Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Compound Words

Hello fellow bloggers! It does not feel like winter in my neck of the woods, and to be honest I am glad! I like the idea of winter, but not the feel of it LOL! My firsties this year have really struggled with compound words, so I created a packet to help them out. I am doing Mid testing this week(fun), and I am double testing Dibles and Lit. First so it takes awhile with 22 healthy and active children.
This is available at my TPT Store check it out!
Compound word packet

Here is a math freebie for you!

Winter Math
and 2 people who comment and leave their email will get it free! :P

Have a great night!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Thanksgiving is over...

Hey everyone! I have been wanting to post these awesome turkeys forever! I am sure many of you do something similar. This year I really made it a family project, and boy did my families get into it! I wanted to share with you some of their creativity! Here they are, enjoy!

We also had a Turkey on My Plate poem to go with these awesome turkeys. We had lots of fun!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Liebster Blog

Hello all! I have been gone for such a long time! I have to say this break was well needed and I used it as a mini- vacation! We went to my Aunt's in Chickasha, then headed to Tulsa for more family visiting. We went to Norman Saturday and watched OU/OSU bedlam! It was great! Then back to Tulsa, and home tonight; where I found I had been nominated for the Liebster! I don't know how to do it for more than one nominations, but I will try. Correct me gently if I did this wrong!
The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to up-and-coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  It is to show new bloggers that they are appreciated and to help spread the word about new blogs. 

Blogs that nominated me:
Kimberly, from Live, Laugh I love kindergarten  Please check her out!
Colleen, from Fun and Fearless in First stop by and see her!
Corinna, from O"Fish"ally a First Grader please visit her!
Dawn, from Adventures in First with Mrs. Key she is very new check her out!

The rules:

- You must post 11 random things about yourself.
- Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
- Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
- Choose 11 blogs you love (with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post.
- No tag back (but please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you)!

Random facts about ME:
1. I used to want to work in an office with lots of windows. (What was I thinking?)
2. I am trying to become a foster parent.
3.  I am bossy.
4.  I love the colors pink and green.
5.  My favorite drink is Lipton Green Tea w/honey.
6.  I have a dog, Coco, that I treat like a human baby, and it annoys my husband to no end.
7.  I would love to be a forensic scientist!
8.  I am loving being a cheer coach! How weird is that?!
9.  I have 3 girls 20,18,15 and a grandbaby!
10.  My favorite store every is Kohls!
11.  I am on the National Holocaust Educators List, and I am really interested in all things Jewish.

Questions to me from Kimberly @ Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten
1.  If you didn't teach the grade you do now, which grade would you want to teach? Pre-K
2.  What is your favorite holiday? Thanksgiving!
3.  Where would you want live if you didn't live where you currently live? Israel
4.  What is your favorite hobby, besides blogging?;) Crochet
5.  What is your favorite sports team? Patriots
6.  Are you a risk taker? Oh Yeah!
7.  Are you a Black Friday shopper? NO!
8.  Favorite place to visit? San Antonio
9.  Favorite season and why? Spring, I love the weather and all the new life.
10.  What was your first ever job? A waitress
11.  What is your favorite teaching memory? Teaching my 6th graders about the Holocaust and taking a field trip to Tulsa to the museum. 

11 Questions for my nominees:
1.   What is your favorite subject to teach?
2.    Did you always want to teach?
3.    What is your favorite hobby?
4.    What is the best workshop you have ever attended? 
5.     Where would you like to go if you could go anywhere?
6.      Do you like sports, and if so which ones?
7.     Do you shop Black Friday or Cyber Monday?
8.    How many recipes do you actually make that you pin on pinterest?
9.    What is the best motivator that you use in your classroom?
10. What is your favorite game to play with your class?
11.   What is your favorite quote?

Blogs I am Nominating:
1. Fashion Craze Learning Days
2. First Grade Journal
3. A Journey in First!
4. Apple Blossoms
5. First Grade Critter Cafe
6. First Grade Fairy Magic
7. Frogs and First Graders
8. I'm Not your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher
9. Owl Inspire You
10. The Wise Owl
11. The Fabulous First Grade

11 Questions from Colleen
1.  What is your favorite subject to teach? Reading
2.  Favorite holiday tradition? Rosh Hashanna
3.  Favorite book to read to your class? I Ain't Gonna Paint No More
4.  Favorite guilty pleasure reality show? Teen Mom
5.  Favorite movie? Pretty Woman
6.  What is your best childhood memory? Every memory when my momma was alive
7.  What is your least favorite household chore? Folding laundry
8.  What are you afraid of? Snakes!
9.  Salty or sweet? Sweet
10.  Where is your ideal vacation spot? I really want to go to Israel!
11.  What sparked your interest in blogging? I wanted to join a community of motivated and dedicated teachers, and thought this would be a great way to share my ideas and learn!

