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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!