Saturday, February 1, 2014

February Currently

It has been a while since I have blogged.  Not sure why things are so crazy this year. Time to link up with Farley from Oh' Boy Fourth Grade for her awesome monthly linky Currently February! Hopefully February will be a better blogging month for me.

1. Watching-Obsessed with BBC's Sherlock.  Such a good show.  I am now re-watching the series.

2.  Loving-Enjoying no plans.  Went to Costco this morning before it was packed.  Got all the essentials for Super Bowl tomorrow. Watching TV and being lazy now.

3.  Thinking-report cards.  Yes, I need to do comments.  I always agonize over this part of report cards though.  I feel like it takes me forever to do them. In steps my BFF whose name is Procrastination.

4.Wanting-more snow days.  You can never have too many!!  Bring on some more snow!!!

5. Needing-to clean and cook.  My house is a mess....I was crafting this week so of course there is paper, string, glitter, and paint on my table.  Time to put everything away. Also need to make salsa chicken so it is ready to be turned into yummy taco dip for the game tomorrow.

6. Truths and Fib

  • I do HATE teaching elapsed time.  So many kids have trouble with it and everyone has to find his/her own strategy for learning it.  I wish I had a be-all-end-all elapsed time strategy that would work for all kids.
  • I DID NOT only teach 4 days in the last two was actually only 2.  I taught Tuesday and Friday of this past week only.  We had snow the entire week before and then much of this past week.  By the way...snow blizzards in Virginia really can be just 2 inches.  Yes, two inches of snow gets you out for a week!
  • I do have 29 kids this year.  That is a lot of bodies in one room.  Love them though and I did miss them over snow break.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Is it really October 14th already???

Okay so I apologize for being MIA the last two months.  I was able to get into the brand-new building the first week of August and I don't think I have taken a break since.  August was full of unpacking and decorating...and then unpacking more.  I LOVE my new school and my new room.  My theme this year isn't really a theme.  It is just polka-dot and chevron decor, but I love it.

I met my 29 fifth graders on September 3rd.  The first day of school was also the day my dad went into the hospital.  He was really sick for a few weeks.  They ended up amputating his leg.  It was a long 4 weeks and he finally got home the first week of October.  He is doing great and very mobile already.  October so far has been spending 3-4 nights a week visiting/helping him.

I promise to post pics of my new classroom later this week.

I am REALLY excited to be participating in my first-ever SLANT box exchange.  I received my matches today and am already stalking their blogs!  For more information (and to join in next month) check out:

The SLANT Box Exchange

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Made-it: Organization

Four days at the beach is not enough.  Days at the pool are not bad though, so I shouldn't complain.

Staples sales have started and the piles at my house are growing.  Hopefully the new building will be ready soon and some of these piles in my living room can disappear.  I am slowly getting ready for school next month.  I even met with my new team and did some planning.  I've also been updating some items to match my decor theme this year, which is going to be chevron and polka-dot.

Last summer I made drawer labels.  (See post from last summer about which drawers I bought:

Last night I made NEW drawer labels. I love the look and love know they are going to match my calendar and teacher-binder.

Here is how they turned out (Sorry the lighting in my house isn't great):

You can download the PDF from google docs here.  If you want the powerpoint file so you can edit it, comment or send me an email.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Monday Made-It

Joining up with Tara for today's Monday Made-it.

I am trying to get organized for next school year...Yes, I know summer JUST started. Since I am moving to a brand-new school I know I will need as much time as possible in August to unpack. I made a printable calendar for my teacher binder. I plan to print it and hole-punch it, then put it at the front of my binder. I wanted something functional and cute.


I got the backgrounds from Absolutely Janie and the borders from HoneyDew Design.
The font is Rowdy Spunky from Rowdy in Room 300.

If you would like the file, help yourself!  You can download it from Google Docs.
2013-2014 Calendar

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Sunday, June 30, 2013


I think my favorite thing about summer is time.  I have time to visit with family and friends, clean my house, read books, watch TV, and relax.  Basically time to do anything I want!

I spent a great weekend with my sister, brother-in-law, my 15 month old niece.  She is such a cutie and can almost say my name.  I hate traffic around DC and the 2.5 hour trip took me 4 hours, but it was worth it.  It is nice to sit here, watch True Blood, and catch up in the blogging world.  Now...if only I could stop playing candy crush.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Oh the joys of testing!  Our "testing season" has officially begun and will continue for the next 3 weeks.  I can't decide if I prefer to test all subjects back-to-back or if I like having 4 days in between each test.

I can't complain though.  My kids worked really hard on their first test today and I am sure they did a fabulous job.

I made a new door sign...I was tired of the standard "Do Not Disturb" and "Testing" signs they give us.
Feel free to grab a copy for your classroom!  Just click on the photo above or click here.