Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I've Been Tagged!!

I've been tagged!! Times three!!
I was tagged by Denise over at Sunny Days
I was tagged by Jennifer over at Rowdy in First Grade
and I was tagged by Angela from The Daily Alphabet
Sooo.. prepare to read a lot about me :)
But first...here are the rules:
1. You must post the rules
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
4. Then, create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!
12 Facts About ME:
1. I want a 4 wheeler, they are sooo much fun!!
2. I love Channing Tatum and will probably spend Valentines Day watching his new movie coming out!!
3. I am obsessed with Outbacks Bloomin' Onion
4. I am totally a homebody...I could spend all weekend lounging around watching movies, catching up on tivo, hanging with my family, or getting things done around the house
5. I love shopping..and have recently purchased more boots then I know what to do with (especially since I live in South Florida)
6. I signed up for my first marathon which is in 3 weeks..not sure if I will survive..still considering switching to the half!!
7. I want to go skiing/snowboarding SO bad
8. Went to college at Auburn and LOVE everything about it!!
9. I want to move, I just don't know where!
10. I pin so many great and yummy recipes on pinterest and I have only made one thing...a salad haha
11. I lock by bedroom door at night...not sure why
12. If I even have one drink when I go out at night..I am guaranteed to lose something! I've recently lost my house key and I am currently waiting on my new debit card to be sent in the mail! So with that said...I usually skip the drinks! :)
This post needed a picture :) Here is my little sis and I at a Yankee game in the summer
Now, since I was tagged by 3 people I am going to answer 4 questions from each :)
1. What was your favorite vacation? I have 2 and they are totally different so its hard to choose...One was my families 2 week Mediterranean cruise and my favorite place was Santorini! Second, I went to Kakamega, Kenya for a mission trip that was beyond amazing!
2. What is one of your guilty pleasures? love the Bloomin' Onion from Outback like I said above and I also really like chips and queso or salsa!
3. What is your favorite drink? Diet Coke for sure
4. What subject do you like to teach the most? I like all subjects but themes...I love teaching about insects for some reason even though I DESPISE them!
5. If you were not a teacher, what would you be? I've always wanted to be a teacher so this is a hard one..maybe work at an adoption agency or something totally different and be an interior decorator.
6. If there was one thing you wished you were allowed to do in your classroom, what would it be? Hang things from the ceiling!! and take a nap :)
7. Where do you want to be in 3 years? I hope that within the next 3 years I have a guy in my life :) I also wouldn't mind moving.
8. What will you do this weekend? This weekend is one of my good friends birthdays. Friday we are going down to the beach and then going to a country club for some line dancing haha. Then, Saturday I need to clean my house and I am babysitting at night. Sunday I am hoping to got out for a day in the sun on a friends boat!
9. If you won a million dollars in the lottery today, where would you shop first? I would buy a new car! I am driving my same civic from when I was 16
10. Are you married and do you have kids? Not married and don't have kids.  Hopefully God has both of those in His plan for me!
11. If you didn't live in your current city where would you like to live? Maybe in Atlanta or somewhere in Texas?
12. Do you have any fun vacations planned? I am going to Austin, TX in 3 weeks to run my race, I am going to Savanna, GA for St. Pattys Day, my family has a mountain house in NC so I will be there soon..can't wait, I have a wedding in the keys and a bachlorette in Nashville...YIKES so much coming up! And I think my family may be planning a trip to Ireland to see family that I have never met!
Now, no pressure to answer the questions if I tag you, but I love reading about all my fellow bloggers! To keep this post a little shorter, just answer the questions that I did above :)
Tag You're It!!
Lauryn from Paste and Pearls

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Non-Fiction Writing

The students have been doing AMAZING in non-fiction writing this week.  On Monday we made a KWL chart for Black Bears, Tuesday we did Polar Bears, and today we did Grizzly Bears.  Each day for writing they have to write 2 facts they learned.  They are allowed to use the KWL chart for reference if they need to.  Check out some of the students non-fiction books so far:

 And our bears are still hibernating...

Monday, January 23, 2012


Today we started learning all about bears! The children were super excited to bring their bears in and put them inside our cave (I will have to take pictures).  They were taking it VERY seriously.  They didn't want anyone to get near the cave, because they were afraid their bears may 'die' if they wake up in the middle of hibernation! 
Today we focused on black bears, but each day we will have a new bear to focus on with new facts.  We are adding our new knowledge to our bear books daily.  The students are very excited to become non-fiction authors this week! I will take lots of pictures tomorrow of the projects we are working on. For now...I have this cute little bear tracer that we used to hold up some bear facts.  But, I thought he may also be cute for Valentine's Day?! So, I am uploading a quick little Love Is...writing prompt with the tracers as well.  Click on the picture below to download :)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Valentines Day!

Valentines Day will be here before you know it!! I just finished my Valentine math and literacy centers and they are available now on TPT! YAY! Here is a little sneak peak of what is inside...
 This week I will also be uploading a cute little Valentine freebie so check back soon :)
 Have a wonderful day!!

