Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Change can be good...

I think of myself as being a flexible person... To be a teacher, don't you have to be?

This summer there has been talk of all sorts of changes at my school...but I am staying in First Grade! Yeah!

But...
There is only one first grade class and there will be about 25 students ( I know some of you are thinking Only 25? We usually cap at 20 and we have small rooms compared to traditional classrooms.
No problem! 
I am staying in first grade! and 
I'll move to the bigger classroom and 
I'll have aide. Whoa! I've never had an aide!

But...
Now they are going to combine 2 second grade classes (29 students total) so they will move to the big classroom. I will have to deal with wall-to-wall desks and somehow still teach in small groups.
No Problem!
I am staying in first grade,
I have an aide (part-time) and 
I no longer have to move all my things!

But...
I am also going to have to be the PE teacher for my class.
WHAT!!! 
I have never taught PE in my 20 years of teaching! 
Okay I may not be so flexible. 
(Or maybe my aide can do it???)
Not Dealing with this yet! Anyone have ideas??

Meanwhile here is a change you might like. I have added to my "While You Were Away" Unit AND it is still for FREE! on my TpT Store.
While You Were Away
 Here is a FREE preview of the Mission Reminder Cards that were added to the FREE Unit.

Mission Reminder Card

Meanwhile I still have 4 more weeks...
Things could change....
Right?

But today the sun is shining,
Not a care in the world....
No Problem!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Honors passed on and Organizing Center Activiities

Again I am honored! I was twice nominated this week for the Liebster Award even with it known that I had already been nominated... 3 other times! WOW!! It is so exciting that so many people are finding my  blog. And that I can honor more blogs as well.


I wish to say a BIG thanks to
 Victoria and Tricia from  2 Super Teachers
and Chelsey from Kinder Owl

You made my day and grew my heart twice the size!

So before I list my choices for passing on the Liebster Award,
let me re-address the rules.


Now To accept this nomination you need to do the following:
  1. Link back to the blog that nominated you
  2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers
  3. Answer the questions posted for me by my nominator
  4. Share 11 random facts about myself
  5. Create 11 questions for my nominees
  6. Contact my nominees and let them know I nominated them!
Nominations for The Liebster Award
 goes to those blogs with less than 200 bloggers.

My Blog Picks are:

I Heart Teaching Elementary

the Teaching Bug

Tongass Teacher

A Teaspoon of Teaching


Here are my questions for you...

1.What is your favorite color of ink to use?
2. What is your favorite read aloud?
3. Shoes, Purses, or Accessories?
4. What is the one thing in your class you could not do without?
5. Early bird or Night Owl?
6. What is your favorite Starbucks drink?
7. What is your favorite grade to teach?
8. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
9. What is your favorite time of year to teach?
10. What is the last book you read?
What is your favorite color?

Here are my answers to Victoria and Tricia's questions...

1.What is your favorite Pinterest board?
I don't really have a favorite one, there are too many!
2. Why do you think so many people print freebies on TPT and don't follow? (It's so crazy to us!)
I'd like to think that it is that they are excited and that they will come back to follow.
Obviously they don't though.
3. Where were you born and where do you live now?
I was born in Oslo, Norway and I now live in California, USA
4. What grades have you taught and for how long?
I started in Kinder, then moved to 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and
 this will be my 3rd year back in 1st.
I have taught for 2o years...what! How could that be?
5. Do you have your own children? boys or girls? how many?
I have 2 children, 1 of each, and am about to be blessed with my 1st grandchild.
6. What is your favorite vacation destination?
Anywhere with white sand, warm sun, and good food!
7. What is your favorite hobby?
I have several, but I think quilting and scrapbooking...is blogging a hobby?
8. What is your favorite music?
Country and Christmas (not necessarily together LOL!)
9. What is the best teacher related material you've read in the past year?
I have re-read The Daily Five. I get something new from it each time I read it.
I am reading Number Sense by Shumway right now.
10. Do you have an instagram account? If so...share so we can follow!☺If not...you should make one. We love it!!!
I do have one and over 100 followers! I would love to have you too!
It is firstgradebythesea
11. Did you go to any great PD this summer?
No, this summer I have been teaching a Summer Math Club and tutoring
but nothing for me

And here are my answers for Chelsey's questions..

