Saturday, March 14, 2015

St. Paddy's Day Freebies!

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm so glad the weekend is here so I can recharge a bit. We had parent conferences last week and I was gone all day Tuesday to a textbook evaluation meeting. We're getting new math textbooks next year and are trying to decide between Go Math!, Math Expressions Common Core (we've been using the old version for a couple of years now), and Singapore Math. If you use any of those or have any opinions, I'd love to hear from you!
This week we'll do some fun activities for St. Patrick's Day, continue to work on writing opinions, and begin to wrap-up our biographies unit. It should be fun!
My friend Barbara from Barbara Leyne Designs and GradeOnederful created some monster-themed St. Paddy's Day clipart that inspired a couple of coloring sheets and word searches I'll give my kiddos Monday and Tuesday. If you need a little something for the holiday, grab this freebie! Just click on any image.
There are 2 word searches- one easier, one harder. I'm teaching 2nd grade this year, but a few of my kiddos will feel overloaded if I give them the harder word search. I think I'll just copy enough of each and let them choose.

Barbara Leyne Designs

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Currently in March!

It's March already? Oh my gosh! I missed last month's Currently, so I wanted to be sure to do this one. Here it goes:

LISTENING: Coast Guard Alaska is so interesting! That surprises me. I didn't expect to enjoy it so much. What those men and women do is just remarkable. Recently I found out that one of my kindergarten students who was also in my class in first grade is going into the Navy this summer and wants to be a rescue swimmer. He's grown into such a wonderful young man and I'm so proud to know him. It's so much fun to know some of my students as adults.

LOVING: My students are having so much fun with our latest writing unit! I'm having fun seeing them produce quality writing and enjoying it at the same time. If you're looking for an opinion writing unit for your kiddos, I recommend Share Your Opinion from Tania over at My Second Sense. The way she laid out the format for writing is working really well in my room. Thank you, Tania!

THINKING: Ugh, report cards. I brought home lots of paperwork to sort through, but tomorrow's a minimum day meant for report card prep. So I think my bag will stay right by the door where I put when I walked in. I'll search the web for fun art projects instead :)

WANTING: Ha! Ha! I always want warm, gooey brownies.

NEEDING: a few days off just to recharge a bit. There are several books on the shelf just waiting for me! Any recommendations? Especially mysteries.

SPRING BREAK PLANS: relaxing, reading, cleaning, and maybe enjoying one of those warm, gooey brownies!

Hope you have a spectacular week! I'm off to check out other Currently's. Thanks for popping by!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine's Day Bookmark Freebie

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! This is a quick post tonight. I just finished making some valentine bookmarks to give my class tomorrow. They're a freebie in my TPT store. Just click {here} and they're yours. Comments and pinning are greatly appreciated if you download them. Thanks so much!!

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Currently for 2015

2015. Remember when Y2K was a big deal? Recently I saw an add for Skype where it will translate what's being said to allow anyone to speak to anybody else regardless of their language. The person talking about it referred to some kind of automatic translator from the Star Trek shows (I've never watched then so I don't know exactly what it is...). It just made me think of how much that used to be science fiction is reality in 2014, almost 2015. Just amazing, isn't it?

Yesterday my husband and I took a drive to get out of the house, go out to lunch, and shop. We stopped at a barbecue restaurant we'd never tried before and it was fabulous! We were in the mood for hamburgers and they didn't disappoint. I had a Barnes & Noble gift certificate to spend so we went there and I got this
Thank you for the gc, Sherri! I'm about halfway through it and can't wait to get it implemented in my classroom! After that we stopped at a local farm that sells all kinds of fruits, veggies, and wonderful jams, pies, and fresh apple cider. In the fall they have huge piles of pumpkins outside, in December they're replaced by Christmas trees. But after Christmas apparently this is what's left

Today we're at home taking it easy. I just discovered that Farley has her Currently up today and thought I'd join in quickly since I missed it in December.
Listening- Recently on my way home from school I turned on the radio and heard an amazing song! I grabbed my iPad (luckily I was stopped at a light) opened the Shazam app and discovered I was listening to Stevie Ray Vaughn's Pride and Joy. How I've missed out on his music all these years is beyond me!
Loving- This relaxing time off is just what I needed. It's also the first time this fall / winter that it's been cold enough (50 degrees today) to wear some of my warm sweaters. I was actually tired of t-shirt weather.
Thinking- about things I should do, and that Wanting to stay right here on the couch and read is going to win out for now.
Needing- I don't know. For now I'm pretty content.
Yes- I really want to get to southern California to see a good friend and her sweet kids, and to northern California to see another friend. We've been friends since college and don't get to see each very often. She's a flight attendant and I'd love to take a trip with her sometime this year.
Maybe and My Wish go together- my husband started a new career in real estate. He's got a few listings and has come very close to selling 2 or 3 properties but things have fallen through due to circumstances out of his control. One person was ready to buy a property- all cash- and the day they were to write up the deal (they even had a scheduled appointment), the man had to cancel because his wife got laid off. It's been things like that that have kept much from going through for him in the last couple months. His reward for both of us when he sells his first house is a trip to Disneyland. Here's hoping it happens soon.

Thanks for sticking with me through all that! I'm going to recharge my computer then check out the other Currently's. Have a wonderful, safe, fun New Year's Eve!

Until 2015... when I'll be back with Technology Tuesday and some freebies for ya!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone from my family to yours!
Barbara Leyne Designs

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Monday, December 22, 2014

"Dear Santa..." Christmas Nerd Libs Linky

I just stumbled on this fun linky party and had to join in. I'm a few days late, but hopefully that's alright. I loved Mad Libs as a kid! and they're so much fun to use with my class too. So this was a no-brainer for me. And it's super easy to join in the fun!

If you want to participate, here are the blanks to fill in. Just like before Christmas... don't peek ahead!
Now that you've done that, take a peek at the Christmas nerd lib.

Grab it, fill in the answers, and enjoy reading your letter to Santa.

 Here's how mine turned out

That was fun! Hope you'll join in too!

Thanks to Mel and Gerdy for hosting!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tech Tuesday- I'm loving!

I love and so do my students! Have you tried it? This week they are sponsoring the event An Hour of Code, hoping to get more students involved in learning to code. When I started my blog I took an online course that included some basics of coding- how to center text, change color, things like that. When I started hearing about I thought "really? even for little kids? hmmmm..." I'll admit I was skeptical that it was something my 2nd graders or k-1 kids could do. Boy was I wrong! has courses kids can work their way through. Mine class started with course 1 designed for kids who can't read yet. It seemed like a good place to start to get the basics. It's really simple at first, but it gets more complicated and they can work through it at their own pace. Some of my kiddos do it at home too.

I'm hoping it will make a big difference in my students problem solving and critical thinking abilities. So far it's made a difference in a few students willingness to try to solve a problem by themselves. is also super easy to use. You can sign up your class to allow students to keep track of what they've done, or just have them go to and give it a try. 

Here are a few videos about coding in case you're thinking of giving it a try. Happy watching! 

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