Sunday, November 16, 2014

Globe Trotting Turkeys - and A bit of globe trotting Ms. Lander

I moved!
I finally relocated back to my favorite place!  Suburban Kansas City!  No more 25-35 minute commute!  No more construction!! WOO HOO!!  I can be bop into school in a matter of minutes,  which is awesome.  I can run in for 30 minutes on a Sunday and make copies when NO ONE is there!  That means I can hog both copiers. 
The little girls (Not that they are actually little) and I moved last weekend.  Not the best move everWE definitely did not have enough movers, they sent 2 guys not the 3 requested.  AND they definitely wrecked my floor under the washer.  Not awesome!  The moving company refunded me a whole $65 for the floor damage and promised me $25 towards my Go Fund Me, but I definitely have not seen the $$ on Go Fund Me.  I’m trying to fund a Thanksgiving feast for First Grade.  I’d happily accept any help I can get!
BUT we moved!  The house is all set up, not a single box left.  The new place feels good, we are all settled and loving it. We have hung up all the art, and got out the Christmas tree. 
 YEP, it’s up! 
We hung up the stockings too!  AND got out the ELF on the shelf!  Who knows what trouble the little guy will get into this year.  LOL!
TINY dog is starting to get the hang of the new place.  HE still barks at E.V.E.R.Y. single noise.  This includes people coming home at all hours.  LITERALLY.  He's surveying his kingdom in this photo. 
I managed to get my Unit 3 Journeys Bundle together and up on TPT before the move.
I finished a GLOBE TROTTING TURKEY math puzzle activity for the next couple of weeks.  My kids LOVE to put these together and then count using the counting sequence to check to see if they are correct.  We have been working on non-traditional starting points.  We also need to practice counting by 10s starting at places other than 10- say 16, and count up 16, 26, 36, and so on.
Here's a little FREEBIE for you.
Happy Sunday!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November Currently

So I can see it's been awhile since I posted.  I have such good intentions, and then life happens!!!

Here some reasons (excuses) as to why I have been missing lately!  (Other than being a teacher.)  I'm linking up with Oh' Boy 4th Grade.
Listening to the washer, because no one is even up yet!  I know it's FALL back, but my tiny dog friend was not informed. Please note after he pranced all over me and tortured me to get up, he is now asleep in my arm.  One armed typing is not fast or accurate if you are wondering.
Loving the cooler temperatures.  Wish we didn't skip fall entirely in Kansas, but the 80 degree days can take a brief leave of absence.  I own a lot of sweaters, and they need to be worn!
Thinking my lovely Ali should be home soon!  As in out of the Navy, moving in with me (and her sisters) so I can hold the grand baby in February! This is the newest development in my already busy life.  A happy one, but it has caused some changes.  The girl is coming home!!  I am for real going to be doing some baby holding.  AND I am going to need to move!
Thus, I am wanting another day to rest.  How about a day between Sunday and Monday? Anyone?

I NEED to finish packing!  I have most of the house in boxes.  With the daughter coming home- no car, and the other 3 of us already sharing two cars, being 30 minutes away from Olathe is too much.   So happy, happy, joy, joy... the girls and I are off to a new place.  (A tiny place.)  That's all girls and eventually one very small baby boy!  (And Emerson of course!)
Finally, I have been scouring all the blogs/Pinterest on small spaces.  We will have 1300 square feet with 4 of us and a baby.  I have measured, down sized, multi-purposed EVERYTHING I can.  I feel good about it, I feel even better about being close to work.  I love that we can support Ali, and we benefit from the little dude.  BUT I am slightly concerned about space.  Baby is getting a mini crib.  Kate and I repainted/refreshed the dresser,  I used as a changing table with Libby (nearly 17 years ago!)  I had the sewing machine tuned up so I can make little guy all the bedding and nursery d├ęcor.  I'm waiting for Ali to pick what she wants.  Personally, I love those little woodland creatures that just keep popping up.  Who doesn't love little foxes and raccoons?? (However, I do VIVIDLY recall how I felt about my mother's input --- so I will be supportive and keep my mouth shut!)

That's why I have been crazy busy aka missing from the blog!  I forgot to mention, I also made a personal TPT goal and I'm having a SALE!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October Currenlty and a TREAT


I am hooking up with Farley for the October Currently!
Listening to the news... aka Royals pre-game. It has been 29 years since Kansas City has been in the playoffs!
Loving the Royals, enough said.
Thinking I need to knock out more Journeys lessons plans.
Wanting to get over this illness.  Second double ear infection of the year.  (Seriously.)
Needing a NAP! (See above.)
TREAT!!!  I have my favorite organization file folder covers for you to use, hurry while they are FREE!!