Friday, January 20, 2012


My kids have REALLY enjoyed learning about penguins this past week.  We started off the week with our can, have, are chart
 and throughout the week we read some fun penguin books, but we are trying to focus on non-fiction now with the new common core standards.  The kids can really pick up on so much information! Throughout the week they wrote about what they learned and made some cute projects!
 I also made a 'life size' emperor penguin for the hallway.  The children have loved measuring themselves against the penguin.  I have overheard so many children from other classes talking about how they are bigger or smaller than an emperor penguin!

You can check out all of our Penguin centers HERE.

 Next week we will move into our bear unit.  The children are going to LOVE it.  They get to bring in a teddy bear on Monday and the bear will hibernate in our cave all week.  We will wake them up from hibernation on Friday, just in time for pajama day! Can't wait!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Beautiful Day!!

This blog post is LONG overdue! Last week we were lucky enough to have an amazing children's book author and singer/songwriter visit our school!  Debbie Clement from Rainbows Within Reach came to work with grades K-2--which was set up by Denise over at Sunny Days (who I get to work with!!)
Before Debbie came I was able to read one of her books to my class, 'You're Wonderful.' The children loved the book! They were smiling and they were giggling when I read, "I know I'm beautiful."  Then, I realized there was a c.d. in the back that we could listen to (with the sign-language to the song as well)! So we went over the sign language and then I popped the c.d. in. Well...this was an automatic HIT! They children absolutely loved listening to the book being sung. It immediately was stuck in our heads and one of my little boys even said "this is a better song to have in our heads then Sid the Science Kid because it is telling us we are beautiful!"  Then the other students chimed in, "and wonderful, and magical..." We then talked about Debbie's pictures and how colorful they are.  I told them that I knew a little secret about Debbie, she loves rainbows! So they all wanted to make her a present.  We made these amazing heart dream catcher's which I will post about soon! 
Then it was time to go meet Debbie herself! The kids were soo excited to see her and they had the best time! They sang, danced, learned sign language.  They laughed, participated, and had the chance to be silly.  All while learning so much!  

I can't even begin to tell you how great Debbie was with the students.  All the teachers at school were walking around saying just how much their classes loved the author's visit! Debbie has 3 wonderful books.  I can't decide which one is my favorite!  She has Tall Giraffe with beautiful African melodies, Red, White, and Blue which was written just after 9/11 and is awesome, and You're Beautiful which is the song I can still sing over and over again! 
Debbie has been kind enough to offer all of her books (which come with CD's) for 15% off just for YOU!!! Just click here and enter the promo code 'Smiles' at checkout!  I am telling you, if you can't get Debbie out at your school (which is a must!) then you have to introduce one of her books to your students. They are truly amazing! 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Love to Joplin!

I am joining up with Mrs. Wills from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten to donate a unit to teachers in Joplin.  Mrs. Wills received this email below:

I teach in Joplin, which made worldwide news last May when our town was cut in half by an F5 tornado.  Many of our elementary schools were destroyed or damaged, and as teachers, we have had a roller coaster year.  I came from a meeting yesterday where many are struggling with the weight of all we are dealing with.  My request is this:  would you be willing to donate a created pack of your choosing to give away at a drawing at our upcoming district Kindergarten grade level meeting?  The meeting is Monday and I am sorry for the short notice but I did not realize until the meeting how down everyone is feeling. 

How great would this be to just overload them with units/activities and really show them the love!!?? You can click the heart below to head over to Mrs. Wills to link up and join in on this WONDERFUL idea!! 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Oh no!!

If you already downloaded the Love Monster Freebie, please head back over to TPT to re-download it.  Heather caught a little spelling error on the activity sheet.  Thanks SO much for letting me know! It is all fixed!

Real/Nonsense Word Freebie!

My students absolutely LOVED playing the Snowman Words/Silly Snowman Words game from  my Winter TPT unit!  They worked together to sort the words and then recorded them, they did so good! Even my low babies were sounding out the words and they were so proud of themselves. 
I knew we would have to play this again soon, so I made a cute little love monster version.  If you would like grab your FREEBIE...click below :) Enjoy!!!

Friday, January 6, 2012


Even though this first week back was a little tiring, the weather has been gorgeous!! It has been cold down here for us South Floridians!! I finally got a chance to pull out my boots and long sleeves...so fun! I also got to pull out a box of hot chocolate from the back of my kitchen cabinet! This week was the perfect time to do some hot chocolate adjective words...
 This was my example I made with the students, but when they did their own..it came out so much cuter! I wish I had taken a picture.  They colored their cups bright colors and even colored inside the cup brown to look like cocoa.  Much prettier than mine!! 
Even though it is warming up already down here I know some of you will still be drinking hot chocolate for awhile longer (I am actually jealous of you!) I am attaching the pattern below in case you can use it!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Fabulous Giveaway!!

Mel D. over at Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations is having a totally fabulous giveaway for her 40th birthday!! How exciting!?! I was lucky enough to join in on this wonderful giveaway so if you head on over to her blog and let her know that you follow mine, you will have a chance at winning my new Winter Literacy Unit and units from 45 other amazing blogs!!! Click on either of the pictures to take you over to her blog! Good luck!!