Here are 11 questions from Corrinna
1.  What do you think your main strength is as a teacher? The ability to teach to a variety of levels.
2.  What do you think your weakness is as a teacher? My heart.
3.  How do you balance work and family? Balance? LOL! Work sadly gets the best of me.
4.  If you could have any talent (that you don't have), what would it be? To sing
5.  How long have you been blogging? Just started in August:)
6.  What made you decide to start blogging? I wanted to share my ideas and grow as a teacher:)
7.  How many hours, on average, do you spend each day devoted to your job? at least 85
8.  Do you have a hobby or what do you do to relax? Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Crochet
9.  What is your favorite word work activity? The pom poms that You posted on your blog!
10.How do you use technology in the classroom? I use the smart board mostly, I need more work in this area.
11.How often do you cook during the week? twice

Questions from Dawn:
1. Why did you become a teacher? This is what I was born to do:)
2. If you weren't a teacher, what profession would you have choosen? Once I wanted to work in an office, I sometimes think about forensics
3. How long have you been teaching? 7 years
4. What has been your favorite thing about blogging? Meeting all the awesome teachers!
5. What is your favorite holiday? Thanksgiving
6. If you had more time in a day, what would you do with that time? Create more things for my classroom.
7. If you had any amount of money, what would you buy for your clasroom? I would buy a subscrition to Reading Eggs for my classroom.
9. Where do you like to shop? Kohls
10. What is your favorite travel destination? San Antonio
11. Do you have a favorite shoe to teach in? My black comfy ones!

Ok, folks that was so much fun! Thank you everyone!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sight Word Strategies Linky

Hello everyone! I know I already posted about my new sight words game, but then I came across this awesome linky party. And well, since I am always a day late...I just re-posted. Is this against blogging rules? I am not wanting to be turned in to the blogger police, or have any instructional criticism. LOL!
Did I ever tell you I ramble? Meanwhile back at the linky...

Teacher to the Core
I introduce 5 new words every week. I have index card cut in half and hole punched. Each child gets 5 cards. We write our new words together and place them on a ring. Each child has their own set. Oh, I forgot we number these cards, and during random times carefully planned times, I say get out your word rings and I call out a number. The students race to find that number and the first one that finds the number stands up. I call on the student who must read the word correctly. The kids love this. This is just one of the many things I do with our sight word rings.Here is a glimplse of the sight words "I have. Who has?" game I have at my store.

Ok, that's all folks!
Don't forget to check out Teacher to the Core! Have a great night!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Election Day, Literacy First Freebie

Hi everyone! I was gone at a STAR meeting on Tuesday, so my kiddos had to wait for my return to vote. we had an awesome time! I used the book Duck for President by Doreen Cronin and an awesome packet that I purchased from
You have to check her out she is amazing! Here are a few pics of my kiddos and the rest of elementary. Yes, we invited K-6 and they came! We then announced the winner the next day during Rise and Shine. It was so much fun.

Now, don't laugh too hard at my ceilings, or dungeon like classroom. It is very old  historic, and crammed full of common core curriculum, and I am learning how to make the best of it!
Character Traits
Awesome graphs from packet!

2nd Grade
Our booths
Kindergarten Voted

Are you still reading? LOL! I also have been working on sight word cards for Literacy First List A and B. I am at a Dibels school, but Dibels doesn't teach sight words, and I love Lit.First. So, I made the I have___, who has___?cards. Anyone out there teach Literacy first and need List A and B? If so visit my store and get them! And as always, the first 2 to comment and leave their email can have them for free! 
Visit my store

Saturday, November 3, 2012

It's Currently Time!

It's Currently time! I am always excited about Currently! I almost have the thing down, almost. As you can see by my currently, I still need some work. LOL
 she is fabulous to always have this fun monthly get together! Check her out!
Here is my currently!
I am laying around, and loving it! I can hear the wind chimes blowing, and it reminds me of when I was a little girl staying the night at  my granny's house. What memories! I love the sound. And I don't have those little bitty cute ones, oh no! I have a set my great grandpa made from leftover welding stuff! I will have to post a pic, some of you might get a kick out of them.:)
I really need a real vacation. Not just a day off, ya know? A real one, where I can have fun and cast all my worries away for 1-2 weeks. Is there such a vacation? I would really love to visit Israel...maybe someday.
Last time, I wanted a personal secretary (I noticed Farley wanted one this time;)). I am not loving my dirty messy cluttered house. There are only 3 of us here (my daughter and grandbaby moved, tear...) and we are never here, but somehow the house gets messy. Maybe it's my 12 year old dog, Coco
 does she look guilty to you?

