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Sunday, November 25, 2012

One last look at Thanksgiving!

The kiddos enjoyed learning about Thanksgiving. Although they liked the Indian unit, they really enjoyed learning about pilgrims. I think the kids felt bad for the pilgrims because it seemed like every book we read talked about them dying.  Since we talked about the first Thanksgiving was all about giving thanks, the children wrote about the things they were thankful for.

Thanks Ms. Jumps for the cute craft idea!

Also, on Friday, Veterans came to visit the first grade classes and brought flags to hand out.

Thank you Veterans for your sacrifice!!
On a personal note, our youth group spend two days of their Thanksgiving break feeding the homeless. I am so proud that they are learning to go out and serve at an early age.
That's my son in the middle...The one that needs a haircut!
Well, it's back to the real world tomorrow. Ready or not, here we come!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Liebster Award ...x 3... :)

I hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving!! Today my outlaws in-laws had their Thanksgiving lunch. I am one stuffed ole girl!
I've been nominated for my 2nd award. Yay! I have been nominated for the Liebster Award!!! This award helps bloggers find new blogs that have less than 200 followers. I am thrilled and honored. Thank you Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten, Thirsty Firsties, and 2 Super Teachers

The rules:
- You must post 11 random things about yourself.
- Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
- Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
- Choose 11 blogs you love (with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post.
- No tag back (but please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you)!

 11 Things about Me:
1. I am a Christian!
2. I am ADDICTED to Diet Coke!!
3. My son recently pulled a door handle off of my car. UGH!
4. I like to put mayo in my mashed potatoes. (Don't knock it until you try it.)
5. Yesterday my kids knocked over our Christmas tree...Can you say MAD!!
6. I went to school with Eli Whiteside who played for the Giants. He will be a Yankee next year!
7. I STILL go to my parent's house on Christmas morning because Santa still brings my gifts there...Sounds like I have issues...
8. All of the dirty clothes have to be washed before I go to sleep.
9. My class room is the same room that I student taught in.
10. My husband has a suit for every day of the month....He's a little OCD!
11. I LOVE stalking reading everyone's blogs. I have gotten SO many ideas from you guys!!
 Mrs. Thigpen's Questions:
 1. How long have you been teaching? 10 years
2. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas-Happy Birthday Jesus!
3. Do you have any siblings? 2 brothers-I'm the middle. UGH!
4. If you weren't teaching, what would you do instead? QCV Hostess
5. Do you have a favorite sport to watch or play? Nah! Not a sporty person.
6. What do you do in your spare time? Pinterest & Blog Hopping
7. Where is the farthest place you have traveled? Florida
8. What is your favorite movie? The Notebook
9. How long have you been blogging? 9 months
10. What made you begin blogging? It looked like fun! :)
11. Favorite food? Mexican-Yummy!!!
Thirsty Firsties:
1. What's your favorite thing about blogging?-Getting new followers!
2. What's your favorite blog?
Deanna Jumps-She's so creating!
3. How long have you been teaching?
10 years
4. What is your favorite vacation spot?
5. What is your favorite thing to cook?
Anything with chicken
6. What is your favorite store?
7. What was been your best TPT purchase?
Deanna Jumps "Common Core"
8. Coke or Pepsi?
Diet Coke
9. What's your favorite Christmas movie? It's A Wonderful Life

10. What's your favorite TV show? Duck Dynasty-They are so silly!

11. What's been the hardest thing about blogging? Hoping no one thinks my post are boring.
 2 Super Teachers:
 1. How long have you been teaching? 10 years
2. How long have you been blogging? 9 months

3. What do you love to teach the most? Writing

4. What book are you reading right now for enjoyment...not school related? I'm studying Genesis. I had no idea that Abraham and Sarah had the same dad! 

5. What is your favorite food? Mexican-Yummy!!

6. Do you have any pets? No :( We had 2 precious rag doll cats but my husband was allergic to all of the hair so we gave them away. I miss those beautiful babies!!!!

7. What are your hobbies? Pinterest stuff

8. Do you have your own children?
3 precious little boys!
9. What grades have you taught? Pre-k Sped, 4th Inclusion, K/1 Looping

10. Where was your last vacation? Memphis

11. Have you always been a teacher? I worked retail while I was in college. Glad I'm through with that!!
Here are our 11 questions for the blogs I am nominating:
1. Have you bought ALL of your Christmas gifts?
2. Do you have a Teacher Pay Teacher Store?
3. Who is your favorite actor/actress?
4. Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?
5. What's your favorite adult or kid book?
6. What's your favorite color?
7. What color Christmas lights do you prefer: Multi Color or Clear?
8. Sneakers or flip flops?
9. Are you afraid of heights?
10. Did you go shopping on Black Friday?
11. What food do you hate?
Here are the blogs I am nominating:

Don't forget to comment here and leave me a link when you've answered!
Enjoy the weekend!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Save a tree

A couple of days ago, I was looking for something in my classroom. As I pulled out a bunch of junk stuff, I noticed a stack of transparency paper. I hated to throw it away because I was sure I could think of a way to use it. Later that day, a light bulb came on in my head. I stapled a piece of the transparency paper to a worksheet. Now my students can write on the worksheet and I can wipe it off after the work is checked. Hopefully this will help lower the amount of run offs when doing centers.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

What A Great Day!

Yesterday was so busy. We had our annual Veteran's Day program at school. Our kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade classes participated in the program.
Here is a pic of the kids, parents, and veterans pack into our cafeteria. Can you say claustrophobic?
The high school ROTC presented "Folding the Flag". They told what each fold represents. Each year I look over at the older veterans as they watch the presentation. Those men have their hands over their hearts and tears stream down their faces. Tears me up! It gets me every time.
Yesterday afternoon, the kindergarteners had "Transportation Day". Each child decorated a box into a car. All the students sat around the school and watched the kindergarteners have a car parade.
After the kids finished their parade, different types of transportation had a parade around the school.
We had a great week. Only one more week until Thanksgiving Break! WooHoo!!!!

Here's a cute joke I heard:
What does John the Baptist and Winnie the Pooh have in common?........................................................
Their middle name :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My First Freebie!

I uploaded my first math freebie to Teacher Pay Teacher. If you are interested, you can grab it here. Hope you enjoy!

This weekend, my family made our fall pics. Our new photographer is 15 years old. Although she's young, I think she's really good!! My boys didn't shed one tear during the entire shoot. Amazing...

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Already November.. For Real?

It's so hard to believe that November is here. Do you realize that we only have two more weeks before Thanksgiving break?!?!

I've been trying to figure out how to do power points on my husband's new MacBook. It has taken a while because I'm old school and have been trying to work this thing like a home PC. Last night, I finally realized that all I have to do is drag stuff. duh! Anyway, my first freebie should be finished this week!

As you know, this is a very important week for our country. Vote!!  Here are a few words of encouragement...
"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." Romans 13:1
"Therefore, it is necessary to submit to authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience." Romans 13:5
Either way this election goes, I will pray for this great nation and our leader!

Have a great week!!!