Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New School Year Resolutions

Amanda at Teaching Maddeness is hosting a great linky party for new school year resolutions. I always start of the year with so many so maybe it will help to have y'all keep me on track.

(1) Stay organized.
     This is my #1 resolution every year and somehow I still don't manage to do it. I want to keep my table clean, papers filed, and materials where they need to be. I've moved into a new classroom so I am trying to get myself organized before school starts. I also want to teach my kiddos to be more organized so it's less on me.

(2) Stay positive. See the joy in every day.
       Last year was a rough year but it didn't help that I didn't have the best attitude about certain things. This year, I want keep my positive attitude by focusing on the joy in every day.

(3) Differentiate. 
      I always have a hard time maintaining differentiation in my classroom. I know that this really helps the kids but I just often don't have the time or energy to make it happen. Anyone have any good tips for this one?

(4) Get things done at school. 
      You should see me everyday after school. I'm always lugging a bunch of stuff home. But guess what I did when I got home? Nothing. I don't need to be a pack mule.

So that's it. What do you think? 

I was going to leave you with some pictures of my new classroom but they all turned out blurry. Teachers go back to school in my district next week so I will have some for you soon.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

10 Days of Giveaways: Day 6

 Today I have some awesome math resources to giveaway along with an item of your choice and a little teacher pick-me-up.

My math anchor chart pack isn't quite done yet but you will get it emailed to you when I finish in the next few weeks. The Starbucks giftcard will be emailed to you when the giveaway is finished.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Tell Me More

I know you aren't supposed to post twice in one day but I really wanted to join in Amy Lemon's fun linky party.

(1) I am a huge Tennessee Vols fan! My dad has has season tickets for over 40 years in the same seats and I was able to purchase two tickets beside his three tickets for this coming season. I am so excited! I usually go to all the games anyway but I love having my own seats. I even went to the games when I was on crutches after my knee surgery. It sure was fun when we had to go for cover twice during one game because of a storm and I was on crutches.
 My mom and I at the SEC championship. 
My brother and I on the field before a game. My dad was voted the biggest Vol fan and we got to go on the field and he got interviewed. It was an amazing experience!

(2) I love to read. I hate not having time to read during the school year but I try to make up for it during the summer. I love thrillers. I just finished reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. You should check it out if you like thrillers.

 Reading with my grandmother.
Reading to my doll Kansas. I actually still have this doll. It was named after a girl that lived next door to me.

(3) I have had a huge crush on Javy Lopez forever. He used to be a catcher on the Braves. I think he is adorable!
I go see the Braves play at least one weekend during the summer.

(4) John Mayer is my favorite musician. I went to see his concert in Nashville a few years ago and it was amazing. 

(5) I have a food texture issue. I cannot eat anything that is mushy. Bananas are a definite no no! Pudding and yogurt are on that list too.

(6) I took art lessons for years when I was growing up but I quit when I realized I was too much of a perfectionist to ever like what I drew.

(7) I love to bake. My family likes to joke that everything I make has to have Oreos in it. It's one of my main ingredients but I do go away from it sometimes.

This double chocolate cake did not have Oreos.
My ice cream pie does.

(8) I love going to the movies especially Pixar and Disney movies. They always make me cry. 
My favorites are Wall-E and Up. I recently went to see Brave and I was just amazed with the scenery in that movie.

 The love story in Up without words always makes me cry.

(9) I had my knee rebuilt two summers ago and I can't do some things anymore. One crucial thing that I have found that I can't do is squat down to look under furniture. This comes in handy when you knock a whole bag of marbles in the floor and can't pick them up. I'm sure it looked incredibly funny trying to see me pick up all those marbles.

This is how I spent the whole summer of 2010 since I couldn't bend my knee. See that look on my face. I was not happy! One thing I learned during the experience is that it is almost impossible to do anything when you can't bend your knee (examples: going to the bathroom, taking a shower, sitting in a sit at the movies, sitting in the car, carrying a plate of food, and many other things). I'm so glad that it's over with now!

(10) My favorite TV show is the Big Bang Theory. I watch it almost every day and it still cracks me up.

If you watch Big Bang Theory, then you will understand this.

My favorite summer shows are So You Think You Can Dance and Design Star.

Thanks for hosting Amy!

10 Days of Giveaways: Day 5

It's time for another fun giveaway. Today I will be giving away a $10 gift certificate to Amazon. I love buying children's books from Amazon because of their huge selection.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

10 Days of Giveaways: Day 3

It's time for Day 3 of the the 10 days of giveaways. Today is a fun gift certificate from Scrappin Doodles -- one of my favorite places!

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Good luck friends! See you tomorrow! 

Friday, July 20, 2012

10 Days of Giveaways: Day 2

It's time for day 2 of the 10 days of giveaways. Today the giveaway has a back to school theme. Here are the amazing resources that you could win:

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Good luck! Come back tomorrow for another giveaway.

Click here to enter the giveaway for Day 1.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

10 days of giveaway

In celebration of 1,000 followers, I am hosting 10 days of giveaways. I have some awesome prizes from amazing bloggers and a few gift certificates too. You won't want to miss this!

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You have until July 28th to enter this giveaway. All the winners will be announced on July 29th.  Good luck to all! Thanks for following my blog!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Winners and a Sale

Ladies -- I will be emailing you shortly.

For those of you who didn't win, the "Back to School with Books" pack will be on sale until midnight tonight.  Click on any of the images to head over to my store to view the pack.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Favorite Picture Books

Lindsey (a.k.a The Teacher Wife) is having a fabulous linky party for favorite picture books. This is one of my favorite topics so I am more than happy to join in.  I love so many books that it's hard to choose a few.

I'm sure by now that most of you know about my obsession with Mercy Watson books.  These are my absolute favorites to read to the class and my kids love to read them too. They are absolutely adorable. I keep hoping there are more in the series.

A new favorite of mine is the Scaredy Squirrel series. I just found them last year and I love these books. They are so funny. There are so many funny things on each page. When I read these to my class, I find myself laughing at things that the kids really don't get.

Who doesn't love Splat the Cat? I am a sucker for illustrations and I just love the look of the illustrations in these books and the stories are good too.

I love teaching with "Goldie and the Three Hares." The kids really love the story and it's easy to use because it's a twist on a familiar story. It's great to use for teaching cause and effect. You can find my post about it here.

I don't know if this counts as a picture book but it is an extremely easy chapter book with lots of illustrations so I am going to include it. This is such a good story and the storytelling style is so funny.

One of the greatest picture book for teaching is "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear." It's great for teaching inferring and predicting.

"Ish" is a book that teaches children to be confident in themselves and not worry about what others think.

Two new books I ordered that I can't wait to use in my classroom are:
 Don't those aliens remind you of the minions from Despicable Me? Haha

My friend Heather over at Swinging Through Second Grade introduced me to this one.
Super cute!

Okay, I could go on and on all day with books that I love. I have an addiction to children's literature. I can't wait to see what everyone else picks as their faves so I can add some new books to my classroom library. Not that I need anymore but I love getting new ones.

Don't forget to let me know your favorite children's book for back to school here.
I will be choosing a winner for my new "Back to School with Books" pack tomorrow morning.