really any animals. During our errands on Saturday we ran into a pet store and I just fell in love with her. So, I begged all afternoon and here she is! We have had lots of laughs watching her with Luke.

I can't wait for our Christmas card! Speaking of Christmas, I made my 5th trip (this season) to the greatest place on Earth, Miss Cayce's Christmas Store.AMAZING! My goal this year is to put up 4 trees: A Red & Green Tree, A Christmas Sweets Tree, A Texas Tech Tree and a "Pet" tree. Last week I went to a little holiday decorating class and learned how to tie bows. So I have been working on bows for my Christmas tree.

In the school world, I now "only" have 19 friends in my class. One of our second grade teachers was moved down to Kindergarten to help with big numbers. It has made a huge difference. 19 kids is much easier than 23 : ) This week we studied the letter O and owls. Here are a few pictures from the week.

I introduced a can/have/are chart by focusing on each sentence stem. Here is our interactive writing for the have party. I love this new easel and that it is dry erase and magnetic : O

I love crafts and writing. 

Aren't they cute? I used cupcake liners for the eyes! 

This year I started using poetry journals. They have been wonderful! This is one of my favorite poems! I found it on Pinterest and I'm not sure of the original source. 

On Friday we made these little owl snacks. They were perfect to review shapes too!

I hope you have a wonderful week! It's APPLE week here! I can't wait: )


Classroom Tour

Happy Tuesday everyone!
 I can't get it all together this year. I am just now posting pictures of my classroom. This year I stuck with my Circus themed classroom. I really love all of the bright primary colors and I couldn't imagine completely changing everything after only one year. 
Here is a little tour of my classroom:

Come on in!
I had this little poster made using Vistaprint. I love having it out in the hallway for Meet the Teacher Night.

Here is the view from the door. I do not normally have balloons on my tables (for obvious reasons haha) but these pictures were taken the day of Meet the Teacher. 

Here are our cubbies. Each child has their own cubby with a book bin inside to store their Reading Notebook. On top of the cubbies I have some of my favorite books and matching characters. 

This year my district is using the CHAMPS program. Here is my CHAMPS Display. Sorry for the glare. 

These are my math tubs.

I love my Popcorn Words Wall. I love this wall. Soon it will be filled with words. The set can be purchased from my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

This is the front of my room. I really love how bright and useful everything is. My desk and computer on are on the left. I moved my desk and computer so they would be closer to the Smart Board, which I love. 

This is my classroom library. This year I added a bin of big books that the kids really like!
I use these clips on my cabinet to help with storing and displaying work. The number is glued to a clothespin. It makes it really easy to send work home on Fridays.

This is my listening center. I use to have 4 kids at this center and it would make me crazy. Too many headphones and CD malfunctions. I only introduced this center on Friday, but so far it has been a ZILLION times better. Each drawer has a different book to read. 

Here is my desk and our reading tent. Also, check out my new easel : ) Ignore the not "cutesy" poem : ( 

I LOVE this board. On the left hand side I have my classroom jobs display. Each job is on a little envelope and I will put each child's name on an index card and change jobs that way. I bought this set HERE on Teachers Pay Teachers. It was perfect! On the right hand side of the board, you will see that CHAMPS posters for each of the Daily 5 centers. The wooden shelf will be used to store materials for my Word Work center. 

This is the hallway outside of my classroom. I am OBSESSED with my new Meet the Authors display. Each child has their own place to display their work. Above their clip I will put a picture of them and a short biography. I will post a picture with it completed soon.Also if you are wondering about the brown paper sacks, they are used for supplies. Instead of each child hauling all of their supplies into the classroom, they put their supplies in the brown sack with their name on it. It's so great! Then you can go through their supplies when you are ready. 

Thanks so much for checking out my classroom : )


September Currently

Hello September!

I can't believe it's time for another Currently with Farley. Click HERE to link up!

I survived the first week of school! This year our kindergarten numbers are huge! We each have 23 or 24 students each. It feels really crammed and loud. We are waiting this week to find out if another kindergarten teacher will be added or not.
 Check back tomorrow for a peek from my first week!

Back 2 School SALE

It's time for the Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale! Woo hoo! I have already started moving things from my wish list to my cart! : ) I love back to school time, but it's also really stressful! Make your life a little bit easier this school year by picking up some goodies. Click HERE to visit my store and here are a few favorite items from my store: