Friday, January 13, 2017

Five for Friday - Friday the 13th Style!

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! So far this week, we have had a full moon, gone from highs in the low 30's Sunday to the middle 70's today, and have Friday the 13th today....can you say Teacher Tired?!
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But I wanted to share with you a few things that have been happening this week so I'm joining up with Doodle Bugs Teaching Five For Friday.
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1 - We have been learning about homophones so my class and I created this simple anchor chart to help them remember what homophones are. Nothing fancy just a quick reminder for them I hope!


2 - I found out yesterday that my Donors Choose proposal for the Rooted in Reading books has been fully funded! Now I'm patiently (well maybe NOT so patiently) waiting for them to arrive! This proposal was funded so quickly! :)


3 - This week I've been working hard to level all my students on their current reading levels. We have to complete and turn these leveling sheets into our curriculum coach. Thankfully I finally finished the last kiddo's yesterday! YAH!


4 - Last Saturday, we had a chance of snow here in South Carolina and Miss M has never seen snow so we were hoping for some. We actually got a couple of 2-4 minute flurries, but nothing stuck. It was definitely a #SnowDayBust, but M still enjoyed it even though it was COLD! We are definitely not used to winter weather like some of you have!


5 - And finally this week was the College Football National Championship. We are a house divided by the South Carolina football teams - I am a die-hard Carolina Gamecocks fan while my hubby is a die-hard Clemson Tigers fan. Of course this week Clemson played in and WON the National Championship. My hubby was super excited and he even got to dress Miss M in her Clemson cheerleader outfit. I'm sorry but I just couldn't wear that gawdy shade of orange! LOL! Seriously though, I am proud that a SC team winning the National Championship!


Hope everyone enjoys your long weekend! I know I am planning to enjoy mine!
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Happy New Year 2017! Now It's Back To School From Winter Break!

Happy new year 2017! Yes I have been back at school for 2 weeks but boy have they been busy?! And this week having a full moon and Friday the 13th all rolled into one...can you say EXHAUSTED?!!


I hope you all had a wonderfully relaxing winter break. I know mine went by WAY too fast! I did enjoy every minute of being home with my wonderful family! I know I am super late, but I wanted to share a few pictures with you of Christmas 2016 at our house! So here's a sneak peek into my home life:
We had to bake cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. Thank goodness for Pillsbury refrigerated cookie dough! Of course she had to taste the dough, but don't tell!


Christmas morning! Oh the excitement in my horse-loving girl's eyes! She got a big, toy Appaloosa horse, a small Appaloosa horse, and My Little Pony PJs!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017!

I hope you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas/Winter break. We go back to school tomorrow. As I was planning for this week, I found this writing sheet I created a few years ago and I am planning to use it with my 2nd graders to publish in the hall. There is a version for a boy and one for a girl. Feel free to use it as you see fit. It is a forever FREEBIE on TpT. I would absolutely LOVE some sweet feedback on this freebie!


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/New-Years-Resolution-writing-paper-1640620

Happy New Year 2017 everyone!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sharing the Christmas Cheer!

Well I didn't think I would have time to do a post before Christmas with all the Christmas parties and celebrations going on, but I am doing this one while Miss M is still sleeping in the morning. Of course, I still cannot get my body off my school schedule...by the way 5:30 am comes too early every morning!


Since I had some time this morning, I decided to look around at some Donors Choose projects and spread a little Christmas cheer by donating to some projects. Even a few dollars goes a long way to fully funding these projects. I hope you will consider giving back as well.
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I currently have a couple of projects live on the site if anyone is interested in supporting my classroom. Even a $1 helps and right now I have a dollar for dollar match offer, so every $1 that is donated is actually $2! YAH!


I am trying to get the books to along with the Rooted in Reading lessons from Amy Lemons.


I am trying to get a new and more reliable digital camera for my classroom. I am using a very old digital camera right now and when I want really good pictures bringing in my expensive personal digital camera.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Full Moon...and Christmas Break!

Well it is FINALLY Friday! This has been an extremely tiring week for this teacher. I mean there's nothing like a FULL moon during the week we get out for Christmas break!


In the midst of this CRAZY week, my class has been getting a lot accomplished...most of which has been for the fun of it. Here's a little peek into our week.


This week my kiddos worked hard to make Christmas ornaments for their families. These are a few of the ones we made.
These were some adorable GingerCuties! They came from Miss Mandy on TpT and are FREE! I shrunk the pictures down to 2 per page to make ornaments!
These reindeer came from patterns I have had since I started teaching. They trace the patters on construction paper and then cut and assemble the reindeer. They are always so adorable and every one turns out to be UNIQUE!
A teacher friend of mine came up with the idea to do these tissue paper "stained glass" ornaments this year and the kids LOVED making them. We just used a clipart ornament as the background!


We also reviewed 2 digit addition with regrouping and made these adorable Christmas trees. This Holiday Tree is a freebie on TpT from RaraDT.


I think my favorite thing we made this year was the LOVE card from Simply Kinder (I can't find the link for this one!). The kids dipped their fingerprints in different colors of paint to make the light bulbs for their card. They are absolutely precious!


