Sunday, May 5, 2013

I appreciate you!

It's Teacher Appreciation time and I so appreciate all you teacher bloggers for sharing your ideas, support, and help. I also appreciate those teachers that have found my blog/store, purchased/used my products , and are following me. We are all in this together as a big community that has been made smaller as we get to know each other by reaching out to each other.

Therefore all my items will be 20%
 on Tuesday and Wednesday. 
 Plus use Promo Code TAD13 and save some more!
A little thank you from me to you.

AND

Hey have you heard about brag tags? They are great way to reward and motivate students. Kids love to collect and wear them on a chain necklace. 
Brag Tags
First Grade Brain


They come in  a huge assortment of colorful designs that are pre made or you can custom design your own. I have been wanting to get them for my kiddos
and hope to have the money next year to do so. But here is an opportunity to win some. mrs. magee at First Grade Brain is having a giveaway. You won't want to miss the chance.













Saturday, May 4, 2013

May Currently

How did I miss doing May Currently, cuz a week late isn't being too current! And how did it get to be 6 days into May already! 
So I am joining with Farley's Currently, but I have to remember how to do this, again. One would think I could remember at least 30 days ago right! Okay got it..


1. A rare Saturday when everyone is out and about, and even my dog is resting. Ahhhhh... quiet. I don't know about you, but sometimes after a week of exciting 1st graders, including a field trip, it is nice to kick back in quiet bliss.

2. I love reading and will really get into a book, I mean really get into it, where I forget about all else. The laundry, the kitchen dishes,.... you get the picture. The few minutes I meant to spend on my "break" somehow become hours. But my hubby says "good for you, you deserve a break". Gotta love him!

3. Our school always does a theme for Open House. Last year each class changed their room into a classic literature book appropriate for their grade level. Of course I was Toad and Frog. This year we were planning on a more traditional evening with kid projects and showing parents around. But nooooo!
We are now adding A Walk through the Bible. Each class is representing a Bible Story. I'm doing Joseph and his coat of many colors, which will be fun (the kiddos are loving it). But I got to pull this together in the next 2 weeks.


Planning stage... and no I am not having a pink pyramid. I am planning to cover cardboard with sand.
I just realized that the black drawers is blocking the BB. It is sitting on a desk so that I could use my tracer
to project the picture that I traced (easier than drawing)
Close up of middle area. This is when Joseph get sold into slavery. 
Graphics from Scrappin' Doodles
4. I am doing a math camp for incoming 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. The plan is to play different games and activities to practice (and not forget) math concepts. I'm creating some activities as well as purchasing from the great units on TPT. It's an hour a week for 8 weeks so I will still have have plenty of summer for my bucket list as well as testing out some ideas for my store.

5. I actually have 2 bucket lists; personal and professional. I would like to clean out the garage and paint my house. I think that was on my March Currently but obviously it didn't get done. My professional list does overlap with my personal since many of the boxes in the garage are school related. I want to purge and organize all of them for next year. I would love to have a Month to Month schedule planned before school starts. Dream Big I always say.

And here we are...all current. Only 27 days left of school and the kiddos are ready. Well I do have 1 sweetie who asks everyday as we are packing up, Is there school tomorrow? The whole class answers "Yes!!" all with heavy sighs. I think some of the sighs are from wishing it was the last day. I think I'm ready, but I am already thinking about next year....that's SICK!

LOL


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Instagram "Teachertalktuesdays", and lots of animals

I have joined the Instagram craze and it is so fun! I was on a field trip today, and trying to learn how to post pictures, watch the animals, no not the kids, although they were needing a bit of watching too.
So those crazy animal pictures, some with captions, some without, some cropped close-up, and on some it didn't work were from my firld trip to San Diego's Safari Park.

 I joined in....
 So please Join me .... 
at http://instagram.com/firstgradebythesea


I need to learn how to bring the picture
 of my Instagram on my phone to my blog.
Where do I find these answers??


Here are some of my pics


Flamingos.  

Baby Elephants


and my favorite today was the ...
Armadillo!

Sooo Cute!

Tomorrow we will be using these pictures and notes to write our animal reports. We will be using our describing words to tell how the animal picked is "Doing things like us" or "Not doing things like us"!