1.  When did you know you wanted to teach?
I use to teach my teddy bears and my little brother, so it was inevitable 2. What grade do you teach?
First Grade3.  What is your favorite of all blogs to visit?
All the kinder, first, and second grade blogs 4.  Do you have a Teacher Pay Teacher store?  If so, how many items do you have?
Yes, teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Pauline-Pretz has 23 items5.  What is your favorite unit or theme to teach?
My Penguin Unit. We end with a trip to Sea World6.  Who is your role model?  And why?
My 4th grade teacher. She was an amazing teacher and was so caring.7.  What time do you start and end school?
We start at 8:20 and end at 3:008.  What is your FAVORITE grade to teach?
First and Second9.  Any advice for starting in a new school? 
I recently changed schools after 15 years at one school.
My advise is 1. Don't compare. 2. learn the culture and find a person you can ask questions and count on to inform you about things 
that come up; special events, unwritten codes, etc.
 and 3. Be open to ideas.
10.  What is your favorite food?
Grilled Fish11.  Would you rather create or buy a Teacher Pay Teacher item? 
I love creating!
 but hey there are a lot of great products, why not buy some too.

Whew!! Again thank You to all that nominated and all that drop by... but follow me!
I also have a facebook www.facebook.com/firstgradebythesea
my instagram is also firstgradebythesea

I want to do a giveaway for reaching 100 on my instagram
Does any one want to join me?

Okay now on to other business. 
I have been struggling for years with how to organize my center activities, especially when I am not using them.
 I have tried boxes, bags, file cabinets, and I was tired of continually moving them from files to boxes at centers and back to files
 (which usually didn't get filed). Does anyone else go through this?

I have been using pocket folders for a while but for storage only. This was a problem because all the pieces kept falling out.
 My pocket folders are 2 type; the file folder with sides that makes a nice deep pocket and the pocket folders with 3-prongs.

With a little tweaking, I am now using these
 as both storage and ready to pull out and put in centers. In addition, I use travel soap containers, small photo boxes, to small boxes. 
Pocket File, Pocket Folder and Photo Box (Michaels) or Small Box (Dollar Store)

Pocket File: I use the pocket files if I have a worksheet or game board that needs general items that are stored in the class "Tool Box" and not specific to that activity. On the front I print a smaller copy of the activity cover and the directions. I glue them on the outside of the file. I also indicate any supplies that might be needed such as die, dry erase marker, tiles, etc. All that goes in the folder is the game sheet.
In this example the worksheet is inside a page protector and with use of a dry erase marker the student will match the opposite words. Sometimes I will mark the page protector as the master and also place Xerox copies in the pocket file in front of the master. I am also big on color coding for quick identification and organization, so I usually buy these in the various colors or I will make a stripe across the top to match the subject or topic. 
Green = Language Arts.
Benefits of this method: This folder can be laminated for durability. Glue on your title, directions, and any other label (explanation later), then laminate, cut slit at the top, and tadah!  Now it can go from file cabinet to center and back again. Everything is in the same place, and in ONE place.

So what do I do when I have game pieces? 
Pocket folder: I use the pocket folder with prongs with a pencil pouch, again color coded. Yellow = Word Work.
Last year I found pencil pouches on sale for a quarter and bought a bunch. They work perfect to now keep the cards that go with this activity without them falling out of the folder. The students have a place to put them and they stay all together with the game. But pencil pouches can be expensive so I make my own pouches using ZipLoc baggies.
I place duck tape along the bottom of the bag with the bag laying half way on the piece of duck tape. Then fold the tape back to the other side of the baggie. Then I match up where I want the holes and punch through the duck tape. I only could do 2 holes for this size baggie but it works just fine.

Next I place the game board in a page protector and place it behind the pencil pouch. If there is a worksheet for this activity, I place the master in the same page protector behind the game board. Copies can be placed in the back pocket of the folder.
Benefits of this method: Cards or game pieces don't get misplaced. The game board
also stays with the folder and doesn't get misplaced while it is being played. Easy clean up! It can go back into file or file box just like it is. Easy Peesy!

Small Boxes: I use these boxes for games that don't require a game board or worksheets.
Benefits of this method: I have tried baggies but they don't stack well and students have trouble opening or closing them. These stack well and can be stored in a bigger plastic tote box. I also print a shrunken cover and use those stickum squares to label the box. This way I can easily change the name of the activity if needed and I'm not cleaning off stickers.