I hope you enjoyed taking a little peek into my classroom. Now I am off to enjoy my Christmas break - 2 weeks! YAH!! Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Well it is also the most exhausting time of the year for a teacher too! Needless to say life has been busy both in school and at home for the last few weeks. Thankfully everyone in my family seems to be doing better and life has settled back down into a more routine pattern (or at least as much normal as it can be at this time of year!). I only have 2 more school days until Christmas Break! YAH! :)


I wanted to share with you what Krista Wallden is doing to celebrate this special time of year. This year she is giving back to classroom teachers during the month of December. She is giving a set of clipart FREE each week in December with the hopes that we as teachers will give back to other teachers in the form of donating to specific Donors Choose projects. You can donate as little as $1, but think of all the good $1 will do if everyone donated! I think this is a great way to give back and I absolutely LOVE Krista's amazing artistic abilities so I have been all over this one. Please click on the link below to check out all the details:
Holiday Freebie #1: Donate to a Cause {Creative Clips Clipart}


School life has been hectic as usual, but I did want to share with you a couple of pictures from last week. We took Miss M to see "Santa Land". This is a home of an older couple. They decorate their whole yard with well over 12,000 Christmas lights and LOTS of lighted Christmas objects. They also have a working mini carousel and train for kids to ride. Then they let families come and visit for FREE. It is absolutely AMAZING! M loved it and squealed the whole time we were there. Oh how I love seeing the wonder and amazement in her sweet eyes! She definitely makes Christmas magical for us!


Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Sale 2016 at TpT!

Starting today and running through tomorrow my entire store will be on sale for 2% off for the TpT Cyber Sale. Use the code CYBER2016 to save an additional 10% off! Now is the time to clean off some of those items in your wishlist!


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Palmetto-State-Primary


By the way my Alphabet Emergent Readers Bundle is complete with all the letters now!



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fabulous Fall 2016

I just wanted to pop in and share some of Miss M's fall pictures with you. We had a fun afternoon taking these. She is growing up so much and these pictures show off some of her personality. I love them all!





I hope you are all having a fabulous fall 2016! Every day with Miss M is a wonderful day. She is my biggest blessing!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Halloween Fun 2016

If you are looking for some new activities to do this Halloween in your classroom, check out my Pinterest board. There are some fun activities pinned there. As an added bonus, many of them are free too!
https://www.pinterest.com/primarypalmetto/halloween/

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hooray For Fall!

I don't know about you, but I am super excited that fall is here! This is my favorite season of the year. I love the cooler weather, the changing colors of the leaves, football, and pretty much everything else about fall. Unfortunately here in South Carolina, we don't get too much fall weather until late in October or even November, but I soak it up as much as I can.


Usually each October, my mom, Miss M, and I travel to the mountains of North Carolina to see the beautiful fall leaves. This year due to damages from Hurricane Matthew and some sickness within our family we will not be able to make our annual trip.


As a tribute to my favorite season, I thought I would share some of my fall favorites with you. Some these are freebies I have created while others are paid products. All my fall products in my TpT store are on sale for 20% until Wednesday.


Fall Counting Activity Sheet (Up to 20 objects)
This is a free counting sheet that makes a great morning work or homework sheet.


In Fall Emergent Reader
This is a simple emergent reader for your students. It prints 2 books per page so you just copy and stack them on top of each other. Then cut them in half to make the books.


You can also find some other freebies that I created early in my blogging days by going to this blog post.


Please leave me feedback if you decide to use any of these things in your classroom. Your comments and feedback make me so happy!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Alphabet Emergent Readers Bundle - A Work in Progress!

I haven't posted in a while I know. My personal life as well as school life has been crazy busy since school began. My grandmother fell the week school began and fractured her pelvis in several places so we have had weeks of hospital and rehab. She came home 3 weeks ago and we have been taking turns staying with her as she cannot be left alone. This has meant less creative time for me, but I have managed to create some alphabet emergent readers. I am planning to make the entire alphabet, but have uploaded what I have finished so far.


Each emergent reader has 8-9 pages with two books per page. You can copy and lay them on top of each other and cut on a paper cutter. These are super simple to assemble and print in black and white to save on ink. My kinders loved coloring and reading these! The bundle is currently on sale for $3.00 until it is complete and then the price will increase to $6.00.



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Summer 2016 Bucket List Update!

Well I shared my summer bucket list with you on the first day of my summer break and I have neglected my little blog since, but I have been busy with my little family! We have spent lots of time together this summer and it has been wonderful. So here is my update on how I did with my list:


My Summer 2016 Bucket List
1) go camping at Lake Moultrie
We only got to go once, but it was lots of fun!


2) take Miss M to Tweetsie RailRoad to Day Out with Thomas
We went and had a wonderful trip! It was so much fun to see the excitement on her face. She loved it and definitely worth the trip!


3) clean out my closet
Oops! This didn't exactly get done this summer! :( Hopefully I will get to it during the fall.


4) meet Dorothea Benton Frank (again!)
We did get to meet her again and it was FABULOUS!! She is such a nice Southern lady! I bought her new book and she signed it for me which was a great treat as well!


5) organize my pantry
I did this on the first week of summer vacay and it looks so much better now that everything is organized again!


6) go to the beach with Miss M
We did get to go to the beach several times this summer (living only 45 minutes away has its advantages!). Miss M loved playing in the sand and jumping from the waves. Neither of us are fans of swimming in the salt water though!


7) organize the files on my school computer
Actually I started on this one before school got out and was able to finish it pretty early in the summer which left lots of time for playing and doing fun things as a family!


I got a lot of summer reading done as well. Here are some of the books I read this summer:
  • Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans
  • Grace by Richard Paul Evans
  • The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe
  • The Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe
  • The Summer's End by Mary Alice Monroe
  • A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe
  • The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
  • Swimming Lessons by Mary Alice Monroe
  • Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe (I'm actually finishing this one up now!)


I hope you have all had a wonderful summer as well! I have been back at work for a week now and tomorrow morning bright and early I start the new school year with my 2nd graders. Wish me luck!
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