So, again I am really needing/wanting a clean house, but never have the time because I am so busy. My hubby thinks I could give up: stalking blogging, gossiping facebook, shopping pinterest, and you get the picutre. but he jusst doesn't get it! Gotta love him! For songs, right now we are in the God Bless the USA fix. My kids and I sing it like we are in concert. They are so cute!

Enjoy! Don't forget to link up and remember the rule of 3:)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Spelling Centers Freebies! 20 followers!

Last night I was working hard on finding things for my math centers, and well. I just found the cutest things for my spelling centers. Hmm. How did that happen? I think of it as a blessing. I can use more of everything anyways:)
So anyways... I found a Word Worth activity for word work, and I thought hmmm, this really goes with my whole behavior management. We can do this! So I grabbed the free Word Worth document that was posted on
(or you can get it here)and then created a spelling page recording sheet. Now, I am going to be honest- I have not tried this yet, but I think it's gonna work. Then I was like, what else can they do? So, I decided that they could count the number of letters and tally them. Pretty basic compared to the Word Worth, but still this will keep them engaged just a tad longer. So I created a recording sheet for that. I was on a roll! I found an awesome already made Secret Code Spelling! You can get it by visiting
Mrs. Gilchrist's Class. (I tried to grab her button, but it wouldn't let me:( )So, then you guessed it, I made my own recording sheet. I did try this today, and it was a huge hit! The kids worked hard and kept telling me, wow! spelling was fun today:) So, I am giving you all 3 recording sheets, to celebrate having 20 followers! Thank you all so much!
Spelling Tallies
 Fonts are by ccteachfirst.blogspot, and owl graphics are by Graphics From the Pond http://frompond.blogspot.com
Freebie Fridays

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Indicator 9

I am totally really in to working on my portfolio! I hope it lasts for 19 more indicators! Here is how I am documenting the use of Bloom's. Now, I do so much more than just this one small visual. But how oh how do I document everything? I needed a starting place and well. This was my first venture. I hope someone will chime in and give my nice friendly blog world criticism. I would rather hear from here first!

So this is the cover for indicator 9

And this is what it looks like when you turn the page :)

The pic doesn't show so I added it for you to see:)

This is just one example of how I use Bloom's questioning techniques in my class. This is for the story The Big Circle in our Reading Street. I know we are all using strategies and questions, but man oh man when it come to proving it! Wow. 'Nuff said! 
Good night all!


Hello everyone!
The Oklahoma Teach & Leader Effectiveness evaluation system does make provisions for teachers! Yay! It is not mandatory, just if you need  want to document how you are reaching the indicators, because you have worked so very hard at what you create in the classroom and are proud of it.

Ok, really. I need to get over it. This is just part of my growing. This is a good thing. Look at what it has inspired me to do. OK, I do feel better. This is going to be positive, even though I am up at 11:30 on fall break working on this. At least it will be done!
I went to wally world and got this cute little binder!
Then I created these cute little performance indicators cover pages (just like in college)
Now, I am adding artifacts and justification statements. Not sure if I need to justify. I am doing this online at oktle.org as well. But, you know us teachers-we are trained to document! If you live in Oklahoma, and are paranoid like me interested. You can get them at My TPT store!
Have a great night!
I also, just figured how to add pics from my camera, give me time I am overworked! LOL!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I have been Boo'd, and I am so excited!!!


 A few days ago one of my idols (Kathy) from First Grade a la Carte  posted on her blog about this fun linky party sponsored by Cynthia from the 2nd Grade Pad! So, I was thinking awwe! How fun. I sure hope next year I have enough blog friends to play. It looks so fun! Last night I did not have time to check out anything, so today when I signed on to start creeping on all my fellow bloggers--I was so happily surprised to see that  Mrs. Kim Ziliak from Literacy Sundae with Common Core on Top Boo'd me!
So I was saying I got Boo'd!
hubby: by who honey
me: my friend Kim Ziliak (remember I am in first grade we are friends as soon as we meet)
hubby: baby, I don't remember her. What happened? Why is she mad at you?
Well really I didn't bother explaining, I just said it's a good thing and he just zoned back into the rain delay ballgame. I love my hubby. But he just doesn't get it...
Meanwhile back at the ranch..
Literacy Sundae 
You just have to check out Kim's blog. She is just getting started but, wow she is amazing! Her room is amazing, and the sport's theme is amazing! I want to be in her class! 

