Friday, July 11, 2014

You Ought to Know About....No more spiral drama

I’m linking up with Buzzing with Ms. McClain to share some helpful ideas, strategies and projects that teacher’s ought to know about.

Today I'm going to talk to you about how to avoid Spiral Drama!!!!  I don’t know about you guys but my kids love taking the spiral coil out of their spirals which of course causes their spirals to come completely apart.  Last year I tried buying a class set of the composition books so that I could avoid the drama with the spiral all together but they cost so much more than the spirals. This year I was able to get a class set of 17 spirals for a little over 2 dollars versus paying 50 cents for 1 comp book. 

With that savings I was able to buy some decorative duck tape and VOILA! 

Just one strip of duck tape practically turns your spiral into a comp book!  Now my students can’t take the coils out and I won’t have any more Spiral Drama! 

I hope you guys can use this idea in your classrooms!  Check out the other bloggers in the You Ought to Know Blog Hop!

Monday, June 30, 2014

July Currently!

It can not be July already!  I guess it must be so because the hubs and I are planning our anniversary weekend and Farley's July currently is up.  So while I have some alone time at my computer I shall entertain you guys with my currently list.

Listening:  I'm currently listening to my daughter ask me questions so she can try to stay up longer than she's supposed too!  Of course mommy does not play that!

Loving:  This summer I've been on a dress kick for some reason.  Usually I try my best to stay away from them but lately I've been in nothing but dresses and couldn't be more happier.  I've found tons that will be perfect paired up with a cute cardigan for back to school.

Thinking: I've been thinking way too hard about what I'm going to get the mister for our anniversary.  He's the type who never wants anything which makes it super hard to figure out what he wants.  So far I've narrowed it down to some new coaching gear since he coaches a lil league football team or some Ray Ban glasses both of which I think he would love and tell me to take back because he doesn't want anything.

Wanting:  My husband has surprised me with a brand new rocking chair for my classroom for our anniversary.  So I would love for the one and only Laurie Cole of Laurie Cole designs to paint my rocking chair for me.  She made my teacher sign for me when I started teaching and I get nothing but compliments when people see it.  

Needing:  I so need to finish cleaning all the closets in my house so I can donate all the goodies we don't wear and need to make space for everything else.  

4th plans:  We're going to enjoy fireworks, BBQ, and enjoy our anniversary!  

Well that's all for me.  I hope you all have a safe and fun fourth!


Friday, June 20, 2014

Five for Friday

As you can see I've been absent from my blog for almost a year. Yikes!!!! So today I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to give you my 5  for Friday.  If you follow my instagram then you might have seen me talk about some of these projects this week.
Since school has been out I've taken on coaching and being team mom of  my daughter's cheerleading squad!  I never thought this is what I would be doing over my summer break but it's been nice to focus on something other than work for a change. Anyway one of my first task as cheer mom/coach was to make my cheer bows for my girlies.  I absolutely love how they turned out!

 I've been searching pinterest day and night and found the most adorable cheerleading t shirt. You've might have seen this on pinterest in black and pink but of course I had to get it made in our colors. Go Broncos!  My girls were so excited to  receive these shirts and they looked too stinkin cute with their bows.

My last cheerleading project of this week was making water jugs for the girls.  It gets super hot in Texas during football season so it was a no brainer that every girl needed one.  But of course me being who I am I just had to add some flare to them.  So far I've finished 3 out of 11.  This project may take a couple of days.

This week I've been getting my workout on with my girl Jillian Michaels with her awesome workout Dvds and doing some Zumba.  

Since I'm moving with my kiddies to 3rd next year I have been going thru all of the new TEKS for my grade level and jotting some ideas for future projects for my students in my EC planner.  
I have officially completed my first 5 for Friday.  Hope you guys go link up over at Doodle Bugs Teaching

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The BTS13 Sale is here!

Well almost..and I can't wait!  I have been adding things to my wishlist like crazy so I could snag them during the sale.  Here's a look at some of the items I plan to purchase tomorrow...

1. Interactive Reading Notebook and Language Notebook  by. Nicole Shelby @

I think these two journals will be a great tool for my students to use during their reading and  language arts block. Plus I love how organized they are.

2.  Sticky Note Reading Skills and Sticky Note Reading strategies by. Leanne Prince @

I used tons of sticky notes during my reading block last year with the kids and never thought about incorporating them into their own graphic organizers! Loving these two!

Well those are some of the things that I will be shopping for tomorrow.  

make sure you guys check out my 3 most wish listed items in my store for a chance to snag them pretty cheap!

1. Most wish listed item! Math Interactive Journal Kit

2. Accomplishment Badges 

3. Back to School Math Centers

Well I'm off to check out some more products for tomorrow.  I can't wait to see what all you guys get!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Meet the teacher linky

Let's get this party started!

