Saturday, May 24

Ten Things This Summer

Well, summer has officially begun for me. I'm taking a few days to relax and catch up on much needed sleep, then I'll hopefully start tackling some of my to-do list.

10. Spend extra time with family, including a possible trip with my sweet mama to visit my brother near Atlanta.
9. Read some professional and non-professional books. I already have 5-6 in my pile!
8. Clean and organize my craft room. This would also include sorting through and donating clothes I don't really wear anymore.
7. Paint, redo some cabinets, and freshen up our kitchen with my mama.
6. Survive my first summer of teaching summer school. It should be fun. I hope it's fun.
5. Watch some of my favorite shows, like Pretty Little Liars and Bones and The Bachelorette.
4. Sort through and organize some of the stuff in the garage that we haven't gone through since we moved into our house a year and a half ago.
3. Spend more time with some of my sweet friends.
2. Organize my classroom and better prepare for next school year.
1. Relax and catch up on sleep.

What are your plans for the summer? 

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Wednesday, May 14

Wordless Wednesday

Hello, friends!

I have seen all these fun Wednesday posts each week, linking to Miss DeCarbo's blog, and decided to join you all for the first time this week!

These fun posters have been hanging in the hallway the last few weeks. My kids made them in Art. Some of them were just hilarious. I took pictures of 4 of my favorites to share with you all.


bakery, quick trip, hamburger, mcdonalds 
Why DID the chicken cross the road?

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Friday, May 9

I Survived Field Trip #2 {Five for Friday}

We went to Cowtown!
We toured and explored a farm set up like in the 1880s. 
Our tour guide was great about teaching the boys and girls 
what their chores would be if they lived during that time. 

This wagon would be hooked up to a saw or other tool. 
The kids are pretending to be two horses, powering the "treadmill." 

Part of farm life is taking care of the animals. 
Chickens were probably taken care of by the girls. 

We also got to tour the inside of the farm house. 
Looks a lot different than we're used to!

We walked across the street to the Botanica Gardens
This was a little hard for my kids to handle.
Stay on the path?! Don't trample the plants?! What?!
Very lovely place to visit, but we might not go there again...

Our Mother's Day gifts...
The cosmos never flowered. Hopefully the kids take care 
of them at home and get to see them flower!
On the inside of our cards, we wrote sentences like, 
"Thank you for..." or "You're the best mom because..."

Whew! I don't know about you, but I'm thankful for this weekend! I'm exhausted!
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Wednesday, May 7

Informational Book Reports

I wanted to share a neat idea a teacher in my hallway 
used for a 3rd grade reading MTSS (RTI) group.

First, the students chose an animal to study. 
Then, they researched the animal, using appropriately leveled books and websites. 
They kept track of the important information on index cards. 

To publish their research, they created these fun file folder book reports. 
I love that they cut the folder to make pictures and facts pop up. 

The third graders did a great job!
The teacher displayed them for people to walk by and look at, like an animal museum.

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Monday, May 5

SLANT Box Revealed!

Quick side note, friends, before I begin. Is it strange that I have "I'm a Barbie girl in a Barbie world" stuck in my head? We had a musical (singing and dancing) performance this afternoon by a group from a local community college. Awesome! Turns out our Asst. Principal was a part of it at one time and even sang a song for us with them. Anyway, they sang (and danced) to that song. Stuck in my head!

I love participating in Jameson's SLANT boxes. What a great idea this was!

I loved April's theme, too. I met Clementine last year and used The Talented Clementine as a read aloud for my second graders. She is such a fun character! I decided Lacey from The Fabulous Life of an Elementary Teacher needed to meet Clementine too. She sent me the sweetest email after she received her box, so I hope she's enjoying all her goodies! :o)

Friday, I excitedly received my box from Martha from 2 Smart Wenches. She discovered that I crave mystery and crime novels, so she thought I should give The Thirteenth Tale a try. You better believe I'll be digging into that book this summer... maybe even sooner. (I have a road trip to Colorado coming up soon when we go to a dear friend's wedding.) In case that wasn't enough, she also gave me a couple books to share with the kids as we are getting ready for summer, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell and The Night Before Summer Vacation. The kids will LOVE them! Kansans don't get very much beach experience naturally. I'm sure you can understand!

She also sent me a neat ceramic yellow jar... I'm picturing white daisies sitting in it to brighten up my teacher's desk! ... a fun sign for my room and sticky notes. I love sticky notes! I'm a list maker. I use sticky notes all... the... time! Fabulous. Martha also rightfully wanted me to be prepared for summer so she sent me an emory board set and some fun straws for fun summer drinks.

How kind is Martha! I'm so thankful for the wonderful box she sent me. Thank you so much, Martha, for your kindness and thoughtfulness! It is SO appreciated!

Have a terrific Tuesday, friends!
And happy teacher day!

Be proud of all you do for those young friends that spend each day with you! You matter to them.

And you matter to me! I love this awesome teacher community we have online.

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Saturday, May 3

Winner and a Few Other Things...

I have a winner! Thank you to everyone who participated. I also really appreciated the comments of ideas for the end-of-year activities.

Congratulations, Lisa! Please look for my email today.

We have chrysalids! I even took a video on Thursday after school of one of our caterpillars working on his chrysalis. If you look closely, you can see that the naughty caterpillars ate almost all of the white paper up at the top that they were supposed to attach to. Instead, they attached to the plastic lid. Silly things. I'll just have to attach the plastic lid to the side of my butterfly habitat. Here's the link (or you can click on my picture), if you want to check out that video I took. They sure do dance around!

Finally, next week is a special one for teachers. In celebration, Teachers Pay Teachers is having it's annual sale. Be sure to check it out and get rid of some of your wishlists.

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This afternoon, my husband and I are going to watch the new Spider-Man movie. I love superhero movies! Enjoy your weekend, friends!

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Friday, May 2

A Kansas Field Trip {Five on a Friday}

I'm exhausted!
I made sure to wear my pedometer today on the field trip. Over 10,000 steps.
Wow! No wonder I'm so tired.

We went to Prairie Rose today. Pretty much our whole school did. It was a behavior incentive trip. The kids had to earn enough punches on their Panther card to go.

It was a really neat field trip because we were learning about the way Kansas used to be when there were cowboys and chuck wagons and teepees. Our kids got to...

line dance,

ride in a wagon, 

try out the rope,

do an obstacle course, and

shoot an old gun.

I'm so glad it was such a beautiful day. Warm with a little breeze. Now I get to manage a little bit of a sunburn on my face. Great day with the kids!

In case you didn't know, I have a giveaway that ends soon. It's my first one. Check it out!

Happy weekend! 

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