Sunday, November 1, 2015

Currently....November!

I'm excited to link up today with Farley over at Oh Boy 3rd Grade for another Currently link-up!


It is hard to believe that it is already November! This month is so exciting for so many reasons! 

Listening- Yesterday I didn't get any house work done AT ALL which means that today is full of catching up on dishes and laundry and cleaning. 

Loving- My baby is due on December 14 which means that I can now officially say he will be here next month!! I know these next few weeks are going to fly by and I am so excited that he is almost here! 

Thinking- Now that we have gotten the majority of the nursery put together, it's time for me to figure out how to fit baby stuff into the rest of the house! First step-figuring out where in the world I am going to fit all the baby bottles and dishes! 

Wanting- Wouldn't it be nice if daylight savings gave us an extra day in the weekend instead of just an extra hour? After such an insanely long week last week (Red Ribbon Week, full moon, Halloween, picture day, parent/teacher conference week, PTO trick or treat AND my hard drive crashing) I could DEFINITELY use an extra day to catch up! 

Needing- I truly wish I had a personal shopper that I could send out with my grocery list! The list is made and the coupons are in a pile, but I just hate going to the store! 

Yummy- I'm going with the idea that the faster I eat all of the Halloween goodies, the faster they will be gone and I can go back to eating healthy, right?! :) 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Pumpkins and Spiders and Halloween, oh my!

We are in full fall mode in our little first grade class and I am L-O-V-I-N-G it!!!!

My little ones have been working so hard and I have seen so much growth from them already this year! 
We have been loving digging into some fun Halloween activities and I wanted to share them with you!

My firsties are Halloween OBSESSED! Having some fun with Halloween math has been the best motivation for them to crank out some work! 

We have practiced number bonds... 

and read all about spiders using our witches fingers

and made these precious little Frankensteins!

We wrote precious sight word sentences with some awesome Dollar Tree stickers


and LOVED spelling our sight words with skeleton bones! 

This week we are working on some awesome Spookley the Square Pumpkin Activities and I am just trying to survive a full week of crazy Red Ribbon Week activities!!As great as all the Halloween themed fun has been, I have to admit that I am a little ready for my kiddos to calm it back down a few notches. (At least for a day or two until they get excited all over again about Thanksgiving themed fun!!)

What are some of your favorite Halloween activities?! 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Currently... October!

One of my goals for the month of October is to get back into blogging more frequently and linking up for some awesome linky parties!
I always love reading everyone's Currently posts and I'm excited to post my own this month!


Fall means cool weather and new seasons of favorite shows and football! Wishing I lived closer to Target (the closest to me in AN HOUR AWAY!) so I could obsessively shop fall decorations! And I am loving the constant baby kicks and movements from my little man-can't wait to snuggle him in my arms-10 weeks to go!  


Friday, October 2, 2015

Five For Friday! (And thank goodness it's finally Friday!!!)


Has it been the longest week in the world for anyone else?! I am so excited for this Five for Friday post simply because I am SO GLAD it is finally Friday!!!
My little munchkins have LOVED playing our Ninja "I Have, Who has?" for a math warm-up this week! Just this simple game has helped some of my kiddos really learn their numbers to 120! There are only a few hours left for you to enter to win my Number Grid Ninjas pack- be sure to check it out now!!! 
**Winner has been chosen but you can still check out this pack on TpT for a great price! :) 
We have been working hard this week on some fun sight word centers! My class LOVES spelling their words with stickers! I was excited today when I did sight word test and every single one of my kiddos gained at least 3 new words this week! 

On the last day of every month, we fill out these data pages to track our growth from the month. My teacher heart was so happy to see some of the growth that my kiddos made in just one month! Check out this sweet baby's progress-I was so proud of him!!
Last week I shared about our new growing tower that I received through a STEM grant. We were so excited to see some of our plants sprouting up so fast! These are eventually going to be peppers! The kids are obsessed with checking out the sprout every morning as soon as they get into the classroom and I love how excited they are about it! 

 I love the Dollar Tree! This week I found some great things that I plan on using for some fun October math centers-spiders and bats and monster eyes galore! Be sure to come back next week to see how we are using all of these goodies! I also bought all of the awesome magnetic white boards that they had-I was in need of some new ones for sight word small groups and I think these are going to be perfect! 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend! 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Five for Friday!


Hey everyone! It has been a week full of SO MANY THINGS and I'm excited to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for another awesome Five for Friday!
Last week we finished up solving The Case of the Messy Alphabet and so this week we were excited to start our new daily language detective case- The Case of the Sloppy Sentences! My kiddos are loving practicing capitalization, punctuation, and finger spacing and it is awesome to see how hard they will work on it just so that they can be good detectives! 
 