The last thing I'm doing now is labeling each activity with the corresponding lesson and Common Core Standard reference.
Now it is easy for me to pull activities to match lessons and or standards as well as re-file. Now I will be able to find them when needed and know that all the parts are there. Also since these have prongs in can't be laminated, but I use clear contact paper to cover the front cover. This keeps little fingers from picking off my labels.

I hope this will help you with the storage (and finding) all of your great resources.



Saturday, July 20, 2013

Paying it Forward (Part 2)

Forgive the double posting today, but this is actually a continuing post, 
so I think that's okay.
 Right?
Anyway as I said earlier, I was again nominated for the Liebster Award.
Misty at Krazy About Teaching nominated me.
Thank you!!! I certainly wasn't anticipating this!

Krazy about Teaching
It is a cheerful blog with a lot going on so you'll want to skip over and check for yourself.


For you that may not know the Liebster Award is awarded to a blog with less than 200 followers. 


To accept the nomination there are conditions.
1. You have to link back to the blog that nominated you.
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
3. Answer the questions posted for you by your nominator.
4. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
6. Contact your nominees and let let them know you nominated them.
I have already stated 11 random facts, but let me add 
I heart chocolate especially with any kind of nut.
But I don't like chocolate ice cream or chocolate milk!

Before I answer Misty's questions, let me announce my nominees!
They are (in no particular order)...

Congratulations!
Your questions are...

1.What is your favorite color of ink to use?
2. What is your favorite read aloud?
3. Shoes, Purses, or Accessories?
4. What is the one thing in your class you could not do without?
5. Early bird or Night Owl?
6. What is your favorite Starbucks drink?
7. What is your favorite grade to teach?
8. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
9. What is your favorite time of year to teach?
10. What is the last book you read?
What is your favorite color?


Now for the answer Misty asked me:
1. What is your favorite food?  I love grilled halibut.

2. How long have you been teaching? 18 years

3. What type of vehicle do you drive? An 8 year old Toyota Rav4 (My small SUV)
4. How many years of teaching experience do you have? 21 years

5. What is the best thing about being a teacher? Making a difference that matters and the hugs! I luv me the hugs!

6. What type of music do you listen too? These days it's country.

7. What is your favorite restaurant? Applebees, but I do like the burgers at Chillis

8. What would your dream vacation be? I like American history so I do like visiting historical places, or just a quiet beach in the Bahamas with books and cold drinks
9. What is your favorite TV show? Scandal, I can't wait until the new season!

10.What is the favorite app on your phone. I am having too much fun with Instagram, I love the babycenter app my daughter added (she's having a baby), I'm trying to figure out Evernote but I'm going to love it when I do, and Classroom.booksource.com is saving me a lot of time getting my library set up

Flash FREEBIE! and Paying it Forward

I am having a Flash FREEBIE give-away to celebrate my followers and my 3rd nomination for the Lebster Award! WOW! Thank you Misty (Krazy About Teaching). So head over to my TpT store to collect my latest Detective themed resource FREE today. And while you're there, Follow Me so you know when new items are added. Don't miss out!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Lucky Me!

I don't often win anything... mostly never! 
My hubs wins everything. 
So I was very excited when I learned I had won two units from 2 different second grade teachers. It was also exciting to learn that Jamie at Bright Concepts 4 Teachers isn't very far from me. (Hi Neighbor).
And Courtney at 2nd Grade Snapshots has many themed packages, including some Detective items that will go along with my theme this year.
So what did I win?
I'm going to use this for my beginning of the year activity
along with my name games.

Then to go with my detective theme 


This supplements my own detective units


Find them [here]

Meanwhile, Walmart is having a great sale
 so I stopped by and picked up
pocket folders for 15 cents,
spiral notebooks for 17 cents,
and 
these!

 Scentos Scented Self Inking Stamps

I think the class will love these.
 I'll let them stamp their paper when I do a quick check of their paper instead of collecting them.



Monday, July 15, 2013

Spot the Target Dollar Spot

I got up this morning, 
put on my running shoes, 
ready to take no prisoners 
and headed out to my nearby Target Store! 
My strategy had been well thought out after reading all the posts and viewing the great closeups of other Blogger's Target finds. I have been waiting, not real patiently, but biding my time knowing that historically it takes California
 (at least the Southern part) 
about 2-3 weeks longer to get their teacher dollar spot up. I arrived early but late enough for them to unload the truck from the night before. 

