Friday, June 28, 2013

Five for Friday - Summer Edition #3

Once again, I am linking up with Doddle Bugs Teaching for the oh so famous Five for Friday.  I have to say this is probably most random set of pictures that I have ever shared.  Random is good though.  :)




My son had his dentist appointment on Tuesday, and I snapped a pic of this x-ray to send to my husband.  Why would I take a pic of my son's x-ray you ask?  This is the first time that he has ever let them take an x-ray.  We have been going for years, and this was, by far, his best appointment.  He even opened up wide for the dentist.  Thank you Mercer Mayer for the book Just Going to the Dentist!  {Ok - call me crazy, but I think the x-ray is cool too.  I had never seen a child's x-ray before (see above).  I love how you can see the adult teeth just waiting to come up.}



I mentioned last week how much I loved allrecipes.com.  This is my creation from this week.  I made black bean and corn quesadillas with homemade tortillas.  Yummy!  My husband liked them too, but he kept giving me a hard time about them being "vegetarian."  {He enjoys his meat.}



Yesterday, my son and I played a rousing game of Candyland.  I love that our version looks like the old-fashioned version that I played when I was little.  None of that newfangled Candyland for us. No, thank you!



I was looking through my purse the other day and kept pulling out Starbucks gift cards.  I decided to pull them all out and see how many I had.  Yep - that's 14 of them.  I probably should start using some of those babies up.



A colleague of mine posted this on Facebook last week, and I thought I would share it with you.  My husband does not find it humorous, but I'm sure you do!  :)

Thanks for checking out the randomness that I call my week!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Flower Sight Word Practice

So I was perusing through some pictures from last school year this morning.  I was having a great time looking at all the fun and realized I didn't share this super fun word practice that my students completed a while back.

My class works on five sight words for about two weeks.  During our morning activities, we practice reading and spelling these words.  We also work on them during center time.  Sometimes we stamp our sight words words.  Sometimes we rainbow write them.  For this center, students chose a flower sight word card.  They then got a marker to write the words on the petals of the flowers.  Each flower had it's own sight word.  Once all of the petals were complete, the students colored the rest of the flowers and the dirt.  The students loved this center!





I wanted to share this with everyone on Teachers Pay Teachers, but I didn't think everyone would like to use the words who, come, what, that, and but.  I mean they are awesome words, but not everyone uses the same words throughout the year.  So I decided to try something new {for me anyway}.  I made an editable PowerPoint!  I was so proud of myself!  {haha}  First of all, I don't usually use PowerPoint to make my products - I like to use Publisher.  Secondly, the whole securing clipart scared me for a bit.  I got it figured out though.  I can't wait to make more editable files!

If you would like your own copy of this fun activity, please click on the picture below and it will take you to the file.


Have a great evening!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Five For Friday - Summer Edition #2

Could it be?  Blogging two days in a row?  Why, yes.  Yes, I am blogging two days in a row.  I am slowly back into this blogging business {and loving it!}.  I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching again this Friday!




I don't know if you have ever visited allrecipes.com before, but I am loving it right now.  Since school has been out, I have been trying to do a better job at cooking meals for my family.  This website is filled to the brim with great recipes.  On Wednesday, my son and I made the recipe for Best Brownies. They were so yummy!  I have made two other recipes from this website this week alone and have a ton more in my recipe box.  I highly recommend allrecipes if you are looking for something new to eat.



This is a picture of my son and husband riding a ride at Legoland last weekend.  It's a fun picture of them, but I love it more for the memory of what happened right after this picture was taken.  {You may, or may not, remember that my son has Autism.  He just started talking when he was 6 and is not clear most of the time.  He still relies heavily on sign language.}  Anyway, right after this picture was taken, Colton looked right at me and said "Hi, Mom!" - clear as day.  My heart just melted!



Yep - I took a picture of my tablet when I passed level 65.  I had to show my Bestie. :)   I had been working on this level for weeks and was just about to give up.  Right now I'm on my third quest to move on.  I had a hard time passing this level {33} the first time around.  I'm sure it will take me a while to pass it again.  Do you play this addicting fun game too?  What level are you on?



