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:)