1.  If you've been following my blog then you know that my husband is currently deployed in Afghanistan right now.  This is our 2nd deployment together the first was 4 years ago while I was pregnant with my daughter.  He was scheduled to come home for 2 weeks around my due date but my daughter had other plans and decided to surprise us by coming  2 weeks early so my husband coached me threw the delivery on the phone and was able to come home 3 days later.  This time he is working straight threw so no visits until the end of his deployment :(

2.  I have 2 amazing kiddos!  My daughter who is 4 and my 11 month old son.  These two keep me on my toes!  

3.  I love music!  I'm currently rocking Bruno Mars (which is awesome) and Maroon 5 (love me some Adam).  If you were to open my cd case you would be surprised at how much I love country music! Some of my favorite artist are Lady A, Luke Bryan, and  Carrie Underwood.

4.  This will be my 4th year teaching.  I've taught 1st grade 1 year and 2nd grade for 3.  I also teach in the same district that I went to as a kid.  My assistant principal was my 7th grade ELA teacher!

5.  I was a assistant Child Care Director for 5 years before I started teaching in the school district that I work for.

6.  I hate change! I really do!  That's why I don't think I could ever transfer campuses or districts (too stressful).

7.  I can't stand sliced cheese on sandwiches but love cheeseburgers (weird)!  My husband thinks it's a brain thing.  We even tried melting the cheese on a sandwich and it was a no go.  Which is why I tend to stay away from subway.  No fun ordering a sandwich with only meat and bread:(

8.  I have a dog named Izzy that my husband surprised me with when we were dating 6 years ago.  Love this girl!  

9.  I have the tendency to look mad when I'm perfectly happy.  I think I got this from my mom because people say the same thing about her.  So I usually get the "are you ok"? speech sometime during the day because people think I'm upset.  I promise you I smile and laugh all the time!

10.  The last and final tidbit about me is that I have the worst sleeping schedule ever!  I usually don't go to sleep until 3 in the morning.  For some reason I get all of my ideas in a.m.  One year I was so out of sync that I slept during the day and was awake all night.  

Well I hope you have learned a little more about me!  I report back to work on Thursday for inservice so I'm off to finish up some cutting.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August Currently

 August Currently

 Listening:   to my daughter splash and sing in the tub while Sprouts is playing in the background.

Loving:   all of the projects me and my husband got done before left on his tour. We replaced the carpet with hard wood floors, tore out the old counters and replaced them with granite and now I'm painting the house before I head back to school.  I could have been done already but I can't decide on a darn color!

Thinking:  As always I'm thinking about my husband until he arrives home safely from serving overseas. 

Wanting:  I hope my husband is reading this ;)  I would really like a housekeeper so that I can take at least one task off my to do list when I go back to work.  This summer has been super stressful trying to take care of everything while my husbands away. I usually don't get to clean clean until the kids are asleep.  I have no clue how I will manage it when I have papers to grade, plans to write and conferences to attend.

Needing:  I really need some new shoes for work!  I finished the year with my pregnancy shoes because my feet had grew a size while pregnant but now all of them are way tooooooo big! 

B2S must haves:  
1.  New wardrobe - I'm a thick girl so I love shopping at lane Bryant, Macys, and Old Navy for cute B2S attire.

2.  Healthy Snack stash - I know all of us are guilty of knowing a teacher that has a stash of candy and grabbing a couple of pieces on a stressful day.  One year I made a dum dum tree and I kid you not I gave out more dum dums to teachers than my students because they were always on the hunt for sugar. This year I promised myself that I would pack healthy snacks that wouldn't tip the scale.  if you guys have any good suggestions I'd love to hear them in the comments below;)

3.  Lastly a water tumbler and coffee mug!  I've been on the hunt for cute and durable ones because I always break them or loose them.  

Well that's it for me.  I'm off to enjoy my limited days of late night Netflix movies before I have that pesky 5 o'clock alarm ringing in my ear again. I don't report back until the 15th what about you?

Oh' boy fourth grade

Thursday, July 25, 2013

BTS 2013

Well it's here BTS 2013 is in full swing and the teacher and mother side of me are going crazy!  My daughter is starting Pre-K this year!  I swear it was just yesterday that my husband and I brought her home from the hospital.  I was so surprised to get the call a few days ago that a spot became open in the dual language program in our district and my daughter was first on the list.  So that means that my daughter will somewhat be bilingual when she graduates from high school!  Is that cool or what?  Does your district offer dual language? I will be teaching 2nd grade dual language this year and I'm eager to get started.  Anyway with that being said the mother in me went crazy and bought my girly tons of school clothes.  Here's a look at some of her goodies.

On another note I told you the teacher side of me is acting just as crazy.  Here are some of the steals I scored during BTS2013.

I got tons of baskets, markers, post-its, glue etc alot of which aren't pictured.  To top that I finally broke down and got the rolling cart you see in most teachers rooms only because it was 70% off at Michaels last week! Finally I think every teacher needs these two little bottles from BBW somewhere in their room for those days that nothing seems to be going right or when you need a energy boost.

On another note I finally finished my BTS2013 math centers.
 I plan to use them to assess my students math abilities and to help
 me group them for guided math rotations the first few weeks of school. The unit features place value, problem solving, measurement, addition/subtraction facts up to 20 and more!

 In honor of BTS2013 this unit is on sale until midnight est!  

I'll even give out a free copy to the first 2 people to leave a comment on my blog!

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