Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Did you read the 2nd edition? 
 Are you so excited to start a new school year following the new routine?
Here are the charts I am using this year using the fabulous Melonheadz illustrations...
Thank you Nikki for sharing your talents!! xo

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Teaching GENRES

After 15 + years... our school is losing AR (Accelerated Reader).
My team and I are so sad!!
We loved seeing the kiddos read many books and review them on the computer.
We loved the simplicity and accountability of the program.

We had to come up with something to replace the program... 
BUT more importantly inspire the kids.
We decided that we would put our focus on GENRES.
Our new McGraw Hill WONDERS reading program goes right along with this idea.

In a nutshell... our students are going to receive a Genre Guru booklet each term.
 It has 18 pages inside focusing on 8 different genres and directions for the parents.

Throughout the term... 
the students will have the opportunity to read 2 books from each genre on the wheel and then complete the pages in their booklet.
This booklet will stay in their homework folder all term. 
By coloring in a circle (in the genre wheel) each time they read a book...
 they will easily be able to keep track of their progress.

Term 2 will be formatted the same way...
We will give them another opportunity to explore the genres again, however, 
we will shake up the booklet activities and display different graphic organizers.
We are so excited to create Genre Gurus!!
We printed the posters 8 1/2 by 11 and
 placed them in document frames we found at the Dollar Tree. 
We hung them on the wall above our book boxes.

I gave a set of posters and smaller cards to my librarian to display in her library.
Hopefully we'll be havin' so much fun... we'll forget A.R. (ha! Ha!)

In addition to the file... you'll receive a Term 2,3 and 4 booklet
 throughout the school year.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Do Moms have to cook?

Hi friends! It's Friday!!
I hate seeing the weeks pass by so quickly during the summertime!

A couple weeks ago, Lance and I added up all the debit charges we made in May at food places... whether it be fast food or restaurants... it was hUgE... and a bit embarrassing. 
 I do not enjoy cooking... at all! It's easier, quicker and happier to GO eat and move on to the next activity on our agenda...but... I knew I had to do better (darnit!!)
Lucky for me, the whole fam is helping mom out on this one.  
We each get a day to pick the meal and help prepare it. 

Collette over at The Computer Is My Canvas is helping me out.
She has adorable printables.  I've purchased MANY things from her ETSY store.
These cute menus provide a bit of happiness in my new quest. 
If you like her Facebook page... she offers lots of freebies.  
The August menu board is one :)

Another fun find was this little tote from the dollar spot at Target.
It is a perfect fit for my PIG MATH game boards.
My cute little Emma whipped up some labels for me and created folders for the first 10 game boards. I love it when I find simple yet efficient things.

Now besides blogs... I'm checking out recipes online... 
do you have any favorite websites or recipes?

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Famous Janiel Wagstaff

My dear friend, Janiel Wagstaff is a very talented lady. 
She teaches, is an administrator, mother, daughter and published author many times over.
Check your Scholastic shelf... I'm sure you'll find many of her books in your own classroom.

Janiel just posted this poetry file in her TpT store!!
It's fabulous, easy to use and adorable... and... it's
aligned to Common Core Standards!

This K-2 resource includes sixteen perfect, kid-approved, cross-curricular poems you’ll love! Teach about health, safety, holidays, life cycles, plants, animals, insects, weather, seasons, and subtraction with delightful rhymes and rhythms! Use the accompanying pages to practice fluency (each poem’s lines are numbered and there is a grid at the bottom of the page for recording reading rate for up to five repeated readings).

You’ll also get ready-made rime/chunk flash cards you can use to teach and reinforce words right from the contexts of the poems. These can be used for all kinds of word work and for posting on your Word Wall.

Everything you need is ready to go!
 Just print and teach!

*Poem Titles: Colors; Take Care of Yourself; Five Fat Peas; Winter Months; Animal Voices; The 100th Day of School; Stop! And Spot a Tadpole; Precipitation; A Brand New Year; Earthland; Safety, Safety; Signs of Spring; Seeds! Oh, Seeds!; Insects, Insects; Parenthood; I’m a Scientist

Check it out... you'll love it!!

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Teacher I'm Done!!!

I've vacationed with teachers,
I've camped with the young women of church...
Now, I'm at home enjoying summer laziness with my family!
I missed them and love them with all my heart.
Here's to a family fun weekend!!
I hope you enjoy your down time too!! xo

Monday, July 14, 2014

Vegas Baby!!

Wow!! Just had a faBuLous time in LasVegas meeting talented, fun people and learning the ins and outs of TpT. So grateful for the opportunity and new friends. Xo

Thank you Natalie and Rachelle (What the Teacher Wants)
 for an amazing teacher Meet Up (and pictures;)
Krystal Plott (Good Enough Teacher) for being a darling roommate
 and travel partner... and
Paul Edelman for creating TpT and allowing so many teachers 
to create and share their talents with each other all over this world.

The summer continues... I'm  trading my Venetian Hotel suite in for a ...
campground in the beautiful Utah mountains with 27 adorable youth!!
Counting my blessings!!! xo
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Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July Sale

I am so grateful to be an American...
and thankful for the many heroes that keep this country safe!
Enjoy your 4th of July!!

adorable clipart by Nikki at Melonheadz

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