Sunday, November 25, 2012

Teaching, House hunting, and a Wedding...

I feel really bad I haven't blogged in a while.  Time is surely going by quickly!  My sister is getting married December 12th, and I have still so much to do as her matron of honor!  Not only is she getting married but she is shopping for a house as well.  She did find one and it is so cute...fingers crossed for her!  Anyways, I am still waiting for my drop in and that also is very stressful!  But on a happy note, they must be finished by Dec. 14th!  Ha, so I know it's between now and then!  I also finished my Jack Frost unit, so if you haven't seen it please check it out! Speaking of TPT don't forget the Cyber Monday Sale!

I was extremely excited to find out I was nominated by Stephanie at Sparkling in Third Grade for the Liebster Blog Award!

The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers by established bloggers (less than 200 followers), in order to recognize them, let them know that they are appreciated, and to spread the word about new blogs. The rules are: 
  • You must post 11 random things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions that the nominators 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 that I can learn more about you!)

So here goes nothing...

11 Random Things about Amy! 

1.  I love the beach...I married my husband in Navarre, Florida directly on the beach!
2.  I love cheering...I cheered from 3rd grade to my Junior year in high school.  Now I am helping with the cheer club/squad at my school!
3.  I am a big twilight fan...however, I love to sleep so I would wait until the daytime.
4. I loved the holiday that we just had...because I was able to stay in my jammies and have sleep in days with my little boy!  We love to sleep and rest!!
5.  I enjoy being a leader- even though I am not fond of being a presenter for a
6.  I love reading kids stories, especially to my little boy right before bedtime!
7.  I am a true Disney Fan- I love cartoons, movies..and MICKEY MOUSE!
8.  For some reason, I really like pens...not sure why...I will see one and think I have to have that...yes, I get it!
9.  Hate to cook, I would rather go out to eat any day!
10.  I am a HUGE family person, I enjoy being around them all the time!
11. I am a shopaholic! My sister today had to stop by Walgreens and I had to get something!  True Confessions!!  We could have stopped at a gas station- I would have gotten a Coke! haha

and now to answer questions from Stephanie:

  1. How long have you been teaching and what grades have you taught? 
    1. (11 years) 4th- two years, 3rd- one year, 2nd- 7 years, and currently 1st
  2. What do you usually do on a Friday or Saturday night? If there is a Memphis Basketball game and my husband is not at the fire station, then that...otherwise, I am at home watching Disney Jr. with my little boy
  3. What do you like the most about the school that you teach at? My co-workers.  I absolutely love my grade level friends!  We are fun and exciting (never a dull moment)
  4. What do you like best about being a teacher? watching the kids gain knowledge!
  5. If you hadn't become a teacher, what would you have been and why? I was originally going to become an math!
  6. What is your best teaching memory? My first year teaching second grade, I had a child who could not read.  After tutoring him after school, he slowly learned.  He won an award "Making the Grade" with the University of Memphis and was acknowledged during half-time at the basketball game!
  7. What is your worst teaching memory? My first year of teaching...i slipped on ice in front of my students and while playing a game of kickball, I fell while running really fast.  (glasses fell off, and had grass stains on my pants)
  8. Who or what is your inspiration for being a good teacher? I had so many wonderful teachers growing up- I was truly blessed, so I would say just the fact I wanted to be a teacher from when I was a little girl...playing dolls, etc.  May I add they are currently, very smart dolls today! =)
  9. Chocolate or fruity? fruity, not fond of chocolate unless cake!
  10. In the spirt of cyber Monday, what is your favorite store to shop online? Limited, Old Navy, Target and ebay
  11. What blog was your biggest inspiration when you decided to start your blog and why? Christina Bainbridge, I started following her on her class web page, and then she went into the blog i decided to follow!
The blogs I nominate for the Liebster Blog Award are the following:

  1. What is your favorite season and why?
  2. If you hit the lottery, what would you do and why?
  3. How long have you been teaching and what grades have you taught?
  4. What do you want for Christmas?
  5. Do you believe in fate?
  6. Why did you choose teaching as your profession?
  7. Do you like the new evaluation process?
  8. What do you like the most about the school you teach at?
  9. What is your favorite subject to teach?
  10. Tables or desk? Which would you rather have in your classroom?
  11. What is the most memorable moment in your life so far?
Have a great Cyber Monday!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Santa Claus is Coming Soon!

I honestly can't believe it is November!  Where is this school year going?  This past week we had Red Ribbon Week at school.  I must say the kids really enjoyed the dress up days, especially when I dressed up as a clown!  
Yes, this is me!
This is our door for the Door Contest!
Here are a few classroom pictures I took yesterday afternoon.  My home away from home!

 If I must say having a promethean board is wonderful!

In this picture I have grouped my kids.  The color stars are for me to be able to call on certain students to complete certain task.  Such as: Red Stars can get the privacy folders and pass them out to their group, Blue Stars collect the papers and put them into the basket.

Even though, we decided to just carve a pumpkin, we had a great time.  Poor daddy was at the station that night!

Well, since I feel Christmas is around the corner, I created a few items today.  Make sure you check them out in my TPT store.  

This one kids will be using a magnifying glass to find the hidden words.
 I used Christmas characters and put little words hidden in the picture.  Kids will love finding these hidden words, especially having to use a magnifying glass to find the hidden words!
This will take you to my store.

Here is the recording sheet for the I Spy packet.

Next, is a Christmas Literacy and Math Packet.  It has a Family project, using the book Santa's New Suit.
My kids absolutely loved listening to this story and then having to create a new suit for Santa.  How the imaginations begin to form!
Click above for the TPT store link

Here is the example of the math facts game.  I used Christmas characters on the game board to make it more exciting!
Also, since Thanksgiving is less than 3 weeks away.  Here is a freebie of my Thanksgiving: Disguise a Turkey Family Project. Just {click here} for your copy.

Whew!  I know it's a lot but I wanted to share everything with you.  Thanks to all my new followers on TPT and my blog! 

As always, Happy Blogging!