Saturday, July 7, 2012

First Half of summer....

Summer is half over...I could cry. But I'm taking the positive approach...ya know, glass half full vs half empty.....if the second half of summer is anything like the first half, I'm in for loads of fun!!! I've been having so much fun, as a matter of fact, I have not blogged like I planned this summer. I've been much too busy!!! In my beginning of summer POST, I laid out my summer in a very organized manner. It worked great for two weeks, then I realized I didn't need that organization system. I created it to make sure my summer didn't get wasted away, but we were doing so much, there was not a minute to waste! So what have we done, well......
Six Flags, 3 weekend lake trips, weekend girls trip to beach, 2 weeks of swim lessons for little man, 2 weeks of VBS (one week of me teaching), trips to the library, participation in our library summer reading program, 2 family reunions, 2 cookouts with friends, 2 friends' birthday parties, 3 trips to a local water park, art projects inspired by pinterest, new recipes inspired by pinterest, one week of visiting our neighbor's pool while they were out of town (yes, we had permission), friends of little man's over to play, 4th of July events, outdoor movie, dollar summer kids movie at local theater, and yes, a girls night out to a movie for me as well....who hasn't seen Magic Mike?? I really do feel like there has been alot more, but you get the picture of how great, fantastic, and BUSY the first half of summer was for me!!
Is my 2nd half as busy??....umm, yes and no. I have planned some pajama days for little man and me to have at home during July. I mean, really, I don't want to feel like I need a vacation from summer. But I find myself quickly bored, so I need to stay busy. Coming up we have..... little man's birthday and birthday party, another trip to water park, a pool party with friends, a girls only day trip to the lake, another outdoor movie, a week long trip to beach with my whole family, 2 more dollar kids movie, planning my hubby's 40TH (OMG...when did he get old), back to school clothes shopping for little man, and hopefully (and this is wishful thinking) more new recipes and even preparing frozen meals to cook when school starts back!! So I'm off to finish the rest of my summer. Forgive me if you do not hear back from me for a while, but I'm going to savor every moment of these next 4 weeks and make as many memories as possible......until I return, here are some pictures of pinterest inspired projects we have done......

This was created by little man and myself. It hangs in the playroom. Here is the pinterest LINK. Obviously not as cute, but afterall it was created by an unartistic woman and a 5 year old boy!

SPONGE BOMBS!!!! I can't find my pinterest link. All you have to do it cut a sponge into strips and tie them together in the middle (Iused a rubber band). Get a bucket of water, soak, and throw at each other!

GLOW IN THE DARK BALLOONS!! We used 2 pinsprations for this project. We created the balloons using this LINK and put the balloons to use by using this LINK.

This was not pinterest inspired, but rather "Little man" inspired :) Hangs in the playroom.
Pinned Image

Not my own photo, but we have also done this. Here is the pinterest LINK!

As for recipes I have tried.....the SALSA CHICKEN was ok, COOL WHIP COOKIE easy and good, BUTTERFINGER PIE YUMMY, Protien Enery Bites perfect!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Getting It All Done....

Today was my first official day of summer vacation! I spent the day doing a delayed spring cleaning. I think if my house is clean and in order, then I can get on with my summer plans stress free!! I have a mile long to-do list for summer. This includes places to visit, activities to do with little man, projects to complete, and vacations to take. However, I always have this list and so little of it actually get accomplished. And little man starts getting bored. So how can I complete this list AND keep little man active? Themed Days of Summer is how I am going to do it. Here is how is will work (I hope)....
Make It Monday---each Monday I will do an arts and craft project with little man. I will also begin a craft or project for myself that I would like to mark off my list. This will also include making a new recipe.
Take a Trip Tuesday---Tuesdays will be devoted to making an outing. This could be to the park, library, ice cream shop, zoo, whatever fits into our interest and budget.
Work On It Wednesday-Wednesday will be used to catch up on any house work or yard work that might need to get done. This may also include school work for me towards the end of summer. On this day, little man will also help with work. But if he becomes a little too "helpful" this is a great day for him to catch up on some of the TV and Computer games I am going to limit this summer while I am working. After all, he needs a days to himself too.
Think About It Thursday---Think about something you wanted to do this week, but never got around to it. Do it today!!!!
Friendly Friday-- Little man invites a friend over to play on Friday!
I look forward to starting out summer schedule and seeing if I get more accomplished this summer than in summers past, including meaningful Quality Time with little man.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

School is out & I am back!

