Welcome to my blog:) Since I am so far away from my friends and family, I want to keep you updated on the fun and trials of my new job. Thank you to everyone for your support, encouragement, and the tips/ideas you may offer!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Unwritten Curriculum

I'm linking up with Karla at Life In Special Education for a Linky Party all about the things we teach our kids that are not covered on the standardized tests....Karla has mentioned so many true ones, but I have just a few to add.

1.   Not to get upset when we lose a game
2.   Putting a puzzle together (flip over all pieces, put outside pieces together first, then match colors)
3.   Standing in one spot when we brush our teeth
4.   Using paperclips and rubber bands
5.   Swearing and hitting do not solve our problems
6.   Ignore other people who are not following directions
7.   Washing hands multiple times a day
8.   Plugging in electrical items
9.   Turning on a computer
10. Using the proper amount of glue
11. Not tearing apart almost complete projects when one thing goes wrong

Not to mention all the academic skills the students some how missed that need to be taught before you can teach what the other students are working on (like counting to 5s must be mastered before learning to tell time to the nearest 5 minutes).  But when a student is in 3rd grade, you don't always know (immediately) that the reason they can't tell time is because they can't count by 5s.

Patience. Patience. Patience.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Freebie Friday - Sight Words

I am beginning to celebrate spring in my classroom:)  To make things a little bit brighter and cheerier I have created this game full of sunshine and flowers for practicing sight words.  Thank you to Michelle, The 3 AM Teacher, for her boarders and graphics!  She has totally awesome clip art, and if you haven't checked it out, do it, STAT!

Flower Sight Word Game


Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
Now I'm linking up with Classroom Freebies to share this on Manic Monday:-D

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Scavenger Hunt

This post is a wee bit late, but I wanted to put it in print because I loved the activity!

Before and after Easter, my students practiced their counting skills by doing an egg hunt.  In each egg I had counted out beans for the students to count, and then they wrote the number they counted on their paper.

To help myself, I wrote a letter on each egg, and made a cheat sheet with how many beans were in each egg, identified by the letter on the egg.

Each kid started with 2 eggs to hide.  Then they returned to the table, and I instructed them to find just 1 egg.  After finding one egg they returned to the table, opened their egg, counted the beans, and wrote down their number.  Then they hid their egg, found a new one, and started the process over.  

It was sooo cute!  They loved it!  Here are the children in the Library hiding and hunting for eggs:)

If you have ideas of how to make it a little less Easter-y, so it can be used year round let me know:)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Techno Tuesday

The 3 AM Teacher is having an awesome linky party to give her followers the opportunity to suggest different tech-y things we would like to learn how to do! How awesome! I'm so excited to learn more tech-y things:-D

Here is what I would like to learn my own discovery or with a little nudge from someone who has already done it:)

1.  How do you host a linky party?
2.  How do you make a picture into a link?
3.  How do I make a way cuter button than I already have?
4.  How do you make add to and save a picture/document like Farley's Currently linkys?  Mine was a complete fail:(

Thank you for all your help Michelle!  I can't wait to learn some new tech-y stuff!


This blog post is dedicated to my past, present, future, and potential employers:)

It isn't just about going to school or work for the rest of my life.  I enjoy teaching.  I enjoy creating fun little activities for my students to continue learning in a fun way.  I enjoy the challenge of trying to solve problems in the classroom (how to help students grasp difficult subjects or solve chronic behavior problems).  Teaching is more than just my job.  It is my hobby, and that is where blogging comes in.

I created this blog almost 2 years ago when I began teaching as a way to keep my (far away) family and friends updated on my classroom activities.  Since I began my blog it has evolved.  My friends and family still check out my blog, but I have also acquired a new audience, fellow teachers.  About 9 months ago, I discovered that there were a TON of other teachers out there blogging about their classrooms.  Some of these bloggers shared behavior management tips and tricks, others shared technology ideas, and some generous bloggers shared items/games/worksheets that they created for their own classrooms.

In the last 9 months I have begun blogging with a new audience in mind.  I enjoy sharing in other teachers happy teaching moments and helping them brain storm to solve current difficulties (what to do when a student just will not be quiet or sit down or raise their hand or can't grasp multiplication...etc.).

I hope everyone that comes across my blog leaves with a smile, a new idea, or a resource they can use in  their classroom. Thank you for stopping by to take a peak at my blog:)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I've Been Tagged

Valerie over at All Students Can Shine tagged me in 10 Questions:)

Since I was already tagged (check out my answers to my other questions), I'm not going to tag more people, but if you would like to answer these questions feel free:)

For my questions, I decided to go with a 'Would you rather' kinda theme! 
1. Coffee or Tea?  coffee, especially Starbucks...which I haven't had in forever because there isn't one near where I live
2. Teachers Pay Teachers or Teacher's Notebook?  I don't upload to either, but I prefer to download from TPT
3. Dog or Cats?  Cats:)
4. Summer or Winter?  SUMMER!
5. Back Pack vacation or Beach?  Beach, Toes in the water....
6. Book Reading or Blog Stalking? Blog stalking wins time wise, but I need to take more time for book reading
7. Meat or Veggies? Meatitarian
8. Married, Single, Engaged, or other? dating my boyfriend of almost 2 and a half years
9. Giveaway or Freebies? That's a toughie. I just won my first giveaway, which I was ecstatic about! But I am pretty partial to Freebies...I think it's cause you're guaranteed to get freebies.
10. Nightlight or Darkness? (don't laugh... I'm VERY afraid of the dark! lol) Darkness, except when I'm in an unfamiliar place.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lunch Bag Linky

I am really behind on this Linky Party but it has taken me this long to take pictures of my bag and lunch!!!