I would love for you all to check out Debbie at
She is absolutely wonderful. I have one of her books and it is wonderful! I like the word "wonderful" tonight:)

 It was super hard to find any of my followers that has about the same number of followers as me, because I have been blessed with awesome blog friends that have several followers! So, I chose Evelyn from
First Grade Fairy Magic
and I have no followers with less than me, so I chose my newest follower who has an amazing blog, Heather
 The Wild Rumpus

Please check out these ladies, they are the sweetest and friendliest ladies. And they are my new friends. 
Good night All! Thanks so much for visiting!
Oh! And Congrats to
Photobucket on reaching 100 followers! She is hosting an awesome giveaway celebration!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Currently October

Last night after coming off my celebrity status ;) I liked with Currently. I did Farley's rule of 3. Yep, life is good. But, did I blog it and actually do the currently? NO! So...

My husband is amazing! I could never fall asleep during one of my Flip This House episodes and wake up knowing all the highlights. Nope not me, but he sleeps the entire game and somehow knows all the stats and can wake up instantly if something "happens". Wish this works when I am telling him all about my day, or about my conversations.
I had the most awesome day at school today! My children where wonderful, they are so precious! We had a field trip 30 miles to and from, and we packed our library books and word rings and were off. They read and practiced HFW all the way there and back. 
I want to be a better teacher. Who doesn't? I wish I could be fun and bubbly all day. I really envy all of you who are. Like really... I would even take a pill if it would give me bubblyness.
Today was day 2 of my workout. I really want a hot caramel Sundae (notice I misspelled it in the pic and am too lazy tired to fix it).
Secretary well check out the typo it sums it all up
Book thingy.. I really want to read more. I think about it. I spend a lot of time reading those awesome children's books and thinking of ways to inspire my kiddos, so who has time to read a grown up book?
That's all folks!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


I am so excited!! I made my first sale on TPT! Now, this wasn't one of those "I can quit my day job" type things, but man was it uplifting!
So, I have been saying things like-how can I make my store better, and what should I upload tonight, what would they like... yes this kind of celebrity thing  goes right to my head. Ok, my hubby and daughter said, "Why do you keep calling it a store? and how much did you make?" Screech  Pause in happy dance.
Me, proudly: It is my teachers pay teachers store
them: a store is like WalMart
Me: Ok
Them: How much did you make?
Me: I made the item for my classroom and have used it numerous times..
Them: how much?
Me: Like I said I have used it numerous times, and someone thought enough of my work to pay a dollar for it.
Them: ROFL seriously, they were.

They were nice later, but you know what? I am still on cloud nine, because I really make things like that all the time, and am just now starting out. I am not Deanna Jump, even though I do dream about meeting her as we shop in our stores.
I have another thing to be happy about- I have 11 followers!! Yay me! How many people can say that they go to work and are greeted with smiles and hugs, and when they leave at the end of the day are given more hugs? And then come home and sign in to blogger and find a new friend? I am so happy!
Does anyone out there have advice on adding artifacts to the OK TLE? I feel like I really need to build my portfolio.
Good night everyone!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Give Aways

There are amazing giveaways going on! So I thought I would share there awesomeness here:)
1st check out this massive give away
The Wise Owl Massive Give away

Next 50 follower celebration with Lakeshore gift card,

Owl Inspire You

And at TBA 
TBA Gifts galore

If you find more let me know and I will update this post! Have a great night!
Found another one:)
Flying into First Grade

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Math Center Dice Activities

I have been so busy and really going crazy!! Cheerleading is so dramatic lively! I just added my Dice math activities to TPT I hope you will check them out! The First 2 people to leave a comment and an email will get them free!
Funny story: One of my sweet and dear coworkers was rushing to me with something to tell me
Her: did you see on MSN where that teacher has made thousands of dollars on TPT? It made me think of you :)

Me: No, I didn't see that but wow! Thank you!

In my head: Think of me?? I just started, you are so sweet! I am still in the stick figure stage!

Fun Dice Math
Anyway, for those of you who like stick figures please check it out and let me know what you think:)

Also, for any of you who use the french fry words here is a freebie for cvc words! Hope you like it!
I was going to add pics of my kids using this activity, but then days turned to weeks, and I really wanted to share it with you before the school year was over. I use yellow craft sticks and sponges and have vowels on some and consonants on the other. Have a great night!
French Fry Words