December Currently

So, I'm sure December snuck up on everyone, right? And to think that one of the three full weeks in December is already in the books. Blows my mind.

Anyway, needless to say, Farley's Currently also snuck up on me and since we are all so busy this time of year I am just now getting on board. Here we go!


Listening

Oh my goodness! The only channel that exists in my home this time of year is The Hallmark Channel.  All day, every day.  Who's with me?

Loving

Now, I love my Christmas tree but not because it's this big, beautiful, gorgeous, professionally decorated tree.  I love it because there is nothing more soothing than sitting in the living room by the glow of the white lights, relaxing, watching a movie, and relaxing some more. I am truly so sad when it's time for the tree to come down.

Thinking

I sat in the quiet morning hours today just thinking about how fortunate my family is in so many ways.  Are we perfect? Absolutely not! Do we have everything that we want all the time? No way! But do we have what we need that is important? Absolutely! Sometimes I just need to remind myself of this when things get a little crazy or life is gets overly stressful. There is so much to be thankful for.

Wanting

SNOW! I know, I know. You will think I am crazy but there is nothing as magical as a white Christmas.  I can do without all the dirty slop on the sides of the roads but the beautiful flakes falling from the sky creating a picturesque landscape just takes my breath away.

Needing

A 3-day weekend.  No joke. I just need a day to catch up on housework, laundry, honey-dos, and such.  This weekend went by in the blink of an eye and none of these things are done...

Real or Faux

We do an artificial tree for many reasons.  The first few years we were married we did have a real tree but the first year of having a toddler changed all that! I was just so nervous about her crawling on dried out needles. Some friends of ours actually had a little critter jump out of their tree after they had it in their house. That sealed the deal, really. We've had artificial ever since.  In hindsight, it truly has been a blessing because now I can have my tree up longer to enjoy {for reasons already listed above} without the worry of a dried out tree.  Oh, also because my husband is a volunteer fireman and not having to worry about the fire hazard keeps him happy too:)

I'm keeping it short and sweet! Until next time!



Thanksgiving 'Thankful Pumpkins'

I know Thanksgiving is over but here is a quick little project you can do with your littles next year.


  I was surfing the Internet the weekend before Thanksgiving looking for a quick and easy activity that I could do within about a 40 minute period with 25 kiddos.  I came across this post from Annie Moffat from The Moffat Girls that gave me the perfect project.

Since I knew I was going to be short on time and I also wanted to read a Thanksgiving read-aloud, I did a little prep work ahead of time.  I trimmed the strips, pre-punched the holes, had the green strips cut, and the year written on a leaf.


I know that sounds like a lot of work that second graders could certainly handle on their own, however, time was of the essence that day!

I had the students cut their strips apart first.  This gave me an opportunity to attach one brad and give them the second brad to attach when they were through.


The writing and assembly of all 24 pumpkins took right at 30 minutes. This gave me 10 minutes at the beginning of class to read them a book as well.  It was perfect! They LOVED how they turned out.  They could not visualize how this creation was going to be a pumpkin. They were amazed at how easy it was. These were also perfect because they could slide the strips flat again so it fit perfectly into their folders to bring home without getting bent.  So many of them declared that this pumpkin would be their table centerpiece on Thanksgiving.  Oh my goodness. Love.



I couldn't help but get a little smile on my face and on my heart that someone was thankful for teachers:)

I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day together to think about all that good in your life and are enjoying everything that this Christmas season has to offer!




The Primary Punchbowl

Hi friends! I just blogged over at The Primary Punchbowl about how I am going to spruce up my classroom behavior for December. I even left a freebie for you!  I'd love it if you hopped on over there to check it out. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.



Five for Friday

Whoa! What a week it has been! We've been so busy over here that I haven't had a chance to breathe. This second quarter has been flying by and it isn't going to slow down anytime soon.

I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday.  Let me just say again, I'm exhausted. So, let's get right to it!