I put materials and lesson plans in each folder, sorted by day.  I went ahead and added general directions on the inside flap of the folder for subs.  (Math has log in for envisions, etc...)  I have 3 weeks worth of folders sorted and ready to go.  As I make copies and print out plans I add it to the correct folder. It makes life WAY easier!  AND subs love it!!
The week I am currently teaching is in my window well in this sorter.  I use the two areas underneath to put my clipboard, calendar, and "BIG" stuff.
The other two weeks are side by side on the shelf behind my desk.  I load things up usually on Thursday night. (It's my late night.)
You can sort of see them in this desk pic!  You can also see my other OCD tendencies.  Teacher tool boxish labeled drawers above.  Labeled shoe boxes below - in alphabetical order, of course.
(I know, I have issues.)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Another Busy Week!

This week has been crazy!
It started Sunday when Kate shattered her iPhone before the day even began.  UGHHHH!!! 
We had to go to Warrensburg to celebrate my dad's birthday. Apple picking at the parent's house, and the whole family was there, minus Ali (my oldest).  She's still in San Diego, darn Navy -they are keeping her out there!!
Slapped the "You are going to be great grandparents!" on my Mom and Dad while I was there!  I needed witnesses and possible back up if they had a heart attack!  Here's the ultrasound pic the lovely daughter(Ali) sent to me.  (It's a boy!)  I'm going to be a grandma!!  YIKES!!!

On Monday, I got two awesome deliveries-- a new student, he's a cutie!! and my new HP printer!!  It only took a couple hours to get everything set up.
I can't even remember Tuesday and Wednesday!
Thursday was a wonderful day! 

On Friday I ate some yummy Mexican food with my girls (and a robo-baby)!  The youngest has the electronic baby all weekend.  I kid you not, it made no noise until we went out to dinner.  Seriously!  Kate and I had to hold the baby while we were eating.  This is good practice for the future grandbaby.
I finished another Journeys story.  A Musical Day is up and ready for purchase.  Miracle of miracles!
Next week looks to be busy as well. Monday district meeting, Tuesday district fitness assessment (to get insurance discount), Wednesday 3 hour iPad training at school, Thursday and Friday (nothing yet!), and Saturday is Mr. Miller's birthday!!!!  I desperately need birthday gift ideas.  Any suggestions?
Hope you are all having a super September!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Soccer Math Centers with a FREEBIE!

I’m super excited to share some of my favorite math activities with you.  I participated in Primary Gal’s Guided Math book study this summer and had a great time planning for this school year.  I have been using math centers during my Daily 5 time. (It’s the only time it fits!)

My kiddos rotate through Daily 5 activities.  They do a hands on math activity EVERY day!  They need the practice.  Many of my kiddos don’t have much in the way of number sense.  So I need to build a lot of background.  Thank goodness I have the BEST ELL aide in my room during this time!!  Mr. S. is awesome!!  He works with small groups while I am pulling reading groups!

Here’s what we are using this week, Soccer inspired math centers!  Yep, soccer!!  My boys love the sports themes girls don’t seem to mind either!  The great news is I am marking them down to $1.00!!  There are 4 centers (6 if you count the variation of counting by 1s, 2s and 5s. Grab them fast, because I am marking them up to $4.00 on the 20th! 

Here’s a sampling.
How about a freebie? 
 I have one of those for you too!!
Have a great week!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Five for Friday! Busy Week!


Tuesday was Emerson's first birthday!
We got our class pet!
Thank you pets in the classroom!
HE climbs!

His name is Flash!
Finished another Journeys story-- going to try and knock out another one tomorrow!

My awesome new rug arrived! It is BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you to every single person who helped me get it funded from Caring Classrooms!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Five for Friday, Saturday Stye
I meant to get this posted last night, but somehow I failed!  So let's do this Saturday Style!
I finished the First Unit of Journeys shared reading plans and supplemental materials!  Gus Takes the Train is the fifth story, it's posted and so is the 5 story bundle!
It's posted!  (I need to make a way better cover though for the bundle.)
I am up to day 16 of school!  The tiny ones are making me pictures and gifts like crazy!  I've received 2 apples, a heart necklace made with yarn, and at least 20 drawings!  I just love first grade!
Emerson continues to rehabilitate his floating knee caps.  He's such a toddler!  H's on strict house restriction.  No outside, no stairs, no racing along the fence with the neighbor dogs!  He thinks I am mean!!  This is what he does when I am at work and the girls are at school-- he breaks into Libby's room and steals candy to play with!
The first graders earned an ice cream treat on Thursday!  We had to get 15 apples in the jar - class compliments, individual student compliments, etc...  We voted for ice cream.  I need to get some slightly smaller apples (or footballs- maybe something seasonal) to fill up with 20 items next time.
Finally, I noticed one of my favorite tings at the store yesterday when I was picking up my super strong antibiotics (for my double ear infection).  Target always has m in mind! 
Check out this display.  Takes me straight back to my childhood! 
I now have to go by some Boo Berry and Franken berry by the case!
How was your week?  Stop by Doodlebugs and see how everyone is handling back to school!