Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas at School

Here are our Christmas Crafts and pictures from school


I never remember to take a picture when the bulletin board is actually complete ugh!  We put these on the board and they are from Lesson Plan SOS christmas unit: The students wrote about a priceless present they had received. We used the brainstorming activities that were found in the unit before we wrote. The kids brainstormed what they were going to write about and then wrote about about it first. Then they drew a picture and then we put wrapping paper on the front and the kids made a bow. Here is mine:


We made these cuties for our tree:


Then we wrote persuasive letters to Santa and we hung them on stockings and they got to glitter their names. Super Fun!


Looking forward to a great start to the new year!

More Christmas 2011

This is the outside of our house.  I took most of these with our NEW Rebel T3…which is amazing. I think that I have taken about 1000 practice shots of my Christmas tree and read about every photography tutorial there is.  {and I still know nothing ha!} I LOVE this shot from pinterest:

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but this is as close as I have gotten {the non lit area is a bow not lights missing but it is driving me crazy in all of these pictures}


Same settings MUCH different picture… oh well I am working on it!  Here are some outside decorations.


I hope you and your loved ones had a GREAT Christmas and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Ive got lots of ideas for school including new lessons with my iPad that my awesome parents surprised me with! I am pumped about going back to school, but I have two more days and I am going to enjoy them to the fullest!

Happy New Year!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Cheer

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Click on the picture for the link to get a free printable at Less Cake More Frosting.  My husband thinks that Christmas threw up at our house. Last year we ( I ) had our first shower after getting engaged and it was a Christmas shower.  I got LOTS of great presents to use during Christmas.  Tonight I will give you a your of the inside of my home.  I have been cleaning like a mad woman and it is decent enough to take pictures.  I will do the outside of the villa later it is after midnight here and I am not brave enough to venture out to snap some pics.

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This is my Christmas Koozie… which I LOVE!




Living Room


yes those are flip flops!  I wear them around the house even in December but NOT outside!


That is the best smelling Christmas Candle you will ever smell!  It is Thymes Frasier Fur and it is amazing!  The deal of the day was the mixed colored poinensetta for 99 cents!{Home Depot}


My card display.. started out as a cute ribbon, but we are so very blessed the whole door is covered… This is my favorite card so far….precious!












Merry Christmas to All and to All a Goodnight

Monday, December 5, 2011

Morning Meeting

I have finally found a routine that works great for me and my kiddos!  Yes, this is my fifth year teaching, but please don’t judge because this is the first year I haven’t taught a new grade.So it has changed every year depending on the grade level.  My fifth graders are dismissed from the lunchroom at 7:50 and then walk to my room.  So they all pretty much get there at the same time {WHICH I LOVE!} and when they come in they know exactly what to do!  I am going to break it down for you by days:

Monday: When the students come in they answer a question of the week:036

This is last week’s question on Monday. 

After they vote,  they pull out their morning meeting notebooks and a sheet like this is on the Elmo:


Click on picture to see the whole page of what the kids see.  The kids do their Daily Fix it First.  The kids write the sentences correctly and highlight what they corrected.  Then they have to draw and label their daily data. Monday’s looks exactly like the picture does above. Then the kids do their spelling workbook page.

The format of our morning meeting looks the same everyday. Daily –Fix Its, Daily Data, Spelling WB page or Brain Bender. Sometimes a worksheet just isn’t cutting it so I will take a math problem or a question from another subject area that the kids had trouble with and let them see it in a different light.

Tuesday: Daily Fix-Its, Daily Data: The students will redraw the Venn Diagram.  Usually I whoever was absent is here on Tuesday. Spelling or Brain Bender

Wednesday: Daily Fix-Its, Daily Data: Today we do a 3-2-1. Ss tell me 3 facts, 2 observations, and 1 question they still have about the data. Spelling Page or BB.

Thursday: Daily Fix-Its, Daily Data: We turn our data into a graph.  So far we have done bar graphs, pictographs, and we are currently on line graphs. We review origin, x and y axis, labels, and title every week! 

Friday: The kids get Free-Day Friday.  They must write a Reader’s Response entry about what they are reading personally, draw a picture about their favorite part of the Reading story, rainbow write spelling words, or read independently. 

I KNOW that it isn’t perfect, but it works for us and we LOVE it!

Happy Mornings=Happy Kids=Happy Teacher!