I just need to say that I implemented the brag tag system this year and I am in love! My students love them. I love them. Everyone who walks into my room is asking about them.   I dedicated one small bulletin board in my room this year our brag tags.

I used the Mini Editable Labels by Angie at Lucky Little Learners to make their name tags at the top. If you're interested in them, you can find them {here}.  And, because I am a little OCD about things looking uniform, I made the numbered labels for the front.  They coincide with the number the students use on their work.  
I've been using brag tags from many sources.  Some of them are from Aimee Salazar @ Primarily Speaking. I also use some from Lucky Little Learners. There are MANY great resources on TpT if you're interested in using these yourself.


Is anyone else experiencing the craziness I've had going on over here?  I have already hit that time of year when I need to change things up a bit.  We have 14 student attendance days in November so I am now 'Watching for Good Behavior' in my classroom.  Each student 'decorated' their own watch and for each day of good behavior, they get a hole punch.  If they get all 12 numbers on the clock face punched by the last day of November, they get to participate in a classroom reward.  It seems to be a good little incentive.  Looks like I may need to come up with a December trick as well.



Holy science! We started our mass/matter unit today.  We learned that all objects have mass and mass can be measured using weight.  We measured the mass in blocks of different objects today.  Next week we will start in our conversation regarding matter. 







Football. Football. Football.

High School Playoffs. Elite Eight.

Lovin' Every Minute.

That Is All.


Class. Again. I feel like I am forever taking classes. I spent this past weekend in class, again.  Yep, you read that right. WeekEND. Friday night. Saturday. Sunday. Now, I will say that I thoroughly enjoy my professor.  I take as many classes that I can that he teaches.  There has not been one single day that I do not walk out without some useful and beneficial information that I can use immediately in my classroom. I call that a win.

That's a wrap for now.  Have a great weekend and week ahead. Hang in there. Some much needed break time will be here soon!



November CURRENTLY

Whoa! I know I am not alone when I say, I cannot even believe it is November already?! I feel like I was just boating, sunning, and sleeping in. Here I am now, just getting home from First Quarter Parent Teacher Conferences.  Unbelievable.

The beginning of November does mean one thing, as does the beginning of every month, Farley's Currently! I may not be a consistent blogger otherwise but I sure do love this link up! Let's get started, shall we?


Listening

When we need the t.v. on but aren't necessarily watching t.v., the Big Bang Theory seems to the be the go-to.  Luckily it seems to be on TBS a lot!  Our family has probably watched every episode dozens of times each but we just never grow tired of it.

Loving

I just walked in the house from completing two days of Parent Teacher Conferences for the first quarter.  Whew! I have never been too anxious about talking with parents but I sure am happy when they're done.  For some reason, sitting down and talking all day and night is just exhausting.  You would think teaching all day would be more exhausting but something out of the norm just throws me a curveball.  

Thinking

November just flies by, doesn't it?  We always use the first two days of November for conferences so the kiddos are not at school. Our school district takes off for Veteran's Day and we get Wednesday through Sunday off for Thanksgiving.  We only have one full week of school with the kiddos for a grand total of only 14 teaching days in November!  While it is nice to have some time off, sometimes those short weeks are more brutal than a full week.  Am I alone? I'm sure not. 

Wanting

The laundry pile in my house is getting scary people! I just can't seem to find a good chunk of time to get the laundry mission accomplished.  It is not my thing to do sporadic loads here and there, I need completeness, closure.  So, I like to have a chunk of time to get it all done.  This just hasn't been in the cards for me. Oh well! Life will go on!

Needing

I am on a mission to get my plans done at school through Christmas, yes, you heard me right! We have got some busy weekends ahead and there will just not be time on Sundays to do this.  We do not get a plan period everyday at school so a lot of my planning is done after school or at home.  I had a little down time during my conference days so I did get a good start.  My goal is have them all done with copies ready within the next week.  Then I can start working on January.  That is unbelievable to me to even think about but ready or not, the school year is moving right along.