We have been going NINJA crazy in math this week! I posted yesterday about all of the fun ninja activities we have been doing and you should most definitely check out my post because it includes a contest with a chance to win my brand new Number Grid Ninjas pack! Here's a look at some of the fun we have been having! :) 



I am on our school's STEM committee. Over the summer we applied for a STEM grant in order to purchase a few growing towers for the school. We got approved for the grant and placed our order and finally got our growing towers this week! My kiddos were so excited about such a fun new thing in our classroom and I can't wait for all the awesome science learning that we will be able to use it for! We planted seeds for some vegetables today and the kiddos were in love! 

My awesome momma has an embroidery/ heat press business and made my entire team some awesome new shirts! We loved wearing them today-dress down days are my favorite now that my comfiest pants are my maternity jeans! :) 

I am in my third trimester now and finally have a sweet baby bump! This little munchkin is growing bigger and bigger every day and I am actually really loving having a bigger bump! I ordered some awesome maternity clothes from Pinkblush maternity and have loved having a belly big enough to wear them! I can't believe that our little man will be here in 11 weeks!!! 

Hope you have all had a lovely Friday! Don't forget to stop by and enter my contest to win some fun ninja math!! :) 


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Number Grid Ninjas!!

We have had SUCH a fun week in first grade! We've have been learning our numbers ninja-style all week and I am so excited to share it all with you! Stick with me through the post for your chance to win all of these awesome activities!

My kiddos are OBSESSED with ninjas. They love the ninja KooKoo Kangaroo GoNoodle and they love books about ninjas and they have love love loved all of these new ninja math activities. Take a look!

My little ones are in love with mystery pictures! We had a great time using cue cards in independent mystery picture centers! I was pretty impressed with how their little ninjas turned out! 
 


A few of my little ones BEGGED me to get to fill out numbers on number grids-something that I was having to BEG them to do just last week-ninja power!

We have also loved playing number grid ninja games all week! For this activity, students received number grid boards and glued ninjas to different numbers of their choice. I collected all of their boards and then re-distributed them throughout the class and then my little math geniuses used whiteboards to write down the numbers that the ninjas were hiding! The pack also includes a version of this game where the boards are pre-made with answer cards for use as a math center! 



Something about being able to tell my kiddos that they need to practice "counting like ninjas" has been magical this week. They have worked quieter, harder, and more excitedly on all kinds of counting activities this week and it has been so exciting for me to see the progress that they have made as a result! Here are a few of the counting activities that we have enjoyed this week. 


Wanna know the best news about this Number Grid Ninjas pack?! I am so excited about it that I want to give one pack away! There are so many more exciting things that this pack has to offer (over 100 pages of math ninja greatness) and I hope that you will love it all as much as I do! The contest runs until Friday next week, so be sure to enter to win!!! Good luck! :)  

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

Friday, September 11, 2015

Five for Friday: Confessions of a Sleepy Teacher

Times is FLYING by and I am feeling so guilty about how much time is flying between my blog posts! I told myself that NO MATTER WHAT I was posting a Five for Friday post today, so my sleepy self is snuggled up with my kitty and pup and they're helping me stay awake long enough to write this post. (And long enough to still be awake when my hubby gets home from work!)


Last Saturday we went to Athens and our baby got to listen to his first UGA football game live! :) My pregnancy app last week said that his ears are developed enough now that he can hear loud sounds and might move around when it is loud! He didn't wiggle too much during the game, but I did feel a few big kicks during some loud cheering moments! Even though it was pretty hot, it will be so fun to show him pictures of his first game someday! 
                              
We started learning about seasons this week and my kiddos have LOVED working on their seasons books! These are FREE in my store, so if you are looking for a cute way for your kiddos to document their learning about the seasons, be sure to check them out

I love how creative they have gotten with their trees! Can you tell a have a Halloween-obsessed firstie on my hands?! :) 


Are you as ready for it to be fall as I am?! I can't wait for cool weather and candy corn and everything pumpkin flavored! My love for all things fall got me excited about working on some new Sight Word Sentence Strips! My kiddos have been loving reading these fun sight word sentences and I can't wait to introduce them to these new sets! If you love them, be sure to check out my growing bundle of sight word strips!



We have been working hard on counting to 100 this week and all of my little ones have loved working on some simple counting centers! We have had fun sorting and counting mini erasers, building towers with cubes,and counting pom-poms! I can't wait to see them continue to learn more about counting with some new fun centers next week--stay tuned! :) 



I can't believe how close I already am the the third trimester of my pregnancy! I am definitely a million times more exhausted at the end of every day, but I love this little boy growing inside me so much! I've finally had to give in and buy a few pairs of maternity pants (about time!) and I absolutely LOVED wearing this pair from Target for my 26 week picture! 

Have a fantastic weekend!