Thursday, June 30, 2011

Look What I Found…

While I’m waiting to get back to Texas and share some fun ideas and units with y’all, I thought I’d share with you guys some pretty fabulous ideas I found on Pinterest. If you’re not scouring their boards already, you’re missing out!!!


Fabulous writing center organization ideas from Playful Learning.


DIY dinosaur fossils from PaperVine that would be great to use with Deanna Jump’s Dinosaur Unit :)


Some really neat science experiment ideas! Making it Rain from I Can Teach My Child and Glow in the Dark Slime from The Idea Room.

report card

This FABULOUS report card comment printable from Mrs. Nielson. LOVE this and definitely tucking it away for the next year :)


This DANG cute bulletin board from Krissy Venosdale’s Flickr stream. Gosh darn, I LOVE that! Our first grade team is going with an “Out of this World/Space/Alien/Astronaut” theme for the year, so I couldn’t have found this at a more perfect time!


And I know this has NOTHING to do with school, but heck if I don’t LOVE this printable! Sweet Shannon Long created this and even went so far as to make one that says “school” and “classroom” instead of “home”. I’ll proudly be displaying mine in my classroom and I’m having one framed for our lounge :) THANKS, SHANNON!

Like I said before, if you aren’t on Pinterest already, get there FAST! You can check out more of my sweet finds HERE and you might wanna snoop around while you’re there because I’m following LOTS of fabulous teachers who are pinning some really amazing things!!!!

Don’t forget that voting starts today for the Really Good Stuff’s 2011 Classroom Blog Contest. Vote for your favorite blog by clicking the link below. Voting starts July 1 and runs through the 7th.


Happy holiday weekend, sweet friends!! Hope you have a FABULOUS 4th!!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Really Good Stuff

I have been years behind in the world of blogging & email lately…I’m really taking advantage of summer break :) Hosting out-of-town guests, planning & throwing a birthday party, spending QT with some of my favorite girlfriends at our first annual girls trip, and now traveling 16 hours for our 2 week trip up north. Yeeks. I promise I’ll be back real soon with lots of fun ideas and things to share :)

When I finally checked my email today, I found out this little ol’ blog was nominated for the Really Good Stuff's 2011 Really Good Classroom Blog Contest. I have no idea who is responsible for such a sweet compliment, but I just want to say THANK YOU! This little blog that I was so good about nurturing & visiting almost daily has been neglected the last few weeks, so I thank you for even deeming this worthy of such a sweet little honor :)

I don’t anticipate to make it very far in the contest…there are SO many amazing blogs out there!!!…but I genuinely appreciate the nomination :) You can vote for your favorite blog starting July 1st by clicking the link below :) Voting will run through July 7th.


In the meantime, I PROMISE to return emails very, very soon!!! Email access will be slightly limited for the next couple of weeks, so please forgive me if I’m not quick to reply! I’ll be back with lots of goodies, ideas, and printables very, VERY soon!!!!

Happy last week of June!!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

I’m Still Here

Hi sweet friends! If you’re still reading this little ol’ blog, I’m still here…just enjoying EVERY.SINGLE.SECOND of this beautiful summer! Is it possible to be busier during the summer than the school year because I’m DEFINITELY thinking it is! I miss my sweet kiddos so much {as crazy as that might sound ;)} We had a fun little ice cream party for our end-of-year festivities and my class gifted me with this darling director’s chair! LOVE IT!

{Please excuse the terrible quality of these pictures…they’re all from the phone!}


I even had a sweet mom put together the dang cutest dvd full of pictures from the year all coordinated to music. We watched it during our party and I definitely teared up :) Love the way the cd matches my wall of fame!!!


I had a few emails from some of y’all asking what I give to my room moms at the end of the year. Well…I do something different every year. This year I had 9 moms that were in my room on a weekly basis…helping with publishing, poetry, stations, guided reading, and a slew of other things. I was very blessed! I had to do something for each of them because I wanted to let them know how much I appreciated what they did for me & my kids. I wanted it to be personal and also cost effective. SO, I painted these pots, filled with with cute tissue paper, then I baked some monster cookies and wrapped them up in fabric, and put them inside the pot along with a recipe card for the cookies :) They were a hit!


The week after school let out, I spent a few hours cleaning my classroom…attended an awesome Ruby Payne poverty simulation…and had the most fun at our staff retreat! I absolutely LOVE our staff retreat! I’m such a big nerd!! Those things are always so much fun to me! We did lots of team planning and we already have our grade level theme planned out for the next school year :) Can’t wait to share it with you!

I went to my first ever NBA finals game…Mavs vs. Heat…and had the most fun being rowdy, proud, and LOUD!


Then we celebrated a MAVS CHAMPIONSHIP downtown with some of our closest friends and it was INSANE!!!!! SO much fun!!! GO MAVS!!!!!


My biggest little man started VBS this week and I got to spend lots of QT with my itty bitty. We’ve been getting things ready for my almost 4-year-old’s pirate party coming up next week and I’m dying that I almost have a 4-year-old. Really?! My brother-in-law & sister-in-law & their kids are flying in this weekend to stay through the week and I’m leaving on my own little girls trip Wednesday to get away with some of my close friends for a few kid-free days! Mr. Spouse & I will be celebrating our 7 year anniversary next weekend and then we’re heading out for our annual 18-hour road trip up north to visit his family for a couple of weeks. MY LAWD!!!! No rest for the weary!

I’ve also been OBSESSED with Pinterest and spending all my time falling in love with everything there. You can find me…and all my boards…HERE! Email me if you need an invite. You’re missing out if you’re not on it already!!!!!!

In the meantime, I’m working on lots of fun things for my classroom and to share with you guys, too!! I’ve had lots of emails asking if I take requests for unit ideas & such…I’d be happy to if you’re interested, so let me know what think you need! I have a Back to School unit in the works filled with lots of fun ideas and printables, so be on the lookout for that next month.

I’ll be back soon with a few end-of-the-year memories and ideas for next year! Does anyone else feel like summer is almost already over?! HA!

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