Yummy!

Oh.My.Goodness. I love all things Thanksgiving Dinner.  I love making the dinner, eating the dinner, having leftovers from the dinner.  You name it, I love it.  Now, I'm talking a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner here. Turkey, {real} mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, cranberries, pumpkin pie. Carb Heaven.  I know some of you from the south like to throw in a few curveballs that I am not accustomed to, however, give me a good 'ole turkey dinner any time.  

That's a wrap everyone! Since I'm already a few days late, I'll make this a short and quick post! Have a great November!






The Primary Punchbowl


Hi friends! I just wanted to let you know that I blogged over at The Primary Punchbowl about a subject that is near and dear to my heart {insert groan here} - pencils!  I would love it if you went to check it out!  You can click here to head on over! Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments. Thanks!


The Primary Punchbowl Fall Blog Hop



Alright now - I have to tell you that I am so excited that I cannot contain myself! I have teamed up with a group of the.most.FABULOUS.ladies to bring to you a new collaborative blog, The Primary Punchbowl.  To kick off our new blog, we are hosting a wonderful blog hop to introduce ourselves.



During this most awesome time of the year, every classroom is busy learning and having fun.  I love learning about pumpkins during our literacy block, math block and science.  Pumpkin science can be so fun, even as they get a little older!  Our class reads lots of pumpkin books, fiction and nonfiction.  We estimate our pumpkin's weight and height, and guess how many pumpkin seeds we can collect. During pumpkin science, we like to get our hands dirty by digging right into our pumpkins. We even add soil right into the cavity of a pumpkin to see if we can grow a pumpkin sprout.  One lucky student eventually gets to take this pumpkin home to plant in their garden! The students love this time of year almost as much as I do.



To celebrate this new adventure, I created a fun, little pumpkin vocabulary assessment to share with you. Although my kiddos are only in second grade, I still like to assess what they are learning in science.  Click on the picture below to download.  I hope you enjoy!



Now, for the best part of our launch.  Each of the bloggers in the The Primary Punchbowl is hosting a TpT Gift Certificate giveaway!  Yep, each.and.every.one. is having their own giveaway.  That means you have 18 chances of winning prizes!  AND, best of all, if you visit The Primary Punchbowl blog, you can enter to win a pair of Kendra Scott earrings! Click here to enter!

I am giving away a $10 TpT Gift Certificate as a thank you for supporting me and my own little adventure.  You can enter using the Rafflecopter below.



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now, be sure to visit all of the other bloggers below to collect all of their wonderful freebies.  They each are also offering their own TpT Gift Certificate giveaways.  You don't want to miss them!



An InLinkzLink-up

Have a great week and enjoy this fabulous pumpkin spice season!




Five for Friday (kind of)


So, it has been a long while since I've joined Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday and I am well aware of the fact that it is NOT Friday, however, I am joining in today {Monday} anyway!


I joined a new building within our district this year teaching with two other terrific second grade teachers.  We do a 'switch' which means I teach all three sections during the day.  We have some phenomenal students this year but let me tell you what - they are chatty! I have to give myself a pep talk each morning to have patience, knowing they really are some great kiddos - they just like to be social!  However, one day this week, I decided to read The Interrupting Chicken to one class.  They loved it! It took them a little bit to realize why I was reading this book but it also started some great discussion:)



We are talking all about our five senses this week during science.  My kiddos LOVED the activities from this Science Interactive Notebook unit from Live Laugh Teach First Grade.


Science Interactive Notebook K-2nd

Here is just one of the activities in which I filled balloons with different things and they had to use their sense of touch to try and determine what was inside.  They absolutely loved it!