I had cash in hand...
 And what? Nothing but summer toys and barbecue thingys! 
(I was in such a panic that I didn't even that a picture for proof of my despair) 
I quickly ran to the back to check the usual, for this time of year, aisles for Back-to-School.
 and would you believe
they were JUST BEGINNING to set them up.

 I grabbed walked nicely up to the nearest Target personnel and interrogated asked nicely, "Have you received the back to school dollar spot items yet?" (I mean it is the middle of July!)
She looked at me with disbelief (was this such an unrealistic question?) and answer "No I haven't seen anything yet, but we are getting to re-set it."
So I will begin my stake out,
 I have put out the word to all my non teaching friends,
I'm checking all ads, mobile alerts, and texts!
What more is there for me to do?

Stopped by school to check out my new room.
YIKES!
At least my Math Club (in my old room) went very peaceful.
I love it when they say It can't be time to go home yet!

Meanwhile...

Check out the new Blog Design at Miss Nelson's Missing.
and she is having a giveaway and a sale.

She's got a new position at a new school, and a new blog!
Leave he a comment and lend support.


Saturday, July 13, 2013

I Am Speechless!

I Cannot believe it!
I was so surprised and honored 
when Laken commented on my Blog!
She was nominating me for the Liebster Award.
WOW, twice in 2 weeks and I am meeting so many new friends who have great blogs full of ideas.

If you have not visited 
Laken Harell at Whole Brain Teaching in the Ladybug Club 
you must! She has so many links to all kinds of educational resources! 
Get a cuppa of your favorite drink, and settle in... 
cuz you're going to be there a while.

The Liebster Award is an award given to blogs with less than 200 followers. If you are nominated, you get to answer questions about yourself so that everyone gets to know you a little better. I also get to nominate other bloggers. As much as I love receiving the recognition,I really get a kick out of
recognizing others. It is an opportunity to continue to grow our community of 
proud, talented educators and connect our past, present, and future successes as well as our struggles and encouragement.
Therefore
 my nominees are:
1. Alisha @ First Grade Follies
4. Laura @ First Grade Spies

The Rules to Accept the Award:


  • Link back to the blog that nominated me
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers
  • Answer the questions posted for you by your nominator
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself
  • Create 11 questions for your nominees
  • Contact your nominees and let them know you nominated them
Your Questions Are:
1. What is your favorite pen to use?
2. What is your favorite read aloud and why?
3. When did you know that you wanted to be a teacher?
4. Shoes, Purses, or Accessories?
5. What was the last book you read?
6. What is the one thing that would like to add to your classroom this year?
7.What is your best management tool you use in your class?
8. Early Bird or Night Owl?
9. What is your favorite time of year to teach?
10. What is your favorite grade to teach and why?
11. Why did you become a teacher?


Now onto Laken's questions: (This is not easy, I'm typically very shy. I'm the kid that sits in the back of the class and prays that you won't get called on. But you are all friends, so...)


1. What is your favorite teaching book you've read and why?
There are several. The Daily 5 by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser because it gives a framework that I helps fit whole teaching, independent work, and one on one time together to make the most of my teaching time for each student.
Conversations by Reggie Routman. This was one textbook that I really use. It is full of strategies for teaching, learning, and evaluating.
And I like books from Debbie Miller and Debbie Diller, both have practical ideas that you adapt right away and use in your class.

2. Who was your favorite teacher and what did they do so special that made an impact on your life?
Mrs. Samartino. She was the first teacher that made me feel like I was somebody and that I could do anything if I tried.  She was my 4th grade teacher.

3. What is your favorite time of the year in the classroom?
Fall which is funny here in Southern California because we don't really have a traditional fall. But there is something about Pumpkins and the fall colors that just bring out the magic and you know the "holiday season" is coming.

4. When you were a kid, what kind of student were you?
I was always very shy, I think because we moved so much I always felt like the "new" kid.I I also was pleaser, so I pushed myself to my best to make the teacher happy. Did somebody say kiss-up or was that in my head?

5. What was your favorite dollar store/target find that you have used in your classroom?
The first year that Target came out with school stuff I grabbed up great pocket charts in every color (They were much heavier that the ones last year).  Last year I scored on the plastic pouches you put a paper inside and they use dry erase markers on the outside. I was able to get enough for each student. I hope they have them again because this year I will have 4 more kids that last year. I also bought the little expandable card boxes for each student to hold their word wall cards and spelling cards. They use these in computer to practice keyboarding at the same time they practice their spelling.