My son starts ESY in another week, but we have been working on some skills here at home this week.  {Sorry Buddy - that's what happens when your Mommy is a teacher.  ;)}  Yesterday, we were working on an addition page.  He still needs a number line, so I drew a quick one on a piece of paper.  Well, math was a little rough to get through.  I asked him if he wanted me to make him a Star Wars number line, and he said yes.  He picked out Hans Solo and Princess Leia to be on his number line.  Colton was so proud of it and showed it to my husband.  Later last night my husband said "Colton really likes that ruler thingy."  Number line, honey.  It's a number line.  Ah, husbands - gotta love them!  {By the way, math was much easier today with the Star Wars number line.}



I saw this today and started laughing so hard!  I can't tell you how true this is.  It doesn't matter if it's another state or another country, this is what Kansans hear.  My husband even made a stupid funny Wizard of Oz joke the first time I met him.  Good thing he was cute!  {I live in Las Vegas now which has it's own set of fun comments.  lol}

Thanks for joining me for Five for Friday!  I hope that you have a fun filled weekend!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

My Teacher Always Says Linky & Bloglovin'

I have to say that I am just loving my summer.  My parents arrived the day after I was done with work and brought me my yummy nut rolls.  I may have had one within the hour of my parents' arrival. ;)  We had a lot of fun with them and even made a day trip to Disneyland.  They left last Thursday to head back to Kansas.  Later that same day, my bestie had her baby.  He.Is.A.Cutie!  I teased her all through the last month of school that she couldn't have him at until school was out. {lol}  Then on Friday, my little family took a long weekend trip to Legoland, the beach, and the Maritime Museum in San Diego.  We had a great time!  Colton loved the beach and had fun writing and drawing in the sand.  



I have spent the past few days recuperating from the beginning of my summer break.  Colton and I have been doing a bit of school work every day, made homemade brownies (yum and double yum!), and made a few art projects.  It's been great!  I've also done my share of blog stalking.  I mean I could clean my house, but what fun is that?  lol

Well, on quite a few blogs I follow I saw this super fun linky that Forever in First was having.


I know that there are things that I always say in my classroom.  I even joked with my assistant this past year that I needed a tape recorder with all my repeated phrases on it.  lol

Here are some of the things that I always say in my classroom.

I always say this when I'm getting ready to start an activity or trying to get my students' attention.  This always makes them laugh.  As time goes on, they usually end up saying the last word on their own.


I usually say this when things don't go the way we want them to.  I want the students to know that's it's ok, and we can just move on.  I sometimes follow this up with "Man, those cookies - always crumbling." 


These two kind of go together.  My students tend to make big problems out of small problems.  I want the students to identify problems that they are able to solve and ways to solve those problems.  They also like to tell me about what other students are doing.  I like them to know that it is my job to worry about all of the students, and it is their job to worry about themselves.  


This is my absolute favorite thing that I say in my classroom!  I want each child to try their very best at everything that he/she does.  I let my students know that this is what I expect of them.  They know this too, and can tell you that they should always try their best.  :)

It's always fun to read what other teachers always say in their classroom.  Jump over to Forever in First's linky to read some more great lines.  :)

Also, I'm sure that you have heard the news about Google Reader and the dreaded July 1st date.  If you haven't switched over your blogs yet, you still have about a week and a half to get everything switched. I would love it if you would continue to follow me through Bloglovin' using the link below.  Thanks!

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Well, I am off to get some laundry done and maybe even start on a product. I haven't made anything new in many months and I'm itching to use some clipart for something.  Have a great day!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Five for Friday - Summer Edition #1

Wow!  It is so good to be back.  I have been in a blogging funk.  Not only with writing on my own blog, but reading all the fabulous blogs out there.  I don't know how many times I have over 200 blog posts to read on Feedly and clicked them to just be marked as read.  I am going to try my hardest to be a better blogger and follower.  :)

Yesterday was my official last {work} day at school, so I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for my first summer edition of Five for Friday!


1.  Here are some of the projects that were put in my students' portfolios that they took home on Tuesday.  It was so much fun to look at all of the things that we made throughout the year!



2.  It is getting very, very warm here in Las Vegas.  Yesterday, I was getting ready to check out of my classroom when my husband sent me this picture.  {And for those of you who remember from my Spring Break Five for Friday, my husband did end up buying a new car near the end of April.}

Don't worry though. He said it went down to 116 degrees.  haha
3.  On my way home from work, I stopped by and got one of these yummy drinks.  I have tons {and I really mean tons} of gift cards to use this summer.


4.  Being the Teacher Mommy that I am, I couldn't let my son just waste away the summer.  I know today is only his second day off.  Ok, so really he's just really into Star Wars right now and Tanya Dwyer has a great Mini-book Writing and Rubrics Freebie that just so happens to have a section with a Star Wars theme.  There is also a Princess theme and some great themed writing pages.  Colton loved writing his own Star Wars story!


5.  My parents are almost here from their 2 day drive from Kansas.  I am so excited to see them!  I am also excited about what they are bringing me.  Yummy nut rolls from a bakery in my mom's home town of Clay Center.  Can't wait to have one {or two}!

Not my picture, but this is what they look like.  Can.not.wait!

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