My daughter was uber-organized when she was packing for college HOWEVER when I sat through some parent meetings at her freshman orientation this summer, a current student talked how many hangers she goes through, among other points of interest.  I relayed this message to my daughter who thought she had plenty.  This weekend, my husband was heading up to see her and when I asked if she needed anything - yep, you guessed it - hangers.  This, of course, was after she insisted she had enough when we were buying her things this summer.  Now, getting more hangers should not be a big deal but she is a 'little' OCD at heart and really wanted hangers to match the ones she already had.  This meant that I used my Friday lunch hour to run to Target to get some matching hangers.  I do believe she should not run out now:)



Friday nights in this house mean one thing - high school football.  My daughter cheers, my friends' sons play, and I LOVE to watch!  I have one more year when Ellyn is a senior next year.  After that, I am just not sure what I will do ~ we may just have to continue going and ween ourselves away...



This past weekend was so bittersweet! My daughter Ellyn is a junior in high school and had her Homecoming.  If you are a mom with daughters, you understand the need to be there to help.  There are things that a dad just couldn't do...

My daughter Elizabeth had her Family Weekend at college.  This is her first and it was heartbreaking to not be there but I also thought it would be a good experience for her and her dad to have a weekend together. So, I stayed back with Ellyn to help out with Homecoming and my husband went to college to spend some time with Elizabeth. Here is my daughter Ellyn all glammed up.  She can stop growing up any time now.


Elizabeth made sure to send me a selfie of her and her dad just to prove that he made it up there and that they were enjoying themselves!


I am really hoping that we do not have this conflict next year again....it was heartbreaking to have to miss any of this.

That's it folks! Have a great week!




October Currently!

Hi friends! This poor lil blog of mine has been so neglected. Although this is my tenth year teaching, I am in a new building in which I am now team teaching so I feel like a brand new teacher again! I forgot how exhausting it is! Whew!



I did manage to find some time this morning to link up with Farley and her monthly Currently.  I know it's already October 4 but better late than never, right?  Let's get started!


LISTENING

I've been sitting in my kitchen on my laptop, cooking, and doing laundry while HGTV is on.  It must be a Property Brothers Marathon because all I hear are Drew and Jonathan's voices.  My husband is out running errands and my daughter is working on school project elsewhere so if the t.v. isn't on, it would be entirely too quiet for me:)

LOVING

I cannot tell you how much I love Autumn.  I know I'm not alone so many of you are feeling the love as well.  I was so excited to pull out my hoodie sweatshirts this weekend and have to admit that I'm a little sad that there will be days this week that are going to be warmer again.  

THINKING

I feel as though school just started and yet the end of the first quarter is looming.  How does that happen? I have so much to do before then and also manage to throw in some Halloween fun as well.

WANTING

I really want to get my house 'autumnized' before it's too late!  I went to buy mums for my front porch yesterday and there were very few left.  Clearly, I am behind the 8 ball, so to speak.  I did buy some mums and managed to get them planted yesterday but now I need to work on the inside.

NEEDING

Are there any other Sunday Night Sally's out there?? I hate having that monkey on my back all weekend but, for whatever reason, I just haven't been able to get my lesson plans done during the week.  I have been leaving them for Sunday nights and it has GOT TO CHANGE! For real, how am I supposed to stay caught up on my DVR'd shows if I'm writing lesson plans??!! Who's with me?

BOO-TIFUL

Oh my! There is nothing that makes me feel better than when my girls call me or talk to me wanting or needing advice, to talk them down from a stressful situation, or just sit and talk about their weekend, plans, friends, etc. This has really been evident since my oldest moved away to school.  Knowing that she still calls me when she needs advice or to just talk makes me feel awesome.  As a parent, I want her to spread her wings but I also love that I am a go-to for a friend to talk to, text, or even Snapchat! Yep, she showed me how to Snapchat before she left for school in August and I love looking at my phone during the day and seeing a Snapchat notification from her.  I cannot wait for the day to be over so I can look at what she's up to.  My younger daughter had her Homecoming last night and we already had a long talk this morning about her night.  I am so thankful that they are ok with talking to 'mom'. There is no better feeling in the world.

That's it! I hope you are having a wonderful school year - enjoy it while it flies by!