April 30, 2017

My Classroom is Moving!

That's right you--you heard me! We are moving! I have waited for 15 years for my husband to get on board. Don't get me wrong I love Florida. It will always be my home state. I am just so over the 10 months of summer, no winter, and the LONG HOT DAYS!

We started our journey in September. We decided to we would look around at different states to see what they offered. Well we picked the beautiful state of Virginia. We attended a couple of job fairs and talked with many teachers, superintendents, and recruiters for their states, We picked an area that we thought would make us happy and started applying. Well last week it happened. We got the call that we had been waiting on. We were both offered teaching positions in the same school. My husband will be teaching third grade and I will be teaching Kindergarten! My heart is so happy right now--I am about to burst. 

We will make the move in June. We will be staying with a friend the month of June and then on to VA in July. We will start at our new school in August. I am looking forward to this wonderful adventure



January 25, 2017

Ahhh... A New Year

Its time to go back to school after a very sad winter break--check out my post under My Life.

So we are back at school and having to get back into the swing of things. My little kinders are so talkative this  year. So how do I channel that inner energy. Will a little shaving cream word work activity. Students were given shaving cream on their desk and we sounded out CVC words.  It was fun and they really showed me how much they had been practicing over the break.


I promise to get better at this friends. 

September 5, 2016

September Means Fall

Welcome back friends. Its a new school year. I am back in Kindergarten! And I now have a brand new blog design thanks to Blogs Fit For A Queen. 

It's September friends and that means Fall is almost here. I LOVE FALL and all things pumpkin spice. Being a southern girl however means that my fall is way different. Its still in the hight 90s here in Florida. I dream of days when I will live in a place that actually has fall. 


My dream home!
Anyway! My school year is up and running. My little kinders and I have been in school now for 3 weeks. Well maybe 2 and a half weeks due to a small hurricane that come through last week. That's right friends we had 2 days off school for a hurricane and then a 3 day weekend due to Labor Day. We were lucky where I live only rain and wind but people further north not so lucky. 

My class this year is super sweet. I have 6 girls and 14 boys and let me tell you they are a talkative bunch of little ones. They work and play LOUD! I am trying an app  Too Noisy. It seems to be working for now. We will see how long it last. 




How do you control the talking and noise in you class? 

June 10, 2015

Currently


I am linking up with Oh' Boy 4th Grade for this months currently post.









My husband has to be the most energetic morning person I have ever met. He wakes up in such a great mood and usually singing very LOUDLY and off key. Oh my! I am so not a morning person. I need about 4 cups of coffee before I can even deal with the day let alone someone as happy as he is. I think his morning goal is to drive me nuts before my coffee kicks in. Love him!


My summer goal is to read Teaching with Intention by Debbie Miller and Students taking charge by Nancy Sulla. These two books are inspiring. I am hoping that my teacher self with be motivated and recharged for the coming year. 


All in all I plan to relax this summer. Enjoy the beach and have some fun. What about you. What are your summer plans?



           

June 4, 2015

Teaching With Intention A Summer Book Study

I am super excited to be linking up with Kindergarten Smorgasbord and all these wonderful teachers for a summer book study. 






So let's get this summer party started. 




In chapter one we examine what our idle classroom would look like. I must admit with it being the summer time I do give a lot of thought to this. I even blog stalk look for good examples of what others are doing. My ideal classroom would be a room that is alive with authentic chatter. Students are engaged in what is taking place. My room is well organized and students are taking ownership for their learning. You should be able to look around my room and see projects the students have completed. The actual classroom is bright and cheery. 




In my ideal classroom the students are leading the learning. They know the routines and what is expected. They are so excited and having so much fun that they don't even realize they are learning. As the teacher of the ideal classroom I am facilitating the learning and observing the great work going on. I am able to conference one on one with students. Meet in small groups with students that may be struggling with a concept. I am there more as a resource then anything else. 



I am lucky that I already have a theme that I love. I do a polka pot with orange and green. I love it and it makes it easier to add boarder. I love changing my boarders to match what we are learning. I am also really organized so that coming into a new year everything is right where I need it. 



I do need to work on my class library. I have never been happy with it. I need a system that I can live with from year to year. I also need to work on my room layout. I would like it to be set up with an easy flow. I also need to work on keeping my desk clean. I have a bad habit of just putting things on it thinking I will deal with it later and then I don't until it becomes to hard for me to look at and then I clean it.  






















November 14, 2014

Shadow Puppet.

Have you heard of the app called Shadow Puppet? I started using it in my classroom a few weeks ago and my little ones are going crazy for it. They use it during math and reading centers. Here are a few examples of our some work done by our class.
It is super simple to use. First students take pictures of what ever they are going to report on. Then they go to the Shadow Puppet app. They start a new project. Then they clip the photos they want to use in the order they want to use them. Next they add fonts and music--if they choose to. Then they record their information and save it. Its that simple. People I tell you my kiddos are in love! They find all kinds of ways to use it. Try it and let me know what you think.

































October 31, 2014

Pumpkins

This week our class had a pumpkin invasion. We learned all about the pumpkin life cycle and how to make different pumpkin products.

We started the week with a pumpkin experiment. We poured potting soil inside one of the pumpkins to see if we could get the seeds to grow.  The kiddos were super excited to see this in action. Everyday they come in to check for growth.



Next we decided to turn one of the pumpkins into a book character. When asked which one the whole class said Fly Guy. Are your students obsessed with these books as much as mine are. I love it. 





Last we made pumpkin muffins. We have several different allergies in our classroom so we made two batches. The ones that look like pumpkin pie on top are gluten and nutmeg free. The other is made with mayo (because I forgot the eggs) First we cut the top off the pumpkin and took all the seeds out. We then asked the cafeteria workers to roast it for us. After it was roasted and cooled we pureed it. We then used the puree to make the muffins. They were pretty good. The students loved making such a great snack from scratch.




How was your week?