6. Do you have any special sayings that you say to your students throughout the day that they will remember you by when they are no longer in your classroom?
I'm sure I do. We do a lot of charts when transitioning. The one they think is the funniest is when they interrupt my group time or they are tattling informing on someone, I say "do I need to call 911? Is someone throwing up?" 

7. If you could be an animal, who would you be and why?
My dog because he has the life! A scratch here and morsel there, no worries.

8. What is your favorite educational website/blog?
Whole Brain Teaching

9. Think back to your favorite artistic activity you have done with a previous class. What subject was it and was it successful?
It was probably science or social studies. I try to tie a craftivity with writing or group project. I think the favorite one was my Candy Cane Lesson. Labeling a Candy Cane they drew while eating a Candy Cane certainly would be memorable.

10. If you could meet any famous actress/actor/singer, who would it be and why? 
I truly don;t know how to answer this one. 

11. What is one form of technology that you could use more help with and how do you want to use it in the classroom?
I teach at a small private school and I just got a document camera last year. So I'm still trying to discover the many ways I can use it. I also have be using my smart phone for music cues during transition, but I would love to get some i pods or i pads. The upper grades received smart boards last year so maybe...

So that is a little more about me. I did 11 random facts last time so you can check that post if you are really wanting to know more. LOL







Friday, July 12, 2013

Linking Up and Looking Around

I am not what I would call a techie but I can maneuver around fairly well. Okay it is by trial and error and mostly through a lot of error. But I'm feeling pretty proud because today I set up a facebook page for my blog and linked it from my blog, along with a link to my Pinterest and my Instagram. BAM!

Now none of that was real complicated except the picture part, because I no longer have photoshop and I not real smooth on remembering how to do buttons and banners, etc.
 It's not necessarily exactly right how I want it yet, but I think it's working. 
So..
If you are reading,  I would REALLY appreciate if you'd
 liked my Facebook page,
There's a link for two freebies!
follow my Instagram,
and Pin something from my Pinterest.
(I still have to figure out how to do those floating "P"s  to pin from my Blog!)

On to my next triumph of the day!
My $1.00 findings!
Most of these were from the Dollar Tree. You can't see the blue containers very well, but a deck of cards fit perfect. (they come 2/$1.00, see the green ones). I'm going to use them in my centers to hold the different games pieces and cards. I'm tired of replacing ripped baggies.
And the fly swatters are retractable! 
So the can be short or they can reach up to those high places!
The Instruments were the the Dollar Spot at Target.
We haven't received the Back to School Stuff yet,
But I thought the wooden tambourine could be fun.

Unfortunately my "new" pile isn't as big as my old pile.


Yikes! I've been ransacked!
 That would be a good excuse for the way my living room looks but
I'm really organizing all my files and center activities
 so I can find them  match them up to the right Unit of Study.
I hope this is the quake before it all comes together!
Could it be possible that after organizing all this I will find that I need
NOTHING MORE!

Naaaaah! No Way!

How are your piles doing? I know I'm not the only one!



Sunday, July 7, 2013

Liebster Award

I love surprises and this morning I was honored by a special surprise! Learned that Julia from The Army Wife Teacher (with so many great ideas) had nominated me as one of her Liebster Award Nominees! I am truly feeling blessed from her recognition and her kindness. Thank you SOOOOOO Much, Julia, for this honor.
For those who don't know, the Liebster Award is given to recognize new blogs and a welcome into the blogging community. It is my pleasure to accept this award as well as Pay it Forward.

To accept this award I must:


1. Link back to the blog that nominated me
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers
3. Answer the questions posted for you by your nominator
4. Share 11 random facts about yourself
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees
6. Contact your nominees and let them know you nominated them

MY NOMINEES ARE:





Julia's Questions to me:

1. What is your favorite subject to teach?
I love to teach reading in first grade. They are so eager to learn and I want them to love reading. But with Common Core I am really enjoying teaching Math. This is a hoot because I was never good at math. But I think this gives me an edge in helping struggling mathematicians. I can understand what they don't get and teach them a strategy that helps them "see" what it means.

