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November 29, 2012
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November 25, 2012
I finally made something cute.
Well, with a lot of help from Melonheadz and Kevin & Amanda.
Here is a freebie for you. It's a set of 8 Elf Task cards.
My classroom has been filling buckets since the first day of school and I wanted to incorporate a little Secret Santa type of thing during the last 2 weeks before vacation. 8 cards that as a class we will do together before we reveal our secret identities to each other. Everything from verbal compliments, to written ones, to creating artwork, to learning about each other, to playing together at recess. Just ways to get my students thinking about someone else...
Hope this helps someone!
November 23, 2012
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Can you tell that I love November? I also love all the thankfulness that is going around. :)
Today, I am linking up with Stephanie over at Teaching in Room 6 to share what I'm thankful for in Blogland. (Yes, it's a place similar to Disneyland but without the lines and overpriced food.)
There is so much to share!
It was last year that I really started noticing all the teaching blogs out in Blogland. I found Charity's The Organized Classroom Blog over on Facebook and realized that there were many many teaching resources out there... and that got me going. I started googling resources (since the stack of teaching books in my cupboards actually meant that I would have to go through a ton of teaching books in my cupboards) and that led me to find Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files. Since moving back to 4th grade (after 4 years in primary), I felt the need to locate supplemental resources. I pinned basically everything I could from her just so I could remember.
Then I found Stephanie at Teaching in Room 6 - another huge help with moving to the intermediate grades. She had so many ideas and resources that were easy for me to implement. I started checking other 4th grade blogs of Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies, Fancy Free in Fourth, 4th Grade Frolics, and Oh Boy 4th Grade on a daily basis, and everyday I found more blogs that I had to add to my bookmarks. Learning more and more, I was sharing more and more, and my dear friend and coworker told me that I really should start my own blog.
So I did when summer started, and in the process of time I have kept growing in my learning. The linky parties let me run into more and more super smart teachers out there. I realized this past summer about that fun feature that allows you to "follow" blogs. :) So my list in my bookmarks bar turned into a list of teachers that have become my colleagues, my role models. Thank you for teaching me. Thank you for all the resources. Thank you for all the professional development that really should be counted toward something...
Thank you for helping me learn the ins and outs of being a blogger. Thank you for putting up with me. Thank you for the encouraging words. Thank you for answering my questions, and talking to me on FB. Thank you for making this journey fun and exciting.
November 19, 2012
With these bookmarks I am laminating/hole punching them and using yarn on top to attach one of these cute little ornaments.
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November 18, 2012
Well I did it!
Last week I had 3 goals - one personal, one home, one school, and I tackled them all!
I was able to get the paperwork off my desk before vacation started, I was more on top of meal planning, and I made time to take care of me (which meant that new batteries are now in my food scale and on the stationary bike). I did take the dog for a walk on the days that it was possible, but the days it wasn't I got on the bike.
I had all these fun Thanksgiving activities planned and we did complete almost all of them. It's exhausting adding so much to an already packed schedule - but I think it's important to have fun in the classroom too.
The thing I wanted to try this past week was using the now!board with my mission booklets. That didn't work out the way that I had planned. My projector decided to stop working during a lesson and it threw me for a loop - no now!board, no ladibug... I told the kids that sometimes we just can't rely on technology so much. So, we did things the "old fashioned" way - using the whiteboard and markers. :)
So, here's my new list for this coming week...
*School goal - I'm on vacation!!! My goal this week will be to make sure to get all my planning for the "extra" December fun ready to be prepped.
*Home goal - I really want to tackle the cupboards, closets, and toys this week. We went through the boys closets last weekend, but there are more things to clean out and donate before Christmas.
*Personal goal - This week I'm just hoping to make good choices with all my favorite Thanksgiving foods. I love me some turkey and sweet potatoes... hoping that my brain will be thinking as much as my stomach wants to.
2 things I'm looking forward to
*I'm looking forward to family time. I'm looking forward to having fun with my little boys and getting a chance to make some memories. 9 days of playing and reading and play dough and movie nights and building forts and painting and baking (need to remember to not bake...).
*The day after Thanksgiving we ALWAYS start decorating for Christmas. I'm so excited about getting all the decorations out.
1 thing I want to try
I want to try making this for Thanksgiving morning. It's the Pumpkin French Toast Bake from Minimalist Baker. Of course I saw the picture on Pinterest. Now I just have to brave the store to go get all the ingredients.
November 17, 2012
I'm linking up with Lyndsey over at A Year of Many Firsts
to share what I'm thankful for.
I am thankful for my husband. I know I've shared it before, but he really is the rock in the family. He remains calm when the chaos of raising 3 boys and teaching full time becomes overwhelming.
I am thankful for my oldest son. I can't believe he is already 8 1/2 years old. He just grew out of his "new" shoes in the past 2 months. I'm having issues with him getting older.
I am thankful for my middle son. I can give him credit for the majority of gray hair on my head. The past 6 years have been a blessing. He is so independent!
I am thankful for my little guy. He is about to turn 3, and the time has flown since he was born.
I am thankful for my class, coworkers, and school community. I am thankful for the roof over my head and the food on the table. I am thankful for technology and the ability to learn from so many other teachers out there in Blogland. I am thankful for good friends and laughter. I know I can complain with the best of them (I'm working on it), but I'm thankful for the life God has given me. I am blessed!