WOW!!! I have not blogged in months!! This includes writing posts and reading blogs. I got on Google reader and discover that I had 1000+ posts in my reader to catch up on. There is no way I can make that happen, so I closed my eyes, cringed, and deleted 1000+ posts without reading any of them!!! YIKES!!! But now I am free and can start fresh tonight!
I discovered I have gotten some new followers in the months that I have been MIA, so welcome new followers. I'm almost to 400...holy smokes!
As the title of my blog says, I am a teacher AND a mama. Now that school is out, I am officially in MAMA MODE!! So many of my upcoming posts will include activities that little man and I are doing this summer. But before we know it, we will be back to school related posts. Until then.......stay tuned for fun summer time mommy posts! I look forward to sharing with each of you!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Thanks so much!

I haven't checked my blog all week, and to my surprise tonight, a couple of sweet bloggers left me an award! Thanks so much to the following bloggers:
Teachin' First  and Surfin the Second for the Lovely Blogger Award!
You all should chcek these new bloggers out!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Saying Good Things...

This past week was conference week at my school. Nothing out of the ordinary happened during conferences, I shared as many positives as I could with the parents and a couple of areas to work on. I always share data to indicate the growth a student has made in class, even if the student is still not reaching benchmark. After all, it is just as important that they are making progress. After this, the parents and I share a few stories and laughs, then shakes hands. If the student is with them, I give them a hug, and then it is on to the next conference. I count down the minutes until I can get home and slip into my PJ's, just to repeat the same routine tomorrow.
EXCEPTsomething different happened the next day this year......I had a note on my desk from a student who had attended a conference with her mother. This is what the note said.......
"Thank you for saying good things about me".......yes, I told her mom she was having a difficult time with some of our math concepts and there had been some "girl drama" that her daughter had participated in that we are making sure does not happen again. But what the student heard was me telling her mom that she is a great reader, hard worker, and very sweet. She also heard me say that I enjoy having her in my class.
I didn't think much about it, just telling her mom the truth. But to my surprise, the student was hanging on my every word and was happy to hear her teacher say such "good things" about her.
Just a reminder for all of us when we talk to or about our students :) They are listening!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Word Work Freebies

Hey All! I have seen several versions of word work posters through blog land. These can be used in a variety of ways, most commonly I have seen them for the purpose of ABC order. I use them, however, as brainstorming ideas in writing centers. However you see fit to use them in your classroom, please grab them for FREE and put them to use! Currently, I have February and March words available. I will have April words in a couple if weeks.

Don't forget about the PARENT AND STUDENT GIFT IDEAS w/ PRINTABLES that I posted earlier! These will be GREAT for you during Spring parent conferences and/or end of year gifts for parent volunteers!
Click HERE to for more details!!!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Parent Treat Ideas w/ Printables

Valentines is over and many teachers are beginning to think about Cat with Hats and Lucky Shamrocks! Not me...not yet anyway. First, I must think of parent conferences. They are coming up next week. Luckily, I got everything prepared for conferences prior to our 4 day weekend.  Most teachers at my school provide some sort of treat for parents when they attend conferences, and each year I am trying to come up with a cute, but affordable treat idea. This year, I decided to create a packet of ideas and printables for future use. I thought you may be able to use it as well. The packet includes gift ideas to use for parents and students during:
*Open House
  You can get your copy of the packet at my TpT Store or Teacher's Notebook Store.

I am so excited to now be using clip art from SCRAPPIN DOODLES!

Giving Credit

"Teachers make great thieves"...ever heard that quote? It is a very true! Most of our great ideas are "stolen" from someone else. Not all ideas on this blog are mine. I try to give credit where credit is due. However, if you find that an idea should have been given credit but wasn't, please let me know.
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