2. Why did you start blogging?
I was a blog stalker for a long time and as time went on I wanted to add to the conversations and be part of this amazing community of such talented educators. I so enjoy starting my day reading up on new ideas, a different twist to something I do and sharing a common bond with people you wouldn't get to know. 

3. What is your favorite part about blogging?
I am at the other end of my teaching years from most of teachers that blog, and the enthusiasm and ideas that are shared keep me charged up with new a fresh outlook. I hope my ideas help others as well. I have to admit it is exciting when someone comments about something you shared, or someone new begins to follow your blog. 

4. What do you hope for the future of your blogging?
First, I hope to become better a it! I would like to learn some more HTML so I can jazz up my blog. I would also like my blog to be a resource for public school teachers as well as a help to the Christian teachers who teach at small schools, in small rooms, with big expectations. There often isn't the Christian resources for the younger grades. 

5. What is your dream vacation?
My best vacation could be my dream vacation. My husband went on the $25,000 dollar pyramid (Does anyone remember that show?) and won a weeks vacation at a resort in Jamaica. Great beaches, everything paid for and nothing to do. It took me 2 days to really get into doing nothing, but then 'No Problem!'

6. What is you favorite thing to do on the weekends?
I catch up on Pinterest. I like to read, craft and do DIY projects. During the school year, most of these projects tend to be school related. Now that I am going to be a grandma, I'm thinking baby things as well.

7.Where did you go to school?
My dad was in the Marine Corps so growing up I was in school all over the world but mostly in Southern California. I continued the travel bug in college by going to Winona State University in Minnesota before transferring to The University of California, San Diego (UCSD). I received my Masters at the California State University, San Marcos.

8. What is your favorite Children's Book?
My favorite children's book growing up was Beverly Cleary's Books, Ramona and 
Henry and Ribsy books. My favorite children's book as a teacher is Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg. The story is about 2 ants that decide to go off by themselves and is told from the ants perspective. It can be used to teach rules or descriptive writing as well.

9. What is your favorite blog to follow?
I have way too many! Because I teach first grade I tend to follow K and 1st grade blogs, but I have some 2nd grade blogs as well. 

10. What accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
My proudest accomplishment would be one that I didn't do alone. I have the 2 kindest, thoughtful kids, that grew up without doing drugs, getting into trouble, and are now both employed at great jobs. But I know it was with prayer and God's grace that gave my husband and I the guidance we needed.

My personal accomplishment is that I was the first child to graduate from college in my family. Teaching was always my desire but working my way through school I ended up going in a different direction. I had two careers before my first teaching position. But because of a dumb decision of a naive youth, I didn't have a teaching credential. (I never sent the money and the application after I graduated)  So I went back and redid my 5th year over including student teaching and went on to get my Masters in Literacy as well as a Reading Specialist Credential while working, being a wife, and a mother to high schoolers. It was a lot of work but I'm glad I did.

11. Are you married? Do you have kids?
I have been married for 32 years to same wonderful man. He totally understands my passion for whatever I do and allows me the space to dive fully into it. He tells everyone that "Teaching isn't a job, it's a lifestyle. It's part of who you are." Aren't I lucky! I have a married daughter who is going to make me a grandmother in January and a son who a national award in graphic design.

The 11 Random facts about me are:


1. I was born in Norway where my dad (from Georgia) 
met and married my mom.
2. I went to 1st and 2nd grade in Taiwan.
3. I worked at Libby during corn harvesting while in Minnesota.
4. I taught myself counted cross stitch and once 
won a third place at the county fair for one of my pieces.
5. I love living near the beach.
6. As a child I thought the country celebrated my birthday by displaying American flags, 
but then I learned it was also Flag Day(June 14th).
7. My grandparents lived to be in their late 90's
8. I love teaching 1st and 2nd grades.
9. I wanted to be an artist or a teacher.
10. I can get lost in a book and read until I have finished it.
11. I thank God everyday for what he does for me.

Questions for my Nominees
1. What is your favorite subject to teach?
2. Why did you start blogging?
3. What is your favorite part about blogging?
4. What would you have done if you did not become a teacher?
5. What is something that is on your bucket list?
6. What is your dream vacation?
7. Where did you go to school?
8. What is your favorite children's book?
9. What is one goal that you have made for yourself this year?
10. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your life?
11. Are you married? Do you have children?

Thank you again Julia for nominating me. 
I had a lot of fun doing this!