Here is my's a Halloween bag, but it fits all my food containers so well! AND my mommy gave it to me!

Here is a lunch of leftovers....

Here is my candy basket that I pass every morning and evening (a million times) and try not to eat 50 pieces.

Link up with 4th Grade Frolics to see more lunches and lunch bags.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tech Tuesday

My school is lucky enough to have a classroom set of iPads and one for each teacher.  It is amazing!

Here are some of my favorite apps (all free)....

Doodle Buddy - for practicing spelling words
EveryDay Math apps - addition, multiplication, fraction, subtraction, counting
iDiary - I set up a classroom diary for my students to write about field trips and things.  Then each students can sign their name at the end of their entry.  After typing their entry they can draw a picture at the bottom.
Learn Shapes by Purple-Planet - AWESOME for learning shapes
Clean Up - Helps students categorize items
Families 1 - Helps students categorize items
Kings Apps Math Flash Cards (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication) - you can choose how many problems students do, and it gives you their score!
Pandora - for listening to Disney, Kidz Bop, and Tween radio

Hope you find some new (free) apps for your students to enjoy:)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Spring Craft

One of my Para's suggested this cute idea....

1. Each student colored a spring pattern.  They were able to choose from a butterfly, flower, or lady bug.
2. Then they cut out their picture.
3. Picked a piece of construction paper.
4. Glued their picture to the construction paper.
5. Cut around the construction paper.


Then the hard part, I took all their pictures, resized them, printed them, glued them on, and then had each picture laminated.  But I love the way they turned out!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sharing is Caring - Technology

Technology is becoming a bigger and bigger part of our classrooms. I don't know about you, but I always like to see what other teachers are doing in their classroom.  Today I'm sharing a Linky party to find more ways to use technology in your classroom:-D

 My FAVORITE website to use is  My kids LOVE IT!  They know they are helping others, and they love to see how much they are helping by how much rice is in their bowl.  The more enthusiasm you put in to explaining this activity to the students the better.  I use it for multiplication practice for 3rd grade.  A friend of mine uses it in 2nd grade for addition/subtraction practice (under "Basic Math (Pre-Algebra)") and she restarts the level when it begins to get too difficult for her students.  You could use it for Vocabulary as part of Daily 5.  A 4th grade teacher I know uses any subject for a fun brain break when her students have a short break.  There are so many options for your classroom with this website!

Find out other ways I use Computers in my classroom. 

Now go and link up with The Hands-On Teacher for more tech ideas for your classroom:)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Win a Document Camera

Rachel over at Ms. Rachel's Room is having a giveaway for a DOCUMENT CAMERA!  Be sure to hope on over to Ms. Rachel's Room and check it out:)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Funny Friday

Yesterday I had a few kids in my room working when one of them shouted out, 'UGH! A beetle just came out of my nose!!' With a quick glance, I thought it looked an awful lot like a louse. As I'm only in my second year of teaching and I've already gotten lice once, which is more than enough! So I ran for the tape to trap that sucker, and my student started to bring it toward my desk. On the way over it was dropped on the carpet. It was all I could do to prevent myself from screaming, 'There's a louse on the loose!' After doing the 'he-be-ge-be' dance and searching unsuccessfully for this bug I tracked down the nearest container of Lysol and a vacuum. This quick cleaning eased my mind a bit. Needless to say, I don't think the bug came out of the kids nose, but rather fell off their head or clothes. But this was by far my favorite quote this week! 'UGH! A beetle just came out of my nose!!'

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


I am linking up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade for her monthly currently linky party.  Just for fun:)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tech Tuesday

I am blessed to have an interactive whiteboard, 2 lap tops, and an iPad (with another on the way) in my classroom.  I LOVE using technology in my classroom.

Just last week I had the brilliant idea to have one of my student jobs be turning on the computers.  This fulfills one of my professional development plan (PDP) goals, and it eliminates one thing I have to do in my classroom every morning.  Currently, my students keep their classroom job until I decide it's not working and something needs to be changed.  So right now, my "computer programmer" plugs the lap tops in and turns them on.

I try to use the computers on a daily basis to type spelling words and letters, use, practice reading sight words, playing rhyming games, etc.

A student using one of the lap tops in my room. 

My school is working to incorporate RtI groups at every grade level.  This is my group of kids and our Intervention Specialist's group of students working on math games.

As a Special Education teacher I work with a wide range of ability levels.  Some of the rhyming, phonics, and sight word games can be used during Daily 5.  Here are some of mine and my students' favorite online games.

Good math practice for pk-6!!
Make sure to keep scrolling for the one above! I didn't realize there were math games!
I haven't tried this one yet, but I want to soon!

Hope you find something you want to use in your classroom!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Nouns vs. Verbs

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

My kiddos need some extra practice with nouns and verbs.  So here is a freebie to help your kids practice too!

Don't forget to leave me a comment if you think you'll use it in your classroom:)

Noun or Verb Game

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sharing is Caring - Bunny time telling

Here is a super cute product I am using in my classroom this week.  It is for telling time to the hour and half hour.